Eclectic & Enchanting: Mint, Peach and Coral

January 15th, 2014

Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-19 There is nothing that makes us smile more than a happy bride, and sweet Elizabeth had us grinning from ear to ear! The bride’s overall vision matched her personality to a tee (we love this)! With a design request for a wildflower, eclectic look, we focused on incorporating her color palette of pale peach, yellow and mint into varying textured flowers such as billy balls, succulents and fragrant Juliet cabbage roses. The look was as effortlessly lovely and enchanting as the couple themselves. With a nod to the vintage, varying sized bud vases adorned the family style farm tables and vintage lace table runners. With a hint of playfulness, “LOVE” was spelled out in floating gold letter balloons as one of the many sweet accent details. What was our favorite bit of this Wilmington wedding? Um…hello?! Just look below at that flower girl holding Elizabeth’s bouquet! Now there’s a girl who understands you can never have too much tulle when it comes to twirling on a dance floor. Enjoy!

DESIGNER’S TIP: Never shy away from incorporating your color story into your texture. Elizabeth’s accent color, mint, is a perfect example of when a textured plant, such as a succulent, can be the perfect design element for color and texture.Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-24Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-25Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-13Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-18Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-17Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-3Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-5Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-2Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-10Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-31Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-29Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-12Elizabeth and Forrest Eric Boneske Photography-6VENDOR ACCOLADES: Eric Boneske Photography, Planner: Shindig Events

Crisp & Sleek: An Elegant White Wedding

December 11th, 2013

I_0651We’re a sucker for a man in a uniform; place him next to his glowing bride and bring on the tissues! Sarah and Dana’s fall 2012 wedding was one of timeless elegance and crisp, white details. The bride’s vision of a clean, sleek look was complementary to the couple themselves (literally, just look at them). Sarah’s round bouquet was bursting with a variety of roses and white ranunculus, as her bridesmaids carried white callas. The bride’s vision for ‘sleek’ was exemplified in the monochromatic white floral designs at her reception at the Country Club of Landfall. Understanding Sarah’s vision, and adding a touch of modern, we had a blast showcasing some of our most beloved flowers in glass vases to keep the room open and the look crisp. What was out favorite detail? Allowing each stunning, sophisticated flower to stand alone on display. This design detail allowed all the other design elements to ‘pop’ per say; just look at those chevron menu cards and those orchids…Simply Divine.

DESIGNER’S TIP: There’s nothing bland about white. Sarah’s wedding is a true example of creating a design to match the ‘feel’ of the party. We were able to keep the room airy and sleek by designing a monochromatic look and using varying glass vases for guests to see through. Her generous eye for detail (shown in the chargers, etc.) allowed her monochromatic vision to be a timeless showstopper. Essentially, we love a good design adjective.

I_0684I_0756I_0757I_0752I_0751I_0729I_0746I_0727I_0722I_0695VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Millie Holloman Photography, Reception: Country Club of Landfall

Vibrant & Tropical: A Waterfront Wedding

December 4th, 2013

kourtney and jay-012Who needs to travel to the Caribbean for a wedding when you live in Wilmington?! Our September bride’s vivid blooms and picturesque waterfront wedding reminded us of a beach getaway somewhere warm and tropical. With an overall look of beach chic, and texture galore, our design team couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as each lush and colorful bloom was cheerfully fastened into this design. Just look at that arbor! Filled to the brim with hydrangea, roses, orchids, and lilies, it was the perfect backdrop for this adorable couple’s nuptials. Kourtney and Jay’s sunset color palette was a magnificent choice amongst the blue hues of the intracoastal waterway. What was our favorite part? Hmm…it’s a toss-up between those swoon-worthy orange dahlias’ in Kourtney’s bouquet and this lovely couple’s infectious smiles. It’s a definite tie (wink). No matter what, we knew this wedding was perfect to brighten up your day! Enjoy.kourtney and jay-205kourtney and jay-023kourtney and jay-144kourtney and jay-044 kourtney and jay-015 kourtney and jay-010 kourtney and jay-001VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photography: Jennifer Priddy Photography, Wedding Coordination: A Shindig Southern Events

Styled Shoot: An Artist’s Watercolor Wedding

November 6th, 2013

Psst…we have a (not so secret) design tool we rely on when meeting with perspective brides and talking colors…The Perfect Palette blog. This popular blog is a fave in the shop because the easy to well styled inspiration boards, categorized by a mecca of color combos, are all perfectly designed to help brides and grooms easily envision their ‘perfect palette’. We love this blog! So, when we saw our watercolor inspired style shoot as a feature color combo last week, we nearly flipped.

