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The Brooch Approach to your bridal bouquet

Yesterday we talked about a major focal point of your ceremony, that being the wedding cake. Another stand out aspect, which is oft forgotten as an opportunity to “wow” the guests while highlighting the aesthetic of the event, is the bouquet. The newest trend in creating a fantastic, dynamic bouquet is what I like to call the “Brooch Approach”.

The Brooch Approach is the act of actually styling your bouquet with brooches, jewels and a variety of other designer features. Many brides use this as an opportunity to integrate vintage family heirlooms and found pieces at boutiques. Another benefit of the Brooch Approach is it takes some of the pressure off finding the traditional jewelry for your wedding. There likely won’t be the same need for baubles around the neck when you’re sauntering down the aisle with one of these pieces.

Imagine appearing before your guests with one of these remarkably unique bouquets. Would you consider it?

Cake, Cake, for goodness sake!

The details, small and large, are really what make your wedding special and unique. One of the most prominent places to show off your unique and innovative aesthetic is the wedding cake. What you know is, in addition to the wedding dress, your guests are pretty eager to see what the cake looks like. In recent years, with the popularity of celebrity cake designer, Sylvia Weinstock and the surge in popularity of cake-related reality shows (Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss), cakes have become a highly detailed and designed aspect of the wedding. No more stark, white tiers, with a little piping.

If you’re feeling adventurous and are looking to move further toward a spin on the traditional, consider some options. Designing your cake with the added touch of your favorite candy adds an additional layer of sweetness and certainly some nostalgia. What a conversation piece “buttons” could make when added to a tiered confection!

More and more, cake pops and macarons are becoming a regular part of the dessert foodie conversation. The drama and depth of a tower of these sweets is virtually unmatched.

Our new favorite is the mini bundt cake, designed for each guests to take home. Want a fabulous send off? Let them eat cake!

Mackenzie-Childs at Neiman Marcus

Have you ever come across a brand that makes you swoon? I’m certain you have. My most recent swooning episode occurred when I was made aware of Mackenzie-Childs, the amazing brand dedicated to handmade and handcrafted homegoods. Designed, crafted and finished by select group of artisans, these pieces are true works of art and a treasure to be had.

Recently, Mackenzie-Childs partnered with Girls, Inc, to support ongoing efforts to deliver life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Mackenzie-Childs plans to host a number of educational and creative opportunities at their Aurora, New York.

Don’t miss the grand opportunity to see Mackenzie-Childs‘ Creative Director, Rebecca Proctor, introduce the company’s new ceramic collection, Parchment Check. The event will be held at Neiman Marcus (another swoon-worthy store) at Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 15 from Noon to 4. The address is 5300 Wisconsin Avenue. For additional information, please ring 202.966.9700.

New Couture Bridal Boutique Opening Soon!

The metropolitan D.C. region will soon welcome a new couture bridal boutique. On October 22, Soliloquy Bridal will host a grand opening affair from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fun includes a tour of the boutique, a champagne toast for newly engaged brides and the possibility of winning prizes from local vendors. Looking forward to a new chic boutique!

Other exciting upcoming events include:

• Kevan Hall Trunk Show, November 12
• Therez Fleetwood Trunk Show, December 2-3

Head over to book your r.s.v.p. or book your appointment!

Wedding Bouquet Trend: Succulents, front and center

Recently I’ve seen some interesting and innovative ways of styling the traditional wedding bouquet that included the heavy use of succulents. Succulents are plants generally found in arid or semiarid regions (not just cactus, people). For the purposes of bouquets they stand up beautifully, even in the warmest of settings. Their, generally muted, color juxtaposed against vibrant florals make for the most divine of looks. Unique and memorable, for sure. Challenge your floral designers and florists to look at these options. A succulent bouquet is certain to make for a conversation piece and a central, fabulous detail, front and center at your wedding.


Photo: Erin Hearts Court Wedding Photography
Florist: Meg at La Partie Events