Spring Mood Boards

By: Colleen Lennehan


Spring sprouts all new ideas and inspiration for upcoming brides, from color palettes to trendy blooms we’ve gathered some gorgeous photos published in Southern Weddings to create four unique mood boards!

Lavender and Silk

This light and airy pair is perfect for the budding warmth this season brings. This wedding, shot by Nancy Ray Photography used softer tones to create a beautiful impact! We love the long ribbons floating from the bouquets!

 

 

Dusty Neutrals

This stunning wedding, shot by Graham Terhune Photography took place at a camp where the couple met back in their teenage years. Between the antique accents and the untamed florals, we couldn’t resist using their big day as a mood board.  Combining Queen Ann’s lace with thistle, scabiosa pods, and other greens they sweetly turned foraged wildflowers into elegant arrangements.

Peaches and Peonies

Bright pink peonies and peachy accents blended beautifully for this styled shoot, photographed by Tec Petaja. The sweetness of spring carries back bright colors and the vibrance of life after long chilly winters. To add pops of color to your wedding consider bolder tones like pinks and oranges to bring warmth to your day!

Wispy Whites

Classic whites lightly kissed pink are sure to bring wedding envy to any bride. This sweet color combination echoes romance, especially when paired with a breathtaking venue. This equestrian wedding, shot by KT Merry Photography, has all the perfect springtime elements, including plenty of dogwood blossoms!

 

*All photos were credited to their photographer, and were gathered from Southern Weddings magazine, enjoy!

How to Budget for your Wedding Blooms

By: Colleen Lennehan


Most brides pin lush centerpieces, giant earthy bouquets, and intricate arches to their dream wedding boards on Pinterest, but are not quite sure what price tag follows along with their visions.

TBM Photography
TBM Photography Terri Krisavage Floral Design

Trying to budget for flowers can be a bit tricky seeing as a few different factors mesh together to come up with a total.

Typically, type of flower (peonies vs. tulips), amount of flowers used, and the size of the arrangements are all calculated out to come up with prices.

Recently, Green Wedding Shoes blogged about pricing, showing three different sized centerpieces for three different price ranges. Cavin Elizabeth Photography captured the shoot designed by Taya of Compass Florals.

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

These organic blooms are beloved by many brides recently, giving a great guideline for anyone planning their big day!

As you can see, the first arrangement is sweet and simple, and the cheapest of the three totally $100-$150. The middle one of $175-$225 has a fuller look as well as more expensive blooms. The last example is priced at $250 and up, the reason for this is the addition of peonies and ranunculus among others.

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Though these might not be your dream arrangements, their size and type of flowers are a great guideline to refer to while planning!

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

While some florists offer packages, we believe each couple is so unique that every wedding we design is custom. We meet with you to narrow down your flower needs then price everything out, letting you walk away with a quote in hand.

Based off of our past weddings we find that (typically) most weddings quotes come out to about $3500.00.  Now, this could mean a smaller wedding spent more to have bigger arrangements with high-end flowers, or that a bigger wedding had simpler flowers.

Colleen Lennehan Photography
Colleen Lennehan Photography

It has become a standard baseline for couples to spend 20% of their total budget on flowers, meaning a $20,000 wedding could plan to use $4,000 on flowers, though these calculations don’t match up for everyone.

With every couple needing different pieces, and having different styles, wedding flower prices can really vary, but if you plan ahead mapping out what you need (and can afford to spend) and go into your floral consultation knowing your budget, you will create such an enjoyable part of your wedding planning!

Give us a call to start your wedding dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos are credited to their original photographer, and a special thank you to Green Wedding Shoes for their fabulous blog on pricing!

 

Real Wedding: Lauren and Jovanni

By: Colleen Lennehan


Over the past year blush and ivory palettes became a bridal favorite, and Lauren and Jovanni’s wedding perfectly captures all the romance these colors bring.

The two married on August 20th, 2016 at St. Lawrence O’Toole church, later celebrating at The Aria.

