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15
Nov
Woodland Inspired Sedona Wedding in Fall
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Kristen and Jeffrey’s woodland inspired Sedona wedding in Fall is packed with beautiful moments and copper hued wedding decor- it’s the season’s hottest color and you’ll understand why we love it so much once you see the pics!

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The ring bearers carried treasure chests covered in moss, grasses, pods and succulents; flower girls donned the sweetest boho inspired floral crowns

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The ceremony was outside and had the most spectacular view of Sedona’s Red Rocks; the copper colored leaves in the garland and floral arrangements are magnolia leaves- we really love them for fall weddings!

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Congrats to the bride and groom!

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The reception was in the ballroom and Events by Showstoppers filled it beautifully with floral garland, hanging chandeliers, dramatic drape, intentional lighting, and lush centerpieces; even though the reception was indoors, it still had a magical woodland vibe.

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Events by Showstoppers tells us about the seating card display: Three old wrought iron gates served as the seat assignment cards.  They formed a free standing  “screen,” and were draped with more handmade floral garlands…The cards were tied on alphabetically.

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The rehearsal dinner was just as gorgeous so we wanted to include a few photos from that event as well:

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For a detailed description of the wedding decor as told by the insanely talented designers at Events by Showstoppers, click here!

Kristen and Jeffrey’s wedding was featured in print and it can now be seen online

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Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers

Linens: Classic Party Rentals

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location: L’Auberge de Sedona | photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross | event coordinator: Margaret Van Damme | cake: Sedona Cake Couture

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21
Jul
Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals
categories: floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

To say that Mandi, owner and principal designer of Butterfly Petals, is creative or talented doesn’t quite do her work justice. Mandi is a visionary. She doesn’t do what everyone else does—she works with materials that are completely unexpected and somehow infuses her passion for desert inspired floral into every single thing she touches. By the time you’re finished reading this, you’ll want this well-known Elite Circle wedding florist in Arizona to design for you, we just know it! But first, you simply MUST get to know Mandi and the philosophy that drives Butterfly Petals…

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What do you think makes Butterfly Petals a stand-out wedding florist in Arizona? In a world where creatives are encouraged to only design to a brand, I decided I love flowers too much to limit myself to one style or look and feel. Yes, we’re known for our rustic desert work, but we’re extremely flexible and can design around anyone’s preferred look and feel. We have a huge inventory of vases and containers to suit everyone’s tastes whether it’s rustic, elegant or modern. I have a great team around me with their own design skill set and we can always pull something awesome together which fits our clients’ needs. We will always be known for our desert designs and I think that’s because I’m an Arizona native and can’t help myself. I have to play with cacti and textures and they seep into my work when left to my own devices.  

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Event Planner: Imoni, Photographer: Elyse Hall)

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

You’re always a bit ahead of the trends and often use unique elements in your design so we’re dying to know: where do you get your inspiration from? I pay attention to design trends outside the wedding industry. If you see pillows show up in Target with palm leaves, you’re bound to start seeing inspiration shoots for weddings featuring cool tropical greenery and backgrounds. I have a giant pile of home decor catalogs clogging my mailbox, I even see the design trends on shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV. As the wood finishes change on home furnishings, the rental companies start to carry similar pieces in their inventory. It’s gone from Farm tables to upscale Pottery Barn style dining…all in the wedding world. I also try to follow international designers. The boho trend started to take off in Australia and New Zealand where they have access to all the gorgeous protea we’re starting to see in bridal bouquets. Dress designers started adding bell sleeves and everything felt a little 70s/hippy gypsy. Lo and behold, the brides stateside started taking note and suddenly the rental companies are carrying peacock chairs and oriental rugs and we’re designing with pampas grass and protea. Following bridal blogs is helpful as well but once a trend starts it can be a plague of sameness. I always want to be on to the next thing for my clients while still keeping my designs desert-friendly and funky.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

What do you want clients to know about their own wedding before meeting with you in order to get the most out of your initial consultation? Know the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Don’t worry too much about zeroing in on exactly what flowers are going to be in each vase and container– instead think about how you want the wedding to feel. Think about your guests walking into the reception space-do you see rustic tables with long flowing garlands or round tables with linen and tall stately centerpieces? Think big picture and we’ll zoom in and fill in those details. It’s also key to know your venue and an approximate idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting, the size of your wedding party and your needs for ceremony, etc. We want to get the initial quotes as accurate as possible so you know what you’re in for.

