Dreamy Downtown Columbus Wedding

Purple Wedding Inspiration

This stunning wedding was held in the beautiful Downtown Columbus Athletic Club founded in 1912. The gorgeous bride, Ivana, was not shy when it came to incorporating a bold purple hue into her special day. The bridesmaids wore dazzling royal dresses and carried gorgeous, traditional style, hand-tied bouquets of purple hydrangea, pale peach roses and burgundy calla lilies. Ivana’s bouquet was softened version of the bridesmaids bouquets using only a touch of burgundy calla lilies along with white lisianthus, white stock and pale peach and pink roses.

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Photo by Stephanie Brann Photography www.stephaniebrann.com

Ivana’s bouquet of bold burgundy calla lilies, pale pink and peach roses, gorgeous white lisianthus, white anemones with black centers and touch of lily of the valley.

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Could these two be any more cute?! I think not. One of the flower girls carrying a petite version of the bridesmaids bouquet with a gorgeous coordinating floral crown and the ring  bearer proudly wearing a boutonniere of mini roses and purple hydrangea.

The wedding reception at the Athletic Club of Columbus

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The bride opted for a combination of high and low centerpieces for the reception tables to give the room some variation.

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The color combination of this wedding are simply dreamy. Congratulations to Ivana and Tim!

Stephanie Brann with Stephanie Brann Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty of this very special day!

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Recently Engaged? 2017 Wedding?

First and foremost, we would like to personally congratulate all those lucky ladies and gentlemen who are being proposed to, not just all around Columbus, Ohio but all around the country during this magical time of year! What a great time to get engaged, love is all around, family and friends you may not get to see often, it’s the time of year that everyone comes together and everyone just simply loves.

We wanted to share with you, regardless of your own personal style, 3 projected floral trends for 2017 to consider when you start planning the big day!

Floral prints continue to be on the rise – Whether it’s in your linens, your bridesmaids dresses or even your own dress, you will continue to see more and more colors and floral patterns available for you to choose from for whichever area you want to accentuate with a bit of feminine flair.

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You may wonder what your flower bouquets would look like with a floral printed dress. Fear not! We will show you an idea of what you could pair specifically with this dress. If you have a floral printed dress, your best bet is going to be to pull out one color from the dress and base your flowers on that one solid color so that it doesn’t appear too busy against the dress.

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For the love of France – This wedding trend is inspired by elegance and class. Brides are combining elements from both French Country and formal Parisian Design to create a stunning French inspired classy wedding. The colors increasingly popular that are associated with this look include deep rich colors such as red and burgundy, graphite grey and chocolate which are often offset by pastels like misty blue, champagne gold, pale pink and sage.

The flowers shown above are Red Garden Roses, Rice Flower, Silver Dollar, Blue Muscarri, Millet, Burgundy Dahlia, chocolate Orchid and Sahara Roses.

Tropical Paraides – You will see a lot more tropical inspired weddings all around, not just in Hawaii. This refreshing trend is fun and relaxing. The flowers you’ll find pairing with tropical inspired linens or dresses are calla lilies, birds of paradise, pincushion protea, freesia, celosia and cymbidium orchids along with a wide variety of foliages.

The flowers shown above are orange Calla Lilies, Birds of Paradise, Celosia, pink Freesia, yellow Pincushion Protea and Green Cymbidium Orchids.

That wraps up 3 upcoming 2017 Wedding Trends that we wanted to share with you! We also have available on our website several free organizing and planning tools to help plan your day. Often times brides have no idea what flowers cost or even factor that into their budget at times, but we created a wedding flower budget calculator that’s easy to use and will give you an idea of a flower price range based on the amount of people in the wedding, who you will need flowers for that you didn’t even think of and even centerpieces.

Check out the FREE Flower Budget Calculator here.

We also took the time to compile 9 different cost effective wedding packages for the bride that’s on a strict budget. Just because you have a budget to stay within doesn’t mean you have to omit flowers for your entire wedding! Our packages are fully customizable when it comes to color and most packages can accommodate any wedding color scheme.

Wedding Flower Packages, Columbus OH

We went out and did our research and we did this for you! We found some of the most reputable wedding venues, photographers, planners and bakers in Columbus, OH and we interviewed them. We asked them questions that we thought you, as a bride, would like to know. You can find their individual pages, interviews and answers all within our website.

Check out our list of preferred Wedding Vendors in Columbus, OH

10 Ways to ask your friends to be Bridesmaids

While our main focus is flowers, we still love every aspect of weddings and events! Which is why we’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to ask your closest friends to be your bridesmaids. Put a little thought and effort into this because after all… they’re going to be the ones who try to keep you from going insane!

1.The Puzzle

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Make them work for it! – VesyArtStudio on Etsy offers this adorable and unique way to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids with a beautifully designed puzzle. She offers several colors as well and a couple ways to package them. Link to Puzzle Idea on Etsy

2. Custom Wine Label

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Because lets face it, you’re going to need wine while planning a wedding. – LabelTheOccasion on Etsy designs custom labels for wine bottles. We thought this one was especially cute to add a picture of you and whoever you’re asking to be a bridesmaid or maid of honor.  Link for Wine Bottle Label on Etsy

3. Bridesmaid? Banner

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Cute & Simple – Another Etsy win in our book coming from laceandtwig. This simple, not over the top and adorable idea is perfect for asking your friends to be bridesmaids. She offers these in pink and gold. This is a great option for the simpleton. Link to Will You be my Bridesmaid Banner Box on Etsy

4. Ultimate Bridesmaid Gift Pacakge

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Totally girly – We love this unique and fun way to ask your friends to be bridesmaids! Cookies, movie, alcohol and nail polish…what else could a girl ask f0r? She won’t be able to say no…as if you had any doubts to begin with…

5. Custom Jewelry

Jewelry! – There are so many custom jewelry ideas you can find for this occasion. We thought these were both cute and simple. (The one on the right says “I’ve got the script but I need the stars!” with star charms.

