Peonies: Spring Wedding Flowers We Love!

Peony season is finally here.  Good morning everyone!  It has been such a long time since we blogged, but we are excited to be back, and we are chatting today about a flower we just adore for weddings, peonies. They come in such an amazing array of colors and textures, as a garden flower and as a delicate floral decor for your wedding day, there is not other flower that can compare to the majestic peony.

From delicate whites, to rich corals and bright cranberry reds, peonies are a perennial flower that ranges from single blooms to lush large double heads with a wonderful scent and aroma.  We just had about over 100 this past weekend, and it was heaven in our studio.

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Peonies are  flowers  that symbolized health, happiness and marriage.

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Romantic woodland peony bouquet, photo by Natalie Franke

The flowers only bloom in spring, when you can find at a stem price below $10.  Tree peonies are slightly higher price than regular (herbaceous) peonies.  Some of the popular peony flowers for weddings include Sarah Bernhardt in a light pink, Alexander Fleming in a hot pink hue, coral charm and coral sunset which are beautiful for a spring wedding paired with mint green and peach, red charm peonies with a rich red cranberry color, and white peonies.

If you are a DIY bride, peonies are perfect to design a bouquet with lots of impact. You don’t have to have more than a bloom or two to make a bouquet that pops with color and texture.  It’s huge flower heads with lots of petals are wonderful for wedding bouquets and centerpieces with a lavish look.

Spring nautical floral centerpiece with pops of peonies. Photo by Terri Baskin Photography.

Spring nautical floral centerpiece with pops of peonies. Photo by Terri Baskin Photography.

If you are buying peonies for your wedding from a local or online wholesale supplier, they will most likely arrive like a little golf ball. Also keep an eye out at places like Whole Foods and local supermarkets. I was excited to see some bunches at the Giant by my house, perfect for use in home centerpieces for a spring soiree with friends. After you get your flowers,  cut the stem at a sharp 45 degree angle and place in proper hydration, in no time it will open up into a large bloom.  Most of the blooms average 2 to 4 inches in diameter, which is fabulous for a lush look.  Peonies change in color during it’s vase life, and they last about five days.

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Photo by L. Hewitt Photography at Oxon Hill Manor

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Gorgeous pink peonies, photo Megan Chase Photography


If you are doing a floral centerpiece for a bridal shower or a home party, use one bloom in a small vase or mason jar, and you’ll have the perfect floral decor for tables, group the vases together for a lush look.


Coral peonies, photo Terri Baskin Photography

Thanks so much to all the photographers that provided photos of our bouquets for this post:  Photography by Amy Nicole, Allison Hopperstad Photography, Terri Baskin Photography, Natalie Franke, Megan Chase Photography and L. Hewitt Photography.


Stock: Sweetness in Bloom

One of my favorite flowers to work with is stock, they come in a beautiful array of colors, purple, hot pink, light peach/blush, pink, white, yellow/cream, and lavender. This compact sprays are delicate and so delicious, with fragrant clover like scented blooms that add romance to any design.

Peach stock in this sophisticated Halloween tablescape, photo Astrid Photography

Peach stock in this sophisticated Halloween tablescape, photo Astrid Photography

Stock flowers come in single or double flowers, but you have to allow them to breath a little bit.  Change water every day, and remove any damage blooms and foliage to ensure a lasting vase life, they can last from 5-8 days. They are available year-round, and they are wonderful accents to spring and summer weddings.

White stock, photo by Kara Coleen Photography

White stock, photo by Kara Coleen Photography

They are perfect complements to a garden party, a vintage wedding and cluster together by themselves, they look stunning and modern as a design. And if you are looking to include a touch of symbolism in your floral design, stock flowers represent lasting beauty and a happy life. static.squarespace.comAs you can see, I am in love with stock, and since I get a lot of requests for blush color floral arrangements, I love including a little bit of the sweet scented peach ones.

Purple stock addition to this centerpiece, photo Rachel Lowe Photography

Purple stock addition to this centerpiece, photo Rachel Lowe Photography

Yummy Trend: Decorating your cakes and sweets with flowers

Cake and sweets  by Meli & Kanela, photo MeShenee Photography

Cake and sweets by Meli & Kanela, photo MeShenee Photography

I am really on this kick about flowers and food, totally loving the combination of the two, and the organic look it creates when you mix and match them in floral arrangements.  I had a fun time this year collaborating on a series of projects that included cakes with flowers and sweets with edible flowers.

Naked cakes took the wedding world by storm, and with them the trend emerged of decorating this tasty sweets with fresh flowers.