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

How do you approach/work with clients that aren’t “flower people”? Most people aren’t flower people. Or at least, most people don’t fill their entire day with thoughts of flower types, seasonal availability, colors, etc. Don’t worry too much about knowing flowers–we’ll fill that in for you. Know the overall look and feel you’re going for and we’ll help you with the rest. If you just don’t think you want a ton of flowers or never envisioned lush floral design at your wedding–that’s ok too. Flowers add a lot but I’m very practical in my approach. Everyone is going to want something unique at their wedding or celebration and sometimes that means very clean and minimal floral.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

If you could give couples planning their weddings your top piece of advice when it comes to flowers, what would you say? Pinterest is a great start but keep in mind, that like most social media, it’s now run by algorithms that feed you results based on what everyone else is pinning and drawn to. They’re pulling gorgeous photo-ready weddings from Style Me Pretty and other inspirational blogs that don’t always feature the most affordable floral designs. You’re also getting the same results 100 other clients are getting. Instead of pinning 85 photos of peony bouquets and finding out they aren’t available or are extremely expensive the time of year the wedding occurs, I’d rather my clients start with broad strokes–look for pretty bouquets in your color scheme. Know what you like or don’t like about them–whether it’s the shape or the way the colors balance with each other. It gives us the flexibility of working with mother nature to come up with designs that work in our desert climate as well as designs which suit every look, feel and budget. It also gives us a little creativity. This is what we do after all, and a little trust in your designer’s skills will give you a gorgeous result every time.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What floral trends or new floral design options are you seeing that you’re excited about? Color is coming back. We’ve been dancing around the same shades of blush, gold or peach and mint for the last several years. Gorgeous weddings every time but there’s something refreshing about a client who wants to use deep plums and fuchsia or a client who wants strong yellows. It allows us to work with floral we haven’t been using in the last few years like exotic orchids or calla lilies. Bold flowers that make a statement.

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Photographer: Meg Brooke Photography)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Photographer: Monique Hessler)

Clearly, when you hire Butterfly Petals for your wedding, you’re embarking on a beautiful adventure. A discovery of sorts. If you’re up for the ride, join Mandi and her team and your world will be so gorgeous!

Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals: Website | Call: (480) 882 2436

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30
Jun
Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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It was all about the love at Elizabeth and Chris’ romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding! The beautiful couple kept their appreciation for each other and their families at the center of their planning and their wedding day ended up being a gorgeous event that was full of love and happiness—just how we like it!

Elizabeth recalls: I wanted to pick a color pallet that complimented the venue and added some glamour to the day! Navy is a timeless wedding color and gold was the perfect pop of glam to accompany it. The idea of the burgundy accents in the floral arrangements came from Kevin Reed at Your Event Florist, it was the perfect additional for a fall wedding. I was very much about putting our stamp on the day, so I was so happy Your Event Florist found another way to do that. It really made the arrangements one-of-a-kind and the burgundy dahlias were simply stunning.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | Favorite Moment: We both agree that our favorite moment of the day was our first look. I was reluctant to do one at first, wanting to uphold tradition but our photographer, Jenn convinced me otherwise and she was SO right! When Chris finally turned around and we locked eyes, it was like the rest of the world faded away. Any nerves we had disappeared and everything just felt perfect. 

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Dress: My dress was an A-line gown made by Pronovias, purchased from Schaffer’s. I brought my mom, sister and best friend along to go dress shopping with me. My mom was actually the one who picked out the gown I ended up wearing, I wasn’t sure about it at first because it wasn’t white. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love. I was in awe of all the detail of the Swarovski crystals and the pinkish color of the tulle overlay. It wowed everyone in the room. But I’m a cautious person, so I decided to keep looking. We went to another bridal store, where I tried on more dresses, including a mermaid gown that my mom and sister fell in love with. There was a lot of pressure from them to pick it but the other was still in the back of my mind. I realized that the Pronovias dress was the one and went back to purchase it that night just as they were closing!  

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Flowers: Floral was one of the most important aspects of our big day. Kevin Reed, Your Event Florist owner, was remarkable in taking our vision and turning it into a reality. They custom designed my bouquet with Polo Roses, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, and Dahlias then finished it with Bay Leaves, it was perfection.

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romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding _ Phoenix Bride and Groom wedding magazine_Jenn Wagner Studio_Arizona Wedding

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Ceremony: Elizabeth and Chris wed in an unplugged ceremony under a lushly decorated wrought iron arch; eucalyptus garland lined the aisle and wine barrels placed at the beginning of the aisle were topped with overflowing floral arrangements. Elizabeth said the ceremony decor took her breath away!

