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Well, the Laguna Beach weddings have continued! Last month Lauren Conrad got married in a romantic mountainside vineyard in Santa Ynes, California. Now her fellow Laguna Beach alum Alex Murrell has followed her own path down the wedding aisle and was married last Saturday, October 25, at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

Alex, 27, married Kyle Mark Johnson in a beautiful rustic outdoor ceremony. The ceremony was conducted under a trellis draped with an elegant fabric backdrop edged with floral garlands and clusters of flowers, framed by amazing curly willow branches. Alex and Kyle were engaged in July 2013 during a trip to Thailand.

Alex has revealed some sweet insider details to their love story: apparently she first met Kyle when he stayed briefly with her family.

She was 12 and he was 19.  She developed a crush on him and told her family how much she wanted to marry him. Apparently Kyle thought this was funny and told her perhaps they would date when she was older. He left that summer and she didn’t see or hear from him for 10 years.

When she was 22, she and a friend were having dinner in Laguna when Alex came across Kyle’s Facebook page. On impulse, she posted a message, and he replied (see conversation above)…the rest is history!

 

 

They were an official couple within a week after reuniting. Some things are meant to be, I guess.

 

 

 

For their wedding, Alex went sexy in a form fitting Berta Bridal gown that featured a plunging neckline and lace bodice, as well as a low back. Her hair was worn in loose waves, with a simple veil attached at the crown. Kyle wore a classic black tux and looked very much the happy groom.

Her BFF’s and former Laguna co-stars Alex Hooser and Taylor Cole were both bridesmaids in the wedding, looking amazing in floor-length maroon gowns. All the guests and attendants enjoyed the photo booth, as show in some of the Instagram postings.

The flowers suited the rustic outdoor venue, and were beautifully accented by romantic candles, curly willow branches, and other earthy wooden details.

If you love Alex’s wedding decorations, you can achieve a similar look (at a fraction of the cost) by buying bulk wedding flowers and creating your own tablescapes and garlands based on her decor ideas. Choose dahlias, hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, baby’s breath, limonium, spray roses, garden roses, rose petals, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and assorted greenery. All the following bulk flowers can be found at Bunches Direct and will help you pull together a similar look, or let us do it for you, at a fraction of the cost of traditional florists. As always, our talented floral consultants are available to help you…at NO charge!

Feel free to send questions to [email protected] In the meantime, enjoy your own love story!

Dahlias

 

White Hydrangea

 

Spray Roses

Seeded Eucalyptus

Garden Rose

Baby’s Breath

 

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The beautiful Candice Accola from the hit show Vampire Diaries married rock star musician Joe King of the Fray last Saturday October 18. We thought we’d share some details since the wedding photos and video were so gorgeous!

Candice, 27, and Joe, 34, met at Direct TV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl in 2012 and were engaged in Florence in May 2013. Their wedding took place in New Orleans with friends and family in attendance, including Joe’s two daughters from his previous marriage. Candice plays vampire Caroline Forbes on the CW television series, and several of her vamp costars joined her for the wedding, including Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Kat Graham, Claire Holt, Nina Dobrev, and bridesmaid Kayla Ewell. Ian Somerhalder couldn’t make it, but Ian sent a message via Instagram from the Atlanta set where he was shooting:

““Candace and Joe- my brother, my sister. What a magical day this is for both of you. From the eye of the storm I am still with you in spirit! I am missing my home state of Louisiana and my city, the great city of New Orleans. Sending you so much love from my shoot in ATL- i’m working hard & I wish I could be there physically, but we have the rest of our lives to celebrate. I love you guys! So. Much.”

Candice was stunning in a lovely strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding gown with an asymmetrical skirt, while Joe looked magazine-worthy in a Tom Ford tuxedo. The wedding took place at Montegut House in a romantic garden setting. Their reception was a dreamy affair with music and dancing. Love the trees, the vintage chandeliers, and all the candles– the whole New Orleans setting was perfect for a “vampire” wedding. (Think Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise, Interview with a Vampire). Love the black and white photos that the couple released also!

