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Flower Obsession | Wedding Wednesday

Your dream wedding venue is booked, you’ve said “yes!” to the dress, you love your wedding photographer and you may have just booked your DJ or band.  Hopefully at this point you are giving yourself some time to breathe, pat yourself on the back, and maybe even pamper yourself a little because you just checked off some of the major players of your wedding day!  Doesn’t it feel amazing?!:)

Once I reached this point with my own wedding planning, I was sitting on cloud nine.  I took a much needed break from wedding blogs and Pinterest and just enjoyed doing my normal day-to-day things.  Then, one day, it hit me … what am I going to do about flowers?!  Sure, I’ve been to over 100 weddings and have seen so many stunning flowers, but panic still set in a little because, well, I really love flowers and of course, like every other bride out there I wanted everything to be perfect and stay within my budget.  Sometimes that can be a tall order!

I grew up with my Mom arranging beautiful flowers in our home where she had her very own flower shop.  I loved coming home from school and watching my Mom create colorful designs with lush roses, beautiful baby’s breath, and my favorite – fragrant peonies.  Sure, sounds like I was half way to figuring out what kind of flowers I wanted for my wedding but since we were on a budget, I had to get creative.  So, of course I talked with my Mom and my florist about my “dream list” of florals and asked them what kind of flowers we could go with for alternatives.  After many emails and phone calls, the perfect list of blooms was created and it worked beautifully within the theme of our vintage-chic backyard wedding.

Along with talking with your florist, here are some things to think about when selecting your flowers for your wedding day:

Soft and romantic bouquets of garden roses to help create a contrast against your bridesmaid dresses.  (J. Crew Bridesmaid Dresses pictured)

On the left the same idea of contrast is applied, however standard white roses are mix with greenery and pearls to create a more classic, modern look.  My bride on the right has achieved not only a romantic look in the variety of soft white flowers in her bouquet, she also found a perfect way to highlight her dress.

Contrast can also be created with the subtle addition of color.

You can also consider what flowers are in season for your wedding!  This will not only help you with design, but with sticking within your budget as well.  Not getting married in May, but you love peonies?  Why not try Garden Roses or Dinner Plate Dahlias?  Or maybe you’re getting married in the fall, but still want a flower that can make a statement … Sunflowers are always a good idea!

Dinner Plate Dahliahs pictured on the right.

You can also use your flower choices to add color to your wedding details.  Below are a few of my favorite uses of colorful bouquets that in some cases add contrast and in others are more monochromatic.  Either way – they are all beautiful!

Thinking outside of the box?  How about bold colors or maybe even consider using paper flowers like the image on the right!?

One style I saw a lot of in 2014 was lush, unstructured, loose bouquets that not only made a statement in their shape but with their subtle use of color.

Along with budget, color scheme, the time of year, and style, it’s important to think about how you want to incorporate flowers into your wedding day.  It doesn’t have to stop at bouquets, boutineers, and centerpieces.  I personally loved how my bride added some lush baby’s breath, hydrangea and a rose to her and her Groom’s chairs at their reception.

Lastly, and this was advise I was so happy I followed with my own wedding – creating highs and lows with your centerpieces.  It really makes your reception room or tent pop and become more dynamic!  (and if you have the budget for sequin tablecloth, I promise you won’t regret it!  The sequins is beautiful during the daylight and even more stunning when the lights are low and little hints of shimmer shine with candle light.)

The Barn at Gibbet Hill | Outdoor Wedding Venue Feature

The Barn at Gibbet Hill is one of my favorite venues!  I am a sucker for their beautiful country setting; the rolling hills, herds of cows, wooden post fences, lush-green grass, beautiful trees, and of course – the old restored barn.  Not only is Gibbet Hill a perfect venue for couples looking for an intimate and rustic/vintage setting, but they also have one of the best caterers I’ve ever worked with.  I say this wish such confidence (and some bias) because Fireside Catering took such great care of my Husband and I at our wedding.  We were married and held our reception at the stunning Fruitlands Museum, but don’t worry, a blog post is coming about how wonderful our big day way!

I’ve had the opportunity to photograph so many jaw-droppingly beautiful weddings at Gibbet Hill.  All of which I was second shooting with the talented Lexi, of Lexi Photography.  If you’ve been following my blog, you know that Lexi is one of my besties and we often shoot together.  There is nothing more fun than getting to that do what you love, with your best friend!  I mean seriously, how awesome would it be if you were able to work with your bestie?!

When I started my search for the perfect wedding venue, I was, frankly … overwhelmed.  It took a lot of creative searching on Google, stalking Style Me Pretty, and looking over other photographer’s blogs to find the perfect home for our special day.  I am so thankful for all of the time spent finding the right place because in the end, our day was better than I could have imagined.  This experience also made me realize how I could improve my blog so that maybe one day, I too could help another Bride or Groom on the search for their dream-come-true wedding venue.

If you like what you see and are a bride or groom searching for the perfect venue for your wedding day, be sure to check out Fireside Catering’s other fantastic venues.  You can get links to all of them here.

Now for a intimate look at a few of my favorite moments of Kristyn & Billy’s July wedding at The Barn at Gibbet Hill.  They had a perfect day for an outdoor wedding ceremony, followed by an intimate reception held in the barn.  Today’s feature is focused on the beautiful possibilities for an outdoor ceremony at Gibbet Hill.  I’ll be featuring other weddings that showcase the barn in blog posts to come.

Enjoy!

Newborn Session | Baby Jayden

It’s no secret I love babies – so when I am invited to capture the first few days or first month of a little guy or girl, I am thrilled!   I met up with Carolyn and Gossett a few days after Christmas.  It was a perfect time to get together and catch up!  Carolyn is my husband’s cousin and there is nothing better than to catch up with family!  Here are a few of my favorite things about Baby Jayden’s session:

  • The way he looked at his Mom & Dad, he could melt anyone’s heart!
  • His big beautiful eyes.
  • Do you see all that hair on his head?  Adorable!
  • His cute little toes, hence the family footsie photo;)
  • The way his parents looked at him, so much love!

Enjoy!

Beaver Brook Park | Kelly & Noah

Happy New Year!  2015 is shaping up to be a pretty amazing year and I am so excited to start it off with this super adorable winter engagement session.  Kelly and Noah’s wedding will be my first this season and after getting them in front of the camera for their engagement session, I can’t wait for their wedding in February!  We met up on a some what chilly winter morning, just before Christmas at Beaver Brook Park.  Despite the cold, these two were so easy to photograph with their big smiles and full hearts.  Some of my favorite photographs are where you can see little flakes of snow and of course the ones with their super sweet pup.

Wising you all a very happy and full of love New Year!