Sometimes, when we are planning our wedding and thinking about all those important details, the shoes, the hair, the make-up-even the invitations it is difficult to remember…the groom. You know, that fabulous guy you are marrying. We get so caught up in all the girly-ness of our big day that oftentimes the Groom’s role is relegated to- “showing up”. There are so many ways to involve your partner in the planning, making it just as much their wedding day as it is yours. In all fairness, most men probably do have an opinion on the catering, music and maybe the menswear, but the florals, perhaps not so much.
Today we’re going to talk about Autumnal Boutonnieres and how to work with your florist to get a style that your husband-to-be will enjoy wearing. After all, that little element will be visible in your wedding photos, forever. Boutonnieres can be masculine (if that’s what you’re going for) and Fall is a great time for these rustic, handsome details.
Hops are a fun addition to any boutonniere and not just for the beer enthusiast. Their shape and color add interest. Paired with dark Privet berries this is an elegant look. (Cameron and Fairbanks Floral Design )
Berries, before they’re ripe (no stains, please) add a sweet texture and when paired with deep wine colored Nigella the look is quite sophisticated. (Sophisticated Florals and Spotted Stills Photography)
Pink can most definitely be manly. Here a sweet pink Dahlia looks dapper with a sunny yellow Craspedia, Red Gomphrena and Seeded Eucalyptus. All this color is fun and looks fabulous with that tie. (The Poppy and the Peony and Toya Laperna)
Feathers, Acorns, Blue Thistle, Hypericum Berries, Northern Sea Oats, Bunny Tails and jute make up this winsome Fall gathering. (Floriculture Micro-Farm and Earthmark Photography)
A pocket insert boutonniere is a unique idea. Who doesn’t want blooming pockets? Here, an assortment of greens is all that’s needed to create a smart and stylish look. (Sue Hines Floral)
Another good-looking pink, Dahlia boutonniere. Love the addition of grasses and spiky, Thistle. (Jo Thorndike Flowers and V V Raven Photography)
Acorns, again and two sweet bouts. Remember, boutonnieres should not be the size of a corsage. Small and stately is best. (Local Color Flowers and Julie Cate Photography)
Burlap leaves, feathers, and dried florals create a masculine, natural look. (Floriculture Micro-Farm and Alexandra Meseke)
Raw Cotton makes for an earthy boutonniere. Their pods are a rich, brown and they need little else to make a statement. (Floriculture Micro-Farm and Alexandra Meseke)
Don’t ever let anyone tell you flowers aren’t for men, they most certainly are- Depending on your gentleman’s style and the garments he’s wearing on your wedding day, the boutonniere he (and his groomsmen) sport can be attractive and fitting to his personality. I’ve seen fishing lures, shotgun shells, and leaves made out of book pages used to tailor to the groom. Talk with your florist about how to tie in a personalized, boutonniere concept with the rest of your wedding day flowers,
Gorgeous outdoor estate wedding in Baltimore photographed by fine art photographer, Coral Dove Photography
The details are somewhat minimal but, the ones selected were top-tier. The bridal gown is a show-stopping sheath gown with a low cut bodice and a long train. The bride carried a large floral bouquet with red and pink blooms accented with greenery. The groom wore a custom made tux for his special day. The couple did a private first look and spent time wandering around the estate with the photographer capturing stunning portraiture.
The ceremony was facing a staggered stone and wood staircase. The stairs were flanked by an arch of beautiful florals and stunning natural landscape of the manicured grounds. The couple skipped the traditional wedding attendants and opted for their dog as a groomsmen. Guests were seated on the grounds below while the couple exchanged vows on the dias created by the stone stairway.
A large peaked tent was the center of the reception. Outdoor seating and tables were accented with eclectic elements and lights were strung through the trees. Guests were treated to splits of champagne as favors and were served the finest cuisine and assorted pastries. The use of the entire indoor and outdoor space was a unique element of this wedding reception. Once it became dark, the guests were treated to a firework display on the property.
