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An Affordable & Romantic Centerpiece Idea: Candles

 Centerpieces, Flowers, Heather Lee  Comments Off on An Affordable & Romantic Centerpiece Idea: Candles
Mar 172014
Looking for a way to save money on wedding reception deécor without sacrificing style? Scale back on floral centerpieces and use candles as the tables' focal point instead. Glowing, flickering candles add a dramatic, romantic touch to your party. Plus, they're an instant mood setter, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. (Bonus: Everyone looks better in candlelight, too!) The secret to transforming a classic candle centerpiece into something statement making is to use the lights en mass — don't hold back! Luckily, since they're so cheap, you can afford to buy in bulk. To help inspire your own candlelit reception, we rounded up a few of our favorite examples.

In the photo above, Seattle-based florist McKenzie Powell of McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design decorated long reception tables with clusters of ivory-colored pillar candles arranged in varying heights, accented with fresh greenery and juniper berries. To achieve the unfussy yet utterly sophisticated look, Powell arranged the greenery very loosely. Also, the berries add another layer of texture and nicely contrast the white linens.

centerpiece idea with candles

Photo: Esther Sun

Above, a tall arrangement of fresh greenery is accented with loads of taper candles arranged in clear wine bottles, used as holders. The combination is so simple and striking, but still super easy to replicate. The floral design and deécor for this Calistoga, CA wedding was created by Sonoma-based Daisy Rose Floral Design.

modern candle centerpiece

Photo: Landon Jacob

The above wedding centerpiece idea, photographed by Landon Jacob, is another picture-perfect option. The modern square vases each contain a votive candle and look so elegant when they are arranged in succession down the length of the long farmhouse tables. (You could very easily purchase the white frosted-glass vases in bulk quantities online.) The place settings also echo the square theme, while the all-white elements pop against the dark mahogany tables.

Behind-the-Scenes as a Brides’ Editor Tackles Flower Arranging 101

 Centerpieces, Flowers & Decor, Wedding Flowers  Comments Off on Behind-the-Scenes as a Brides’ Editor Tackles Flower Arranging 101
Aug 052013
diy-wedding-flowers Photos: All courtesy of Heather Lee

If you've ever thought about trying your hand at flower arranging, sign up for a beginners class at your local floral studio. Last week, I visited Ovando—a floral boutique in New York City known for their bright, chic arrangements—for a beginners class and to check out their new 5,000-square-foot design studio on Wall Street. At the end of the two-hour class, I learned how to create the tropical arrangement (above). Here's how it all went down:


From top to bottom: -Our supplies: a rectangular vase, floral shears, and plastic floral tubes filled with water. -It was cool seeing the shelves lined with hundreds of different vases, in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. -Our instructor Michael taught us how to insert single stems into the floral tubes; this gives you more flexibility and control as you're designing your centerpiece. -His finished arrangement was so pretty!

diy wedding flowers

From top to bottom: -The beautiful fresh flowers we used: purple hydrangeas, burgundy dahlias (which are just coming into season!), bright sunset-hued "voodoo" roses, and orchids (deep-purple vanda orchids and pink phalaenopsis orchids). -We began by cutting ti leaves to line the inside of the vase; next, we cut pieces of chicken wire and inserted the wire into the vase to give the arrangement more structure.

diy wedding flowers

From top to bottom: -I started by creating a "purple" section using several stems of stock and vanda orchids, which I inserted individually into floral tubes before being placing them in the vase. -Next, I added the burgundy dahlias, followed by a cluster of "voodoo" roses for a bright pop of color—I tried to arrange the flowers so the colors smoothly transitioned from one hue to another. The final touch: geranium leaves, which I tucked here and there into the arrangement. -Voila! Me and my finished centerpiece!

The class was such a fun experience and I was so happy with how my arrangement turned out! Now I feel much more capable of turning my grocery-store flowers into a much-prettier centerpiece. To see a list of upcoming Ovando classes, click here.

—Heather Lee

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