Vintage Vibes – Love for All – Local Blooms: Our Core Values at Violet Floral Designs

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By Katherine Elizabeth Photography

 

Today on the blog, I wanted to share a little more about the core values of Violet Floral Designs. This last week of June (Pride Month) also happens to be American Flowers Week, so it feels like a very appropriate time! So, if you will, here is our little manifesto:

VINTAGE VIBES:

While the floral designs for your wedding should feel unique and fresh, we want everything that goes out the door to feel timeless and romantic, too. Whether it’s a creamy garden rose that’s opening perfectly, a piece of lace from your mother’s wedding dress wrapped around your bouquet, a collection of amber glass bud vases, or a hint of antique lavender; we are all about those hints of timelessness. Our favorite vintage-y detail? A modern take on the cascading bridal bouquet.

LOVE FOR ALL:

Violet Floral Designs gladly works with and embraces all couples, and discrimination of any kind is not a thing around here. Weddings are for everyone who wants them, and you are welcomed and celebrated! This means we’re committed to making sure this business serves all couples well. It also means we only choose to participate in styled + editorial shoots which portray diverse couples and include wedding vendors with diverse backgrounds. (If you want to know why this is so important to us, please ask–happy to talk about it more!)

LOCAL BLOOMS:

Around here we love local flowers and local farms, and believe a commitment to sourcing as many flowers as possible from local growers is crucial to the future of cut flowers. So far in 2019, 47% of the flowers purchased for our designs were grown locally in Maryland, and we hope to grow that number in the future! And committing to stretch and educate ourselves on more sustainable floristry practices is a big part of this, too. We’re committing to using sustainable, reusable design tools, avoiding environmentally-unfriendly floral foam, and promoting the use and reuse of rental items at weddings.

 

Our core values are the heart of our business, and it’s important to us to serve our clients, our community, and our environment with integrity. We’d love to share more with you about why these values are important to us–feel free to reach out at violetfloraldesigns@gmail.com if you’d like to learn more about what we do and why. And if you have a wedding coming up, we’d love to talk to you! Find our inquiry form for weddings here.

 

Much love–

Mallory

Laid-Back Winter Wedding at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

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Mt Washington Mill Dye House Wedding: Photographed by Alicia Wiley Photography

I won’t lie, I am SO excited to share about this beautiful wedding on the blog today. The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House, an absolutely exquisite space for weddings in Baltimore, was the perfect location for Sofia and Dan’s December wedding, which was as classy and laid-back as they are! Before heading to the Dye House, Sofia and Dan took photos at Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fells Point, Baltimore, where the wedding party got ready… and they’re seriously amazing. (Photos by the one-in-a-million Alicia Wiley.)

The floral designs featured white playa blanca roses, burgundy winter peonies, and unique foliage. Sofia’s all-white bridal bouquet was created using white roses and spray roses, ranunculus, and sweet peas. The couple chose to have their ceremony arch moved behind their seats at the head table during the reception.

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Vendor Team:

Venue: The Mt. Washington Mill Dye House; dyehouseevents.com

Photography: Alicia Wiley Photography; aliciawiley.com

Flowers: Violet Floral Designs

Catering and Cake: Copper Kitchen; copperkitchenmd.com

Rentals: Select Event Group; www.selecteventgroup.com

Linens: Table Toppers MD; Table Toppers (Facebook)

DJ: The Collective DJs; mycooldj.com

Lighting: Event Dynamics; www.eventdynamics.net

Wedding Party Photos at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Romantic Flowers for an Industrial-Chic Wedding Venue

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Did somebody say “garland?” (Photo by Casey Crowe Taylor)

Today I wanted to share a little bit about Arielle and Nick’s D.C. wedding! Arielle is a wedding planner (Summer & Co Events: https://www.summercoevents.com/) who I adore working with, and I was so honored to contribute flowers when it was her turn to get married. To accent the artistic, industrial space at Long View Gallery, Arielle chose richly textured florals and long eucalyptus garlands for her wedding.

Garlands have a way of making reception tables feel more intimate, and they look great in industrial spaces. The garlands for this wedding had some special additions, like interspersed roses and thistles, and I loved how the dove grey taper candles added to the cozy and chic ambiance of the room.

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These bouquets were full of texture and unusual accent flowers, such as navy privet berries and white thistles. I loved the way the softness of the roses and dahlias played off of the unique textural accents.

