Posts Tagged ‘royal wedding’

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The Prom! OMG! What do I wear? To go or not to go? Who’s my date?

Really? How did it all get started? Prom is short for promenade. The term was first officially used during the Victorian period by those crazy Victorians. (What a bunch of steampunkish party-monkeys!) A promenade was a public area, usually along a river or body of water, where people would go walk in order to “be seen” and to be considered a part of proper “society.”

Modern day proms are also a place to be seen and considered a part of high school society. The whole idea was to stand out and be seen. No shrinking violets or wallflowers need attend. Prom fashions of 2012 are no different and would certainly give those Victorians a case of the vapors. Today’s plunging necklines, jacked up hemlines and cut outs leave little to the imagination.

An especially fun trend this year for those wishing to be noticed is those totally fab floral fascinators. The word fascinate is derived from Latin fascinare, “to bewitch or enchant.” A fascinator, for those of you who were living in a cave during William and Kate’s big event, are those fun, funky and totally enchanting headpieces worn by many of the Royal wedding’s guests. They are made of tulle, net, beads, flowers and feathers — lots of feathers. They are usually perched jauntily on the side of the head either through the use of hair combs, barrettes, headbands or clips. Read More

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2012 Wedding Flowers and Style Trends

by Jeanne Benedict on January 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Last year’s nuptial news is tough to top with the excitement of Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding. Wedding flowers andRoyal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge trends are certainly reminiscent of the UK big day, but with some interesting designer twists inspired by Kate’s dress and Beatrice’s fascinator (the Dr. Seuss type hat perched atop the head of Sarah Ferguson’s daughter).

Flower trends, as always, are ever-changing based on the creativity that individual florists bring to each design. However, this year’s brides may seem partial to a “gathered” flower style, which could appear easy to arrange, but really requires professional floral design skills, so the bouquet gives the bride a polished look as opposed to holding a “thrown together” bunch of blooms. To find you your own local floral design expert, check out the National Florist Directory. Read More

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The Ultimate Wedding Accessory: Dogs

by Mandy Majerik on September 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

Floral Purse & Floral Dog CollarYou see them in the pages of People magazine and on the covers of O, The Oprah Magazine, and Martha Stewart Weddings, as well as on TheKnot.com. I am talking about the ultimate wedding accessory – Dogs.

We all love our four-legged family members, and I see many brides incorporating their beloved pets into their wedding ceremonies.

I recently designed flowers for a photo session, including several pieces for the model that stole the show — Scarlett — the basset hound.

From “ring bearers” to “arm adornments,” brides are making the most of their pups. There are many wedding fashion accessories on the market for dogs these days, but the most popular is flowers. Read More

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Royal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Royal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. Photo Courtesy: Defence Images'

Lily of the Valley played a prominent role in the Royal Wedding, especially for Kate’s bridal bouquet and the hairpiece worn by Pippa, the maid of honor and sister of the bride.

Featuring broad, spear-like foliage and fragrant little white bell-shaped flowers, the Lily of the Valley symbolizes a return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, humility, happiness and love’s good fortune.

With such a lovely meaning, it is no surprise Lily of the Valley is a highly desirable flower for weddings.

The Lily of the Valley is a seasonal spring flower and can be one of the more expensive wedding flowers. It is also a delicate flower sensitive to heat, another consideration if planning an outdoor summer wedding.

For brides considering a similar look to the royal bouquet but find Lily of the Valley is not in season, there are plenty of beautiful white flowers that can help you achieve a similar style.  Read More

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Royal Floral

by Jennifer Sparks on April 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

American Florists Applaud Royal Wedding Flowers

Photo by PacificCoastNews.com

From the first glimpse of the bride to the official kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, floral industry professionals joined the millions around the globe glued to their TV sets nibbling on scones and eyeing the wedding decor and imagining its impact on weddings on this side of the pond. Much floral buzz swirls around Kate’s bridal bouquet described by the royal press release as, “a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.”

Along with the bridal bouquet, here are initial thoughts on the Royal Wedding’s floral decorations from top U.S. florists as the event progressed:

Simply elegant! Kate is beautifully feminine in her traditional lace gown and delicate bouquet of flowers. Her small tiara speaks volumes of her desire for individuality. Lovely as she gracefully approaches the altar, she is truly a princess! Read More