Floral Spotlight with Blue Vanda Designs

August 5, 2014

We are kicking off a new vendor spotlight series with gorgeous floral design from Blue Vanda Designs. Join us and get to know a little bit more about Jeff, the mastermind behind Blue Vanda!

How did you get into this business and how long have you been doing it?

I was born into this business, I’m 3rd generation. My grandparents owned a flower shop and so did my parents. It’s always been a family business for us. It’s all I’ve ever known.

What’s the one flower you can’t live without?
Blue Vandas, of course!

What are some seasonal flowers for Fall you recommend?
Fall is my favorite season for flowers. Its not about the “1 flower” but finding the combination of textures and colors to evoke a seasonal warmth and spirit!

What’s one question you ask your clients to help describe the look they are going for?
I ask my brides to describe how they see their wedding when they close their eyes, not just the colors and aesthetics but the emotion of the day. For example, do they see their wedding as being over the top and dramatic or subtle and understated? I always like to spend a good part our first meeting finding out about them, who they are as people, how they met, who they are going to spend the rest of their life with and where they are going on their honeymoon. I really want them to feel comfortable with me and to open up and share and become so much more then just another wedding vendor for them and a box to check off.

Where do you look for inspiration?
I live my life inspired. Inspiration is all around you if you are open to it. I truly find inspiration not so much in the daily fashion or whats hot right now but in the way one lives. I’m very lucky to look at the world and notice the beauty all around me. I believe my wife and children gave me that.

Are there any floral trends you love?
I really don’t think of trends when I design. I work from an organic perspective that grows from my personal connection to the bride and her expectations. I will say these days I’m really enjoying taking classic timeless designs and putting a fresh, modern twist to them. I believe good design should stand the test of time. Like a beautiful Chanel suit, you can bury it in the sand for a 1,000 years and it would still be relevant.

We will be sharing more vendor spotlights once a month, so make sure to check back and get more scoop from some incredible vendors!

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BLUSH + GREY WEDDING INSPIRATION

July 31, 2014

Today’s gorgeous blush and grey color palette is full of inspiration for that soft and romantic look. From lush florals to texture linens and that stunning, modern BHLDN wedding dress, these colors together are the perfect combination.

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FLOWERS IN SEASON FOR FALL

July 29, 2014

We all have our favorite flowers {mine being Peonies and Orchids} but that doesn’t mean they are the best choice for any season. Choosing seasonal flowers is important, not only because they are easier to get but because it will really tell a seasonal story at your special event. Although we are still in the thick of Summer, it’s important to start thinking now about what types of flowers are good for the Fall.

If you are thinking about florals for your Fall event, here are some seasonal flowers to consider:

Allium, Amaranthus, Asiatic Lily, Camellias, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Echinops, Freesia, Gladiolus, Iris, Juniper, Leucadeendron, Liatrus, Misty Blue, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Quince, Rowen berry, Salvia, Statice, Sunflower

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