Flowers by Seasons Mini Guide

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Many brides run into the problem of being absolutely in love with certain flowers yet, they are not season! If the wedding flowers you choose are out of season, you could be paying an arm and a leg! Although, it could potentially be heart breaking not having your favorite flowers in attendance at your wedding, it is better to be prepared and know which flowers will be in season during the month of your wedding. Here’s a quick guide to help brides in selecting some beautiful florals for their dream wedding!

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March 1st – May 31st

Spring is mostly known as the season of new beginnings, and the most popular season couples choose to marry. Luckily this season offers endless options for brides to choose from! Most flowers found in this season are bright, cheerful and typically in the blue, purple and pink color spectrums.

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June 1st – August 31st

Summers especially in the Sunshine State are spent at the beach, outside having Barbecues and enjoying the warm sunny days. The Summer season offers some of the best florals! Most flowers found in the Summer season have bright colors and heavy scents.

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September 1st – November 30th

Fall season offers brides the selections of burnt oranges, rich reds, and deeper yellows. Most fall flower centerpieces and even bouquets will tend to also include decorations varying from branches, acorns, leafs to even fruits!

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December 1st – February 28th

Winter weddings tend to be an all white affair with a hint of red! These weddings set an elegant and graceful atmosphere. Although, during the winter season the temperature drops, that does not necessary mean there are no flowers available. There are still plenty of flowers available that are exclusive to the winter season and other flowers that are available yearlong!

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Although some flowers are found at certain times of the year, there are also several types of flowers that are not affected by the changing seasons! These flowers tend to be to most common flowers seen year round at weddings! Keep in mind the colors of the flowers may vary! It is definitely recommended to check with your local florist on color options. If you truly wish for a certain flower to be in a color not normally found, there are dyes florists could use. Just keep in mind that having flowers color dyed is time consuming therefore, adds a little more the cost. But anything is possible!

  • Baby’s Breath
  • Bachelor’s Button
  • Carnations
  • Eucalyptus
  • Heather
  • Hydrangea
  • Kale
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Tulips
  • Scabiosa

 

I hope this guide is able to help make your flower selection a bit easier and less stressful! Good Luck!

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Wedding Florals

Flowers in today’s weddings create a gorgeous atmosphere and fill up a room with so much life, and color. With a simple touch of flowers, a room that was once dull could be transformed into something unique, by defining the wedding’s colors and/or theme as well as conveying the couple’s personal style. Below you will find some stunning bridal bouquets, centerpieces and other decorations that feature flowers available for the Fall season!

The Lane

The Lane

Steve Depino Photography

Steve Depino Photography

Rust Fall Love

Rust Fall Love

Romantic Rentals

Romantic Rentals

Project Wedding

Project Wedding

Lucky 7 Design

Lucky 7 Design

Homemade Cosmetics Blog

Homemade Cosmetics Blog

Linda Tran Photography

Linda Tran Photography

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Homed It Blog

Homed It Blog

Jules Bianchi Photography

Jules Bianchi Photography

Holland Photo Arts

Holland Photo Arts

Janet Dotey Florals

Janet Dotey Florals

Fleurs de France

Fleurs de France

Dana Pelliccio Photography

Dana Pelliccio Photography

Goen South Weddings

Goen South Weddings

Charlotte Geary Photogaphy

Charlotte Geary Photogaphy

Elite Wedding Looks

Elite Wedding Looks

Flower Arrangement Advisor

Flower Arrangement Advisor

Dandie Andie Floral Designs

Dandie Andie Floral Designs

Jamii & Dane’s Outdoor Wedding

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Today we send the sweetest of congratulations to our couple Jamii & Dane, who will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary this month! Their outdoor wedding at the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast last fall was absolutely beautiful, and I loved … Continue reading

10 Tips to a Healthy Relationship After 100 Happy Months

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Today marks 100 months since my husband, Nico, and I have officially been together.  100 months ago today a goofy teenager danced around Busch Gardens, a Tampa theme park, and asked me to be his girlfriend in the parking lot.  Not exactly the beginning of one of Keats’ romantic poems, but it is the beginning of our story.

Many relationships have seen 100 months come and go unnoticed, but I think that is what makes us special – the little things.  As this milestone approached, I found myself thinking more and more about acknowledging the little details that make a healthy relationship.  The things that you may think don’t matter once you’ve seen each other naked are the most important.

Below, Nico and I have compiled a list of tidbits of advice to couples out there looking to build a healthy relationship…whether you’re in month 1 or 101.

