Meet Amanda and Jacob! This lovely couple wedded on September 2nd, 2017 at St. Clare Chapel in Cincinnati, still warm enough to pull off a gorgeous, light summery wedding! Amanda had her heart set on Chamomiles (daisy-like flowers) for her wedding, and with silks it was possible! Tying together white, light lavender, and yellow tones for this wedding was a pure dream.. and below, you can read just how much this brides special day meant to her!
Jacob and I met in college at the University of Cincinnati and got engaged a few years later. My older brother and his wife got married on their anniversary, and I thought it was so sweet that I always vowed I’d do the same. So on Septemeber 2nd, 2017, Jacob and I got married at St. Clare Chapel and hosted our reception at The Centennial Barn. Neither Jacob nor I am from the Cincinnati area, so we had many discussions on where to get married. We settled on Cincinnati because we met, fell in love, and got engaged in our new city.
We had a long engagement, as we were waiting for our anniversary to fall on a Saturday, so I had plenty of time to create all my decorations and, of course, flowers. Chamomiles are my favorite flower – they’re essentially tiny daisies – and I could not find them anywhere. We considered fresh flowers, but they couldn’t be guaranteed, and I had my heart set on them. I love crafting and creating, but flowers were new to me. I went through many tries, but the end-result turned out beautifully. I am so incredibly proud of my flowers and they are my favorite DIY of my wedding. The ladies at my dress alteration appointments couldn’t believe they were faux, and even asked to smell them!
I now have my bouquet displayed in my living room, and I know several of my bridesmaids and groomsmen have their bouquets and boutonnieres displayed as well. I love making bouquets so much that after the wedding, I took my centerpiece flowers and made them into another bouquet, which I also have displayed as a reminder of our wedding. ♡ Amanda
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Do we have your attention? How could we not, this centerpiece is a stunner! Join faux flower designer Brush + Fire as she pairs pretty pinks with warm natural accents in this summer celebration of love, friends, and flowers!
When you think of your dream day, the one you’ve dreamed of your entire life, what do you feel? Do you hear the sound of laughter so joyous it makes your belly ache? Do you feel the touch of your significant other, hand in your hand softly tracing the lines in each other’s palms? Maybe you envision delicate blooms all around you, reflecting the bright & vibrant occasion? All of these things lovingly describe our gathering with Nalani + Ian and their loved ones on the most perfect day. Lots of laughter, lots of love, and lots of elegantly arranged blooms. T’was truly a celebration of love. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.
The wooden bowls were the perfect complement to the pink flowers and natural accents. Floral foam, chicken wire, floral tape, and the most stunning blooms from Afloral will help you create this perfect centerpiece. Push the arrangements together to create one long runner or pull them apart for separate pieces, depending on the length of your table and personal style.
For our event we went with a pink on pink theme complimented by natural dried, wood, and brown tones/elements. If you want to change it up a bit try adding a Xerographica or “Air Plant” to brighten up your look, making everything pop. It’s a simple change that can take your event from neutral to bright and airy, even tropical if you play your cards right! You can shop Afloral’s Air Plant selection here.
If you’re looking for blooms that will not only last forever, but will take your event to the next level, try going faux. Especially if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of bride. There is no floral processing, no fickle, pokey stems, no worrying about weather conditions and whether or not your blooms will survive, just gorgeous, full-faced, fresh looking blooms.
Spring is turning into summer and wedding season is upon us! This rustic chic wedding is filled with inspiration for the bride to be. Featuring a sunny color palette of bright pink & yellow, this styled shoot is filled with beautiful silk daisies, artificial dahlias, roses, ranunculus, and preserved billy buttons.Whether you are having a park wedding, backyard affair, or are traveling to the lake… an outdoor wedding is what summer is all about. In the bright summer sun, these yellow flowers just pop. And you can’t deny the whimsical beauty of the long silk ribbons catching in the warm summer wind.
