Wedding Inspiration

Vendor Spotlight: A Garden Party

Flowers are always a huge part of your wedding day, and here at Rosewood we have experienced so many different floral themes! We’ve worked with so many amazing vendors for flower arrangements, and have grown a special relationship with A Garden Party LLC!

A Garden Party is a floral shop based out of Elmer, NJ and they have worked alongside us at Rosewood many times. Recently, we reached out to the owners Dawn and Mary to ask them a few questions about their process with two different styles of weddings they hosted with us!

Liz Gibbs Photography

How the design process begins:

When asking A Garden Party about their design process, they said it all begins with their first meeting with their client where they ask a ton of questions! These questions range from “How do you want your wedding day to look and feel?” to “What part of your wedding day are you most excited about?” This allows them to prioritize the areas of decor and start customizing the couple’s design wishes based on their answers.

A Garden Party mentioned, if the couple for instance wants a lot of candlelight, they will bring in candles with various heights, shapes, and sizes ranging from lanterns, votives, and even uplighting. If the couple mentions they want a “secret garden feel” then they know they want vines and drippy flowers at all angles!

Liz Gibbs Photography

We asked A Garden Party to speak on the differences between Emily and Damon’s light and airy August wedding and Emily and Trevor’s moody, yet romantic, October wedding. Here’s what they had to say:

Emily & Damon’s August Wedding

Stacy Hart Photography

Emily and Damon’s wedding florals included a sort of “rustic elegance” feel. The couple requested this style to accent Rosewood and from there, Dawn and Mary were able to pull inspiration from the gardens - dahlias, hydrangeas, snapdragons, ranunculus, roses, larkspur, zinnias, and honeysuckle.

Stacy Hart Photography
Stacy Hart Photography

They decided to include soft tones of pale pink, peach, coral, whites, and eucalyptus; it made for a beautiful arrangement. They also pulled inspiration from the bridesmaid’s gowns and invitations which is where the greens really come through.

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Emily & Trevor’s October Wedding

Liz Gibbs Photography

Emily and Trevor’s wedding took on a different vibe. The couple mentioned they were looking for a moody romantic vine with Earth tones and lots of texture. From this, A Garden Party was able to go to work and started with incorporating muted neutrals, dramatic shapes that played up the neutrals, dried elements, grasses, mauve tulips, dahlias, and carnations. They also added neutral miniature phalaenopsis orchids and oversized garden roses.

Liz Gibbs Photography

Floral Design Differences

Both clients had key design differences, and wanted different styles and themes incorporated into their special day. Each couple had selected centerpieces in varying heights, which helped provide interest in the vast ballroom at Rosewood.

Liz Gibbs Photography
Stacy Hart Photography

The ceremony space is a blank slate and these two weddings varied in design. Emily and Damon selected an organic installation on the barn doors to hang above them, while Emily and Trevor selected a free standing floral frame with an organic shape.

Liz Gibbs Photography
Stacy Hart Photography

The free standing floral frame is in 2 parts, so it was easy to move into the ballroom and fit perfectly around the fireplace, which served dual purposes! Emily and Damon's wedding cake was sweet and simple, framed perfectly by reusing the aisle pieces behind it to amp up the display at no extra cost!

Liz Gibbs Photography
Stacy Hart Photography

Wedding Floral Tips!

A Garden Party’s advice to couples planning their wedding and floral arrangements is to follow your own style and the seasonal gift of flowers, not the trends. They love to gather inspiration from other events on social media, but the real goal is to create something special and unique to you.

They love incorporating locally grown flowers when they can and making your wildest floral dreams come true! They constantly aim to create timelessly beautiful events that showcase the couple's personality, not recreate the same weddings over and over! They say that overall, the design should be rooted in intention and seasonality.

Stacy Hart Photography

When looking to plan florals for your special day, keep true to yourself and your style. Look for inspiration where it feels natural, there’s always great things on social media and Pinterest, but remember to still make it unique and let the flowers be a reflection of you!

VENDORS

Emily and Damon:

Photography | Stacy Hart Photography  

Videography | Shawn Fisher Productions

Planning | Social Graces Events

Florals | A Garden Party

Catering | Libs Grill

Hair and Makeup | Brushed Beauty

Music | Wired Up Entertainment

Live Painter | By Brittany Branson

Officiant | Sealed With a Kiss Officiants

Signage | Esty & The Knot

Emily and Trevor:

Photography | Liz Gibbs Photography

Catering | Chesapeake Inn

Florals | A Garden Party

Music | Rockin Ramaley

Bakery | Sweet Melissa

Makeup | Jackie Scully Beauty

Hotel | Courtyard Newark