1. Manners –  You’ve probably cursed at your partner more than anyone else, but don’t forget your please’s and thank you’s.   When I clean the house, I always get a thank you.  When I ask for a favor, I always say please.  Just because typical formalities are out the window, doesn’t mean that you should stop showing your partner that you’re grateful for what they do.

2. Smooch - In the beginning, you kissed A LOT right? Well, just because your intimacy has advanced doesn’t mean that kissing is an old trick.  I read once that you should make out for 15 minutes minimum everyday.  And it works!  There’s a special little intimacy to kissing that you should never underestimate.

3.  Know how to be apart – Maybe your partner travels for work?  Or maybe you have barre class every Thursday?  No matter what it is or how long you are apart, it helps.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  It also makes your relationship more dynamic.  Each partner has their individual stories to share with one another that makes them more interesting.

4.  Love notes – Not everyone can write like Nicholas Sparks, but you don’t need to.  When Nico and I first started dating, he was shy about his expressing his feelings verbally, but he nailed it in writing.  I could hear his voice in everything that he wrote.  That made every word so much more genuine and special because I knew they were from his heart.  Even just an “I love you” left on a steamy mirror is special.

4. Don’t fight dirty – This is one that I am still working on.  I used to keep an inventory of wrongs that Nico had done to use in any battle, and that was just wrong.  Nico taught me to fight with the hopes of solving the dispute at hand, rather than winning.  Have one goal in mind when arguing: constructive compromise.

5.  Partner on the big decisions – Never stop partnering on big decisions – anything that involves money, your time, or your family should be decided together.  This is probably one of the elements of our relationship that I am most proud of – we are partners.  We make pro + con lists, we play devil’s advocate, and we come to an agreement….together.

Nico Note:  It’s ok to disagree on the little stuff.  In fact, it’s more interesting when you disagree on the little stuff.

6.  Honesty – Duh, right?  But I am focusing more on honesty with the little things.  I have my unique little quirks that oddly enough not everyone finds as charmingly delightful as I do.  For instance, I used to flick Nico’s nose randomly. (Adorable, right?)  I didn’t think of it as anything, but he really hated it….and he didn’t tell me for YEARS.  When he did tell me, I was shocked but I stopped doing it.  This one little change made each flick-free day a little better for him, and it made me rethink my actions.  Win- win.

7.  Know that you’re weirdos – Dr. Seuss was right, love is mutual weirdness.  I tolerate his “Nico Jokes” (code for the literally the driest jokes you will ever hear), and he lets me throw most of the closet on the bed when I am getting ready to go out.  We dance in the kitchen when we make dinner.  It took us months to get to our first kiss.  But all of these things are why we love each other….and how we know how special the other person must be to love us back.

8.  Keep surprising each other – Nico will plan an entire date and not tell me a single detail because he wants to surprise me.  He will leave little notes around the house to remind me how much he loves me.  He sends me on scavenger hunts – one all around the campus of UF – just for fun.  He asked my best friends and my mom about my engagement ring before he bought it.  He planned 2 separate surprise parties for our engagement. He’s the master of surprise.  Each day is different, and that’s exciting!

Nico Note: Dote upon your significant other at random.

9.  He’s human - Sure, you hold your partner to a higher caliber than his friends or ‘typical ‘guys, but never forget that he’s still a man.  He will make mistakes, he will refuse to install the new garbage disposal for months, he will make a judgmental face at you when you accidentally scare the dog so badly that he falls off the bed, and he will never stop insisting that “This is the Cubs’ year”, but remember that these little habits are what makes them a person – your person.

10.  Grow together – Having started dating in our teens, Nico and I are done a lot of growing together already.  Certainly, you have heard of plenty of couples who have grown apart, but that is because growing closer requires so much more work.  You have to be willing to take risks together, to miss out on things together, and to realize that these supposed sacrifices make you stronger.  Choosing each other over anything else shouldn’t be considered a sacrifice.  It’s a step towards a stronger relationship.  If you grow as people, but the relationship doesn’t grown it won’t last.  (I got that from an episode of Reba.)

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I hope that you all honestly look at your relationships in the figurative mirror and make sure to appreciate the little things!  What would you add to the list?  Leave comments + let me know how you got to 100 happy months!

