The New Peony.

As a follow up to our last post, we’re sharing with you today a few peony worthy alternatives- in case you aren’t getting married in late spring/ early summer.
In my humble opinion, these three alternatives are just as worthy to get the spotlight in a bride’s bouquet.

1. Ranunculus
This small flower layered with delicate petals works great in combination with peonies, a substitute, and just stand alone.
Consider a bouquet of all ranunculus for a soft and stunning look, or add this pretty flower to your mix of wedding day florals.

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2.Specialty Roses (David Austin Roses/ Cabbage roses)
The beauty about these roses is that they are available year round and have the rounded petals and fluffiness of peonies.
Specialty roses are very popular in bridal party bouquets, and they smell amazing. Although they tend to be pricey, we often recommend these for brides who are set on having peonies but are not able to.These fluffy soft petaled flowers are also a perfect way to take a bouquet from standard to glam.

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3. Dahlias
This versatile autumn flower comes in many, many shapes, sizes and colors. Lucky for us all, there are quite a few that resemble peonies.  Perhaps dahlias are the new autumn peony.

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We discovered these beauties a few weeks ago after treading through rows and rows of dahlias in search of the perfect ones.
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And there you have it!
Three stunning substitutes to the coveted peony.

 

Peony Bliss

Hands down peonies are an all time favorite with brides everywhere. And it’s not hard to wonder why-
The fluffy sweet smelling blooms come in the sweetest shades of whites, creams, pinks and reds, and are the perfect flower to add to a bridal bouquet, no matter the style of the wedding. Unfortunately peony season is very short and brides quickly realize that unless their event is in early spring through mid June, chances are this beauty won’t make the cut.

So what is a peony-loving bride to do? Once we break the news about the short peony season, most brides quickly move on to good alternatives and often fall in love with the different options available.

Today, I’m excited to share this stunning June wedding and show off the beauties we all swoon over. And no worries, if you are a bride hoping to find something that looks like peonies, we’re going to follow up with another post with lots of options for you.

In the meantime, enjoy!

This June wedding was a fantastic combination of sweet elegance and simple combinations. The florals we used were requested to look just like the peonies in mom’s garden :)  It was no easy task, but the results were perfection. The wonderful couple celebrated their first anniversary this past June, and also welcomed their beautiful little girl into the world. We love to see marriages flourish and families grow! Happy anniversary you two! Blessings. Be sure to head over to Aleksandr Verbetsky Blog for more of their special day and engagement photos.

Bridal Bouquet: Peonies, Pink Astilbe, Pearls
Bridesmaid Bouquets: Peonies, Garden Roses, Dusty Miller

Photographer: Aleksandr Verbetsky

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Paul & Olga.

It’s been a busy busy summer, but we’re back on the blog and with a real treat of a wedding. Olga and Paul celebrated their first year of marriage this weekend, and there’s no better time to share their special day. The day was filled with blush hues, white beauties and a hint of black. Even with a large guest attendance, the couple managed to make the day personal and intimate with heartfelt speeches from the bridal party and songs shared between the two.  Congratulations to our dear friends on their anniversary. Blessings for the years ahead.

Bride bouquet: White Hydrangeas, Garden roses, Anemones, Astilbe
Bridesmaid bouquets: Hydrangeas, Garden roses, Dahlias, Spray roses, Astilbe
Ceremony decor: Manzanita Trees, Hyrangea Pomanders, Rose panels

Photos by Ruvim Kowaluk & Leo Shut

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A Beachside Summer Wedding.

We’ve been graced with warm sunny days this week and it’s got me thinking of summer.
So it’s only appropriate that I share a spectacular summer wedding with you all!
Inna & Dennis were married last July at Anthony’s Ocean View banquet hall in New Haven, CT.
The intimate wedding was held beach side, and although rain threatened to keep them indoors, the couple made the risk and had a beautiful outdoor ceremony.

