Angie & Brad’s Wedding Flowers!

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Well, as we have all heard, there was very exciting wedding news this week! It was confirmed that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are officially husband and wife.The famous Hollywood power couple married in a private ceremony in France last Saturday, attended only by family and friends.

According to the Associated Press, the nondenominational ceremony was conducted by a California judge who also provided their marriage licence. The couple’s six children, Maddox, Shiloh, Pax, Zahara, Vivienne and Knox had key roles in the proceedings. The ceremony took place in the chapel at Chateau Miraval, the couple’s home near Nice.

The public received confirmation after Brad was photographed wearing a wedding ring while at a museum in Bovington, Dorset, a few days after the ceremony.

Brad and Angelina are soon to begin filming in Malta for their new movie By The Sea. They will star together in the love story, following up on the success of their first venture together. With their marriage official, it’s finally a case of life imitating art: the pair met while playing husband and wife in the 2004 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The photo below is from the movie, and gives us an idea of what the pair look like in wedding mode.

There are no official wedding photos released as yet, but I thought it would be fun to speculate on what her wedding flowers might have looked like! Early in her career, Angelina was a bit of a fashion mess, often wearing goth outfits or mismatched ensembles. But as she matured, so did her fashion sense, and of late she has been praised for the many stunning gowns she wears to award ceremonies and other A-list events. Her gowns are usually simple and classic, and I imagine her wedding decor would be in a similar vein. Given the location, I also think that a touch of French Old World glamour would suit the couple well. Here are my Bunches Direct picks. What do you think?

Dreamy Cloud Bridal Bouquet

Pearly White Bridal Bouquet

 

Bygone Glamor Centerpiece

 

Wild at Heart Centerpiece

 

 

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Actress Piper Perabo, who featured in movies such as Coyote Ugly and Cheaper by the Dozen, and stars in the television drama Covert Affairs, married producer-director Stephen Kay in NYC on July 26. This particular affair was not covert: the pair married in the Merchant House museum with select family and friends. The wedding had a New Orleans flair with a band following the couple out of the ceremony venue.

Piper wore a slinky 2014 Resort Michael Kors column dress in metallic silver. Who says brides can’t be sexy? She paired the dress with an olive veil and blush shoes. I didn’t particularly like the selection, but it was certainly unique. For a more traditional venue it would have been dreadful. One day she still may look at her wedding photos and say “what was I thinking?” I like the dress, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for a wedding gown. The dress looked good on her. It also looked good on Naomi Campbell, who wore it earlier this year at the National Television Awards, and for Katy Perry too when she wore a one-shoulder version at another event. But oh well, it seems Piper isn’t worried about wearing something custom, and so long as a bride feels beautiful on her wedding day, that’s what truly matters.

Stephen wore a three-piece blue suit with a gray hat. The hat was a jaunty touch, and it suited the New Orleans vibe– the pair were going for a more relaxed day so a blue suit was fine. This particular suit, however: hmmm. To me it looks like he borrowed it from his overweight Uncle Vinny, then slept in it under a railway overpass. Casual, I get, but wrinkled and ill-fitting? Not so much. And OMG, the scruffy boots. Oh, and that belt. Don’t get me started.

But, moving on to the flowers: Piper’s bouquet! She opted for a less structured assortment of blooms, which again, suited the more casual vibe. I think given the silver metallic dress, however, she might have gone for a bouquet that was more modern also; I do like the blush roses and overall palette with her attire.

The selection of flowers was lovely, and included roses, Queen Anne’s lace, spray roses, white stock, anenome, and assorted greenery. This less structured arrangement is a nice choice if you want a more relaxed look. Her celebrity florist probably charged her a good bit for it. If you want a similar look of mixed blooms, with Bunches Direct you can achieve it…for about $100! And remember that our consultants can customize any of our bouquets, if you want to add more of one type of flower, or substitute varieties!

Here are some suggestions:

Irish Beauty Bouquet $79.99

Blushing Glow Bouquet $109.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Step Bouquet $129.99

Painted Flower $97.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think of Piper’s wedding day choices? Post a comment or email me at [email protected]

 

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Looking for some gorgeous new inspiration for decorating with flowers? Don’t overlook the power of the pomander!

Pomanders, also known as “kissing balls” are an amazingly versatile way to decorate your wedding venue, whether it is outdoors or indoors. The term comes from the French pomme d’ambre (apple of amber). Pomanders were originally balls, often made of silver or gold, that were filled with various perfumes. They were worn, carried or placed in vases to help (supposedly) ward off infection and also to combat the bad smells that were far more prevalent in the past (think old time room fresheners or deodorant for the middle ages). Pomanders are also made of fruit and spices, such as oranges studded with cloves.

