Reality Wedding Insider: Samantha & Nathaniel

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Well, ladies, we are fortunate enough to have another of our beautiful Bunches Brides share her special day with us. The details were provided courtesy of the maid of honor, and the one who created the flowers for the wedding: the bride’s best friend Ashley! This is a prime example of the amazing results you can achieve for DIY wedding flowers, so get ready to be inspired!

The wedding was between Samantha and Nathaniel and took place in July 2014, in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The ceremony and reception took place at the scenic Maple Downs Golf & Country Club. Guest assembled for the outdoor ceremony on a second story deck with a lovely view of the grounds. The wedding included seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen, a ring bearer, and three flower girls (including their daughter).

The blush pink dresses were a superb choice– the elegant lines and the pale pastel tone suited all the ladies well. And the shoes—love, love, these delicate silver heels with the intersecting straps!

Looks like some fun was had! Good job, ladies

Love the choice of using pomanders (sometimes called kissing balls) instead of all bouquets! The two older flower girls carried the pomanders (also made by Ashley), which were made with pink carnations; the youngest flower girl followed and scattered rose petals. Carnations are a great choice for pomanders as they fill up the ball well and hold up nicely over time.

Now, for the flowers! The couple opted to purchase fresh flowers in bulk from BunchesDirect, and do their own arrangements, which were made by the couple’s maid of honor, with some help from the bridesmaids! For those of you who are considering DIY for your wedding, read on: Ashley was kind enough to provide us a recap of the experience!

When my best friend came to me and asked me to do her wedding flowers, I was all up for the challenge. She knew I was very crafty so therefore seemed like the best person for the job. Myself and all of the bridesmaids were wearing light blush pink dresses and her colors would be a mix of the light pink, white and touches of hot pink. I thought having this blend of colours would work perfectly together so then I just had to work on flowers she liked and disliked.

This was easy enough because she did not have any flower preference other than wanting a few peonies in her bouquet. The rest was pretty much left to me. She knew she wanted the white hydrangeas for the centerpieces and then just a nice mix of flowers for the bouquets. For the bouquets I had a mix of lots of different flowers including white roses, bi-colored roses (pink/cream), white mini calla lilies, pink lisianthus, a few white carnations (to keep costs down) and then a few hot pink spray roses for the accent color. I calculated how many flowers I needed for each bouquet and figured out my quantities, and added some extras just to have some leftovers.

The flowers arrived to me 3 days before the wedding and I immediately cut them all and put them into buckets of water. I luckily had a walk-in cooler which helped to keep them cool. Two days before the wedding I started working on the smaller more tedious items such as the corsages, boutonnieres, flower girl bouquets, etc. Then the next day I worked on all of the 7 bridesmaid bouquets, bridal bouquet and 4 candelabra centerpieces.They came together pretty quickly once I got in the groove.

That night once I had finished all the bouquets we brought all of the bulk loose hydrangeas over to the bride’s house and got all the bridesmaids over to help make the centerpieces. With a bit of wine involved we got a lot accomplished. We chose to go with square cube vases for the centerpieces and she wanted to use the white hydrangeas and accents of baby’s breath. We used about 3 white hydrangeas in each cube vase and some baby’s breath scattered throughout the hydrangeas. They looked so perfect and were so easy to make!

All in all we got the flowers at the appropriate time, and that way I could play with the openness of the blooms. The flowers were fresh and beautiful once they were all properly “groomed”. I wanted them to be more open so getting them a few days before allowed me to monitor this and have them open up nicely before the wedding. Getting the flowers in bulk and arranging them ourselves was a great way to save money in the end and we all had a blast making them!”

All I can say is: AMAZING JOB, ASHLEY!! All of your arrangements are absolutely stunning. And I hope Samantha gave you a big, big, big thank you for all your hard work! Only a bestie would go above-and-beyond like this.

What do YOU think of the flowers?

 

 

 

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The empire-waist dress became extremely popular for brides around 2006.  The silhouette is perfect for tall slim brides, or brides who want to show off their pregnant belly.  Brides looking for a Greek or Roman goddess look tend to be swayed towards the empire waist.

