C + A at 26 Bridge

Callista and Aaron wanted something organic and unique for their fall wedding - which happened to fall on Halloween - without being Halloween-y at all. We chose to feature unconventional shapes and textures - eucalyptus, leucadendrons, and cymbidiums from Callista's home country of Australia, with whimsical shapes of thistles, berries, and lysimachia to add a playful touch. Instead of using just standard roses, we used hybrid garden rose varieties, like Juliet, Free Spirit and Green-Eyed Beauty roses. Centerpieces featured artichokes, pears, and plums incorporated into the flowers and placed at the base of the gold mercury bowls. The chuppah was built on a birch log base, with Aaron's tallit placed over the top. We made the florals on the chuppah lush, wild, and asymmetrical to offset the industrial decor and rigidness of 26 Bridge. 

This wedding was one of our favorites of 2015! 

Photos by The Melideos | Flowers by Ivie Joy | Planning by Jose Rolon Events

C+ M at Battery Gardens

Crystal (from the West coast) and Mark (from the East coast) wanted to incorporate different elements of their native regions in their wedding decor.  With deep burgundy and marsala tones offset with cream and hints of peach and sage green, the highly textured florals and greenery perfectly came together to create a luxurious and romantic setting for their special day. The arrangements were structured and architectural, and their reception was held in a NYC institution that overlooked the Statue of Liberty. Every part of their wedding meant something special to the couple - dinner tables were named after locations in the city that they visited together, we placed succulents from California were placed all around the tables, and they even brought their own WALL-E and EVE figures for their cake topper! Thanks C + M for having us as a part of your big day!

Photos by Vanilla Smile Photography | Flowers by Ivie Joy

S + B at Sunset Terrace

The only direction we got from Shallon was that she wanted her November wedding at Sunset Terrace to look like a luxurious fall bacchanal meets a classy James Bond film. Sometimes the aesthetic direction we get from clients are pretty vague, but we immediately jumped on it. Sunset Terrace is a blank slate when it comes to decor, so we decided to install some hanging greenery by the dance floor, and lush and asymmetrical pieces for the ceremony. Main floral elements were in shades of deep wine red, white, and dark plum - with peonies, anemones, amaranthus, Queen Anne's lace, and brunia berries, accented by gilded eucalyptus leaves. Fruit like pears and split pomegranates added an organic touch to the tables. Gold-painted books were added as a structural element to the centerpieces - a subtle nod to Shallon being a published author. 

Congrats again, Shallon and Brent - this was an amazingly fun wedding to do and you were such an easy bride to work with!

Flowers by Ivie Joy | Photos by Chellise Michael Photography

C + C at Mulan Restaurant (Part Two!)

Part two of Courtney and Calvin's wedding celebrations was a more intimate dinner held at an upscale Flushing restaurant. The color theme was red and gold - red being the color of luck and fortune. The head table was surrounded by a falling water installation, creating an ultra-modern "curtain" of sorts that framed the area. Suspended above the head table were manzanita branches decorated with cherry blossom blooms and orchids, and glass orbs with LED lights. Red floral elements included dahlias, tulips, garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, astilbe, cymbidium orchids, and gloriosa lilies. Courtney and Calvin have become part of our family and we appreciate them referring us to their friends! We look forward to more events with this wonderful couple. 

Photos by Jacqueline Patton Photography | Flowers by Ivie Joy

C + C at Maritime Parc (Part One!)

Courtney and Calvin was one of our top three from 2014 - we had the honor of being part of not only one celebration, but two! Their wedding luxurious ceremony and reception was held at Maritime Parc in Jersey City and was covered in lush white blooms and hints of soft blues and blush pink. Courtney's bouquet had soft cream-blush O'Hara roses, dahlias, and serruria, with white phalaenopsis and sweet peas. Grey dusty miller and light blue hydrangea added a pop of color. The ceremony was an opulent and extravagant affair in a white draped tent, featuring multiple tall curly willow arrangements atop pedestals with hanging white dendrobium leis with crystal drops, and a lush garland of blue and cream cascading down the side. White phalaenopsis orchids and curly willow branches were placed behind the altar area, perfectly framing the stage and adding a modern touch with the angular vases. The reception had tall arrangements of white, blue, and green, with hints of blush pink. Cascading elements of hanging amaranthus, phalaenopsis orchids, and calla lilies hung elegantly down towards the table. Courtney and Calvin's sweetheart table was decked out to the max with blooms and orchid stems. Stay tuned to see highlights from their Chinese banquet!

