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Bindu & Daniel’s Elegant Fairmont Wedding

Drama, glamour, sophistication, romance – this wedding had it all!  For Bindu and Daniel’s May wedding, we were asked by Premini Events to collaborate with an all-star, bi-coastal team of vendors to create this one-of-a-kind, jaw-dropping fusion wedding that we will never forget.

The centerpiece of the event was a 10′ x 10′ custom mirrored mandap built by the team at Evolution Event Rentals, crowned with a lush bridge of white flowers dripping with orchids. Custom mirrored pedestals also lined the catwalk aisle, and custom-built mirrored centerpiece structures adorned with crystals and white roses graced the long dining tables.  And I can’t fail to mention the fabulous team at Crimson Haze Event Lighting, who truly made the whole event come alive. Just wow! Thank you, Jerome Tso for the gorgeous images!

And check out today’s feature on http://www.maharaniweddings.com/ for the beautiful wedding film produced by Pacific Pictures.

[Click on any image above for enlarged view – you don’t want to miss the details]

Vendor Team:

Venue:  Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Planner: Premini Events

Photographer:  Jerome Tso

Rentals: Evolution Event Rentals

Grand Event Rentals,

Noble Rentals

Lighting: Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Makeup: Arianna Scott

YingYing & Miguel’s Elegant Benaroya Wedding

Flora Nova Seattle Benaroya Wedding

What could be more classic than the combination of white, black, and gold?  For their wedding, YingYing and Miguel embraced this classic color combination and the results were stunning.  White orchids, crystals, ostrich feathers, candelabras — we pulled out all the stops.

After a charming ceremony in the lovely Rose Garden at Woodland Park (did you see the doggie ring bearer?!??), the guests headed downtown to Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony.  They were greeted at the door with signature cocktails and then seated at decked-out dinner tables topped with gold charger plates, white sequined linens, and lush florals. As the light outside dimmed, the amber uprights and candles created a warm glow that enveloped the party-goers dancing the night away on the white dance floor. An elegant, beautiful night to remember!  And beautifully captured for your viewing pleasure here by Azzura Photography. Enjoy!

 

Vendor List:

Ceremony Location: Rose Garden at Woodland Park

Reception Location: Benaroya Hall

Day-of Coordinator: Sprinkled in Seattle

Photographer: Azzura Photography

Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals and BBJ Linens

Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Margot & Justin’s Romantic Outdoor Wedding

We loved Margot and Justin’s wedding! Everything from the sweet bride and groom, the location of their ceremony and dinner reception, the color palette, all the many details, the bride’s flawless style … Swoon-worthy all around!

Margot’s bouquet of peach David Austin roses, Cafe au Lait dahlias, ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, lovely blue forget-me-not, mini green hydrangea, and ferns set the tone for this elegant affair at a private residence in Medina. Her lovely bouquet was a perfect translation of their French Country and Modern Northwest Garden inspired theme.

For the backyard ceremony under a clear tent we custom-built a moss covered arbor adorned with colorful garden blooms and Northwest ferns. We lined the aisle with large moss orbs featuring small, a-symmetrical floral clusters.

But our favorite part of the day was the reception: all the amazing details made for a memorable evening. Even an early fall freak storm couldn’t stop guests from dancing the night away. Long tables were lined with taper candles and elegant flowers in white ceramic vessels, a large floral chandelier adorned the area above the dance floor, pool floats and hurricanes lined the surrounding ponds, a nearby willow tree was dripping in light chains … It sure was a favorite of our 2016 weddings.

Check out this wedding on Style Me Pretty – it even made the homepage today.

 

Vendors:

Venue: Private Residence

Planner: Jacky with Event Success

Photography: Katie Parra Photography

Rentals: Cort and La Tavola

Catering: City Catering

 

All About The Centerpiece – Part 2

Hello to Part 2 of our “All About The Centerpiece” blog post (see part 1 here). Sorry for the delay – we announced this post a while ago – but (sigh), it’s that time of year when finding time to do anything is difficult: wedding planning and production is in full swing. But that’s probably the best time to shed some light on cost factors of various centerpiece styles. I hope you’ll find this blog post useful when planning for your special event.

Flora Nova Design Seattle Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Centerpieces come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Pricing varies greatly and very much depends on your vision, your style preferences, your flower choices, the table size, and even the size of the ballroom. When designing a centerpiece we take all those factors into consideration: we try to create designs that meet your expectations and style choices AND are of a harmonious size relative to the width/size of the tables and the ceiling height of the ballroom. There is nothing more ‘blah’ than a centerpiece that is too small or too overpowering in it’s surrounding.

Let’s start by addressing cost of a low centerpiece for a regular dinner-sized table. Our low centerpieces are never taller than about 12″ (that’s below eye-level) to not block the view across the table. Here are a few fun examples – all ranging between $105 and $175 – with the sweet spot at right around $125. Floral density, container type, flower choices will all affect the price:

For large rooms with a tall ceiling we LOVE to incorporate at least a few tall/elevated centerpieces: they are visually pleasing and help “bring the ceiling down”. Our tall centerpieces are naturally more expensive: they range between $200 and $550 (and can go up from there). The reason is simply that we have to use a lot more floral to cover all that extra space on the sides and underneath – taller pieces can easily take three or four times as much floral than a low centerpiece. But look at the examples below, these tall designs can add so much Wow and drama to a room:

Note: One way you can recoup some of that extra cost and make your budget stretch is to use those centerpieces during your ceremony as well. Just like in the examples below you use the arrangements along the aisle and then we transfer them to tables afterward. This way you get to enjoy them twice!

