Best of 2023: Wedding Design

Whether it’s the use of color, imaginative table setups, or breathtaking venue transformations, this year’s weddings were undoubtedly unforgettable in terms of wedding design. From beautiful blooms to colorful or unique accessories and even disco balls – these couples and their vendors knew how to throw a picture-perfect party!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Whimsical Escort Cards

Creativity was in full bloom with this escort card display by Tipsy Tulip Designs! Delicate buds, moss and handwritten names make this display a timeless combination!
 
Photo: Ellen Sargent Photography

Blinded by the Love

Feast your eyes on some of the most colorful wedding favors we’ve ever seen! Doubling as a seating chart and accessory to wear throughout the day, we adore these heart shaped sunnies.
 

Chic Camping

NJOY Weddings & Events brought one couple’s vision of a weekend summer camp to life at this stunning celebration at Basin Harbor. The weekend was packed with activities, and we absolutely adore the reception’s perfect blend of elegant and camp-chic decor.
 
Photo: Julia Luckett 

Budding Creativity

An interactive element for guests during your wedding reception is always a win in our book! For their garden party wedding, the couple wanted to keep the day full with fun activities for guests of all ages. Not only did guests enjoy making their own flower crowns, but it also gave them a beautiful keepsake to remember the occasion!
 
Photo: Moho Photo

Classic Sophistication

The Linen Shop used chic white and blue linens to create an effortlessly elegant base for this couple’s wedding day decor. The bud vases add delightful, bold pops of color against the blue floral tablecloth.
 
Photo: Rodeo & Co.

Overflowing Florals

We are officially adding florals in water fountains to our Pinterest boards! This floral installation by  M’s Wedding Flowers is so romantic and unique. It was perfect as a colorful, dramatic backdrop for photos, or just a serene place to sip a cocktail and enjoy the view.
 

In our Lover Era

“Alexa, play ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift.” For a playful twist on a seating chart (that also doubled as favors!) the bride and groom handmade friendship bracelets for their guests. Complete with each guest’s name and charms, who wouldn’t love this?
 

Enchanted Tent

This beautiful tent reception executed by Jaclyn Watson Events is a dream come true! Twinkling string lights, rattan chandeliers and lavender draping created an enhancing ambience. Rock cairns scattered among florals added an earthy touch to the beautiful tables. 
 

Growing Love

We’re hoping ground floral arches continue to grow in popularity in 2024! This timeless ground floral arch by Anaphora Flowers is not only beautiful but also symbolic. The couple began their ceremony with an open semi-circle, and later in the ceremony, the couple’s mothers closed the circle around them to symbolize the unity in a marriage. Beautiful in style and meaning!
 

Colorful Romance

This wedding nailed the summer-meets-fall vibe, with a color palette that pops everywhere, from the cozy candles to the colorful ribbons on the bride and groom’s chairs.
 
Florals & Decor: A Clover & One Bee
Photo: Hayes & Baker Photography
Planner: Odyssey Events

Tying the Knot

This color decided to forgo the traditional color palette and embraced a bold, colorful approach. Ribbons added to the joyful, colorful celebration from the ceremony to the reception decor. 

 
Photo: The Great Blue Photo Co.

Disco-vering a Touch of Sparkle

 
We love this mirror set up as a welcome guests to your reception! Sara Judith Events worked with the bride and groom’s timeless green and white color palette and elevated it with a touch of sparkle and whimsy through the addition of disco balls!
 

Photo: Esra Y Photography, Venue: Equinox Resort

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best Vermont design in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

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Best of 2023: Wedding Flowers

As we look back on 2023, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the stunning array of wedding flowers that decorated Vermont’s weddings last year. From elegant bouquets to lush displays, we saw an incredible variety of floral artistry. In this special feature, we’re excited to showcase some of our favorite blossoms and bouquets from this year!

But the excitement doesn’t end there! After you’ve seen our picks, it’s over to you to vote for your favorite in our Readers Choice Award below. 

Purple Passion

This enchanting purple-hued bouquet by M’s Wedding Flowers truly mesmerized us. The assortment of blooms, each selected with care, and the coordinating lavender ribbon weave together a bohemian dream. Its diverse florals and organically modern shape bring a fun vibe, unified by an elegant monochromatic scheme.

