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

Popular Wedding Flowers

By: Colleen Lennehan


With thousands of flowers growing all over the world it may seem hard to pick a handful of favorites, but when it comes to weddings, some blooms are chosen over and over again.

Many brides already have their “must have” flower list in mind before they slide their engagement ring on, while others need time to decide what blooms will go into their bridal bouquet.

We’ve created a list of 15 flowers that have been steadily popular over the past year. Terri designed each of these floral creations within the past few years and we gathered them all because they highlight one of the most used flowers by brides and grooms!

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Full List of the 15 Popular Wedding Flowers:

We’ve added in a price estimate for each as well, from one dollar symbolizing it’s on the cheaper side, to three, which means they are up there in price!

  1. Peony $$$
  2. Garden Rose $$$
  3. Rose $$
  4. Hydrangea $$
  5. Spray Rose $$
  6. Ranunculus $$$
  7. Succulent $$$
  8. Astilbe $$$
  9. Calla Lily $$
  10. Eucalyptus $
  11. Protea $$$
  12. Orchid $$$
  13. Baby’s Breath $
  14. Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace $$
  15. Anemone $$$

 

Photos have been credited to their specific photographers!

Real Wedding: Colleen and Samuel

By: Colleen Lennehan


Pale pinks and earthy greens made up the romantic color scheme for Colleen and Samuel’s magazine worthy wedding.

The two married on July 3rd, 2016 at Woodwinds in Branford with seaside views and lush blooms surrounding their big day.

The spotlight in Colleen’s bouquets beamed over the peonies, an all-time popular wedding flower. In the bridal bouquet Terri used muted pale pinks and whites, while in the bridesmaids she bumped up the color a bit with deeper pink peonies and lisianthus.

Pink and white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, lisianthus, and eucalyptus made up these gorgeous bouquets. With a lighter color scheme the richer tones in the bridesmaids flowers added a romantic burst of color.

For the fellas, Terri made ranunculus boutonnières to compliment the girls bouquets.

Her organic look overflowed indoors into their centerpieces and cake décor too!

Similar flowers were used in their arrangements with the addition of pink roses, hydrangea, spray roses, and Queen Anne’s lace.

This couples airy look paired with the ease of the shoreline created the perfect blend for wedding day bliss.

We were so happy to be apart of their wedding, and can’t get over their stunning photos, captured by TBM Photos!

Venue- Woodwinds

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- TBM Photography

 

 

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: Erica and Brandon

By: Colleen Lennehan


Erica and Brandon’s waterfront wedding is a picture perfect example of how unique couples can be when planning their big day.

The two were married on August 27th, 2016 at Brandon’s families lake house in Winsted, Connecticut. At the end of their dock, under clear blue skies and in front of nearly a dozen loved ones, the pair said “I do”.

To create their dream wedding, Erica and Brandon focused on blending an intimate ceremony with a laid-back reception of about 150 guests.

The couple kept their wedding party small, with three people total: a maid of honor, groomsman, and Erica’s sweet daughter Ella as their flower girl. Later, they celebrated at The Village at Boulder Ridge under a pavilion full of flowers, lanterns, and love.

Terri has been friends with Erica’s mother, Noreen, since the two were in grammar school, so when the wedding preparation began Terri was thrilled to be involved. They then asked me to photograph the wedding and how could I have said anything but yes!

Two bouquets, one flower crown, one wrist corsage, 30 arrangements, and five garlands were used to complete their flower wish list.

Erica’s bridal bouquet was completely stunning. A wild and natural look paired well with her entire day. Terri used some beautiful blooms in both the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. A mix of garden roses, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, succulents, freesia, dahlias, and greens made up these bright and breezy bouquets.

A sweet flower crown of eucalyptus and spray roses was worn by Ella, the most photogenic flower girl I have ever seen!

After some wedding party photos in downtown Riverton and at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, the couple arrived to a packed pavilion full of friends and family.

To welcome guests, two twelve foot garlands draped along the entry railings, while a rustic chalkboard greeted everyone. Inside, under dozens of lanterns and banners, each picnic table had a weathered wooden box full of flowers that matched the bouquets.

 

We loved the personal touches at their reception. From the vintage card holder, to the sangria bar, Erica and Brandon’s afternoon was full of creativity and entertainment.