Compote designs vary a lot too with $85 being on the basic smaller end, and $250 what you could expect to pay for a bigger arrangement with more floral. Our sweet spot is around $145. Another thing that effects price is greenery: flowers are always more expensive than greens, so if you’re an all-floral and no-greens type, expect to pay a little more for that look.

Composite style is a fun way to fill the space in the middle of the table with lots of different elements. We generally recommend three smaller vases – we call them “buddy” vases – of floral and lots of candles. We price these out per table (all the elements combined) rather than each piece individually. You can expect to pay $75 to $185 per table.

Table runners, either in form of floral or greenery or a mix of the two, can be a beautiful option, especially on long, rectangle banquet tables. Floral and greenery runners can be combined with centerpieces, or buddy/bud vases for a full and luxurious look. Or for a much more affordable option we can place loose greenery across the table with just some blooms tucked in. On the low end we would recommend at least $50 for greenery/blooms. On the high end it can be upwards of $350 for an all-floral look. Or quite a bit more like in the pictures of the head table below with white phaleanopsis! Super lux!

As you can see, there are many decorative options for every budget. We hope you found this article helpful. Let us know in the comments below if you have questions. Happy planning!

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Wedding

We at Flora Nova Design wanted to share something a little different with you. We love showcasing the gorgeous weddings that we are so honored to be a part of, but we haven’t ever shared what it looks like to build and design. So we decided to have one of our Design Assistants document our creative process! Here is a behind the scenes look of what goes into creating our designs!

Designing a bridal bouquet: Probably our favorite! The prettiest blooms go into the bouquets for the bride and her bride’s maids. In the photos below our designer creates Lauren’s bridal bouquet using a mix of peonies (yes, it was a June wedding), English garden roses, spray roses, scabiosa, rice flower, Dusty Miller, raspberry foliage, and white tweedia. How yummy is that bouquet?!

 

Building a ceremony arch: Lauren and Jake envisioned a lush garden arch for their ceremony. Since they opted for clear lucite ghost chairs, we used our clear lucite pillars and adorned them with long trailing smilax vines and large garden blooms in cream and blush. The outcome was a stunning organic design with a modern touch.

Creating table designs: When you’re planning a wedding, there are so many options for what you can do with the design of reception tables. For this particular wedding, our lovely bride and groom chose to have several longer dinner tables with an array of smaller vases lining the table center. You don’t always need large arrangements to achieve a dramatic look. As you can see in the photos below, we designed using all different shaped low silver mercury vases. Paired with lots of candles this created a stunning table scape!

We hope you liked this behind-the-scenes look of Lauren and Jake’s beautiful June wedding. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these type of blog posts – we would be happy to show you others.

Jennifer & Kevin’s Blush Winery Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle JM Cellars Wedding

JM Cellars provided the perfect lush and romantic backdrop for Jennifer and Kevin’s August wedding last season.  It was all about the details for this sweet couple: Jennifer’s bouquet was a feast for the eyes, packed with small textural elements like false spirea, maidenhair fern, nigella pods, scabiosa, sweet spray roses, and festooned with long ribbon streamers. A vintage chandelier from Vintage Ambiance hung with vines illuminated the reception tent, and pink vintage goblets graced the tables. It’s All in the Details oversaw all of these details, and AnaBella Photography provided the beautiful images you can see below. Enjoy!

Vendors:

Venue: JM Cellars

Planner: It’s All in the Details

Photographer: AnaBella Photography

Chandelier Rental: Vintage Ambiance

Makeup: OffWhite Makeup

Megan and Tim – Vibrant Indian Wedding

Megan and Tim’s wedding at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel was so very colorful and joyful and we had such a fun time working on it! Any wedding that has the groom ride in on a white horse we can get behind, we love seeing the ways our couples use traditions around these special occasions! Isn’t that mandap the most beautiful and magical place to have a ceremony under?

The bright fuchsia, orange and purple was such a fun palate to work with, much like Megan and Tim! This couple surprised their guests with an indian dance troupe and a confetti explosion on the dance floor, what a way to end a party!

Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Photographer: Alante Photography

Planner: Janel with Occasions LLC

Lighting: Austin Beaver

Lisa & Justin’s romantic Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Laurel Creek Manor Wedding

Lisa and Justin’s summer wedding at Laurel Creek Manor captured the very best that an outdoor garden event has to offer: warm sunshine, idyllic scenery, a rolling green lawn, and all the cool shade and greenery one’s guests could hope for. Add an icy glass of lemonade or a flute of champagne and it’s a party! 

