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Find Your Wedding Inspiration: 50’s Themed Wedding
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Have you ever been drawn to a specific era? For me that era is the 50’s. I always thought that if I met my grandparents when they we’re in their 20’s we would have been best friends. Then it got me thinking.. Why couldn’t you have your wedding theme be inspired by an era you wished you lived in? So here is our take on that theory:

The Whimen’s Inspiration: The 50’s! Colors: Muted tones of pink and mustard with punches of the Whim staple- Teal.

Tablescape: Since we wanted to keep the 50’s feel we made the dining area picnic inspired! We brought in that Picnic look with patterned napkins, a clean wood table and bright snapdragons- just like in Mom’s backyard! Plus, who can resist classic picnic food. Deviled eggs and a jello mold? Yum!

Florals: It’s so hard to choose just one flower for your centerpieces and in most cases we are always encouraging of not picking a class pet. However, these snapdragons we’re just irresistible and too perfect for the color scheme. So the gold star goes to the snapdragon.

Details: It’s very important to us that every detail of the event had a hint of nostalgia. So the paper was inspired by vintage typography and old school slideshow cameras, The View Master – talk about a throwback! The Hive Bar was a huge influence and essential piece to this event as it brought in the nostalgia and served up classic drinks with a twist, Don Draper would be proud. Photos taken by the fabulous Carla Ten Eyck .

 

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!

Find Your Inspiration: Wildflowers

Throughout the many weddings that Whim has beautified we have seen many fabulous couples come in with an idea or feeling as an inspiration for their big day. In some cases a couple may be an open book and that’s totally cool with us! Our job is to pull an idea or theme out of that jumbled web-like wedding brain of yours. Luckily we have 4 brains that get to pick yours apart! It’s like having 4 wedding therapists (or perhaps Whimapists?) Most of the time you won’t even know you’ve got your theme until we hear you say one word that makes our eyes light up (and no that’s not our “crazed wedding planner” look it’s our “that’s it” look). So don’t be scared when we look at each other and start blurting out sounds like  “EE!!!” “Ooo!” and “AHH!”. Those are the sounds of success, my friends. That is what this blog is all about. Showing how we “Find Your Inspiration” and create a wedding by a single thought, idea or object. Enjoy! -G

 
 
The Whimen’s Inspiration: A Field of Wildflowers
Colors: ROYGBIV, baby. We took on the entire color wheel. 
Tablescape: We went Au Naturel when it came to tablescape.  The Rattan chargers and twine wrapped napkins/utensils add an awesome texture to the already arts and craft style farm table.
Florals: The free-spirited bride wanted the florals to appear as if they were freshly plucked from a field which suits her oh-so well. 
Favors: Jam was their jam. Get it? And how adorable are those labels? What a way to preserve their love! Okay, I’m done with the puns. For now at least.  
Details: It was important for us to capture the effortless style of the bride an groom. We wanted to create a setting that was as easy-going and relaxed as the couple. A lot of string lights, tea lights and additional greens helped us to accomplish that feel within and outside of the tent. They were a breeze to work with, so we thought their wedding should be nothing less than a breeze for them. 
 
See, even looking out your window on a road trip and seeing something breathtaking like a field of wildflowers could be your wedding inspiration. There is no limit to inspiration, well maybe there is. If you’re having kids attend the wedding let’s keep it PG, people.
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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?
 
 
 
DIY Bouquets: Home Grown & All On Your Own

You know when you’re driving down a back road and you look over thinking about how the surroundings look like something Bob Ross would paint while saying “These flowers are happy little flowers”? Well, what if I told you, you could make something with those happy little flowers? What if I told you you could even make your own bouquet? Given the seasonal flowers are within your color scheme or the type of flowers that you’re looking for, you could do just that.

 

While visiting my family in Upstate New York I decided to pull the car over and gather those happy little flowers and make them into a bouquet.

 

But, before you go foraging for flowers off the back roads let me give you some tips:

 

1.) Wear proper clothing!

I’m not a bug person. Never have been and I never will be. However, bugs (particularly, ticks) aren’t the only thing you should shelter yourself from. Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac are also out and about (at least in our neck of the woods).

 

2.) Bring some gardening shears and branch snips.

