aisle style : lovely ideas for ceremony flowers


Aisle decor of any kind- pew markers, lush planters, petal-strewn walkways, floral arbors or fabulous flower-filled urns are all lovely ways to set the tone of your big day and share a lasting first impression with your guests. Will your ceremony flowers be natural and green, neatly gathered in a painterly palette, over-the-top ombré, or delicate and spartan? I love designing ceremony flowers to fit into the over-arching feel of the upcoming reception, and I personally love when they mimic the landscape and just seemingly “belong”.

ceremony flowers down the aisle

Here we gathered fresh heather + euphorbia into old French pots to add a little natural interest to Paige + Stodd’s Blackberry Farm nuptials, featured here + here. {A Bryan Photo}

ceremony aisle flowers and planters

I’m loving the raw wood elevators topped with the softer + more feminine oval planters . . . plus they heighten the drama by lifting the ceremony aisle flowers off the ground. {Flowerwild}

mixed ceremony flower planters

Mindy Rice always nails it, and this eclectic mix of clustered planters with interesting greenery is no exception.

blooming cherry ceremony flowers

Leave it to Martha Stewart Weddings to tantalize us with abundant blooming quince (or cherry) in sleek grey planters as a stunning ceremony flower concept. Just remember- this idea is only possible within a small window in the calendar year.

lush flower planter and flower petal aisle

For some, nothing beats a petal-laden ceremony aisle replete with lush flowers in elevated stone urns. {Mod Wedding}

 

 

lately we love : anne ten’s pressed flowers


I’m a sucker for a pressed flower, fern, or butterfly wing, as evidenced by one of my latest bar designs. If you’re on Instagram, you have to follow Flora Forager so you can drool on your iPhone and get the next upgrade. Take it up a notch by investing in one of these beauties by Anne Ten Donkelaar for a smashingly lovely au naturel addition to your art collection. Anne’s flower constructions  are my favorites- but her broken butterflies are über cool too. Leave it to a Netherlands lass. For further scoop, Design Sponge posted a fabulous write-up on Anne a few years back.

Just in case you’re up for a wee art investment, check out a few of our other faves Teil Duncan, Besty Eby, and of course the darling Lulie Wallace.

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stackable baubles – diamond wedding rings


I’m a lifelong stacker of diamond bands, or any ring for that matter. The more the merrier- if only there were finger stretchers, I’d subject myself. Channel set diamonds, prong-set diamonds, bezel-set gems, diamond-sapphire-diamond, emeralds sprinkled within, micro-pavé, milgrain, braided, rose gold, yellow gold, platinum – the options are endless. Top tips from a Croghan’s regular (moi) and stalker of Harry Winston, Graff, Buccellati, Cartier, Neil Lane, Single Stone, Kwiat, and the like:

1. Do not buy a scooped-out wedding ring that fits “flush fit” or snugly to your engagement ring. You’ll never be able to wear it alone, which is a big con. I’ve even seen gals weld the scoopy wedding ring to their engagement ring. Nay.

2. “Kissing cousins” is more chic than Matchy McMatcherson. If your engagement ring has baguettes as side friends, try round brilliants instead. If your engagement ring is round, try channel set radiants for your wedding ring in lieu. Shake it up- you can thank me later.

3. All white all the way. Meaning- if you fall within the lion’s share of girls who choose white gold or platinum, choose the same for the base of your wedding ring(s) and play with rose gold + yellow gold later on with yummy glitzies for having babies and celebrating milestone anniversaries. Ok, or for any reason (wink).

4. Color is kosher. Pop in precious stones like sapphires or emeralds for a little personality. Don’t dabble in semi-precious stones (amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, etc.) for your wedding rings- this is one place where mixing high + low falls flat.

Cartier diamond wedding rings

 

A sprinkling of our favorite wedding rings from Cartier. I’ll take one of each, s’il vous-plait. Buccellati diamond wedding rings

Don’t think for a New Yawk minute that I’m not planning on finding the Amalfi flagship of Buccellati on our 10th anniversary trip there this year. DUH. Remind me to tell you about the time I found a breathtaking Buccellati wedding ring on the floor of a wedding of ours. Be still, my beating heart.

Single Stone stackable diamond wedding rings

 

Single Stone nails it every time on wedding rings. It’s uncanny. The selection is fabby and I love the Edwardian nod with the etching and milgrain on lots o’ their lovelies. Kwiat diamond wedding rings

Well obvi you can’t go wrong with Kwiat wedding rings. I think they’re timeless and as glittery as it gets.stackable diamond wedding rings

 

Last but not least, a smattering of faves from four different jewelers we heart (from top to bottom): Martin Katz, Beverley K, Laura Pearce, and Megan Thorne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gaga for garlands – wedding flower garlands + floral garlands


We are crazy about wedding flower garlands. A lush, trailing flower garland on an estate table . . . a whimsical sprigging smilax jumble . . . we just can’t get enough. Bohemian garlands, delicate greenery garlands, full + fluffy hothouse floral garlands, drape-y soft garlands, megawatt asymmetrical garlands traipsing across the table- it’s all good, just pick your poison. We scoured Style Me Pretty, Grey Likes Weddings, Snippet + Ink, Once Wed, Carats + Cake, Pinterest, our own body of work, and our favorite photographers’ + florists’ sites to track down the latest in floral garlands + trailing tabletop flowers for your big day.

tabletop floral garland pink and ivory

This floral garland is one of my designs with Blossoms, shot by a bryan photo at Lowndes Grove . . . click on The Knot press coverage or visit our features page for more snaps!

delicate green garland for your wedding table

Loving this über-delicate little greenery garland we found on Wedding Sparrow UK

soft natural wedding table garland in all greenSticking just to greens simplifies + modernizes this tabletop garland from Style Me Pretty.

wedding table garland idea from Once Wed

I’ve always loved the textured surprise of this coastal chic interpretation of a table garland, styled by Joy Thigpen for Once Wed.

asymmetrical greenery garland for the table

Southern Living nailed it with this wiry asymmetrical garland over Battenberg lace. You can pop over to check out our own collaborations with Southern Living at our studio shoot, at my home, in Savannah at a real wedding, and in Litchfield at a real wedding.

subtle greenery garland from Veranda Magazine wedding

I’ve always loved this exquisite green and white Parisian countryside wedding featured in Veranda Magazine, probably because all things French ring my bell, but also for her gorgeous greenery take on the garland.

lush colorful tabletop floral garland

The colorization, the drape, the seeded eucalyptus- this entire garland found on Le Magnifique was clearly made in Flower Heaven.

greenery queen anne's lace garland from gradients

Hypericum berry + a simple leaf + queen anne’s lace = game on for this garland, found on Gardenista.

luxe flower garland at Savannah wedding

This was one of my over-the-top takes on a luxe blush + bone floral garland for a memorable Savannah wedding, shot by A Bryan Photo and featured on Southern Living Weddings + Snippet & Ink.

mixed seeded euc garland

This is another fave- simple seeded eucalyptus and sweetpeas makes this garland spot-on, from Inspired By This.

asymmetrical floral garland from Grey Likes

This floral designer and I would be besties. I adore the jauntiness, the swagger, and the colorization of this greenery-based garland via Grey Likes Weddings. Pop over there to see one of our own featured.

all green garland from Style Me Pretty

All viburnum arrangements + a string smilax garland? Yes, please- from Style Me Pretty.

Will it trail or stay tailored? Will it have height or texture? Blooms or one greenery or mixed greenery or all? What kind of candlelight will you weave in? Fluffy + mounded, boho and wiry? The options are endless.

 

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