 

The happy pair also enjoyed a line parade along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, a century old tradition in New Orleans. Candice held a pretty parasol and she and Joe were followed by happy guests and accompanied by a brass band.

Everyone clearly had a fantastic time at the wedding.”Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!” Candice gushed on her Instagram page.

The pair released a sweet wedding video put together by Valare Imaginarium that shows more of the celebration, the wedding flowers, and Candice’s dress. It captures the couple’s wedding day from before to after the big event. Check it out here: Candice & Joe Wedding Video

Now for the wedding flowers! In a clip from the video, we can see the lovely Candice in her veil and gown, holding a generous bouquet made up of mixed greenery and white roses. (When more photos are released hopefully we can get a better view of it!). If you love this look, here are some suggestions from Bunches Direct. Remember that all our bouquets can be customized! You can start with something like the Pure White, or Pure Passion bridal bouquets, then ask for more greenery, such as Seeded Eucalyptus, Leucadendron, or Ferns to create a more full look. You could also add some Queen Anne’s Lace and white Allium to add to the natural effect. You will have a “vampire-worthy” wedding bouquet in no time!

We wish Candice and her rock star husband years of happiness together! (And we look forward to watching her on Vampire Diaries for many more seasons…)

Pure Passion Bridal Bouquet

Pure White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeded Eucalyptus

 

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There is little that is more romantic for a wedding than a beautiful floral crown for the bridesmaids or flower girls. For years this was a traditional and very feminine hair adornment with a long history of use for special occasions such as pageants and ceremonies. Today, floral crowns are still a popular wedding flower accessory that have seen even more resurgence recently.

Celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst have rocked floral crowns for varied occasions.

 

More recently, both Ashley Tisdale and Audrey Roloff both wore beautiful floral crowns in their own celebrity weddings. This is an ultra-feminine look that suits a variety of venues and themes, that can work with “bohemian chic,” as well as “fairy tale romantic.”

If you want to use floral crowns in your own wedding, they are an easy DIY project using a variety of gorgeous bulk wedding flowers and basic floral supplies.

You will need: Thin green florist wire, thicker grapevine wire, sharp scissors or wire cutters, green or brown florist tape, greenery of choice, flowers of choice.

Fresh flowers look amazing in floral crowns, and your wedding is a special day. You can find a variety of wholesale bulk flowers plus excellent and low priced floral supplies at Bunches Direct. Many varieties of flowers will work, but we especially love roses, spray roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, daisies, lilies and baby’s breath for wedding flower crowns.

1. Wrap a section of the thicker grapevine wire around your head, and allow for an added two inches. Cut the wire and then twist the extra wire back onto the main circle to secure it. Use some floral tape to cover the ends and prevent any scratching or loosening. This is now the circlet base for the flowers.

2. Lay your circlet on a table and start planning your crown. You might want the larger flowers all at the front, with sizes of flowers tapering away on either side, a mix of large, small and medium, or an evenly staggered arrangement of blooms. Decide on an approximate “look” for your crown by setting various flowers and fillers out now, to save you time and frustration later.

3. Cut the stems of the flowers to approximately two inches. If you want a very “full” look for your crown, it often works best to group small bunches of flowers and filler together to form mini “bouquets”. Use the thin florist wire to wire the elements of the bunches together. Then you can use the wire to start attaching the bunches (or individual flowers, if you prefer) to the grapevine circle.

 

 

 

4. For the heavier flowers, you may want to put a wire through the center of the bloom. Form a small hook, then pull the hook back in to the bloom. This will allow you to attach this flower more securely to the crown.

5. Be sure to use adequate filler (such as greenery or baby’s breath) to fill in gaps. Keep the flowers pointing in the same direction, and facing outwards. Keep working until you have the look you want. Try on the crown frequently to see how things are looking.

