Floral crowns are hot on the scene and today Strictly Weddings shares inspiration that we are certain will tug at the heartstrings of every kind of bride. Popularized by the recent love affairwith the ‘bohemian chic’ wedding style, the renaissance of flower head pieces has kindled the creativity of floral designers around the world. What began predominantly as whimsical and wild has now evolved into a range of looks from sophisticated, romantic to dramatic. We’ve selected some of our absolute favorites and in this feature show you seven different ways to rock your floral crown.
1. Select Monobotanic Blooms
We love the impact and drama of selecting one type of floral and letting its intrinsic nature shine. Whether it’s the lushness and particular hue of a coral rose or the delicateness of a royal purple dendrobium orchid, the effect of bundling mono botanic buds provides all the beauty of the most fashionable statement piece.
Photo Sources: 1. Bridal Musings / Lora Grady Photography 2.Wedding Chicks / Michelle Warren Photography 3. Art of Love / Design by Table Art 4. Strictly Weddings / Paula Ohara Photography 5. Sweet Violet Bride / A.W. Photography
2. Style with Asymmetric Design
As these gorgeous floral crowns illustrate, there are many creative ways to incorporate floral into your crown. Tuck in a cluster or a single large bloom to the side. For an ultra soft design, incorporate drippy floral like amaranthus. Or for a more whimsical look, allow the floral to cascade over the shoulder on one side.
Photo sources: 1. Style Me Pretty / Kay English Photography 2. Style Me Pretty / Life in Bloom Photography 3. Alixann Loosle Photography 4. Celadon Celery 5. Wedding Chicks / Michelle Warren Photography
3. Go Big & Bold
Strong and sophisticated, we love the editorial feel of these bold looks. For our brides with a lot of spunk and a penchant for high style, an ultra lush combination of dynamic floral and lots of texture is a fabulous way to express it!
4. Combine with a Drop Veil
For those who wouldn’t dream of forgoing the classic beauty of the bridal veil, consider combining it with an elegant floral crown. Reminiscent of the timeless elegance of a royal wedding, the result is a soft ethereal look that oozes vintage romance.
Photo Sources: 1. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 2. Green Wedding Shoes / Laura Gordan Photography 3. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 4. Head Pieces by Mignonne / Rachel Soloman Photography 5. Bridal Musings / Design by Enchanted Atelier
5. Stay Seasonal
While we see the majority of floral crowns donned by summer brides embracing the natural beauty of an outdoor ceremony, these head pieces are just as beautiful in every season. Consider an elegant autumn crown of dried blossoms or this deep, rich red floral crown for a striking contrast to your winter white wedding.
1. 100 Layer Cake / Design by Tinge Floral / Blush Photography 2. Style Me Pretty / Judy Pak Photography 3. Red Leaf Boutique / Simply Rosie Photography 4. Hello May Bridal Blog 5. Original Source Unknown
6. Embrace the Greenery
Channel your inner Greek goddess with a leafy green crown with simple floral adornment. How gorgeous is the natural look of this grape vine crown? Equally stunning is the soft greens of beautifully bound eucalyptus with the refreshing pop of orange ranunculus.
7. Don Fine Silk Floral
Without a water source, there is always the worry of fresh floral crowns wilting before the bride’s walk down the aisle. If you are getting married in the height of summer or are planning on an extended photo session, a finely crafted silk floral crown may be the perfect option for you. Not only are they often indistinguishable from fresh floral, your head piece becomes a special keepsake for forever after.
1. Design by WhichGoose / Yuna Leonard Photography 2. Original Source Unknown 3. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 4. Chic Vintage Brides / Sibo Designs / Caroline Tran Photography 5. Gardens of Whimsy on Etsy
As we’ve seen today, there are many ways to style and accessorize your wedding look with a gorgeous floral crown. We’ve sourced our images from wedding designers, floral stylists and talented photographers throughout the world. If you’ve spotted a must-have design, be sure to explore the link to the original post for more ideas and inspiration!
