Outside the Flower Box

Weddings are often big, lavish affairs but if that doesn’t fit your personality what could be better than a casual, afternoon dessert party for you and your guests to enjoy! Dessert is always the best part of the meal, so why not make it the only part! We filled apothecary jars with various treats such as twizzlers, chocolate kisses, and sour watermelons for guests to serve themselves. Rock candy served as the place card holders and “I love you” gum packets were scattered through the sweet, romantic flowers. Guest can choose their favorite cupcakes, cookies, or pie if their sweet tooth hasn’t been completely satisfied yet. Lastly, we imagine that a hot cocoa bar with marshmallows, cinnamon, hazelnut, and nutmeg allowing guest to concoct their favorite beverage would be the perfect finish to this afternoon (of course there would be special liqueurs included for the big kids).
Floral and event design by poppies & posies

[images from  Oh Darling Photography]

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Outside the Flower Box

Fall is in the air! We’re suckers for crisp cool air and ruddy cheeks. After the long warm summer days, piling on big, comfy sweaters and having cozy dinners at home couldn’t be more welcome. During these autumn months there are so many gorgeous flowers (I’m mean look at those dahlias; they are good enough to eat) but there are also a plethora of fruits and veggies to be found at local farm and supermarkets alike. We decided to utilize all of the season’s bountiful harvest in our floral inspiration this month. From tiny crabapple seating cards to a crisp radish bouquet there are endless possibilities when it comes to designing an autumn wedding. Serving a family style meal at large farmhouse tables is a great way to encourage your guests to interact with one another. Placing your centerpiece in a petite vintage crate helps to carry the earthiness of the fall aesthetic through to the tablescape. Last but not least…don’t forget to serve up plenty of apple cider!

Trent Bailey photographed this months ‘Outside the Flower Box’ for us and we couldn’t have asked for a more talented photographer! Originally from Louisiana (same home state as Sierra) his Southern charm is just as lovely as his photographs! He was an absolute pleasure to work with and we can’t recommend him enough to anyone looking for some one to capture their big day.

floral and event design by poppies & posies
photography by Trent Bailey Photography

Trent Bailey and Poppies & Posies are sponsors of Brooklyn Bride

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Outside the Flowerbox: Vintage schoolhouse inspiration

Outside the Flower Box with Poppies & Posies

We found the idea of a vintage schoolhouse inspired wedding to be so playful and fun! In the end, weddings are about celebration, laughter, and a little joi de vivre! There is absolutely no reason you can’t carry this through into your design too! Who doesn’t love chalkboards, vintage tins, old school pencils and playful plates? The possibilities are endless and would surely make any wedding as cute as a button.

We we’re inspired to run with this concept after we visited Jen Huang‘s new studio and spotted her gorgeous dining table (made from reclaimed wood) and vintage, French, schoolhouse chairs. When the amazing team over at Mélangerie offered to design the seating cards, menu, and table name for our shoot we knew it was the perfect project to collaborate on. They really took the tablescape to the next level with their adorable details!

We tracked down a couple of vintage crayon tins on an antiquing trip and paired them with vintage glass bottles. In keeping with the schoolhouse theme we placed old books down the length of the table and chose bright, playful flowers for our arrangements. Our favorite pairing was the red gomphrena and chamomile with geranium leaves. They resembled strawberries and looked almost edible!

Mélangerie ran with the inspiration and came up with the idea of using chalkboards. Both the menu and table name are hand-lettered onto antique chalkboards. The place cards are pieces of book board they painted with chalk board paint and then hand lettered. To complete the setting, they tied a piece of chalk to each place card with apple red ribbon to match Jen’s chairs. Parfait!!

xoxo Poppies & Posies

[images from Jen Huang]

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Outside the Flowerbox: Science inspired table

The ladies of Poppies & Posies have done it again with a fabulous science inspired wedding!

About the shoot…
We’ve been chatting about doing a science inspired wedding for some time now.  It seems that every time we go antiquing (which is pretty often) we’ve come across vintage lab equipment and antique medicinal bottles that we couldn’t pass up. They were just begging to be used in a tablescape and ultimately were the elements that inspired our vision for this shoot!

We chose to shoot the tablescape in an outdoor garden because it felt like the perfect natural environment. Each beaker, bottle, and science vile was filled with soft, delicate flowers such as blush dahlias, white scabiosa, garden roses, and vines to create a romantic atmosphere.

We brought Bryn of Paperfinger on-board to create the perfect seating cards and table numbers for the shoot. We’re always blown away by her elegant calligraphy and attention to detail. Her table number was based on the periodic table and we used the mini glass science tube stoppers to hold her oh so sweet seating cards down.

No wedding is complete without delicious cuisine and neither of us would rather eat any other food than that cooked by Stuart and Welch catering. They prepared grilled ahi tuna with local corn, heirloom tomatoes and avocado. The vibrant colors of the dish perfectly ‘popped’ off our tablescape.

Jen Huang joined us for the day to photograph the spread and as always we were blown away by her talent! Her attention to detail and unique perspective really brought it all to life on film.

Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod wore a utterly breathtaking dress designed by Sarah Seven and provided by Lovely Bride. We adored the non traditional and super fun look that a short dress created. Small quirky touches, such as our anatomically correct heart boutonniere and a dinner menu designed using an antique periodic table finished off our science inspired wedding.

The possibilities for designing an entire wedding around this theme are endless. We imagine an entire seating chart painted on glass microscope slides and a dessert bar filled with jars of colorful “elements” (think gold leaf covered chocolates and blue rock h20 candy) would be just the thing to make any wedding unforgettable!

Flowers & Design Concept by Poppies & Posies
Photography by Jen Huang
Food by Stuart and Welch Catering
Calligraphy by Paperfinger
Sarah Seven dress provided by Lovely Bride
Models, Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod & Davraam
A special thanks to our intern, Annie Huang!

[images from Jen Huang Photography]

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Book review: Flowers Chic & Cheap

Normally when I get a book to review, I don’t always post about it because it doesn’t fit my audience, but I was pleasantly surprised at the new book by Elle Decor editor at large Carlos Mota, with Rita Konig and photos by William Waldron.  Its amazingly versatile with great tips on putting together arrangements with flowers from your own yard or market.  Beautifully styled and photographed, I could see so many of the ideas used for modern weddings!  Check it out at your bookstore if you get a chance…its a good one!

I especially liked these arrangements in coffee mugs with grass…why didn’t I think of that??

[images by Brooklyn Bride]

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