 

And that’s it! You can make these the day before, but store in the refrigerator until needed. You will have a stunning crown of fresh, blooming flowers to wear with pride on your big day. This is a beautiful touch for any bride, bridesmaid or flower girl that is sure to be the talk of the guests.

 

 

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Hosting an all white wedding is a popular theme that is growing in popularity. The white-on-white wedding is an elegant and modern trend that is timeless and always in style. Though suitable for any season, it is especially appropriate for a winter wedding.

 

 

Brides wishing to have an all white wedding can start with classy white invitations to set the theme. Use white linens and clear crystal candelabras for tables, or pair white with either gold or silver. Place white candies at a dessert bar or give away as wedding favors.

 

If you are brave enough, you can even put the bridesmaids in white. (If you are really going to get immersed in the theme, you can even ask your guests to wear white.)

For celebrity decorating inspiration we can look to Ivanka Trump’s amazing 2009 wedding to publisher Jared Kushner. The wedding took place at (where else?) Trump National Golf Club, with the reception held in lavish white tents. The design genius behind the wedding decor? None other than event planner extraordinaire, Preston Bailey.

Long tables were set with a fairytale Venetian flair, white paired with (what else for a Trump?) gold. The flowers were a spectacular array in all white, including lilies of the valley, hydrangeas, orchids, ranunculus, roses and gardenias. The first tablescape featured white ceramic topiaries filled with lush bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. Floating gardenia blossoms in ponds graced the second tablescape, and for the third, Bailey created towering custom-made crystal candelabras, topped with masses of blooms and white pillar candles.


For a successful white-on-white wedding that is dramatic instead of dull, texture and layering becomes very important. For table linens, consider using a patterned as opposed to a smooth fabric. Light projections that move or change can also help keep things looking fresh and dynamic. The flowers are a hugely important element as they will be a central focus. Try mixing varieties and incorporating high and low elements with candles for greater impact and interest. Flowers can also add the needed flair and dimension to an all white layer cake. (Ivanka’s cake was pretty spectacular…!)

For wedding bouquets and cake toppers, there are a few amazing choices, all available at www.bunchesdirect.com, www.bunchesdirect.ca, or www.bunchesdirect.com.au. Bunches Direct also sells bulk flowers in white, in a amazing varieties, for the D.I.Y. wedding crowd.

Some wedding bouquets to try:

Pretty In White Bridal Bouquet

Vintage White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Fireworks

White Baby’s Breath in Bulk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chic Elegance Cake Topper

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It was quite the weekend in Venice, Italy, as George Clooney, once the world’s most eligible bachelor, married Amal Alamuddin in a spectacular four-day wedding event.

 

The celebration began on Friday night with friends, family and assorted celebrity guests as the couple hosted a dinner at the five star Belmond Cipriani Hotel on the island of Guidecci. Amal looked amazing in a fiery red dress as various guests boarded water taxis for the commute to dinner and hotels.

 

 

 

Amal celebrated with the ladies after supper while George enjoyed some stag party time, drinking tequila (his own brand, Casamigos, of course) and red wine (2010 Sassicaia, a very pricey vintage supplied as a gift by the restaurant owner). George looked relaxed and happy, joking with guests and smiling throughout the evening.

Saturday morning, George had breakfast with good friends Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber. He was full of smiles again, mugging with photographers and apparently relaxed and excited.

Saturday afternoon the preparations continued. Crews erected scaffolding to create a more dramatic landing area with canopies to help shield some of the guests from paparazzi.

Various vintage water taxis were decorated with flowers (our first sneak peaks at the wedding flowers!) and other delivery taxis brought wedding flowers to the venue.The water taxi bouquets are done in a palette of peach and pink roses.

If you like this look, we recommend the Bunches Direct bridal bouquets Pretty Woman, Pink & Peach, Pink Focus, or Forever Delicate.

 

 

The tall wedding flower arrangements are ivory. If you like tall flowers like this, gladiolas, larkspur, and stock all work beautifully, (and all are available through Bunches Direct bulk flower selections…).