Empire Waist DressIn our previous blog we discussed the type of flowers that would suit an A-line dress the best.  In this blog we will highlight some of the top flowers that accompany the empire-waist wedding dress the best.  Like picking out the right dress that suits your body type, certain wedding flowers complement dresses better than others.

Hand tied bouquets can complement the simplicity and elegance of this type of dress. Hand Tied Bouquets are the more casual type of wedding bouquet.  Their exposed stems at the bottom of Calla Lily Bridal Bouqetthe wedding bouquet add a natural and simple look to this bouquet.  Almost any type of flower can easily be incorporated in hand tied wedding bouquets.  Hydrangeas and roses are perfect flowers to use in hand tied wedding bouquets for brides wearing an empire-waist wedding dress.  Calla lilies also can be used in a hand tied wedding bouquet.  Calla Lilies are beautiful, simple and elegant and their Champaign flute-like shape help draw one’s eyes towards the bride’s face.  Brides can use many or just a few calla lilies in their wedding bouquet to create this elegant effect.

Rounded Rose Bridal BouquetRounded Rose bridal bouquets are very classic wedding bouquet that goes well with almost any type of dress silhouette.  Since this wedding bouquet is slightly more traditional we suggest brides to make their statement with this bouquet by choosing a colour that suits their wedding the best.  Greenery is also usually added in rounded rose bridal bouquets to accent the beautiful rose arrangement.

Cascade wedding bouquets can also complement empire-waist wedding dresses.  We suggest to our brides to try to keep these wedding bouquets rather small.  If the bouquet is too large it can overpower the dress and compete with its simple lines and natural beauty. Roses, Orchids and Lilies are among some of the most popular flowers used in cascade bouquets.  Bulk Delphinium, hypericum berries, snapdragon, limonium , statice, solidago are other flowers that can be used as fillers because they have multiple blooms per stem.  These flowers also add colour and length to a cascade bouquet.  Greenery such as, Tiki Tree Fern, Ruscus, Lily Grass, Leather leaf, Bells of Ireland, and Bear Grass are also very important in providing the shape of wedding bouquets, including cascade wedding bouquets.

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Summer weddings used to be all the rage. Everyone wanted a  beautiful, sunny, warm wedding day, but quickly autumn is racing forward  becoming the most popular season for weddings, particularly October  (which has replaced September as the most popular month to get hitched).  The beauty of the autumn months creates a lovely backdrop for all  weddings – but it makes dressing up difficult when you want to be warm  too. fallHere are three helpful autumn trends to keep you stylish, yet warm at any fall weddings you may be attending.

Skip the boots: Boots are  big in the area of trends  this year, from cute ankle boots to sexy knee highs – a girl has plenty  of options when she is boot shopping. However, one option that is not  available is wearing them to a wedding, no matter how casual the wedding  may be. Even in the fall, strappy heels, peep-toe pumps, and  traditional pumps are appropriate. Most weddings require cocktail attire, and boots are definitely not part of traditional cocktail  attire. Dressing up is fun; find a gorgeous pair of heels for a friend’s special day!

Cover your shoulders: In the summer it’s great to be  able to wear strapless dresses, halter dresses and other –less dresses  without having to worry about getting cold. In the fall, however, you need to keep warm and often dresses don’t provide enough coverage to keep you adequately heated. This year Pashminas and wraps are very
popular, but shrugs seem to be on the way out of the fashion foreground.  Many dresses are sold with a coordinating wrap for cooler weather, but if the dress you purchase isn’t you can always purchase one separately.  Especially hot this year is contrasting and bright colours.
Have a black  or brown dress? Match it with a bright wrap for bang of colour to your  ensemble.

Go for a feminine sweater: Sweaters are a great way  to keep warm and are always super cozy; however, they can sometimes make  a cocktail dress look too casual. Sweaters are great to wear when you  are travelling to the wedding, from the wedding to the reception, and  back home again, but don’t wear it during the ceremony or at the
reception – you want to look dressed up and fancy, so don’t let a  cardigan bring down your fashionable outfit. When you are choosing a sweater to wear, look for something feminine with small buttons, low-key embellishments or ruffles, plus make sure you choose a colour that will  compliment or contrast your dress, the same way a wrap would.

