After a luxurious break over the holidays, I hit the road running (ice and all) today for my first wedding of 2011! The lovely couple had originally booked me for a May wedding, but with news that the groom, Steve, was going to Afghanistan with the Marines, the wedding was moved up to today.
Steve was handsome in his military uniform, and his bride, Christine, was gorgeous! I was so happy to be part of such a wonderful union of two very sweet and brave people. I can't thank Steve and all the other brave soldiers enough for their service to our country... and to Christine and all the other strong spouses that stay home and hold it all together.
Their ceremony took place at The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atlanta, and the reception was held in the Piedmont Room at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Being a HUGE Gone With the Wind fan, I was so thrilled to be at the hotel, which was the location of the movie's premiere gala back in the day!
As soon as I get pictures, I will be sure to post them here, as always!
Of course, I still have weddings from 2010 to post, so I will work on getting those posted too!
In the meantime, I am sitting here with my husband, who is watching the Flacons/Packers game, and I wondered "mmm.... what are the floral trends for 2011?"
So far, a lot of the brides I have booked want succulents. I absolutely love the pale teal color of them, so I am so excited about these upcoming weddings!
For all of you brides-to-be out there that are spending time on the internet while your grooms-to-be are also engrossed in this football game, I thought I would share with you a blogpost I just read that predicted the floral trends for 2011. The following is from Savvy Scoop/One Wed's Bridal Blog:
Looking for inspiration on how to style your dream day? We asked five top designers from around the country for their top wedding flower color and variety trends for 2011:
Top designer: Frank J. Andonoplas, Frank Event Design
Flower variety trend: Branch Out
“Look for arrangements using elements such as berries, pods and interesting greenery in addition to classic wedding flowers. I think we will see a welcome hiatus from anything floating and/or submerged as well as the use of manzanita branches. I also hope we will be seeing more interestingly-shaped bouquets instead of the round and tight look of years past.” Flower color trend: Blue
“I think we will see a lot of blue in 2011, moving away from all the purple we did in the last 18 months. Blue will be mixed with a variety of from orange to green, lilac to yellow.”
Top designer: Sasha Souza, Sasha Souza Events
Flower variety trend: Petal Power
“High petal count flowers such as peony, hydrangea and roses give brides the most bang for their buck and look and opulent without breaking the budget. These flowers also lend themselves well to the romantic, open garden-style look that is so popular right now.”Flower color trend: Contrast
“The flower colors should complement and make the colors stand out instead of matching. For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing turquoise or peacock green you would want flowers in tones of reds, oranges and yellow to really pop against the instead of being too matchy.“
Top designer: Joy Thigpen, Thigpen Environments
Flower variety trend: Natural
“I'm hoping to see a lot of natural, garden-y bouquets and arrangements incorporating local floral and fauna. I'm also loving lilac right now. A bunch of lilac makes for an incredible simple, elegant, timeless and unfussy bouquet. And I think we'll see less peonies and more garden roses.”
Top designer: David Caruso, Dynamic Events
Flower color trend: Bold
"The -catching hue of honeysuckle has been named the 2011 color of the year by Pantone. You can expect to see this flower variety in wedding that seek an engaging, carefree style. The sweet fragrance of the honeysuckle pairs nicely with other festive, reddish pink flowers such as roses, peonies, tulips, ginger and freesia."
Top designer: Dwayne Ridgaway, Perfect Surroundings
Flower variety trend: Relaxed
“Flowers this year are a bit de-constructed. Gone are the days of rigid, tight bouquets. Peonies remain popular because of their home grown, fresh cut look. As well as roses, in soft, elegant colors that have been given a few days to open to their fullest. Hydrangeas remain popular but we love garden roses, mini calla lilies, viburnum and mixing herbs and plant material in any arrangement.”Flower color trend: Organic
“We are using gorgeous colors of coral, pewter, sage and moss when we can and pairing that with varieties of eucalyptus for its texture, fragrance and relaxed look.”