I’m not encouraging you to cut down any small trees (you overachiever) but some of the flowers you might be drawn to may have branch-like stems.

 

3.) You’re going to need some gardening gloves.

I know you’re probably thinking “I’m not going digging for these flowers!” I know, but trust me when I say there will be thorns. Unexpected, pointy, blood-drawing thorns. Okay, they’re not that bad, but they aren’t fun when you aren’t prepared for them, and I was not.

4.) Bring a bucket of water.

Once the flowers are cut they will need a continuous water source.

 

 

5.) You will need a sharp knife, a string and floral tape.

The knife is for cutting off the thorns and extra leaves. The string is to tie your bouquet and the Floral tape is to wrap it. After wrapping it in floral tape you are free to wrap it in any material of your choice.

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I picked some of the flowers from some side roads of my maternal grandmother’s hometown and some from my paternal grandmother’s garden to add some special meaning to the bouquet. This is a great way to utilize all the beauty that Mother Nature has surrounded us with! Have fun with it and don’t over think it. Whatever you make will look gorgeous. I have faith in you.

Your fellow flower child,

G

 

How to Salvage Wilting Dahlias

We’ve all been there, the day of your wedding you check on the flowers and those pesky Dahlias are bruised, wilted, or just falling apart. Oh no! The day is ruined! How can we go on, right?! Actually, you have nothing to fear! While working on a wedding this month, we decided to put the petals of a few Dahlias in jars for the bride to use as she pleased. The petals were already falling off and we figured, hey, why risk it? What we didn’t realize, is how GORGEOUS the Dahlias would turn out after we pulled the petals off. Don’t believe me? You should! And just in case you want to do it yourself, here’s a tutorial of what we did!

Step 1: Buy, cut and clean Dahlias.

This step seems pretty straightforward.. I think we’ve all got the buying part down, but if anyone is confused about what we mean by “cut and clean” it simply means to give each stem a sharp, fresh cut at the bottom (on an angle so the stem doesn’t sit at the bottom of the vase and block any water flow) and to remove any leaves that fall below the waterline; removing leaves that will rest in the water will prevent your flowers from sitting in dirty, rotten water. Everybody following so far? Great!

Step 2: Remove petals.

Again, fairly self explanatory, but the key to this is to be gentle in removing the petals. Grab only a couple petals at a time and gently pull away from the center of the flower until you feel them give. Once a few petals are removed, you’ll start to see green “petals”, be sure not to pull these as they are the key to salvaging the flowers. (You can see the green “petals” in the picture below if you’re confused!) After you’ve removed several of the petals, you can start to take creative license with how “naked” you want your Dahlias to be. For the wedding where we made the discovery, we left a few purple petals in the center to add some flair to them.

Step 3. Get creative with your petals!

Now after all that hard work pulling off the petals, you definitely won’t want to just throw them away! We put the petals in cute Mason jars, but there are endless possibilities for what you can do with them. Give them to your flower girl to sprinkle along the aisle, spread them out around placecards or favors, even lay them on your cake in lieu of cake flowers!

As Momma says, “there is a solution to every problem” and she could not be more right, especially when it comes to flowers! Next time you find your Dahlias drooping, try this method and show us the results! Or try it out with a different flowers and let us know how it went!!

Cheers, y’all!

Sammi

5 Underdog Flowers You Should Get to Know

Get to know these 5 hidden gems, each with their own personality and style. Show them some love and let them help brighten up your day!

 

1) The Toad Lily- These delightful beauties are the underdogs of the lily family. They might not have the most gorgeous name but one look at them and they will make you a believer! And toads are kind of cute if you ask me.
Season: Early Fall

Colors: Pink, Purple, White, Red

 

2) The Passion Flower aka: Maypop- If you live in the Southeast United States these show-stopping flowers might not be considered an underdog to you but here in the Northeast they still have plenty of spotlight potential. They grow on a vine and there is no other flower like the Passion Flower. I know you are probably curious as to why the Passion flower is also know as the name “Maypop”. Well, believe it or not it is because they tend to pop up in the month of May. Clever, I know. Also, if you were wondering if it is associated with Passion Fruit well by golly gosh, your right! Beautiful and then delicious?! Take the stage Passion Flower, front and center, baby.