The biggest surprise of the day came from our 2 year old flower girl, Peyton! After she walked down the aisle with our ring bearer, she went to sit with her parents and decided that it was time to take off her dress. I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a naked Peyton, happy as can be, at the beginning of our ceremony. It was so hard not to laugh! 

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Reception: Chris and Elizabeth stole away for photos while guests proceeded into the reception; the evening was filled with thoughtful touches from a “Generations of Love” display to a heartfelt donation in lieu of favors.

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Chris is a HUGE car buff and works for Barrett Jackson but since he was little, his passion has always been classic cars. For the escort card table, we had a valet board where each of our guests received a vintage car key with their car for the night. The tables were named after his favorite classic cars with a license plate.

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Family is very important to us and we wanted to honor them with a Generations of Love tribute. We compiled wedding day photographs from our parents and grandparents to display. It warmed many hearts and brought happy tears to both of our families.

We love it when couples incorporate the things that are important to them and Elizabeth and Chris did just that—one example is this table that celebrates their relationship along with their passion for two dog rescues in Arizona: Paw it Forward Husky Rescue and AZ Happy Tails.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Sugar: Elizabeth and Chris opted for a decadent dessert table that included cake, chocolates, mini pastries and watermelon.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding : Before our sparkler exit, Chris & I wanted a final dance, a moment to take it all in before the night ended. While everyone lined up outside and prepared for the big moment, we stayed back. “The Only One” by Charles Kelly began to play, and we danced alone in a giant empty room, utterly elated and in love. It was one of my favorite moments from the night.

One thing I would change would be to have hired a videographer for the day! I will cherish our photographers forever, but the chance to hear Chris’ vows again or getting to see my mom walk down the aisle, would have been well worth the investment. 

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Everyone told us it would be the best day of our lives and it was. To have so many people there, surrounding us with love was simply wonderful.

Elizabeth and Chris, congratulations and thank you for sharing your romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding with us!

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Florist: Your Event Florist

Wedding Dress: Schaffer’s

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members 

Photographer: Jenn Wagner Studio | Location: Desert Mountain Cochise Geronimo Clubhouse | Planner: Skyla Brooke Weddings & Events

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27
Sep
11 Bouquets with Hydrangeas | Wedding Flowers
categories: floral inspiration, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

There’s just something about hydrangeas that we love for weddings- it could be that they come in a variety of colors (white is most popular), it could be that they’re soft and sweet thanks to their small petals and naturally round shape, or it could be their ability to be either the star of the bouquet show or a supporting flower. It doesn’t really matter why we like them though because they’re just lovely for weddings! Here are 11 gorgeous bouquets with hydrangeas designed by Arizona’s Elite Circle Florists:

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(Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Karlee K Photography)

Bouquets with Hydrangeas: White hydrangeas are full bodied- adding just one pop of color to an all-white hydrangea bouquet is probably our favorite way florists use it!

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(Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Sedona Bride/Katrina Wallace Photographers, Location: Hotel Valley Ho)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Planner: A Day to Cherish Weddings, Photography: Jeff + Amber)

Bouquets with Hydrangeas: Of course some pink or peach roses in bouquets with hydrangeas is super flirty and fun

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(Florist: Flower Bar)

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(Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Erin Evangeline Photography, Planner: Celebrations by Amy Bacon)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Photographer: Lasting Images Photography)

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(Florist: Bradys Floral Gallery, Location: The Phoenician, Photographer: Lear Miller Photography)

Bouquets with Hydrangeas: For a bold look, use colored hydrangeas…these are Antique Pink Hydrangea and they make a beautiful statement

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(Florist: Your Event Florist)

Bouquets with Hydrangeas: Of course a sweet bouquet with a dose of yellow orchids and fall inspired fillers makes our hydrangea lovin’ hearts happy too!

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(Florist: Flower Bar, Planner: BTS Event Management, Photographer: Jill Lauren Photography)

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(Florist: Your Event Florist, Location: Sassi, Photographer: Photography by Joshua Kileen)

Surely our bouquets with hydrangeas motivated you to meet with an Elite Circle florist and get started designing your wedding bouquet- visit the list of florists here and happy planning!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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19
Apr
Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers
categories: floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

We’re always looking for ways to help couples infuse their personalities into their weddings and May 1st- also known as May Day- is the perfect time to explore how you can personalize your wedding with flowers. We’re not talking about simply choosing your flowers for your wedding, we’re talking about connecting the memories that are evoked when you see and smell certain flowers to your wedding day decor. It’s been fun for us to explore this idea with our Elite Circle florists and we can’t wait to inspire you with their expertise!

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Floral: Your Event Florist)

Ways to Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers: Table Tops Etc.

Are there any flowers that, upon seeing and/or smelling them, trigger memories for you? 