Red Velvet naked caked by The Cake Courtesan  – photo by Natalie Franke Photography, styling Hello Love Events, pies by Cakes by Rachel

I get asked to provide flowers for couples getting married, and I worked with a lot of bakers, and if this trend is something you fancy, start by making a list of those flowers you like and talk with both your baker and your florist about how you can incorporate them.  The fresh flowers give them a beautiful and delicate look, and I adore sugar flowers as well, but keep in mind that all flowers cannot go into your wedding cake, cupcakes or sweets. Some flowers are poisonous and can cause you and your guest some discomfort, so make sure to check with your wedding vendors about including some blooms that make your sweets pop, and are friendly to all.


Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes with edible flowers, photo Megan Chase Photography

Some designs are elaborate and elegant and glamorous, but you can also achieve this beautiful and delicate look with one or two blooms, look at this beautiful, simple and dainty alliums styled for a fall wedding, and you don’t need much! _StyledShoot_MollieTobiasPhotography_MG3948Edit_0_low

Dinner plate Dahlia, photo Djijo Studio

Dinner plate Dahlia, photo Djijo Studio


Cake by Fresh Bakes, cheesecakes by Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes, photo Megan Chase Photography

Wedding Flowers: Anemones

Hot pink anemone, photo Mollie Tobias Photography

Hot pink anemone, photo Mollie Tobias Photography


Anemones are some of the most exciting wedding flowers to design with. They come in a variety of colors:  blue, white, red, fuchsia/hot pink, purple, burgundy wine, and white with a black center or all white with a green center, both much sought after for weddings. The blooms are delicate and last approximately 4-6 days. 

Dahlia and wine anemone boutounniere, photo Bonnie Sen Creative Photography

Dahlia and wine anemone boutounniere, photo Bonnie Sen Creative Photography

The  name “Anemones” comes from the Greek word “anemos,” meaning wind.  They make excellent accents for bridal bouquets, and are adorable as flowers for boutounnieres.


Light Pink anemones in a blush tint, photo Astrid Photography

082113-Procopio Photography-Carnegie Library-014Anemones are seasonal flowers, available from October to May, they make great accents for spring weddings, but  can be sometimes found in early fall. Most flowers are on the smaller size, with the exception of the new New York varieties which I’ve used and look amazing in centerpieces, and tend to a little bigger. Price per stem is to be considered if you want to add this lovely bloom to your wedding flowers. Price per stem ranges between $2.50 to almost $4 and more at the end of the season, of it you can find them off season. If you are making your own bouquet factor in additional bunches or stems so you can get the amount needed, their petals are delicate, so have a few more at hand in case you have to swap some that are bruise or damaged. But the trouble is worth it:   when added to centerpieces and to lovely bouquets, they are indeed statement makers.


Kate Spade inspired centerpiece, photo Procopio Photography, styling by The Bright Occasions

Hope you enjoyed one of my favorite flowers. Our next study on wedding flowers are scabiosa flowers, beyond the scabiosa pods. This flowers are just beautiful! 

Happy Thursday!

Rembrandt inspired Winery Wedding Styled Shoot

Some of the most delicious and inspiring color palettes come in Fall. If you are a couple getting ready for a fall wedding, we have some fabulous inspiration for you. Designed and curated by Bridal Bellhop in collaboration with Pure Whimsy Events, this romantic Rembrandt inspired shoot includes a lovely palette of whites, creams and burgundy purples accented by gold, a luxurious mix of color and textures.


Fall weddings are rich in color and detail.  For this beautiful shoot, the designers included fruits and berries to accompany the flowers and other decor, along with vintage details. You know how much we love naked cakes, and the cake designed by Fresh Bakes is beautiful!









PhotographyBonnie Sen Creative Photography

Venue The Winery at Bull Run

Wedding PlannerPure Whimsy Events  

Makeup/HairCarolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry & Consulting

GownEllie’s Bridal

Floral DesignEightTreeStreet

CateringAmphora Catering

Vintage RentalsVintage Affairs

Jewelry – Stella & Dot with Tyler Fitzhugh

DessertsFresh Bakes

Stationery and Paper goodsRibbon & Ink

Fall Bouquet Ideas

Fall Wedding Flowers and Colors Inspiration

Can you believe in a week or so it’s September! Wow this year has truly flown by so quickly. September, October and early November are some of my most favorite months for wedding flowers.    As the crispy air sneaks in, you can find beautiful color inspiration in the brilliant hues outdoors —  the jewel tones in the tree leaves and gorgeous Autumn blooms, that you can enhance with delicate ribbons and  jewelry, or with rustic additions like  pinecones and twigs for organic accents.

Here are some exciting color combinations for fall, enjoy the season!

