I knew I was in for something different when I met the bride and groom and both of their names were pronounced, Ryan. Ryan the groom and Ryanne the blushing bride, whose wedding theme was bursting with romance and pretty pinks at Kendall Plantation.
Being a professional wedding planner, I think it is important to have your finger on the pulse of things happening within the event industry to help my business and to also help my clients. I have found that being a member of the San Antonio Chapter of the International Special Events Society, has helped me do this. I have been a member for a little over two years, and have reaped so many rewards from my memership. I am currently on the Board, and serve as a Director of Programs for the chapter and its members. It has been very fulfilling and as I plan events for my chapter I would like to share them with you.
Thursday's event at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens presented as an event program and also the platform for a huge announcement. We invited 4 top floral designers to speak in regards to the current and up and coming floral trends.
Melissa White of Botanika, explained that simple, easy, elegant arrangements are currently what she is seeing, especially in monochromatic colors. She actually put together an arrangement before our eyes of deep purple carnations and orchids and it was gorgeous!
Tricia Hamil of Fresh Urban Flowers of San Antonio and Kerrville is seeing a ton of Hill Country weddings with lots of big, loose, "wild" in nature, cascading bouquets, lots of greenery and garlands, and raw silk embellishments. She believes up and coming designs will make a drastic turn to smaller arrangements with lots of color, whether it be bold colors or the sherbert colors in her floral piece.
Bisli of Bisli Events is a floral designer that loves bold colors and international flair. Being a trend setter, her floral piece was a unique bridal bouquet similar to a crystal clutch with shades of purples draping from each end. The clutch can then be set upon a crystal pedestal show piece. Bisli will be representing the United States at the World Flower Council International Summit in June in Columbia!
David Garcia of Statue of Design is a true artist in that he loves to work with different materials and mediums within his floral works of art. Although he can definitely do your traditional and simple impeccably, it's also not strange to see legos, or dinosaurs, or apples in his floral pieces.(if that is your vision) The current and expanding trend he is experiencing is not so much in the flowers themselves, but in the different vessels the flowers are being showcased in. Having simple flowers in a unique stylish container or vase can make all the difference. The container can tell the story of the theme or inspiration just as well as the flowers.
Another big reveal that we announced, is that ISES San Antonio, along with our presenting sponsor, the San Antonio Weddings, and with the support of other San Antonio event organizations, will be hosting our first city-wide Antonian Awards. We have realized that San Antonio has too many skilled and talented event professionals to not acknowledge their accomplishments in a formal manner. So, October 28th, the Antonian Awards, will be held at the Sunset Station! #AntonianAwards
We might be in mid-August, but its Fall flowers we're discussing on the blog today because the season is right around the corner. If you're having a Fall wedding, we've got some great insider information for you to consider when it comes to choosing a florist and what types of wedding flowers you want to use for your floral design.
Your floral budget is just another piece of the "wedding budget pie" that has to be factored in and when it comes to crunching the numbers its nice to know what direction to take to help you save the most while still getting the best!
Erin McLarty with Eden's Echo says, "Flexibility is the budget conscience couple's best friend. Being flexible on your flower choices and how you put each arrangement to use can cut your costs dramatically. Extra items, such as aisle markers and cocktail centerpieces add up quickly, so consider a non-floral alternative for those areas that would look great!"
So what types of flowers tend to be available for a Fall wedding? Fall weddings tend to boast beautiful rich color and a lot of texture. Favorites are antique hydrangeas in purples and greens, mango calla lillys, lotus pods, fall colored succulents, deep burgandy red roses, bright orange pin cushion proteas, monkey tail and vibernum. Mini pumpkins and gourds are great to add into a centerpiece among the flowers, without overplaying the Fall theme. All floral that is available for Fall is excellent to use as they hold well outside or inside.
Lastly when it comes to choosing a professional florist to do your wedding flowers do your homework! Irma Arispe with DeVinnie's Paradise says, "Look at their reviews, or recommendations, if a florist has fresh floral to show you that is a plus sign! That means they are consistently doing weddings, and might have a sample of what flowers you are liking for your wedding." So checking those online bridal reviews comes in handy and can help lead you to the best florist fit for you!
De Vinnie's Paradise and Haute Weddings collaborated on a Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration Table for the current 2014-15 San Antonio Weddings Magazine. It was around spring time and we were dreaming of summer, envisioning blue skies, turquoise waters, and bright, bold tropical flowers.
It was such a great experience being about to create something for us. To dream of the tropical wedding that we would want. Plus, anytime you get me and the De Vinnie girls together, it's a good day, and that day was the bomb.
Erika and Jonathan tied the knot back in May at St John's Lutheran Church downtown and held their reception at the Witte Museum. Her colors were cobalt blue and white, with touches of lime green. Perfect colors for a spring-time event! Their event was quite traditional but with modern surprises such as an array of food stations from Spice of Life catering, creative lighting from Illuminating Celebrations, and a video bar from Haute Cocktails. Photos courtesy of Gary Gibson Photography.
Corey and Manuel met in the Domincan Republic (Manuel's native land), while Corey was there for a quick stay helping build houses over the summer. He was one of the project managers and they hit it off and stayed in communication with one another via the internet. Corey soon found herself visiting the Dominican more often and a budding romance soon flourished. If this sounds like the beginnings of a cheesy romance novel, it kinda is...they call it, Dominican Passions. lol. This is all an inside personal joke that soon became public, as Corey's father, held up the book during the wedding toast, and began telling of Corey and Manuel's love story... Photos courtesy of Caroline + Ben Photography
Although the venue has a sleek, sexy feel, Corey still wanted to incorporate some natural romance. She chose pinks, ivory, and green as her colors. I think we pulled it off well. : )
The ceremony took place on the outside balcony, room for two large wrought iron trees, wedding party, a guitarist and 100 of their closest friends and family.
The ceremony decor was simple with wooden chiavarri chairs, and two wrought iron trees adorned with flowerettes made from wood shavings. She bought these by the bucket full and we placed them anywhere we thought needed a special touch.
Corey and Manuel love to dance merengue and bochata, and wanted to give their American guests a little dance class before the festivities began. Cocktails and passed hors de'voures were also a big hit.
Here's the romance novel I spoke of earlier. He read it word for word and it was exactly as Corey and Manuel had lived it... : )
If you can even fathom the thought, Manuel had never had a brownie before Corey came into his life. Instead of a dessert table, he opted for brownies in every flavor imaginable.
The bride and groom were actually both sick the evening of their wedding. All night they downed glass after glass of WATER! This didn't stop them from having a great time and dancing the night away.
We were originally going to have an all outdoor event at a different location and hang these frames from the trees; however, a change in plans didn't stop us from incorporating this fun guest activity.
and I know they'll live, Happily Ever After.....