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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 got married at Willowdale Estate on 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
Meeting Jess and Patrick was like a breath of fresh air. They came to our studio at the recommendation of their planner, Kelli from Swank Events . We met in May to talk flowers for their August wedding at Gore Place, in Waltham.
Jess, Patrick and Jess’s mom (who was in from Cali) came to the studio. We instantly loved their laid back vibe. Patrick was such a great sport too, making jokes and sweetly teasing the girls. (Or wait, were we teasing him?) That particular day our studio was s filled with flowers for a wedding, so we “oohed” and “ahhed” over the blooms. The couple wasn’t sure what they wanted for flowers, but they knew they wanted something simple, rustic and fun. They liked the look of Lindsey & Brian’s wedding, with a bit more color. Their ceremony was in a huge field, with cocktail hour in the garden, and reception at the carriage house. And here’s what we loved most – they worked with Kelli to plan alfresco dining outside the carriage house…with a food truck. Moira instantly knew we had to do market lights around the tables and a variety of beautiful garden flowers. Moira took Jess and her mom to the market in July. They had a blast!
Jess and Patrick are such genuine people. A few days before the wedding, Patrick called to ask for another pin-on. At the end of the call, he asked: “Will we get to see you at the wedding? We definitely want you guys to stay for cocktail hour!” On the big day, Moira and I were hesitant to grab a drink in the middle of the party. Until we saw Jess’s mom, who hugged us and said, “Get in there! Get a drink! Jess and Patrick want to see you!” That settled it. We grabbed a drink, not really expecting the couple to have a moment to say hi to us. As soon we walked in, they came over to us as relaxed as ever, gave us big hugs and said,”Thank you so much for coming. And thank you for everything. It is exactly what we wanted!!” Ahh…a breath of fresh air.
We were just going through the archives, and realized..WHAT? We never blogged about Alyssa and Andy’s wedding at the Taj?! Granted, this wedding happened when Whim was just a wee baby in our first year. We probably didn’t even know how to blog back then. Better late than never, right?
Alyssa and Andy’s wedding was planned by our gal Kelli at Swank Events. and Moira handled the floral design. The bride knew she didn’t want a heavy floral wedding, so Moira suggested going with a more candle heavy look, to create a soft glow without going over the top. She worked with Kelli to come up with the perfect candles/flowers to compliment the style elements Kelli was incorporating. Some tables featured candle centerpieces, others featured smaller centerpieces with bright pops of pink and green. And our personal fav? Moira was able to hang candles from the rafters, which glowed softly as the sun went down in the city. Ahh…perfection.
A big thanks to Kelli at Swank for asking us to be a part of Alyssa & Andy’s big day! We adore these photos by Joe Prezioso Photography
(Read this blog with your best English accent):
A few months back, we posted the biggest flower trend of 2013: wild, lush,overflowing flowers. We weren’t sure what inspired this year’s change of heart, but we were simply glad it came to be. And just recently, we were delighted to realize why. Two words. Downton Abbey.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the brilliant PBS period drama about an aristocratic family in 1912 and their changing world, we advise you to indulge. Truly, the only thing you’ll be spoiled with is trying to pull yourself away from the drama and beauty. You’ll find ladylike style, dapper gentlemen, witty conversation, fashion full of immaculate detailing and subtle hints of glam, proper and lush green table settings, dinners and events adorned with wild garden roses picked from the villages’ best, sparkling silver and candlesticks galore, calligraphy lettering, a cake full of greens. We’re positively in love with the details, and positive you can incorporate a bit of Old English Yorkshire into your New England wedding day. Here are some of our favorite Downton images, mixed with some weddings from today. We hope you are as inspired as we are!
What are your favorite elements from Downton that we might see on your wedding day? Feel free to add in the comment section below!
We are thrilled to launch our newest holiday promotion: The Twelve Days of Whim! Between December 12th and December 24th, we will be giving away a fun prize or exclusive deal every single day! The prizes are hand-selected by Whim and donated by the Whim crew or our favorite vendors!
We won’t give it all away, but just to name a few fantastic prizes…You’ll have a chance to win a FREE bridal bouquet, a complimentary bridal personal training session, free Valentine’s Day flowers for your sweetie and much more! It’s our little way of making spirits even brighter this year.
Pay close attention to our Facebook page and blog each day to win! See you tomorrow!
Nat & Moira
We truly love this time of year, because it is the time when we start meeting our new couples for the following year. New love is in the air. First kisses are yet to be had and vows will be written. Color schemes are being picked….Trends are being set! And so far, the biggest trend our clients are swooning over?
The overflowing, wild and lush look.The “Pride & Prejudice” antique urn filled with flowers and greens that are completely and utterly wild. Nothing tight…nothing traditional…no matter the venue is fancy or rustic..our clients are ready to go wild. In their bouquets, on their chairs, in their hair. Lucky for us, that’s Moira’s specialty. Needless to say, we are inspired and ready for 2013.