Season: Early Spring to Mid Fall

Colors: Pink, Blue, Purple

 

3) Gloriosa- Their name “Gloriosa” is derived from the word gloriosus, which means handsome and that is exactly what I would call these flame-looking flowers, handsome fellas. I beg of you, look up pictures of this flower used in bouquets. You won’t be sorry.
Color- Red to Bright Yellow

Season- March to November

 

4) Snake’s Head- This amazing bell-shaped flower is an underdog due to its extremely unique checkered coloring making them resemble, you got it, a snake’s skin. Though in my personal opinion, they remind me of checkered Vans and maybe thats why I (or my inner high-school self) totally dig them.  Regardless, both reasonings are good for me.

Color- Pink/Purple and White Checkered

Season- Late Winter to Mid Spring

 

5) Beehive (or any) Ginger– You read correctly, it says Ginger. In my opinion I don’t think that people take enough advantage of this root. Ginger comes in many different beautiful forms but Beehive just so happens to be my favorite. It’s warm colors and wax-looking texture makes any arrangement or bouquet an instant conversation piece.

Color- Yellowish-Green to Bright Red

Season- July through November

 

Watch out for these underdogs and help their cause! They’re all too gorgeous and underrated to remain in the shadows of mums and roses (though mums and roses are a loved favorite to all). Start the trend, take the plunge, pick a flower you normally wouldn’t dare to. I promise you won’t regret it!

Their fellow underdog,
G

 

Our 1950’s Wedding Inspiration Video by James Alteri’s Vintage Cinema!

So if it wasn’t enough that we were honored to have our 1950’s photo shoot featured on brides.com last week, we are also thrilled to see it come together so beautifully on video! Check out this amazing video from Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema. SWOOON!!!

Whim Events: Airstream Inspiration from Jim Altieri on Vimeo.

More pictures from Carla Ten Eyck photography coming soon! Including 1950s paper inspiration from Hartford Prints, fashion from White dress by the shore, flowers from Whim and more!

Willowdale Estate Wedding: Floral Design for Sara & Justin!

Ok, this blog is long overdue.  Last September, we had the privilege of being a part of a wedding for one of the coolest couples EVER.  Sara and Justin’s Willowdale Estate Wedding was a beautiful summer day, and it couldn’t have been more amazing. We loved the couple from the moment we met them. Sara is a nurse and Justin is a doctor. They both shared a love for Pike’s Place Market in Seattle (Justin’s from that area) and Sara’s wedding planning binder blew our minds! 😉  We talked floral design and learned about her love for all things anemones, ranunculus, burlap and pinterest.  Justin was liking the idea of ferns for his pin-on, since ferns were the official green of his hometown. And his mom was a florist. We just adored them.  Later in the summer, we took Sara and her mom (LOVE HER!) to the flower market in early August to pick flowers for the big day. It was so much fun, we wanted to hang out with them forever.  And, they invited us to stay for their cocktail hour at the wedding – could this couple get any better? UM..actually.. YES they could..read on!

On the wedding day, Moira arranged the flowers. As soon as I walked into the studio, I screamed. I just knew in my heart Sara would love everything.  Moira had wrapped our farm bottles in burlap and packed our burlap table runners for the big day. The flowers were bright shades of purples, greens and yellows.

When we got to the wedding, Sara was enjoying every minute of the big day and was overjoyed when she saw the flowers. And at the same time, we just LOVED seeing all the little details Sara did herself (check out the adorable burlap banners!) and her dress was phenomenal.  We were thrilled to grab a bacon wrapped scallop or two and a hug from the couple before we headed home for the night.  The next morning, we got a call from Sara – a long and loving message about how wonderful the flowers were. We couldn’t believe she went above and beyond to call us on the day after her wedding! So yes, this couple truly couldn’t get any better.  Wait, they could.  Now, even a year later, Sara is constantly supporting Whim and checking in.  She stopped in and bought a centerpiece during our Thanksgiving flower sale & food drive, wrote a Yelp review that brought us to tears AND sent us a text to check in after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Justin + Sara – this blog may be long overdue, but what’s even more overdue?  A dinner or drink together soon!!  xoxoxo  – Nat & Moira

Check out their amazing photos from Ned Jackson Photography