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Eucalyptus table garlands with added floral accents in an industrial chic wedding venue. Photo by Casey Crowe Taylor
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The setup at Long View Gallery. Photo by Casey Crowe Taylor

The amazing vendors who contributed to Arielle and Nick’s wedding:

Venue: Long View Gallery, Washington, D.C. https://www.longviewgallerydc.com/

Photography: Casey Crowe Taylor https://caseycrowetaylor.com/

Catering: Well Dunn Catering www.welldunn.com

DJ: DJ Chizzau

Makeup: Erica Basha Bridal http://www.ericabashamua.com/

Hair: Fiddleheads DC http://fiddleheadsdc.com/

Event Lighting and Draping: 27 Studios https://www.27studiosav.com/

MJM Events and Staffing https://www.mjmeventstaffing.net/

Cake: Baked and Wired DC https://bakedandwired.com/

 

A City Winter Wedding with Burgundy, Peach, and Lots of Greenery – Violet Floral Designs – Baltimore Wedding Florist

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Photo by Tricia Notte Images

Most of the weddings we do at Violet Floral Designs are in Baltimore or surrounding areas, but sometimes we like to go on an adventure! Kelly and Jason’s city wedding at the insanely cool Front and Palmer in Philadelphia was so much fun. At the wedding, the Temple University marching band and the couple’s amazing dog made appearances, and the photos taken by Tricia Notte Images (tricianotte.com) in the Philadelphia City Center blew me away. I loved that this wedding was so full of personality and fun, and even from behind the scenes it was obvious that this day was resonating with love, meaning, and joy for the couple and their friends and family.

Burgundy and peach might be one of my favorite color combinations for fall and winter wedding flowers, and Kelly’s bouquet featured burgundy winter peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, anemones with navy centers, and navy privet berries. Lots of unique accent flowers and textural elements added interest to this bouquet: like thistles, astrantia, and willowy burgundy foliage. Our copper metallic arch rental also made an outing, and I loved the way the simplicity of the arch worked with the fabulous lights and backdrop in Front + Palmer’s ceremony space. We also added a little bit of wild smilax greenery to the ceiling, framing the dance floor and ceremony space. Smilax vine also adorned the long tables, along with lots of candlelight from eclectic and fun mixed candlesticks and votives.

The following amazing vendors were part of Kelly and Jason’s wedding day:

Venue: Front and Palmer in Philadelphia, PA: www.frontandpalmer.com

Hair and Makeup by Onlo Beauty: www.onlobeauty.com

Photography by www.tricianotte.com

An Amazing 2018

What a year, friends! 2018 was eventful to say the least, between flowering 20 weddings and 3 events, OUR August wedding, moving, and turning this little floral studio into my full-time job! This work is truly my pride and joy, and it’s been a really exciting year of learning, growing, and designing! Big thanks to all of the couples who chose me as your florist this year–I loved every minute of working with all of you. And most of all I have to thank my wonderful husband, for believing that this could be a thriving business, and for assisting with tons of weddings as we got things off the ground.

As I reflect on this past year, I wanted to share some of the moments this year I am most proud of!

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A spring cherry blossom-inspired bridal shoot put together by Katherine Elizabeth Photography captured the trees in Sherwood Gardens in full bloom.  I had the honor of contributing a bouquet to this lovely shoot! C’yana’s bouquet was created with eucalyptus and lush pink blooms with foraged blossoming branches and magnolia, and I loved the way the vibrant pink shades brought out the richness of her silver gown.

Contributing Vendors:

Planning and Photography by Katherine Elizabeth Photography 

Assisted by Emily Brianne Photography

Jewelry by J’Adorn Designs

Hair and Makeup by Silver Immersion,

Model C’yana Tavae,

Rentals from East Vintage Charm

Silk Ribbon from A RIbbon’s Nest

 

 

Photos by Katherine Zell Photography: http://www.katherinezellphoto.com/

K+A’s lovely wedding at the Stone Mill Inn in York, Pennsylvania was so much fun: from the lush, colorful bouquets, to the delicate greenery hung from the reception tent, to the staked bottles full of flowers lining the ceremony aisles, not a detail was missing.

 

 

 

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All told, I kept it relatively simple with my flowers in order to spend time with family and friends during my wedding weekend. (Another reason not to DIY your wedding flowers.) For my bouquet, I was so excited to mix my favorite peach roses with unique local blooms from Butterbee Farm, Hillen Homestead, and Clear Ridge Farm. August is maybe my favorite time of year for local flowers, like lisianthus, dahlias, cosmos, scabiosa, and viburnum berries!

Thank you so much to the wonderful vendors who made our wedding happen despite absolutely horrendous thunderstorms.

