Bouquet Breakdown: Burgundy Mini Callas, Cream & Purple Mini Callas, Burgundy/Purple Tulips, White Roses, White Lisianthus and Seeded Eucalyptus.
Such a stunning combination of Burgundy Black/Purple (the closest to black in the natural flower world!) and White Flowers. A modern bouquet with just the right amount of vintage charm. Elegant with a hint of rustic chic. I just love it!
Burgundy Mini Callas
A fresh beautiful flower, the burgundy Mini Calla Lily has a large, trumpet-shaped bloom that rests upon a long, smooth stem. Symbolizing “magnificent beauty,” the Calla Lily is easy to arrange and guaranteed to make an impression. This dark purple to burgundy Mini Calla Lily can look almost black in dim lighting and would make a spectacular wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Cream & Purple Mini Callas
A cream purple mini Calla Lily, both the Picasso and Vermeer Mini Calla Lilies have a large, trumpet-shaped bloom that rests upon a long, smooth stem. Symbolizing “magnificent beauty,” the Calla Lily is easy to arrange and guaranteed to make an impression.
Create an ethereal, woodland-inspired ambience at your event with Burgundy/Purple Tulips. Each stem has a delicate, tapered head packed with scalloped petals that gradually open into a cup-shaped bloom. The petals have a mysterious purple hue with light berry undertones; this makes it ideal for high-contrast arrangements.
Create glamorous arrangements with White Roses. Each bloom looks like a dreamy cloud, with their large cup-like shape and fluffy layers of petals that delicately swirl outwards from a tight center. The petals are a classic, white color, making them perfect for crisp vintage-inspired arrangements.
Lisianthus is a wonderfully elegant bloom that is sure to add a classy, sophisticated look to your special day. With multiple blooms per stem, it makes a great filler, accent or even focal flower.
A must-have flower for both formal and casual arrangements, creamy white lisianthus is irresistibly beautiful. These exquisite ruffled blooms have a very long vase life.
Seeded Eucalyptus is a very diverse green that is highly used for weddings. With sturdy but easy to manipulate stems, it is a great choice for table arrangements, bouquets, personal flowers, garlands, and so much more. Seeded Eucalyptus will add texture and depth to your decoration and fits well with any theme you choose for your wedding.
There are certain colors that we all know match: black and white, blue and silver or red and gold. But those aren't your only options for your wedding. Unexpected combos like purple, blue and blush are pretty, modern and totally gorgeous!
A hand tied bridal bouquet of Blue Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses, Blue Delphinium, Lavender Stock and Solidaster makes a beautiful statement!
A very approachable and easy to execute combo -- lavender looks so sweet when paired with blush & lush greenery.
Dessert tables have really hit the headlines recently and stylish table fare is set to continue to be a huge trend for weddings. A tempting dessert table is a popular choice for many reasons, but mainly for adding interest and decor to what might otherwise be a blank corner of your reception space and for providing a spread of delectable desserts for your wedding guests.
With this color palette an elegant affair wouldn’t be complete without a blush and lavender dessert table, featuring delicate french macaroons and delicious candy pops.
The best part about these colors is how surprisingly translatable they are. Push the lavender with a deeper purple if you're having a formal ballroom wedding, or wash your reception in powder blue and little splashes of dark purple for a more casual vibe.
See what I mean? Utterly gorgeous and I am a little bit in love with that wedding cake!
The key to pulling off this combo is to include a more subdued version of both colors so that they complement and don't compete.
Your bridesmaids will love you for letting them flaunt their own style on your big day.
When executed correctly, mismatched bridesmaid dress colors, and styles, will make your bridesmaids totally stand out—and different styles allow each bridesmaid to find a hue, cut and fabric perfectly suited (and flattering) for them. Most importantly, when your bridesmaids like what they're wearing, it'll show in your photos!
Your wedding colors should capture and evoke the mood you want for your nuptials.
From the romantic ceremony to the trendy reception decor, this glamorous affair remains flawless to the core!
