Ready to see totally swoon-worthy floral that's effortlessly classic yet modern through and through? Well, here it is! A dream team of vendors brought this perfect fall day to life, including expert planner RSVP Designs and artistically talented photographer Annemarie Deale from Washington, D.C.. When it comes to luxury flower style, there's not any denying this lovely flower farm, Rosaprima wins the award for most beautiful blooms. I mean, can we take a minute and appreciate those gorgeous bouquet blooms?!
Whether you are going for a bright bohemian bash or a timeless ethereal look, flowers and decor are critical to seamlessly create a once in a lifetime celebration. Old meets new at the Atlanta landmark, The Swan House. The venue's neutral tones make for the perfect complement to a colorful mid-autumn floral plan that we worked tirelessly to create in effort to design in a way that highlights the locations bright and vivid history. The result is a floral composition that mimics the full of life venue and the love and laughter of what's at hand -- a wedding day!
Take a peek below. You'll fall head over heels in love with each inspired image from one of Julie Paisley's Editorial Workshops & Voyager et Inspirer International Retreats and you'll learn how to pick the best pros and make your own event florals for everybody to revel and remember in a way that respects the venue and your own personal taste.
Setting The Mood at Atlanta's Swan House Garden: How to Choose Modern Flowers That Complement Your Venue and Aesthetic
Upon finalizing your location, it's time to develop a floral plan to make it look and feel special - and to decide what might be carried down the aisle. You don't have to have roses -- or even flowers for that matter. Hey, there aren't any rules. Consider incorporating plants, vines, and berries into the mix. The secret is to embrace what you love, what is seasonal, what's local and what goes along with your venue -- and play that up.
Research The Venue
You'lll want to know the grounds, the history and everything you can about it, really. Learning the ins and outs of a place can tell you if it is new or old, if the grounds are kept up, will they allow you to forage the property, is there a place to create arrangements the day of the even or will they need to be brought to the venue. You can research through internet searches, talking to florists, and locals or the venue manager.
Here is a lovely description easily found through a quick search from the Wedding Spot of the Swan House Gardens that are the back drop for the floral shown here.
"the venue rich with history as you create a family history all your own. Let beauty and serenity set the scene for your event in the glorious Swan House Gardens. The Atlanta History Center Swan House Gardens offer variety, elegance, historical appeal, and natural beauty for your wedding celebration. Outdoor gatherings at this iconic 1928 mansion with stately columns rise to unforgettable heights on a private lawn with majestic cascading fountains and the beautiful Boxwood Garden. Pledge your love in a romantic ceremony on the impeccably-manicured lawns of the Swan House Mansion. After your ceremony, stroll across the bridge to enjoy the elegance of the Grand Overlook ballroom for a magnificent dinner reception. Or enjoy an al fresco cocktail reception out on the expansive lawns, which can accommodate 50 to 750 guests. Because Swan House is a historic house museum, parties and receptions are not allowed inside the mansion, but your guests can tour the mansion for a few hours during your event; and you can consider adding a costumed interpreter that will perform historical character narratives."
Find the Flowers
Begin planning the floral recipe six months to a year ahead and plan to spend up to 20% of the overall budget. Ask the venue manager, florists and friends for recommendations. Talk to gardeners, wholesalers, grocery stores and farms. Scroll through vendors Instagram feeds to see what florals are usually used at the venue and at that time of year. Unless you love a specific flower a plan with an array of options is ideal to compared to a single look. Knowing the couples aesthetic and knowing what works well at the location give you the creative freedom to get the most remarkable floral outcome
The time of year and location are important considerations in your floral design decision. They are great influencers of what recipe and what installations are possible. For instance, a beach setting and a wintery ballroom have opposing feels. Inspiration can come from anywhere I recommend collecting images of your favorite places decorated with your favorite blooms. I also recommend including images of your favorite artwork as it an drive even simple decisions like color palettes. Be sure to consider your dress, your attendants attire and shoe selections. It's also important to incorporate blooms that have personal meaning to you or to the venue.
Trying to make that floral decor budget stretch? Keep in mind that seasonal and local flowers are best for saving money while delivering a look you'll be pleased with. Flowers that are brought in from ten-buck-two are expensive and leave a large carbon foot print. Foliage, berries, branches and fillers that are cut right from the venue or from areas nearby amplify smaller arrangements and give a cohesive feel that threads the event, the venue and the ceremony at hand. They offer a natural sense of time and place while they're more cost effective, too. Use containers that can be enjoyed later, like the Alma Aged Mantel Urn Set from our Park Hill Collection which work great in farm, vineyard, or a European inspired setting.
Aim for Impact
Entrances and prominent architecture are excellent places to create dramatic installations. Fire places, water fountains are good places to go big. Typically each venue has several focal points. Don't go overboard because a few amazing things can be way more special that a ton of designs messily placed everywhere. Centerpieces are important because they are impactive, for example, compared to the the restroom flowers. They'll get more attention. You want to go where you get the most bang for your buck. Simplicity and quality are key. Save all the broken stems and flower heads for small arrangements that can be placed in the areas that are less important like floating in a water fountain.
Luxury Roses: Rosaprima, Ecuador
Hair & Makeup: Erin V. Ryser, Atlanta
Paper Goods: The Vintage Ink Well
Gowns: Elite Pour Lavin
Fine Jewelry: Waltons Jewelry
Hair Adornment & Veil: Janice Tan Co.
Tabletop Rentals: Arte Italica Company, Italy
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Napkins: The Embroidered Napkin Company, London
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes, U.S.A.
Menswear: Street Tuxedo
Cake: Vanilla and the Bean
Candlesticks & Props: Feather and Oak
Styling Surfaces: Olive and Oak Mat
Furniture Rentals: Peachtree Tents, Atlanta
Candles: Creative Candles