Trends on Thursdays: Gorgeous Garlands!

Gorgeous GarlandsThis past weekend, we set up a beautiful wedding at Basilica Hudson featuring a new trend gracing the wedding world: floral garlands! Garlands are a unique way to dress up your tablescape as opposed to the traditional floral centerpiece. They work best on farm tables or long and oval-shaped tables, as you can tell in the photo above.

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Garlands range in price depending on what you are looking for, but no matter your budget, there is a style to suit your needs. You can even add to your tablescape with candle votives, jars of flowers, and even fresh fruit. We have a variety of options to add to your table decor; check them out here.

Garlands are a gorgeous addition to your rustic wedding, and the possibilities are endless! If  you would like to add this new trend to your special day, we are here to make your dreams a reality.

~Christina

 

Tips on Tuesday- How to Avoid Pinterest Fails!

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ATTENTION DIY COUPLES!

Jimmy Fallon wasn’t the only one laughing at wedding fails last week.  We’ve certainly seen and heard our share of Pinterest wedding flower fails.  Here is a list of the Pinterest fails we’ve seen over and over again that you would want to avoid at all costs!

1. POTTING SOIL IN VASES

This is by far the most alarming Pinterest fail we have heard of.  There’s absolutely no logic behind this crazy idea.  When working with fresh cut flowers, always put them in fresh water.  Never ever EVER put them in a mixture of potting soil and water.   Fresh cut flowers need to be able to drink from their stems, and when you add potting soil, it will clog up the cells in the stem.  This will surely cause your flowers to wilt.  We have no idea how this trend began, but many couples are coming to us this season with this notion about putting soil in their vases.  Please do not attempt to do this!

2. WHAT FLOWERS ARE IN SEASON

Clearly there is no such thing as the Pinterest police, if there were such people, we would not see suggestions about keeping costs down by using “in season” Peonies in winter.

3. HYDRANGEAS

Hydrangeas should never ever be considered for DIY projects.  These flowers absolutely must cut with a sharp florist knife and properly hydrated.  We’ve seen the most fails with these flowers. Unfortunately, many DIYers continue to cut them with garden sheers and scissors, causing them to wilt.

4. STEM COUNTS

Please consult with a professional florist about how many stems will fit in your vases, bouquets, and pomander balls. Once again we wish there was some agency to police to advice on Pinterest. Many many times we see incorrect recipes for these designs.

5. RASPBERRY BOUTONNIERES

This is our runner up for most outrageous fail.  Just imagine hugging the groom to congratulate him when suddenly you realize you’ve turned his boutonniere into jelly!  This is a terrible idea, and one we see constantly being pinned and published.

In conclusion, please consult an experienced and professional florist for your DIY floral projects. And be sure to stay tuned to our Tips on Tuesdays for even more help and ideas!

Happy Planning!

~Kelsey

 

Tips on Tuesdays: Renting Furniture… From Us!

We are always surprised to learn how many of our couples don’t realize we rent furniture! In fact, we have been for the past three years.   If you are looking to liven up your barn wedding, or make a ballroom look a little more cozy, we have the pieces that all couples seem to want.  Our most popular rentals are our vintage chairs, and charming settees.  However if you are looking for something really unique, consider renting one- of- a- kind conversation starters such as our “clock table”.  This not to be missed piece is just perfect for an Alice in Wonderland type of soiree, or for anyone looking for just the right statement piece.  Feel free to contact us for all of your furniture (and of course, floral!) needs!

Happy planning everyone!

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That’s Fabulous Friday- The Return of the Blogs, Help Wanted, and New Businesses!

Happy Friday everyone!  At long last I have finally begun blogging again!  As most of you know, I used to blog in our off season.  However there really is no off season for us any more.  If you check out the blog these days you will finally get a chance to see a lot of the events from 2013 and a few from 2014  http://anightinbloom.com/blog/ .  I always try my best to blog only once I have all of the pro pics, but these days with photographers as busy as I am, I am going to consider all of our blog posts a work in progress.  When I receive pro pics, I will add them on to our already published posts.  I do still hope to continue our tradition of the Bloomie Awards, but first I need to get cooking with posting all of these little beauties. Please bear with me!

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Since we are so busy we will be looking for additional help in nearly all areas this spring.  We will have internships, general help, wedding set up and take down, and PR/ Marketing. Free lance floral designers are also more than welcome to apply.  If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to Lauren’s email at anightinbloominfo@gmail.com.

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I attended the Unique Ladies of the Hudson Valley’s meet up last night https://www.facebook.com/uniqueladiesofthehudsonvalley and I really had a great time!  This time the event was held at Nostrano Vineyards.  What a spectacular location for weddings, I had a chance to peek at their wedding album and I really hope we have a chance to work there in the future!  The wine was delicious too, so if you are hoping to visit, I really recommend that you do!   http://nostranovineyards.com/  What made this event even more delicious were the cheeses provided by Clinton Cheese and Provisions, http://www.clintonprovisions.com/.  And yes, my dear Hudson Valley couples, they will make you wedding “welcome baskets” filled with all local Hudson Valley Product.  You’re welcome :-)

I have attended quite a few of these events, run by Melissa Surprise http://surprisephotography.com/, in the past but this one seemed to gather a nice amount of brand new wedding businesses!  There is nothing like meeting new entrepreneurs, just beginning their own adventures in the wedding industry.  When I first began A Night in Bloom there were times where it was so difficult I just wanted to cry, but there is nothing more satisfying then when you persevere and actually end up with a successful business!

