Category Archives: Weddings

Lauren & Jake’s Rooftop Wedding

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

Anna & Amitoz Vibrant Summer Wedding

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

Wedding Ceremony Arches – Styles, Shapes, and Designs

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.

Amanda and Anthony’s Luxurious Winter Wedding

Avid skiers, our lovely couple Amanda and Anthony wanted to incorporate their love of all things winter into their wedding.  Bling was the order of the day: hanging crystal strands, clear lucite pillars and a dramatic arch, glittered votive holders, mirrored cubes, and all-white centerpieces in crystal vases were all employed to create a winter wonderland.  Held at the newly built Jester Auto Museum in Chehalis, Amanda and Anthony draped the large event space in white. Talented planner Molly with Bridal Bliss Event Planning ably coordinated all the details, and the team at Firefly Photo captured the magic in the images below.  Enjoy!

 

Vendor Team:

Venue: Jester Auto Museum

Planner: Bridal Bliss Event Planning

Photography: Firefly Photo

Jaclyn & BJ’s Outdoor Summer Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Outdoor Summer Wedding Delille Cellars Purple Blue Flowers

Jaclyn and BJ had a perfect summer day for their beautiful Delille Cellars wedding! It is always fun for us to design a wedding in an unusual color palate,  Jaclyn loves dusky purples, blues, and grey’s, look how beautifully it all turned out. Little details like the use of drift wood and ocean glass for the escort cards and fresh lavender on all the napkins are always a lovely touch.

To top it all off, that glorious clear tent at the top of the hill tucked away in DeLille’s beautiful gardens, where the guests enjoyed dinner and dancing into the night. What a sweet wedding!

Vendor Team:

Venue: DeLille Cellars

Photographer: La Vie Photography

Planner: Holly Kate and Company

Rentals: Cort Party Rental 

Cake: New Renaissance Cakes

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

Flora Nova Design Seattle Wedding ceremony arch

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.