Floral embellishments for your wedding

Jami, the bride, used these copper and glass lanterns with the names of their guests and table assignment etched into the glass. We added Ivory Spray Rose and a mix of greens and voila - flowers everywhere. Photography by Hay Alexandra. Table at Shadow Creek in Purcelleville, Virginia.

Greenery blends to flowers in this mantle spray at Stone Tower Winery. The cake was surrounded by bridal bouquets in cylinders. Photography by Candice Adele.

Greenery blends to flowers in this mantle spray at Stone Tower Winery. The cake was surrounded by bridal bouquets in cylinders. Photography by Candice Adele.

We worked with a wonderful planner for a wedding a few weeks ago who summed up her vision for the event’s décor very succinctly, flowers everywhere. That didn’t mean lavish or over the top, she simply wanted to make sure there were flowers wherever a guest might roam, ceremony, reception and even auxiliary and outdoor spaces. We started by creating the impact arrangements, but once those had been designed, we really focused on simple designs for every table, lounge area surface, bar and bathroom sink. Each of these small, floral embellishment supported the larger theme. The tall and low centerpieces created the visual landscape for the evening and served as the anchor for the décor. The smaller florals added a more personal touch as guests were able to lean in to the flowers while sipping a cocktail. For this day, we used an assortment of clear glass bottles, small gold cubes and geo-terrariums with just a few flowers and greens. This planner even had miniature geo-cubes that we incorporated into the larger floral designs.

You’re probably already seeing that trends in wedding décor make it easy to add personalized embellishments to your own wedding. Welcome signs etched in glass with metal frames are begging for a hint of natural greens or flowers. The couple in our lead photo used geo lanterns etched with the names and table assignments for their guests. We added Spray Roses and greenery and set-up the lanterns during installation. Try adding loose greenery in the shape of a picture frame around table assignment cards. You can put a few flowers or greens in simple designs just about anywhere and really see an impact in your space.

So how do you accomplish everywhere in your wedding flower decor?

1. Identify a few corners of the space that could use some brightening and note their location for your floral designer.

As you walk the space, look for flat surfaces that might beg for brightness, There may be, for example, smaller tables in a lounge area or against an empty wall, a great place to add flowers in a vase that matches your centerpiece. You may find that you can spend just $15 to $45 (depending on the fullness you want), an affordable proposition for items that complete your décor.

2. Focus on the entrance.

Greet your guests with greenery/flowers on the newal post and cap of a staircase or with a welcome table design featuring flowers that you’ve chosen for you wedding party.

A welcome table honors loved ones who have passed or cannot attend with pink and white flowers, thistle and greenery. Photography by Nicole Adele.

A welcome table honors loved ones who have passed or cannot attend with pink and white flowers, thistle and greenery. Photography by Nicole Adele.

A copper and glass welcome sign with greenery at Shadow Creek. Photography by Hay Alexandra.

A copper and glass welcome sign with greenery at Shadow Creek. Photography by Hay Alexandra.

 3. Add florals to the specialty items you are ordering.

Most couples we speak to have chosen personal items like a welcome sign, guest favors, card box or guest book that could handle a touch of flowers or greens. Talk to your floral designer about adding an affordable but festive spray, a votive vase of flowers or even something more creative that expresses your individuality.  

4. Make cocktail hour festive.

Cocktail hour is a natural place to infuse a few more flowers but remember to consider the space your guests will need if they are placing drinks and phones on high-top table. Smaller votives of flowers or candles are fine for these table. A sprig of greenery and a candle will work, as well. If your venue has a mantle, add more candles, greenery and/or florals without interfering with much needed space on your high tops.

5. Dress up the restrooms.

A bottle or bud vase with a single flower of the day will get noticed and be appreciated. Check with your venue first, they may have a permanent fixture. If you’d like, suggest that it be removed for your event so that your specific color palette can be introduced even here.

 6. Add sprigs of greenery to a photo table and more.

Stone Tower Winery, like so many venues, provides a great table for couples to use in the entrance to the reception space. We’ve seen it used for desserts, cakes, table assignments, guest favors, photos or just flowers on their own. The arrangement in the photo below isn’t towering, but it has a nice fullness that fills the space.

Candice Adele Photography at Stone Tower Winery.

Candice Adele Photography at Stone Tower Winery.

