Outside the Flowerbox with Poppies & Posies

I’m so excited to welcome Sierra & Juliet of Poppies & Posies as a new contributer here on Brooklyn Bride!   These lovely ladies will be joining us every month to showcase fabulously modern florals…today, we start with a shoot inspired by a recent trip to Costa Rica…

modern floral arrangement

Recently, Poppies & Posies was lucky enough to take a trip to Costa Rica. The unusual plant life and exotic flowers that encompasses the country side there were incredibly beautiful. One particularly inspiring piece of flora that we stumbled upon was a flowering vine.  The vine had draped itself all over an ancient tree. Its bright yellow florets looked like the were glowing in the sunlight. It was truly other wordly and made the entire P&P team stop and stand in awe at the base of the tree for an inappropriate amount of time.  The locals later told us that this vine only flowers once every two years and and when it does it only last for a day or two. Alas, when we went back two days later all of the petals had already fallen from the vine and the tree was bare again.
Our tablescape was designed in the hopes of transporting each guest to that almost other worldly, tropical jungle. A leaf canopy was built for the guests to sit under and large fiddle heads, gloriosa, and moss provide a jungle-esque runner. If you look closely there are butterflies and tiny turquoise beetles hiding in the flora of the tablescape. Janelle Sing handmade the seating cards with mini illustrations of bugs and mini pineapples provide a holder at each setting. Crisp white china and simple silver flatware provide a modern edge.


Janelle Sing for the calligraphy/illustrated seating cards

Ella Cafe for allowing us to use their space for the shoot

[images from Missy Photography]

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Killer engagement ring

Yeah,  you read that right…

Designed by Tobias Wong, who passed away far before his time a few weeks ago, this ring is pure genius in my mind.  Forget the brass knuckles, this is far more stylish.

[image from Yanko Design]

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Real wedding: Emily + Adam

We chose Bedell Cellars in the North Fork because we wanted a venue that reflected our love for the outdoors and wine, of course. Adam’s parents have been vacationing in the North Fork for years and we thought that it would be fun to introduce our friends and family to the wine country of Long Island at what we called a “mini-destination wedding” with a weekend of events in Greenport and Cutchogue. The house we rented in Greenport was a gorgeous restored boathouse from the 1800s with huge doors at either end of the house and was a great gathering spot for the wedding party all weekend.

Fortunately, Mother Nature cooperated on the day of the wedding and it couldn’t be any more glorious! The day was perfect in every way… good food, wine, friends and The Stingers had the entire party dancing from the minute they started. I absolutely loved the “Audiobooth” — I’ve watched it over and over again! We also set up a pie bar for dessert with five of our favorite fresh fruit pies from Briermere Farms in Riverhead, which was a big hit.

A piece of advice for brides-to-be is that the bridesmaids, my mom and I were so glad we had Merrell, the make-up artist, on hand for touch-ups throughout the night. She was fabulous and I felt like a million bucks. All of our vendors were incredible. Brooklyn Bride was a great resource and inspiration during the planning.


Dress – Lela Rose
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Necklace – Badgley Mischka
Make-Up – Merrell Smith from Space NK

Groom’s Suit – Michael Andrews Bespoke

Bridemaid Dresses – J. Crew

Flowers – Denise Fasanello
Catering – Brent Newsom Catering

Cake & Pie Bar – Butta’ Cakes, Greenport; Briemere Farms, Riverhead
Cake Topper – Fancie Fannie’s (the topper includes our dog and cat!)

Music – The Stingers Band

Calligraphy – Goodhue Designs

Invitations, programs, table numbers, menus – I designed them, but the “Emily & Adam” logo was by Emilie Friday calligraphy and letterpress (for invites) was by Ajalon Printing.

Venue – Bedell Cellars
Photographer – Tory Williams

[images from Tory Williams Photography]

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