How traditional are you? As you’re planning your wedding, you will ask yourselves that question frequently. Many couples want to avoid the moments they find awkward (hello, garter toss), or unnerving (i.e. dancing in front of 200 people), but still may want to include traditional or superstitious touches that do have meaning for them. I love the idea of doing a modern twist on an old tradition, entwining something old with something new. As non-traditional as a couple may be, there’s still something sweet and romantic about incorporating something their great-grandparents may have had at their celebration 100 years ago.
Recently, as I was scouring the internet for the perfect bridal headpiece for a client, I came across the history of orange blossoms used in wedding bouquets and head wreaths. The practice began in ancient China, with the flowers seen as a sign of purity and innocence. The custom spread, eventually making it to Spain, France and England. Orange Blossoms were a symbol of fertility in the Victorian era, and the style grew wildy in popularity after the Queen Victoria wore a crown of the fresh blossoms for her own wedding. The fresh flowers were very expensive and in high demand, so wax versions of the floral crown began being used. Following the wedding, they would often be kept on display in a glass bell jar in the home. Those delicate antique crowns can still be found online, and Spain’s Le Touquet recreate headpieces inspired by what their great-grandmothers wore. If you love the symbolism of the orange blossom, there are plenty of creative ways to include the flower in your special day in unexpected and subtle ways.
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My bride ended up purchasing the most gorgeous antique headpiece from Ruby Lane… you’ll have to wait until June to see it!
- January 05, 2015
A few weeks ago I finally caught the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit at MoMA and was immediately captured by Matisse’s simple shapes and bold colors. Each piece was distinctive but connected, with endless variations on a theme. I left brainstorming ways incorporate the elements that made the cut-outs so distinctive into a celebration for a modern couple who loves mid-century art and design and has a bit of a sense of humor. An all-white loft space would be the perfect blank canvas for these bold colors to pop.
1. Monstera leaves 2. Billy buttons aka Craspedia 3. Alfie Retro Chairs from Octavia & Brown 4. Star Lamp by Rewire 5. Pantone colors: Freesia, Dazzling Blue, Radiant Orchid and Celosia Orange 6. DIY linoleum print cards as see on Apartment Therapy 7. Boden Blue Velvet Mary Janes 8. Tom Ford Nail Laquer in African Violet 9. Vionnet Dress
Check out more of my Matisse inspiration and some of his work here!