Some of our favorite unique elements were the custom ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ gold charger plates and the ice sculpture carved with their names. Vintage chairs created some creative seating options for the guests outside. The cake features an impressionist style with loosely structured florals and icing, reminding us of a Monet painting, making it ultra romantic.
For the couple looking for an edgy photographer with a fine art focus, this wedding will inspire you to spend time capturing images with dynamic lighting and interesting elements. For your reception, you should absolutely consider using both indoor and outdoor spaces creating a social and high-end reception for your guests.
Four Seasons Baltimore Wedding photographed by Tara + Renata
Looking for an iconic Baltimore wedding that is traditional, yet whimsical and feminine? This wedding has it all for the bride who wants an understated, but high-end look.
For the couple looking to share the feel and charm of Baltimore, this wedding features some quintessential city locations. The girls got ready at the ultra high-end Four Season Hotel. The hotel boasts sweeping views of the city’s Inner Harbor.
The ceremony was held at Corpus Christi cathedral in Baltimore. This historic church does not disappoint. Huge columns, marble tile and tons of architectural charm, Corpus Christi church in Baltimore offers a stunning backdrop for a wedding. This location is perfect for the Catholic bride looking for a city cathedral to hold her wedding. After the ceremony, the guests were ushered back to the reception at the Four Seasons. Guests were treated to amazing food, metropolitan views, and a large open reception.
The theme of this wedding was feminine and clean. Hues of white with pink accents can be found throughout the wedding. The bride wore a stunning fit and flare gown from Kleinfeld’s. The gown featured a chapel length train and a beautifully detailed bodice. Sueded bridal Sam Edelman shoes were pretty in pink. The bride’s look was lovely.
Bridesmaids wore light pink, flowing, sheer gowns and the guys wore navy suits. We love the way the groom’s bowtie had pink stripes and polka dots, adding a hint of whimsy to a traditional look. The guys’ dark traditional suits contrast perfectly with the bridesmaids’ pale dresses.
Traveling through the streets of Charm City to their reception, the bridal party made use of a trolly instead of the traditional limo. The trolly offers excellent photography option for the bridal party. In addition to the unique nature of a trolly for your wedding day, guests are afforded a more complete view of our stunning city while en route to the reception.
The reception decor was monochromatic tones of white, keeping the decor simple and clean. Details were carefully curated to allow the view to be the showcase of the event. For cocktail hour, guests were treated to a full spread of charcuterie and cocktails on the beautiful deck overlooking the harbor.
We hope you enjoy this wedding as much as we do and a big thank you to Tara + Renata for sharing this with us. Also, be sure to check out the film at the end of this post from Paper Boys!
The classic feminine details of these Sam Edelman pink suede heels and the round drop earrings are perfect for the bride looking for simple and feminine details. The nod to Baltimore on the invitations is our favorite.
This figure flattering gown, by Kleinfeld, is one of our favorites with a beautiful, intricate bodice and chapel length train.
Gold rectangular cufflinks and a dapper, polka dot and pinstripe bowtie add modern flair to this traditional look.
These personalized chalkboards tell how each girl is related to the bride. Such a great idea for a bridal group image!
Simple florals that include pale pink Roses and Peonies, white Roses and Babysbreath and Snapgradons accented with greens make the florals soft and feminine.
Those doors! What an entrance. If historical architecture is something you love, consider that when selecting your venues.
One of the best elements of this wedding was the use of a trolly. This nod to the historical charm of our beautiful city creates a fun and memorable transport for guests and the bridal party!
If you’re from Baltimore, you’ll recognize this cityscape immediately.
Reception decor is simple. White and clean with silver and pink accents allow the guests to focus on the location and the stunning views that the Four Seasons Baltimore offers.
We have been lucky enough to also have a beautiful feature film that showcases this stunning wedding. We are so excited to share this masterpiece from Paper Boy Films. Now that you have seen the stunning stills from Tara + Renata, check out this amazing video.