 - Jessica

Carrie & Brad’s Beachside Wedding

Carrie and Brad’s wedding was one of the most fun weddings we have had this year so far. Their ceremony took place barefoot on Anna Maria Beach, and their reception was held at a completely (and privately) rented out beachside hotel. Only a small scare occurred the day before with a high chance of rain that we fortunately avoided! With fun cupcakes for everyone, a bongo player on the beach at sunset, drinks that kept on pouring, and a DJ that took the party to the next level, it was only natural that half of their party ended up in the pool by the end of the night. Our favorite part: when Carrie and Brad held their beers high while being introduced as newlyweds. Take a look below at this fun couple’s fun and gorgeous beachside wedding!

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photography: Kincaid Photography
location: Tropic Isle Inn

How to Pick a Wedding Photographer/Videographer

Picking a wedding photographer/videographer can be a bit stressful! Remember these pictures will be seen by your family, friends and future generations to come (no pressure). Do not leave choosing a photographer/videographer until the last minute. Selecting a wedding photographer is just as important as picking your dream wedding dress, venue, decorations and invitations! Here’s a quick guide to picking a wedding photographer/videographer less stressful and more enjoyable!

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My Style is ____________.

Prior, to researching wedding photographers it’s crucial to know what type of wedding style photography you would like! For example:

  • Traditional: Most of these images are highly posed and require high levels of intervention from the photographer on adjusting body alignment, attire, background as well as equipment. These photographs could be compared to something your parents or even grandparents wedding photographs.
  • Fine Art: These images focus mainly on details and have a clear creative style. This type of style is a fun way for couples to be able to represent their personality and love story through photographs.
  • Modern: If you are a fan of traditional style wedding photography but need it to be a little more updated, then this is your best fit! Modern wedding photography focuses on the details without it being too abstract, and captures beautiful portraits that are more relaxed (natural), requiring less intervention.
  • High Fashion: For the fashionistas out there that want to create dramatized and striking photographs then (ding, ding) this is for you! High Fashion is usually used in weddings when the bride wants to capture the beauty of her dramatic wedding dress. Most of these images can be interpreted as a bit provocative, as well as utilizes dramatic lighting and posing.
  • Photojournalism: This is probably one of the most popular types of wedding photography today! A photographer would follow you as well as your guests from start to finish the day of your wedding capturing those small yet important moments of the day. No posing is required at all from any of the guests or bridal party (all natural candid shots)! In a sense, the photographer would ensure that he blends into the background, and doesn’t intervene with anyone or anything.Stack of Coins and Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Decorations

Set a Budget & Know What You Need

Based off your total wedding budget, it is suggested that the wedding photographer takes up 10-12% of that money. As mentioned previously, remember a wedding photographer is just as crucial as any other part of the wedding and definitely should take priority in the wedding budget. Also, before starting the research phase, make sure you have all your details set… the official date of the wedding, how many hours are you thinking to have a photographer/videographer, are you looking just to get a disc of images, prints, or dvd?

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Research & Ask Others!

Start by researching photographers based off your style and the location of the wedding. You should also ask friends and family for any references! Be sure to look online at the photographers work, blog posts and don’t forget read past couple’s reviews! The Knot and Wedding Wire are great websites that will help in finding reviews. Another, great way to search for a great photographer is by asking other vendors you are currently working with! On a daily basis they work with other wedding vendors, and know who would be great! If you are working with a wedding planner, they will provide you with a list of preferred wedding photographers, which makes the search much easier because you know these would be great reliable and professional choices!

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 Narrow & Interview (just like in a job)

It is suggested that you should narrow down to 3 photographers before setting appointments to meet with them in person. Once you have your appointments set, be sure to go prepared to ask him or her questions! Some questions you should ask are:

  1. Are you available for _______________(wedding date)? This question should be asked before setting the in-person appointment but just in case you forget!
  2. How many years have you had experience with wedding photography?
  3. Have you photographed any other weddings at ________venue? If they have then it is definitely a plus because the photographer knows where the best shots could be taken!
  4. What kind of equipment will you be using and do you have backup equipment available in case anything goes wrong?
  5. Will you have an assistant there with you?
  6. How soon after the wedding could I expect to receive my disk or prints?
  7. What types of wedding photography packages are available?

While asking questions this will reveal if your photographer is willing to work closely with you to make your vision a reality! Keep in mind to pay attention to their form of professionalism and personality! In addition, be sure to review at least two albums of an entire wedding from start to finish! These two albums should be similar to your style of photography, and venue.

thinking Review & Think it Through!

Once, you have met up with 3 of your top wedding photographers it is time to review! Remember that you and your photographer should get along great, and he or she should truly be concerned of making sure your wedding day is captured beautifully! Your ideal photographer should adhere to your criteria mentioned earlier: budget, availability, experience, professionalism and personality. Most importantly, you should be their number one fan of their work! Be sure to take your time in making the decision and sleep on it if you have to!