 
Photo: Sarah Peet Photography

Bright Archway

Tipsy Tulip Designs brought to life this vibrant, citrus-inspired ceremony display for Sara Judith Events‘s wedding design. Set against the rolling Green Mountains, this stunning archway and its accompanying flowers offer a burst of bright color, creating a modern yet timeless spectacle for that special ‘I do’ moment.
 
Photo: Jenna Brisson 

Classic White

Michael Tallman Photography captures the essence of Vermont tradition with this all-white bouquet set against a charming covered bridge. Crafted and sustainably grown by Flower Power VT, each blossom in this classic arrangement speaks volumes of elegance, purity, and the timeless beauty of love.
 
Photo: Michael Tallman Photography

Golden Hour

A Clover and One Bee presents a display and bouquet that warms our hearts. Combining deep crimson, lush green, and pristine white, these bold hues stand out, especially with the hint of gold accents. This arrangement is the epitome of elegance, warmth, and beauty, reflecting the magical moment of golden hour.
 
Photo: Sand and Stone Film Collaborative

A Welcoming Display

Anaphora Flowers crafts a welcome sign and table bud vases that exude charm and warmth. The vibrant flower box accenting the welcome sign invites guests into the celebration, while the bud vases along the reception tables demonstrate how small blooms can make an impactful, grand statement. Together, they create a bold, sweet setting that’s simply irresistible.

Readers Choice Awards

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the best wedding florals in 2023, it’s time for you to vote! We’ll share your top picks for each category at the end of the month.

Advice for Planning Your Own Vermont Wedding

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A Charming Garden Wedding at Barn at Boyden Farm

There’s no shortage of natural beauty in the Green Mountain State and we love seeing weddings that use that natural beauty as the inspiration for the big day. For example, Taylor and Matt’s garden party wedding at The Barn at Boyden Farm, which was lush with stunning florals from Anaphora Flowers! Continue reading for all the sweet details from this charming outdoor wedding.

Blooming Love: A Wedding Years in The Making

Taylor and Matt’s love story is years in the making! They met in first grade, reconnected in middle school, and started dating long distance in college. On their wedding day, they were celebrated their love story surrounded by loved ones, including their sweet son Ashton and cute dog Brody. The couple chose The Barn at Boyden Farm for its beautiful location and rustic charm.

With three years of planning, every wedding detail came together perfectly. First, we have to mention the florals by Anaphora Flowers. From the cascading bouquets filled with pastel roses and delicate greenery, to the lush centerpieces that adorned each table, every petal was carefully curated. The vibrant pops of color against the rustic backdrop of The Barn at Boyden Farm complimented each other perfectly.

The drool-worthy dessert table from Cronin Cakes and Sweets was another show-stopper of the night!

Don’t miss the couple’s outfit change for their reception exit: this cute, casual look is a fun one! (And practical; you could wear this again on your honeymoon.)

We’re certain you’ll love this inspiration- and that Taylor and Matt look back on their special day with fond memories and immense joy!

Vendors:

Venue: Barn at Boyden Farm, Flowers: Anaphora Flowers, Desserts: Cronin Cakes & Sweets, Photographer: Kendal Beard Photography.

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A Summer Wedding in Grand Isle with A Stunning Ground Floral Arch

When it comes to a summer Vermont wedding, there’s nothing quite like a lakeside ceremony!  Grace and Daniel’s intimate wedding day at Grand Isle Lake House was made up of many special elements, including a show-stopping  ground floral arch by Anaphora and beautiful images by Elsie Goodman Photography.  Continue reading to learn more about this romantic lakeside wedding!

A Lakeside Grand Isle Wedding: Anaphora's Ground Floral Arch Takes the Spotlight

Grace and Daniel celebrated their special day surrounded by friends and family, and the stunning backdrop of Vermont’s beautiful Lake Champlain. Grace and Daniel wanted the ground  floral arch so that the view of the lake was not blocked by a structure. They contacted Anaphora to bring their vision to life with this stunning display!

The ground floral arch was a core element to their ceremony.  They began with an open semi-circle, but later in the ceremony, the couple’s mothers closed the circle around them to symbolize the unity in a marriage.

Elaborating on this further, Grace and Daniel’s officiant, Janet Dunn, told us “The symbolism of the circle represents completeness and a committed love that has no beginning nor end. Closing the circle around this couple was a very moving wedding ceremony ritual!”

