Wonderful Water Works Wedding

Lisa and Matt were married at the beautiful and historic Water Works in Philadelphia, and it was such a treat to work with this wonderful couple.

Every detail of the day was carefully and lovingly planned with the help of DFW Event Design. From the flower wall to the chandeliers, the space glistened and glowed.

Rich, autumnal hues were paired alongside soft ivory and blush tones to create an extremely romantic floral design.

The couple was photographed by the supremely talented Dyanna LaMora. She captured every moment of the day, from the first look at the Rodin Museum to the bride and her father’s ride to the ceremony in her father’s beautiful vintage car.

Surrounded by family and friends, they made their vows and then danced the night away to the wonderful music of Jelly Roll.

Best wishes,  Lisa and Matt!

 

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

   

Fall Wedding Trends

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Ok, we’re not southern, but September marks the start of Fall Wedding Season (which probably doesn’t need to be italicized and certainly doesn’t need to be capitalized, but we’re really trying to emphasize how excited we are over here!)

The change in season brings a change in color schemes, styles, and trends, so we thought we’d round up some of our favorite fall looks for any of you bride-to-be’s planning a wedding for this time next year!!

 

Succulents & Saturated Colors 

While succulents are pretty any time of year, they pair perfectly with the rich colors of fall! For this event, we decided to contrast the cooler colors with warm golden accents, and it seemed to strike just the right balance.

 

Pretty Purples Accents 

Egglplant, Plum, Wine, Aubergine … A purple by any other name would look just a pretty! Here, we decided to play with pops of color, again incorporating beautiful brassy tones against the soft wooden tables. Paired with ethereal twinkle lights, it’s a match made in heaven!

 

  

  

  

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Modern Monochromatic 

Crisp. Clean. Bold. Geometric. We love this combination of black and green, and we love the way the simplicity allows each individual flower to shine. This lovely couple held their wedding reception at an upscale restaurant, and they wanted it to be elegant but understated, and these rich greens and the contrasting black and white was the perfect palette.

 

 

 

 

Greek Wedding Traditions

In April 2002, an independent film starring an unknown actress was given a limited release. That film, which was made on a 5 million dollar budget, went on to earn 368 million dollars in box office revenue, making it the highest-grossing independent film ever and by most standards the most successful romantic comedy in movie history! What movie, you ask? My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

 

Filled with endearing characters and witty, comedic dialogue, it is easy to see why this film was a hit. But, what turned it into a worldwide phenomenon? Some of it had to do with timing – the movie went ‘viral’ before that word was part of our collective vocabulary – but we believe its enduring success stems from its universal themes surrounding love, family, friends, and they ways in which traditions are used to represent the things we value most.

 

As wedding florists and designers, we are granted the opportunity to learn about and witness so many beautiful wedding traditions. We recently helped design not one, but two Big, Beautiful Greek Weddings, so we thought it would be fun to share the history behind some of these time honored traditions. 

 


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The Stefana  

According to The Knot, the Stefana is the focal point of the wedding ceremony. It represents the joining of the couple, and it acknowledges their role as the King and Queen of their home. It also symbolizes the hope they they will ‘rule’ their home with wisdom, justice, and integrity. In the same vein as the exchange of rings, the stefana, or wedding crowns, are blessed by the priest and passed between the almost-newlyweds three times before being placed on their heads.

 

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 Lambades

Widely known as lambades, the wedding candle is a very symbolic element of a Greek Orthodox ceremony.The candles that are used during the sacrament of the wedding serve as a symbol of purity and the way God will light the way for the couple.  The bride and groom each hold a lit candle during the sacrament to show their willingness to receive God’s blessing.

 

Images Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photojournalism

 

 

Koufetta

Another very popular tradition is to offer koufetta—fresh almonds with a sugar coating. The almonds themselves, which are hard, represent the challenges the couple may face in life, while the coating represents the sweet times and happiness the couple will share. According to Greek Weddings and Traditions, These almond treats are always given out in odd numbers because an odd number is indivisible, just as the bride and groom should always be undivided. Historically, they were placed on the marital bed the day before the ceremony; Today, they are often given to guests as a wedding favor – called a Bomboniere.

Image Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

 

Rice Shower

In the same vein, rice is also used in many Greek weddings. Rice, a symbol of fertility and prosperity, is often thrown at the couple as a way to wish them a happy and blessed life together!

 

    

Images Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

Image Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photography

 

Dancing

It’s not a Greek wedding without lots and lots of dancing!  Whether it is The Bride’s Dance, also known as the Kalamatianos, or the Sirtaki, these circle dances bring together friends and family to celebrate the union of the bride and groom.