When I was a little girl of 8 years old, I would collect lavender lilac from the big bushes outside my bedroom window and fill the vases for my mom in the kitchen. They were haphazardly displayed and browning on one side but I didn’t know they weren’t so perfect. I just loved the smell and the look! Massachusetts lilac bloom in the month of May so it was always a sign for me that the snow and our harsh winter was over. The sun was coming out and Spring was here! So in planning my wedding day, the first thing I did was order lilac for my bouquet. The fond memories of my childhood and the significance of that one flower were so powerful for me. Luckily, I was married in a month when I could get it! I remember the calm that I felt just before walking down the aisle when I stuck my nose in my bouquet and smelled the lilac. Immediate relaxation and happiness! So as a florist for the past 24 years, I think of that day and try to guide my couples to choose flowers that trigger fond memories. Weddings are stressful and hectic. I can help couples feel a calming and a sense of happiness by choosing a flower that will do this for them. 

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(Floral: Table Tops, Etc.)

What are some ways you’ve used flowers to personalize a wedding?

The bride’s dad, an Arizona cotton farmer, brought me a bundle of freshly picked cotton on the pod for her bouquet. She grew up on the farm so this was a sweet way to pay homage to her childhood (bouquet image not available but here are two examples of cotton in bouquets): 

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We are designing an all orange snapdragon vase for an Oregon bride whose grandmother had a large snapdragon bush in her yard- it will be placed at her ceremony table to bring back fond memories of her grandmother who has passed.

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(Photo via Design Sponge)

Texas girls love yellow roses (it’s the state flower)!  One of my brides had a beautiful all white bouquet and then we tucked a single “yellow rose of Texas” in the underside of the back of the bouquet.  She loved the smell and memories of her home state!

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One bride’s grandmother collected African Violets (they’re VERY hard to maintain) but we searched all over for small 3” pots to place at the cocktail hour in memory of her grandmother! 

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(Photo via World of Flowering Plants)

Ways to Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers: Your Event Florist

Are there any flowers that, upon seeing and/or smelling them, trigger memories for you? 

Lilacs hold a special place in owner Kevin Reed’s heart as they remind him of his late grandmother. His grandparents owned a farm in Indiana and his grandfather planted lilac bushes all over the farm because his grandma loved them so much. Now, every time Kevin smells lilacs he remembers all of the time he spent with his grandmother on their farm.

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(Photo via: Beautiful Flowers)

What are some ways you’ve used flowers to personalize a wedding?

Incorporating personal and meaningful florals, decorations and/or traditions into your wedding is always a wonderful idea. We love it when a bride wants her bouquet created with a loved one in mind because she will remember it forever and it also is so much more meaningful to her. Our advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding is to try to incorporate as many personal touches as possible so that your wedding reflects you as a couple and will be even more special for years to come.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Eyes 2 See Photography)

Once we embarked on this story, the Phoenix Bride & Groom staff’s floral memories came flooding back as well and we realized how powerful scent is when it comes to memory. We hope you’re inspired to personalize your wedding with flowers that trigger good memories so your wedding can feel extra special. Clearly, our Elite Circle florists know how to help you with that!

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27
Mar
Wedding Trend: Floral Crowns
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Floral crowns are a HUGE deal this year and we know you’re seeing them everywhere online and at weddings. While they’re not for everyone, we definitely think these floral creations add a beautiful and almost ethereal vibe to a bride’s wedding day look.

As you’ll see, there’s a great range of floral crowns- some are more structured, others are more woodsy, some are full crowns, others are designed as a an addition to a headband. But no matter the style, we think they’re all gorgeous!

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photography: Buck Dietz Photography)

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(Hair: Babydoll Weddings)

We totally dig this multi-textured crown…it’s just so interesting!

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photo: Sarah Waggoner Photography)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Floral: Villa Feliz, Gown: J Bridal, Location: Frostings Event & Design Rentals Showroom, Makeup/Hair: Artisan Salon)

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(Floral: Butterfly Petals, Photo: Erica Velasco Photography)

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(Jess Jackson Photography via Brit.co Blog)

What a little sweet pea this flower girl is

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(Floral: Petals and Lucy, Photo: Amy and Jordan Photography, Event Coordinator: Sterling Weddings and Events)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Floral: Villa Feliz, Gown: Maya Palace, Location: Frostings Event & Design Rentals Showroom, Makeup/Hair: Artisan Salon)

If you’re not sure if a floral crown is for you but you think they’re super pretty, go ahead and have one made for your flower girl or even your furry pet that will be making an appearance at your wedding!

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