Real Wedding: The Westin Alexandria

Things are pretty slow in the flower shop these days. The cooler sits quiet and the buckets are all stacked in a corner patiently awaiting the return of the flowers. Thankfully I have a few deliveries headed my way in the coming weeks for some local bridal shows but that’s about it until the late spring.  The winter months are a great time to catch up and share some images from last year’s wedding.  We’re kicking things off this winter with a very vibrant fall wedding from The Westin Alexandria.

The bride Toni came to me only a few weeks out from her wedding day. She was relaxed and flexible and was willing to work with seasonal flowers to compliment her red and gold color palette.  The flowers used in the designs included dahlias, red sexy roses, circus roses, mikado spary roses, mini sunflowers, safflower, celosia,  asclepias, yarrow, china berries, buplerum, freesia, rice flower, stock, ranunculus, craspedia, crocosmia, mini gerber daisies, gomphrenia, lilies, hydrangea and green ivy. Whew!  There was a lot of color and texture going on in these designs. Toni was a dream to work with and she trusted my design skills to deliver beautiful flowers for her wedding.

Here are a few images from Toni and Wes’s wedding.  Thank you to Pam Lepold Photography for sharing these images with us.

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Best Wishes Toni and Wes, we were delighted to be a part of your day!  Thank you for donating your elevated centerpieces to the Hospice of Charles County. They were greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

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The Color Purple

No, this isn’t a blog post about the well known 1985 movie. It’s literally about the color purple or a shade of purple, more specifically Radiant Orchid. In early December, Radiant Orchid was selected as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014.  Pantone, the world renowned authority on color, inspires design professionals from fashion to interior design to digital technology and paint. The official Pantone press release states:

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

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I like everything about this color, especially how it draws you in with it’s beguiling charm! LOL!  Ok, so they take describing color to a whole other level.  For those of you who live in a world of “greige” you probably just don’t understand and for the colorblind folks, well, I’m so sorry.  The colorful people at Pantone comb the world studying color influences in film, art collections, technology, travel, technology, textiles, etc.  “Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design”

Can color trends influence the wedding industry?  Absolutely!   Everything from styled shoots to bridesmaid dresses to floral design will be influenced by this color.  Color can be introduced to your wedding or event in several ways whether it is your bridesmaids dresses, table linens or simply letting the flowers steal the entire color show. I decided to have a little fun with the Radiant Orchid by creating a wedding color board. The flowers are a blend of purples that all compliment the Radiant Orchid. The Wisteria bridesmaid dress is subtle and works well with the various shades in the flowers.  The table linen brings in the grey which blends nicely with the Radiant Orchid and purple.

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I think I was a year ahead of Pantone. Check out the color palette from one of my spring 2013 weddings!


To learn more abut Pantone’s colors check out their website.

Table Linen:  La Tavola Linens
Stationary:  Minted 
Fashion:Yris Bridal Design