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Rockport Wedding: Alex & Christina

We had the pleasure of being part of Alex + Christina’s wedding day this past summer at the Windhover Center for Performing Arts.  Alex and Christina met in the restaurant business, and wanted to bring a sense of hospitality into their big day.  They incorporated both their backgrounds to create a perfect balance of New England + Southern cuisine!  We loved their relaxed vibe and their clear sense of vision for creating a simple day with friends and family.  Alex and Christina  chose our Magic Details package. Moira filled her bouquet with her favorites; billy balls, hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, dahlias, and greens.  The color palette was light yellow, pink, white, and green. Brianna Cox did an amazing job at capturing their special day. P.S., take a peak at her blush wedding dress, we love it!

Congratulations Alex + Christina!

xo Kelsey

 

Find your Inspiration: Vibrant Handmade Pillow
Inspiration can strike at anytime! It could be an amazingly vibrant wallpaper or maybe even an heirloom like a pillow your great grandmother crocheted. Whatever may strike your wedding fancy, roll with it! 
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{The Whimens Inspiration}: A beautifully vibrant handmade pillow (or cushion if you’re from England) 
{Colors}: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow- Warm Tones.
{Tablescape}: We suggest keeping elements of the table (like the tablecloth, plates and utensils) simple and clean in tones of white or cream. Then you can bring in the pops of colors into the napkins and centerpieces so that the overall look isn’t drenched in color. 

{Florals}: Use simple apothecary jars with various brightly colored flowers. Let the flowers do all the work when it comes to color. I mean, seriously, just look at these colors! It’s like they got all dressed up for this occasion and boy, do we appreciate it. 

{Favors}: Keeping the handcrafted theme and inspiration in mind the couple had a friend make their own pale ale! We love when a couple enjoys seriously awesome craft beer especially when they give it as favors.

{Details}: If you have been sitting here wondering why the bride in this collage looks super familiar, it could be because it’s our one and only Natalie Pinney! And if you know Natalie, you understand her choice in bright colors and details! Her vibrant personality definitely comes though in all of her wedding photos (taken by the amazing Katie Noble). A little suggestion from the bride regarding the details of your wedding is to make sure that you let your photographer know that detail shots are important to you. They sure were important to Natalie and it shows!

Beechwood Hotel Wedding: Audrena & Tim

When we first met Audrena, we absolutely adored how charismatic and excited she was!  Every design meeting we had with her, she cried tears of joy.  We love to see brides with such a sense of passion and love for creating such a sentimental wedding. She came to Whim with a vision of an intimate, romantic, film noir wedding. SWOON! She and her fiance Tim had an epic love story of their own, and we jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it. Audrena chose our Custom Floral Design as well as our Event Styling to bring their love story to life on the big day! The flowers are lush, textured, deep, and moody.  All of the flowers were in a deep pink, blush, maroon, cream, and green color scheme.  We used flowers like Astilbe, Roses, Hanging Amaranthus, Protea, Coxcomb, and Dahlias to create her dream lush floral arrangements.

This gorgeous wedding took place at the Beechwood Hotel, and the day was captured by the talented Nicole Baas. Audrena + Tim’s wedding day was also featured on Ruffled blog, take a peak here! Congrats Audrena + Tim! We heart you. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do! xo Kelsey

Find Your Wedding Inspiration: Brazilian Throws

One of the first things we do when a couple comes to us for event design and styling is ask them what their home looks like. What personal style do they have? Where do they shop? What colors are in their living room? Most of the time, inspiration is right under their noses but they are temporarily blinded by the bling. ;). Our job is to bring out that inspiration and translate it into the best day of their lives! So, each month, we will be blogging a piece called “Find Your Inspiration,” taking one inspiration piece and showing how that favorite can make a gorgeous wedding design.

