Hosting an outdoor wedding is such a lovely option, especially as the weather gets warmer, but outdoor wedding flowers will accentuate it! Imagine your guests waiting in their seats for your ceremony to start. A cool breeze sweeps through your ceremony, and with it, a fresh, natural, floral smell accompanies it. Not only does your ceremony hold a beautiful aroma, but your guests are treated to a lovely appearance.
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Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food! Not only do we love the taste, but chocolate chemically makes us fall in love with it by providing us with those pesky endorphins that just make our heart happy. Chocolate is there for us even when we do not feel like anyone else is, and not only does chocolate comfort us in our times of need, but it has also been used for healing, improving moods and even a private use that makes us blush…an aphrodisiac.
Are you naughty or nice to poinsettias?
Not only is Santa coming to town but so are poinsettias! Whether you receive one or give one as a gift, knowing the proper care of your blossoming beauty will help it last long through the holiday!
Here are a couple of tips:
- It’s a wrap!– Remove all packaging and sleeves once inside. This allows free air flow around the whole plant, reduces humidity, prevents disease and allow in needed light
- Baby it’s cold outside! Monitor temperature They are highly susceptible to damage by chilling and never should be exposed to temperatures below 50F. Chilling-injury symptoms include- bluing or whitening of the bracts- usually appear within two days of exposure. Plants should be maintained at 65-75F.
- Oh sunny day! – Display them in high light (but not DIRECT light) and remove any lower leaves that have yellowed, browned or dropped.
- Wet their whistle– Keep the soil moist- Poinsettia are very sensitive and will not recover if allowed to wilt. Check plants daily and water when the surface of the soil feels dry to touch. Discard excess water in pot as plants left sitting in water may suffer root rot.
Follow this list and check it twice and your poinsettia will have a long lasting life!
I recently attended the Wedding MBA, an all industry conference with fantastic presentations what I love- Weddings! I was excited to hear about some interesting trends we will start seeing that have been influenced by the Royal wedding.
- Fashion – Turning to a more modern classic style. We will start see influences from the styles of the 40’s and 50’s. Kate’s dress was glorious with lovingly embroidered English lace sewn by the Royal School of Needlework. Gowns with sleeves- long and capped are becoming more popular.
- After you– Processional order. Did you notice that the brides attendant and flower girls entered after the bride? English brides have only one adult attendant (as a witness)and it is custom to have many young bridesmaids instead of adult attendants. It is intended that the one attendant adusts the train and veil for the bride.
- Arrive in style– Brides and Grooms will arrive and leave- maybe not in the 1902 State landau carriage in which the happy couple set off from Westminster Abbey in – but in transportation that makes a statement
- Sweet Slices – Cakes will feature the couples initials on one of the layers and this is where the bride and groom will cut the cake.
- Repurposing- Kate walked down the aisle to an avenue of maple trees and a sea of seasonal British flowers and foliage. The trees, plants and flowers were sourced from the royal estates and other English growers.. The inspiration for the flowers was that everything is sustainable and renewable. After the ceremony, the couple has asked that the plants and flowers be donated to charities or re-planted.
- Farm to Table – Most of the food that was prepared and served at the Royal wedding such as the meat and veggies were sourced from the Queen’s gardens and estates.
Pick one or all of these trends and add a twist to make your wedding unique!
Our fabulous wedding specialist, Katie Carrera, joined other members of the Association of Bridal Consultants for the monthly “Fact Caravan” last week. Starting early in the morning, it was a busy day of visiting unique and interesting wedding venues. Take a peek at some of these Colorado gems from right in your backyard to Estes Park.
Lakewood Country Club
First stop was Lakewood Country Club. Michele Smith, the Director of Catering gave a tour of the facility showing off the beautiful banquet rooms and ceremony locations for seating up to 225 guests. Beautiful grounds and with onsite catering, this is the whole package.
Next up, Piatti Restaurant! ABC Members were served a delicious 4 course lunches with Tina Overbay, the special events coordinator. Piatti is the ideal venue for private parties, receptions and rehearsal dinners. They offer several menus at different price points, as well as an extensive wine list to compliment your menu selections. Piatti features several areas for your banquet needs.