Please be sure to check out the following new businesses and show them some love:

North Country Vintage Rentals (yes, they have larger pieces such as couches, and upholstered items!),

http://www.northcountryvintage.com

Hudson Valley Brides  (a new blog, coming soon)!

MV Photography (one of our Shirt Factory neighbors!)

http://www.meganvanakenphotography.com/#!wedding/c1ah8

I am sure I am forgetting a few more on here, so if I left you out, please message me and I will be happy to add you along!

That’s all for now friends, please stay tuned because there are so many wonderful things happening here in Flowerland, but also in Kingston these days!  I have a LOT to catch up on!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

~Heather

 

 

Andrea and Brendan’s June Nuptials- The Hill, Hudson NY

I really think sometimes flowers just know they are going to an astonishingly sweet as can be couple.  At least that seemed to be the case with these lovely Peonies and wildflowers!  Please check out Andrea and Brendan’s picture perfect wedding at The Hill. This wedding had so many pretty details: vintage teacups, suitcases, lace wrapped vases, charming table numbers.  It all came together beautifully.  Although we were contracted for full service for this wedding, Andrea still supplied much of the accessories on her own, as did Greengage Marmalade, the caterer. Bearfly Designs also lended their talents with their lighting design, a must for all barn weddings!  This was a great example of many, many vendors and families pooling all of their resources and talents for a lovely end product!

Andrea and her Mom never even told me they had worked for florists for many years, until after the wedding.  They knew how extra stressed I would be if I knew this, and I really appreciated it because they surely were right.  Talk about pressure!  Working for other wedding pros is always a huge honor, but it is also very nerve wracking.

Since I didn’t know we were working with fellow florists, I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  This was the first time we were lucky enough to work at The Hill, and what a beautiful location it is!  The weather was sunny and beautiful, and although we finished on time, and were scheduled to leave, my crew and I hid in the background to catch a glimpse of Andrea as she arrived. She looked absolutely stunning, and Andrew looked as handsome and happy as could be.  We drove away happy to have played a roll in such a beautiful and joyous occasion!

Congratulations Andrea and Brendan, we wish you many, many years of blessings and happiness!

~Heather

Please feast your eyes on these unbelievable photos courtesy of the very talented Forged in the North Photography!

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We were delighted to work alongside the following vendors:

Venue: The Hill

http://hudsonvalleyweddings.net/

Photography: Forged in the North Photography

http://www.forgedinthenorth.com

Catering: Greengage Marmalade:

http://www.greengagecatering.com/

Baker: Alison Spieler

Lighting: Bearfly

http://www.bearflydesigns.com/lighting.html

Ceremony Music: Sarah Goldstone

http://www.jamminwithyou.com/nyteachers/sarah-goldstone

DJ/ Entertainment: Stolen Moments

http://www.stolenmoments.com/

 

Nissa & Michael’s Perfect Peony Wedding- The Garrison

This wedding has gotten a lot of attention because many of you saw the photo I posted of the bouquet on Instagram, and you all still to refer to it as, “The Perfect Peony Wedding”!  It really was!

Nissa was a bride who initially seemed very laid back when it came to florals.  When we first met, she assured me that she wasn’t too terribly attached to one look over another, or one specific flower type.  That all changed by the time her and Michael’s big day arrived!  We used Pinterest quite a bit when planning these gorgeous florals, and Nissa became very focused on a very difficult to find salmon pink Ranucula.  It was a tall order to find this lovely little bloom, but I was able to ask a big favor from one of my favorite wholesalers and we were able to get just the shade Nissa was hoping for!  I really loved the florals for this wedding, but I’d love everyone to pay close attention to the ceremony arrangements hanging from the chairs!  See folks, you can still have lovely, affordable wildflowers WITHOUT using Baby’s Breath!

There were so many pretty little details at this wedding.  Nissa’s bouquet was wrapped in a vintage lace handkerchief that was very special to her, and the centerpieces were all displayed in cubes wrapped in lace, which were just lovely!  The weather could not have been prettier, and I am sure the day ended up just as perfect as it began.  I am really looking forward to seeing the pro pics from this one!

Congratulations Nissa and Michael, wishing you all the very best!!!

~Heather

 

 

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We were delighted to work along with the following vendors:

Maggie Heinzel-Neel Photography: http://www.photosforyourwedding.com

Golden Scroll Soloists Quartet: http://www.goldenscrollsoloists.com/
JTD Entertainment DJ: http://www.jtdproductions.com/
Officiant Rev. Gary Deinstadt: http://www.garydeinstadt.com/rev/