Floral Trends We Love for the New Year

Floral Trends We Love for the New Year

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and in nearly every photograph of this day, your floral design will be right there with you; setting the tone and expressing your unique style.

In 2019, we see some new trends taking shape when it comes to wedding florals and design. Allow us to guide you through these new and exciting trends to help you integrate something unique into your big day.

Everlasting Love

Throughout its lifetime, every flower is associated with different feelings. Budding flowers are exciting and full of possibility, blooming flowers feel fresh and ‘in the moment’, while dried flowers feel everlasting.

Below are some examples of how best to incorporate this everlasting feeling into your wedding florals and installations.

Imagine flowing stalks of grass and wheat billowing in the wind along a secluded riverbank or a cliff-side fairytale, this is the vibe you get when you add Pampas grass or braided wheat to your rustic outdoor wedding. These homegrown stalks add both texture and variety to your arrangements to create the feel of an old-timey romance.

Preserved flowers add a sophisticated yet classic element to your wedding florals.

With endless color options and countless varieties, the iconic Hydrangea stays well preserved offering a timeless and clean look. For a more whimsical feel, pair your favorite dried Hydrangea with local wildflowers to create the perfect hand-picked, fresh-from-the-meadow bouquet.

If an organic ‘Boho’ bouquet is more your style, consider pairing dried Lavender with purple thistles for an earthy, romantic arrangement worthy of a summer woodland wedding.

Bold and Beautiful

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in weddings with neutral color palettes. But if traditional isn’t your thing, make a statement by opting for bolder brighter color combinations for your wedding florals.

The possibilities are endless when you play with color, and each season offers specific blooms and color-combos that are sure to fit any color scheme.

Bright orange blossoms coupled with delicate daisies for spring weddings, bold summer arrangements in deep red, orange, and vibrant pinks, moody autumn bouquets overflowing with warm jewel tones and gold, and sumptuous pale roses with barren tones for a winter-wonderland feel, have us starry-eyed and dreaming of weddings to come!

Ask your floral designer to wrap your bouquets with a colorful silk ribbon to give them that little something extra!

Add an unexpected touch to more traditional wedding florals by incorporating strategic pieces of fruit. From grapes and pomegranates to citrus, weaving ‘spontaneous’ pieces of fruit through your table-scapes will create rich layers of texture, color, and contrast.

Exotic options such as blood oranges, vibrant limes, or dragon fruit are sure to add that extra “wow-factor” your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Make Your Statement

When it comes to making a statement, floral installations are a great place to start. Set the tone for your celebration by incorporating a statement piece at the altar, cocktail hour, or reception.

From reclaimed wood arches and greenery-covered chuppahs at the altar to bold floral walls and floral chandeliers, there are endless options for creating a unique experience for your friends and family.

Forget the photo booth… incorporating flowers and greenery against one (or all) of your walls will provide the perfect backdrop for both photos and romance.

A low-profile and gorgeous alternative to large table arrangements is the table runner, couple the runner with tea-light candles for a low-key romantic feel. We suggest layering the runner with a custom table cloth or napkin, and simple table setting to create clean lines and balance the texture for a rich and elegant design.

Always a bridesmaid… a modern twist to the traditional bridesmaids’ bouquet is having your best friends walk down the aisle with a simple floral bracelet or wrist bouquet. This stylish alternative is typically designed with a single (or minimal variety of blooms) and tied with gorgeous silk or chiffon ribbon.

Whether you are considering a beautiful bold bouquet, an elegant floral arch, or wrist bouquets, our team is here to help you incorporate the trends that not only fit your budget but bring to life the feel you’ve dreamed of for your wedding day.

Follow us on Instagram to see these trends come to life throughout 2019!

 

 

BEST OF 2018

BEST OF 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, we want to thank our clients, friends, and coworkers for the amazing year we had! The events below are some of our absolute favorites of the year and exemplify the joy we get being involved in our clients’ special day.

Bold and Bright

A wild variety of colorful floral set the stage for these August nuptials. The bright blooms and textured arrangements brought a unique feel to this rustic venue.

A bouquet gushing with bright florals is just what the bride imagined when dreaming about her wedding day.

Lush arrangements of a variety of heights were employed to keep the conversation flowing over these romantic tablescapes. Copious amounts of candles and cheesecloth runners softened the rustic aesthetic of the room to tie in the overall romantic feel.

Southern Glam Meets the Lucky 40 Club

This 40th birthday party was inspired by the clients’ love of all things southern and glam. The use of horseshoes, roses, and wildflowers was seen throughout, with a touch of Texas spicy expressed by the miniature cacti in rose gold and mercury glass containers.

