Empire Bridal Show

The winter months definitely slow down for many wedding professionals, and it is no different for Bella Blooms.   While I am not very busy doing weddings, I am busy meeting with brides and planning for upcoming events.  My next event is the Empire Bridal Show, which is on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 11-3 at Longfellows Inn in Saratoga Springs.  Just as I put a ton on time and planning into each couple's wedding flowers, I have been devoting a lot of my time to what I will be showcasing at this bridal show.  

Part of my planning and research has been focused on choosing a color scheme for the show.  Knowing color trends is an important part of being a wedding florist, and I have found some really great information on current color trends.  While there are many colors trending right now, I keep coming back to corals and pinks.  Coral is wildly popular right now, and when paired with ivory and various shades of pink, can create beautiful settings and fit various themes.  Pair muted corals and peached with lots of ivory, neutrals, dusty pinks, and a lovely mercury glass vase, and you have a romantic, vintage-inspired look.  

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Vintage-Romance not your think?  Look at how this arrangement blends corals with hot pinks to create a warm, summery look.  

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Coral is an incredibly versatile color for a wedding palate.  I am looking forward to showcasing some pretty coral arrangements at the Empire Bridal Show.  Come check us out!  

Williamstown, Massachusetts Wedding/ Sat., 6.29.13

It all began early Friday morning when I met up with the Destination Bride Event Planning  Team.  We met in Chatham, NY and loaded up the flowers, supplies, itineraries, and lots of fun extras the couple had requested.  As we headed out to a beautiful home in Williamstown, MA, I took in the sweeping landscapes.  It was absolutely breathtaking...a perfect location for this Connecticut couple's destination wedding.  

A little ominous looking on Friday, but Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day for a wedding in Williamstown.

A sunny Saturday afternoon in the Berkshires...

We set up shop in a cool dark corner of the basement--a perfect place for keeping the flowers nice and fresh leading up to game time.  Hours later, we had finished the table centerpieces--a collection of succulents, beautiful pink and coral flowers including piano roses and peonies, and some dusty miller.  Each centerpieces consisted of three vintage vases--one small bud vase or bottle, a medium glass bottle, and a beautiful light blue mason jar.  The look was ecclectic and fit perfectly with the wedding's theme of rustic elegance.    

Completed centerpieces

Next, we moved on to the cocktail hour centerpieces.  These arrangements were a grouping of three small vases, including some beautiful cobalt vintage vases.  We filled them with a variety of flowers--peonies, roses, calas, thistle, and dusty miller.  We finished them off by tying them together with some rustic twine.  So adorable!

It was a little windy, so tying the vases together not only added a nice touch, but served the pracitical purpose of keeping some of the smaller vases weighted down. 

As the floral team's work came to a close, the caterers and event planners were hard at work setting up this magnificent tent with some great décor.  Here's a look at some of the great work done by Lisa Light's great team.   


One of the sweet little touches put on this wedding. 

Getting ready to hang them from the ceiling of this HUGE tent...

Lighted curly willow branches

That wrapped up Friday night.  The next morning, we were at it bright and early to finish several other pieces, including boutonnieres, bouquets, and church arrangments.  This bride had decided she wanted simple white bouquets with succulents, dusty miller, and thistle accents.  They looked great up against the bridesmaids' cobalt blue dresses.  The groom got a white rose boutonniere with a thistle accent while the groomsmen had some schnazzy thistle and dusty  miller boutonnieres....that I unfortunately forgot to snap a pic of before sending them off to the church!  I guess we will have to wait and see how they looked when the professional photos come in!   

Lined up and ready for the girls...who were busying themselves with a jigsaw puzzle!  Such a laid back group!

The bride's one of a kind bouquet <3

Once all of the personal flowers and church flowers were finished, it was time to deliver to the church and set the tables.  The rental company, the caterers, and Lisa's team had done a fabulous job setting up the tent for the reception.  We came in and added the flowers which completed this bride's vision.  It was a phenomenol sight.  

The tables were set, centerpieces were out...this tent is ready for game time!

Time to party yet?! 

One of the two head tables...very cool distressed look to them.  They definitely added to the ambience. 

A huge party bus came to whisk the wedding party off to the church, and I put the final touches on the flowers.  I made my exit shortly thereafter, but rumor has it everyone had an amazing time at this wedding.  I loved working this wedding.  It was stress-free and everything went exactly as planned--I hope I will be able to say that very often over the rest of this wedding season! Congrats and best wishes to this wonderful couple!


One more pic for the road...as I was driving home on Route 2 through MA and eastern NY, I had to stop to take a picture of this....There was no escaping beautiful flowers everywhere I turned this weekend.  Love it! 

Flowers growing out of the wall on the side of route 2 in MA.