This outdoor area holds up to 32 seated and 60 standing guests and lets you enjoy the beautiful Cherry Creek area from its glass enclosure.
Tuscan Dining Room:
Accommodates 32 seated and 60 standing guests. When the French doors are open, the large “L” shaped room can accommodate 60 seated and 120 standing guests.
Peaceful Valley Ranch
Your western adventure! Located in Lyons, Peaceful Valley is one of Colorado’s oldest and largest guest ranches. What a great western venue! There are 4 wonderful ceremony sites. Take either a 4 wheel drive vehicles or ride horseback to the small chapel on the property. The European architecture is has an old world feel with great view of the mountains. Ceremonies can be held at the mountaintop, meadow or the dance hall as well. Receptions can be held in 6 different areas of the ranch
Lodging is available in the year round Bed and Breakfast or rustic cabins with fireplaces!
Wild Basin Lodge
Nestled within an ancient valley carved by glaciers, The Wild Basin Lodge lies at the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park and is situated at 8,300 ft. The lodge affords the quintessential mountain experience in luxurious comfort.
There are two wonderful mountain settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Whether by the rushing banks of the St. Vrain River or in an aspen grove ringed by majestic peaks, each site comprises a truly unique setting. The large reception rooms comfortably accommodate moderate to large sized groups. Handcrafted wood and stone craftsmanship creates an air of casual elegance throughout the lodge.
The Wild Basin Lodge, a leader in ‘green’ practices, has a published green statement, routine energy audits and a policy of using only organic ingredients and foodstuffs whenever possible. So Colorado!
Aspen Lodge- Estes Park
Beautiful outdoor views! Providing a variety of locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions, the Aspen Lodge has the perfect setting for either a formal indoor wedding reception or a relaxed outdoor mountain rehearsal dinner.
The outdoor area is easily dressed up for a wedding celebration or dressed rustic for those more informal wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners. With fairy lights and an open air fireplace, the setting will feel magical set among a forest of aspens and evergreens. The deck is situated perfectly to offer views of Beaver Lake and Longs Peak and perfect for a smaller ceremony.
The romantic Longs Peak room is a mountain paradise. Constructed of lodge pole pine, it offers a vaulted ceiling, a great room fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows with majestic views of Longs Peak and the Continental Divide. Just lovely!
Estes Park Condos – Estes Park
Estes Park Condos offers a romantic and memorable setting for your wedding or reception. The beautiful gazebo, nestled in the midst of Ponderosa Pines and the running waters of Fall River is the perfect site for a secluded ceremony. Great place for a destination wedding with wonderful lodging for a longer stay. Wedding packages are available and can include everything from a tent reception to hair and makeup!
AHHHHH……Ending the evening at the lovely ……Della Terra
Della Terra is a place where natural beauty and romantic design are brought together to create the perfect secluded mountain venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. Hosting only one wedding at a time, you are assured your wedding will be intimate and exclusive. Two exquisite locations are available as the perfect setting for this memorable day for you and your guests: The Celebration Place, an indoor ceremony and reception area, and The Devotion Place, an outdoor ceremony area. Beautiful mountain views! Guests can enjoy unique themed guest rooms or rustic cabins for a real Colorado feel!
This Summer – Floral and Fasion
Flowers seem to always play a role in fashion whether it’s a floral print, ruffles that resemble petals or a floral adornment. This summer’s style is no different. Designers like, Valentino, the founder of one of Italy’s leading fashion houses , showcased his runway collection with flounces and ruffles with a floral inspiration from couture to ready to wear.
You know I am a big fan of flowers so this is very appealing to me. Rosettes are turning up everywhere and this definitely a look I love. Here, these rosettes adorn apparel, purses and hair pieces. Take a look at ETSY.com to find these little treasures.
You’ll find other great pieces at Anthropologie- another favorite. They have incorporated a few flower adornments to some of there “so sweet” shoes and casual hats. Flouncy dresses with floral accents are just so ultrafeminine.
