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Dinner Party Wedding at Brooklyn Winery

Romantic Weddings

Taylor and Jake had a very simple vision for their wedding day: a delicious dinner with loved ones where everyone gets to dress up, dance, and eat cake. What could be more perfect than that? M2 Photography, Square Mile Events, and Designs by Ahn were all brought on board to help out on the big day, and they all worked wonders — though we have to give special credit to the incredible floral design that still has us reeling!

dinner party wedding at Brooklyn Winery - photo by M2 Photography

From the bride, Taylor: We originally wanted to get married upstate somewhere outdoors, but the travel for our guests felt unnecessary. Jake’s family was flying in from Australia and we wanted our guests to be able to relax once they go to New York and to enjoy the city we love so much. Brooklyn Winery checked off all of our boxes. It was rustic and immediately personal. Every staff member was genuinely excited for us, they felt like an extension of the guests. We wanted to hit that sweet spot of making it comfortable and approachable for us but formal enough that it felt like a wedding. The flowers really made that difference! It was like a great dinner with great food and all your friends and family got to dress up. Our friend Francis Lombardi played original music and covers during the cocktail hour. We are friends from college so to have him play at our wedding and bring everyone together was really sentimental. Then we go to just kick it and dance and laugh and eat cake. It was perfect!

wedding ideas - photo by M2 Photography

romantic wedding gown with sleeves - photo by M2 Photography

groomsmen - photo by M2 Photography

white and green bouquet - photo by M2 Photography

Flower recipe: My bouquet was a mix of sweet pea, astilbe, lisianthus, tuberose, jasmine, passion vine and ranunculus, all in shades of white. The chuppah was made of birch and decorated in hydrangeas, lisianthus, passion vine, dahlia and green vines to coordinate with the winery. The table arrangements were a colorful mix of my bouquet plus dahlias, and the groomsmen wore yellow garden roses to pay respect to the groom’s grandfather who tended and grew garden roses at his home and wore one in his suit everyday.

bride and bridesmaids - photo by M2 Photography

pastel toned bouquet - photo by M2 Photography

wedding ceremony setup - photo by M2 Photography

ceremony chairs - photo by M2 Photography

We really wanted the guests to feel like they had walked into a big house out in the country, where we would be eating from the farm and decorating the space with flowers from the garden. It was full of nostalgia. Oak barrels and repurposed wood from a church was used on the walls to make the space more inviting. In the dining room there is a wall filled with plants to make you feel as though you are outside. It was very romantic and personal. The dance floor was right next to the bar to encourage the guests to mingle and get to know each other.

ceremony processional - photo by M2 Photography

wedding ceremony - photo by M2 Photography

ceremony kiss - photo by M2 Photography

recessional - photo by M2 Photography

seating chart - photo by M2 Photography

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Wear what you want, eat what you want, play your favorite music. The day really does go by in a flash, so the more if feels authentic and comfortable then the more easy it will be to relax and enjoy it. And hire a good photographer and videographer! You can’t be everywhere at once on your wedding day and being able to look back and watch my father’s speech or see my best friends laughing and enjoying themselves, it really is a gift I’ll treasure for years.

wedding reception - photo by M2 Photography

dinner party wedding at Brooklyn Winery - photo by M2 Photography

Brooklyn Winery reception - photo by M2 Photography

place setting - photo by M2 Photography

dinner party wedding at Brooklyn Winery - photo by M2 Photography

centerpiece - photo by M2 Photography

colorful reception - photo by M2 Photography

wedding chairs - photo by M2 Photography

dinner party wedding at Brooklyn Winery - photo by M2 Photography

wedding cake - photo by M2 Photography

Brooklyn Winery wedding - photo by M2 Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “The Wedding Song,” Peter Paul and Mary
Recessional: “Pompeii,” Bastille
First Dance: “Latch,” Sam Smith (acoustic)
Music is so important to us. It is something that as a couple we bond over, going to shows, discovering new band, etc… Scratch actually told us that they’d never received so many song requests from a couple before…oopps. I love soul and 90’s hip hop and r&b, he loves alternative rock. We played everything from Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Chaka Khan, NIN, Paramore, Rihanna and all that new fun music like Zedd and Kid Cudi. Then our DJ freestyled with some great club mixes and mashups for the last hour. Things got crazy in a good way! Bring on the dance circles!

