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Anticipating Autumn

Yes, it may still be 80 degrees, but we are highly anticipating the fall this year.  In New England, Autumn just is …different.  It's a season like no other, one with such distinct scents, textures, sounds, and events.  It's pumpkin spice lattes and brown riding boots.  It's leaf-peeping Sunday drives up the coast and it's apple picking afternoons with the kids.  It's plaid flannel blankets on the porch and it's wine tasting weekends.  Most of all, it's just beautiful.  A season for all the senses.  Here, I've gathered some iconic fall ideas for parties and events throughout the season.  Maybe for Thanksgiving or a fall wedding, or maybe just a gathering of friends to celebrate the harvest season.  Enjoy!

 

-Silhouette pumpkins add a personalized touch to an autumn birthday party or wedding.  Apple votives are an easy DIY project.  Plaid Manolos will keep your feet in fall style.  Layering browns, crimsons, and greens creates a lush autumn place setting.

-Tie rust colored velvet ribbon around silverware for an informal fall tablescape.  Cider ads a spicy splash to crisp autumn cocktails.  Blis (we obviously love the name and the packaging!) Maple Syrup is a stunning and delicious fall favorite flavor.  Mini pies are the perfect way to add all those fall flavors like apple and pumpkin into your next event, with all individual tastes being met.

-Japanese Maple leaves make this simple wedding cake the center of attention.  Flannel blankets and pinecones create a cozy escort card table.  Wheat ads a harvest vibe to bouquets, and also serves as the centerpiece for this cider and doughnut bar.

-Wrapping up some neutral colored blankets with pretty ribbon will entice your guests to enjoy the outdoors as well as indoors.  White mini pumpkins are such a great switch from the expected orange.  Wheat and dried herbs come together to create a neutral tablescape perfect for fall.  Painting chalkboard paint over pumpkins gives you a canvas to express your thoughts.

-The key to a great fall table is layering texture and color to bring in all the hues of the season from Maroon to Emerald.  Wheat serves as a simplistic boutonniere.  Apple pie on a stick is fun for kids and more figure friendly than a piece of the traditional kind.  Using fresh veggies from your local farmers market is a great way to get a well designed and colorful tablescape that truly evokes the harvest season.

Anticipating Autumn

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Anticipating Autumn

Yes, it may still be 80 degrees, but we are highly anticipating the fall this year.  In New England, Autumn just is …different.  It's a season like no other, one with such distinct scents, textures, sounds, and events.  It's pumpkin spice lattes and brown riding boots.  It's leaf-peeping Sunday drives up the coast and it's apple picking afternoons with the kids.  It's plaid flannel blankets on the porch and it's wine tasting weekends.  Most of all, it's just beautiful.  A season for all the senses.

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The L:e Experience ~ uniquely Longwood Events

Looking for an event experience that is truly unforgettable? Look no further than Longwood Events and one of their unique, spectacular venues throughout Southern New England. You are bound to find the perfect setting for any size or style of event: city chic at State Room, Boston, grandeur & splendor at Alden Castle, Brookline, seaside glamour at Belle Mer, Newport, RI, and understated luxury at their newest property Wychmere Beach Club, Cape Cod.

 Since it’s inception, Longwood Events has redefined the special events industry standard with a tailor made approach to event planning that addresses each clients unique dream and vision. The team at Longwood Events, together with a roster of impressive vendor partners, create flawless affairs that incorporate the best resources that the area has to offer and embrace a simplified and refined approach to creating and executing flawless events with razor sharp focus on all of the special details and services that make your event an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind celebration!

Visit their website www.longwoodevents.com for inspirations ,ideas and more information on planning your own unforgettable experience with Longwood Events.

The L:e Experience ~ uniquely Longwood Events

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The L:e Experience ~ uniquely Longwood Events

Looking for an event experience that is truly unforgettable? Look no further than Longwood Events and one of their unique, spectacular venues throughout Southern New England.

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A Whimsical Afternoon Wedding

Leigh and Kelsey were married this June on a splendid Newport afternoon.  Their sweet whimsical wedding details made their day truly personal.  Lovebird details like the escort card tree and cake topper were sweeter than sweet, and the bright orange blossoms popped against the vibrant green hues.  Belle Mer was the perfect place for the two to say I do in their afternoon luncheon wedding.  Event Design by Jubilee Events was perfectly paired with floral design by Datura, A Modern Garden.  The dresses the girls chose were so perfect for their lawn wedding:  the amazing Nicole Miller gown from The White Dress By The Shore for Leigh and Kelsey's dress was self-designed and created by Lydia Colombo.  Such a creative and beautiful duo.  Congrats!