Our floral inspiration came from our coastal love of watercolors and its delicate method of blending color. This was the perfect design element for showcasing sunset hued roses and hydrangea ‘bleeding’ into the next shade subtly.  Our bride’s appreciation for art and all things modern was displayed in our furniture choice of lucite and lacquer. Tied together with feminine touches seen in the tablecloth, mirrored accent pieces and white vintage frames. wilmington wedding photoswilmington wedding photosOur lovely bride’s bouquet and headpiece was designed to exude her assurance and love of bold color. Bleeding hues of sherbet to bold pops of fuchsia were designed to complement her confidence. Bright, distinct texture galore.wilmington wedding photos wilmington wedding photos The main elements were to show our hostess’ eye for detail and appreciation for the unexpected. The flowers were all designed in sunset hues, blending subtly into the next sunset shade. The lucite stools, white lacquer furniture and that show stopping mirrored bar, all from Pomp, were selected to complement our overall design in a way of ‘reflecting’ its surroundings and to sleekly showcase the blossoms’ colors like art on display. And of course, the cocktails and watercolor guest gifts were also set in our signature party colors. But…One Belle Bakery’s cake was a centerpiece in itself! Taking the theme of watercolor, femininity and art and creating a mini masterpiece we dared not slice. They painted the cake?! Swoon. 

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VENDOR PARTICIPANTS AND ACCOLADES: All Photography By: KMI Photography, The Table Setting: Party Suppliers & Rentals, Lounge Furnishings and Lanterns: Pomp Event Furnishing, The Cake: One Belle Bakery

Succulents and a Southern, Soft Palette

August 20th, 2013

Gwyn and Mike-15Sometimes the best part of designing wedding flowers is seeing all the wonderful moments of our couples’ big day captured on film. Gwyn & Mike’s wedding was just that type of moment, full of Southern charm and loads of personality. Gwyn’s sea-foam green/gray hued bridesmaids’ dresses allowed us to infuse the subtle pop of peachy pinks into a palette of creams and a mecca of textured greens. The fabulous element (and texture) of succulents was the perfect match for our bride’s romantic, natural aesthetic. Not to mention, the tiny detail of twine around the boutonnieres to compliment the burlap bouquet wrap. We love when we get to play. FYI- We can’t get enough of the bridal party shot above “just hanging” on a live oak tree…southern charm at it’s best.

DESIGNER’S TIP: Never shy away from the juxtaposition of two opposite textures or feels. There is a creative delight when you complete a look that infuses a visual surprise. Example: the succulents mixed with the large, peach cabbage rose.

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TALENTED VENDOR ACCOLADES: Eric Boneske Photography, Ceremony: Airlie Gardens, Reception: St. Thomas Preservation Hall

Picture Day: Orchid & Billy Ball Bouquet

June 20th, 2013


fiore_phixrHere’s the scoop, we’re busy designing away for our very own lead designer’s wedding today…how fun is that?! Just wait until we post all her designs. In the meantime, have a lovely day!

Southern Wedding Romance: Soft Pinks & Crisp Whites

June 12th, 2013

0261_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo“Simply lovely,” This was our motto about Meagan and Matt’s May Wilmington wedding. We just adored how this pretty bride’s design was tied into all the tiny details from the pale pink & sage paper accents, to the natural table numbers and birch containers, to that dreamy chiffon dress.  With Meagan’s floral design adjectives of ‘southern, natural and romantic,’ we had a blast creatively incorporating baby’s breath into bridesmaids’ bouquets, infusing Spanish moss for a bit of the south and playing with an array of the soft hues and lush textures of the gush-worthy peony and cabbage rose. This Wilmington wedding provided a perfect example of how breathtaking can also be sweet and natural…Oh, this truly was a simply lovely wedding. ** Designer’s Tip: Never shy away from the unexpected! The subtle use of succulents in this floral design added the perfect complement to the natural wooden details and the delight of the unexpected.  0061_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0245_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0542_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0060_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0513_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0503_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0525_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0543_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_Photo0498_Meagan_and_Matt_Theo_Milo_PhotoVENDOR ACCOLADES: Photo Credit: Theo Milo Photography, Planner: Social Butterfly Events, Venues: ceremony at Airlie Gardens and reception at 128 South 

English Garden Hues: Blues, Whites and Pinks

May 29th, 2013

0041.Stephanie + KellyStephanie and Kelly’s fall 2012 wedding was all about the details and incorporating the couple’s personality into their big day. What a delight it was to design for a couple that was playful enough to incorporate their signature margarita drink into glass beakers that represented their passion for science. Now, that’s detail! With Stephanie’s vision of blue incorporated into a lush, delicate design we had a blast complimenting all the details of the coordinating aesthetics all about the party. Soft pastels and lush arrangements presented an elegant appeal.  A strikingly large moss arch, fastened in white hydrangea, served a dual purpose for the ceremony and the reception. Oh, do we love when our brides add statement pieces to their design! The overall look resembled an English garden complimented by personal details and delightful color coordination. What a delight! 0042.Stephanie + KellySONY DSCSONY DSC0028.Stephanie + Kelly0013.Stephanie + Kelly0044.Stephanie + KellySONY DSC0025.Stephanie + KellyDesigner’s Tip: 1.) See the arch above? A visual statement piece like this is a smart way to draw the eye away from which you wish something not to be seen and draw it to something you love.   2.) Oh, those hydrangeas! This pretty, lush bloom is a designer’s dream when you wish to “fill” space in a delicate way.