wedding brazilian beach inspiration {What they wished for}“Southwestern desert meets Brazilian beach with a touch of magic.” A party that meshed their love for travel together and the groom’s Brazilian culture. Here’s how we made it come to life:
{Our Inspiration}: We loved the idea that a beautiful Brazilian throw or colorful Pendleton blanket seemed to sum up the entire design of the day. Think: cozy, cultured and colorful!
{Colors}: No shade is missing from these gorgeous throws, so we had free range to choose the hues. We loved mixing in bright yellows, vibrant orange, deep pinks, reds, blues and greens into the design.
{Tablescape}: We selected colorful and earthy pottery from West Elm as the centerpiece, mixing in cactus plants and bright blooms. To create a natural look for table scape, we used a simple striped linens and copper silverware, similarly used in Brazilian kitchens, for that cozy feel.
{Floral}: Both the bride and groom loved using local and cultural flowers, with a ton of texture. We even included mini pineapples! (Note: We will never reject the idea of using mini pineapples, ever.)
{Food}: The couple served family-style seasonal cuisine, colorful including fish & vegetarian dishes. The colors and texture of the food added to the table design!
{Details}: The grooms mother gave the couple a traditional piece of Brazilian artwork, featuring a couple on their wedding day. We highlighted this cultural gift by hanging it in plain view of the guests as they entered the reception room.
Photos by Katie Noble Photo. 

 

The idea that a throw can translate into a colorful and comfortable wedding day is kindof cool right? In fact, we might call it downright magical. What element in your home inspires you?
 
 
 
Throwback Thursday: Erin & Darrick’s Cambridge Wedding

Happy throw back thursday! This week we are featuring Erin + Darrick!  We absolutely adored their bubbly personalities and their love for flowers, especially peonies! When they were dating, Darrick would bring Erin a bouquet of flowers every Friday- talk about swoon! Once we found out Darrick’s grandmother also grew peonies, we knew this was going to be a fabulous wedding. Not only were there peonies in Erin’s bridal bouquet, but each guest took home a small bouquet of flowers as favors, as well! We absolutely adored the bright pink tones and lush flowers Erin loved on her flower market visit. They brought the venue Tupelo to life.  Below are some of our favs of their big day! A special thanks to Parker Digital Imaging for capturing their big day!

 

xo Whim

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May and Peter’s Cambridge Wedding: Oleana + MIT Chapel

What do you get when you merge neutral colors, an organic style, pops of soft garden colors and place them in two beautiful venues? May and Peter’s wedding at the MIT Chapel and Oleana in Cambridge! The couple wanted their flowers not to feel too formal, but to have a natural feel accentuated with blues, corals, and pinks. First Mate Photography captured these elements perfectly! One of our favorite details of the day was the kumquats hidden among the reception centerpieces!

We just adore this wedding filled with lots of beautiful colors, seasonal flowers (ahh, those peonies!), warm garden elements and love. Thank you for letting Whim be a part of your big day, May and Peter!

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P.S. Here are some more stunning garden weddings!

 

xo

Shannon

 

 

The Commander’s Mansion Wedding: Mara & Adam

It was just about this time last year when we sat down with Mara to chat about flowers for her September nuptials. Mara and Adam were planning a small and intimate affair at the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. We instantly related to Mara – her sense of style was simple, elegant yet practical. She explained that they wanted a wedding small enough to connect with every person there over good food and good conversation. We loved that they were focused on the most important people in their lives on their special day.  Then we got to talking about flowers. The color scheme was purple, grey, green and white. She loved simple vintage vases, Downton Abbey and a look that didn’t appear fussy of overdone.  And her favorite flower when we took her to the market? Deep purple clematis – which Moira made sure to use in her bouquet, the chuppah and more.  Mara often emailed us throughout the year for our opinions on decor & vendors, which we loved because it helped us picture the whole day. And she also rented our chuppah, candles and wedding signage to add to the day. We felt very connected to her wedding and admired the ease of which she went about planning it. We loved everything from her paper by Wicked Bride Stationary to her food from Season to Taste, and the fact that they stayed true to their intent of an intimate party. And, can we talk about how gorgeous she looked on the wedding day?! Cheers to Mara and Adam –  to a lifetime of small and special moments!