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Sign Away!

When you have chosen your perfect photographer, it is time to get all the details finalized! Be sure to take the time to read over all the legal details prior to signing. Some important details that you should make sure the contract displays correctly would be the date, hours, photography package (what parts of the wedding will be captured), as well as the amount and/or payment plan. Even after the contract has been signed, be sure there is clear communication with the photographer on any changes to the wedding as far as timing goes. If you have a wedding planner (lucky you) then your planner will make sure to communicate in a timely manner all the necessary details the photographer will need.

We hope this mini guide will help in picking your perfect wedding photographer and relieve stress for you! Remember planning your wedding should be fun!

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Wordless Wednesday: Clever Engagement & Wedding Photos

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“A picture says a thousand words,” is a phrase most of us have heard of at least once in our lives, and most of us will agree that it is true! A simple photograph is full of meaningful moments, and … Continue reading

Top 5: Don’t Forget the Things You’ll Forget!

Sounds kind of like a Dr. Seuss book title, doesn’t it? He always had the best advice for us while growing up and now we need some advice as adults! Especially now, as we start planning that big day that’ll forever change your life (no pressure). As you start planning your day, you’ll know to hit the big must-do’s: dress, venue, guest list, food, cake, and many more. But, there are so many things leading up to the day, during the day, and even after the day that so many brides push back into their mind. It’s time to bring those details forward so you can truly enjoy this time- forgetfulness free!

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1. Who’s taking everything after the night’s over?

Let’s be honest, what are you going to do with eight huge floral arrangements? Who’s bringing all your gifts home for you or placing them in your hotel room? What about all the decorations? Who’s taking them down and where are they going? These are all questions you need to ask yourself and get answers to before your day! If you have a planner (get a planner), they can handle a few of these things for you so you’re not worrying about it. If not, talk to some friends and family members. See who can take some decorations temporarily at the end of the night or see who wants to take home a beautiful centerpiece that you’re not going to want. Make sure you have plans for all these things so at 1:00am you’re not chasing people down for a car to throw this important stuff in!

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2. Last minute payments and documents

Seems like all you’ve been doing is throwing money around, right? However, some vendors do require last payments due at the wedding. Write a check out for each vendor and place each one separately in a clearly labeled envelope. This way, you (or your parents) aren’t writing any last minute checks while trying to get ready. Also, make sure you have your wedding certificate done and ready for your officiant right when they arrive. If you don’t have it, it won’t be good!

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3. Confirming your vendors

Do you have a wedding planner? Great! If your planner is good, you can completely skip this advice and move onto the next since they should have this covered. If not, you should dedicate some time a week before your day to contacting vendors to confirm arrival and arrival times. This will completely eliminate the stress of wondering where your vendor may be and if they could have forgotten about your day. Make sure you get a verbal or written confirmation from the person or company themselves that they’re coming and at what time. Don’t just trust your friend’s sister that her brother who’s your photographer is coming. Talk to him yourself!

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4. The very small things
You remembered the guestbook for everyone to sign but did you recall buying pens for everyone to sign it with? You remembered to order your cake, but do you have a cake knife (especially important if your caterer isn’t told they have to cut the cake ahead of time.)? You remember to get the open bar, but do you have toasting flutes for your all your toasts? These are the small things that are easy to forget but so important for the smoothness of your wedding day. Small things, big impact.

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5. Say “Thanks!”

This one word goes a very, very long way but means the most to your guests. Thanking your friends and family who have taken time out of their lives to come celebrate your marriage is a huge thing, so pass it out! Vendors who, yes, you hired, but are doing a good job deserve a few thank you’s as well! It never hurts to show appreciation to everyone who is attending and working hard to make your day the best it can be. Just one word, remember to say it! People will remember, I promise!

6. Honorable Mention: Your Vendors!

Your vendors have come together to make your day as perfect as possible. You did hours of searching and meeting with them to find just the perfect planner, photographer, and DJ, it’s only fair to treat them right! Make sure they’re fed during your day, most of them are there for 8 hours or more and if you’re hungry, so are they. Vendor tables are ideal, but if the venue just doesn’t allow it, make sure there is somewhere else they can eat. Tips are always appreciated but not needed and make sure to give them reviews online! Wedding Wire, Yelp, and Google all are used to look up vendors and great reviews go a long way. Take a few minutes once you’re back from your honeymoon and give them a review- it’s the biggest and best thank you they can receive!