This wedding dazzles with a statement flower crown, lush bridal bouquets, a flourishing silk flower centerpiece, and darling floral boutonnieres. We couldn’t think of a more majestic scene for this rustic wedding photo shoot than with the company of a beautifully elegant horse adorned with a silk flower & greenery garland.
These bright and bold floral designs were created with high-quality artificial flowers and greenery. Why use faux for your wedding? Throughout the day these blooms never sagged, wilted, or browned. We were able to create these arrangements during the snowy winter months and at the first sign of summer these artificial floral designs were as vibrant as the day they were arranged.
Needing flowers that last for your event, but wanting the most realistic option? Dried flowers and greenery are the closest thing to the real deal as you can get! The big difference, preserved options will last much longer than live flowers & greenery. This is perfect when planning events that last hours, such as weddings, bridal showers, or even baby showers.
Even better, preserved flowers and greenery can be kept as long as silk flowers, in remembrance of life’s events that are most special to you!
Dried flowers and greenery create a naturally elegant look for wedding table or bridal shower designs. This tablescape is decorated with gorgeous white/cream preserved roses and dahlia, green eucalyptus, gold gypsophila, and cream ostrich feather sprays.
Once you’ve created your floral designs and centerpieces, you won’t have to worry another moment about them wilting! Dried flowers/greenery require no watering or sunlight, allowing you to go throughout your event without having to care for your flowers.
Another amazing benefit, of the many, regarding preserved flowers and greenery is that they can be ordered well in advance of your event. Unlike fresh flowers, that can die quickly. If kept in a cool, dry environment, your preserved items actually last for years. Which means, REPURPOSE! After your event, you can bring your flowers home and reuse them in your home decor. Who doesn’t love getting multiple uses out of their purchases? We do!
Speaking of repurpose… We love how Christy incorporated preserved gypsophila floral crowns as part of her place settings! Get super creative with dried and preserved flowers for your next event. You won’t regret it.
Dried flowers and greenery look perfect in just about any event theme and home decor. From fall weddings, rustic styling, and even for winter events when fresh flowers may not be available in your area! Find more forever flowers on Afloral.com.
Wedding planning can be overwhelming. You may have been Pinning your wedding since you were 16, but now that the question has been popped you’re ready to make some serious choices. For a little help to fine tune the wedding inspo, we looked to BWedding for advice on what they think will be trending this year, season by season. Take a look to find out more…
Your wedding invitation plays an important part in giving your guests’ a first glimpse into the magical evening they will be involved in.
For your wedding stationary, think of a darling blushing water coloured card, lush floral patterns, laser cut designs and pair it with a touch of rose gold foil for that touch of luxury every couple seeks.
A rustic, Boho, elegantly traditional or pastel themed wedding is perfect for this colour palette! We are envisioning an outdoor garden party or a courtyard celebration where natural lighting will be your best friend, only bringing to life the true softness of this dreamy colour selection.
Drape the tables with white or blue linen and cover it with crystal clear, rose gold and white tableware and decorations. For the touch of pink, add rose quartz flowers and don’t forget to add a touch of freshness and contrast with bright green leaves as part of the centerpiece arrangement.
Spoil your guests with a wedding swing covered in bursting blooms and green leaves, lovely lush bouquets, a photo booth frame with flowers, petals gorgeously flung on the ground, and romantic fairy lights hanging from the trees – make use of the natural sources around you! Bring them to life.
If you’re all about keeping up with the trend, naked cakes are a big hit and you can top it off with an ombre finish! It’s spring time, so make the most of seasonal blooms and add them as a decoration to your wedding cake for that extra special finish!
Dress your bridesmaids in off-the-shoulder baby blue or blush gowns and have yourself in a strapless sweetheart gown and top it off with a tulle finish! For the groom and groomsmen, consider a grey or cream beige suit with a serenity tie or a baby blue tailored suit with a pink rose pinked to the pocket.
