(Hand) Picked with Love

When designing your bridal bouquet, the amount of options for color, kind, and size can be overwhelming. I am a huge fan of the handpicked bridal bouquet, and after seeing the photos I’ve handpicked for you, you’ll know why…

Picking the right bouquet is all about scale. While the bride's bouquet is usually grander than those of her maids (or at least distinct from her maids' blooms), fitting your wedding flowers with other elements of your wedding day isn't so cut and dry. 

Handpicked bouquets are a signature design element for us because each bouquet is as unique as a fingerprint - the blossoms, design, textures and shades are individually selected and created for the bride and no one else. Each of our couples has their own unique story and, likewise, each event bears a design concept that stands on its own and is reflective of the bride and groom's tastes and story. Pulling this together in a distinctive bouquet that compliments the style and overall aesthetic is a responsibility we take very seriously, and our handpicked approach helps us achieve that goal through florals. 

These bouquets combine a mixture of color and genres to create an upscale design. To give the bouquet dimension, I like to incorporate fruit, untraditional greenery, and other natural elements. You can also other elements of your wedding bouquet (shape, wrap, etc.) to make a lasting impression on your guests. When planning your event, we aren’t focused on simply the décor, but the overall experience that you and your guests will have during your event. To create continuity in the event, designing bridal bouquets that introduce reception colors will give your guests a preview of what’s to come later in the night, and add beautiful slashes of color to your ceremony.

Whether you keep your colors bold or muted, these effortless bouquets make any bride stand out. And while they may look simple and natural, handpicked bouquets can be incorporated in more than rustic garden wedding themes.


Real Wedding: Nicki and Jason | Sapphire Events New Orleans Wedding Planner

Creating a personalized, custom wedding is the perfect way to demonstrate your personality to your loved ones. Nicki and Jason planned a modern, romance wedding, set in the Chicory – a historic warehouse loft in New Orleans. We combined whimsical details with the industrial backdrop to create a beautiful, modern contrast. For their reception, the couple wanted to create an intimate, at-home feel. To accomplish this, I utilized a combination of antiques accents, contemporary conveniences, and included personal touches for the design.  Every aspect of this wedding was tailor-made, whether it was planning a 15-minute ceremony or revamping classic wedding traditions, this couple wanted it to be customized. I love it when couples want to work to craft and develop a customized wedding. It puts a literal meaning to the phrase “labor of love” and creates lasting memories of your special day.

Congratulations Nicki and Jason!

See more wedding details featured on Grey Likes Weddings.

New Orleans Wedding Planner: SAPPHIRE EVENTS | Wedding Photography: GREER G | Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: THE CHICORY | Bride's Hair Styling: KISS AND MAKEUP | Bride's Makeup: MAKE ME UP NOLA | Bride’s dress: BHLDN | Bride’s shoes: KATE SPADE | Wedding Florals: BEE’S WEDDING AND EVENT DESIGNS | Event Design and Vintage Rentals: MRS. VINTAGE | Bride’s cake: GAMBINO’S | Groom’s Pies: NOLA PIE GUY | Wedding Entertainment: DR. JAZZ | Wedding Transportation: BIG EASY LIMOS | Wedding Rings: KLUTTS JEWELERS | Ketubah: JENNIFER RAICHMAN | Save the Dates: PS CREATIVE


You're Invited!

Cohesive invitation suites play a critical role in the overall design concept. This is the first impression guests will have of your event, and it really sets the tone for everything - from how guests should dress, the formality of the affair (brunch casual? black tie?), and what they should expect to see, feel and hear when they arrive at the ceremony and reception. When we design our events, our primary goal is much more than simply designing the way the flowers look and what linen is on the tables. We set out to design an experience - everything your guests see, touch, hear, smell, taste, feel. This all begins with the stationery! We love to begin with the dress the bride has selected for her big day - that is such a focal point of the event that we use it as an inspiration to bring out elements from her gown that we can incorporate throughout the day's details. 

Below we have some examples of invitations we designed and the gowns that inspired the look. You will see how cohesive design in the paper carries over to the event space, and the importance of keeping both in mind while planning your event!

Invitation: Alexa Pulitzer. Program and welcome itinerary: Scriptura. Photo: Greer Gattuso. 

Invitation: Alexa Pulitzer. Program and welcome itinerary: Scriptura. Photo: Greer Gattuso. 

Cynthia and Paul wanted a black tie affair, so it was necessary that the invitations sent the message of the formality to the guests from the start. We worked with Alexa Pulitzer to design a delicate and feminine feel to the invitations suite, with laser-cut details and a custom monogram created just for the couple. Cynthia wore a gorgeous lace Lazaro gown, and the lace from the dress we used as inspiration in creating the laser design of the RSVP cards as well as the invitation encasement. This detail carried over further in the table design, where we used a silk lace table linen on the head table with an equally romantic and feminine floral design that was other worldly!

Stationery: Oh My Deer Creative. Photo: Archetype.

Stationery: Oh My Deer CreativePhoto: Archetype.

For an editorial shoot we designed last fall at Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, the Pegasus gown by Giles was the design inspiration for all of the event details. The gown is constructed of canvas and leather details, with hand-painted equestrian imagery on the hi-lo hem of the gown. We played this up in the design of the invitation and stationery with Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer Creative. Chelsea hand-painted the envelope liners in a perfect shade of blue gray, and crafted the invitations themselves out of leather pieces. This decidedly contemporary design was the perfect touch for this design we dreamed up in the horse country of Tennessee. 

Stationery and hand lettering: Small Chalk. Photo: Robin Nathan.

Stationery and hand lettering: Small ChalkPhoto: Robin Nathan.

Another editorial design from last fall focused on one of our favorite film noir classics: Casablanca. Throughout the design process, we aimed for a darkly ethereal mood with a romantic infusion from the forbidden love between the film's lead characters, Ilsa and Richard. Black lace paired with blush organza was just the ticket to achieve our desired look. We turned to our uber talented friend, Ashlee at Small Chalk, to create an invitation design with our forbidden lovers in mind. A black paper stock with gold lettering and whimsical details of the Moroccan palms was the perfect touch for this design.