Blush and Pink Inspiration:

Image by MeShenee Photography

For flowers, the color spectrum in fall is fantastic with blooming Dahlias, Mums, Billy Balls, Baby’s Breath, Calla Lilies,  Roses, Hydrangeas, and Sunflowers –  just a few to pick from.  I am totally partial to dahlias, which come in such a wonderful array of pinks, whites, yellows, oranges and purples too, and cafe au lait, yum!

Shades of Red with apple decor:

Photo Djijo Studios

Orange, Yellow and Purple:

Yellow and Orange with Sunflowers:


Photo by Borrowed Blue

Include seasonal fruits and veggies, decorative berries, and succulents to for a modern look. I used apples for our apple inspiration bouquet last fall and it was a hit,  a sweet design to add to a barn wedding or outdoor rustic gathering.


Burgundy, Berry and Cream with Dahlias, Roses, figs and cranberries:


Photo by Bonnie Sen Creative Photography

Recap of our Summer Fun with Mason Jars Workshop


We hosted our first DIY workshop, Summer Fun with Mason Jars, in late July at Cervantes Coffee, remember that amazing space we used for the coffee styled shoot, we love it, and it’s such a wonderful and comfortable space for gatherings, we teamed up with them to do our workshop. 

10455063_765796506796838_4407819651022828869_nMason jars are just the most perfect addition to summer weddings, especially rustic barn weddings, great for DIY brides, and whimsical and delicate decor for bridal showers, birthday parties, and super sweet gifts for loved ones and friends — just pick a few blooms from the garden and decorate in the mason jars, perfect gift!

10431687_765796500130172_223684607224553396_nOur EightTreeStreet floral experience was designed to offer participants a fun hand-on experience in three parts – creating, designing and paying it forward. First, we worked together on designing gorgeous centerpieces using some of our favorite blooms, we included some seasonal summer flowers including bright colors of zinnias, sunflowers, and delphinium as well as sweet matricaria, and other cute filler flowers, and we were happy to have some at hand. 

10606004_765799843463171_6475483957338088946_nThe participants were hard at work, clipping and creating beautiful designs.

10552492_765798293463326_9022781058501966750_nIMG_7388Then,  put our beauties to work by creating adorable tablescapes and a dessert table with a rustic urban flair.  Afterwards, we all enjoyed some fabulous networking time while sipping Cervantes’ delish coffee and enjoying the most amazing treats provided by Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes.



The third component, and the most rewarding part of the workshop,  was creating something with our participants to pay it forward.  We teamed up with Repeat Roses, extra florals we made during the workshop were donated with them and Sylvia, the wonderful blogger behind VA-Gir,l who took all the gorgeous flowers to Calvary Women’s Services. 10533051_765799840129838_3742781828672969476_nThanks so much to everyone who came out to the worskhop, and a huge thanks to Cervantes Coffee for hosting it. Additional promotional support was provided by Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes, they provided a delicious assortment of mini cheesecakes, and to Boda Maestra and Paper Blossom Socials. The Knot provided copies of their new magazine for the fall, that were gifted to our participants in addition to cute burlap swag bags.  Photos of the workshop provided by Grace of Bridal Bellhop, thanks so much! For more inspiration visit our Pinterest board on mason jars. IMG_7399 IMG_7349-1


Glam Rock Star Inspiration with Rachel Lowe Photography

This sexy, edgy and super cool Glam Rock Star  shoot is inspired by the music and artists of the 70’s.   In celebration of this music and our love for their sounds, the shoot includes some funky disco elements, we couldn’t have a disco theme without mirror balls, along with throwback vinyl records and other rock details, drum sticks, musical notes, electric guitars, and more.  The color palette features radiant orchid along with pewter, red, deep purple and pink.


The venue is an alternative performance space in the DC area that is truly a gem, Empire.  We loved using their  Alchemy Room, a wonderful space that speaks to some of the elements of the shoot,  it offers an awesome setting for a tribute to the 70’s and the clubs of the era.


Oh La Lolly Shop, a paper craft designer and studio, created a pewter and black invitation suite with a gorgeous array of pattern papers in graphic textures.



Our models, Jesse and Becca, were styled in the venue’s Green Room, and their wardrobe included details of our color palette and theme. We love the bride’ simple and elegant vintage bridal gown by Eden Bridals with delicate long sleeves, accented by beading and sequin in the scoop neck and cover of the bodice and netting sleeves as a node to the style of the era. Our groom was fitted in a paisley vest and radiant orchid tie in a loose punk rock fit, with makeup and eyeliner designs by Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry and Designs. Carolyn also created beautiful waves and luscious free style curls and flips for the bride’s hairstyle.






To recreate the music club scene,FM Entertainment by DJ Flounder provided radiant orchid uplightling throughout the venue offering a amazing contrast between the radian orchid lights and and the red and black background of the venue space,creating the perfect mood for the wedding reception in a fun and engaging party atmosphere.




