Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate: Lauren and Alex

Lauren and Alex tied the knot at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate this past May. Their vision of a black and gold soiree came alive with the assistance of Blush by Brandee Gaar while The Hons Photography was behind the scenes capturing every gorgeous detail and priceless moment.

Welcome Mirror Sign White Floral

Outdoor Ceremony White and Black

Flower Girl Rose Petal Aisle

First Kiss Seal Vows

Bride and Groom with White Bridal Bouquet

White and Black Bouquets

The bride and groom exuded elegance and class and we wanted their floral decor to reflect the ambiance they created. Their ceremony was simplistically decorated with two grand black vases featuring white floral centerpieces framing a black aisle lined with white rose petals. For the bridesmaids, we designed white floral bouquets with white gerbera daises with black centers and carnations. For Lauren, we created a beautiful white floral bouquet with white roses and carnations to complement her beauty and the floral decor.

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Florida Guest Book

Before walking into the reception ballroom, our white floral centerpieces with gold vases brought visual focus to the stunning seating chart table with white escort cards designed by Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio LLC. Once the newlyweds and their guests reached the ballroom, they were greeted with tables beautifully decorated with black linens accented with black and white striped table runners. Smaller white floral centerpieces in square black vases and small candles surrounded our grand cloud-like white floral centerpieces in elegant black vases. Mirror table numbers signs from Chalk Shop Events with gold beaded glass chargers provided by A Chair Affair completed the overall feel of sophistication and prestige.

Centerpieces White Floral

Reception Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Table Numbers Mirror

Black and White Striped Runners

Black Chiavari Chairs Reception

Gold Beaded Glass Chargers

Lauren and Alex added a touch of classical fun and whimsy with a delicious milk and cookie dessert bar. All of the delicious treats were baked with love by Two Sweets Bake Shop. To go with their nostalgic desserts,  Party Flavors Custom Cakes created two scrumptious cakes for the happy couple and all of their loved ones to enjoy. We provided white floral accents for their 4-tiered white wedding cake with black ribbon lining each tier while Alex’s groom’s cake showcased the rivalry between his beloved team, the University of Maryland Terrapins, and Lauren’s team of choice, the University of Miami Ibis.

Cookies and Milk Dessert Bar

Glass Milk Jars with Straws

White Wedding Cake Floral

Grooms Cake Rival Teams

Chalkboard Photo Backdrop

Fog Exit Wedding

Congratulations Lauren and Alex! We were honored to be a part of your absolutely breath-taking day. Their sophisticated dream wedding came to life with the help of the following vendors:

Venue: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Photography: The Hons Photography

Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

Floral: Lee James Floral Designs

Chalk & Mirror Signs: Chalk Shop Events

Chairs & Chargers: A Chair Affair

Cake: Party Flavors Custom Cakes

Desserts: Two Sweets Bake Shop

Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio LLC

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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.

 

Casa Feliz: Karina and Taylor

This offbeat couple swirled their love of music, zombies, and vintage style into a casual, October ceremony on the grounds of Casa Feliz. The wonderful planners at Sweet Pea Brides coordinated the event which was captured by The Hons Photography. The bride was stunning as she walked down the aisle in a Lazaro dress while a string quartet played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the balcony above. For the bride, we designed an arrangement of deep, rich colors that were carried over into the simple, yet elegant bouquets carried by her bridesmaids. They went were the perfect accessory to the bridesmaid’s classic dresses from Lindy Bop, and showcasing the couple’s laid back style, the groom and his groomsmen wore Converse sneakers. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s aunt, who customized ending with “Until death or zombies do you part.”

 

 

THE HONS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS, ORLANDO WEDDINGS, BAND

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THE HONS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS, ORLANDO WEDDINGS, WEDDING PARTY WITH FLOWERS

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THE HONS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS, ORLANDO WEDDINGS, BRIDAL BOUQUET

Surrounded by votive candles and small globes of greenery, hot air balloon centerpieces provided by Basic Grey sat on aged, wooden crates, adding to the vintage feel of the courtyard reception. Red linen napkins and silver chairs added a pop of color to the lace covered tables.

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THE HONS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS, ORLANDO WEDDINGS, CANDLE LIT CENTERPIECE

To incorporate the bride’s love of zombies, she sought the help of UK artist, Phillip Haynes to create a one of a kind cake topper of the bride herself, the groom, and their kitties. The tiered wedding cake decorated by Publix Bakery combined their love of zombies and music by adding small pieces of broken records to the blood-splattered buttercream and an additional cake topper of Shaun of the Dead. The delicious cupcakes for the event were provided by Sweet! By Holly.

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THE HONS PHOTOGRAPHY, LEE JAMES FLORAL DESIGNS, ORLANDO WEDDINGS, WEDDING CAKE

The couple’s goal to keep the ceremony itself short and sweet and devote as much time as possible to spending time with their friends and family was a flawless success, and the DJ, Jay Liquid, kept them dancing through the night with all of their favorite songs. He even made suggestions to match their style.

We were thrilled to be a part of Karina and Taylor’s special day. Adding to that thrill: this wedding was featured on Offbeat Bride! Thank you to everyone involved who made it possible.

Photography: The Hons Photography

Venue: Casa Feliz

Catering: Arthur’s Catering

DJ: Jay Liquid

Planning: Sweet Pea Brides

Florist: Lee James Floral

Hot Air Balloon Centerpieces: Basic Grey

Cupcakes: Sweet! By Holly

Cake: Publix

Bride’s Dress: Lazaro

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lindy Bop

Necklace: EPJ Creations

 

Record cupcake stand tutorial: Bubby and Bean