Flowers for Every Season: Spring Blooms

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Found on borrowedandbleu.com

Hey Y’all,

With all of the different colors and types of flowers to choose from, picking a selection for your ceremony and reception can be difficult. However, just as your wedding menu will typically reflect the time of year you are getting married and the location you are getting married at, those two things will also tend to lend themselves to the rest of your design choices.  The most obvious of which being flowers, since each type of bloom is in season at different times of the year. Color trends will also help to guide you in the right direction when making design choices. For all of you spring brides, here’s a quick guide to flowers that are currently in bloom.

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

Found on blog.myweddingreceptionideas.com

For a broader guide to seasonal flowers for your wedding, click HERE.
-Brian

#BWorleyTips: Centerpiece No-No’s!

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 3.40.12 PMHey Y’all,

I’ve got another quick tip for you inspired by your questions!

Q: What’s the biggest No-No in terms of selecting my wedding flower arrangements?

A: Make sure your arrangements are not too tall for your guests to see over while seated so that they can easily converse.  Nothing is worse than looking into a centerpiece and not being able to see the rest of the table.

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Unique Design Tips For Your Winter Wedding

Image via ruffledblog.com

Image via ruffledblog.com

Hey Ya’ll,

In a sea of summer brides, ladies who dare to say ‘I Do’ in the winter months are a truly unique bunch!

To see this beautiful bride's winter wedding, visit greenweddingshoes.com

To see this winter wedding shoot, visit greenweddingshoes.com

After blogging about how cold-weather-brides get to have a little more fun when it comes to accessorizing on their wedding day, I thought about all of the seasonal design elements winter weddings often have that make them so magical. Below, you’ll find a collection of my favorite ideas for everything from flowers to lighting to cake and more.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.32.13 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.44.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.56.52 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 5.05.41 PMOverall, I love the idea of using what’s in-season to decorate and bring the outside in but without all of the cold!

Twig & Twine, Studio CastilleroIf you keep it simple you can easily use pine cones, candles, red holly, or even a simple green garland to add a chic nod to the holidays at your winter wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about winter weddings? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

Bettie’s Beautiful Baby Shower

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.27.16 PMHey Ya’ll,

I’ve designed baby showers in the past and been involved in the planning of them for clients, but when you are one of the chosen hosts for a baby shower for a dear friend, it is a completely different story!

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

Bettie and I at my Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

My friend Elisabeth Stassen or Bettie, as I affectionately call her, is due any day now, so myself along with five of her good friends combined forces to create the perfect baby shower for her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.36.13 PMWe met, created a game plan that utilized all of our different skill sets, and then divided and conquered to make sure that each detail came together on the day of the event.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.41.58 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.39.40 PMOur main objectives were to create an afternoon that was a little bit non-traditional in theme and decor, but very personalized to Bettie’s high standards and tastes.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.46.15 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.48.28 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.47.59 PMBettie has event planning experience and knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t want, which in some ways made our job a little more difficult but in other ways it really helped us.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 4.51.02 PMFor the decor, we stuck mostly to classic neutral colors. Think: ivory, khaki, pink, light green and light blue!
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The event’s color palette was inspired by the invitations that we found on Etsy. We used these colors in and outside of Bettie’s home for the flowers, table linens, party favors, cups, napkins, and even the food.
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I of course, was in charge of the cake, a therapeutic challenge that I always enjoy taking on.
Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.05 AMI used my new cake pans to create a layered white, Funfetti cake (my signature flavor!) and topped it off with some playful white and pink frosting and sprinkles!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.08.45 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.10.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-18 at 10.37.41 AMAll in all, I think we created a relaxing day of eating, drinking, gift-giving, friendship and of course, celebrating David and Bettie’s new baby girl.
Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 5.09.37 PMHave you ever combined forces with friends to plan an event for a dear friend? Let me know what you were celebrating and how it turned out in comment section below.
-Brian

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My YourBash! Wedding Design at The Grand Del Mar via The Knot’s ‘Wed 100’ Series

Me (taking care of business on the phone!) and the bride + bridesmaids

Me (taking care of business on the phone!) and the bride + bridesmaids

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m proud to announce that The Knot is featuring one of our recent YourBash! wedding designs as a part of their Wed 100 Series.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.36.51 AMWe had the pleasure of both designing and producing this beautiful San Diego wedding held at the luxurious Grand Del Mar.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.37.21 AMThe bride’s stunning Vera Wang wedding gown inspired all of my design choices for every aspect of the ceremony and reception.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.37.53 AMWith such a gorgeous dress and venue already in place, I was able to stick to a “less is more” design aesthetic.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 11.35.42 AMSimple cafe tables with cream linens and white flowers greeted guests as they made their way into the reception hall.