 

With its uniquely festive décor, lively atmosphere, and perfect planning, this ‘Lucky 40 Club’ sensation is sure to be remembered (and envied) for years to come.

Secret Garden Wedding

A lush understated atmosphere dominated this expansive country estate. A blend of white ranunculus and lilac were substituted for the more traditional white rose, in this heavily textured white and green garden-inspired wedding party

A dramatic greenery runner peppered with white blooms graced the head table and set the stage for this elegant affair. Natural vine wrapped beams coupled with the gushing stone planters and soft candlelight created the enchanting garden feel this bride dreamed of.

We hope you had an amazing year and we look forward to sharing all that 2019 has in store for us. Follow us on Instagram to be sure you don’t miss a thing!

 

6 Decor Pieces for your Holiday Party

6 Decor Pieces for your Holiday Party

The holidays are just around the corner and the party season is in full swing! Whether you’re planning a small intimate get-together or a full-scale holiday blowout, we’ve got the perfect touches for any holiday event!

Create Ambiance with Candles

Using pillar candles in various sized hurricane holders will create a timeless and elegant feel to any table setting. The warm glow they exude is the perfect choice to add a holiday ambiance during your get-together.

Gushing Mint Julep Cups

The charming shine of mint julep cups filled with red, white, and green florals will make an excellent addition to your table centerpiece. For added holiday whimsy, consider including a single red and white candy cane into the arrangement.

Garland Runners

Perhaps you prefer adding a naturally chic element to your holiday setting. A garland runner may seem simplistic, but these swags of green can incorporate just about any other items you choose to set your table with. The end result creates an element of classic holiday charm while keeping up with the trends of today.

Holiday Centerpiece

From poignant poinsettias to ravishing roses, there are endless possibilities when creating the “piece de resistance” to your holiday table setting. For a vintage-chic look, consider incorporating paperwhites sprinkled with a cedar sprig or two. You could also make a less subtle statement by filling a holiday container with hydrangeas and sprigs of holly which is sure to grab your guest’s attention

Cocktail Decor

No holiday party can truly be complete without a cocktail or two… so why should your table setting be any different? Something as simple as adding a sprig of mint or rosemary into that holiday beverage is sure to keep your guests merry and bright!

Five Floral Must-Haves For Your Fall Wedding

Five Floral Must-Haves For Your Fall Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. With all your most loved friends and family arriving, we know you’re looking to set the scene of your wedding day with floral design that complements your style as a couple, your venue, and your dreams for the day, leaving a lasting impression on your guests of a wedding that is uniquely yours.

We think fall is the perfect time for a wedding ceremony that will give guests a reprieve from summer heat. Moreover, (and at the risk of sounding cliché), it’s hard not to swoon over October’s traditional dark colors and festive decorations. So in the celebration of this lovely time of year, we’ve found an array of red and orange-inspired floral that you can present to your florist or wedding planner, to give you the chic autumn wedding of your dreams.

Wispy Plumes
Photographer: Brooke Schwab
Any wedding past September gives you the chance to design for unique Fall florals. Try a plume, which is a light and feathery flower that will bring an airy, classy, and dare we say cozy look to a bright bunch. It’s the perfect look for an extraordinary bridal bouquet.

Magnolia
Photographer: The Cotton Collective

For a statement decoration that brightens the dining room, try an orange magnolia garland to steal the show. We like this special garland for a table runner that will captivate guests while they reflect on the ceremony that just took place. This magnetic look can also be recreated to cover the altar and benches or anywhere else that desires an elegant, holiday-like touch.

Pampas Grass
Photographer: Unknown

Pampas Grass is the perfect background to complement a bride and groom. Perfectly placed in aisles or strewn in seating arrangements, you can use this feather-like grass to brighten up a room, and use it in bulk as well.

When placed behind the altar, it creates a serene and subtle environment, so you and your husband-or-wife-to-be can be the main focus. Or, you may balance it out with a contrasting dark color to create a more eye-catching bunch around the wedding grounds.

Red Scabiosa
Photographer: Joseph West

Red Scabiosa are enchanting flowers, popularly used for fall weddings everywhere, and for good reason. The rich amber or red is the perfect touch to an otherwise delicate bouquet made for bridesmaids or the bride herself.

If you’ve decided on another bouquet, red scabiosa can also be used as decoration, in centerpieces, or bouquets set out on tables.

Cappuccino Roses
Photographer: Joseph West

Cappuccino Roses are a specialty pink rose with a coffee bean or beige tint to them, giving them a vintage feel. They’re ideal for a timeless arrangement that can be placed anywhere. And how appropriately named, since their creamy essence charms most who come across them.

