Hello there Hydrangea! We have a beautiful Sunny June wedding to share today. Uliana and Ilya’s wedding was held at the fancy Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse New York. (more…)
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.
The Lyman conservatory at Smith College is made up of several glass houses and is one of the few remaining plant conservatories in the U.S. that was built in the nineteenth century. It is really quite impressive to walk through each room and see plants from all over the world and housed in one location. To be exact, the conservatory has over 2500 species of plants. Quite a number. The plant house & conservatory as well as the arboretum and gardens are open daily year-round, and are a great place to visit (open to the public). And who knew something this great is located practically in the neighborhood?
As mentioned in the previous post, my favorite was the room of cactus and desert plants. Perhaps because I’ve made it a mission to keep my succulents and cactus alive and growing at home (it is surprisingly much harder than one may think). Regardless, I’ve been smitten by them ever since.
All photos Taken By Tanya and Elena.
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