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My favorite touch? The over 500 candles we used on the reception tables to provide an intimate glow for an evening of delicious food, drinks and dancing. To read more about my design choices for this wedding, click HERE. To see a full photo album from this wedding, click HERE.  

I’m also currently designing the The Knot’s Gala to be held on October 14. Tune in here or my Twitter and Instagram (@yourbashbworley) for behind-the-scenes tips and pictures as the event unfolds.
-Brian

My Best Tip for Selecting Your Signature Wedding Colors (Hint: Think flowers!)

A great way to determine your wedding colors is by deciding what kinds of flowers you want in your wedding bouquet and centerpieces...

A great way to determine your wedding colors is by deciding what kinds of flowers you want in your wedding bouquet and centerpieces…

Hey Ya’ll,

When planning a wedding, one of the very first things that most couples do is determine what their “colors” are.  For any newbies out there, “colors” refer to the accent colors incorporated into the design of your wedding ceremony and reception.

Image via beau-coup.com

Image via beau-coup.com

Once selected, these colors are used to determine things like the bridesmaids’ dresses, the groomsmens’ ties and boutonnieres, the flower girl and ring bearer’s outfits, the cake, every detail of the tablescapes (i.e. table linens, runners, chair covers, napkins, centerpieces, etc), the food, and of course, the flowers.

Image via ellegolden.com

Image via ellegolden.com

Selecting these colors can sometimes be a tough task for a couple to agree on with endless combinations to choose from.  My advice? Think about your dress (remember, it ALWAYS starts with the dress!), and then think about the bouquet of flowers you see yourself holding in front of that dress. What colors and textures do you envision working with the crown jewel of your wedding? That should get you on the right track in terms of selecting your main color choice.
Expert Tip: Given your chosen wedding date, certain flowers may not be in season, so be sure to plan accordingly. Click HERE for an article I did about what flowers are in season when and how that influences your wedding arrangements.

Image of color theme via KissMyTulle.com

Image of color theme via KissMyTulle.com

Once you’ve determined your main color, you can play around with different color pairings, hues and textures to determine what your “colors” will ultimately be. Here are a few examples of my personal favorite color schemes of all time:

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.32.37 PMWhite flowers will always be a staple when choosing your wedding colors.  The good thing about white flowers is that there will always be an abundance of choices depending on the time of year you get married and you just can’t go wrong!  This simple, pure and classic choice will forever remain timeless.

d6344c956f6bdbc7b5debb431ff27d61Many brides have grown up planning their wedding day since they were little girls and they envisioned a pink wedding.

Image via birddogwedding.com

Image via birddogwedding.com

Weather you choose a soft pale pink or brighten things up with fuchsia or shades of raspberry, pink flowers will always make a statement.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.49.08 PMI find that when a bride is looking to create the quintessential feminine wedding bouquet, pairing coral and blush pink shades always do the trick!

4d3fa3d5a2ffa6950547283948ec2313Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 4.56.32 PMShades of purple ranging from lavender to aubergine, or an ombre of them all allows a bride that made bold choices for her wedding day, while creating a lush and dramatic purple bouquet.

Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 5.08.29 PMRed is the color of passion and love and can easily be used to create a richly stunning bouquet that is dramatic and demands attention, but paired with softer hued colors, textures and shapes, a bride easily create an eye-pleasing floral statement.

Image via thingsfestive.blogspot.com

Image via thingsfestive.blogspot.com

Varied shades of green bouquets offer a myriad of choices for the design of your wedding.

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Overall, I think a stunning white bridal bouquet wrapped with a thick navy blue ribbon is elegant, classic and stunning. A well made bouquet that is perfectly tailored and perfectly constructed also speaks volumes about the overall design and theme of a wedding.

Example of how to combine citrus colors like Orange and Yellow with opposite colors like turquoise.

Example of how to combine citrus colors like Orange and Yellow with opposite colors like turquoise.

Another thing to consider is choosing a color like orange as the signature color for a wedding and pairing it with colors from opposites sides of the color spectrum like turquoise or lime green to create a big impact.

005Windsor-Lawn-XLWhat were your signature wedding colors? Let me know in the comment section below.

For more wedding color combos via flower inspiration, click HERE.
-Brian

Wedding Style Quiz #3 – Floral Arrangements

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Hey Ya’ll,

I’m back to add a little bit of fun to an otherwise busy work week! Today’s wedding style quiz includes three very different sets of floral arrangements that are perfect for three very different kinds of weddings.

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 11.41.42 AMSo… if you were getting married tomorrow, and you had to chose one of these floral themes for your wedding, which one would you chose?

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Let me know in the comment section below or respond via my Facebook Page or twitter page @yourBASHbworley.
-Brian