We hope these floral suggestions inspire your florist and planner to present wedding ideas you’ll love. For more inspiration on floral decorations for any occasion, visit the “Private Events” page.

Bouquet by Zodiac

Bouquet by Zodiac

 

Every Zodiac Sign is classified by a certain personality trait. Whether you’re the balanced Libra, equally whimsical as you are grounded like a Ranunculus, or you’re a fiery force to be reckoned with like a Aries and her compatible Dinner Plate Dahlia. We’ve created 4 looks to highlight the traits that make you uniquely you.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo Sagittarius

Fire signs are strong forces and expressive. Whether they are expressing enthusiasm, faith, or love – they are ardent in all they do. Determined like the Protea, excited like the dancing Chamomile, Chamomile Buttons and Mimosa, sunny like the Clooney Ranunculus, and stunning like the Juliet Garden rose.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Air signs are able to process abstract thought and ease their way through reasoning. They are often more perceptive than the average person and able to pull many ideas together at once. Like the unique Fritallaria, the bold Combo Rose, the dainty Sweet Pea, the whimsical Blooming Jasmine Vine, and pulling from the beauty and sunny-ness of the Juliet Garden Roses and Clooney Ranunculus.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Water signs are more empathetic and romantic. Approaching everything with a coolness and a sense of ease like the sweet Nerine Lily, the Tulips that grow towards the sunlight, and the soft Ohara Garden roses.

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Earth signs are attuned with the world around them, and far more pragmatic than their counterparts. Like these wild, lush, but weighted ferns and aspidestra leaves.
We had the best time interpreting the Zodiac in the way of floral design. Thank you to RaeTay Photography for these stunning images and Now and Forever Bridal Boutique for loaning us this stunning Hailey Paige gown.

Cheers to the brides of every sign!

How To: Play Up Your Interiors

How To: Play Up Your Interiors

We are learning new things every day here at Lanson B. Jones Floral + Events. New construction techniques, new favorite stems, new mechanics. This is an ever-evolving craft, and the best part of it is that we are always learning things from industries quite outside of our own. The very talented ladies of Marie Flanigan Interiors have been guiding these lessons as we’ve grown. As we work together to translate our own definitions of color, light and composition into the home, we decided that it would be fun to introduce these back-end design ideas to you, our readers, to understand a how a designer ticks – floral or interior.

Entry-Impact:

This particularly light-washed room is the entry way as guests spill into the home. Neutral furniture rests amongst white-washed marble and clean lined tables. But the pop of art is what inspired me most. I pulled the palest shades from the piece featured above the mantle and gave our focal centerpiece a loose construction that directly contradicted the modern space.

Floral Design Tips

(1) Don’t deviate: our colors weren’t matchy-matchy, but they weren’t random either. There are pastel pink swipes, buttery shades, verdant greens and even dusty tones found in the artwork. Pulling the bold red, purple and blue would have been too kitchy, but by finding the less obvious tones, we were able to draw and unexpected harmony.

(2) Juxtapose: Yes, a tall glass taper of callalillies would be an easy and lovely solution to a centerpiece. But when time and budget allow, a loosely gathered garden focal is ideal for this space. This piece isn’t competing, but is leading the conversation. In a room of ornate rugs, rich colors and busy patterns, this piece would lose it’s impact. But here, it stands front and center. Use the lines and textures to dictate this juxtaposition instead of hide beneath it.

(3) The Vessel Matters: This stone urn was perfect in this setting, because it had a clean aesthetic that tied to the marble room. Use pieces that carry the conversation through the interior design.

Dining Design:

Our floral + events studio is rooted with our parent company, a landscape architecture firm. We love a garden. Everything about it. And because of our ties and passions to gardens, we seek to bring as much inspiration from that when designing tablescapes. The whitewash herb pots are one of our favorites, because they can double as parting gifts for guests when the night comes to an end.

 

Hostess Tips:

(1) Make it Easy: For intimate parties, don’t force yourself into setting a thorough table. Make it easy by leaving wares like napkins and flatware out for guests to grab as they gather around the outdoor dinner table.

(2) Barcarts are Forever: Self serve wine and champagne is as festive as you can get. Pair a galvanized tub of local brews beside a well decorated table or barcart for non-wine drinkers.

(3) Parting Gifts: Like we mentioned earlier, potted herbs make great gifts for guests to take home – a fragrant reminder of good memories made.