 EightTreeStreet created lush florals for the centerpieces and the asymmetrical cascading bridal bouquet that featured a delicate mix of Spring textures and colors including peonies, sweet peas, stock, orchids,scabiosa flowers, roses, tulips, lilacs.   The details we designed for the tablescape mixed pewter linens with red votives and radiant orchid candles and napkins.



The dessert bar included a new twist on the naked cake, a delicious and gorgeous naked caked made entirely of cheesecakes by Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes that we decorated with beautiful blooms. The cake topper in glittery silver by The Pink Poppy Party Shoppe complemented the design.



A group of talented Etsy designers joined our team with handmade designs: jewelry designer BluKatDesigns created radiant orchid drop earrings; Pink Poppe Party Shop in Haymarket designed the glittery “Mr. and Mrs.” silver cake topper, and Lets Keep Clam designed colorful signage  on the dessert bar.


Now, let’s get ready to Rock!




Flowers: EightTreeStreet  

Photography:  Rachel Lowe Photography 

Hair and Makeup:  Carolyn Thombs Makeup Artistry and Designs 

Venue:  The shoot took place  indoors and outdoors at Empire  in Springfield, Virginia

Cheesecake bar:  Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes 

Uplighting: FM Entertaintment by DJ Flounder

Stationery and Paper Goods:  Oh La Lolly Shop

Jewelry:  BluKat Designs

Glittery Cake Topper:  Pink Poppy Party Shoppe

Signage: Lets Keep Calm

Vintage Dress:  Edens Bridal

Sugar-Skull from Light to Dark, an Art Photography Story

There’s something so compelling and brilliant about a photograph that captures a moment in time, a transformation, a change, a new light, a new life. The Sugar-Skull photography project designed by Anna Bruce Photography in collaboration with Face by SAM makeup artistry  is so dynamic and truly soul stirring, it invites the audience to be part of this amazing transformation.  I was beyond excited when Anna invited me to participate. The idea of creating a floral art piece for such an amazing story in photograph was invigorating.  See for yourself the images that take you in the journey from ethereal light to the darker side.

Sugar Skull Light


Sugar Skull Dark Side


Photography, Concept and Styling: Anna Bruce Photography
Hair and makeup: Faces by SAM Makeup Artistry
Model:  Maya Moore’s Modeling Page
Floral Headpieces and bouquet: EightTreeStreet



Love is Brewing: Urban Chic Coffee Themed Wedding Inspiration

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Entitled “Urban Chic Coffee Wedding” this shoot is inspired by the idea that many of us fall in love over a cup of coffee, that our first dates today are mostly at our local coffee shop, chatting for hours as we get to know each other and fall in love. We love the intimate setting of coffee houses and the colorful mix of vintage, modern and urban of so many of our neighborhood coffee shops.
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The color palette is not your traditional coffee shoot colors but a spring combination of grey, pinks, terracotta, and peach with hints of copper. You’ll see this palette reflected in the decor and the florals, which include lovely “coffee break” roses in that dark terracotta color.View More: venue is Cervantes Coffee, a contemporary coffee house and roaster. Located in an industrial complex, the venue features exactly the combination of details the shoot included, contemporary chic designs, with hints of rustic and organic, along with rough industrial edgy details. This you’ll see in the details of the shoot. And the coffee shop is amazing, just the perfect setting, and I must add the most amazing coffee. View More: dessert bar was fashioned as a perfect complement to a steamy cup of coffee with coffee cake, doughnuts, chocolate covered espressos beans, tasty pastries and cupcakes topped with a coffee bean. The tablescape and the coffee bar were a mix of urban DIY with tables made of repurposed pallets, vintage coffee pots and decor, and burlap accents.
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We love. love the details in the stationery designed by Moments of Happiness Designs and Novelties, the menus have a lovely dot with copper brown which matches the grey, so gorgeous!  The place cards had a touch of modern that fit within our urban chic design.  View More:
View More: lovely set of engraved silver spoons by Milk and Honey Industries, a perfect gift for the wedding couple.
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View More: More: all DIYers, we designed a super easy component: the “Mr.s and Mrs” cup set, using a couple of cups we found at a local home goods shop, chalkboard stick ups, and chalkboard paint pen.View More: More: More:
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Thanks so much to our photographer, Megan Chase Photography and our partners in the shoot
Flowers and Planning:  EightTreeStreet


Other Participating Vendors:

1. Spoons: Milk and Honey Luxuries 

2. Hand-stamped coffee theme hanging tags: Charonel Designs

3. Printable “Love is Brewing” sign: Borden Specifics

Models: Anna Joy Lees, Rebecca  and Jesse Baskin