More modern applications of pomanders are floral ones, and most consist of a foam ball that you can find at your local craft shop, covered with gorgeous blooms. A ribbon or string is attached if the pomander is to be hung or carried. You don’t need to be especially gifted to make them, either: most of us can handle it with little sweat expended. It’s best to use sturdier flowers such as mums, daisies, dahlias, or roses, but I’ve seen them done with baby’s breath and while a bit trickier it does create a stunning, ethereal effect.

Check out this great video to find out how to make gorgeous floral pomanders for low prices, using bulk flowers from BunchesDirect:

DIY Pomanders on Youtube from BunchesDirect

What to do with them? Pomanders look amazing just about anywhere, adding instant interest and MAJOR wow factor, but here are the top four ways to incorporate them into your decor:

1. Amazing on the Aisle: Hang them from chairs or shepherd’s hooks using some pretty ribbons. Scatter some petals to really add to the impact.

2. Overhead Accent: Pomanders look amazing when an assortment is hanging from a trellis, an arch, an arbor, or from the trees.

3. Terrific on Tables: Place pomanders in tall vases along with your other wedding centerpieces for a unique touch. Incorporate candles or again, scatter petals among the vases to tie the table arrangement together visually.

4. Creative to Carry: Bridesmaids, flower girls, and even the bride can carry pomanders for a different take on a bouquet.

However you use them, pomanders are a great DIY choice for any wedding that will add a lot of impact, for a reasonable price and low effort.

If anyone has used pomanders, I’d love to see the photos! Also for questions, comments, or advice, feel free to email me directly at [email protected].

 

 

 

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Well, looks like a new Bachelorette wedding is on the way! Season 10 of the Bachelorette wrapped last week with a very happy ending, but perhaps with a (slight) tarnish to the gilt wrapping on the fairytale (read on). As most of you know, Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, former Assistant DA of Fulton County, Georgia, is engaged to final rose winner Josh Murray, former pro baseball player.

So far, Josh seems like a nice guy—he’s funny, sweet, and affectionate. I am wondering if he has a slightly stubborn or possessive edge but I guess we will find out. (I’m also not a big fan of the ugly winter scarf they had him trussed up in on one of the episodes, but that’s a fashion post…) . The man knows how to choose a ring: Andi was gifted with a truly stunning Neil Lane rock. This is some serious 72,000-dollar bling, consisting of a 3 carat oval diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, in a handmade platinum setting. There are rumours that Andi actually chose it herself (as many women do); if that’s the case, then way to go, Andi.

 

Sparks flew at their first meeting, with Josh rather adorably tongue-tied and nervous. The couple had obvious chemistry on their follow-up dates, thought Andi kept declaring her doubts about his being too much her former type, and too good to be true. Guess she got over it, because during the big finale the couple declared their love and got engaged.

The slight tarnish came during the taping of the “After the Final Rose” episode. Things got a tad tense when slighted contestant Nick Viall confronted Andi about why she had dumped him, and when he mentioned (oops? no, probably more like sour grapes) that he and Andi had been— ahem—intimately involved just days before her engagement. Tacky, Nick: a gentleman never tells. We will leave Andi’s decision making abilities alone (for now).

At any rate, it didn’t seem to deter Andi and Josh, who are still gushing over each other in interviews, and posting adorable snaps on the internet. In the September issue of Jezebel magazine, Andi states that Josh is “the last person I want to talk to at night, the first person I want to talk to in the morning,” and calls him “her partner through it all.”

In an Instragram photo released August 7, courtesy of Andi Dorfman, the couple are shown snuggling in the Dominican Republic on May 10,  the day after they got engaged.

Now that the Bachelorette has landed her dream man, the couple is entering wedding planning mode. Their wedding is apparently set for spring 2015. I’m thinking it will be televised (and paid for, which means huge wedding budget, which means—with hope—yippee, gorgeous wedding flowers). In the same interview with Jezebel magazine, however, Andi claims she was “never the girl that dreamt of a wedding.”  So she will probably be in the market for a good wedding planner to help her pull off the whole event.

What clues do we have thus far, as to the wedding?

Andi stated that she doesn’t want to go too glam for her dress.  “Definitely a simple dress,” she claims. “I don’t want my wedding dress to be bling-bling.” So apparently the sparkling gowns she wore on the show are off the roster. She also mentions that the couple’s mutual hometown of Atlanta might be the venue. And she mentioned how she might love to revisit Europe, due to the couple’s many romantic dates there during filming.

So…what do we think for the flowers? Considering Andi’s apparently low-bling approach to the dress, she will probably want to opt for flowers that are classic, elegant, and simple. But if the wedding is in Atlanta, she might allow for some traditional Southern Belle. And then there is her love of Europe…

Our BunchesDirect suggestions? We’d love to see pink and cream flowers that include some roses, dahlias, and white hydrangeas, with a modern but not-too-modern aspect, to reflect Andi’s southern charm. Gorgeous, understated elegance that isn’t over the top for sporty Josh or practical Andi. What do you think?

