A Romance to Light the Night

Taking place at a private residence overlooking a sparking lake, this wedding was filled with romance in just about every single aspect. 

From the twinkling chandeliers, to the glistening glass chargers, to the clear accents in the arrangements—wherever you looked there was love and light.

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Alexis’ bridal bouquet embodied a sophisticated yet, modern romantic design. It was an assortment of soft white phalaenopsis orchids and romantic garden roses. By keeping the bouquet simple and clean, the Sawyers were not focused on the beautiful blooms but rather their gaze was locked on one another.

The elegant but romantic design continued as the reception began. Dinner took place on the lawn, meanwhile the pool area was transformed into a fun, party atmosphere full of dancing.

Having the backyard as the setting of the reception was sensational! The location implemented the elements of nature to their wedding while still keeping it charmingly clean and crisp.

We wanted to match the intimate identity of this reception, so we focused on making our arrangements delicate and refined. The blooms brought together were full and compact, yet loose and open in design. We paired these blooms with foliage of delphinium and larkspur in an artistic assortment. These blooms with the modern twist and additional texture made for an exceptionally romantic shape seen over the whole venue.

The idyllic reception did not end at the arrangements. The clear glass votives brought a beautiful glow to the dusk evening. This extra element of decor paired with lights illuminating from above helped set a lovely tone to the night.

We adored getting to watch the Sawyer’s love come to life. Their day truly lit up the night!

Planning and Coordination: Theresa + Nicole Events | Event Design, Floral and Rentals: US! | Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Lighting: The Production Crew

Florida Timeless Wedding with a Fruity, Fresh Twist

Natalie and Luke’s playful, yet elegant style is a wonderful example that a Florida timeless wedding can comprise fun and fresh customizations! 

This was first seen in their fruity foliage at the welcome party. The design was elegant, yet outside the box. The centerpieces featured a bed of tropical greenery, surrounded by sliced watermelons and green bananas. We chose to accent this with touches of pink cymbidium blooms in order compliment the pink of the watermelon. This arrangement played to the aesthetic of the beach club all the while giving the guests and introduction to the tone of fun festivities to come!

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Natalie and Luke implemented one of our favorite design devices—alternating the color palate and style. The fruity became fresh as the colorful hues of the welcome party transitioned into a crisp, clean ceremony and reception. 

To help continue the simple style, the wedding centerpieces encompassed blooms that were grouped together by variety for a stronger impact. This means that each distinct display was focused upon one specific type of bloom. This artistic effect draws focus to the beauty of the individual flower itself.

While the flowers focused on individual beauty, the foliage’s beauty came from the incorporation of intertwining elements. By mixing both romantic and tropical foliage, we were able to focus on the romance between the couple while still emphasizing the incredible tropical venue in which they were located. This interpretation is highlighted in their ceremony, specifically in the foliage aisle markers. The silver dollar and smilax foliage played to the romanticism of the event, while the white dendrobium orchids added a hint of tropical elegance of the wooded surrounding.

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We loved how their all white bridal party mirrored this idea as well. Allowing creams, ivories and whites to be at the focus added to the gorgeous simplicity of the ceremony’s design.

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We couldn’t say goodbye to this couple without doing it in style! We decorated the “get away” golf cart by suspending a lovely white floral wreath from it—allowing their first ride as husband and wife to be just wonderful!

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A Dreamy Winter Wedding

 

From the moment we met Kristen and Andrew, we knew that their relationship was special. So special that we asked them if we could share their story (and beautiful wedding pictures)! The couple said “I do” on January 12th at the Four Seasons in Orlando. They opted for a first look before the ceremony and Kristen looked absolutely stunning in an ivory gown with a lace bodice as she walked down the stairs. Waiting patiently, Andrew was excited and both of their reactions gave us goosebumps! The moment couldn’t be more beautifully captured. 

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The couple met two weeks into their first year of medical school at USF after making the same group of mutual friends. “I like it better when he tells the story because he says he spotted me on day one and knew he had to meet me,” Kristen said. The couple had their first non-date at a local bar after their friends bailed out on them. They ended up playing darts together all night (FYI Kristen beat Andrew by over 200 points!). 

“From that point forward I described him as the funniest guy I’d ever met and when my best friend, Danielle, repeatedly told me I had a crush on Andrew, I always denied it,” Kristen said. 

Five years and two medical degrees later, Kristen and Andrew stood beneath an arch made of two manzanita trees suspended with orchid rain as newlyweds while the same amazing friends stood by them. 

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The bridesmaids carried white and ivory bouquets accented with hints of dusty miller and silver brunia berries to complement their wedge wood blue dresses. Kristen’s bouquet was also all white and ivory blooms but with no foliage and Andrew had an elegant white orchid boutonniere. The groomsmen complimented the bridesmaids with boutonnieres made of white ranunculus and dusty miller. 

