Thursday, March 31, 2011

Too Many Bridesmaids?

Is there such a thing? To answer this age-old question, you only need to look at this vintage wedding photo.........

Yes, Virginia, you CAN have too many bridesmaids! :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rehearsal Dinner at Kemoll's Top of the Met

This dinner was a fun gathering with lots of spring color! The linens and room accents were in black and white, so we did black vases with pinks, lavenders, and greens. We are all so ready for spring! Take a look!

The guest tables.......

The lounge area.......
(Furniture and lighting by Exclusive Events)

What's that funky green flower in the front of that vase? That's green trick-one of our new favorite flowers here at Sisters! It has such a vibrant color and unique texture.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Let's Do the Math" - A New Sisters Blog Segment

Here's a fun yet informational segment that we have decided to include in our blog. Very often, brides bring in or email us their inspiration photos for their bouquets or centerpieces. These pictures are helpful in getting an idea of style, color, textures, etc. However, occasionally these photos from wedding websites or magazines can be counter-productive and/or misleading. This new segment will address these inspiration photos. We will attempt to "do the math" on pricing and other specific details of the photo to let you know if these inspirations are do-able for your event.

Our first inspiration picture for "Let's Do the Math" is one that we have seen several times in consultations. This picture of a very simple silver julep cup is somewhat deceiving. It appears to be a simple cluster of flowers tucked in the silver cup that could be used as a table decoration.

The reality is, this simple cup with flowers is about 8 inches tall and 5 inches wide, which is impossible to tell from the picture. It would be about the size you would see on a cocktail table. The julep cup is filled with a small flower called ranunculus. On average, ranunculus are the size of a quarter, but cost about the same as a rose. So, this picture of an 8 inch, simple cup with flowers would cost the equivalent of 15-20 roses in a vase or approximately $85-$110 in our market.

For perspective, here is a ranunculus boutonniere that we did recently for a wedding. In this picture you can easily see the size of an individual bloom.

So, knowing what we know now, let's do the math on these ranunculus centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings:

This beautiful, full arrangement of several kinds of ranunculus is shown on a dinner table. You can see in comparison to the dishes that this arrangement is not overly large. We can see approximately 40-45 blooms in this picture and we are only seeing one side of the arrangement. So, we can conservatively estimate 75-80 blooms for the whole arrangement, and upon adding the cost of a similar container, the total arrangement would run around $275-$325 in our market. Now, all that said, there are certainly ways to take this picture (and other pictures like it) as inspiration only and incorporate some ranunculus and other flowers to achieve the same look for less.

This placement of egg cups with ranunculus around some votive candles is really cute for a breakfast or brunch. Each cup contains 4 ranunculus on average for a total of approximately 84 stems. You know the drill and now you can "do the math!" :)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Winter Wedding at Renaissance Grand

Check out the fantastic Statler Room at the Renaissance.......this was our first event in this newly restored space that the hotel is now offering for events. This reception featured the Mother-of-the-Bride's mercury glass containers with all different arrangements of white and blue flowers.

We used different types of flowers in each arrangement to make this event reflect the winter theme- hydrangea, lilies, tulips, amaryllis, roses, stock, and mums.

Some of the guest tables were long tables with seating on both sides. We lined up vases of white tulips and alternated with tall goblets with floating candles.

Other guest tables were large rectangular tables with seating all the way around.

The completed room was breathtaking. All the elements complimented each other so well in this venue. We really enjoyed being a part of this wedding!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wedding at Little Flower Church and St. Louis Zoo

Elizabeth and Neal had a bright and colorful summer wedding. Elizabeth picked bright colors accented with white for herself.

The bridesmaids carried all brightly colored flowers that really stood out against their yellow dresses.

These two tall altar arrangements decorated Little Flower Church.

The reception flowers were the same bright oranges, yellows, pinks and reds. The St. Louis Zoo was the perfect backdrop for these fun colors!

Two different centerpieces were used at the reception. The shorter more compact arrangements kept the flowers below the guests' line of sight. The tall arrangements put the flowers above the guests' heads. Lemons in all the vases was a nice fresh touch.

What a fun and festive wedding to have been a part of! We enjoyed the brightness of all the people and flowers throughout the day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Crystal Tree at Chase Park Plaza

This version of our crystal tree included silver willow branches and light pink spray roses. We decorated them for the guest tables at a reception in the Zodiac room. These snapshots were taken during the day, but that evening, the candlelight was reflected off of the hanging crystals for a romantic softness in the room.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vintage Photo Shoot at Union Station

At the end of February, we were asked by St. Louis Bride Magazine to provide an arrangement in "turn of the century" style for a photo shoot for their upcoming issue. This is how we interpreted our assignment. :) The shoot was held in the Grand Hall at Union Station and the flowers were used later that evening for the St. Louis Bride Magazine awards dinner.

We used a clear glass urn and built the arrangement on top. The flowers were types that would have been found in turn of the century gardens. All of the flowers were textured and loose, yet formal.

We hung pearl strands from the arrangement for another formal element. The satellites were silver julep cups of lamb's ear and brunea berry. We also used pedestal bowls with pink heather to support floating candles.

The linens were so ornate and intricate! Small pearl and crystal accents reflected the light of the candles so beautifully!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Bright Colors with Bobbi Brinkman Photography and Lacy Branch Events

Crystal and Drew had a bright wedding last fall. We worked closely with Lacy Branch Events on the colorful design. Here are some fabulous shots of the flowers courtesy of Bobbi Brinkman Photography.

Crystal's bouquet was a mix of bright greens, oranges, pinks and purples.

The bridesmaids each carried a solid-colored bouquet of mixed flowers to mimic the bright colors of the bridal bouquet.

The reception was held at Mad Art Gallery. All the colors from the personal flowers were used for the party in tall and short arrangements.

We had a blast working on this event! Best wishes to the bride and groom!!