6. Message in a Box

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This idea is similar to the “will you be my bridesmaid” banner. You could do so much with this to customize it to suit your wedding colors/theme.

7. Starbucks & Coffee Lover

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For the Starbucks lover. – Your friend will be thrilled to have a custom Starbucks cup with her name on it! And of course honored to be a part of your big day! Find Custom Starbucks Label on Etsy

8. Custom M&M’s – mmm, chocolate! 

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Have custom m&m’s made in your wedding colors. You can put sayings on the back to ask them to be your bridesmaid and there are several ways to order these and ways to present them. I don’t think there’s a way to go wrong when you involve chocolate. Order Custom M&M’s

9. Planner 

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Give her a planner with all the important upcoming wedding related dates filled in on the inside! It’s a cute and practical gift that she can continuously use and it’s easily customizable.

10. Flowers – saving the best for last!

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Send her a cute little flower arrangement in your wedding colors with a simple enclosure card asking her to be your bridesmaid. Because what girl doesn’t like flowers? Pink Polka Dot

*BONUS*

Not everyone is going to have all bridesmaids. What about the brides with male friends? They’re referred to as, fittingly, “The Bridesman” and there are gifts and ways to ask them too! This one is our favorite. It’s a di-cut box. It’s simple (because men are simple) and to the point! Throw his favorite food in there and there’s no way he can say no.

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8 Things to do with your Wedding Flowers after the Wedding

Imagine – You’ve just experienced a slew of emotions you didn’t even know existed. The time has come, you greet the beginning of the aisle with tears in your eyes as you look up and walk towards the man of your dreams. This is it, and for that entire duration of slowly walking down the aisle, your mind races, this is what you’ve dreamed of. But better. This is far more elaborate than you could have ever pictured. You’re about to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. While it seems like time stops for a moment, it all happens so fast. You celebrate your union with your closest friends and family. Dancing. Dining. Making Memories. Be careful not to blink, it only takes one blink and the special day has come to an end. As the evening nears it’s end, you’re faced with “clean-up”.

What do I do with my wedding flowers after the wedding is over?

Don’t worry, we’ve got this! We’ve compiled unique and meaningful ideas for repurposing all of those gorgeous wedding flowers. After all, you spent money on these, there should be something you can do with them, and there is!

  1. Deliver to a local Nursing Home – We have a close relationship with several local nursing homes and in our personal experience, these men and women are so grateful beyond words to receive flowers. A lot of them hardly ever believe that you’re giving them flowers. It’s a unique, meaningful and heartfelt experience. What a great way to start your marriage off! These people love visitors, talk to them, ask them for marriage advice! I promise you won’t be disappointed and you may even make a friend or two.
  2. Give your guests the remaining centerpieces to take home – People love flowers, bottom line. This act of kindness will be greatly appreciated.
  3. Preserve your bouquet – Who doesn’t want a beautiful memento of such a beautiful day. There are several DIY videos and tutorials you can search online and you can also search “wedding flower preservation” in your area. Please note, most florists do not provide this service.
  4. Deliver to a local Hospital – Same idea as with the nursing home. People in the hospital, especially long term patients will really appreciate this gesture. It could mean more to them than you’ll ever know.
  5. Deliver to all the people that made your big day come together – Was your photographer awesome? Let them know, take them a thank you note with a bouquet of flowers. Did your cake get a lot of ooo’s and ahhh’s? Show your appreciation with a  flower bouquet. Hairstylists? Make-up Artist? Even your mani-pedi place! These type of small thoughtful gestures will go a long way.
  6. Deliver to the restaurant of your first date – Makes sense, deliver your remaining wedding flowers to the place where you and your partners love would begin! Restaurants like a love story just as much as the next guy, don’t we all?
  7. Take flowers to the proposal site – Did he propose at your favorite park? Was it at work? Take flowers to this location!
  8. Message in a bottle – You’ll have way more flowers than would fill a glass bottle but as a sentimental idea, you could add your vows to each other in a bottle along with flowers (or several bottles) and toss them in a nearby river or lake.

 

What did you do with all of your remaining wedding flowers? Is there something else you wish you would have done with them?

Bold & Daring Downtown Wedding – Columbus Ohio

A bold wedding at Vue in Columbus

From once small-town-kids to bride and groom in the big city, Tommy and Jaime celebrated their union at an urban venue in charming downtown Columbus Ohio known as the Vue at 95 Liberty St. Columbus, OH 43215. This magnificent duo went for luscious, bold and romantic hues when it came to their wedding flowers and accents. Jaime’s bouquet featured stunning burgundy garden roses, green cymbidium orchids, purple stock, peach roses and gorgeous hydrangea. It’s no surprise that this flower loving bride left no area untouched with some sort of florals, from the picture frames lining the aisle, to the wreath on the ceremony door displaying a large “P” made of breathtaking green hydrangea! The mint green bridesmaids dresses were prefect to soften the bold and daring jewel tone floral hues. Addvision Photography did an excellent job capturing all the beauty in this very detail oriented wedding. Congratulations newlyweds! – It was a true pleasure to be a part of your big day! – Botanica

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Beautiful tall centerpieces of gladiolas, fragrant stock, gorgeous hydrangea, lush roses and berries dazzle the tables at this wedding reception.