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Tips & Tricks   |   7-23-15

The Meaning of it All

When it comes to wedding planning, flowers have become a standard element in wedding decor. It is easy to forget how they came to be and why we include them at all. Wedding flowers are in fact steeped in rich tradition and have a long history over the years.
Perhaps one of the most important floral elements of the big day is the bridal bouquet which arose from a variety of origins. Originally, the bouquet carried was a bundle of herbs, greens, spices or even garlic! In Ancient Rome brides carried these bouquets to symbolize fertility and fidelity and to ward off evil spirits. In Greece, the ivy and greens symbolized enduring love. In Tudor England the bouquet included marigolds and other florals that were dipped in rosewater and later eaten by the bride and groom (many thought they were an aphrodisiac).
The traditional herb and spice bouquet was eventually replaced with flowers when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, carrying a beautiful bouquet of blooms. Holding on to some tradition, her bouquet also included the rosewater marigolds. Some things never change!
In the spirit of spirits, bridesmaids were originally viewed as identical duplicates of the bride: veil, bouquet and dress, as a way of tricking evil spirits from attacking the bride. Though the dresses may not be the same as the bride, the matching tradition is still very prominent and bridesmaids continue to carry beautiful floral bouquets in weddings today.
One of the cutest elements of weddings is without a doubt the flower girl. The inclusion of the flower girl in the wedding ceremony is another long standing tradition with multiple origins. In Ancient Rome, similar to the bride, flower girls carried bushels of wheat and herbs as a symbol of prosperity and fertility and in Medieval ceremonies the bushels displayed as herbs and garlic, again to ward of those pesky spirits. Eventually the herbs and spices disappeared and blooming flowers arose in the form of floral hoops and scattered petals. Floral hoops symbolized a never ending love and scattered petals symbolized a path to happiness for the married couple. 
Another interesting aspect of the flower girl is the abundance of children in the ceremonies of royal weddings. We often see an entire attendant party of flower girls and it is often thought that the children are a symbol of the transformation of the bride from childhood into adulthood as she joins a life with her partner.
Last but not least, a still popular floral tradition in modern weddings is the bouquet toss. In the victorian ages brides tossed their bouquet to their friends for safe keeping against spirits. The woman that caught the bouquet was said to have safety and luck which ultimately lead into a life with a happy marriage.
While we don't have to worry about evil spirits today, the inclusion of flowers in a wedding remains a prominent aspect of modern day ceremonies. Flowers, in every shape and size add beauty and elegance to the lifelong union of two individuals and we say the more the merrier!
Event Showcase   |   7-1-15

Wonderful Waterfall

Last week we talked about our favorite hand tied, or round bouquets. This week, it's all about the cascade bridal bouquet. By definition a cascade is "a heavy, uncontrolled outpouring; something thought to resemble a waterfall." These bouquets do just that - they waterfall out from the hand as you hold them. Cascade bridal bouquets were popular in the 80's and 90's and were characterized by very long shapes, often filled with greenery and ivy. Some may think of these styles and consider cascade bouquets to be "dated," but they are truly classic and timeless. Modern style cascade bouquets are beautiful, often smaller, more teardrop in shape and can compliment any gown.  
Below are some of our favorites cascade bouquets we've created for our brides. We love using orchids to get that dripping, waterfall effect and let these stems be the standout bloom of our bouquets.
A true modern take on a classic cascade, we love this all white orchid stunner. We used phaleonopsis orchids in a slight teardrop which creates a great simple statement.
Similarly, this all pink bouquet keeps things simple and classic with a bright pop from the phaleonpsis and vanda orchids. Both bouquets are a true, cascade with no frills!
Sometimes, the classic shape of the cascade calls for a little punch, as with this two toned bouquet which mixes both the pink vandas and the white phaleonopsis orchids.
For this cascade we used the classic white phaleonopsis orchids with just a touch of tropical greens for dimension and pop. This was a great compliment to the tropical style of the wedding without being over the top.
To create more of a garden style cascade bouquet we love mixing orchid blooms with lush peonies and full garden roses. This particular bouquet was perfect for a southern photoshoot amongst the horses, complimenting soft pinks with the stark whites.
Similarly, this small teardrop cascade fits in beautifully with the garden style bridesmaids bouquets and features just a touch of tropical pop in the looped thai leaves and personalized lace bow.
Offering the best of both worlds, we mixed bright pink garden roses and ruscus foliage with the the tropical phaleonopsis orchids for this beautiful beach wedding bridal bouquet.
Last but not least we love this truly modern take of the cascade bouquet. We created this pageant/cascade style bouquet with bright purple vanda orchids, purple phaleonopsis orchids, thai leaves, tropical greens and ruscus. It created a fun and vibrant collection that paired perfectly with the customized fascinator the bride wore with her veil!
No matter your bridal style, a cascade bouquet could be for you! They are classic and feminine and really showcase the blooms in a graceful manner.
Event Showcase   |   10-20-14

Oscar! Oh My

We were thrilled to get the opportunity to partner with Oscar De La Renta and Modern Luxury Bridal Miami last month for a signature gown showcase. Parrish Designs provided all of the beautiful florals for the event including bouquets for the bridal models in stunning Oscar gowns. Check out a vide of the entire event at the link below, courtesy of Modern Luxury Bridal.