March 8, 2018

Megan and Neil got married last March (one year ago!) on a cool gray late-winter day. These beautiful pictures by Sullivan & Sullivan make it seem ultra worthy of craving a cold dreary day. It all looks so dreamy and moodily romantic in all the best ways possible. Speaking of the photography, if you click on that link you can look at the post they did that has soooo many more delicious photos of these two beauties and their fun reception.

One of our favorite parts of this wedding was the two beautiful tunnel circle arches we got to create, both of them brimming with greens and roses. One at the aisle entrance that they walked through, and a second to frame Megan and Neil that we suspended candles and succulents from. We used both of these later for the reception behind the head table and to frame out the dessert table. When we make a beautiful focal point like these we always try and think about how we can use them in the space for the ceremony and the reception as well. We did the same with the candles down the aisle – transferred to tables after the I Do’s! It’s easier on the budget, less waste and gives you more time to enjoy the beauty of the wedding flowers.

Happy One Year of marriage Megan & Neil!!

Wishing you both the very most happiness, love and many, many returns of the day!

Vendor Team:

Venue – Canvas Event Space 

Photographer – Sullivan and Sullivan

Planner – New Creations Weddings

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February 21, 2018

We are so excited to share Kim and Anthony’s September wedding at The Golf Club at Newcastle here! It was a visual feast of creamy peach and green against the white and cream backdrop of this popular Seattle-area venue.  Delicate clematis vines, smilax, spirea, seeded eucalyptus, and raspberry leaves partnered with garden roses, dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, and four different kinds of late summer hydrangea in lush, romantic arrangements.  Gold candelabras, mercury glass votives, and charger plates lent an air of rich sophistication to the creams and greens.  A tall dupioni silk and floral arch framed the tent ceremony and then moved indoors behind the sweetheart table at dinner.  Claire of Simply Tamara Nicole  ably coordinated the whole event, and Laurel McConnell Photography captured it all in the photographs below.


Venue:  The Golf Club at Newcastle

Planner: Simply Tamara Nicole

Photography:  Lauren McConnell Photography

Rentals:  Cort

Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio

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February 5, 2018

Lauren and Jake’s June wedding at the fabulously chic Olympic Rooftop Pavillion was a perfect mix of clean modern lines and lush garden florals. Clear lucite ghost chairs, a lucite arch, and lots of stemmed glass hurricanes sparkled in the sunshine and gave the event an air of sophistication that complimented this trendy industrial-chic rooftop venue.  For the ceremony, smilax vines flowed down the aisle and cascaded down the lucite arch, which was topped with asymmetrical floral in cream, blush, and pink.

At dinner, the modern-meets-garden theme continued with more clear lucite touches in the custom table numbers, welcome sign, and cake stand.  A romantic mix of compote arrangements and bud vases in silver mercury and blown venetian glass lined the long tables.  The outdoor fireplace mantle topped with lush floral became a focal point as the guests gathered to take in the view and soak up the sun.  The lovely Lisa Chambers of Chambers & Company deftly coordinated this rooftop idyll, and the whole thing was beautifully captured by the team at Alante.  Enjoy!

Vendor Team:

Venue:  Olympic Rooftop Pavillion

Planner: Chambers & Company

Photography:  Alante

Rentals: Cort Party Rental

Cake:  Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Hair & Makeup: OffWhite Makeup and Beauty

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January 24, 2018

Look at this stunning couple!! Andrea and Louden had very specific and defined taste for their wedding – they knew exactly what they wanted. We never had to guess about design choices for their event – and everything turned out perfectly!

We love an outdoor garden wedding, and Laurel Creek Manor is such a beautiful setting for one. For the ceremony we draped the large arbor with sheer fabric, a greenery garland, and lots of cream, champagne and pale pink blooms. The aisle was lined with buckets of rose petals down either side.

Andrea’s bouquet, with eucalyptus, garden roses, scabiosa, and tied with silk and lace streamers, was a perfect complement to the whole romantic affair! So dreamy!

The Vendor Team:

Venue: Laurel Creek Manor 

Photographer: Blue Rose Pictures

Rentals: CORT Party Rentals

Dress: Monique Lhuillier

Cake: The Sweet Side

Makeup: Salon Maison

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January 15, 2018

We wanted to do a short post to be sure to show you a few of these beautiful images by Alante Photography, of this perfect wedding we did a few years ago and keep thinking about! Anna and Amitoz had two ceremonies to reflect both of their cultures. Anna wanted bright colors and blooms for her floral, I sure had a challenge and loads of fun making that amazing cascading bouquet for her! It sure was a show stopper!

The fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: Newcastle Golf Club

Photographer: Alante Photography

Planner: Wonderstruck Event Design

Draping, Decor and Floral: Flora Nova Design

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January 2, 2018

It’s time for another themed blog post – this one is all about arches, arbors, and backdrops for your wedding ceremony. Couples have a wide range of options when choosing the backdrop for their wedding.  For those couples tying the knot in an ornate church, museum, or hilltop viewpoint, the backdrop may need no extra embellishment. But for most couples, adding a little drama, romance, or sparkle can make their big moment even more momentous.

Here at Flora Nova, we have designed many different types of ceremony arches over the years, from sweetly simple draped structures to dramatic lucite and crystal showstoppers.  Each couple we work with has their own taste, personality, and vision for their wedding day, and we are privileged to help bring each couple’s unique vision to life.

Couples seeking to infuse their wedding with a bit of extra romance often rely on the draped softness of fabric and/or greenery for their ceremony arches.  For example, Lauren and Jake, above, chose a modern lucite arch and softened the contemporary lines with delicate smilax vines and asymmetrical blush and cream floral for a look that oozes romance.  Lush greenery has been very popular for the past several years, especially here in the green Northwest, and our couples love to embrace the beauty of our natural surroundings.  Below are examples of lush greenery arches used in a variety of settings:

The soft romantic draped arch is also a perennial favorite.  You will see that some couples chose to make the draped arch truly their own by customizing the size and placement of the floral touches, adding lace, or drawing back the drapery in an asymmetrical fashion.  These draped arches can often work just as well in an outdoor setting as they do in a ballroom, as you can see here:

For couples who lean more toward the dramatic, the ceremony arch can be the perfect canvas to showcase the couple’s creativity and the excitement of their wedding day. For Bindu and Dan’s wedding, for example, this elegant couple said their wedding vows beneath a towering mirrored structure crowned with white orchids.  Talk about drama!

Arches can be lucite or mirrored, willow or birch, draped or greened, romantic or dramatic, simple or simply glamorous!

What do you think? Is your vision for a ceremony backdrop among those shown above? If not, we would be thrilled to design your very own, unique version. Just let us know.

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