Ground floral arches are becoming increasingly popular, especially for couples who don’t want to obstruct any special views their ceremony space may have (but still want to add florals to their special day)  It is also easy to repurpose those florals later on during the reception. For example, Grace and Daniel ended up using the florals on the venue’s porch and the garland on the stairs.

From budding blooms as escort cards, to a typewriter guest book and classic wrap-around porch, Grace and Daniel’s wedding at the Grand Isle Lake House is one we’ll be swooning over for a long time! See all the beautiful details below.

Vendors:

Venue: Grand Isle Lake House, Photographer: Elise Goodman Photography, Wedding Officiant: Weddings by Janet Dunn, Florals: Anaphora.

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Unique Wedding Floral Ideas with Anaphora Flowers

We all know that flowers are a key element in creating a beautiful and romantic atmosphere that sets the tone for your big day. But what if you want to really take things up a notch? Adriane of Anaphora Flowers is sharing unique wedding floral ideas that will add an element of surprise and elegance to your wedding day, and that will leave your guests in awe. Whether you’re looking for classic, romantic blooms or more modern and edgy options, Adriane’s ideas will inspire you to use florals to reflect your style and personality. Let’s dive in!

Unique Wedding Ceremony Floral Arches

Floral arches are classic, and they instantly add a focal point to your ceremony site. A twist on this timeless trend are ground or freestanding arches. These are particularly great options if your site doesn’t have an arch built in, or if you want to showcase the landscape behind you. As a bonus, these installations can be moved after your ceremony to add color to your reception. (Think: around a sweetheart table, stage or DJ booth, or a sitting area)

Floral Accessories

“We love creating flower crowns or headbands for brides or the little ones!” says Adriane. If a crown doesn’t fit your look, a floral pick could add interest to your hair.

Looking for something unique and boho chic? A floral anklet is an unexpected, lovely accessory! “They’re especially appropriate if you are having a beach or field wedding,” says Adraine.

Floral accessories can also be a fun way to switch up your look for the reception without having to manage a full outfit change! 

A Floral Collar for Your Dog

As beautiful as a floral crown can be for you, a floral collars can be equally cute for your pet.In addition to a collar, Adriane’s team creates floral leashes to round out the look. 

Can’t bring your dog to your wedding? This is a fun addition to your engagement shoot with your pup!

Stunning Hanging Chandeliers

If you want a statement piece for your wedding, consider a hanging floral chandelier. These installations can be simple with greenery, or lush with colorful flowers. Adriane recommends spacing them over your dance floor, or putting one large one over the sweetheart table (or wherever you want to draw attention). 

Adding Drama to Stairwell Railings

To really make an impact with flowers, consider areas that are often used but often overlooked, such as stairwell railings and lofts. Your stairwell may be used for a photo opp for a grand entrance, for instance, and a floral installation can transform a simple space into a stunning backdrop for portraits. Another example is tent poles; with a little extra love these can become part of the decor instead of taking away from it. These little touches will leave a lasting impression! 

Welcoming Place Settings

Adding some greenery or flowers to your place settings is a great way to add interest to your tables and make each person feel special. It’s the little details that count, and by adding a these little touches, you can create a stunning table setting that will welcome your guests to their spot and leave them in awe. Whether you go for a more minimalist look with just a sprig of greenery or add a full bloom to each setting, there’s no doubt that flowers and greenery can elevate the look of your tables to the next level. 

Boats, Bikes & Unique Installations 

The possibilities for incorporating florals into your wedding are endless! With a little creativity, you can create show-stopping installations that will leave your guests in awe.

Adriane suggests starting with something that’s meaningful to you or representative of your hobbies, such as a vintage bike or canoe. These pieces can be transformed into a gorgeous focal point of your reception decor, making for stunning, memorable portraits. (Not only that, but if you’re planning an elopement or engagement shoot, adding these unique installations will take your photos up an extra notch!)

So go ahead and think outside the box when it comes to your wedding decor and florals! These pieces will be instant conversation-starters for your guests and leave a lasting impression! 

Why Unique Wedding Floral Ideas Matter

By incorporating unique and luxurious floral ideas, you can elevate the beauty of your wedding day to the next level. The possibilities for floral design are truly endless; so finding a talented floral partner, like Anaphora, that understands your vision and creativity is important! The most important thing is to choose the flowers that reflect your unique style and personality so you can create a celebration that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. 

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