Monday, June 24, 2013

Color Palate: Browns

Call it fawn, chestnut, chocolate, khaki or tan, the color brown is a classic and versatile color to use in any event.  It can be matched with pink, bright blue or green for a bold look or with ivory and gold for an elegant, vintage effect.  For a pastoral or autumn themed event you can  mix wheat, branches, pinecones, leaves  and gourds or tree bark and burlap. A sandy beach wedding is the perfect backdrop for neutral tones. The options are limitless!

Charlotte Geary Photography's blog collected a  prolific group of photos featuring brown cakes, decor, dresses and more 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Yellow Canary Favorite: Hydrangeas

Driving around Greater Cincinnati  you can see that one of our favorite flowers, the hydrangea, is beginning to blossom.  These beautiful blooms are both classy and classic and can be used to bring texture and fullness to any d├ęcor.  The versatility of this flowers is its true treasure.  It can be used in the most formal of settings or the most casual and be absolutely at home in each instance.  A bridal favorite, the lacy hydrangea symbolizes some of the most important qualities needed for a successful marriage, friendship, devotion, perseverance, and understanding. 

 Hydrangeas can come is a variety of shades of white, pink and blue.  Hydrangea fun fact: In the pink and blue variety of hydrangeas, the Ph and acidity of the soil determines the color of the bloom.  For deeper blues, you need more aluminum in your soil, for the pink you need a high Ph factor.  Another fun fact: In the garden, it is possible to change the color of the pink and blue variety hydrangeas (white stays white).   (learn more here)  Isn’t Mother Nature just full of tricks?

Monday, June 17, 2013

1950's Inspiration: Dreamy Gowns

Taking inspiration from Flirty Fleur's "Throwback Thursday", we would like to take a peek into bridal trends of the 1950"s.  The first aspect of the 50's that one must take in mind is that World War II was a time of rationing and re-purposing, brides in the 40's made do with what they had on hand and weddings tended to be smaller occasions.  In the post-war "wedding boom" that preceded the "baby boom", big dresses and lace were once again attainable and became the wedding style of the time.

With the success of Dior's "new look," Paris couturiers resumed operation and once again became the center for international fashion trends. Now that the usage of fabric had no constraints, The full, full and fuller skirt of the "new look" continued to gain popularity. Rounded and soft shoulders, an almost pinched waist, a pointed bosom and spike heels were the hallmarks of 50's Bridal wear.  The hourglass effect was further emphasized with crinolines and hoop skirts.     ~ Vintage Gown .com ~ 
 1950's era dresses had the dreamy femininity that still inspires women today to find the right man, the dream dress, the unique venue, the most talented photographer and  the perfect flowers to complement the entire occasion. ~YC~


Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Birth Flower for June: The Classic Rose or Honeysuckle

June's birth flower is the rose, which has more meanings than one can count! A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means "I love you." A white rose signifies innocence and purity, while a yellow rose conveys jealousy or a decrease in love. A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means "I REALLY love you"). The other June flower is honeysuckle, which is a strong symbol for the everlasting bonds of love.