Bridal Bouquet: White Hydrangeas, Phalenopsis orchids, Ti leaves
Bridesmaid bouquets: purple hydrangeas, lavender roses, purple freesia, white cymbidium orchids, white mini calla lilies
centerpieces: purple hydrangea, stock, lavender roses, mokara orchids

For more stunning photos of their special day, be sure to head over to Aleksandr Verbetsky blog.

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Most Pinned & Asked about Photo

We’ve received a good number of inquiries from one of our most shared photos on Pinterest, with many asking about the dresses.
After a little hunting, I was able to find the designer and style of the dress and thought it would be best to share here instead of responding to everyone individually.

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Photo Credit: Aleksandr Verbetsky Photographer

Designer/Company: Dessy Group
Style: Dessy Collection Style 2888
Color: cameo.

If you are in the area, these dresses may be purchased through Bancroft Bridal.
Bancroft Bridal
967 Springfield St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
413-789-3073

Hope this helps :).

An Intimate Garden Wedding.

We’re back & with a real treat of a wedding to share with y’all.

Alla & Vitaliy were married on a perfect fall September day in Hadley, MA.
When I found out the event was located at Esselon Cafe, I literally squealed with excitement for them.
For those who know us, also know that Esselon holds a very special place in my and my husband’s hearts. One can frequently find us there. no lie – it is the epitome of a great cafe (think Europe, coffee, fresh, unique). Back to my point- The venue was perfect for an intimate romantic setting.

Our crew was honored to provide the bridal party florals for them, and hands down, the star of the party was that stunning flower crown the bride wore. See for yourself.

Bridal Bouquet- White hydrangeas, Pink Spray roses
Floral Crown- Curly willow, pink spray roses, ruscus, mini pink & white carnations, purple statice
Bridesmaid Bouquets- Purple Hydrangeas

More of this wedding may be found by visiting Alina Tsvor

Venue: Esselon Cafe
Photographer: Alina Tsvor

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Glass bulb Vase & Birch Napkin ring DIY.

I’m excited to share two adorable DIY’s with you today, just in time for Valentine eve setup.
And if you’re located anywhere in the East coast, hopefully your tucked in safe at home during this snow storm. It may also be the perfect opportunity to make these simple beauties :).

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Glass bulb Vase

What you need:
– 2-4 Clear Light Bulbs
– Floral Wire
– Wire Cutters
– Wire Pliers
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1. With the wire cutters (or pliers), carefully remove the end cap and everything inside the bulb.
Be careful handling the bulb so that it doesn’t break in your hand.

2. Cut some red (or any other color) Wire and start twisting the wire around the base of the bulb.
Continue twisting the wire around the entire bulb and then make a base. No two need to be the same!

3. If you choose to, hot glue the base to a piece of cut wood to put it on the stand. We chose to skip this part.

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Create a Valentines day light bulb using same materials.

1. With the wire cutters (or pliers), carefully remove the end cap and everything inside the bulb.
Be careful handling the bulb so that it doesn’t break in your hand.
2. shape a heart (or a few hearts) out of the red wire. Measure where you want the heart by putting it up to the glass bulb.
Twist together the remaining wire that will be inside the bulb.
3. Put the wire into the bulb and with the remaining two ends of the wire, twist around the outside of the bulb vase.
4. take a small piece of wood and glue the base of the bulb to the wood for a cute stand (we chose not to do this part).

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Birch Napkin Rings

What you Need:
– Two pieces of birch bark. The thinner the better. (you can find some outside or pick a sheet up at Micheal’s or another craft store)
(Note- If you find some birch sheets outside, be sure to clean off the pieces by running them under hot water. If the pieces are a bit thick, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and allow them to dry.)
– Wire cutters
– Wire Pliers
– Red Wire

1. Tear off a strip of birch 3-5 inches wide and 6-8 inches long.
2. Cut a long piece of red wire and shape into a heart
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3. Fold over the ends of the wire up to make a shape of a paper clip.
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4. Take the strip of birch and form into a circle about 4 inches in diameter. The ends of the birch should overlap just about an inch.
5. Holding the ends of the birch with one hand, take the heart clip and slide it from the bottom. if the clip is loose, take pliers and tighten the clip hold.

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