One of the most famous dances is The “Money Dance”.  In some regions of Greece, money is pinned directly to the bride’s gown throughout the evening, but in most Greek American receptions, the money is commonly thrown on/near a dancing couple to wish them good fortune and prosperity.

 

 

Images Courtesy of Ron Soliman Photojournalism

Images Courtesy of Sarah DiCicco Photography

Bobby and Maria’s Wedding:
Reception Venue – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Reception Caterer – The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Ceremony Venue – Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Event Lighting – Petals Lane
Band – Power Station Entertainment
Wedding Planner- Lauren James Events (LJ Events)
Event Designer – Petals Lane
Photographer – Sarah DiCicco
Cinematography – CinemaCake Filmmakers
Makeup Artist – Julie Kate & Co.
Hair Stylists – Jason Matthews Salon
Floral Designer – Petals Lane
Wedding Cake – Van Earl’s Cake

George and Amalia’s Wedding:
Reception Venue – Ballroom at the Ben
Reception Caterer – Finley Catering 
Floral Designer – Petals Lane
Photographer – Ron Soliman
Cinematography – Ron Adams
Wedding Cake – Finley Catering

Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle: The Royal American Bride

Before there was Meghan Markle, before there was Kate Middleton, before there was even Princess Diana…there was Grace Kelly:

 

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A Philadelphia born movie starlet, this American superstar became a European princess when, in 1956,  she wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Deemed by the press ‘The Wedding of the Century’, their nuptials were an international sensation. Demand for coverage was so high in fact that MGM studios broadcast the wedding live to more than 30 million European households… in 1956!  To say her wedding style influenced an entire generation of brides would be, well, the understatement of the century. 

 

Monochromatic, tailored, natural – these were the signature elements of Grace Kelly’s iconic style. Some sixty years later, as the world watched another American actress join the ranks of European royalty, we saw a return to these elements. From their fashion choices to their floral style, both Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle showed the world that minimalism can be every bit as elegant and beautiful as opulence.

 

So, what influence might the royal wedding(s) have on this season’s bridal trends?  Here are Petal’s Lane’s 4 predictions:

 

 

1. Less is More: Delicate Bouquets

 

Despite the enormous popularity of cascading bouquets in the mid 20th century, Kelly, chose to carry a delicate bouquet of lilies the valley. Markle also chose to carry a very understated bouquet; hers included not only lily of the valley but also also sweet peas, astilbe, astrantia, and Diana’s favorite flower, the Forget-Me-Not. Markle’s bouquet also incorporated a sprig of myrtle, a royal tradition which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria. Myrtle is known as a symbol of love and of hope, and it has been included in every British monarch’s wedding since the 19th century.

 

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2  Bringing the Outside In: Foliage

Rather than wanting perfectly symmetrical bouquets and arrangements, Markle opted for a more casual look that favored seasonal and natural elements – vines, leaves, branches, etc. London-based florist Philippa Craddock worked with both Harry and Meghan on all the flowers for their wedding celebration, and according to Town and Country, she used “branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, along with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves,” in her arrangements. We predict more brides will be less interested in perfect symmetry and more interested in capturing a plant or flower’s natural shape and form.

 

                                                                                                     

 

3 The Arch

Steeped in tradition, the wedding arch symbolizes the future home of the bride and groom. As if we didn’t already know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will share a pretty incredible abode (The two will reside at Kensington Palace), the archway at Saint George’s chapel would have been a great hint! The incredible archway atop the doors of Saint George’s was made using pollinator friendly plants and were harvested from the monarchy’s royal parks.  We expect these round archways to make big headway this season. 

 

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4  All White Wedding Decor 

In the words of Billy Idol, it’s a nice day for a white wedding. While royal tradition dictates that flowers should be white, bold colors and multi-hued flowers have long been a popular choice for American brides. As with any pendulum, we are seeing a swing in the other direction. According to The Knot, even Baby’s Breath, that inexpensive stem of tiny white flowers, is making a return in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and works well for flower crowns and other small hairpieces. It seems bouquets, centerpieces, even dance floors are getting a new look. 

 

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Kyle & Ashley

The sweet duo of Kyle and Ashley were married last September in Wayne, PA. The day was full of as much sunshine as there was love, and it was well apparent on the beautiful couple’s faces. There is a lot of rich history surrounding this wedding; namely, their reception was held at Merion Golf Club, the same location Ashley’s parents held their reception thirty years ago. The floral arrangements were encompassed with blush and ivory hues, which complemented the pink bridesmaids’ dresses perfectly. We were so lucky to work on such a gorgeous wedding, in which the details came together so effortlessly. Congratulations, Ashley and Kyle! We wish you all the best and continued happiness for a lifetime to come!