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Wedding Flowers and Bridal Bouquets that Complement the A Line Wedding Dress Silhouette

A-line wedding dresses are very common for many brides.  Luckily there are many wedding bouquet arrangements that suit this type of dress.  We recommend rounded wedding bouquets; hand tied wedding bouquets, and cascade wedding bouquets.

Rounded bouquets are suitable for roses or spray roses accented by dispersed greenery in the wedding bouquet.  Roses, especially spray roses, are small enough to completely cover the wedding bouquet, creating a bulb-like effect.  Greenery is usually added in rounded rose bridal bouquets to accent the beautiful rose arrangement.  This type of wedding bouquet usually has the rose stems wrapped in ribbon or contained in a handle, for a more formal look.

Hand Tied Wedding BouquetHand Tied Bouquets are a more casual wedding bouquet than rounded bouquets because of their exposed stems at the bottom of the wedding bouquet.  Almost any type of flower can easily be incorporated in hand tied wedding bouquets.  Gerbera Daisies, Roses and, Calla Lilies are perfect flowers to use in hand tied wedding bouquets for brides wearing an A-line wedding dress.

Cascade Bouquet for an A line DressCascade bridal bouquets can be created in various sizes.  For brides wearing A-line dresses, small to medium size cascade bouquets are most appropriate.  The cascade wedding bouquet should be no wider than half the width of the skirt and should be no longer than twice the width of the bouquet.  Any larger and the bouquet will masque the dress significantly.  Many different flowers can be used in cascade wedding bouquets.  Roses, Orchids and Lilies are among some of the most popular flowers used.  Bulk Delphinium, hypericum berries, snapdragon, limonium , statice, solidago are other flowers that can be used as fillers because they have multiple blooms per stem.  These flowers also add colour and length to a cascade bouquet.  Greenery such as, Tiki Tree Fern, Ruscus, Lily Grass, Leather leaf, Bells of Ireland, and Bear Grass are also very important in providing the shape of a cascade wedding bouquet.

When creating or picking out your wedding bouquet, use colours and seasonal flowers that match your personality and wedding theme.  This will make your event unique and
memorable for all your guests.

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BunchesDirect.com to supplies 2000 large White Dendrobium Orchids for reality TV celebrity couple Brendan Villegas and Rachel Reilly’s wedding to be hosted on the top-rated show -  My Fair Wedding.

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BunchesDirect.com is excited to be making its first television appearance, by providing over 2000 beautiful, large White Dendrobium Orchids for reality TV celebrity couple Brendan Villegas and Rachel Reilly’s wedding on September 8th, 2012. White Dendrobium Orchids, by no coincidence are Rachel’s favorite flower!

Brendan and RachelBrendan and Rachel first met and fell  in love on season 13 of Big Brother and continued to build their relationship while competing in the Amazing Race.  Their special day will be televised by WeTV on the top-rated show My Fair Wedding hosted by celebrity event planner David Tutera.  The orchids will first be displayed during the “room reveal” to the couple. This is where David shows the couple the finished room right before the guests come in. This  is the opportunity to view close up shots of some of the elements that ultimately make up the wedding design (orchids included). Once the guests come in and the story line continues with catering, entertainment, etc the orchids will be in the background of all of these shots and will be a main decor focus.

BunchesDirect.com sells Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flowers for any occasion. By providing flowers directly from the farmer to the buyer we are able to save our customers 70% on their fresh cut bulk or wedding flower purchase. BunchesDirect offers full custom wedding flowers and arrangements.  BunchesDirect also  offers free wedding flower consultation – let our Floral Designers work  their magic!

To learn more about BunchesDirect or to sign up as an Event or Wedding Planner visit our site at bunchesdirect.com.
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The Budget BrideIn reading various wedding and bridal websites and blogs, you may have noticed a few trends pop up. Weddings are traditionally influenced by the fashion world but more and more we are seeing home decor and graphic design inlfuences creep into traditional weddings.