From the photographer, Melissa of M2 Photography: Bride and groom both wanted more of a dinner party feel for their wedding, the “anti cookie-cutter wedding” if you will. Taylor is a pastry chef for the world-renowned chef Jean Georges and Jake is a self-described food snob so they knew their wedding had to incorporate an amazing menu and wanted a focus on the food and beverage. One challenge Jake and Taylor faced was figuring out a way to tastefully blend their inter-faith marriage. Taylor is Catholic and Jake is Jewish so they incorporated both a Priest and a Rabbi into their ceremony. Taylor also spent a few minutes privately with her twin sister and parents at their UWS church prior to heading to her wedding. When it came to choosing the location to host their wedding, Taylor wanted to make sure she had more of a hipster-vibe at her wedding in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Winery was the perfect location. Taylor was adamant about not having a wedding cake at all – until Jean George’s head baker offered to bake her a cake as a wedding gift. Jake’s gift to Taylor was a long weekend trip to Paris. Taylor’s career as a pastry chef has made Paris a dream vacation destination for them both. Flowers: Designs by Ahn used an assortment of orange dahlia and yellow ranunculus as well as Juliet garden roses. Taylor and Jake’s color palette was vibrant yellow and orange flowers as well as cream, blush and pale pink accents. They had a birch wood chuppah decorated with branches, hydrangea, stock, lisianthus passion vine and orange dahlias. Their wedding style aesthetic was fresh, modern and timeless.

Wedding Vendors


M2 Photography


Designs By Ahn

Event Coordination

Square Mile Events

Venue and Catering

Brooklyn Winery

Wedding Dress

Rosa Clara

Wedding Shoes

Alexander Wang for Ceremony

Hair and Makeup

Metamorphosis NY

Bridesmaid Dresses


Wedding Cake

Jean Georges

Ceremony Music

M.A.S. Music

Cocktail Hour Music

Frank Lombardi


Scratch Weddings

Aisle Runner

Original Runners


Rabbi Tamara Miller & Father Kenneth Boller


Kate’s Paper Tree


Tweed Weddings


Silver Star Limousine

Monochromatic Bride Flower Guide

Flower Guide

We’re super excited to share today’s shoot with you, put together by the wonderful Amy Nicole Photography and Violet Floral Design. This duo dreamed up a few different bridesmaid looks in monochrome palettes — a pink, a purple, and a green — with makeup, hair, and flowers to complement each one. While these are great ideas for bridesmaids, we also love that they’d work perfectly for a bride who’s open to some fun color for her own wedding look!

monochromatic bride flower guide - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

From the photographer, Amy Nicole Photography: Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design and I envisioned a monochromatic shoot with three different color families to inspire some different bridesmaid looks + styles + approaches. We chose the color families Green shades, Purple shades and Peach/Pink shades and then selected a bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup looks, fresh florals, and hand painted canvas backgrounds (by us!) that all kept within each color family. Each model has a different style; Boho, Preppy and Vintage. See below for the details from each color.

preppy peach bouquet - photo by Amy Nicole Photography
Bouquet Recipe: Peonies, Garden Roses, Poppies, Ranunculus.
Our Preppy Peach bridesmaid wore a Posy by Kirribilla gown in the style “Willa.” Her hair was done in a classic chic french twist with a fresh peony garnish, she wore Stella and Dot jewels, and she had fizzy peach cheeks, bright eye color and a light coral lip.

peach wedding accessories - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

peach makeup - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

peach bouquet ribbons - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

floral wedding hair - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

boho green bouquet - photo by Amy Nicole Photography
Bouquet Recipe: Hellebores, Poppies, Ranunculus, Victoria, Astilbe, Frilly Tulips.
Our Boho Green bridesmaid wore the Papercrown “Breanna” dress in Dusty Aqua crepe fabric. She wore a loose side braid with florals intertwined, and had a gray eyeshadow with a punch of blush and a Raspberry lip.

green bouquet ribbons - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

wedding hair with greenery - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

wedding henna - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

bouquet with greenery - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

vintage purple bouquet - photo by Amy Nicole Photography
Bouquet Recipe: Lilac, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Triple Tulips.
The Vintage Purple bridesmaid wore Adrianna Papell’s “Beaded Art Nouveau Blouson” gown. Her hair was styled in finger waves pinned to the side, and she was done up with dramatic plum eyes, bronzed cheeks with a soft blush lip.

purple bouquet - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

hair with finger waves - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

finger waves - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

purple and fuchsia bouquet - photo by Amy Nicole Photography

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Sweet Summer Florals by Janie Medley

Flower Guide

We always get a little giddy when Janie from JM Flora has a new flower arrangement to share with us. Today we’re all about summer florals, with 3 different style bouquets to choose from, all captured by Marta Locklear Photo. Take a look at our Flower Guide for more!


