Archive for June, 2016

Archive for June, 2016

Wedding Traditions Explained: Bridal Bouquet

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

bridal-bouquet-ideas-1-121813It’s time to continue with our look back at the history of wedding traditions! We previously delved into the history of bridal showers, but now we’re going to look at something that’s even more sweet: the bridal bouquet.

Today, bridal bouquets range from wonderfully aromatic arrangements of classic roses to beautiful assortments of wildflowers simply tied together with string. However, in ancient times, brides carried bouquets with looks that were a bit less desired, not to mention fragrances that were a bit less desired, as well. During these times, brides held bouquets of garlic and other strong herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. Often dill was incorporated into the bouquet and was later served at the wedding to provoke lust. Later, in 16th century England, flowers began to be incorporated, including the edible flower, marigold, which was also served at the wedding.

The bridal bouquet toss has ties to ancient times, as well. On the day of the wedding, the bride was considered particularly lucky, much to the pleasure of all of the guests. The guests so devoutly believed in her luck that they would try to tear pieces of her dress off to keep as a charmed wedding favor. The bouquet toss actually began as a way to dissuade guests from disturbing the bride. Today, however, it’s used to allow fate to decide who the next bride will be.

Whether you’re looking for a bouquet to bring in a pop of color or one to purposely throw to your best friend at the reception, there are a number of florists who can assist you. (You wouldn’t want to accidently throw some garlic in there, like they did in the good old days!) Take a look at our Partners Page to peruse our floral partners, along with the rest of the premier vendors with whom we work.

Vendor Spotlight: Storybook Weddings and Events

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard 1 Comment

Nicole Hensley - Profile Photo

Today, we’re pleased to be shining a spotlight on one of our most dedicated vendor partners, Storybook Weddings and Events! With their passion for planning, attention to detail, and willingness to take on any challenge that comes their way, Storybook is the place to turn to in order to truly cherish not only your wedding day, but also the days leading up to it. Plus, they’re fresh off a rebranding process, and we simply adore their new look! We had the opportunity to speak with Nicole Hensley, the founder and lead planner at Storybook, to learn a bit more about the company and to get some great insight and advice for planning a wedding. Hope you enjoy!

Tell us a bit about the history of Storybook

I found my love for wedding planning while working at a top catering company in Chicago. Being a catering manager allowed me to work with a couple on a pretty important part of their planning process. The food! During the course of my time with each couple, we would build great relationships, and it made me realize that I wanted to know more about the couple, more about their wedding, and only being involved in catering was just a portion of this exciting journey for them.

Becoming a wedding planner was a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t want to design and create beautiful weddings alongside their couples? However, aside from the pretty-ness of the job, weddings can harbor a lot of stress, logistics, and detailed preparation. And I LOVE a good challenge! Being able to take over the stresses and not-so-fun parts of the wedding planning so that my couples can truly enjoy their engagement journey is what I love most about what I do.

Who else is on your team, and how did you start working together?

I have two AMAZING wedding planners who work alongside me at Storybook. Our story is quite funny but it is also a good ‘hour and a half long story’ if you are up for a glass of wine to hear about it. *smiles!*

Lindsay Gaeta and Lisa Jaroscak joined the team a couple months after Storybook was founded. It was important to me that I had passionate, honest, and creative planners working for my boutique business. They love to go the extra mile and make sure that the ultimate goal is to create the wedding that our couples envisioned and allow them to enjoy their engagement journey and wedding day. I couldn’t imagine Storybook without them.

What services does Storybook offer?

At Storybook we believe that our couples’ engagement journey is for them to spend more time cherishing the beautiful memories that they will create rather than work through their exciting time. We offer a variety of packages that include full service and partial planning, design, and wedding coordination.

What’s your favorite moment that occurs during a wedding?

My favorite part of the wedding day is having the chance to listen to the couples recite their vows to one another. As wedding planners, our day is filled with moving from one task to the next, overseeing vendors, keeping track of the timeline, answering guest questions, and perfecting the details. During the vow exchanges, everything becomes quiet, time slows down, smiles and happy tears make their way to our faces, and the guests listen to the most important part of the wedding. It’s the reason why we are all there in the first place.

Best advice for a bride and groom planning a wedding?

Don’t stress! Everything is going to work out in the end. Whether you are nervous about sticking to your budget, if the flowers you have dreamt of are in season, or if the rain will stay away on the big day, remember what you are planning this wedding for! It is all about you and your future wife or hubby. Remember what is important and let go of the little things.


Any favorite new wedding trends that you’ve noticed?

My favorite new wedding trends are this seasons colors! I am a lover of soft color pallets and seeing more dusty blues, soft blushes, and bright ivories make my heart sing!!!

I also love the loose bouquet trend. It makes me imagine that the bride picked the flowers herself from a garden creating a lovely natural looking bouquet.

Photo right: This Storybook couple eloped in San Francisco, incorporating a beautiful soft colors to enhance the beauty of SF City Hall
Photo Credit: Melanie Duerkopp, Floral: Abigail’s Flowers SF

Best moment of being in the biz, thus far?

One of my favorite moments was when we were going through our rebrand. Looking at what Storybook Weddings & Events has become from where we were just a short time ago was such a rewarding moment. As I uploaded our couples’ stories and photos to our website, I was able to reflect, and it brought me a sense of humbleness to have been a part of such a defining moment in the lives of each couple. We can’t wait to continue to build new memories with all of our current and future couples!

Special thanks to Nicole for taking the time to answer these questions for our readers! Interested in learning even more about Storybook Weddings and Events? Visit their website here!

Team photo by Lazy Eight Photography