Photos by Channing Johnson Photography

Six Unconventional Vases for Your Wedding Flowers

No matter what the theme of your wedding is, a unique vase for your flowers is a great way to add a personal touch to both your ceremony and reception. Whether the vessel means something to you and your hubby or you just like the look of it, the right vase can bring your already beautiful flowers from stunning to jaw dropping.

Add a little beautiful irony to your centerpieces by keeping your flowers in pretty watering cans. Use it in an outdoor garden wedding or place it in a prominent place as a focal point in a rustic wedding. You’re guests will love how adorable it looks, and appreciate the humor of keeping your flowers in a watering can!

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Credit Image: Deborah Zoe Photography

Having a fall wedding? Arrange your flowers in a gourd to keep the theme of your wedding. Gourds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so you’ll have a lot of variety. Not only is this a great natural option for a vase, but also it will give off a warm, comforting ambiance. 

If you’d rather have stem-less flowers incorporated into your wedding, try suspending glass baubles and placing the flowers inside of them. This is a gorgeous, seamless look that can be hung at many different heights to create aesthetic texture. It’s also a look that is versatile, so it will go with any wedding!

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Repurpose a couple old light bulbs and use them as vases in your wedding. Light bulbs are perfect for smaller bud vases and their unique shape will draw a lot of attention. They can also be displayed in several different ways: hang them from a stand, group them together on the table, or suspend them from the ceiling for a floating look.

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 A fun way to bring character to your wedding is by using alcohol bottles as vases! What better way to show off you and your hubby’s personalities than by using your favorite alcohol bottles to hold the beautiful flowers you picked out together? Just make sure they’re thoroughly washed out before you put flowers into them!

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Photo: Katie Noble Photo

Whether your wedding is classic, rustic, natural, or full of personality, there are hundreds of unique options for vases other than mason jars and urns. Explore your options, think outside the box, and have fun with it!

Tell us, what’s the craziest vase you’ve ever seen?

Missy + Matt’s Wedding at the Westford Regency

Missy and Matt are such a great couple. We met with them on a super snowy day back in March at a cozy restaurant in Cambridge to chat about their September wedding. Missy is charismatic and funny…Matt is one of those quiet guys who throws a one liner into the conversation that leaves everyone in stitches.  We loved their energy immediately.

For the wedding decor, they liked the idea of bringing some color to the all white tent at the Westford Regency...and although Missy never fashioned herself a “pink” girl, she ended up adoring pink garden roses, pink hydrangea, pink dahlias and daisies! She wanted the space to be soft and romantic..but most of all.. they wanted their wedding to be laid back and FUN. and I can see why. In addition to their sweet candy bar, hilarious tattoos of themselves and a “Fish for a Favor” station (Matt’s an avid fisherman!), these two barely moved off the dance floor at their reception! And neither did their guests! We were lucky enough to do the floral design and day of coordination, so we stayed for all the fun!At one point, I remember looking over at Matt playing the air guitar and Missy jumping around, spinning her dress to the music…and I thought..this is love. <3

Congrats Missy + Matt. We love you! Check out these beautiful shots from Summer Street Photography:

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Michelle + Dan’s Wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

We first talked to Michelle on the phone early last year (when Whim was a wee baby!) from her new home in Tennessee. Phone calls are always interesting in the flower business because flowers are so personal…and we always try to meet our clients in person before their big day.  We liked Michelle instantly over the phone though, learning she was Cambridge native and graphic designer. Michelle and Dan’s big day was planned for early June, at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center...and yay! she was using one of our favorite photographers Amie Fedora!  We decided on simple calla lilies and hydrangea to match her navy color scheme. But the real fun came when Michelle landed in Cambridge two weeks before the big day…and we took her to the flower market!  We instantly knew this girl had style!  The vision changed a bit, especially when she mentioned some periwinkle, but we happily kept the budget the same and added some pops of color and texture. Moira even found hydrangea called “You and Me Together”. (Seriously, that was the flower’s name! Can you say adorable?!)

When we walked into her bridal suite on the big day, she gave us a group hug (we love hugsss!). And we were happy.

A huge congrats to Michelle & Dan! A lifetime of hugs to you both!