Yellow bouquet:
Orange and Yellow Ranunculus
Yellow Parrot Tulips
Queen Anne’s Lace
Berzelia Berries
Billy Balls

Summer Florals
Summer Florals

Burgundy bouquet:
Burgundy Ranunculus
Lilac Sweet Pea
White Veronica
Black Parrot Tulips

White bouquet:

Red and White Ranunculus
Red/White Parrot Tulips


How adorable are the floral crown and little flower ring below? Can you believe that the ring is made out of ranunculus, berzelia berries and a “leaf”. So simple, so sweet. I love it.

View all images from this feature in the gallery

Floral Designer: Janie Medley / Photographer: Marta Locklear Photo / Model: Marta Lockear’s daughter

Late Spring Flower Guide from Petal Floral Design

Flower Guide

These fresh floral arrangements by Becca Olcott captured by Hello Love Photo are bright, beautiful and perfect for Spring time. The vibrant yellow Ranunculus and deep pink Tulips scattered throughout the arrangements are sure to be the highlight of any wedding decor. And who would have thought that lovely DIY could be so simple?



Flowers used:
1. Foliage
2. Ranunculus
3. Green
4. Hyacinth
5. Double Tulip
6. Helebore
7. Clematis
8. Double Lisianthus

Flowers used:
1. Foliage
2. Scabiosa
3. Tulip
4. Sweet Pea
5. Ranunculus
6. Antike Garden Rose


Mexican Inspired Florals

Wedding Design

Don’t these colors give you a jolt of happiness? These fiesta inspired floral arrangements from Bows and Arrows are absolutely divine, from the bouquet with its loose ribbons to the incredibly unique boutonnieres for the gents! Natalie of nbarrett photography captured this shoot that is simply a goldmine of gorgeous inspiration on any budget. We just can’t help ourselves but obsess over those mini terra cotta pots with bold blooms, paired with confetti and die cut place cards, all designed to perfection.

mexican inspired wedding bouquet
mexican inspired wedding bouquet
mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres
mexican inspired wedding bouquet
graphic pink wedding stationery

mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres

pink peony centerpieces

Centerpiece Flowers: Coral Charm Peony / Garden Roses / Ranunculus / Fritillary / Scabiosa / Millet / Poppy / Lavender / Tulips / Jasmine / Poppy Pods / Sweet Pea / Astrantia / Sarah Bernhard Peony

pink mexican bouquets
pink peony centerpieces

mexican inspired wedding bouquetmexican inspired boutonnieres

mexican inspired wedding bouquet
bright mexican boutonnieres

Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet

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graphic pink wedding stationery

mexican pink centerpiecesmexican inspired centerpieces

purple star place cards
mexican inspired wedding centerpieces

Bouquet Flowers: Poppy / Ranunculus / Bronze Fennel / Coral Charm Peony / Scabiosa / Garden Roses / Fritillaria / Tulips

View all images in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Dallas, TX):

Wedding Photographer: nbarrett photography / Wedding Flowers and Styling: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper

Strawberries and Gingham Bouquet Inspiration

Wedding Design

Spring is a season that just begs to see bright and fun fabrics, so we were understandably excited to see this cheery gingham bouquet inspiration created by Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture and shot by Annabella Charles Photography. We’re particularly fond of the hodgepodge of different flowers in varying shades of pink, and not to mention that scrumptious-looking strawberry and whipped cream cake!

ginghram wedding bouquet ribbon

Bride’s Bouquet:
All of the above flowers:
Pink: Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Waxflower, Hyacinth, and includes extra Green Hellebore, Pink Jasmine Vine, Double Knock Out Roses (from my garden) in hot pink, and Honeysuckle vine.