However you choose to incorporate your colors into your wedding, remember that they should complement, not overpower any of the elements, and most importantly, they should complement you!
Eloping alone or accompanied by only a few close friends offers intimacy, beauty and ultimately, a focus on what matters most: marrying the love of your life.
Enjoy the Elegance Mother Nature Gives You
An intimate ceremony allows you to keep the guest count small, the location private and the ceremony space focused on the wonders of nature.
Forget large venues and 300 gold chiavari chairs. Find a grove of beautiful trees or a field of colorful wild flowers. Bring a few chairs—or even stand—and bask in the silent stillness of nature’s grandness.
Observe a BFF-Only Guest List
Don’t let social media “friendships” dictate your invite list.
With an elopement, you can get married just before sunset and still have time to take photos of the entire ceremony & wedding party during the “golden hour”. With a small gathering of just your loved ones, you can bask in their sincere happiness for you, not a group “friends” who just came to party.
Avoid Newlywed Debt
Incredible and on a low budget? Have your cake (jest intended) and eat it too!
You could save thousands of dollars on your wedding and put it towards a house, college loans or into savings. Finding the perfect location is easy with enough scouting and attention to where and when it’s appropriate to set up a small ceremony site. Some locations are free & some have very low permit fees. Still so much cheaper than spending thousands on a huge venue that you won’t even use most of.
Extroverts Need Not Apply
If hosting a big wedding & standing up before hundreds of strangers is terrifying you, then running away together to an amazing private locale is always an option.
If you’re a couple who values straightforward, beautiful, & minimal; and you don’t want the hassle of planning a huge impersonal wedding, an intimate elopement may just be the right thing for you.
Ignore Wedding Trends
Put away the magazines, checklists, to-dos and must-haves. Get off Pinterest & Instagram and remember what this journey is all about.
Love is the reason you are marrying your “The One”. Get married to the love of your life in a location you love the most, on your terms, wherever that may be!
Don't you just love bright cheery colors? These fun shades of lemon, green & beige are inviting and cheerful. Gorgeous for a garden wedding!
A Classic Bridal Bouquet accented with Billy Balls & Seeded Eucalyptus is fun, yet chic.
Snapdragon is known for its wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, which are grouped closely together giving the impression of a single lengthy flower. This flower would heighten any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Brilliant, bright yellow blooms are an excellent focal flower for a stunning, sophisticated look.
Perfect for bright, garden-inspired arrangements.
Yellow roses represent friendship, joy and caring. Perfect for weddings!
For classic bridal chic, ivory roses look beautiful on the big day. Roses make every bridal bouquet look beautiful and elegant.
A perfect neutral rose for any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Billy Balls (aka Craspedia)
Add whimsical color and texture with Craspedia Billy Balls Yellow Flowers. Craspedia have no foliage and large, spherical blooms with an intricate, scaly texture. The blooms are a bright, sunshine yellow hue. Best of all, craspedia are versatile, meaning these blooms can be used in anything from boho to rustic arrangements.
Seeded Eucalyptus is a very diverse green that is highly used for weddings. With sturdy but easy to manipulate stems, it is a great choice for table arrangements, bouquets, personal flowers, garlands, and much more. Seeded Eucalyptus will add texture and depth to your decor and fits well with any theme you choose for your wedding.
How to Elope Without Freaking Your Family Out (BONUS: FREE Downloadable Eloped Wedding Announcement Wording)
If you haven’t noticed by now, elopements tend to bring up a lot of emotions in people. From family members to friends, even co-workers & strangers! Your decision to elope will most likely cause a sideways glance or two. So how do you elope without causing complications between you and your loved ones? Hopefully these tips will help you navigate the (sometimes) choppy waters!
Think about it. Eloping means you deny your dad the chance to walk his baby girl down the aisle. Your mother won’t be able to take you dress shopping or cake testing or help you plan the big day. Your best friend no longer has the chance to give a super embarrassing speech about the time you made out with that skinny boy named Arlo at the lake, and your two-year-old niece will no longer be your flower girl.
