Tag: RealWedding

Hi there! Today’s post features a wedding from August Twenty-Eleven. The couple Jeremy & Lyla, will probably forever remember the day not only because they were tying the knot, but also because Hurricane Irene brought them some planning havoc the day before. Talk about last minute changes! In her own words Lyla describes, ” Hurricane Irene threatened to sweep through my wedding but held of until the following day. Even so, the day before the wedding both our ceremony and reception site decided to close for the weekend leaving us stranded without a place to get married. We managed to pull ourselves together and within a matter of 4 hours we had a new church and reception hall to have a wedding in.”

This couple is amazing. I have no doubt that whatever unforeseen troubles come their way in marriage, they will be able to go through it and come out even stronger. We wish them the best of blessings for their marriage.

Bride’s Bouquet: Akkito Roses, White mini callas, hydrangea, bear grass
Bridesmaid bouquets: Yellow roses, yellow mini callas, Dendrobium orchids, Pom Poms,
Arrangement: blue hydrangea, Iris, Yellow roses, white roses, yellow mini callas

Photography by: Julie Anne Portraits


I’m so excited to share this wedding with you today! For Vozik, this was probably the wedding of the year in terms of planning, executing, delivering, etc…; with only three of us on the team (Mary was a bridesmaid, and boy was she gorgeous!), and with the wedding out of state, there were many things that we needed to plan for logistically to make sure everything ran smoothly. Everything turned out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

Julia is a long-time friend living in Albany, NY. She is very artsy, stylish, and a great cook! Her husband is one lucky man. I only wish we lived a little closer so that we could attend some of the great parties she puts on.

She came to us with the colors of the wedding and a few ideas of the style she was looking for. Together, we spent many hours coming up with something that reflected her unique style. I don’t think it could have turned out any better!

Bride bouquet: anemones,white double lisianthus, white peony roses, white ostrich feathers.

Bridesmaid bouquets: lavender roses, lavender hydrangea, Natasha dendrobium orchids, lavender mini calla lilys, lavender freesia, black ostrich feathers

Centerpieces: 3 fresh cut arrangements with white florals that included: White callas, peony roses, hydrangeas, white stock, white dendrobium orchids

I hope you enjoy scouring through these great pictures as much as I did. The photographers (she had 2!) did a fantastic job capturing the day.

If you want to see more photos from their day, be sure to check out Maria’s blog, and Alex’s blog. Alex also has their engagement shoot up, which is beyond adorable!

Photography: Alexander Verbetsky Photographer, Maria Silva Photography
Videography: Expression Cinemas
Wedding Location: Birch Hill Center

Here are some favorites from Maria’s work:

And some more from Alex:

and one last one from my husband to end this super long post!

While we wait for photos from summer weddings, I’ll go ahead and share with you our wedding … I can’t believe it’s been 2 years and counting! Two wonderfully blissful years of being married to my best friend and lover.

When it came to florals for the wedding, it was no question that we were going to do this ourselves. We didn’t have an actual business set up at that time, so many hours were put into planning and looking for “suppliers” comparing quality/pricing etc.., estimating count, and so many other things. Why didn’t we go with a florist? For one, I knew what I wanted. I had everything planned out and imagined in my head months and months before the wedding. Also, we did many other weddings for friends and family so we had an idea of what it was going to take to make it all happen, and some experience in making arrangements/bouquets.

Even though we had a lot of help making the centerpieces and prepping the flowers, Elena was really the main person behind making everything happen! After all, it was she who stayed up until 3 a.m. Friday night to make 9 bouquets and all the boutonnieres ( maybe the ONLY negative to having such a large wedding party)….For which of course I am forever grateful 🙂

My advice to brides who want to DIY wedding flowers is this:

1. Delegate the Job to someone you trust. Don’t rely on friends and family to take charge and make everything happen. Even though they may be helpful in preparations, you need to appoint one person to take charge and make sure everything goes as planned. If you simply rely on people to just “show up” and help, you will end up spending precious time delegating (if not doing it yourself), stressing, and wishing you hired someone. It is possible to have beautiful florals for your special day without hiring a florist/designer, but the trade off is time. And lots of time.

2. Do Your Research. From having an idea of what you want to making sure you know how and where to store the flowers before your event… do your research and plan ahead! Sites like the Grower’s Box and flowerbud have competitive wholesale prices and deliver florals straight to your home. Also be sure to know what supplies you will need and how much time it will take to put things together.

3. Make a sample centerpiece/bouquet. If your centerpiece/arrangement/bouquet is more than cut flowers in a vase, my advice is to purchase enough flowers a month or two ahead of time and make a sample arrangement. This will give you a better idea of exactly how many stems you need per arrangement, and how much time will go into making one.

For example, we used a lot of orchids throughout the wedding. If you’ve ever worked with orchids, you know that each flower needs to be wired separately… this is time consuming and may take a little practice to perfect. By ordering a bunch ahead of time, I had the piece of mind knowing exactly what everything will look like, and that we won’t be wasting time trying to figure out how to make it work.

If DIY’ing wedding flowers seems overwhelming, no fear, the top three points are also the reason you may want to go with a florist. They will put the time and effort into creating a vision and seeing it through. And believe me, it will pay off in the end. That’s our mission here at Vozik Designs. We will work with your budget to create a vision and make it come to life.

So without further adieu, below are a few photos from our wedding day. My bouquet was a mixture of white Eskimo roses, green & white cymbidium orchids, & white hydrangeas. The bridesmaid bouquets consisted of white eskimo roses, fuchsia dendrobium orchids, green cymbidium orchids, & crystals. Centerpieces were a mixture of tall and short vases. Short vases were filled with white roses and a single white hydrangea, and tall vases were filled with white hydrangea and fuchsia dendrobium orchids.

Photographer: Elegant Union