7. Accomplish two things at once, or more, if you can.

Couples are opting to honor loved ones who have passed with an arrangement of flowers and a special note to friends and family. Place this on an existing table in your venue that needs a little something. Combine this sweet gesture with your welcome to all guests.

These added decor items allow you to be really expressive and we are here to help. Lanterns on steps with greenery, flowers for your dogs collar, petals on a table of favors, there are endless combinations of things that can be done to add flowers to your day.

 

The Flowers of Summer at J. Morris Flowers

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

One of my favorite things about summer is al fresco dining. From the moment the weather turns warm, my family and I take as many meals as we can outside. Summer foods are so fresh and fun and I find it so relaxing to sit among the native trees and plants that make Virginia some of the prettiest countryside in the world. I have always said that food and flowers make the perfect pairing, a concept that became ingrained in me during my collegiate study abroad in Grenoble, France. While living with my host family, I joined my adoptive mother almost daily at the local market where she chose fresh breads, cheese, meat, vegetables and flowers. I quickly learned that the French arrange fresh flowers for nearly every meal as a complement to the food and wine that they serve. I loved it and I was hooked!

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

My inspiration for the Summer Collection is al fresco dining with an added twist, fresh flowers. Outdoor living spaces are becoming an extension of the home and I hope you’ll find a place for one of our designs on your table.

Artisan and Flower Market Designs

We separate our floral designs into two different groupings called Artisan and Flower Market. I will talk a little bit more about the Market Collection below. The Artisan collection is a set of intricate, highly skilled designs. I always love a lush, full design, but for summer, I have selected flowers that are light and airy so that light pours through the spaces between the flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

If you look closely at the vases, you’ll see that I have selected solid pieces, vases and pots with substance, especially those made from stone. The color palettes within this collection are vibrant. You’ll see I combined peach with purple and yellow with pink to create a summertime feel.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

The Market Collection, on the other hand, celebrates the vintage flowers of summer like Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters. The designs in this group are simpler, but only because I play on the strength of one single flower variety in different colors. The volume of flowers and color in each of these designs make them quite impactful. Snapdragon and Delphinium are leggier stems, heavy in petals or florets, that come in beautiful color tones. They bend and express themselves creating movement in the design. They are a heritage bloom, something you might have found in your grandmother’s garden. Did you ever clip a Snapdragon floret off its’ stem as a kid? So many of our customers remember holding the little floret between their thumb and index finger, moving it and speaking as if it were a little mouth. Did you know that Snapdragon blooms from the bottom up? That’s why the tips of the flowers are green when they are first cut.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Asters are another summer favorite and come in some of the best colors of the season. Used alone they create a full mounded look. All of these flowers, Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters are long lasting.

If you look at our catalog, you’ll see that the pricing for Artisan Collection begins with lush, full designs above $85. The Market Collection ranges from $65 to $85. It is our hope that you will find a design within the price range that you have set for the occasion. Sometimes a simple pot of flowers is all a friend needs to get a needed lift, a good time to look to our Market Collection. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or a benchmark birthday, you may find something more appropriate in our Artisan Collection.

 A special thank you to Michelle Lindsay, a local Leesburg florist who we rely on for her exquisite photography. Shop now by clicking on a photo below.

Spring Bridal Bouquets Capture a Full Range of Design Styles

The range of design styles for bridal bouquets continues to expand. With so many color combinations and shapes, your options are almost limitless. As you pour over images on the internet, you’ll begin to see a trend in the designs that appeal to you most. As you floral designer, we’ll take your general preferences and help you make your design personal. If you’ve already selected your dress, we’ll help you create a design that is a perfect complement. If you haven’t selected your dress, perhaps your bouquet design will help you make that final selection.

This graphic includes four designs that we made for Memorial Day weekend weddings. While each is very different in color tone, we were struck by the fact that three of the four brides chose a cascading style. That’s not to say that a rounded “city” bouquet isn’t fashionable. It is. The bouquet to the right includes Peony, Roses and Stock for a DC wedding at the Line Hotel for a wedding in early May.

Susie Hadeed Photography at the Line Hotel in Washington DC.  https://susiehadeed.com/

Susie Hadeed Photography at the Line Hotel in Washington DC. https://susiehadeed.com/

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