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The celebration then moved to the Four Season’s Atrium for the cocktail hour where tables were decorated with silver mercury glass and candles. Guests picked up their escort cards from a table decorated with a stunning silver manzanita tree with a base of white hydrangea and foliage and hanging orchid blooms. The couple’s goal was to evoke the slight feel of winter. “When Zoë asked us what we pictured, we told her wintery, but not Christmas and no fake snow,” the couple said. 

The reception was also winter inspired with some low table arrangements made of white and ivory blooms and hints of greenery placed in low glass vases. The rest of the table arrangements were tall and decorated with silver manzanita trees and suspended orchids to mimic the design of the escort card table. Let’s not forget the stunning cake with cascading Phalaenopsis orchids!

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“From getting ready with my girls, sitting around sipping on mimosas, to doing first looks with my two grandpas and my father, to doing a sneak peek of our reception space before all of our guests entered - the whole night was magical and peaceful and incredible beyond my wildest expectations. Plus, I got to share it with THE most amazing guy,” Kristen said. She also advises all couples to share the load of planning a wedding between the bride and groom to make it less stressful and very enjoyable.

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We truly loved working with this amazing couple to make sure that their vision came to life perfectly! Of course we had to ask them what their favorite part of the Botanica experience was and we couldn’t be any happier with their answer. Kristen said seeing the final result was their favorite part. “That's probably a cheat answer, but it's the truth! The centerpieces were to die for. The beautiful manzanita trees with flowers draping off their branches. Thick floral bouquets on the tables, candles twinkling everywhere. Gosh, it was just breathtaking! Their creativity literally blew us away and I'm so incredibly thankful to have worked with such amazingly talented people!” 

Thank you to all the vendors that worked with us on this amazing wedding!

Photographer: Anastasiia Photography | Venue/Catering: Four Seasons Orlando Resort | Planner: Rebekah Rosado | Beauty: Michele Renee The Studio

Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary

 

Our 30th Anniversary party at The Orlo was one of our most fun design collaborations because it involved our entire Botanica crew! We knew that it had to be special since it was such an important milestone in Botanica’s history. With the help of all the creative minds at Botanica, we focused on adding personalized touches to the company, complemented by unusual twists on a traditional design concept. When guests arrived at The Orlo, right from their first step onto the front lawn, they were simply impressed with the level of thoughtful detail.

Upon arriving, they were first greeted by a large white and green floral archway that was full of texture. The walkway to the front entrance was lined with a quote runner that had some of our clients’ raving reviews. On either side of the quote runner, pillar candles illuminated the greenery all the way to the stairs. Let’s not forget about the bubble candles that were sprinkled throughout the patches of lawn complementing The Orlo’s string lights perfectly. Guiding our guests to enter through The Orlo’s doorway were white delphinium hedges mimicking a field of flowers placed just below the handrails of the stairs. The archway of the door was lined with an asymmetrical white and green garland that puddled dramatically on one side. 

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Since our goal has always been to generate a reaction and emotion, we decided to have a romantic vibe for the living room and the front room of The Orlo. This was where we showed our quintessential Botanica style with classic white blooms (tulips, roses, hydrangeas, garden roses, etc.) paired with brilliant greenery (silver dollar, smilax, seeded eucalyptus, jasmine foliage, etc.). One of our favorite design elements was the silver urn tipped on its side that was placed offset on the staircase to imitate the effect of cascading water achieved through a tumbling floral design.

 

A garland of white and green floral varieties framed the fireplace and a floral block design with the number ‘30’ made of giant hot pink roses covered the front of the fireplace. To give this design the perfect glow, pillar candles with tea lights were set on the mantle. All the cocktail tables were covered with hot pink and orange two toned linens and adorned with compact white and green centerpieces.

Where do most guests hang out at a party? Definitely the bar! We used our Style House white bars and cubby bar backs with a “Drinks” marquee. We also placed a white urn filled with brilliant florals and greenery ( garden roses, hydrangeas, tulips, smilax, silver dollar, snowflake roses, etc.) on a pedestal as the focal point in front of the bar.

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Even though quintessential designs will always be at the core of Botanica’s style, we also love eclectic and unique pairings so for the ballroom we switched up the color palette and brought in tropical florals. As our guests entered the ballroom, they were greeted by our red floral bridge covered in a red, orange, and hot pink floral mosaic. Some of the floral varieties used were orange roses, orange ranunculus, deep pink ranunculus, dark pink hydrangeas, red ranunculus, and pink garden roses. In the center of the bridge, a hot pink ‘30’ was surrounded by white hydrangeas. This creation made for the perfect photo opp on top of the bridge!

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The focal point of the ballroom was definitely the stage. It was lined with a solid thick border of florals (deep pink ranunculus, orange ranunculus, burgundy amaranthus, orange tulips, smilax, orchids cymbidium, etc.) and a mirrored 30 was placed in the center of the stage. 