For a wedding theme, think of a garden party, classic elegance or summer greenery. The perfect thing about a Summertime wedding is that you don’t have to overdo it with the decorations as the seasonal blooms will truly do the talking for you.
Drape the tables with crisp white linen and decorate it with fresh fruits and cheese platters, cute potted plants wonderfully nested in geometric copper vases, copper wired chairs, crystal clear glassware, white tableware and vibrant green leaves.
Keep it simple with a crisp traditional white cake and to really give it a natural feel, have your cakemaker cover it with draping sugar flowers or real life flowers. If you want to add a modern touch, ask for a touch of gold foiling!
For the bridesmaids, think of a beautiful blush gown and a sheer and lacy gown for yourself. Go light and minimal with the makeup, you don’t want it sweating off in the heat. For the groom and groomsmen, go with a cream suit for a light feel.
You want to announce your luxurious and lavish affair with an elaborately detailed wedding invitation – a true statement piece and a work of art.
The BWedding Imperial Glamour wedding card in Marsala was specially designed for Hollywood celebrity, Vanessa Williams. The invitation features a gold laser cut gate which, when opened by your guests, reveals a marsala card that embodies a glistening finish from our gold foil stamping technique. Perfectly stealing the invite is a gold-plated lotus flower.
With such a rich color palette, it is only fitting that you go with an overdone and over the top theme. Picture an evening of sheer indulgence and opulence set in a fancy ballroom. To pinpoint an actual theme, think of Old World Extravagance or An Elegantly Moody Affair – a royal and regal event that your most esteemed guests will be attending!
A darkly lit room brought to life by a sea of candles will add a touch of romance and mystery. Chandeliers will cascade from above, opulent velvet chairs will surround the sumptuously decorated tables, dark linen table cloths will be layered with gold plated hardware, richly coloured blooms and figs, vintage glassware and varying candle holders and vases that will fill up the space.
Picture this: a 3-tiered black coated cake with luxurious gold foiling and draped with rich marsala coloured blooms. A feast for the eyes and the tummy because it will embody a rich chocolate filling. The black coloured cake is part of making a statement and choosing a design that fits in with your deluxe theme.
Marsala is quite a dramatic colour so incorporate it subtly into your wedding fashion through your nail colour, earrings, lip colour or shoes. For the bridesmaids consider gorgeous black or maroon gowns and for the groom and groomsmen, black suits with maroon ties to complete the look. For your wedding dress, consider a long-sleeved lace gown paired with a thick winged liner and rosy cheeks.
Dare to be daring with your wedding invitations and announce your big day in true style and with utter sophistication. Select the thickest paper stock in black or white and pair it with luxurious rose gold, yellow gold or silver foiling for that extra touch of luxe! Think BWedding’s highly recommend luxe foil range which is the epitome of the Fine Arts and 1920’s inspired designs.
For a theme think Vintage-Inspired, the much-loved Gatsby or Classical Romance. The colour palette within itself already exudes an air of luxury so whatever theme you go with, you simply cannot go wrong.
When styling your wedding, think of keeping it elegant but also keeping your guests warm. Blow your guests away with white or gold painted branches to set the scene for a wintery wonderland.
Surround the venue with blooms cascading from above, draping chandeliers, floating, and an abundance of, candles and have the tables lined with black linen and covered with exquisite gold table decorations paired with white plating.
Fill the ballroom with pure white roses and orchids for the table setting or draping from an overhead arrangement. The white blooms and vibrant green leaves will contrast well against the black and gold décor, serving to balance out the darker tones.
Say goodbye to the traditional all-white wedding cake and truly stand out with a gold frosted or gold foiled cake that opens up to reveal a rich chocolate ganache filling and have it surrounded by fresh blooms!
Gracefully glide away from the norm and dress your bridesmaids in black gowns and have yourself dressed in a dramatically embellished white lace gown. For the groom and groomsmen, a clean cut black suit and gold tie can do no wrong.
