The Alfond Inn: Lauren and John

 

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Lauren and John wed at the beautiful Alfond Inn in Winter Park. The boutique hotel’s classic but modern decor was the perfect setting for this couple’s wedding. We were happy to provide striking floral decor, coordinated by Tickled Pink Brides and captured in photographs by By The Robinsons.

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, ceremony floral

For the ceremony, we lined the aisles with tufts of fluffy white hydrangeas, which looked lovely in contrast with the iron work of the hotel garden. Lauren and John said their vows between urns of cobalt blue hydrangeas.

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, blue hydrange bridal bouquet

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, blue bridal bouquet

Lauren’s bouquet was a statement! Made completely out of bright cobalt blue hydrangeas, this bridal bouquet is certainly modern and minimalist. We love the textural contrast to her structured gown.

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, classic wedding

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, reception centerpiece

Their gleaming reception featured a symphony of mixed metals. We created centerpieces of silver branches, white hydrangeas, and plenty of votive candles to create magical focal points at each table. A gold wedding cake by The Sugar Suite was a truly special touch!

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, metallic wedding ideas

The Robinsons, Alfond Inn, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding florist, classic car

Congratulations, Lauren and John! May your marriage be full of love and happiness.

 

Vendors:

Photography: By The Robinsons

Venue: The Alfond Inn

Planner: Tickled Pink Brides

Cake: The Sugar Suite

Floral: Lee James Floral Designs

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Hot Trend: Unique Floral Pieces

 

At Lee James Floral Designs, we love creating classic, romantic floral arrangements. However, we’ve noticed that there are many couples who dare to be different! We’ve collected some of our favorite unique floral pieces that we’ve made over the last couple of years which may inspire you to branch out and go against the grain.

 

BOUQUETS

Choose floral types that are not bridal standards if you want to make a bold impression! Here are some of our favorites:

We love these purple and green bouquets, photographed by The Hons Photography, which use a unique blend of floral. The bride’s bouquet is a very organic bouquet of green dianthus blooms, safari sunset, deep burgundy dahlia tucked in with pops of purple anemone, ruffled purple parrot tulips, blue thistle floral, hypericum berry and fiddle fern finishing out the look. The bridesmaid’s bouquet is a more simplistic design using many of the same flowers: green dianthus floral, wonderful green button mums, seeded eucalyptus as a base floral with bold deep black burgundy mini calla lily blooms shooting out of the center as a focal point.

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Another idea? Choose one, statement-making flower as the centerpiece of your bouquet.

In this bride’s bouquet, the large King Protea takes center stage. (Fun fact: the protea is the national flower to South Africa and also found in Hawaii and New Zealand.) This bouquet is a single bloom King Protea with safari sunset foliage, wonderful silver brunia, and seeded eucalyptus throughout. Photos by Pietri Photography.

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Maitland Art Center, Pietri Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Bridal Bouquet

Succulents are a HUGE trend for bridal floral. Many bridal bouquets that we have created lately use succulents as an accent among roses, peonies, lilies, and more. But what about a bouquet made primarily of succulents?

The bouquet here is an assortment of succulents with yellow yarrow blooms, seeded eucalyptus and wonderful hypericum berry finishing out the look. Paired with a coordinating wreath headpiece, the look is lovely for a wedding. The wreath uses stripped-down ivy runners intertwined with fresh grapevine and coordinating blooms and berries throughout. Photos by Andi Mans Weddings.

Andi Mans Photography, Dally in the Alley, Cafe Davinci, Lee James Floral Designs, Rustic Florals

Another non-floral bouquet look, once again captured by Andi Mans Weddings, is this striking bouquet. It is rare to see a bridal bouquet that is so bright green! We used seed pods, curly fiddle fern, and a touch of green calla lilies to make this unique bouquet.

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CENTERPIECES

Turn your centerpieces into conversation pieces by incorporating unusual floral and foliage, or just by trying traditional floral in a new style.

We designed the following centerpieces for a “Duck Dynasty”-themed birthday party. The arrangements emulated the look of the swamps, with cat tails, seed pods, mosses and fungi, and pops of tiny yellow blooms. Photos by Andi Mans Weddings.