Couples are taking advantge of the theme aspect of their celebration and are going all out to carry out an artistic vision for their day.

In the past year, we’ve noticed the following trends:

Flowers: potted plants and succulents are creeping their way into places that were traditionally held for cut flowers. Brides are using garden clippings, potted plants and small seedlings to decoarte their tables and are even incorporating these elements into their bouquets.

We are also seeing a trend towards more branded events. From the save the date to the wedding programs, couples are taking the opportunity to create a personal brand for their event, being very specific with color choices, fonts, and decor for their events. These couples are either very hands-on in creating the vision and style for their event or have hired a wedding coordinator that has shown them the value of branding an entire event to create a cohesive package.

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Whether you have a specific theme or if you just want to set a certain ambience at your wedding, there are a few key areas you will want to focus your decoration efforts on. We’ve included some ideas for your ceremony, table setting, bridal bouquet and venue lighting, to make your day a special and memorable day for you and all of your guests.

Aisle Wedding Flowers

Aisle Wedding Flowers

Aisle Wedding FlowersTo start off, the first things guests usually see when they arrive to a wedding is the aisle. You can decorate your aisle with various colour runners accented with ribbons and wedding flowers on chairs next to the runway. At the end of the aisle, think about decorations for the front stage. An elegant touch at outdoor weddings are gondolas or archways that are decorated with greenery, white lights and typical wedding flowers such as Roses, Calla Lilies, Gerbera Daisies, that complement the bridal bouquet. Indoor weddings should also have a ceremony decorated with some wedding flowers. The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and flowers along the aisles will frame the bride and groom from the wedding party. Sunflowers are a great wedding flower for providing height to tall bouquets in indoor and outdoor ceremonies during the fall season. Alternatively the use of tall vases with clusters of flowers found in the bridal bouquet, such as Hydrangeas and Baby’s Breath, with the occasional Rose, Orchid, or Daisy adds a unique punch of colour. This type of vase is especially popular for centrepieces.

Tall Floral Weddin Centerpiece

Tall Centerpiece

The conscious bride will know that there is such a thing as a bad centrepiece. The most important thing to guests is the height of the centrepiece. You ultimately have two options: keep your centrepieces low to the table, or have them in slender vases high above eye level. Avoid medium height centrepieces as they obstruct the view of guests around the table. Hydrangeas make elegant low centrepieces and fill up the empty space in the centre of a table quite well. The wedding flowers that are used in the centrepieces do not have to make the flowers in the bridal bouquet but should go with the overall theme of the wedding, using similar colours as the colours in the bridal bouquet. A bride can also re-use her own wedding bouquets such as the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids’ bouquets as low centrepieces by placing them in low vases with a simple ribbon.If you are looking for a more minimalistic approach to your decor, rose petals scattered across a simple tablecloth adds a whimsical look to an empty table. If you have white tablecloths consider red, yellow, pink, or red petals, this will add a punch of colour to the table. Candles can also add a personal touch to the style of a table arrangement. Keep in mind, that many venues require candles, to be contained in containers for safety concerns, so you many have some limitations. Candle lit lanterns provide a safe option that are perfect for whimsical, rustic weddings. Floating small candles are also very popular, and look sleek and unique with the contrast of fire and water. Submerged flowers add a surprising and dramatic effect to this special centrepiece. When creating your centrepiece make sure to add a variety of heights to add visual interest to your centrepiece. Similarly a bridal bouquet should also use a variety of colours, textures and flower sizes to provide visual interest.

When it comes to decorating with lighting, if your venue does not provide ceiling lights, you may want to add small white string lights to add an ambience of a starry night. This look is beautiful and takes away from the harsh lights sometimes provided by venues. For a more oriental look, adding paper Japanese lanterns on the ceiling of almost any venue is a great lighting solution. Having Orchids in the bridal bouquet or throughout the wedding flowers truly complements this oriental look very nicely. This is great for dressing up the inside of tent, or loft-style ceilings.

Rose Petals

Rose Petals

For more inspiration have a read through our following blogs:
Fall Wedding Dos
Favourite Wedding Flowers
Wedding Centerpiece Ideas for Spring