Simple Pieces:
For guests venturing in from out of town, nothing beats a more thoughtful inclusion than a simple posy of monochromatic stems in their guest room or bathroom. You don’t even have to have a collection of vessels to incorporate this trend. Here we used one of our favorite fragrance of burned-down candle as a vase. Fill with large, fluffy stems and voila – a piece of art!

Tips from Marie Flanigan:
“Fresh flowers and greenery are essential to a happy home. When projects come to a close, I love finishing out each space with a bouquet or grouping of flowers, which means you will undoubtedly see me carting around boxes of budding beauties on install day! Arrangements are the perfect way to introduce exciting colors and textures to your space, so have fun exploring options with your florist!”

Special thanks to Caroline Fontenot for the photos
Read what Marie has to say here

 

Valentine’s Bonanza

Yesterday was a truly busy one for Lanson B. Jones Floral + Events as we cranked out our first Valentine’s Day ever!
Thank you to all who supported us on this first year and here’s to next year … in the mean time check out this selection of some of our favorites that walked out the door and into the arms of some very happy ladies!
 

 
And if you got engaged this Valentines … well … I think you know who to call!
Cheers!
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Real Wedding: Sarah + Braeden

At the very end of October, I ventured to Hempstead, Texas to a rustic little venue just off the beaten path to set up a gorgeous event for sweet Sarah and her high school sweetheart, Braeden.

Sarah had an eye for details, and she was very sure of what she wanted. Flowers in her hair, muted silvery tones, and a simple table runner for their family-only wedding. It was a wedding of about 12 of their loved ones, and true intimate details executed by her sweet sisters who set the details in place with a careful eye.

I came in to deliver her bouquet of Quick Sand roses, Lisianthus, Dusty Miller, Lavender, Olive Branch and a few subtle tie ins. A lavender bout pinned to the groom, then I was on my way to hand-lay greens and white stems on farm tables highlighted by Moscow mule mugs and laser cut placecards at each charger.

Check out the her stunning arbor and more details in our gallery here! And keep stopping back by our little Pink House for more real weddings, floral inspiration, and design ideas!
Cheers!
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A (Half) Year in Review

Well, y’all, 2016 is preparing to close her doors. If I could paint a picture of this year, I wouldn’t know where to start. When we launched our newest department, this amazing floral and events department, on May 2, I had no idea the direction it would take.
In 7 months time we have grown in ways I couldn’t imagine!
In May and June, we began crafting. Our parent company, Lanson B. Jones + Company, has designed some of Houston’s most beautiful gardens in some of the most amazing neighborhoods. And with our clients’ ample support, we were able to style our tablescapes in their stunning spaces. So as we worked with the ever gracious Swift + Company and their breathtaking rentals, we began to give a vision to this newly minted department. We slowly started designing a website, procuring products for our curated boutique, and tapping the vendors, designers, artisans, and supporters that would breathe life into our little Pink House.
And just like that, summer passed us by. We were on our way … and that way led us to the immensely talented ladies at Two Be Wed.

With the immensely talented Maya Hisse at the helm of this incredible shoot at Huntsville state park, we were able to make new “friend”-ors like Brooke Schwab, Nib & Pixel, Cakewalk Films, and Hey Lovely Makeup. And it led us to our first piece of published work on 100 Layer Cake – a blog we’ve regularly read for years. Yeah, we were walking on a cloud 9 … oh wait, we haven’t stepped off yet!
And then came October …
We traveled to Brenham with Paula Growden of Beau Tied Events to dress Allison and Michael’s luxe grey linens with hand-laid greenery runners, wine colored stems in gold compotes, 80 gold vintage bud vases (each styled in it’s own unique way), and stunning ethereal candlesticks. But what put our work to shame was a view that stretched what seemed like a million miles! Heather Curiel captured each detail to utter perfection.
On to Angleton to not only help design the florals, but plan the big day for Sydney and Spencer. Sweet pinks, fluttery ivory stems and ample verdant greens played on each table. And gorgeous blush La Tavola linens jazzed up our cake table and our sweetheart table. Oh my gosh, it may have been Indian summer, but Rachel Taylor of RaeTay Photography made it look like a cool fall day … oh yeah, and this couple is gorgeous … that helps too!
Sarah and Braeden closed out our October with their golden wedding in Hempstead. Muted roses and silvery greens styled this intimate wedding of just immediate family. It was so stunning, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer more in love pair.
Three stunning, unique and over-the-top-gorgeous weddings in our first months of inception was a blessing that I for one am still excited over. And our calendars are flooding with bookings for those 2017 clients now. Yeah … we’re living the dream!
And along the way we were able to partner with some of Houston’s finest!
We partnered with Baanou, Modern Luxury Weddings Houston, and Everything But the Ring to execute a gorgeous intimate bridal event. Styling 4 unique bouquets, brides to be were able to use our bouquets to determine if they were a traditional, bohemian, colorful, or earthy bride. We had the best time! And Giverny Weddings snapped some stellar shots!
Then that talented Lindsey Rose King tapped us to style one of her 5 feature barcarts at the Mostess launch party at the end of October. C.Wright Photography blew our minds with her gorgeous, softly lit snapshots, and we were so happy to be standing along such stylists as Toast from the Host, Renovate Houston, For Love and Lettering, Shop the Manor, Wink by Erica, and Jack Rudy Cocktail – all in the gorgeous event space at 2929 Weslyan!
And if you haven’t attended an event with Aces of Taste, you’re missing out! After I personally attended an event they put on at Baanou in River Oaks District, we partnered up for two private dinners they hosted where we were able to create hanging floral installations. A huge challenge, but a huge reward!