Andi Mans Photography, Blush by Brandee Gaar, Arthur's Catering, Corban Young Visuals, Lee James Floral, Peyton Entertainment, Party Flavors, Kaleidoscope Event Lighting, A Chair Affair, Wish Vintage Rentals, Southern Elegance Limousine, Kirby Rentals, Rhodes Studios, Wizard Connection, Chalk Shop, EBR Cornhole, Pearl Beach Paperie

Andi Mans Photography, Blush by Brandee Gaar, Arthur's Catering, Corban Young Visuals, Lee James Floral, Peyton Entertainment, Party Flavors, Kaleidoscope Event Lighting, A Chair Affair, Wish Vintage Rentals, Southern Elegance Limousine, Kirby Rentals, Rhodes Studios, Wizard Connection, Chalk Shop, EBR Cornhole, Pearl Beach Paperie

Using one unusual flower makes a big impact! For this African-inspired photo shoot with Concept Photography, we placed single blooms of orange and yellow pincushion protea in simple jar vases at different heights.

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Still not convinced about unusual floral? You can still achieve a unique look with more traditional blooms.

Try an arrangement that creates a striking shape, like these bold burgundy calla lilies which we curved into a sphere.

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For a romantic and rustic wedding, we tucked roses, lilies, and greenery into bud vases. The vases were placed in compartmentalized wooden trays to look as if they were brought in from a market. Photos by Jordan Weiland Photography.

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We hope you have been inspired to try something new in your next floral arrangement! Be bold.

 

Media Monday: The Knot feature

We are so excited that The Knot published Anna and Houston’s wedding! This wedding was so beautiful, and we are happy that so many publications have taken notice. Here is the full spread that was printed in The Knot, for your viewing pleasure! (We’ll even recap the text for you!) Enjoy reading about this most perfect day and everything that was involved in making it so magical.

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March 29, Kissimmee

Anna & Houston

Engaged: about 1 year

Photography by Kristen Weaver Photography at Reunion Resort.

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Their Story

Bride: Anna Boyd, 23, account coordinator for Dodge Communications

Groom: Houston Hough, 26, research analyst for Equinox Inc.

How They Met: Through Anna’s brother

Wedding Style: Anna and Houston wove shades of mint and gold throughout their elegant Southern affair.

“I came across gold sequin dresses I fell in love with. Before I even asked my friends to be bridesmaids, I texted them asking for their dress sizes and ordered them immediately–praying they would all fit,” Anna says. “Thankfully they did, and they turned out gorgeous!”

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Anna and Houston chose an all-white wedding cake finished with a cascade of sugar flowers and their monogram piped on the top tier. “It was delicious!” Anna says of the amaretto, marble and lemon confection. The bride wore a formfitting organza and lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and a crystal-embellished belt. “It was everything I wanted and more,” she says.

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“I hate wearing heels, so I always knew I would wear flats,” says Anna. “My mother-in-law found me a pair of Kate Spade shoes with a blow on the toes that I loved!”

Anna & Houston’s Wedding Ingredients:

Ceremony Site: First Baptist Orlando

Reception Site: Reunion Resort

Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography

Videography: Imprint Cinema

Consultant: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Flowers: Lee James Floral Designs

Gown: Marisa, Solutions Bridal Designer House

Hair & Makeup: M3 Beauty

Veil: Erin Cole Design, Solutions Bridal Designer House

Shoes: Kate Spade New York

Engagement & Wedding Rings: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry

Jewelry: Earrings, Nadri

Bridesmaids Dresses: David Meister

Formalwear: Groom: Ralph Lauren; groomsmen: Absolutely Fitting

Stationery: Pearl Beach Paperie; programs: A Paper Wedding

Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc; Kaleidoscope Event Lighting; Over the Top Rental Linens; Signature Chandeliers; Swag Decor

Catering: Reunion Resort

Cake: Party Flavors

Music: The Leonard Brothers Band

Transportation: Cole’s Classic Cars LLC

Accommodations: Reunion Resort

Registries: Anthropologie; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Charles Willis; Macy’s

Honeymoon: Peter Island Resort, British Virgin Islands

Guests: 225

Budget: $$$$$

Bella Collina: Ashley and Rob

 

 

Ashley and Rob celebrated their marriage at the beautiful, Tuscan-inspired Bella Collina. On location to document their big day was Ashley McCormick Photography, who took these gorgeous photos.

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, ceremony floral

Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the sprawling golf course, dotted with cypress trees. Ashley walked down the aisle between tufts of white floral and trailing garlands that we created to accent the white chairs. The couple said their vows beneath a romantic arch, covered in curly willow and sprays of greenery and white flowers.

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, flower girls, headpieces

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, ceremony arch

We were proud to create all of the floral creations for the day. The flower girls looked adorable in their white floral wreath headpieces as they scattered white rose petals. Ashley and Rob’s mothers carried petite white bouquets that echoed the full, white rose and hydrangea bouquets that we made for the bridesmaids.