Create easy to care for outdoor faux flower and greenery arrangements for your landscape and porch decor. Kelly Page of Blue Gray Gal took our artificial flowers outdoors and you will not believe how gorgeous her planters are…
My exterior landscaping is full of beautiful plants and flowers. We have 21 hydrangea bushes, a dozen rose bushes and at least a few dozen flower pots. I adore spring and summer plantings and fawning over my garden! However, over the years I’ve found that certain pots are difficult to keep flowers alive in. Unfortunately, these are the pots that are front and center surrounding our pool area!
Recently I did a photo shoot for my blog and had to create an Atlanta spring in the middle of winter! Not easy to do with bare trees, dormant grass and not a flower in sight. I decided to give faux flowers a try to see how realistic they would look and was shocked at the result! These images were taken in 32 degree Atlanta winter weather and you would never know!
I mixed boxwood with Azalea in some planters. Petunias and ferns were used in others, and I mixed white artificial geraniums with ivy in my large balcony pot. The results were stunning and these outdoor flowers will be staying! I am no longer going to use live plants in these places. The Afloral outdoor flowers and plants look perfectly at home in my landscape and just made my life so much easier in those difficult to maintain areas! I will have beautiful and consistent color all season long and no one will know the difference! Take a look at how they turned out and read styling tips for using Afloral’s outdoor florals on Blue Gray Gal.
Find all the artificial flowers and greenery used here in the Afloral.com Outdoor Faux Flower shop.
This incredible outdoor landscape belongs to Kelly Page. Kelly Page is an Atlanta blogger and founder of the brand bluegraygal. She is a recurring guest on the NBC Atlanta morning show and has been featured on ELLEDecor.com. Her lifestyle blog features home inspiration from her own home, holiday decor and tell-it-like-it-is fun articles about life!
Meet Sierra and Justin! These two love birds were happily married under the sun of Tennessee, surrounded by their loved ones and fellow musician friends. Their rustic wedding featured touches of burlap, wooden decor, and stunning silk floral arrangements, all designed to perfection by the mother of Sierra. What a more meaningful way to have your wedding day put together?! The love and warmth between friends, family, and this couple absolutely radiates through their wedding photos! And below, you can read just what this day meant to the bride herself…
My sweet husband Justin and I dated for several years before deciding to get married. When we finally knew it was time, we couldn’t wait! Being professional musicians, we spend the biggest part of the year traveling the world and performing. So when we looked at our schedules, Mother’s Day weekend was the one weekend that we had available to plan our wedding!
We decided to get married near our home in Nashville because we wanted the wedding to be a celebration with not only our families, but our music friends as well! We chose a beautiful, outdoor location in Brentwood, TN complete with an old historic home called The Cool Springs House.
My mom volunteered to do all the decorations and floral arrangements for the wedding. She’s a super talented woman, so I knew it would be beautiful, but I’m still blown away when I look back at the pictures and see the attention to detail she gave to each bouquet, flower arrangement and decoration.
She handmade all the bouquets for me and my bridesmaids, the boutonnieres for Justin and his groomsmen, as well as the table, aisle, and barn floral arrangements.
With the help from some wonderful friends, she handmade so many extra things too like the wooden cake stands, and created a beautiful outdoor entrance for me to walk through by using beautiful flowers, burlap and refinishing some old doors.
I can’t say enough how much she made the day so special for both me and Justin. I’m so blessed to call her mom and am proud to see her be recognized for the wonderful job she did. Mom isn’t a professional decorator or florist. This was her first time doing all of this, but on this day you’d never believe it!
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If you are looking for plants for your home that are low maintenance, easy to work with, and are extremely adorable.. air plants are for you! Since air plants don’t need to be potted in soil, you may be wondering what to do with them? Well, today we will be showing you three quick and easy ways to use air plants in your home decor!