Here are some beauties we found for inspiration…and we are still picking our jaws up off the floor. ;)
For more inspiration visit our Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/whimevents/
(Photos from Style Me Pretty, Boho Weddings, Once Wed & Ruffled)
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:
We met Colleen at a coffee shop to chat about her big day in May. She was a Harvard law student, waiting patiently for her fiance Tristan to return to the states from his home in British Columbia. We instantly loved her witty nature and her wedding organization skills. She adored peonies, roses and hydrangea (I mean really, what more could a girl ask for – love and peonies?!) and wanted a soft and romantic feel at the Lenox. We loved her even more when she told us she had always dreamed of having a huge fluffy bouquet. She and Moira bonded over Pride & Prejudice and all things romantic.
When we took Colleen to the market, she gravitated towards all things fluffy – pale pinks, whites and soft grey dusty miller. And she loved flowering dogwood branches – which we later found out were the official flower of British Columbia! Coincidence? We think not. Using this as inspiration, Moira decided on 3 distinct styles of centerpieces to draw guests attention around the room and match the vibe at the Lenox. One the wedding day, Moira filled her bouquet with peonies from France. It was going to be a great day.
The wedding day was everything and more. Our favorite moment was when Colleen threw her arms around Tristan as they saw each other for the first time. Our second favorite moment? Colleen brought her bouquet on her honeymoon. She just couldn’t bear to leave it behind. =)
Colleen & Tristan..we’re smitten. Congrats!
This is the story of how we proposed to Matt & Steph…
We were pretty darn eager to start brainstorming for Stephanie and Matt’s big day. Moira, Jen, Jenny and I turned on our music and got right to creating a proposal.
Matt and Steph left the design completely up to us. So we kicked off our meeting by reviewing the details. We had a good understanding of their style and what they wanted on their wedding day. Our goal was to cohesively tie together every aspect of their relationship – their love for music, wine, food..and fun. We knew this wedding was going to be something special.
Moira started with her vision. She imagined candles everywhere. Tall glass vases at up to 40” high, staggered at different heights, surrounding the entire room. Almost like piano keys…or flames..or lighters at a concert. Romantic, emotional, magical, intimate, relaxed…and most importantly, musically inspired. We got Moira’s vision right away…and we came to realize, it had that MTV unplugged feel.
THAT WAS IT….MATT AND STEPH..UNPLUGGED.
We nearly fell out of our chairs. It made sense…they’d been to over 47 concerts together..it was edgy, urban…and totally up their alley. From there we built the design. A candlelit ceremony that mimicked Florence and the Machine’s unplugged show… wine colored dahlias…a concert poster seating plan…custom signage..tables named after their favorite bands and a lyric…flowers inspired by each band…a Legend Wall in honor of Steph’s mom…2 guestbook options: a custom made music video or an autographed record. We designed the proposal like a CD cover, with every aspect included in the set list:
We sent the proposal to Steph and Matt with baited breath. We were psyched when our design plan was well received. They were completely open to our ideas and enhanced them with a few more of their own. And with a few minor revisions, we finished up the contract…(with coffee at Bloc 11, obviously).
And now…it’s go time! With a month to go…we’re getting the timeline in place….and a trip to the flower market scheduled in early July! Coming up on the next blog: Steph and Matt’s amazing engagement pics from Yaritza Colon and their quirky cake from Amanda Oakleef!
This may be one of my favorite blogs to write. Who doesn’t dream about desserts in their spare time? I certainly do. Over the years, traditional wedding cake, although beautiful and mighty tasty, has certainly become a little pricey…causing couples to look for new alternatives. The goal: a dessert display to amaze their guests and satisfy their tummies. Last year, cupcakes were the “it” factor (with good reason!). They’re cute, delicious, and unique. Then came candy bars - with all different types of treats in an adorable and fun display.
All in all, couples are making desserts a key feature in their day, and we couldn’t love this more! In fact, we’re pretty sure you should eat dessert first! Our favorites:
Cake pops in decadent flavors
Sweet and savory flavors of popcorn
Shaved ice, funnel cake, macaroons and whoopie pies
A Gourmet Smores Bar
Warm pies in glass mason jars (no need for a knife, just grab a spoon and dig in!). Seriously who wouldn’t love jars of blueberry, rhubarb, or strawberry pie with colorful plaid clothe lid and a rope string to tie it all together??
and my personal favorite…. mini melt in your mouth, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookies with a shot of milk to wash it all down – the world’s most loved and traditional dessert with a not so traditional twist.
One of our brides decided to melt the traditional with not-so-traditional for her dessert bar.. Instead of one grand and beautiful wedding cake, she decided to have a table of adorable mini wedding cakes with an assortment of melt in your mouth flavors. Sounds like my kind of wedding! Not only can your guest have an extra large slice of red velvet cake, they can also have chocolate, vanilla, and lemon if they wish!!!
When it comes to desserts, the world is your oyster…or doughnut? Just remember, if you need a taste tester, the Whim crew can certainly be of assistance!
What’s your favorite wedding dessert?