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Whisk Yourself Away With Our Winter (Non) Floral Guide!

If you’ve already viewed our Spring, Summer & Fall floral guides, then it’s almost time for our winter edition! While we may still be in fall, these cold temperatures we’re experiencing have inspired us to give you some of our recommendations for a successful winter wedding feel. There’s no reason to shy away from bold colors, but this is also a great time to explore combining beautiful florals with some out-of-the-box materials! We’ve scoured the net to find some of our favorite non-traditional winter bouquet ideas! [Let’s not forget to mention that some of the materials can be less expensive and give you a chance to do more DIY! Some of these materials can easily be found at a supermarket, arts & crafts stores or right in your backyard!]

  • Cotton Balls
  • Acorns/Branches and other foliage
  • Yarn
  • Paper flowers
  • Ornaments
  • Seasonal fruits & vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Buttons
  • Pearls/beads
  • Felt flowers
  • Burlap

If you’re looking to pair these materials with florals, try mixing them with roses, calla lillies, anemones, babys breath, succulents and/or ranunculus!

Thanks to Brit + Co, Pinterest and SHEfinds for some inspiration!

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: 3 Bees Paperie & Rupa and Sreedhar Wedding Invitations

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3 Bees Paperie, a favorite of ours & experts in South Asian-infused wedding/special events stationery, worked with one of our beautiful wedding couples Rupa & Sreedhar to create special and one of a kind wedding stationery for their special day.

RupaSreedhar Full SuiteThey created a soft, pastel invitation suite that embraced the couple’s South Asian cultural roots. By incorporating Indian traditional yellow flowers displayed prominently on each piece, the finished suite also included a soft lavender gatefold invite with touches of burgundy and green, a romantic touch with a yellow-gold ribbon, RSVP card, and a directions and accommodations insert. The bride & groom also printed matching thank you cards with lavender envelopes to thank their guests after the big day. To represent the couple’s Hindu backgrounds, a Ganesha was placed on the interior of the gatefold and an Om symbol was placed on the outer envelope. The entire suite was printed on felt paper using digital offset flat printing.

Encompassing a multitude of colors and religious symbols helped the special couple keep a traditional perspective with some unique and creative touches. By including the the lavender and yellow flowers consistently on each piece, it gave the suite a set of uniformity that can be enjoyed by the happy couple and their guests!

We’re thankful to the 3 Bees Paperie team for their amazing work! They’re just one of many vendors that made the Rupa & Sreedhar wedding such a beautiful occasion. More to come for this wedding..!

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Fall Floral Favorites!

As we watch the seasons change, we replace beach/destination summer weddings with more farm/rustic-style occasions! Although we will miss the days of summer, we’re happy to enter into a world of rich colors & textures and what defines the next amazing season. We searched high and low for some outstanding flowers that would make for a perfect fall wedding bouquets or table centerpieces. We now present our 2013 fall flower guide:

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[Image via The Knot]

Celosia Flower – it’s considered to be an annual flower, survive in most weather conditions and comes in several colors & styles. We love the “crested” type (the ones that curve) which can make for a beautiful addition to any bridal bouquet!

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[Image via lavender and bloom]

Dahlia – always a safe flower choice, fall is a good time to grab this flower before it gets too cold. Dahlias peak in summer (not too hot/humid), but can sustain through late fall/early winter. The color range dahlias have in the pink/orange/purple family is stunning and can make a beautiful ombre-style bouquet!

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[Image via Wedding Aces]

Ranuculus – a beautiful flower that makes for a less expensive version of a rose. With several layers of petals, this flower stands out in any bouquet and works well by itself for a full bouquet or combining with other flowers. It is known for its bright colors.

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[Image via Wedding Chicks]

Eucalyptus – a great way to embellish any bouquet. It’s simplicity allows it to be incorporated with all types of flowers to give it the extra volume and color needed, especially for fall!

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[Image via The French Bouquet Tulsa]

Yarrow Cottage – similar to baby’s breath, it enhances any bridal bouquet by being the perfect mate to all types of flowers!

Other fall bouquet additions can include acorns, tree branches, leaves, DIY butterflies, wheat & any other inspiration that you can find! Check out some of our favorite bouquets on our Pinterest page! http://bit.ly/15LushF

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Healthy easy to make snacks for your St. Patrick’s Day party!

St. Patrick’s Day is here!  While most eateries are serving the generic green beer, you can try some unique and healthy food ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day party! Here are a few simple do-it-yourself food ideas that will make your guests green with envy that they didn’t think of it!

Fruit & Vegetable Platter

:: Colors of the rainbow in fruits (strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapples, grapes, bananas, blueberries)
:: Use Mini Marshmallows for “clouds” on one end and banananas as “gold”

Shamrock Shake

:: 2 cups lime sherbet, 1 banana, 1 cup milk
:: Mix ingredients in a blender

Green Mac n’ Cheese

Ingredients

:: One box of macaroni
:: 8 slices of cheese singles
:: 1/3 cup of milk
:: One bag prewashed baby spinach

Recipe

:: Saute spinach in oil  until it reduces in size, it will turn bright green and soft
:: Add wilted spinach in food processor and puree.  Add milk if you need consistency
:: Cook and drain pasta
:: Add cheese to empty hot pasta pan along with milk, stir until combined. Add spinach puree and mix.
:: Add salt and pepper to taste. Return drained pasta to pan and coat with spinach cheese mixture

(Photo Credits: Savingslifestyle.com, Mygrattitudeattitudes.com, foodwithkidappeal.com)


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