For some couples, eloping has everything to do with escaping from family and friends, but for many, deciding to elope is about focusing on you as a couple and not necessarily about leaving anyone out. If you’ve decided to elope but still want to have your family involved in the excitement, we’ve got a few ideas that will both keep the peace when you drop the news that you’re getting hitched without them as well as make them feel valued and a part of your day.
So, is there a way to elope without offending every single person you know?
Probably not. But you could tell them to suck it up and get over it, or you can try and minimize the damage as much as possible. We’ve put together some tips and handy information on how to elope without upsetting everyone you know (unless you actually want to of course).
1. Preach what you (plan to) practice:
Yes, I know that saying is reversed. But here’s why: Even though eloping is becoming more and more commonplace as wedding costs rise, it’s still considered an nontraditional route to go. Which means that while you are comfortable taking the road less traveled, you shouldn’t knock those who aren’t. This might sound harsh, but I bring this up because I recently read an article in which the author talked about why she eloped, and why “you should, too!” She mentioned how she didn’t want a large wedding because she wanted the wedding day to be about the “marriage” (somehow alluding to how other weddings aren’t?). She also relayed “frantic” stories of how stressed-out her friends were who had planned a larger wedding, while she, of course, wasn’t.
Your choice to have a larger wedding, or not, is just that…your choice. Let me say that again. Choosing to elope is YOUR choice. And BOTH should be based on what you want to do, rather than some manufactured idea of what’s right and wrong with the other. You might not agree with someone’s choice, but as the old saying goes…you should defend everybody elses right to say (or in this case, do) it. This is true not only for the family and friends of a couple who has decided to elope, but the eloping couple themselves.
2. Tell your parents, closest family members, and friends BEFORE the wedding:
The word “elope” technically means to “run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one’s parents.” Today, however, it generally means getting married as a consenting adult with a witness and an officiant in attendance. While you might prefer the original definition and choose to surprise everybody with the good news AFTER your elopement, it’s always a good idea to let those you love (especially your parents, if you’re close to them) know about your plans BEFOREHAND so they can feel as much a part of it as possible. They might not be able to be there, but knowing it’s happening might be good enough to keep them (and you!) happy.
4. Consider an intimate brunch, cocktail, or dinner party to celebrate:
A lot of brides eloping might think it’s silly to throw a wedding party when they eloped to avoid one, but if you have friends and family who would love to see you and congratulate you (and it’s easier to do this with everybody all in one place), then consider participating in or throwing a casual (or fancy) get-together. It could be a potluck at your Aunt’s, or a dinner party at your friend’s house (maybe the feeling left out MOH?), or a brunch made by your mother who can’t wait to invite her friends to share the good news. Or it could be all three. Nothing stressful. Nothing over-the-top. Just a chance to get together after the fact and toast your nuptials. Besides, this is a great occasion to pop lots of bubbly!
5. Send a marriage announcement after your elopement:
It can be nice to take a more traditional route in this situation and send out nice marriage announcement through the mail to all your friends and family. Some people might be wondering what happened to your engagement or if they're getting a save-the-date soon.
A marriage announcement lets people know that you've already gotten hitched and it's the perfect opportunity to showcase some of those gorgeous intimate photos you captured on your special day. This is a chance to include any photos you have from the elopement itself, and it allows you to express your new status in a slightly more personal way, while saving the dozens of repetitive conversations at family holidays.
And of course, there's always the chance your recipients will send back a reply in the form of presents.
Whether you’re planning to elope or planning a big wedding, getting married should be as stress free as possible for everyone involved, especially you!
Download a Free Copy of our Post Elopement Wedding Announcement Wording for information & tips on announcing your marriage graciously!
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“We’re just having the courthouse wedding now & we’ll have a big wedding later”.
Oh, the dream of having a big wedding later…
I’ve heard this spoken by the bride as we stand outside the courthouse many times.
The heartbreaking reality…
Life happens…and “later” never does.