The ceremony took place Saturday evening at the glorious seven star Aman Hotel, on the Grand Canal. Vintage water taxis ferried guests to and from the ceremony, while crowds lined the Canal. Amal remained inside with her family.

Celebrity guests including Matt Damon and his wife (who were some of the first guests to arrive), Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski (love her elegant keyhole-neck blue dress), Bill Murray, Ellen Barkin, Cindy Crawford, Vogue editor Anna Wintour (in a chic black and silver dress with a fur stole) and Bono (in yes, his trademark black) began arriving at about six-thirty p.m. After their arrival, guests were treated to champagne and canapes including polenta with wild mushrooms, and prosciutto ham with figs.

George arrived with his father Nick just before seven p.m. for the sunset ceremony. He looked suave and distinguished in a black Armani tux.

He used his customary water taxi, which is named, appropriately, “Amore” (“love” in Italian) for the 15 minute trip from the Cipriani Hotel to the Aman. He again appeared relaxed and excited, waving to the crowds. The ceremony was conducted by friend and ex-mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. Saturday night the party continued late into the evening.

Sunday, the couple was seen strolling in Venice after another water taxi ride, to a brunch they hosted at the Cipriani Hotel. Amal’s dress was a gorgeous (love the exquisite flower designs!) Giambattista Valli creation and her rings were proudly on display. If she wore this to brunch, can you imagine what her wedding dress must have looked like? Can’t wait for the photos, although supposedly there is a bidding war over them (I think Vogue will get them out first.)

And then there was ceremony number two! Monday the couple took yet another water taxi (it is Venice) to the fourteenth-century Ca’ Farsetti Palazzo, where Venice’s town hall is located, to complete the require civil procedure. The short 20 minute process was also completed by Walter Veltroni, who emerged with the couple afterward. George wore a grey suit with matching tie, while Amal looked stylish yet again with a cream-colored short-sleeved jacket and palazzo pants. She added a wide brimmed hat with a navy ribbon to really nail the elegance factor. The couple reportedly left Venice not long after the civil ceremony, no doubt exhausted but elated from their spectacular Venice weekend.

Best wishes to George and Amal! We can’t wait to see more photos…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the last days of August throughout September we saw some big celebrities tie the knot, with some amazing gowns, venues and wedding flowers. Here are the highlights—enjoy!

August 30: Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg

Actress and former View co-host Jenny McCarthy married actor and former New Kids On the Block star Donnie Wahlberg at the classic Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois. It was the second marriage for both. (Jenny’s son Evan helped Donnie with the proposal by delivering notes to his Mom.) The guests included Sherry Shephard and other members of NKOTB fame, though Donnie’s big brother Mark was a no-show. Mark Tweeted his good wishes. His excuse for missing the wedding? His daughter Ella’s birthday. Jenny looked very happy (bountiful cleavage and all) in a strapless gown she bought from Bergdorf Goodman.

For Jenny’s wedding flowers and decor, she opted for a glam red and white theme. Red is always a dramatic, high contrast choice with a white gown, and black tux. If you love this look, check out our BunchesDirect picks (at a fraction of the cost). You can also purchase gorgeous bulk red roses for your cake.

Classic Red Rose Bouquet

Crimson Dream Bridal Bouquet

(And in the latest news, Jenny has revealed that she already lost her wedding band…while “enjoying her honeymoon” at the hotel. I don’t think Donnie will be too angry.)

 

 

 

 

 

August 31: Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade 

Actress Gabrielle Union married NBA star Dwayne Wade in a sunset ceremony at Chateau Artisan, a private, castle-like estate in the Miami area which boasts a private lake and a moat. The couple celebrated with family and friends, including Dwayne’s two oldest sons and his nephew. Gabrielle was stunning (as always) in a strapless gown by Dennis Basso, while Dwayne rocked a white tuxedo from Dsquared2. If you are blinded by the photo, it’s probably a result of the rock on Gabrielle’s finger: her engagement ring is a whopping 8.5 carat diamond that is worth almost a cool million bucks. This is the second marriage for both.

