Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Think Spring – Flowers for the Winter-Weary Soul

 Spring flowers - daffodils 

It’s cold, snowy (depending on where you are), and rainy.  Again.  I love winter (yes, I can hear your “boos”), but when I’m cooped up in the house with a grumpy dog and active 11 month old, I can’t help but pine for the spring air and a snow bank free park they could both run around in. 

Instead of just imagining the delights those magically warm and sunny days, I thought I’d create a post of my favorite spring flowers.  The market is bursting with the early bird blooms these days and our trips there are good for the winter-weary soul.  Since not all are so lucky, here’s bit bit of distraction for you on this raw day.  Maybe if we all stare at them long enough and wish really, really hard, spring will get here faster?  Here’s hoping…

  Spring wedding flowers - pink cherry blossomSpring wedding flowers - purple lilac Spring wedding flowers - pink peoniesSpring wedding floers - lily of the valleySpring Wedding flowers - tulipsspring wedding flowers - tulips and hyacinthSpring wedding flowers - pussy willow

photos by yours truly | in order of appearance: daffodils, cherry blossom, lilac, peonies, lily of the valley, tulips, tulips & hyacinth, pussy willow branches

Did we miss a favorite of yours?  Tell us!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Baby Shower

We had to share this oh-so-cute baby shower arrangement!  Little Caroline has been born into a family full of farmers, so Pam came up with an absolutely adorable way to integrate an arrangement and this farm play-set.

barnyard baby shower

Mrs. Farmer riding through a “field” of green spider mums and yellow gerber daisies.

gerber flowers for baby shower

barnyard baby shower decor

We also provided a few containers that were to hold chocolate lollipops.  White spider mums and carnations in rustic boxes created a base to “pop” the treats into (sorry, couldn’t help myself).  The wooden boxes with chalkboard inserts were the perfect rustic compliment to the barnyard theme.

rustic wooden box centerpiece

flowers for dessert table

Congratulations to proud parents LeAnna & Mike!  It’s always such a pleasure to participate in the continued celebrations of our bridal couples!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vintage Wedding Weekend at Robin’s Egg

wooden box with chalkboard



We had a blast designing for the Vintage Wedding Weekend and had the pleasure of getting to know the crew behind Robin’s Egg in Milford, NH a whole lot better. 

Here are our photos (with a few from Rhonda at Robin’s Egg) of the pieces featured at the event…






bouquet featuring garden roses, blackberries and trailing vintage lace

vintage garden rose bouquet with blackberries

vintage wedding bouquet with garden roses

heirloom creamer to match!

vintage pitcher with flowers

dramatic compote style arrangement in colored glass

compote flower arrangementgarden rose compote centerpiece

elevated centerpiece on a mercury glass pedestal and coordinating posy in a matching mint julep cup

mercury glass flower arrangement

springy collection of tulips, hyacinth and green tricillium in a burlap wrapped vase

spring wedding flowers

another of our vintage sewing machine drawers filled with kale, viburnum and spray roses – a lovely centerpiece   

vintage sewing machine drawer centerpiece     

To see more, click on the full album below…

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dream Wedding Essay Contest – Win $1,000!

SVB-Dream-Wedding-Contest-MainHey there engaged couples, Sweet Violet Bride is holding an essay contest and the prize is $1,000 towards your dream wedding! Think of all that you could do with an extra grand for your special day, then write it down. It's that easy!

Entries will be accepted through May 1, 2013 and the winning essay will be announced May 17 on Sweet Violet Bride's blog, Facebook and Twitter.

What are you waiting for? Get creative and get going!

For details, visit

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Robin’s Egg Vintage Wedding Weekend

 garden roses, blackberries

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s been a busy week in the studio and the fun isn’t over yet.  Don’t forget to stop by and visit us at the Vintage Wedding Weekend at Robin’s Egg in Milford the 16th and 17th.  We’ll be there with plenty of vintage and garden inspired flowers (sneak peek above) and you’ll also have the chance to meet other area vendors. You can find all the important info on the Robin's Egg Facebook page.

The Nashua Telegraph highlighted the shop this morning with a great article and video – be sure to check it out!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Erika & Bill’s Wedding at the Essex Conference Center

I thought I was a details person…then I met Erika.  This woman blows us all away!  She came to us with a “woodland soiree meets Fantastic Mr. Fox theme” and we loved it.  From finding an up-and-coming artist to custom design the invitations (and the table numbers), to collecting unique whiskey bottles for the cocktail tables, to the playful photo booth that fit the theme, and much, much more, every aspect of Erika and Bill’s wedding was thoughtfully planned and executed to a “t”.  Style Me Pretty thought so too.  This wedding was all about texture, rich jewel tones, vintage items and whimsical accents.

thanks to Tyra Bleek for all the great photos!

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Erika’s requirement for her bouquet was that in be alive with different textures.  Seasonal dahlias were combined with ferns, pops of orange ranunculus, various greens and botanicals, as well as curly willow looped throughout.  We securely fastened her grandmother’s rings to the wrap with a length of twine for an extra special touch.


Her maids carried gathered bouquets with similar ingredients, as well as one unique element: sunflower centers.

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Bill’s bout had a trio of acorns (real, for the record!) and botanicals for a very rustic and textured look.

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The littlest attendants were decked out as well.  The dapper ring bearer carried a burlap pillow (made by the bride) with a cluster of flowers on top.  How adorable are the flower girls with their floral hair wreaths?

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Deep red petals blanketed the aisle. 

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Pomanders of purple mums and trailing wine-colored ribbon marked the ceremony seating.

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Following the ceremony, Erika traded her stunning veil in for a whimsical floral hair wreath.  Design to sit off-center, a burst of mums and freesia was entwined on a headband of green ivy and delicate pearls strung on gold wire.

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A sample of Erika’s collected glassware.  Each high top featured a different trio, wood slices and seasonal blooms.

vintage wedding centerpiece tyra-bleek-boston-wedding-photography

The long dining tables featured a total of nine completely unique centerpieces comprised of vintage rentals from our stores.  Each sat on a moss mat as a way to invite the forest into the celebration. 


More of our unique rental items could be spotted throughout the event.

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Fresh flowers were added to the cake by yours truly.  This was one of the amazing table markers I mentioned.


Boston Uplights strung flickering votives above each table and we popped blooms in every other one to bring the color from the table up.


Such a wonderful couple and a unique wedding!

To view a full gallery of photos, click below…


Wedding Photography: Tyra Bleek Photography | Wedding Venue: Essex Conference Center in Essex, Massachusetts | Wedding Coordination: Alden Blair Events | Floral Design + Table Centerpieces: Ideas in Bloom | Lighting: Boston Uplights | Wedding Cake: Friend of the Groom’s Mother | Band: The Hornitz | Screen printed Wedding Party Bags + Paper Flowers: DIY by the Bride | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner via Kleinfeld | Hair + Makeup: Nicole Lieberman | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid + Flair Bridesmaid | Men’s Suits: J.Crew