Photos by Jacqueline Patton | Flowers by Ivie Joy

L + R at The Foundry

We love working with couples who aren't afraid to add lots of color into their wedding. After doing white-based weddings for so long, it's almost a welcome break! Laura and Ryan were such a great couple to work with - open to lots of ideas as long as was colorful and fun. We couldn't be happier with the end result - a lush wild garden-like arch framed by hanging glass orbs and edison bulbs. Laura's bouquet had super bright and textured flowers like celosia, garden roses, scabiosa, pincushion protea, ranunculus, and anemones. Bridesmaids' bouquets were vibrant and whimsical with pincushions, dahlias, garden roses, buttons, and celosia. Boutonnières for the groom and the groomsmen were made with different elements, with Ryan's featuring a blue nigella bloom, a red ranunculus, and an orange celosia spear. Dinner was a casual affair, with a "floating" dinner style. Luxurious vintage furniture rentals from Patina also injected that pop of color in the Foundry's brick and ivy-covered courtyard. This was one of our favorites from 2015!

Photos by Lisa DeNardo | Flowers by Ivie Joy | Planning by Jose Rolon

K + M at MyMoon

When weddings are done based on seasonal color palettes, we make sure that each wedding has a different feel and aesthetic from each other - otherwise we'd end up doing cookie-cutter weddings each season. Jewel tones were very popular, but our bride Kelsey added a twist of faded grey-lavender and blush to her bridesmaids' bouquets and decor. Her florals were highly textured and super-saturated with bright colors, with elements of thistles, berries, astilbe, astrantia, lavender, ornamental kale, and wax flowers among the roses, ranunculus, and dahlias. For the ceremony, we built an arch of dark birch branches that we placed in front of MyMoon's lush green ivy wall. Adjacent to the arch at the altar, we placed jewel toned flowers in MyMoon's hanging mason jars and lit candles all over the outdoor area. We love doing fun, whimsical weddings like these and it never feels like another day at work when we execute them. 

Photos by Seze Devres | Flowers by Ivie Joy

C + L at 501 Union

Christina and Lance's wedding at 501 Union last October was the first time we did an exotic fall-themed wedding with deeper, darker jewel tones. When we first chatted with Christina, she wanted bright colors with pops of blue, but ultimately changed her mind to dramatic reds and purples (we're so glad she did!). The one thing that stayed the same was her love of proteas - both the pincushion and honeypot/king sugarbush variety.

Incorporated throughout the floral elements of her wedding were lots of proteas, garden roses, scabiosa blooms, clematis, serruria, thistles, eucalyptus, flowering kale, and berries. Trailing jasmine, hanging amaranthus, seeded eucalyptus, and purple basil added some leafy texture, and ornamental pineapples were in some arrangements to add a fun twist to centerpieces. On each table setting was a miniature succulent in a shot glass that acted as both place-card holder and guest favors. 

Best of luck to the happy couple, and thank you Aliza for the referral!

Flowers by Ivie Joy | Planning by Viva Max Weddings | Photos by Clean Plate Pictures

J + D at The Foundry

A lot of brides want cherry blossom branches and peonies in their wedding, but unfortunately only a handful of them are able to actually have them since they're only available in the market for such a short period of time. One lucky bride was Jenny - she wanted a soft but colorful springtime wedding at our favorite venue, The Foundry! Her bouquet had soft cream peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, blush ranunculus, peachy-pink lisianthus, and a faded lavender-grey rose called "Amnesia". Her bridesmaids had pops of fuchsia peonies in their bouquets. Jenny and Diego's ceremony was flanked by two tall cherry blossom branch arrangements atop mirrored pedestals, with pillar candles all around. Their centerpieces were colorful and textured, with hydrangeas, roses, peonies, lisianthus, stocks, sweet peas, ranunculus, spray roses, and lysimachia in cream, blush, fuchsia, orange, and peach. 