Their big day beautifully blended bridal glam with classic touches, which is most highlighted in Lauren’s bouquet!

Terri created round style bouquets for both the bride and bridesmaids using white garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculi, and blush roses, wrapping them in ivory ribbon. She used jeweled fabric to add a pop of glitz and allow Lauren’s bouquet to really shine!

Jovanni and his groomsmen wore white ranunculus boutonnières, and their sweet flower girl walked down the aisle with a baby’s breath flower crown.

Their reception flowers matched the bridal party with roses and hydrangea, keeping everything in sync. For the centerpieces we used tall gold pilsner vases and low mercury fairytale vases for variation. Flowers seemed to grow out of every inch of The Aria during Lauren and Jovanni’s reception.

Blooms greeted guests as they entered and passed the place card table, decorated with a stunning manzanita tree arrangement full of roses, hydrangea, and orchids. We fixed clusters of roses and hydrangea along the staircase to compliment the scalloped fabric. At the bottom of the staircases sat their sweetheart table, decorated with small julep cups and matching flowers.

Their entire wedding was beautifully captured by the talented photographers of Annandale Photography, we hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of their glamorous day!

 

Venue- The Aria

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Annandale Photography

Real Wedding: Kristy and Brockett

By: Colleen Lennehan


Kristy and Brockett said “I do” in classic fairy tale form at the Riverview on October 16th, 2016.

Their entire day was filled with romance and tropical touches in both their ceremony and reception.

Kristy’s bridal bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids was beautifully unique. Terri mirrored the bridesmaids bouquets by using similar white and purple orchids. The groom and groomsmen wore orchid boutonnieres to carry the flower trend throughout the wedding party.

The couple married under an arch covered in twinkling lights and lush flowers. We used hydrangea, roses, stock, wisteria, and fairy lights to create this romantic backdrop for Kristy and Brockett. Their aisle was lined with clusters of roses and hydrangea, tied with multicolored ribbons to match their color scheme.

After they sealed their marriage with a kiss the couple and their friends and family went inside to celebrate their love. Submerged purple orchids in various cylinder sizes sat in the center of each table, while smaller arrangements lined their sweetheart table.

We loved working with this couple and helping their wedding day visions come to life.

Take a look at their beautiful day, captured by Candace Jeffery Photography !

Venue- The Riverview

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Candace Jeffery Photography

 

 

2017 Pantone Color Trends

By: Colleen Lennehan


As we celebrate all that comes with the final months of 2016 (family, love, friends, a cozy snow day), predictions for the new year have already been unveiled.

Pantone Inc., the color trendsetter of the world, has announced their top predictions for 2017, and we LOVE them!

After a year drenched in blush and ivory it’s a nice change of scenery to see a rich color come on top. Each year the company predicts the “Color of the Year”, though they mixed it up and chose the top ten tones that will lead the year, whether in fashion, design, makeup, or the floral industry.

A beautiful mix of earthy neutrals and vibrant renditions of the primary colors were all picked for the 2017 spring/summer color trends.

Though there is no single color choice this year, others, including Vogue, have labeled one at the top. A beautiful raw shade of green: “Kale”.

Image Credit- Instagram/Pantone
Image Credit- Instagram/Pantone

 

This rich earth tone will be absolutely stunning in weddings, whether used in the florals, as an accent color, or even for bridesmaids dresses.

Pantone used the beauty in nature to inspire the ten color trends, a muse that can never be topped.

Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute said “From colors that are bright and vivid to those that convey a sense of earthiness, our top 10 colors for spring 2017 are reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature.”

The complete list is: Kale, Hazelnut, Pink Yarrow, Greenery, Pale Dogwood, Island Paradise, Flame, Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow, and Niagara.

Credit- Pantone.com
Credit- Pantone.com

Looking into nature for inspiration always leads to success, which is very evident in Pantone’s predictions. We love the color variations from muted neutrals to the bold and balmy, each of these tones would work in a wedding, though “Kale” is a beautiful number one choice.

We can’t wait to see what beauty comes out of these color trends! For now, here are a few photos of “Kale” inspiration from Pinterest!

