Vining Greenery and Lush Color: Travis and Elise – Silk Mill Wedding

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Photo by Lindsey Paradiso Photography – Inn at the Old Silk Mill; Fredericksburg, Virginia

Time to celebrate Elise and Travis, their wedding, and their new marriage!

Elise is a friend of mine from graduate school, and I was so excited to contribute flowers for her wedding to Travis. Because I know Elise it feels a little odd to jot down a glib synopsis of her wedding day: when I think about their beautiful relationship, and the joy of celebrating with them on their wedding day in March, I am still moved. When someone you care about chooses to spend their life with another person who loves them and treats them well, it’s no small thing! I’m so thankful for the relationship Elise and Travis have, and I’m excited to share a little glimpse into their wedding today, thanks to the beautiful work of Lindsey Paradiso Photography.

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Elise and Travis were married at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a gorgeous wedding venue with a historic, natural feel. Lots of antique mirrors and exposed brick–I was LOVING the feel of this space, which reminded me a lot of the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House here at home in Baltimore. For the Jewish wedding ceremony, Travis built a beautiful birch chuppah and set it up himself the morning of the wedding. The vision for the ceremony design, which came about through discussions with Elise, was to create a design that felt organic and as if it were reaching into the whole ceremony space, connecting the guests to what was taking place. To achieve this feeling our team draped smilax vine all over the chuppah, on the fabric drape behind the ceremony area, on chairs in the front row, and on the floor near the ceremony. Smilax is one of my favorite foliages to use for installations like this at weddings, because it feels so airy but lush at the same time.

Elise chose bridesmaids’ dresses in a lovely “Chianti” color from David’s Bridal, and the flowers blended rich wine and oxblood colors with white, mauve, and blue. Elise’s spring bouquet featured mauve “pixie dust” ranunculus,  white anemones, wine-colored lisianthus, astilbe, garden roses, thistles, tweedia, and muscari (or grape hyacinth). I loved the mixture of sweetness and mood that was at play in these flowers.

It was such a treat to think through the details of this wedding with Elise, who is so thoughtful and creative, with a great sense of style. I love talking through the vision for the wedding with my clients, because hearing the details of what is important to them and how they want their wedding to feel really allows me to bring that vision to life in the flowers. This is one of the joys of custom floral design, for me: engaging the thought and intention that goes into creating something that will speak to my clients and feel just right for their wedding.

I want to thank Elise and Travis for entrusting me with their wedding flowers and including me in their celebrations. And also, thanks to the other vendors at this wedding, who were absolutely amazing to work with:

VENDOR TEAM

Venue: Inn at the Old Silk Mill – Fredericksburg, Virginia

Photography: Lindsey Paradiso

Cake: Classically Cakes

Florist: Violet Floral Designs – Maryland Wedding Florist

If you are interested in custom floral design for your wedding from Violet Floral Designs, reach out to violetfloraldesigns@gmail.com, read more about our wedding services or contact us through the Wedding Inquiry form.

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

 

How to Order Wedding Flowers

If you want the what, when, and how of booking your wedding flowers with Violet Floral Designs, here’s some more information about working with me! From booking your date, order changes, to contracts, and more, the nitty-gritty details are right here.

Planning and Ordering Wedding Flowers

When do I need to select a florist?

6-12 Months Before Your Wedding. This depends on the time of year you’re getting married. Several of my June and September clients for next year contacted me more than a year in advance of their wedding–dates book very quickly in those popular months to get married in Maryland. May and October weddings book up next. If you’re planning a wedding that isn’t in those months, you can most likely book your florals six months before your wedding.

Check the availability of your date by filling out this quick Interest Form or emailing violetfloraldesigns@gmail.com.

 

What do I need to know before I reach out?

As a florist, this is the information I need in order to start putting together a floral package that suits you and your wedding: Your wedding date and location, the basic size of your wedding, and some details about the colors and inspiration you love. While it’s okay not to be entirely sure of your bridesmaids’ dress colors or the number of reception tables you’ll have, having a general sense of what your wedding is going to be like is going to help a lot during our conversation.

 

 

Let’s chat!

After you fill out the contact form, I’ll reach out to you within 24-48 hours and confirm whether your date is available. We’ll set up a time to consult, and I’ll give you a short form to fill out about your wedding so I have some more information about your wedding before we meet. During the consult, we’ll talk about your wedding, the flowers you like, and basic pricing.

 

Reviewing Your Proposal

Within three days after your consult, I’ll send you a proposal for your flowers which will contain detailed pricing information and notes on the flowers and style we discussed. This way you can review it and think over the details before booking. When I send your proposal over via email, I also put a temporary hold in my calendar for your date. The hold lasts two weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to make your decision and you don’t have to wonder if somebody else is going to book your date during that window.

During this time, you can reach out to me by phone or email to discuss details of the proposal, or review details of the contract.

 

Ready to Book?

You’ll submit the signed contract, along with a 25% deposit. When you sign your contract and book me as your florist, the details of your floral order aren’t written in stone. It’s okay to contact me anytime in the months before your wedding to make creative changes, tweak the numbers, talk through details, or add in new colors.

 

Then what?

Six to eight weeks before your wedding, I’ll get back in touch with you to review your order and make sure everything still looks good. This is a good time to make sure you have enough corsages and boutonnieres, your wedding party numbers are accurate, and that I have an updated table count from you. I ask that you finalize these numbers with me four weeks before your wedding so I can accurately invoice you for your 75% balance (that’s due three weeks out from your event.) I’ll also request contact information for your venue, wedding coordinator if you have one, and a member of your wedding party, so I can set up a timeline for delivery and setup.

 

The Best Part?  Your Wedding Day.

While you’re finishing up final preparations and starting the celebrations of your wedding weekend, I am hand-picking your blooms at local farms and wholesalers, designing your bouquets and arrangements in my studio, and making sure every last detail is perfect. I’ll coordinate with your planner, bridal party, or venue for delivery (one less thing to bother you with!) and when I deliver your flowers to you on your big day, I’m thrilled because I know I’ve done everything I can to ensure I’ve brought your vision to life. I hope you’ll be thrilled, too!

 

Planning your Maryland wedding and ready to check FLOWERS off the list?  Send a note right here to get started.

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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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