This fashion statement has been embraced by many designers, from couture on down. We are seeing this influence in the floral industry as to the type of flowers that our customers and brides are choosing. Floral design trends usually follow what happens in the fashion and interior design industry so it’s natural for us to see requests for more garden roses, peonies and ranunculus. All of the beauties have lush , soft, frilly petals that resemble ruffles. From strappy shoes to exquisite hair pieces, brides are adding floral accents to their style and creating a look that is soft, feminine with a bit of whimsy!
Come on in…..Take a shop tour and meet the staff!
Not only stocked with the freshest flowers, Amore Fiori also works with local artisans to fill up on custom jewelry, paintings and other accessories! Tokyo Milk lip balms, candles and perfumes have been a big hit becuse they have such unique and interesting scents like, Dead Sexy!
During my floral consultations, I always ask a bride what she would like the look and feel of her wedding to be. In the past, I would get answers like – “simple elegance” or “classic elegance”. Recently when I ask the question, I am more and more hearing “Vintage”. There are variations to this though. Brides are wanting -“Rustic Vintage”, “Modern Vintage” “Retro Vintage”. All of these vintage inspirations have so many clever little details that can truly make your wedding unique.
A few ideas :
When working with your florist, ask them to incorporate an antique piece of jewelry into your bouquet. How meaningful to have a piece from a mother or grandmother included in your bouquet. Vintage inspired hairpiece can always be adorned with a few flowers for a fresh look to a vintage piece.
Eclectic vessels will always give that vintage feel to florals. Whether it is rustic, like the birch covered container or retro, like the vintage paper covered containers, you can create a look of old times past. Antique milk glass vases will certainly do the trick . Have your florals created with soft pastels and neutrals. They are the perfect colors to create this look!
Here antique silver vessels had been collected by the bride and her mom. Using soft pink roses with ivory hydrangea, freesia and lizianthus, we created a collection of different pieces for each table. Fresh blueberries added a unique touch to each fo the pieces.
I love this style! It has been fun creating new ideas and designs for each bride’s unique vintage look that seems to be popular right now!
Wedding Aisle Flowers – Double Duty
A fantastic way to make the most out of your wedding flowers is to incorporate your ceremony and aisle decorations into the reception. This is a great reuse of your wedding florals, especially if your ceremony and reception are in the same location. Here, the first picture the vases of submerged orchids with a floating candle make your aisle illuminate and then can easily be reused as a centerpiece for each table. In the second photo, the arrangement that was tied to the chairs can be placed into a vase for centerpieces by your florist. Other aisle décor that is already in a container, such as the third photo, just needs to be reset to the guest tables. Use larger decorations to adorn the head table or stand next to other tables, such as the gift or food tables. When planning your aisle décor, think of ways that you can reuse those pieces and work with your florist to create a piece that will have a dual purpose.
Wedding Aisle Flowers – Patterned Petals
I love this look! Make a real impact with this new trend of patterned aisle petals. Make sure to use colors that will contrast the ground for the greatest impact. Create your own design or even a monogram.
If you are planning a wedding this year, check out our portfolio at Amore Fiori and let us show you how we can incorporate these ideas into your wedding!
Each year at Amore Fiori, we wait in anticipation as Pantone chooses the color of the year. I was delighted to see the “Color of the Year” for 2011 is a vibrant, energetic pink – honeysuckle.
This dynamic deep pink color with reddish undertones is encouraging and uplifting. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Not only do I love honeysuckle, but we now have many beautiful flower options incorporating this lovely color into wedding themes this upcoming season. With Turquoise being the color of the year for 2010, florists had a real challenge, as there are not many flowers in that blueish-greensish tint. Not this year–many flower varieties are available in this pink tone. If you love the color too and want to incorporate it into your wedding, get started with some inspiration from our favorite picks of flower types in honeysuckle below.
- Garden roses (available all year)
- Peonies (available late spring through early summer)
- Ranunculas (available all year)
- Dahlias (available early spring through early fall)
- Tulips (available winter through late spring)
Honeysuckle pairs well with tangerines and softer pinks for a garden or vintage look and can also pair with a metallic grey for a modern, urban, sleek feel. There are countless other combinations on which to base this lovely color!
If you are planning a wedding this year, check out our portfolio at Amore Fiori and let us show you how we can incorporate this year’s hottest color into your special event.