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Today, we momentarily depart from the world of weddings to embrace the season with fall entertaining inspiration from Strictly Weddings’ Chicago partner, Kehoe Designs. In this feature, two powerhouses in the art of entertaining come together to fill us with loads of festive fall ideas on hosting an intimate yet unforgettable autumnal dinner party. Senior Event Designer, Renee Price of Kehoe Designs, and Sales Director, Nicole Stephens of Blue Plate Catering, most often collaborate on crafting awe-inspiring weddings on a big city scale but today, they put their heads together to help those of us who love to entertain in our homes. What we learn from this dynamic duo is that by adding a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of surprise, there are many ways to leave a lasting impression on your dinner guests!
Autumnal Dinner Inspiration | Incorporate a Theme or Activity
Both Renee and Nicole agree that pre-selecting a theme is just as fun and effective when hosting for a large group or a select number of friends and family. “It could be a menu based completely off one type of ingredient like fall harvest squash,” says Renee, listing off examples such as a savory acorn squash soup, homemade squash ravioli, or these adorable butternut squash cheesecakes.
If that feels too limiting, take the farmers market challenge and consider making a meal solely from your basket of local, farm fresh goodies. “People close to me know I also love to incorporate a fun activity at my dinner parties,” she adds.
For the fall, Renee suggests a local beer or cider tasting, with Nicole quick to propose a complementary menu of Chicago craft brew shooters served with a delicious cheese soup that is topped with warm, seasoned pretzel bites. Or how about a fall pie-making party where each guest makes their own mini cranberry apple pie? “Your house will smell delicious for days and guests get to bring home a piece of the party!” Renee exclaims.
Fall Menu Ideas | Prepare Dishes in Advance
Blue Plate catering guru, Nicole emphasizes the fun in adding a playful take to your fall fare, sharing with us complete recipes of all the delicious dishes she describes below! “When hosting in the home, I like to put together menu items that can all be prepared and beautifully set out on a buffet in advance. It frees the host to enjoy their guests and encourages everyone to move around and mingle,” says Nicole.
What seasonal items might appear on her fall entertaining menu? “I just love the darling presentation of Blue Plates’ Crisp Kale Cups, filled with goat cheese, preserved lemon & red quinoa,” Nicole says. Another out-of-the-box idea she shares is to take a traditional French Creme Brulee and infuse it with a fall harvest ingredient such as a savory carrot puree. “We’ve also had a great response to our autumn Salad Skewers, a fun dish composed with roasted Acorn squash, baby spinach, goat cheese, dried fall fruits, granola, and an orange honeycomb vinaigrette,” adds Nicole.
For a more hearty preparation, Blue Plate recommends their scrumptious Gastro Pub Hand Pies, beloved for their golden crust and yummy fillings like chicken pot pie or braised short ribs. To finish the night off, Blue Plate suggests their gorgeous Apple Pie Spice Scones, served with ginger mascarpone, vanilla cranberry compote, pomegranate seeds, sugared almonds and sprig of fresh mint.
Seasonal Decor | Add Eclectic Style
How do you elevate the party with a sophisticated fall design? Renee suggests using a dynamic fabric or throw from your linen closet as the tablecloth. “Personally, I am absolutely in love with the eclectic and chic global feel of Suzani textiles,” says Renee. Originating from Central Asia, these unique handmade fabrics feature tribal patterns often in a palette of gorgeous autumnal colors. “Once you select your linen, build up from there,” she continues, “repurposing items in your home in an unexpected way such as a cake plate to create levels on the table or a unique vessel in place of a standard glass vase.”
For a warm and seasonally inspired centerpiece, Renee recommends following Mother Nature’s cue for fall and selecting rich autumnal blooms such as amber cymbidium orchids, burgundy dahlias, mango calla lilies and golden roses. “Bittersweet or hypericum berries and seasonal foliages are also perfect,” says Renee. “Another impactful look is to arrange a massive display of foliage or branches in a container and just let it speak!” she adds. This time of year, look for Olive Branch, Nandina or Liquid Amber foliage for your mono botanic design.