VENDOR ACCOLADES: Photos: Susie Linquist Photography, Planner: Social Butterfly Events, Venue: 128 South

Luxe & Lovely: Soft Pinks and Whites

May 22nd, 2013

00141_IMG_7664_LisaDean_LindseyJune is just around the (wedding) bend and a month that makes us as giddy as our pending brides-to-be. Lisa & Dean’s 2012 June wedding was a day of perfection out at Figure 8 Yacht Club. Lisa’s soft color palette of pale pinks and striking whites was the perfect color story amongst the crisp blue water and flourishing green landscape. The best part for us was playing with all those sensual orchids… my, oh my! The overall aesthetic captured the couple’s sophisticated style and transformed the room into a fragrant visual of romance. 00174_IMG_8068_LisaDean_Lindsey 00170_IMG_7773_LisaDean_Lindsey00147_IMG_7678_LisaDean_Lindsey 00166_IMG_7732_LisaDean_Lindsey 00158_IMG_7708_LisaDean_Lindsey 00145_IMG_7672_LisaDean_Lindsey 00136_IMG_1753_LisaDean_Rebecca00140_IMG_1766_LisaDean_Rebecca00139_IMG_1762_LisaDean_Rebecca…Swoon.

Fun Design Fact: Did you know this delicate looking flower above is in fact very durable? That’s right! Orchids are not only breathtaking but ideal for indoor and outdoor settings.

ACCOLADES: All Photos By: Millie Holloman Photography, Venue: Figure 8 Yacht Club

Fiore’s Ideas for a Blooming Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2013

blog3Calling all mamas...Mother’s day is this weekend and we love celebrating mom! So as a mom, I knew it was the perfect time to share some simple, stylish ideas that my fellow mothers would appreciate. See the bouquet above? It’s what I call ‘Pink Peonie Perfection’, this flower is stunning, strong and enchanting. So, it is no wonder why I feel it is a direct reflection of moms everywhere. Peonies are delicate but never frail, they compliment any fellow flower but can also stand stunning alone, and they are utterly endearing. Check out these ideas below and become inspired, there’s something for everyone…and remember, we’re always here to help. Enjoy!

1.) Simple & Sweet: Never negate how far a bit of color and pretty paper can take you, a simple bloom wrapped easily in a band of colorful, patterned paper makes for the most delightful presentation. decor8blog2.) Why, hello gorgeous. This astounding amount of tulips (just a few bushels), set in one color palette and a galvanized water bucket, makes anyone mom wish to stay home and host all day long!3a129da23a7a8bdc594be9aa0e93dc5d3.)Cheerfully Dressed: Let mom wake up to color and whimsy with a band of ribbons cascading down a door. This is a great project for the pint size crew! And a fabulous surprise for mom. a9e0f2b656196b300d6c9e47a8c916644.) Garden Chic: Texture and abundance is key here, we love this birch vase (we use them a lot) full of all the wonder of a garden. And green thumb mama would swoon over this. poppytalk5.) A Card As Big As Mom’s Heart: So simple and enadearing! Take any color poster board, string (or ribbon) and let the kiddos have at it. Homemade can still come out chic if the design has structure. c15735fa37edd93e5e6a16caf2111a646.) Cones + Carnations = Charm: Yes, we said it…carnations. This flowers doesn’t get much love, but as designers we know that a bushel of this very textured flower is brilliant for adding a bit of easy charm to decorative accents. These easy-to-make paper cones are a perfect example of thinking outside the box. appetitespoiler.blogspot7.) Lastly… Nothing is a better treat than a Tussie Mussie (petite bouquet) of brilliant blooms for mom. How special would it be for her to receive a mini version of this bouquet we made below?fioreThere’s still time to create something special for mom, hopefully these ideas will inspire you a bit. We’re busy on the design floor building, creating and constructing some mighty pretty arrangement all in the name of (Mom) love if you need some help!

Happiest Mother’s Day wishes to all the lovely moms everywhere.

Credit: Main: Fiore, 1.) via Decor8blog 2.) via Etsy 3.) via Pinterest 4.) via Poppytalk 5.) via Martha Stewart 6.) via Appetitespoiler.blogspot 7.) Fiore

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