Photographer: Firm Anchor Photography
Hair/Makeup: Emily Alice
Band: The James Gerard Orchestra
Videographer: Leah Guaglione of His + Hers Production (Trailer located here.)
Ceremony venue: St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA
Reception: Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA
Wedding Cake: Sweet Jazmine’s
Wedding Dress: Bridal Garden
Bridesmaids Dresses: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion

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All photos courtesy of Firm Anchor Photography. For more information, contact firmanchorphotography@yahoo.com.

David & Davida

David and Davida were married at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in November of last year. This sweet couple chose a yellow palette of floral arrangements with incorporated subtle hues of orange. The reception centerpieces were filled with tall Manzanita branches and bunched orchids, as well as low medleys of coordinated flowers.

We loved working with this sweet couple, and it makes everything worth it when we receive wonderful feedback from our brides: “Brittany from Petals Lane was a dream come true. From the first time I met her, I knew she was the ideal florist for any bride. She listened to me and helped me figure out exactly what I wanted. She has impeccable taste and was always willing to express her opinion when asked. She was very flexible with her time.. I felt as though I could trust her completely. In the end, the arrangements were absolutely stunning. She used colors so well, and was able to capture the feel of the room. I would recommend her to anyone!”

We are so happy we had the opportunity to be a part of this wedding. We wish this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness! Congratulations, Davida and David!

Photographer: Baiada Photography
Videographer: Squareware Studios
Hair: Beautiful Brides Philly
Entertainment: Hudson Project Band
Caterers: Barclay Caterers

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All photos courtesy of Baiada Photography. For more information, contact info@baiadaphotography.com.

Petals Lane Featured: Style Me Pretty!

We are thrilled that another beautiful couple of ours has been featured in Style Me Pretty! Emily and Danny were married at The Kimmel Center this past June. You can see more of their gorgeous day in our post here, and the link to the featured article is here!

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Quinn & Kelly

Quinn and Kelly were married this past July in a magnificent Ritz-Carlton, glitter inspired wedding. The color scheme blended so well, and the soft pastel floral arrangements complemented the gold tones and deep blue hues perfectly. Not only was this day beautiful, but the love between this couple was so radiantly evident. We had such a blast working with both Kelly and Quinn, and we wish them a wonderful marriage full of happiness and laughter for a lifetime to come!

Venue: The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia
Photography: Tina Jay Photography
Wedding Planner: Truly You Events
Videographer: RoseTree Films
Band: Sid Miller Dance Band
Invitations: Chick Invitations
Hair/Makeup: Duette Hair & Makeup Design

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All photos courtesy of Tina Jay Photography. For more information, contact tina@tinajay.com.

Michael & Yun

Michael and Yun were married in a beautiful spring ceremony back in April. The sun was shining brightly for this sweet couple as the weather was picture perfect (and there are some perfect pictures from our friends at Love Me Do Photography). Their reception was also held at Pomme, which was a gorgeous location for the style Yun was envisioning. The ivory color palette in her floral arrangements complemented the bridal party attire and reception space effortlessly. We had a great time working with this fun-loving couple. Congratulations, Yun and Michael!

Venue: Pomme
Cake/Bakery: Brown Betty
DJ/Band: Silversound
Photography: Love Me Do Photography
Bride’s Dress: Kelly Faetianini – Elizabeth Johns

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All photos courtesy of Love Me Do Photography. For more information, contact (215) 407-2839.

Will & Bridget

We’re elated to share that Petals Lane and some of our favorite newlyweds were featured once again in Brides.com! Will and Bridget were married back in late October of last year. Their wedding ceremony took place at St. John the Evangelist Church with their reception occurring at the magnificent Ritz Carlton Philadelphia. Bridget’s bouquet was a simple yet stunning arrangement of white roses, while her bridesmaids had inclusions of succulents and green accents. The centerpieces complimented the bouquets as well, and made for a beautiful and classic scene in the ballroom. Bridget shared that some of her favorite floral elements were the amazing centerpieces; the coordinated, striped ribbon used for the bridal party; and her grandmother’s lace wedding gown piece wrapped around her bouquet, completing the pearly details. It was a pleasure working with this fun-loving couple and we wish them many years of happiness ahead! Congratulations, Bridget and Will!

Wedding Planner: Christiane Lehman, Truly You Events
Photographer: Asya Photography
Videographer: Rosetree
Venue: Ritz Carlton Philadelphia
Hair and Makeup: Mobile Makeover
Wedding Band: Love, EBE
Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier, The Wedding Shoppe
Groom, Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew
Church: St. John the Evangelist

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All photos courtesy of Asya Photography. For more information, contact Asya at 610-864-6363.

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