Simple Designs Give You Great Style

Less is More

 
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Simplicity Conveys Sophistication

A trend toward minimalist decor signals a welcome return to simpler times and simpler pleasures. Simplicity is not so much a design and decor statement as a style of utilizing what it is that you love and doing what seems right! Focus on the total look and feeling of the day's celebration. Aim for an overall impression.

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Planning a gorgeous wedding requires diligent attention, but with a minimalist theme it becomes easier to strip away the unnecessary and retain only what's meaningful and pertinent. The emphasis should be on you!

Remove extraneous details and highlight only a few meaningful accessories -the effort pays off, because what's left is the essence of a personalized expression of you as a couple.  Minimalism can honor family traditions and reflect individuality. Remember - Sometimes, more is not better, it is just more.  

Basic Elements

Think simple forms and classic shapes. Neutral palettes, dreamy linen, single flowers, crisp details.  Put them together with a punch of your personality and you've created an enchanting design direction.  The basic premise is that nothing intrudes on the senses: Highlight only the elements you want. Your wedding will not boring, by the book, or cookie-cutter expressions from a standard wedding idea book - your family and guests will appreciate and long remember what your wedding is truly all about.

utilize Nature's Beauty

Let the architecture dictate a theme and play up the beauty of surrounding materials, old stone walls, a rustic barn, a special tree, your Gram's perennial garden, the horse farm you grew up riding at - all can be perfect themes and backdrops. Use the natural elements to form the basis of your minimalist theme.  

Chic simplicity can be crafted from a simple white fabric with branches and scattered blooms.  Stunning for ceremony , behind a cake or behind a sweetheart table. Just draping fabric can also be stunning in its simplicity.

 
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For a buffet or food station - let the food presentation be the focus with minimal distractions and decoration. Use simple calligraphy or graphic type for menus and place cards.  Make a bold statement with a pure white tiered wedding cake festooned only with a sprig of greenery. And forego massive floral displays in favor of simple greenery or individual blooms in separate vases.  Let graphic design take precedence over color. Celebrate simplicity in all manner of ways. 

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Organic Elegance

Be true to an individual vision of loveliness, however you choose to define it. Organic elegance elements may be picked from nature, crafted from organic materials, chosen for their graphic design qualities, or reflective of long-standing family traditions. What's important is that every element has a purpose -- and not just to fill up space! No matter what the season or the setting, minimalism is stylish and in vogue. Keep the look fresh, unique and personal! 

Peonies: the Queen of Flowers

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Blush Peonies

Lovely Ruffles

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The sweet ruffles of the peony petals are possibly one of my most favorite things.  Peonies are one of the most requested flower for weddings. They simply exude femininity and prettiness; and embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

Peonies are large, often sweetly fragrant flowers, ranging in color from deep burgundy, pink, white and yellow.  White peonies traditionally symbolize young girls who are distinguished mainly by their wit but also by their beauty. Peonies are great mass flowers and are admired for their natural composition

History of the Peony

The peony is significant both historically and mythologically, and thus is tied to many different meanings and symbols. Common meanings include romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honor, and compassion — but peonies can also mean bashfulness

Peonies in Art

Peonies are the traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower.  Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. 

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Peonies are often depicted in Chinese art as they are a symbol of peace, stability, distinction and wealth. As early as the 7th century It is also an omen of good fortune. Chinese peony paintings of are often hung in the home for good luck and in the office for good business.  The complementary of opposites is another traditional Chinese meaning associated with the peony which is often understood as a positive influence for woman and man living harmoniously together. The Chinese peony is an emblem of love and affection and is a symbol of feminine beauty. 

Peony General Information

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Availability – Peonies are available during late spring through early summer, peaking in June.  Burgundy peonies are available in November and December.

Vase Life – Approximately 5 days.  Peonies last much longer in fresh water than in foam.

Peonies are glorious flowers – so just enjoy!!!

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Myths of the Peony

There are two common myths about the peony. In one, the peony is believed to be named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods. According to the legend, Paeon was a student of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. When Paeon used a peony root to heal Pluto — the first time this was tried — Aesculapius became jealous of his talents and tried to kill him. To save Paeon (and show compassion to him), Pluto transformed him into a peony, because he knew it was a flower that people would admire and praise. Thus, one peony meaning is compassion.

In the other myth, the peony is tied to a nymph named Paeonia. Paeonia is beautiful and attracts the attention of Apollo, who begins to flirt with her. When Paeonia realizes that Aphrodite is watching them, she becomes bashful and turns bright red. In anger, Aphrodite transforms the nymph into a red peony. This is how the peony came to symbolize bashfulness.

As the first myth shows, peonies were valued for their medicinal uses. In ancient and medieval times their roots and seeds were believed to cure over twenty diseases including epilepsy and snake bites. In England, children wore peony root necklaces to prevent seizures and help teething pain.

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