Flowers by Ivie Joy | Photos by Sherry H Post | Catering by Real Foods

T + P at The Foundry

It gets us so excited when a bride doesn't want a "traditional" look to her wedding. Tara and Phil wanted a classy and modern rock 'n' roll theme, complete with skulls and leopard print - staying as far away from Bret Michaels as possible! We chose a jewel-toned palette of reds and purples, accented by light green tones for contrast. Tara's bouquet had fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids cascading from a base of black magic roses, deep purple (almost black!) scabiosa blooms, purple lisianthus, red cymbidium orchids, fuchsia dianthus, green thistles, succulents, and air plants. Phil's boutonnière had deep purple scabiosa blooms with a fiddlehead fern accent. Table centerpieces were accented with peacock feathers, crystal skull votive cups, leopard print napkins, and black glitter skull table number holders that the bride made herself! This was definitely one of our most memorable weddings and we're so glad that Tara and Phil chose us to be a part of such an important day. 

Photos by Weddings by Two | Flowers by Ivie Joy

T + V at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

We first got to know Travis through her work with LDC Design Associates a few years ago when we teamed up to work on a few projects together. When we heard that she got engaged and were interested in our services, we were so excited to be a part of her special day! Travis wanted to incorporate Victor's Russian heritage (we put flowering kale in her bouquets and arrangements!) and her Southern roots (Spanish moss on the chuppah) in her floral decor and we had so much fun brainstorming and coming up with ideas. 

Flowers by Ivie Joy | Photos by Emilio Madrid-Kuser

E + D at The Foundry

Emma and Dave's wedding was one of our favorites of 2015. The one word that comes to mind is effortless - everything was so easy (Emma and Dave being so open with the design concepts) and relaxed the day-of, which is always the best thing any event vendor can ask for. We got to work with our favorite vendors José Rolón, Real Food Catering, and Ambrose Eng, plus Emily Delamater (whose photos we absolutely adore!). Thank you to Emma and Dave for having such an attitude of gratitude - we loved working with you and we loved how everything came out in the end.

Photos by Emily Delamater | Planning by José Rolón | Flowers by Ivie Joy 

K + P at Rockleigh Country Club

When we were approached by our dear friend Kinnari to be her florists, we were beyond excited. Having worked with Kinnari in the past for other events, we knew her style to be beautiful, classy, and soft. Her spring wedding was full of full, textured blooms of peonies, phalaenopsis orchids, garden roses, ranunculus, cherry blossom branches, and anemones. With three different centerpiece designs and styles, a luxurious mandap, a floral wall, and even an elephant for the baraat, Kinnari and Pawan's wedding was one of the largest productions for the year!

A huge thank-you to Kinnari and Pawan for having us as their florists, Salwa Photography for the lovely photos, and Vaishali of Rose Events for planning this amazing wedding.

Kinnari held a bouquet of soft white and light blush peonies and white anemones. 

The mandap was draped with rich blush pink and white silk and held up by ornate gold columns wrapped with flowers. Phalaenopsis orchid stems were placed at the top post that cascaded down luxuriously.

T + J at Studio 450

Studio 450 is a raw space in midtown and the epitome of what you would think a "blank slate" venue would be: white walls, white floors, big windows, plenty of open space... we knew that Tiffany's choice of bright coral and pink tones would stand out beautifully, but we were amazed to see just how amazing everything looked. Tiffany's choice of white table linens and chairs also added to the look, with just the flowers and hardware adding color to the room. I can't even think of any other words other than "stunning" and "breathtaking" - everything looks perfect.

We used soft and feminine spring flowers for Tiffany's bouquet - Coral Charm peonies, Piano and Juliet garden roses, blush ranunculus, hypericum berries, and eucalyptus leaves. Centerpieces had similarly soft textured blooms like sweet peas, tulips, and lysimachia, with slightly "wild" accents with organic shapes.

Photos by JBM Weddings | Flowers by Ivie Joy | Catering by Real Foods