Outside the Flowerbox: Science inspired table

The ladies of Poppies & Posies have done it again with a fabulous science inspired wedding!

About the shoot…
We’ve been chatting about doing a science inspired wedding for some time now.  It seems that every time we go antiquing (which is pretty often) we’ve come across vintage lab equipment and antique medicinal bottles that we couldn’t pass up. They were just begging to be used in a tablescape and ultimately were the elements that inspired our vision for this shoot!

We chose to shoot the tablescape in an outdoor garden because it felt like the perfect natural environment. Each beaker, bottle, and science vile was filled with soft, delicate flowers such as blush dahlias, white scabiosa, garden roses, and vines to create a romantic atmosphere.

We brought Bryn of Paperfinger on-board to create the perfect seating cards and table numbers for the shoot. We’re always blown away by her elegant calligraphy and attention to detail. Her table number was based on the periodic table and we used the mini glass science tube stoppers to hold her oh so sweet seating cards down.

No wedding is complete without delicious cuisine and neither of us would rather eat any other food than that cooked by Stuart and Welch catering. They prepared grilled ahi tuna with local corn, heirloom tomatoes and avocado. The vibrant colors of the dish perfectly ‘popped’ off our tablescape.

Jen Huang joined us for the day to photograph the spread and as always we were blown away by her talent! Her attention to detail and unique perspective really brought it all to life on film.

Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod wore a utterly breathtaking dress designed by Sarah Seven and provided by Lovely Bride. We adored the non traditional and super fun look that a short dress created. Small quirky touches, such as our anatomically correct heart boutonniere and a dinner menu designed using an antique periodic table finished off our science inspired wedding.

The possibilities for designing an entire wedding around this theme are endless. We imagine an entire seating chart painted on glass microscope slides and a dessert bar filled with jars of colorful “elements” (think gold leaf covered chocolates and blue rock h20 candy) would be just the thing to make any wedding unforgettable!


Credits:
Flowers & Design Concept by Poppies & Posies
Photography by Jen Huang
Food by Stuart and Welch Catering
Calligraphy by Paperfinger
Sarah Seven dress provided by Lovely Bride
Models, Jasmine Johnson of BridalBod & Davraam
A special thanks to our intern, Annie Huang!

[images from Jen Huang Photography]

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Outside the Flowerbox with Poppies & Posies

I’m so excited to welcome Sierra & Juliet of Poppies & Posies as a new contributer here on Brooklyn Bride!   These lovely ladies will be joining us every month to showcase fabulously modern florals…today, we start with a shoot inspired by a recent trip to Costa Rica…

modern floral arrangement

Recently, Poppies & Posies was lucky enough to take a trip to Costa Rica. The unusual plant life and exotic flowers that encompasses the country side there were incredibly beautiful. One particularly inspiring piece of flora that we stumbled upon was a flowering vine.  The vine had draped itself all over an ancient tree. Its bright yellow florets looked like the were glowing in the sunlight. It was truly other wordly and made the entire P&P team stop and stand in awe at the base of the tree for an inappropriate amount of time.  The locals later told us that this vine only flowers once every two years and and when it does it only last for a day or two. Alas, when we went back two days later all of the petals had already fallen from the vine and the tree was bare again.
Our tablescape was designed in the hopes of transporting each guest to that almost other worldly, tropical jungle. A leaf canopy was built for the guests to sit under and large fiddle heads, gloriosa, and moss provide a jungle-esque runner. If you look closely there are butterflies and tiny turquoise beetles hiding in the flora of the tablescape. Janelle Sing handmade the seating cards with mini illustrations of bugs and mini pineapples provide a holder at each setting. Crisp white china and simple silver flatware provide a modern edge.

Sources:

Janelle Sing for the calligraphy/illustrated seating cards

Ella Cafe for allowing us to use their space for the shoot

[images from Missy Photography]

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Studio tour: poppies & posies

Can these girls BE any cuter??  And their space is to DIE for!!

Name: Juliet Totten + Sierra Yaun
Location: Upper West Side
Company: poppies & posies

What is your aesthetic? I’d say our aesthetic is country garden meets fabulous vintage shop.  We love bold, bright flowers and found objects, and what happens when you put the two together!

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We’re surrounded by vintage vases, antiques, and found objects that we use in many of our designs and they certainly keep us inspired!  Also, the more permanent parts of our studio, like our old farmhouse table (now desk) and old industrial toolbox, reflect our belief that beauty can be found and realized in unexpected places.

Favorite part of your studio? The big shuttered windows let lots of light pour into the space which makes for a pretty great place to work!

Where do you go for inspiration? Our antiquing trips outside of the city really inspire us. It’s really fun to find little treasures and use them in our designs. We recently found a vintage hat box that said “park ave nyc” on it. We bought it and filled it with flowers for an event.  Also, any place with fresh flowers and produce.  We’ve definitely been known to go to the farmers market and come back with huge amounts of herbs and vegetables… excited to turn them into some fabulous centerpiece or bouquet.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Clippers… Juliet is especially attached to her clippers and really hates leaving the house without them… this is especially awkward at black tie events :)

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Sometimes we daydream about our future retail shop.  We’ve already designed the whole space in our heads.

Anything else we should know? We really love when we get the chance to work on the overall design of a wedding.  It is so exciting to help our clients take their personal sense of style and turn it into an environment that reflects them as a couple.  We also love getting to handcraft all of the tiny details… we’re mad for the crafty stuff!

[images from Oh Darling! Photography]

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