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5 (More) Tips About Your Wedding Flowers

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(This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Check out Part One, Here.)

6. Don’t be afraid of expensive flowers.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re going to need LOTS OF FLOWERS. Something like five football fields worth of different flowers to cover your bouquets, your ceremony decorations, and all of the table tops for 200 guests! But something to keep in mind beyond the sheer volume of flowers you’ll need – is the visual impact that the arrangements can have. This is where some well placed peonies or cattleya orchids will have so much more impact and cover more space than a bundle or roses.

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7. Communicate with your florist. Let them know your likes and dislikes

Your floral designer needs to know BOTH what you like and don’t like. It helps if you have some idea – even if you’re not bringing a full page list, it’s always helpful to give your designer a direction to work towards. Bring photos. Showing is always better than describing what you do and don’t like.

8. Use a palette of colors and not just ONE color.

Right. Look. You might love purple. I mean LOVE PURPLE. ALL of your flowers do not have to be purple.  Your flowers don’t have to be the same color as the bridesmaids dresses or your sash, or bow ties. Flowers are a really good place you can select an accent color. Of course your floral designer will definitely be able to help you with creating a palette and giving you many options to coordinate colors.

9. Reconsider using strong smelling flowers.

You may think that it’s a brilliant idea to have flowers that smell amazing – EVERYWHERE. Unless you’re allergic. And unless you know the allergy situation for all 200 of your guests – you may want to rethink having highly aromatic flowers in the centerpieces sitting on every table.

10. Take care of your flowers – at least until you’re done with the photos!

Many flowers are delicate – so you’ll want to keep that in mind as your photographer drags you all over the property for portraits before the ceremony. Especially if it’s hot outside (like during the spring & summer) – your flowers are very likely to start wilting and won’t look their best as you walk down the aisle. Not only do you want to avoid the heat as much as possible – you’ll want to keep your flowers hydrated. So remember to put them back into water after the portrait session!


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5 Tips About Your Wedding Flowers

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Ah Floral Design. It’s more than just bouquets and boutonnieres! It can be more than just a few flowers in mason jars on the tables!

The floral design of your wedding is one of the main areas where the decor can go from okay to all out f*cken amazing. Even if you don’t care about flowers – designers these days can do more than just bundle them together with some green tape.

1. See the big picture

It might take some imagination – but try to envision your flowers, in your reception space. Not all flower arrangements and designs work for all spaces. You might want those 4 foot tall centerpieces that you see in magazines – except they also block views. If you’re already tight for space and the tables are basically crammed into a 1,000 sq.ft. apartment – you might want to go with smaller centerpieces that don’t make the room feel about the size of a postage stamp. Step back, let your floral designer describe to you what everything will look like, and try to envision whatever they’re describing. (Or if you don’t care about that and it’s your mom/aunt/father/paying relative that does care – just nod your head and act like you do. Come on! You can do it!)

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2. Trust your floral designer

You’ve seen the work of your floral designer. You saw photos of 50 different weddings they’ve done in the past. The reception space, the table center pieces, the bouquets, the boutonnieres, the little bits of hanging flowers that they’ve thrown all over the walls and covering everything. You know what they make. So trust them.

But not only trust them with their work – trust them enough to share any of your thoughts on the design. If you have any ideas, or vision for what you might want - tell your floral designer. Communicate what you like, what you don’t like and what you might like. They won’t always just do what you say (and shouldn’t) – but they’ll take it into consideration and do what they think is best for the situation, and for you.

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3. Reuse your arrangements

Flowers used during your ceremony can be used during your reception. Did you know that? YES. They can. Your floral designer knows this. If they all follow the same theme or unified design then the pieces used during the ceremony can definitely also be used during the reception.

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4. Book your floral designer early

Just like venues and great photographers – floral designers get booked. So you’ll want to book your floral designer sooner rather than later – during your first ’round’ of vendor bookings if possible. Not a few months before. Booking them earlier in your planning will also give you a better idea of how to budget for the flower arrangements that you want.

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5. Care about your flowers yet be flexible

Be flexible. Even if you’ve been dreaming about a particular flower being the focus of all of the arrangements – sometimes things won’t work out. Maybe it’s not the right season, or something else would actually work much better. Let your floral designer know about what you’re thinking and what you want – but be flexible. Provide your floral designer with your ideas for an overall look or theme and then let them be as creative as they can be – that’s why you hired them!

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I’m at a loss for words right now. I’ve been buried in Shakespearian texts for the past few weeks and as you may or may not have noticed I’ve been quoting the Bard lately. There are photos sitting and waiting to been shown to the world but I can’t seem to get my own words out.

If I write about something other than myself it is fine – thus the mural project and the Steampunk Tempest. I feel I am a little on the boring side. I have my photos that show the excitement I feel in life right now… My words are nothing compared to Shakespeare’s so I’d rather not try right now. Though I supposed even that seems depressing.

I feel other people’s words are more apt for describing my own emotions lately. I had an idea for what I wanted to talk about here… But now it is all a blank.

“The difference between starting up and stepping up.” I wanted to talk about how I feel I’ve grown as a photographer over the past few months. More importantly how the internship was a wake up call… A starting point. But now I really need to step up my game.

Not very poetic and extremely concise. There is no romance in it. Maybe I need to think about it a little more.
For now, enjoy the photos.





‘Till next time.

“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there”



A Step Back – In A Good Way! | Atlanta Wedding Photographers | A Step Back | Green Leaves

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The last few weeks have been incredibly busy and hectic for me. Trying to balance out all the different roles I am playing right now and trying to make sure that I am investing my time wisely. After a busy month photography-wise with 4 weddings in one month (3 in Atlanta, 1 in North Carolina), the last couple of weeks have been a little slower and have allowed me to catch up on some projects (and start new ones! ) You may have noticed some of the changes around the LeahAndMark site – I have been working with Mark to get the site ramped up for the summer, and I am super excited about it. But regardless, spending hours on end behind a computer screen is not my idea of a fun day.

Sometimes you just need to take a step back. I have a tendency of getting so caught up in the little things that I forget about the big picture. Ironically, this is a plus and not a minus when it comes to photography. Tonight, I took an hour out of my schedule, to get the camera out, and just focus on some of the small details, the details that I love. And in so doing, hopefully bring some of the bigger picture back into perspective.

I better enjoy it while I can, because it is about to get busy up in here. With everything from the launch of the Facebook PageIndie Craft Experience this Weekend, Portrait ContestsIntern Classes and workshops, and just life in between, I am going to need an extra cup of coffee… or two, or six…

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