 

Real Wedding: Shannon and Mo

By: Colleen Lennehan


Emerald green and glittery gold tones painted a vintage color scheme for Shannon and Mo’s September wedding.

The two sweethearts said “I do” at Saint Paul Church in Glastonbury, later celebrating their love at Infinity Music Hall in Hartford.

Besides the obvious sentiment of their wedding day, it was even more special booking at this venue in particular because Shannon’s father has a collection of guitars that are showcased there!

Earthy greens and creams paired well with gold, the combo created a vintage glam feel, perfect for a venue that holds so much musical history.

For Shannon’s bouquets Terri used white garden roses, ranunculi, freesia, succulents and gold seeded eucalyptus. The brides and bridesmaids bouquets all matched, the only difference was the size, allowing Shannon’s to bloom just a bit bigger!

The guys wore white ranunculi boutonnières, dressed up with some ivy leaves and gold seeded eucalyptus.

The intimate space at Infinity Music Hall was perfect for their reception. The stage was reserved for the stars of the night, Shannon and Mo, who placed their sweetheart table right under the spotlight.

The centerpieces were similar to the bouquets, each with hydrangea, roses, and ranunculi. We used mercury glass vases, each rested on a gold glittered runner.

We were so happy to be apart of their big day, and loved working with the venue during their first wedding! Congratulations to Shannon and Mo, we hope their future holds nothing but love songs and laughter!

Venue: Infinity Music Hall

Florist: Terri Krisavage

Photographer: Candace Jeffrey Photography

 

 

Real Wedding: Adam and Janelle

By: Colleen Lennehan


On a gorgeous autumn afternoon Adam and Janelle said “I do” under a large oak tree at The Red Barn at Hampshire College.

The ceremony scene could not have been any more beautiful; surrounded by turning trees and picturesque valleys, the couple picked the perfect season to get married in.

Their charming rustic wedding fit perfectly with the venue and its natural location. The bridesmaids deep turquoise dresses gave a bright pop to the color scheme. The girls held baby’s breath bouquets, a bloom very popular with barn weddings! She wrapped them in turquoise burlap and used twine to create a ballerina knot design as a final touch.

Janelle’s bouquet was full of bright colors and textures. Terri used sunflowers, orange orchids, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, peach roses, orange calla lilies, and green succulents to bring the fall foliage shades to her bouquet. Wrapped in ivory ribbon, Terri matched the brides bouquet with the rest by finishing it off with the ballerina knot.

For the guys, we wrapped orange calla lilies and feathered eucalyptus with twine, to blend in the rustic charm.

Sunflowers were also used in the ceremony décor as well. We hung a dozen sunflower, hydrangea, and moss filled glass globes throughout the venues oak tree. To add another backdrop element we draped fabric across two giant branches to bring in a classic arch look.

The reception was just as sweet as their ceremony setup! We used blue mason jars with baby’s breath bouquets to complete their cozy barn setting. The flowers were accompanied by small votive candles and a burlap wrapped bottle of wine that doubled as a table number.

Between the views of red and orange foliage for miles, Janelle’s blooming bouquet, and the couples sweet touches, their big day highlights all the beauty of an autumn wedding!

 

Venue- The Red Barn at Hampshire College

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography-Colleen Lennehan and

All photos are credited accordingly to either Colleen Lennehan, or the couples photographer, Heather Renee!

 

 

Real Wedding: Courtney and Justin

By: Colleen Lennehan


With turning fall foliage and blue skies, Courtney and Justin’s seaside wedding was nothing short of picture perfect.

The two married on October 7th, 2016 at St. Mary’s church in Stonington, later celebrating their love at the Inn at Mystic’s Haley Mansion. They kept their color scheme nautical with navy and gold, tying in their beautiful surroundings.

The finished look was absolutely fabulous, orchid stems sprang out of arrangements while floating candles added romance throughout the evening. With close to 20 tables, we split the room into high and low centerpieces. For the high, we used hydrangea and white orchids to create an eye catching arrangement, as for the low, we used gold bowls and topped them with calla lilies, orchids, hydrangea, and roses.