Boulder Ridge was the perfect spot for a laidback style wedding. With dozens of kids in attendance, the venue offered a swimming pool, playground, volleyball courts, and even a zip line!

After hours of mingling, eating, drinking, and diving in the pool, it was time for everyone to enjoy the dessert table!

A three-tiered cake, decorated with more fresh flowers was the main event, but the grooms cake, a life-like fish replica to highlight Brandon’s favorite past-time, caught everyone’s eye.

We loved the carefree air that surrounded their big day, these two are a genuine example of what marrying your best friend looks like. We loved working with them and hope they have nothing but happiness as their marriage begins!

Venue-The Village and Boulder Ridge

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Anne Lennehan

Hair and Makeup- Beauty Entourage

 

 

Aria Bridal Show

By: Colleen Lennehan


The Aria hosted their annual Tasting and Vendor Showcase event last week, and we were thrilled to be apart of the evening.

We set our table up with “garden glamour” in mind. We draped a blush glittered runner down the center of the table, added a few mercury votives, and attached a ruffled skirt to the front; we loved the overall mix of glitter and earthy florals, as do many upcoming brides!

Terri created four completely different bouquets to highlight the wide range of flower possibilities. The first one sparkled and bloomed larger than any other rose we’ve seen. She used one white rose and dozens of petals to create a giant “single” rose bouquet. We love the uniqueness of this and how it shows off the beauty and simplicity of a “single” rose.

The next bouquet also appeals to the more daring bride as it only had three components: strung orchids, eucalyptus, and one massive succulent. The balance of tropical and organic in this bouquet is quite lovely, and would pair nicely with just about any color scheme.

The third bouquet shows off a classic style, but is still just as stunning as any other. Terri combined scabiosa pods, quicksand roses, white lisianthus , brunea, and eucalyptus in this sweet bouquet, giving it a natural look.

The last bouquet had echoes of ocean waves and rustling palm leaves. This tropical beauty had lush peonies, and fragrant garden roses mixed with white orchids, a classic island flower. Green ivy and two strands of orchids hung from the bouquet as well to elevate the look even more.

In addition to the bouquets Terri also created two centerpieces, one tall and one short, as well as a stunning birch arch backdrop.

The short centerpiece sat in a silver fairytale vase, topped with roses, hydrangea, stock, and eucalyptus, a popular look this year, but the tall arrangement really caught the eye of brides and grooms throughout the night.

Thin birch branches, mixed with white orchid strands extended out of the centerpiece, made of glittered hydrangea, white hydrangea, orchids, spray roses, and silver lemon leaves, while white feathers hung from the bottom. The entire glamorous piece sat on a clear pilsner vase, filled with birch branches.

To complete our vendor table we set up a birch arch with suspended succulent terrariums and strands of glitzy gems. Bunches of eucalyptus were added to the corners to incorporate the earthy feel we used throughout the table!

This was one of our favorite bridal shows to be in, we loved the overall outcome of our table and met many wonderful brides and grooms we hope to see again!

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Florist- Terri Krisavage

Venue- The Aria

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan Photography

 

 

Real Wedding: Olivia and Keith

By: Colleen Lennehan

Under strands of glowing lights and amongst beaming guests, Olivia and Keith celebrated their wedding at The Lodge at Maneeley’s this past weekend.

Her bouquets and arrangements, full of neutral tones, pale pinks, lush greens, and pops of purple all mixed together to create her flower dreams.

For the centerpieces Terri used stock, hydrangea, succulents and two types of roses, which sat in silver fairytale vases.

Olivia’s bouquets, wrapped in white lace, had the same blooms as her centerpieces, with the addition of brunea, peonies, and scabiosa pods, giving it an elevated and earthy look.

We loved the rustic feel of The Lodge, as well as their friendly staff. Olivia and Keith’s reception was full of character and clever design details, one that is sure to spark wedding visions for any soon-to-be bride!

 

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Venue- The Lodge at Maneeley’s

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

 

Sweet Succulents

By: Colleen Lennehan

From bouquets, to cake toppers, succulents are quickly becoming the new “it” addition to any dream wedding!

These earthy flower alternatives are being incorporated into many of our recent weddings. One of Terri’s brides, with a coral and peach color scheme, loved the pop of green succulents gave to her bouquets, as seen in the first photo.