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, bridesmaids bouquets

The bride and groom sported the accent color of the day: purple. Rob wore a delicate purple boutonniere, and Ashley’s bouquet was a kaleidoscope of lilac, mauve, and purple roses and other floral.

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, boutonnieres

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, purple bouquet, flower girls
Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, reception floral

 

For the reception, we added dramatic floral to the rustic candelabra centerpieces. We included curly willow and bells of Ireland to add height, stems of purple floral for bursts of color, and cascading greenery.

 

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Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, white classic car

Ashley McCormick Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, purple bouquet

We love the personal touches in this wedding, thanks to the planning prowess of Blush by Brandee Gaar. Congratulations, Ashley and Rob–we were proud to have been a part of your wedding and hope you have a wonderful life together.

 

Event professionals for this wedding included:

Venue: Bella Collina

Photographer: Ashley McCormick Photography

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Rentals: A Chair Affair

Chalk signs: Chalk Shop

Paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Floral: Lee James Floral Designs

 

Hot Monochromatic Bouquets in Every Color

When it comes to bouquets, we’ve seen and done it all. While we love creating bouquets that incorporate several different colors, monochromatic (or nearly monochromatic) bouquets can make a huge impact, especially against a white dress! We’ve gathered some of our favorite bouquets in each color of the rainbow for you to enjoy.

 

RED

Ah, the color of passion and romance! Red is a classic color for wedding floral, but usually isn’t used as intensely as the bridal bouquets seen here. Whether it’s a vivid, fire-engine red or a deeper shade, a red bouquet is bold.

Claire Pacelli Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding, red bridal bouquet

Photo by Claire Pacelli Photography.

Pilster Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, red and orange bridal bouquet

Photo by Pilster Photography.

 

ORANGE

Orange is definitely gaining momentum as a hot wedding color! Usually, we have requests for softer shades of the orange spectrum: peach, coral, sherbet. We love how different these two bouquets are from each other: one completely monochromatic and using all one type of flower, the other showing a variation of shades of orange and different textures.

Leah Jean Photography, Bella Collina, Lee James Floral Desings, Coral Bouquet

Photo by Leah Jean Photography.

Kristen Weaver Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, orange bridal bouquet

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography.

 

YELLOW

Bright and sunny, yellow is especially great for a spring wedding. It feels youthful and fresh! The color can range from creamy butter yellow to rich sunshine. A large variety of flowers are yellow, too!

Brian Pepper Photography, Orlando wedding pix, Lee James Floral Designs, yellow bridal bouquet

Photo by Brian Pepper Photography.

Bumby Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding, yellow bridal bouquet

Photo by Bumby Photography.

 

GREEN

One of the trickier colors for a bouquet is green…or so you would think! In addition to naturally green flowers (like hydrangeas or the orchids seen below), we also have used interesting greenery and even seed pods to create stunning bouquets.

Jordan Weiland Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, green bridal bouquet

Photo by Jordan Weiland Photography.

Andi Mans Photography, Stetson Mansion, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando Weddings, bride with bouquet and wrap

Photo by Andi Mans.

 

BLUE

Of all the colors of the rainbow, blue has the most limitations for floral design. While there are other flowers that are blue (orchids and irises come to mind), blue hydrangeas are a popular request for weddings.

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Photo via Lee James Floral Designs.

Unrue Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, blue bouquet

Photo by John Unrue Photography.

 

PURPLE

One of the most fun colors to play with in bouquets is purple! Depending on the shade, purple can be regal or demure, sophisticated or playful. These bouquets, below, both feature a variety of purples, from lilac to plum.

Casa Feliz, Stephanie A. Smith Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding, purple wedding floral, bouquet

Photo by Stephanie A. Smith Photography.

Kristen Weaver Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding flowers, purple bridal bouquet

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography.

 

PINK

Okay…pink isn’t technically a primary or tertiary color. How could we not include pink, though, on this list?! Pink is so popular for weddings. Soft blush pink is definitely trending at the moment (and has been), but we also love the bright fuchsia, cotton candy, and bubble gum shades of these bouquets!

Interlachen Country Club, Kristen Weaver Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Peony Bouquet

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography.

Jeff Hawkins Photography, Lee James Floral Designs, Orlando wedding, pink bridal bouquet

Photo by Jeff Hawkins Photography.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief collection! We could go on and on…

What’s your favorite color? We can create the bouquet you’ve been dreaming of, just give us a call or drop us a line!