Terri lined their head table with a gold garland, adding in rose heads, orchid stems, and hydrangea to top it off. To bring light to their table, we placed cylinders with floating candles, as well as gold votives along the length of their navy runner.

 

Cocktail tables also received a little flower touch with rectangular vases full of white calla lilies, adding elegance to the small space.

As guests entered the venue, they were greeted with a beautiful manzanita branch arrangement that sat on the place card table.

Between the ocean views and their overflowing candy bar, this is one wedding that will never be forgotten. We wish the happy couple a life full of love and laughter as their marriage begins!

 

Venue- Inn at Mystic

Florist- Terri Krisavage

 

 

 

 

Autumn Inspiration

By: Colleen Lennehan


Autumn swept away summer with turning leaves and pumpkin lined porches, bringing in tons of colorful inspiration for this seasons weddings.

After the initial shock of becoming engaged, many couples first choose a season to plan their wedding in, perhaps they decide based off the weather, meaningful dates, or simply because their dream wedding always involved snow covered streets or seaside dancing.

As we begin our new season, we gathered some fall inspired shoots, bouquets, and other seasonally touched ideas for you to think about for an upcoming wedding or party!

 

Foraged from the Forest

 

This trendy organic forest theme is a beautiful blend of fairytale charm and raw natural elements. Deep reds, browns and greens in the bouquet, tablescape, and cake décor bring in a cool and crisp air to this styled shoot. They used many different pieces to create this forest feast, including fruits, flowers, greenery, leaves, and even a pair of antlers to really paint a classic fall picture.

Cozy Cotton

 

The softness and texture of cotton adds in a whimsical warmth to these boutonnières and bouquets. Mixing it in with other seasonal stems like berries and greens brings a sweet southern vibe to their wedding flowers. These fluffy cotton balls are a natural way to incorporate a not so typical autumn detail into your fabulous soirée!

Burgundy Beauty

Though deep reds and burgundy’s may seem to be a classic pair with autumn weddings, there are many ways to give them a little twist. These three bouquets, though similar, show how you can add different flowers and colors to create something unique. The first bouquet, made by Terri, highlights gold and pink as accent colors. These shades blend beautifully together, and the gold adds a bit of sparkle and glam to the bouquet. The second burgundy beauty has more muted blooms accompanying it. Light pinks and dusty greys create an airy look, yet it’s still fitting with the fall season. The final bouquet was also made by Terri and allows greens to share the spotlight. Eucalyptus and dusty miller blend well with burgundy celosia and gerberas, giving off a stunning organic look!

Hopefully you sipped on some cider and gathered up a few ideas from our post! Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on our fall weddings!

 

*All photos were credited to the photographer or original place of publishing!

 

 

Real Wedding: Joey and Lisa

By: Colleen Lennehan


On September 3rd, 2016 Joey Corning and Lisa Mitus said “I do” on a beautiful afternoon in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

The elegant day began with a first look on the historic city streets, followed by their ceremony at Saint Cecilia Church.

 

Timeless color combinations of dusty greys and rich burgundy’s complimented their city soiree later at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The bridesmaids bouquets were pieced together with lush and lavish flowers, including: celosia, dahlias, lisianthus, freesia, roses, and Queen Anne’s lace. As for Lisa’s bouquet, Terri used lighter toned flowers so her white anemone’s would be the belle of the ball!

Their venue was nothing short of fabulous, gold desiray bowls held their centerpieces full of velvety colors, while gold mercury votive candles shed some romantic light throughout the evening.

The arrangements were styled with burgundy lilies and ranunculus, celosia, roses, ivy, beargrass, and seeded eucalyptus.

 

Lisa and Joey have been friends of Terri’s for years, and their wedding day vision came to life with elegance and pops of old-time glamour! We hope their life as Mr. and Mrs. Corning is nothing but beautiful!

 

Venue- Fairmont Copley Plaza

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Person + Killian Photography