Come mid-November, our jaws dropped when the famous Marie Flanigan asked us to provide floral arrangements for her Thanksgiving spread featured on their website. Her vision married so perfectly with our’s from gardens to floral, so we were just tickled pink!
Halfmoon Lettering has been an amazing print materials partner for us, and working with her to style stems in her vintage bottles and inkwells for a calligraphy class she hosted at Tiny’s No. 5 was such a fun, chilly November morning activity! We can’t thank Rachel over there for all she’s done to help us!
Culiminating our whirlwind (half) year, we were among an A-list group of florists including Bramble and Bee, Flower Vibes, Flower Power, and Heights Flower Shop to style a home at the Heights Holiday Home Tour. We worked with the gracious Arnold family to bring some holiday cheer to their Christmas cottage. Read more about that here.
And have y’all seen our Holiday Guide?!
This year we published our first official holiday catalog. Working with the talented Caroline Fontenot, the gracious Halfmoon Lettering, and the stylish Swift + Company, we were able to work in one of our client’s stylish homes to deliver a truly stellar product! If you are still looking to receive a hard copy, please email marketing@lansonbjones.com … and keep and eye peeled for our next issue!
Just reliving it all is a thrill to say the least, and this department of Lanson B. Jones + Company hasn’t even turned 1 year old yet! As we look ahead, we see our calendar full of weddings, weekly and monthly floral deliveries, corporate and private dinner parties and designing stunning centerpieces for our landscape design clients. We couldn’t be more thrilled! We couldn’t have done this without all of you to support us and foster our growth as we become rooted in this community and beyond!
For more information on weddings, private events, or weekly/monthly floral deliveries please email meganc@lansonbjones.com 
Cheers to 2017!
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Holiday Cheer: Heights Holiday Home Tour

Christmas is quite literally my favorite time of the year. When I was a kid, after we opened all the gifts and were sitting pretty with a bunch of tattered paper and new gadgets my dad would says, “Only 365 days until next Christmas.” When I tell you we counted down the days until we could decorate the house, I’m not exaggerating. So, when the season rolls around and I can decorate other people’s homes as well – well, I am a kid in a Christmas shop that’s for sure.

This year, we were asked to participate in the Heights Holiday Home Tour. We met with the Arnold family, and while we were able to bring in loads of fabulous designs, Mrs. Arnold had a vision all her own. I loved it, because it reminded me of the classically elegant “Southern Living” vibe my mother always brought to our home. Cue the nostalgic Christmas music here.

Using wild greens like Smilax, Amaranthus, Ivy, Holly and some angelic Lunaria, we created a winter mantle for an urban setting. What I loved most is that this little Christmas cottage is so classic, that the front entry room almost looked mod and retro leading into a more traditional back of the home. And y’all know me, I love a good juxtaposition.

Mrs. Arnold provided her own large sterling silver trophy in which we created a (stunning, if I do say so myself) Hydrangea, Peony, Ranunculus combo with lots of holiday greens. Then we brought in our all time favorite mint julep cups to complete the table that she set with her Christmas china. All we need is a table full of Santa and some elves and this is the jolliest set up I’ve ever seen.

Well then, as you move back toward the kitchen, we wanted to root our design in some earthy, fragrant joy. We wrapped ivory pillar candles in herbs, tucked some rosemary trees wrapped in burlap behind them and created some killer mood lighting on the side board. Oo. La. La.

Y’all, I loved this project. I seriously can’t wait for next year’s! While we’re still busy decking out our client’s homes, planning an influx of weddings for Spring/Fall 2017 brides, and reveling in all things floral, take a minute to stop and smell the roses … I mean … see the roses in our photos.

And one more for good measure!

Merry Christmas!
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