This weekend we had the pleasure of providing the floral decor for the Wedding of Rachel Fine, a singer/songwriter and television host, and her fiance Richie. The wedding was held at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City and was one of the coolest venues ever. It’s an old electrical factory that has been remodeled as an event space and is absolutely beautiful and just perfect for the couple. They also had some fun activities for guests including a vintage themed photo booth from NYC Photo Party.
They choose to forgo a formal sit down dinner with your usual tables and instead created little groupings of seating areas using vintage trunks, couches and chairs for guests to relax and eat. The couple had collected vintage bottles from all around the country to be used as vases for the flowers and we filled them with a mixture of dahlias, garden roses, freesia, lisianthus, calla lilies, and scabiosa pods and placed them all over the space. For the ceremony we lined the aisle with cream and coral rose petals and created an arch of sorts from curly willow branches in moss filled urns. The look absolutely worked for the space!
July 14th we had the pleasure of creating the florals for a wedding at the Metropolitan Club. If you’ve never seen the space, it’s absolutely breathtaking with a huge marble staircase, plush furniture, detailed ceilings and amazing terrace. The bride was such a pleasure to work with and we loved her wedding vision from the very start of the planning process. She even came in with a notebook of inspiration that really allowed us to key in on what she wanted her wedding to look like.
The photos, shot by John-Paul Teutonico Photography, totally did the space, the bride, and the entire wedding justice! We’re obsessing over how gorgeous these photos came out and hope you love them as well!
This week at the B Floral studio we’ve been super busy! We have a client’s wedding tomorrow at the Metropolitan Club and have been organizing and prepping all week. Speaking of our client’s weddings, Chris Chen Studios has posted some sneak peek photos from last weeks wedding at the Parker Meridien we did that I wanted to share. We can’t wait to see all of Chris’s images from the event.
Here’s our roundup from the week. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!
1. Summer drink recipes from Martha Stewart like a watermelon punch bowl and summer fruit sangria can be found here.
First off, we hope all you fathers, soon to be fathers and father figures out there had a great Father’s Day! We also hope everyone had a great weekend as well!
Saturday we had the privilege of creating the florals for the wedding of one of our favorite clients ever. To say that this girl was the sweetest thing ever would not be doing her justice. She was such a pleasure to work with and had a wedding filled with such sweet personal touches that you could simply not love it. The reception took place at Bayards and was filled with things like tissue paper flower escort cards “planted in vintage ceramic vessels the bride had collected, mercury glass bud vases, and personal items like a vintage brooch for the bride’s bouquet and little elephants to hold table numbers to represent the bride and groom’s first date to see the elephants parade down 7th avenue. Our favorite touch however, was the vintage cake plates that the bride collected complete with white cakes decorated with peonies to be the centerpiece of each table. How cute is that?! We surrounded the cake plates with mercury glass bud vases filled with bright buds of tulips, billy buttons, roses and freesia. The overall look was adorable and so beautiful.
A lot of people don’t realize that once a table is set and you have added special items like favors, space can be sometimes limited. We love using bud vases to decorate tables with and when you group various shapes and sizes of bud vases together the effect can be quite stunning. The best part is that they are easy to find and you can even use everyday items like mason jars and vintage cans. Here is some inspiration…
We have a bride and groom and their parents coming in today to look at some samples for their wedding. We love the things they asked for and we were so excited to come in and play around with some flowers. In addition to some floral samples what sweet treat loving girls would we be if we didn’t have a cookie and brownie platter set out as well for them ;)
On Friday we left the city and headed out to Huntington, Long Island to decorate a wedding at the historic Oheka Castle. The wedding ceremony was held outside of the castle in front of the formal gardens which overlook beautiful fountains and the reception was held in their beautiful terrace room. Outside the theme was garden rustic and we filled pails with greenery and astilbe. The reception was a bit more formal and we used tall vases with ivy inside and large arrangements full of roses and hydrangea on top.
Today was a day of playing with flowers for us. We had to make up the first of some sample arrangements that will be centerpieces for a wedding. Check out the result below. The sample arrangement includes green hydrangea, lots of roses and calla lilies.