Photography by Katherine Elizabeth Photography 

Hair and Makeup by Silver Immersion,

Venue and Catering by Whitehouse Caterers at Overhills Mansion: www.overhillsmansion.com

 

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This fall I took my business full-time, and I won’t lie, it was a wild ride.  It was such a busy and exciting season! In October I designed for seven weddings, and the one that felt most vibrantly like fall was the last one of the month, for Kaitlyn and James. I loved the rich autumn colors of peach, burgundy, orange, and rust red, and the delicate flower crowns the bride and her bridesmaids wore.

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Reception at Piney Branch Golf Club

 

Another really fun wedding from this year took us to Philadelphia. At Kelly and Jason’s wedding at Front and Palmer, we set up our copper metallic arch and loaded it up with bright blooms in peach and burgundy. Front and Palmer’s space is the perfect mix of fun and industrial, and for Kelly’s December wedding it was filled with candlelight and smilax greenery.  So grateful for the cool places this industry takes me sometimes, and the wonderful people I get to cross paths with.

Excited to share more soon about this fun day, and the copper arch, which is available to rent for 2019 weddings!

Photo of the lovely couple by Tricia Notte Images

I adored all of this year’s weddings and couples so much that it’s hard not to continue, but thanks for checking out this overview of 2018 at Violet Floral Designs. I can hardly believe that 2019 is just about here: we will start our weddings again in March with a growing team, new rentals, and renewed energy for this work. If you’re planning your 2019 wedding, please inquire now so we can get your date on the calendar!

Love and best wishes to all as we embark on a new year!

Cheers—

Mallory Jones Wilson

Violet Floral Designs of Baltimore LLC

 

Why a Florist Can’t Duplicate a Pinterest Photo

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Violet Floral Designs; Sarah D’Ambra Photography

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about Pinterest–everybody’s favorite place for wedding inspiration pictures! As a florist, I LOVE the beautiful wedding inspiration I see on Pinterest, and when I planned my own wedding, Pinterest was a great help to me in planning out the style I wanted for my big day. When my clients share their Pinterest boards with me, it really helps me get a sense of their vision for their wedding. However, when it comes to Pinterest, I have a ground rule: I won’t duplicate another florist’s work, for a few reasons. In short:

A florist CAN:

Look at your inspiration photos to better understand the look and colors you’re going for.

A florist CAN’T:

Recreate every detail of an inspiration photo, down to the last stem.

 

As a floral designer, my job is to mesh my design aesthetic with your preferences. Pinterest is a great tool for communicating about your taste and preferences to your florist. However, though Pinterest is a great jumping off point for floral inspiration, remember a florist can’t carbon-copy a look. This is because…

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Dani Leigh Photography

 

1) Flowers shift in availability–a lot. For example, peonies are a gorgeous late spring flower, and very popular for weddings, but they go out of season for several months of the year. Dahlias are a beautiful late summer and fall flower, but because they are so delicate, it’s hard to import them at other times of year. I might be able to purchase spray roses in a perfect shade of peach at my supplier one week, and then it’s not available the next.  Fortunately, for every flower that goes out of season, there’s another flower that can add just as much beauty to your wedding flowers.

2) Because florists are artists at heart: we don’t want to plagiarize each other. No two florists will design a bouquet exactly the same, and while we can look to each other for inspiration, most floral designers will not want to cross the line of copying or duplicating a photo of another florist’s work.

It’s always great to see my clients’  inspiration photos, because it tells me a little more about their style and wedding vision. But the way I see it, it’s better to design with the client in mind; not just a photo.

All told, using Pinterest as an inspiration is a great way to communicate with your florist about the flowers, styles, and color palettes you love. Then it’s our job to create your dream bouquet: something entirely original, customized and personalized for YOU.

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Violet Floral Designs; Katherine Zell Photography

Classic Elegance at a Baltimore Wedding – Liz and Max – Maryland Wedding Florist

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Dani Leigh Photography

This was such a beautiful wedding! Liz and Max both grew up in Maryland, but never met until they attended Princeton University together. Their wedding at Overhills Mansion, in Catonsville, Maryland, was the definition of classic elegance. Everybody looked so sharp in the blush and navy color palette the couple selected, and the flowers featured white Playa Blanca roses (one of my absolute favorites, with a perfect hint of blush pink) and delicate greenery. Ever witty, the couple added touches of ivy into their decor, calling back to their alma mater.

 

The laughter, joy, and elegance of this wedding was captured beautifully by Dani Leigh Photography.