Hellebore, also known as the “Christmas Rose” is known for its ability to survive freezing temps and to bloom during winter and early spring months. It is a perennial flower that is also a part of the Ranunculus family. When we travel to the mountains anytime past July these are great flowers to last all night in the cool mountain temps. Below are a few examples that show how to incorporate this flower into bouquets and boutonnieres.
This flower is also mistaken for Anemone due to the similar characteristics in the petal shape.
Hellebore is a diamond in the rough. Selecting your bouquet flowers can get nauseating at times due to the amount of selection you have. With September around the corner and cooler temps coming through this is an excellent flower to look into. With the variation in color it can be made for a small accent or majority of your color within a bouquet!
It’s throw back Thursday and I decided to throw it back to one of my favorite weddings that rang in 2015. Watching the ball drop and setting resolutions are pretty exciting, but no celebration compares to Momo and Chris’s New Year’s Eve, Downtown Denver wedding. The pair was inspired by the traditional black and gold color palette of New Year’s décor, which inspired Alexan Events design concept. Jordan Weiland Photography was lucky enough to count down the last seconds of the year with the newlyweds and captured some seriously fun images as the couple shared the perfect kiss to ring in their New Year, and their new life together.
This classic accouterment for men has tended to cycle in and out of popularity, but there are ways to successfully pair a modern suit with a flower. Smaller, sleeker boutonnieres with fewer elements look more contemporary than the traditional rosebud against a leaf and baby’s breath. A compact orchid, coffee berries, or hypericum berries are stylish alternatives for the perfect look. To get a more in depth look at stylish boutonnieres take a look below for some tips you won’t want to miss.
The traditions of tossing the bouquet and grater date back to the fourteenth century. As different as they seem today, they share the same roots. Any piece of the bride’s attire was considered lucky, so guests were eager to claim their own bit of good fortune. Overeager guests would rush to the bride to grab at her bouquet, so to protect themselves from a mauling, brides started preemptively tossing their bouquets to the crowd.
The garter toss came from the (kind of creepy) “bedding ceremony.” Guests would accompany the newlyweds to their bedchamber, and the groom’s friends would try to remove the bride’s garters. To avoid being groped by a bunch of men, brides began tossing their garters in their direction. The moral of the story? Watch out for all the singletons.
Both the bouquets and garter toss are completely and utterly optional. Some brides love these rituals, some find them appalling, and other’s can’t wait to toss the bouquet, but wouldn’t be caught dead even touching a garter. Take a look below as I have provided you with some of the best pros and cons to deciding if this tradition is right for you.
Through the garter toss is obviously a light moment, it shouldn’t be va-va-voom raunchy. I have seen one too many grooms remove the bride’s garter with his teeth! Please, exercise a little restrain – this isn’t the bachelor party!
Whoever you have entertaining the guests for the night, have them call the single men up for catching. Don’t toss away that expensive silk garter. An inexpensive “throw garter” is made just for this purpose.
The bouquet toss, though still whimsical, is obviously a much less tongue-in-cheek moment. It’s something I see more often than the garter toss. When the bride tosses the flowers over her shoulder to her single friends, it’s as if she’s casting her last tie to the single life. It’s also a gesture of generosity, sharing her bounty of love and commitment. The one who catches the bouquet, as we know, is supposed to be the next to marry.
Think about the number of single women at your reception, and take age into account. If your expect to have only six, and most of them are north of thirty, the bouquet toss could prove an acute source of embarrassment. It might be better to skip. If you’ve got a large group of young, single friends and relatives, however, it could all be in good fun.
In the past, the bouquet toss was done right before the bride and groom departed, but now people extend the party longer and many guests leave before the end, so it makes sense to hold nit while you’ve still got a substantial audience, and photographer.
One of my favorite trends this season are the illustrated save the dates and invitations. There are other aspects that you can illustrate but I think it can really set the mood for the entire wedding theme when your guests open their save the dates to find a fun illustration! Below are some of my favorite examples that I pulled, I hope you enjoy!
Illustrations can also be used in other details such a asking your bridesmaids to be a part of your big day and your cake design!
This was just a fun way to show the many examples of illustrations that couples are selecting. I think it is a quirky twist on the traditional invitation design. If you are looking to represent a relaxed and easy going wedding atmosphere I think this shows your guests what mood the evening will be! All of these artists are extremely talented and to find a custom design you can either use a local designer or a website like Etsy.