Most couples often times aren’t actually able to make their big wedding dream come true. Life gets too busy. To many “liefy” things happen & take precedence. Jobs, children home, finances, life.
It truly breaks my heart to see so many couples have to go through with having a courthouse wedding instead of having something that’s just for them! Something that’s beautiful, romantic, holds meaning, and can be more special than a cold impersonal courthouse!
But there IS another option that still requires a little planning, can be done at the drop of a hat if need be, and is intimate, romantic & personalized just for YOU.
I want to share the different between elopements vs. courthouse weddings and so you can make the best decision for you!
The Benefits of Having an Elopement:
The most beautiful thing about elopements vs. courthouse weddings is that you can:
• Choose where YOU want to do your elopement.
• Completely customize how YOU want to do your elopement.
• Incorporate pieces into it that mean something to both of YOU to personalize it and make it your own.
You’re not stuck getting married in a cold, impersonal, undecorated room or office.
Elopements take the same amount of time and planning as a courthouse wedding, but you can make it completely personalized to tell your unique love story as a couple.
The other amazing thing about elopements vs. courthouse weddings is that you can do it just as quickly as you would a courthouse wedding. Which is perfect for our busy lives!
The only things you really need for an elopement are:
• A wedding officiant
• Your marriage license
• Your wedding attire and accessories
• A bouquet if you want one (trust me, you want one!)
That’s it! Sweet, simple, and it is completely YOU!
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Friday's Fabulous Florals brings to you a romantic blush bridal bouquet of White Veronica, Scabiosa Pods, Sahara Rose, White Anemone, Hedera Helix Berries & Romantic Antique Garden Rose.
White Veronica is a unique filler flower featuring a long, thin bloom with numerous florets that add height and interest. Veronica would be a perfect accent, peeking from bouquets and centerpieces.
Scabiosa Pods serve as a wonderful decorative filler. Its ball shaped head creates a unique focal point. Use Scabiosa Pods alone or combine them with bulk flowers to create mystical wedding bouquets, table centerpieces or flower arrangements.
The Sahara Rose opens into a lovely bloom with unique coloring. The sandy colored petals have peach undertones that contrast beautifully against dark green foliage.
Adds a dramatic statement to your bouquet with White flower & Dark Center. Anemones have a classic circular shape. The petals are an ivory white hue, while the centers are crisp black; this creates dynamic color contrast that is ideal for vintage or modern bouquet.
Antique Garden Rose
Has a large, ruffled bloom that gives it the luxurious appearance of a peony while its scent is of a true garden rose. Swirled, tissue-like petals wrap around this bloom with origami-like precision. Say "I do" to this radiant, lustrous rose.
Berries of the Common or European Ivy (Hedera helix).
Ivy, being an evergreen plant, represents eternity, fidelity & strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love & friendship. It is a strong plant which can grow in the hardest environment, thereby representing the strength of the marriage bond.
A beautiful garden wedding color palette of lilac, lavender purple & green. A very approachable and easy to execute combo -- purple looks so sweet when paired with green.
The decor is so romantic with lush florals, greenery & gorgeous succulents.
Purple is one of the most popular wedding colors of all time. Purple & green are the perfect combination!
Did you know that wedding colors have a hidden meaning?
Soft, dainty and ladylike, this color often appears in weddings that hark to the past, with traditional-looking cakes and florals.
Shades of Green
In weddings, green reveals a modern sensibility and often comes with inventive, non-traditional florals (think green button mums or wheatgrass). Thanks to the increasing volume of eco-talk, green is also a prominent hue at environmentally-conscious weddings. Lime green + hot pink says “pop princess.” Olive or bright green combined with black & white looks downright regal, in that new-millennium way. We also love mint or sage greens as well.
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* Military Monday Elopements are held on the 1st Monday of the Month. Only 4 time slots available per day. Elopements to be held at a park in Chattanooga, TN TBD at least 4 weeks prior.
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Blissful Elopements & Weddings
Ahhh, Weddings...What is it about a wedding that makes people giddy, crazy and completely irrational? The tornado that is wedding planning seems to be an unrelenting force that snatches up everyone in its path & leaves them feeling like they’ve just been slammed up against a wall.