Fall Party Giveaways | Cherish your Guests
We finish off our fall inspiration piece with a final party tip from our entertaining pros. “At the end of the dinner, I adore giving guests a small token from the evening, so much so that it has has become my trademark!” says Renee. For a fall menu, she suggests small bottles of Rosemary Olive Oil. “Just buy mini bottles at Container Store, fill with olive oil and a sprig of Rosemary – and voila!” she says.
Another simple idea is a satchel of fall scented autumn spices. “Get your cotton satchels online (or at Container Store), fill with whole spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Your guests will love the way their home smells when they boil their homemade potpourri!” Renee explains giddily. “Or, keep the party going by sending guests off with a ‘signature cocktail kit,’” adds Nicole. “Package together a small bottle of thyme simple syrup and Cointreau with this fabulous recipe for a Fig Thyme Cocktail tucked inside,” says Nicole.
As Renee Price of Kehoe Designs and Nicole Stephens of Blue Plate Catering so beautifully illustrate, there is much more to fall parties than hay, pumpkins, and burlap! Whether entertaining on a large scale or within the home, there are many ways to add playful and unexpected touches that make for a magical and memorable fall soiree! For more information (and inspiration!) from our partner, Kehoe Designs, be sure to visit their beautifully curated blog called Crafted, Facebook page and website!
Photography by Behzad Design & Photography
Today’s feature is likely to ignite an infatuation with Strictly Weddings Los Angeles floral & event design partner, Empty Vase. Known for its exquisite floral artistry and versatility, Empty Vase brings magical, inspired visions to California weddings. Whether the design is a simple pleasure, such as a singular bouquet, or the ultimate in luxury, like a breathtaking canopy of 70,000 roses (shown above), each one is crafted with distinctive attention to detail and creative refinement. Empty Vase’s expert team of out-of-the-box creatives has crafted an incomparable style, earning them abundant praise and a loyal following well outside California’s limits.
What is the one word that sets Empty Vase apart from the rest and makes them a leader in the wedding industry? According to Saeed Babaeean, visionary founder and president of Empty Vase, their inspiration and signature styling comes down to one word: unexpected.
Unexpected means, “Something new. Something out of the ordinary. Something never-before-seen.” Instead of following the trends, Babaeean creates the trends by relying on his own adventurous inclinations to push the envelope and deliver the extraordinary.
Using Empty Vase’s renowned innovative flair and signature stamp of luxury as our guide, here are five ways to take your wedding from predictable to “unexpected.”
1. Incorporate unexpected floral details
Choose unique locations to showcase an interesting or unconventional use of floral. At the weddings below, Empty Vase used hundreds of Phalaenopsis orchids to embellish the bride and groom’s chairs and a lush bed of white hydrangea and orchids within lucite guest tables.
2. Create unexpected focal points
Call attention to wedding reception florals in areas of importance with high style. Case in point: Peacocks! A definite conversation starter, two 13’ fanciful, floral peacocks brought to life by Empty Vase added instant panache and a fashionable welcome to the wedding reception’s entrance. Check out the extraordinary floral focal piece emulating the bride’s gown as a conversation starter and, at another event, the sparkling 42’ canopy of 4,300 crystals catching light over the dance floor.
3. Select an unexpected theme
The wedding theme should be as unique as you! For a bride and groom desiring something creative and bold, Empty Vase brought to life a medieval-inspired wedding. Taper candles and hammered gold set off thousands upon thousands of romantic red roses used to carry out the dramatic theme.
Photography by Laurie Bailey
4. Use unexpected ingredients.
The least obvious choice can often be the most surprising (in a good way). Empty Vase used a collection of found objects to uniquely display verdant floral arrangements at a private residence wedding reception.
Photography by Laurie Bailey
5. Consider an unexpected color story
Tired of white weddings? Step out of the ordinary with a unique wedding color palette. Even candy pink and electric blue can work when chicly conceptualized and executed!
Photography by Shahin Gabbaypour
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