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For the final touch of comfort we brought in the help of Style House! As our sister rental company, Style House has become very popular among our clients in its first year and we wanted this success on display for the top events industry professionals. We created lounge groupings using the Style House Rose sofa, Mongolian Fur chairs, Athens chairs, Petra Gold end tables, and Midas end tables. For more pops of color, we used the red, hot pink, and orange pillows. Between each lounge grouping, we placed the Style House Kaleidoscope panels making each lounge more intimate.

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 To coordinate with the Kaleidoscope panels, we made a main Kaleidoscope bar in the room’s center and lined the Gatsby shelves with glasses behind the bar. On top of the bar, a giant hand-crafted chartreuse orchid was hung to bring our logo to life. 

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It truly was one of our proudest moments to celebrate our 30th anniversary with Botanica supporters and West Florida’s greatest industry professionals. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all our amazing clients and vendors. 

Photographer: Djamel | Venue: The Orlo 

A Happily Ever After at Oxford Exchange

 

On February 2nd, 2019, Ragan and Jay said “ I do” at their beautiful Oxford Exchange wedding which was just as inspiring as their love story.  Ragan was a vision as she walked down the aisle in her white organza and lace gown and her cascading bouquet composed of peach, blush and ivory blooms, and a touch of merlot. On either side of her, a border of romantic foliage with glowing lanterns led the way to her soon-to-be husband. Ragan felt safe as she walked down the aisle. “A feeling of safety that I still can’t adequately put into words,” she said. On the other side, Jay was lost-for-words as Ragan walked towards him. “Ragan looked like a princess in her dress. She was so gorgeous and stunning that it actually left me speechless for a moment,” he said.  It was an epic moment they both had been awaiting for three long years. 

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They met at a trauma unit at a hospital (Jay was assigned as Ragan’s preceptor). Ragan felt completely overwhelmed on her first day telling her mom that she had no idea how she was going to work with Jay because they “could not have had more opposite personalities”. 

Over the next six months, a friendship grew into admiration and Ragan “gave in to his charm (and dimples)”. They grew in love, but kept their relationship private for the sake of their careers. So for the next THREE YEARS their relationship remained undisclosed to their coworkers.

“It actually helped keep us in check for people at work to not know about our relationship and forced us to leave any and all parts of our private life at the doors the second we walked into the doors of the hospital,” Ragan said.

After Jay got a job as a nurse practitioner outside of the hospital, they revealed the shocking truth about their relationship to their coworkers. “The reactions when we told them ranged from utter shock to full-on dramatic, Kim Kardashian-level crying out of happiness,” the couple said. 

Both Ragan and Jay were ecstatic and grateful after everything they had been through, from the secrecy at work, the stress of planning the wedding, to both of them finishing their graduate degrees. “We had waited so long, 3 years, for that time that we could finally declare our love for one another in front of everyone that mattered most to us,” Jay said. 

Everyone at the wedding could feel the love in the air as the couple said their vows under a copper focal structure covered with smilax greenery and illuminating Edison bulbs. It sure was a picturesque “I do” and we have the pictures to prove it!

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The bridesmaids stood by Ragan and carried compact versions of the bridal bouquet while Jay had a white ranunculus with a hint of green boutonniere. Let’s not forget about the groomsmen whose boutonnieres were made of a merlot rose and foliage.

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All the elements surrounding Ragan and Jay on February 2nd told a part of their story. The tables were covered with antique tinsel runners and floral runners of rose gold and gold bud vase containers with heavy greenery that added to the romantic vibe.

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“It truly was the most perfect night. I know we are biased, but afterwards, we just kept saying to each other, ‘That was truly the best wedding we’ve ever been to!’,” Ragan said. She advises all couples planning their wedding to “have fun every second you can because time goes so quickly and the wedding passes even more quickly.” 

Ragan and Jay are an inspiring couple proving that patience is key in love. Everyone at Botanica was thrilled to work on their wedding! “Botanica always made us feel like they were right down the road. Every meeting they offered to do via Skype or phone call if it was too difficult for us to drive to Tampa,” they said. “We cannot say enough about how easy, seamless, and fun the entire Botanica team made the planning for us; and we are forever grateful for that.”

Thank you to all the vendors that worked with us on this wedding!

Photographer: Catherine Coons Photography | Venue: Oxford Exchange | Beauty: Femme Akoi | Cake: Chocolate Pi | Table Runners: BBJ Linen

Wedding Biz Podcast w/ Andy Kushner - Ian Prosser

Wedding Biz Podcast w/ Andy Kushner - Ian Prosser

Listen to Ian Prosser’s captivating story-telling through his conversation with Andy Kushner of The Wedding Biz Podcast.

Topics include:

  • How Ian Prosser honed his skills at an early age to become a  professional floral design.

  • The steps Ian took to build a wedding floral design business from scratch.

  • His perspective on floral design is so wide-reaching because of his experience from outside the US and he helped bring European floral design influence to the US.

  • And much more…!