This happy couple (along with the help of the ever-wonderful Bridget of Perfectly Posh Events) planned a romantic and elegant soiree, with romantic garden blooms and accents of rich gold. The venue’s existing arch was draped in lush greenery and flowers, creating a dramatic backdrop for the ceremony, and echoed in the greenery garlands that graced the back of the guests’ chairs. Under the reception tent, gold chivari chairs with crisp black cushions, gold linens, and lush florals in gold urns created a more formal feel. Another greenery garland framed the couple’s sweetheart table. And the whole romantic affair was captured perfectly by Katie Parra of  Katie Parra Photography.  Salut!

 Vendors:

Venue: Laurel Creek Manor

Planner: Bridget with Perfectly Posh Events

Photography: Katie Parra Photography

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Linens: BBJ Linens

Cake: Celebrity Cake Studio

Kristin and Matt Luxury Sodo Park Wedding

What a beautiful white wedding we designed for Kristin and Matt last September! Very luxurious in every way, from the crystal vases, to the crystal strands hanging from the flowers and that major WOW of their wedding arch with the lucite pillars, to orchids everywhere and glitter table linens!! A wedding full of some of our favorite things!

The arch we designed really is quite the star. With the top covered in white flowers and dripping with phalaenopsis orchids and bling, the only thing that could upstage it would be our beauty of a bride, Kristin. This is also a great example of how lighting makes all the difference! With just two simple uplights it takes the drama way up. We always encourage brides to think of these details! We hope you enjoy these images taken by the talented Laurel McConnell.

The Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: Sodo Park

Photographer: Laurel McConnell

Planner: A Kurant Event

Rentals: Pedersens and BBJ Linen

All About the Centerpiece

Flora Nova Design Seattle Garden SoDo Park Wedding

You might remember our recent blog post series “All About the Bouquet”. Well, today let’s talk a bit about centerpieces! It’s a big subject so we hope to bring a little clarity on the matter. There are so many styles and so many different terms to describe those styles, and of course there is the cost factor. We will try to cover it all in this and in an upcoming blog post, so we hope this is helpful for clients and industry colleagues alike.

Generally we use a few different terms to describe centerpiece styles. Let’s first address terminology we use for those various style centerpieces: what does it all even mean?

Compote Style Centerpiece:

The centerpieces shown in the pictures below are compote style centerpieces. The compote vessel has a build that features a footed base with a stem that leads up to a bowl. The centerpieces designed in a compote tend to be more organic in nature, with a more airy style, with lots of texture and trailing elements. However you see in some of the examples below that a compote can have a more tailored and clean look too.

Composite Style Centerpiece:

Below are some examples of composite style centerpieces. This centerpiece usually consists of a mix of several smaller low arrangements, potted plants, greenery garlands, hurricanes, taper candles and other elements, such as books or lanterns. Those elements are grouped together in the table center to create a table scape or composite centerpiece. We love using the composite centerpiece on long tables, but they can look lovely on round tables too.

Elevated Centerpiece:

Then we have our favorite, the tall or elevated centerpieces. This type of centerpiece is typically the most dramatic way of decorating your table: it is usually propped onto a tall stand or glass vase, well above eye level. Our most common design of elevated centerpieces is the rounded, classic ballroom style: large mounds of floral, often mixed with greenery or featuring lots of trailing orchids. And as you can imagine, this centerpiece style can be tailored and classic in style, or can have a natural organic look: the possibilities are endless.

We have many brides who are worried about the idea that guests across the table wouldn’t be able to see each other, but we do take that into account when we are designing them and by using vases and stands tall enough, they never obstruct the view across the table.

It should be noted that the elevated centerpiece uses quite a bit more floral and greenery than a “low” centerpiece and is therefore your more expensive option. But wow, it sure is a showy, beautiful decor element!

Floral Table Runners:

Another option is having flowers or greenery garlands directly on the table with no vase visible – we call this a floral or greenery table runner. With long tables being so popular right now, this is a very trendy centerpiece style this year. Whether you choose simple greenery with loose blooms tucked in or luxurious orchids, this is a centerpiece style to impress.

Elevated versus Low Centerpieces::

Now let’s discuss how and when to use low, or elevated, or composite style centerpieces. You might prefer a clean look for your reception ballroom and therefore prefer just one centerpiece style for all of the tables. We however recommend having at least two different styles of centerpieces at your event for a few different reasons. The mix of tall and low centerpieces add so much more definition and drama when you walk in an event space, especially if your event is in a large ballroom with a tall ceiling. Most of our clients prefer a mix of elevated and low centerpieces as shown in the pictures below.

What if you have just long tables as part of your reception? Well, you mix it all together and create a lovely table scape. The pictures below are a great example of mixing all these styles on one long table. See how much visual space is taken up with floral? Stunning and way more interesting than either style on it’s own might have been.

OK, we covered our most common centerpiece styles. Of course there are a few other designs, but these are our staples and the pieces we love most and use often. And as you can see from the pictures all of these basic ideas can be adapted to suit your style: from gardeny and loose with lots of greens and textures to modern clean pavé design.

In our next blog post we will touch on cost factors and the reasons why some centerpieces are priced out higher than others. Stay tuned.