Their durability allows them to be effortlessly tucked into bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnières, flower crowns, and even cake toppers!

Succulents are also an extremely versatile plant, when paired with cacti and shades of pink they give off a desert feel, but can easily be bunched together with greens and rich blooms for an earthy look.

We see so many gorgeous examples of succulents in use on Pinterest and couldn’t help but share some of our favorites in this post. We have pinned plenty of wedding inspirations on our Pinterest boards that you can follow, here!

There are multiple varieties of these sweet succulents, giving tons of options for any brides style. We love the natural look they lend to floral arrangements, as well as an overall unique touch!

Though succulents are loved by many brides and grooms, they are also being used in everyday arrangements too!

Mark your calendars for our Succulent Garden Class this fall on September 20th, from 12:30pm-2:30pm, or September 21st, from 6:00pm-8:00pm! Reserve your spot by September 13th to create a beautiful textured succulent garden using different varieties of these gorgeous plants! We hope to see you there!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

*All other photos were found via Pinterest, and credited to their original photographer

Black and White Wedding

This beautiful black and white wedding reminds us that a classic look will always be in style.

Kristen Morello married Kyle Kruczek on September 12th, 2015 at St. Pius Church, later celebrating at The Bond Ballroom for a glamorous reception.

The couple kept their color palette on the simple side; bridesmaids wore various black gowns, while Kristen beamed throughout the wedding in a champagne and ivory bridal dress. She accessorized with crystal and pearl jewelry, adding to their elegant theme.

Her bouquets were simple yet eye-catching, following a blush and berry color scheme.

For the bride and maid-of-honor bouquets we used blush roses, white ranunculus, Italian eucalyptus, burgundy dahlias and splashes of gold accents.

The beautiful bridesmaids held subtler bouquets of blush-toned blooms.

Three pedestal votives with floating candles rested  on each table at The Bond Room. Accompanying this classic look were small bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, and gold tinted eucalyptus.

This early autumn wedding had echoes of old Hollywood, from the black and white bridal party, to the berry and blush color palette, Kristen and Kyle’s big day screamed romance!

 

 

Venue- The Bond Ballroom

Florist- Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events

Photography- EB Photography

Creative Tablescapes

From signature cocktails to wedding hashtags, a couple holds complete creative control over their big day.

Tablescapes are a major aspect of any event and can be designed and decorated in countless ways.  We have found a handful of fabulous and unique tablescape ideas to spark some inspiration for you!

 

1.Beautiful Branches

How striking are these tree centerpieces? They add incredible height to the table, along with a natural appearance-perfect for a lush look!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

2. Classic and Clean

This blue brushed tablescape is a classic example of the beauty in color palettes. Bouquets of white roses and blue hydrangeas line the center, varying in heights adding character to the look, while bright lemon wedges break up the scheme and add a burst of color!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

3. Earthy Elements

Centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and ranunculus line these banquet style tables, drawing attention to classic spring florals. Natural looking nests rest along the table as well, bringing a certain earthy charm to the décor. It’s clear that by combining blue bird eggs, a pink and blue color scheme and bunches of blooms, spring has definitely sprung here all throughout this private event!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

4. Rustic Romance

Your eye may be drawn to the overflowing flowers along these tables, but the small sweet details really tie this look together! Hydrangea stems were sprinkled along the center, throwing off the symmetry of the two rustic candles, and blooming bouquets!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

5. Exotic Appeal

These vibrant tablescapes really showcase the endless possibilities when it comes to wedding décor. The lively colors pop against dark linens, adding lovely contrast to the look. Exotic orchids and classic rich roses blend together in a beautiful way in both the tall and short centerpieces. Including giant palm leaves to the tall pieces brings wonderful textures to the table as well!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

6. Glitz and Glam

Mixing pale pink roses and gold sequin linens is a lovely way to combine two themes: garden and glitz. Both the tall candlabra arrangements and the long floral table runner are made up entirely of blush and ivory roses and hydrangeas, a stunning color scheme.

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Tony Spinelli

 

A wedding allows a couple to personalize the celebration of their love in endless ways, and a fabulous tablescape can only add to the creativity! We hope some of these décor designs have helped inspire new ideas for your next event!