If you love Gabrielle’s look, try the BunchesDirect Classic White Rose bouquet, or Snowy Night, with less greenery if you prefer that option:

Classic White Rose

Snowy Night Bridal bouquet

September 8, Ashley Tisdale & Christopher French

 

 

Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame married rocker Christopher French at a venue just outside of Santa Barbara, California. Ashley wore a lovely gown by designer Monique Lhuillier with a fairy-tale wreath of wedding flowers in her hair, while Christopher looked handsome in his John  Varvatos suit.

 

 

 

The pair had 6 bridesmaids including pal and fellow actress Vanessa Hudgens. The bridesmaids wore unmatched gowns in different shades of pink, slate and nude, with crown braids in their hair.

The wedding was described as “rustic and romantic” by their wedding planner, and included wooden farm tables with lace runners. Garden roses were a feature of their wedding flower selections. The 100 guests tossed white flower petals on the couple after the ceremony.

Our picks for rustic and romantic wedding flowers:

Heavenly Morning Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dramatic White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 13: Lauren Conrad & William Tell

 

The star of MTV’s hit The Hills, who is now a style maven and clothing designer, married musician-turned-lawyer William Tell at a mountainside vineyard in Santa Ynes, California. Lauren has revealed that her lacy, sheer-backed gown was designed by famous duo Mark Badgley & James Mischka. They describe the ivory Chantilly and Alencon lace gown as “simple and classic, yet glamorous.” Near the end of the fittings, Lauren had the sleeves removed for greater comfort and a more suitable balance for her frame. She added a stunning 10-foot-long train and an ornate gold leaf barrette to complete her look.

Lauren provided her nine bridesmaids a choice of gowns in two shades from her own Paper Crown bridesmaid collection. Bridesmaids included BFF and Paper Crown co-founder Maura McManus and former co-star Lo Bosworth. Lauren gave her bridesmaids gift bags containing nail polish in nude and pale pink to coordinate with their dresses.

She based some of her decor choices on an “apple” theme in a play on her husband’s name (in case you forgot, the original William Tell, according to popular legend, split an apple on his son’s head using a crossbow. Don’t try this at home). She found a brass apple at a flea market and sourced brass vases to match; she also baked 50 apple pies for the reception (now that’s dedication). The guests received welcome canvas bags with an apple and arrow logo on them. Party favors included a special “game night box” with a custom “Crazy In Love Eights” deck and a “Recovery Kit” for the morning after.

The couple’s 230 guests were treated to cocktails upon arrival. Lauren entered with her father to the strains of the Beatle’s “In My Life.” Her aisle runner was burlap scattered with gold eucalyptus leaves, and the couple spoke their own vows during the nondenominational ceremony.

For the flowers, Lauren insisted that sweet peas be included in the blooms, as these were the first flowers that William gave her (awwww). They exited to the Beatle’s song “The Two of Us,” which was the first song that Lauren ever heard William perform. Another romantic moment came when William sang to his new bride partway through the reception.

For a similar look to Lauren’s wedding flowers, try Bygone Glamour Centerpieces, perhaps customized with your personal preference of white flowers, with a choice of a delicate white bouquet.

Together We Stand

Classic White Orchid

Bygone Glamour Centerpiece

September was a busy month for celebrity brides! The latest news is that George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin married at the Aman Hotel in Venice on Saturday. The couple is expected to sign the marriage register today at the Ca’ Farsetti Palazzo, which houses Venice’s town hall.  We are eagerly awaiting the official photos, but check back here to our blog and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates. Plus, you can read about it all in our October issue of Wedding Blooms!

You can find all the beautiful wedding flowers featured in this article, at www.bunchesdirect.com  or bunchesdirect.ca.

Happy wedding planning!