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From the event stylist, Karin of Haute Horticulture: We took 5 “bridesmaid’s” bouquets different flowers… same colors. We then recycled them and made the “bridal” bouquet. We took Pink Gingham fabric from the local fabric store and tied a giant bow around the bouquet instead of ribbon. The fabric actually holds a big bow much better than ribbon and is super cute. We then made a cute summertime cake with whipped cream and strawberries instead of icing.

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquetsStrawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

The Button Hole (Boutonniere) was made from Green Hellebore and Waxflower.

Wedding Vendors (Memphis, TN):

Venue: Private residence / Wedding Photographer: Annabella Charles Photography / Wedding Flowers and Event Designer: Haute Horticulture

Tulip and Ranunculus Wedding Bouquets

Flower Guide

Our friend and floral design Janie Medley – who you may also know her for her blog, The Bride’s Cafe, is back with us today to share another stunning floral bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about the flowers and greenery used in arranging this gorgeous, fluffy flower arrangement. Photos by the amazing Amelia Johnson.

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Flower Guide:

Peach Tulips / White Ranunculus / Yellow Ranunculus / Light Pink Ranunculus / White Scabiosa / Pink Sweet Pea / Maidenhair Fern / Queen Anne’s Lace / Jasmine Vine / Seeded Eucalyptus

ranunculus maidenhair fern seeded eucalyptus bouquet

From Janie Medley: The best time to purchase ranunculus is now… January through May. This time of the year is when they are in abundance and you can find them in so many yummy and vibrant colors. You will not be able to get them during the hottest months of the summer and you will see certain colors slowly start coming to the market in the fall.

Tulips can be purchased year round, however, you can’t get all varieties during the year. As with
ranunculus, the best time to purchase them are now. There is an abundance of colors and varieties at the market.

Sweet peas are available from December through May. White Scabiosa – you can find this flower year round but all colors may not be available.

Maidenhair fern, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace are in season year round.

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Photographer: Amelia Johnson / Flower Arrangement: Janie Medley

Bridal Blooms: Spring Garden Flowers

Wedding Design

We’re kicking off the week with a new column! Ever wondered what are the names of the flowers in the photos you’ve been pinning and collecting as inspiration for your wedding? With the help of talented Floral Designers, we’re going to learn to put a name to the face flower, so we can start recognizing them in the oodles of images of bouquets we love to drool over. Today Kristen of Kio Kreations will show us a few late-spring blooms captured by Kara Schultz. Spring brides, take note!

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

From Kristen of Kio Kreations: we did the fresh floral designs including all of the centerpieces, bouquet and boutonniere. The flowers used in the bouquet and centerpieces included garden roses (also known as “cabbage roses”), peonies, parrot tulips, geranium leaf, sweet pea, spray roses, and French tulips. Fen Li of BeadFloraJewels made the French-beaded flowers by hand that we featured in the bouquet, and we also used black French beaded leaves to accent some of the centerpieces and featured a set of French beaded napkin ring holders as well in our display.

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

We did this shoot in April, when all of these items were available, as some of them have a small window of availability. Peonies are typically in season from late December through end of June. French and Parrot Tulips are typically in season from December through mid/late May. Sweet pea is available late winter-June. Geranium foliage is typically available all year and has is very aromatic. Spray roses to me are the best little additive for filling out an arrangement with lushness! They are always available, come in a variety of colors and when “blown open” have a ruffly look that reminds people of a mini garden rose or peony. The beautiful garden roses we used are also available year-round and are a great compromise for brides who love the look of peonies but are getting married when they are not in season. Of course, we had the opportunity to use both in April, so we did. Love the mix of textures together!

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

European-style arrangements usually have a free-flowing, layered, somewhat garden look to them and that is what I was trying to achieve with these designs. The French beaded flowers were my inspiration for emulating European/French floral design. Mixing heights and having some cascading elements with the tulips and foliage was integral in making these pieces flow together. The bouquet for us, was the icing on the cake, and combined my fresh floral artistry with Fen’s beautiful hand-beaded flowers–making for a bouquet that was just stunning. It smelled fantastic, it looked lush and luxurious and it left the bride with some beautiful beaded flowers she could keep long after her wedding day. I love the idea of mixing materials in with my fresh flowers — and that is why Fen and I collaborated on this project.

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

cabbage roses parrot tulips sweet peas peonies
Flower Alphabet image credits clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

View all detail images for these wedding flowers in the gallery!