Air Plant Magnets
These air plant magnets are SO cute and literally take seconds to create! All you need is a magnet, sea shells, hot glue, and an air plant! They can be hung on your fridge at home, on your filing cabinets at work, or anywhere that you can find a magnetic surface.
“How are those plants floating in mid-air?!” These floating air plants are a unique, trendy piece that are a must-have in your designs!
This arrangement easily allows for your air plant to get the air flow and sunlight it needs daily, while giving your home a modern design element.
It’s easier than ever to incorporate succulents into your life with these 3 ways to use air plants! If you use any of these ideas, be sure to tag us in your designs on Instagram with the hashtag #afloral!
A floral wall installation is a beautiful backdrop for your wedding, party and event decor! Don’t believe us? Take a look at this pink, burgundy, and cream floral dream by Grey Lady Revelry Co.
Greenery wall panels are a great way to start your wall. The cost of full flower wall can get expensive, so if you are planning on creating one for your wedding, consider creating a base with panels of boxwood.
Decorate the border with beautiful faux blooms. Artificial flowers last longer than fresh so you’ll really get your moneys worth! Add larger florals as your focal points, then fill in the spaces with smaller silk flowers in contrasting colors. Grey Lady Revelry Co. mixed textures, like velvet magnolias, fur poinsettia’s, and dried pampas grass to really bring the wall to like. Accented with hydrangeas, peonies, roses, and metallic leaves & lotus pods, this stunning backdrop is perfection.
Added to the center this gold floral hoop, outlined with metallic leaves and accented with the same florals as the installation, is simply gorgeous!
Grey Lady Revelry Co. tied everything together by dropping a few faux flowers, preserved pampas grass, and silk greenery stems into tall vases… Stunning! This look is picture perfect and would look great behind a cake table or would be a jaw-dropping way to display escort cards as you walk into a wedding reception.
For a chance to have your faux flower designs featured on our blog, site, social, and beyond.. be sure to use the hashtag, #Afloral, on your images on Instagram.
We know, as a bride, you have a vision of what you want your wedding bouquet to look like, but maybe you need just a little more inspiration to truly nail your designs. Today, we are going to give you some silk flower wedding bouquet inspiration with the Top 5 Bouquets from @Afloral on Instagram. These bridal bouquets are full of trendy color schemes, textures, and themes!
The blue silk cosmos in this spring bouquet give us a vintage feel, and paired with pink peonies, flocked lambs ear, and white filler flowers… it’s the perfect combination!
Really make those cosmos pop with a “something blue” ribbon!
This grand bouquet is filled with cafe au lait dahlia’s, blue berries, mini ranunculus blooms in peach and white, dusty miller, and ferns. There is true elegance in the dahlias and mini ranunculus tied stunningly with a dash of nature in the sprayed greenery and berries! Featuring a combination of natural tones and accents, these flowers can perfectly be displayed in bohemian, garden-style, or spring weddings.
This wildflower bouquet, with a foraged look, can give your wedding that little bit of sass you’re looking for with it’s moody hues… but there’s a touch of sweet serenity in the antique pink rose and natural green berries.
The faux fuchsia peonies and ranunculus along with the green-brown silk leaves bring personality to this stunning bouquet perfectly designed for bohemian or fall weddings. Oh, and we can’t disregard how that touch of hanging amaranthus shines so gloriously!
A destination bridal bouquet that is as large and grand as your wedding dreams! This silk flower bouquet is filled with texture, offering an equal mix of luscious greens and complimentary colored silk flowers.
Lavender, burgundy, fuchsia, wine, mauve pink, and dark greens made the perfect color palette for this organic bouquet, while creating an ethereal feel.
What is your eye attracted to first? That unbelievably realistic faux pink peony, or the sprays of everlasting eucalyptus?
This wedding bouquet is charmingly suitable for a number of different themes due to it’s neutral color scheme. If you find that you’re unsure of what colors to use to create your wedding theme, you can never go wrong with neutral, complimentary tones… with a dash of pink!
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