Also, do you like Josh and Andi as a couple, and do you think they have staying power?

Feel free to comment! And for added advice, opinions, or questions, you can write me directly at [email protected] I always love hearing from you!

 

Pretty Woman bouquet

 

Oh Lola centerpiece

Subtle Beauty centerpiece

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We may not have a celebrity budget, but we can look to those that do for inspiration!

We all want a wedding to remember and to have our guests talking (in the best way) about our beautiful flowers. Whether your wedding décor is elegant and traditional, sleek and modern, or country rustic, the flowers are a huge part of the overall ambiance. Flowers accent your theme, dress, and venue, lending impact, color and interest to your special day.

Check out the floral choices made by some recent celebrity brides for their big events. (If it’s good enough for Donald Trump, chances are your mother-in-law will approve.) Our talented consultants have selected bouquets to match each bride’s theme. This way you get gorgeous fresh wedding flowers for a celebrity look, at a very savvy price. Now that’s inspired!

1. Sophistication, with a Touch of Tropical

Popular actors Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter were married at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The pair welcomed approximately 250 guests at a lavish sunset ceremony. Roselyn wore Christian Louboutin pumps with a princess-style, Angel Sanchez gown embroidered with pearls and diamonds, placing white gardenias in her hair. The ceremony was followed by fireworks and an elaborate meal that included lobster and filet mignon.

The fort was filled with flower arrangements, including thousands of orange, ivory and pink roses, with pink and green hydrangeas. The splashes of rich orange and coral really pop against the large white hydrangeas and provide effective contrast to the pale pink roses. Lush greenery and classic urns add to the upscale, traditional ambiance.

Get the Look: Use any of the following bouquets to achieve this look on your own special day.

Endless Elegance bouquet

"Royal Smile" Bridal bouquet
Royal Smile bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Bliss bouquet

Orange Bliss

Colorful Surprise bouquet

Colorful Surprise

 

 

2. Old World Glamour

Anne Hathaway wedding photo

Anne Hathaway married Adam Shulman in a romantic sunset ceremony at a private estate in Big Sur, California.  Her dress was a stunning, custom-made Valentino creation of ivory silk point d’esprit tulle, with hand-painted satin flowers on the train. She wore no apparent jewelry, accessorizing by pinning a 1920s-inspired headband to a simple veil.

The couple splurged on the flowers, spending an estimated $100, 000 on the budget. A soft, romantic palette of white, cream with hints of peach gives a timeless old-world feel to her gorgeous bouquet.

Get the look:

Unique Dreamland bouquet

Unique Dreamland

 

Touch of peach bouquet

Touch of Peach

 

 

 

 

 

Hint of Softness Bouquet

Hint of Softness

 

3.  Uptown Elegance

Ivanke Trump wedding photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivanka Trump married Jared Kushner, owner of New York Observer, at Trump National Golf course in Bedminster, NJ. Her father “the Donald” was present and provided warm toasts to the happy couple.

Ivanka wore an elegant Vera Wang gown inspired by Grace Kelly, with jewelry from her own collection. Her floral theme was white on white, with flowers that included lilies of the valley, hydrangea, orchids, ranunculus, roses and gardenias used throughout the venue. Her simple yet stunning bouquet includes white roses and stephanotis.

Get the look:

Vintage White bouquet

Vintage White

Classic White hydrangea bouquet

Classic White Hydrangea

Pretty in White bouquet

Pretty in White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Country Chic

 Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson married talent manager Brandon Blackstock in an intimate ceremony for select friends and family. The couple married at Blackberry Farms, in Walland, Tennessee. Kelly wore a beautiful dress from Temperley Bridal with flowing lace sleeves. The farm location provided the perfect backdrop with its rustic covered bridge and green hillsides.

Her bouquet was a vivid mix of sunflowers and bluebonnets (the official state flower of her native Texas) and set the perfect complement to the relaxed outdoor venue.

If you want further inspiration for your own rustic-themed wedding, you can watch Kelly’s wedding video here (video courtesy of Weiss Eubank Films) : http://vimeo.com/77468517.

Get the look:

 

Splash of Fall bouquet

Splash of Fall

Sunny Blue Bride bouquet

Sunny Blue Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Masterpiece

True Masterpiece bouquet

Hint of Fall bouquet

Hint of Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever your theme, you can find many more gorgeous flower concepts at www.bunchesdirect.com. Feel free to bring your own ideas to our professional wedding consultants, and be sure to check back here: More “Get the Look for Less” celebrity inspiration is coming soon!

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