Photography by Carla Ten Eyck:

 

Don't you love the ring bowl from Paloma's Nest?

Belle Mer also provided a delicious Margarita Bar!   Love this display!

Fatulli's created the simple and sweet cake, all decked out with flowers to match the bouquets and centerpieces.

 

Love the entry way to the Island House at Belle Mer, and how it's perfect for an element like this!  Plus, those little birdies won't topple over in the sea breeze, like traditional escort cards.

The fabulous tables with earthy elements like willow branches, moss, and grasses created by Datura, A Modern Garden.

Program fans are perfect for outdoor ceremonies, guests can read and follow along at the same time as fanning off and keeping cool.

Thank you for sharing your lovely afternoon wedding with us, Leigh and Kelsey!

A Whimsical Afternoon Wedding

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A Whimsical Afternoon Wedding

Leigh and Kelsey were married this June on a splendid Newport afternoon.  Their sweet whimsical wedding details made their day truly personal.  Lovebird details like the escort card tree and cake topper were sweeter than sweet, and the bright orange blossoms popped against the vibrant green hues.  Belle Mer was the perfect place for the two to say I do in their afternoon luncheon wedding.

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Ciao Bella!

Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design welcomes Italian designer Alessandra Cellini, a third generation floral designer, for a summer living la dolce vita here in Rhode Island. Alessandra came across Stoneblossom's website through an internet search, and enamored with their work, they exchanged emails. On a vacation to the states, Alessandra stopped in to talk shop at the studio, and and a friendship was born. In 2010 Alessandra came to create amazing florals with the team for 2 weeks, and this year she stayed for a full month. Curious to hear the differences between American and Italian weddings, I stopped by the Stoneblossom studio to chat with Alessandra and see her in action before she headed home to Italy. To see more of Alessandra's work, visit the website for Cellini la fioraia at www.cellinifiori.it.

 

Alessandra shared that "compositions" or as we call them in America, floral "arrangements" in Italy are much smaller.  Here the trend seems to be bigger is better.  She also shared with me that the bridal party is really only made up of the bride and groom and their two witnesses in Italy.  However she goes on to say, "The idea of a large bridal party is becoming more and more desireable among fellow designers in my industry … bridesmaids' presence will make the event 'fancy'."  

Some more fun facts about Italian weddings from Alessandra:

-Throughout Italy, the entire wedding expenses are typically shared by both the bride and groom.  The bride pays for her guests, the groom pays for his.

-The groom will pay for the bride's bouquet because the bouquet is the last present that he gives her as his fiance. (LOVE this!)

-Another tradition involves the giving of "bomboniere" or a small gift for the guests to take away.  Now, as here in the states, there is a growing trend to give to a charity.

I also asked Alessandra what the most important part of wedding design is in Italy, since it seems to me that most of the concentration of florals here in the US is on the reception and the bouquets, I wondered if that carried over.  Alessandra says that it is the ceremony that is the most important part of the design.  She shares, "We are a religious people in Italy.  The church ceremony has many florals decorating the interior as well as the exterior."  

Of course I had to ask her what her favorite part of designing is.  Alessandra says, "My favorite part is designing and creating the bouquet for the bride.  I work closely with her on the details she wants for her wedding.  I am present with the bride until the last moment when she walks down the aisle".   

 

Alessandra concluded our interview with the following thoughts.

"I truly have enjoyed being with the people here.  I have met designers from various European countries and I can tell you the Americans have been the most friendly.  As I worked and shared my talents, I received their friendship in return."

It was a pleasure to meet Alessandra and we can't wait to see what she creates next year together with the amazing team at Stoneblossom!

Ciao Bella!

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Ciao Bella!

Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design welcomes Italian designer Alessandra Cellini, a third generation floral designer, for a summer living la dolce vita here in Rhode Island. Alessandra came across Stoneblossom's website through an internet search, and enamored with their work, they exchanged emails. On a vacation to the states, Alessandra stopped in to talk shop at the studio, and and a friendship was born. In 2010 Alessandra came to create amazing florals with the team for 2 weeks, and this year she stayed for a full month.

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