So you are planning your big day and it’s time to get serious about the florals (6 to 8 months before your wedding). I am just about as indecisive as they come and if you’re anything like me picking between things is a hard task, I would rather walk a tight rope than make a wrong decision. Plus every flower is just so gosh darn pretty. So how do you decide what flowers to use for your wedding and all of those special events that take place from the words “yes” to “I do?” Well obviously we can help steer you in the right direction but you can also take your cue from these top 1o wedding flowers.
1. The Rose….enough said. This classic flower symbolizes beauty and love and is so great because it comes in so many colors. Many roses are grown all year round and are actually quite affordable. There are 3 main types of roses, hybrid tea roses (the classic, uniformly-shaped commercial roses generally seen at your local florist), spray roses (a rose with five to 10 small heads on each stem and a “natural, garden-grown” look), and garden roses (expensive, old-fashioned varieties with bushy, open heads and delicious scents).
2. The Tulip
Tulips are said to represent “consuming love” and “happy years” so they can be a wonderful choice for a wedding. Tulips come in a wide range of colors, including white and cream; pastels like pink, yellow, and peach; and vibrant hues like magenta, red, and purple. They are available for most of the year and the common varieties are very affordable.
3. The Calla Lily
This elegant and classic flower signifies “magnificent beauty.” Creamy ivory is the most popular color, but calla lilies also come in yellow, orange, mauve-pink, and dark purple. Calla lilies are available in 2 varieties, a large-headed variety with a long, smooth stem and a miniature version
4. Lily of the Valley
A gorgeous flower with an unmistakable fragrance is the upside of this flower. The downside however is the cost of this beauty. If you love the flower try using a few stems in your bouquet and also centerpieces so guests can enjoy the wonderful aroma of this beauty of a flower.
A personal favorite of ours, the hydrangea comes in white and shades of green, pink, burgundy, and blue. This flower is great to fill in arrangements and bouquets and, depending on the season (growing season is summer), it is moderately priced.
6. The Peony
B Floral’s absolue favorite flower is the peony. Peonies are seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can be imported in the fall.
Ranunculus is a lush and multi-petaled relative of the buttercup. It is available in many colors including white, yellow, orange, and pink.
The Victorian meaning for this classic flower is “marital happiness.” It is available all year round and mildly priced and is perfect for a traditional formal wedding.
9. Sweet Pea
Sweet pea signifies “lasting pleasure” and comes in many colors ranging from white to intense pinks and purples. Its scent can be strong and sweet.
Gardenia is wonderfully fragrant but be gentle: the delicate, creamy ivory petals of this expensive flower can bruise easily. Large three- to four-inch blossoms, as well as a miniature variety, are available.
Yesterday evening was the Wedding Salon’s Expo and Bridal Show at Capitale in Bowery. The event is for brides as well as people in the wedding industry to come and check out vendors and find out about the latest trends in the bridal industry. All of the Wedding Salon’s Bridal Show events are set up to look like actual weddings and they definitely achieve this feat. Bands and D.J.s played 15 minute sets, vendors set up reception tables, there were models in wedding dresses and waiters walking around carrying trays with cocktails. Among the wedding ambience there are booths set up where vendors have a table showcasing their given talents. There were a lot of really great vendors at the event, including our friends the Thread Heads.
The Knot has a booth there every year and they asked us if we could provide a floral arrangement and a couple of bouquets for their table. We love the Knot and were excited that they wanted to have an arrangement by us at their table. So we got to work in the morning cleaning flowers and making an arrangement and 2 bouquets (for one of the bouquets we used a flower that we just discovered and love called Carcuma, a type of ginger). Then in the afternoon made our way downtown in this crazzzzy heat wave to drop off our goods at Capitale. After dropping off the flowers (and being very very hot) we went back to our workspace to finish up some work before heading back down to Capitale to see the event in progress.
When we got to the event, Tracey from the Wedding Salon took us on a tour of the event while it was in full swing. The event was very crowded but it was a cool place to walk around and see the reception tables that vendors set up and see what vendors were there.