The wedding industry has trapped women into this competition throwing away money on unnecessary “requirements” and collecting a huge amount of debt. A lot of the time, brides end up planning for elements that they don’t really want in their wedding, but feel like they must because everyone says so.
Every elopement is different - that's what we love about them! The timing, details, locations, and what the end result will be will vary with each couple.
Elopements are just as important as big weddings. Just because you're eloping, doesn't mean you deserve a less exciting day. A lot of people think elopements are short little ceremonies and a few quick portraits, but we believe you deserve so much more. So, we encourage you to really dream big for your elopement day. You've chosen to break the norm here, why not make it an expression of you as a couple & of your unique love story?
Take a look at a few of the reasons why eloping is often the best choice:
When planning your elopement, consider every detail of your day. Where do you want to wake up? What do you want the vibe that morning to feel like? Do you want to have a slow morning, sipping coffee and helping each other get ready, or do you want to get ready separately to keep the suspense? Deciding this in advance will help set the mood for your day.
Imagine, a quiet space to get ready without a phone ringing with well-wishers. No strict schedule to adhere to. No worrying about where those troublesome bridesmaids are! Just you, getting ready for your wedding day, relaxed.
We all know how ridiculous it can be to pay for a wedding. The venue alone can cost thousands of dollars. Then comes the dress, the cake, the flowers, the limo...the list could go on forever.
Avoid Family Drama
With weddings comes a flurry of opinions, and you will be surprised by just how many people think they can offer their unsolicited advice. From your dress to the table linens, family and friends are all too happy to nitpick every last detail. If they aren’t tearing apart your decisions, then someone will be complaining about being left out or why they don’t like the dinner options you and your fiancé fought over for 2 weeks. People have a tendency to think weddings are about their own enjoyment with a complete disregard for the couple. While they day is supposed to be all about the two of you, it usually becomes about someone else, putting a cloud over your day.
Instead of surrounding yourselves with an overflowing reception hall with obligatory guests, your wedding day is full of love & ultimately more intimate. When it is just the two of you, the event becomes about the commitment you are making and what it means. When you are walking down an aisle surrounded by rows and rows of people, it is hard not to let your mind wander to all those details you so painstakingly spent a year of your life planning. You’ll probably be wondering what everyone is thinking about your dress, the venue, the flowers.
Then, you are hoping the photographer is catching it all and getting your best side. You hope you don’t mess up the vows in front of all those people. It becomes hard to just be in the moment, and before you know it, that moment is gone forever. While you can always review it in those ridiculously expensive photos that will make your wedding look outdated in a few years.
Less Stress on Your Relationship
Planning a wedding takes a community, but a marriage only takes two people. Many people come together to help make a wedding come to fruition, but that is often the reason it can be so stressful. There are so many opinions and people fighting to tell you what you should do, it can feel overwhelming. That frustration is never good on a relationship. You will find yourself fighting about the most ridiculous things none of which actually matter. Then, you have to deal with the marriage advice family and friends readily offer. Suddenly, you’ll be noticing things you can’t stand about your future spouse or nit-picking the same things you once heard your mother complain about. The wedding planning can overtake the marriage like a monster.
The best reason of all? A Private Experience Between the Two of You!
Who says that a wedding has to be a public affair? During the first moments of marriage bliss, make it personal and intimate. Embark upon your lifelong journey with your own personal touch. Replace the awkward kiss in front of family and friends with an impromptu dance up the aisle or a leap into the river. Run off to a quaint inn and spend the rest of the day basking in your new roles as spouses. Your wedding day is the beginning of a lifelong relationship, let yourself bask in the experience without stress or anxiety. It is all about the two of you so create a day that reflects your unique love and relationship. This is one of the few days that you can be totally selfish and crazy, disgusting in love.
Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. Be true to yourselves. And that will set the tone — even considering sickness, deaths, and other rocky times — for a happier marriage.
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