Category archives: Floral Design

Sarah & Chad’s breathtaking day at Il Mercato 1.20.18

Sarah & Chad's breathtaking day at Il Mercato 1.20.18

We’re fawning over the gorgeous pictures from Sarah and Chad’s wedding!  Catherine Guidry, as always takes the prettiest pictures and we’re happy to share them with you!

A big thanks to Scriptura for their DAZZLING invitations! So New Orleans and we are LOVING it!

In Sarah’s stunning bouquet we used her favorite flowers, consisting of blush Clooney ranunculus’, white stock, ivory spray roses, and blush David Austin garden roses.  Sarah asked us to include a sprig of myrtle in her bouquet to follow the tradition of British Royalty.  Myrtle: It’s royal tradition (and many others’ tradition) to carry a sprig of myrtle in the wedding bouquet. Did you know that every royal bride since Queen Victoria has carried myrtle?  Myrtle’s special meaning is the emblem of love and marriage. What’s more fitting than that?

Bridesmaids bouquets with Amnesia roses, (yes please!), ranunculus, faith roses, seeded eucalyptus, ivory majolica spray roses and Italian ruscus, are some of the elements we used in their bouquets.

Beautifully designed arrangements in gold mercury compotes compliment our grand gold candelabras and accents of gold mercury votives!

Il Mercato never disappoints with its charm and beauty. Makes designing events there a dream!

 

A big hoorah to Mis En Place Events and Swiss Confectionery for making their day even more special and partnering with us!

 

Planner:  Mis En Place Events

Cake:  Swiss Confectionery

Photographer: Catherine Guidry

Florals: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Candles: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Invitations: Scriptura

Venue: Il Mercato

Bridal Gown:  Monique Lhuilier 

 

Amsterdam meets New Orleans: Lulu and Jochem’s Extraordinary Wedding at Felicity ChurchRemarkable florals wrapped in Southern charm - Lulu and Jochem Get Hitched!

Amsterdam meets New Orleans: Lulu and Jochem's Extraordinary Wedding at Felicity Church

New Orleans and Amsterdam are internationally renowned as vibrant cities with unforgettable character, and the splendor that radiates from these one-of-a-kind places is something worth holding on to.

The welcoming and jubilant spirit of New Orleans is what our bride, Lulu, enjoyed so much while she lived here, and it’s what brought her back to New Orleans to celebrate the joy she found in Jochem; in Amsterdam.

Lulu and Jochem were married at Felicity Church in New Orleans last September. We challenged ourselves to celebrate their unique spirit with remarkable flowers in violet (Lulu’s favorite color); incorporating blooms that are so unique, yet so at home amongst the magnolia leaves.

Otherworldly flowers and greens like Queen Protea, Skeleton Leaf, Gomphrena, Artichokes, Fiddle Leaf Fern Frond, Ferns, Allium, Hellebores and Tillandsia Xerographica (air plant) stand out against deep green foliage. MOOD. Unique wedding at felicity church, new orleansOtherworldly flowers and greens like Queen Protea, Skeleton Leaf, Gomphrena, Artichokes, Fiddle Leaf Fern Frond, Ferns, Allium, Hellebores and Tillandsia Xerographica (air plant) stand out against deep green foliage. MOOD. unique wedding at felicity church, new orleans

Otherworldly flowers and greens like Queen Protea, Skeleton Leaf, Gomphrena, Artichokes, Fiddle Leaf Fern Frond, Ferns, Allium, Hellebores and Tillandsia Xerographica (air plant) stand out against deep green foliage. MOOD.

Liatris, tall cylinder, pillar candles, feliciy church, new orleans, stained glass, altar arrangement Liatris, tall cylinder, pillar candles, felicity church, new orleans stained glass, altar arrangement

Distinction and gesture: Bundles of Liatris applaud the couple from this ceremony backdrop.

Remarkable flowers with Southern charm. Magnolia foliage, queen protea, fern, airplant, bridal bouquet, fiddle head fern frond, unique weddings at felicity church, new orleans

Magnolia foliage is a classic pairing for most New Orleans weddings, but here it produces a special feeling of homecoming.

Liatris altar arrangement close up, altar arrangement for unique wedding flowers at felicity church, new orleans

Artichoke, Magnolia, Fiddlehead Fern, and Seeded Eucalyptus at felicity church in new orleans

Harmonious greens: Artichoke, Magnolia, Fern, and Seeded Eucalyptus

Lulu and Jochem’s destination wedding was as unforgettable as the place they call home. How do you stand out from the crowd? We want you to feel comfortable bringing any and all kinds of challenges to us as floral designers because your wedding flowers should be as special as you are!

When it comes to celebrating the rich bond between you and your partner, how will you express yourself?

All photos by Titus Photography.

You can find Titus’ post on Lulu and Jochem here.

Many thanks to those who MAKE IT HAPPEN:

It’s Your Time Events —  Erin St. Pierre

Folklore Salon  —  Agnes Backman

Felicity Church

Rebecca & Nicky’s Floral Wonderland Wedding at the Orpheum

Rebecca & Nicky's Floral Wonderland Wedding at the Orpheum

It’s been over a year in waiting, but we are so excited to finally share all the floral design details for this one!

Our brides Rebecca and Nicky had an incredible wedding in New Orleans last October surrounded by their family, friends and some of the most colorful and bold wedding florals and decor that we’ve seen.

The ceremony took place at the Crescent City Ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel with their utterly fabulous reception immediately following at the Orpheum Theater.

The eclectic color palette featuring shades of blue, purple, hot pink, yellow and orange accented with gold perfectly complemented the extravagant and ornate details of the reception space.

Custom fabricated flower boxes and custom built main bar included a jaw-dropping display of 11 ft. tall floral filled columns and an 8 ft. wide back bar flower wall.

Not a single detail was overlooked and floral arrangements adorned the stage, bars, every table and lounge space imaginable.

When we say every inch of space at the Orpheum was used, we’re not kidding! Scroll to see just how epic this wedding was because words don’t quite do it justice.

Featured Vendors:

Florals: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Planning and Design: Raizk Design

Rentals: Pret-a-Fete

Photography: Margot Landen Weddings

Custom Fabrication: Raven PMG

Ceremony: Crescent City Ballroom

Reception: The Orpheum Theater

 

Wedding Cakes With Our Magical Floral Touch

Wedding Cakes With Our Magical Floral Touch

In case you missed it, our sister company, A Wise Bride, recently showcased a few of our wedding cake floral designs on their blog. Check it out here!

Plus, since we can’t say no to more cake or flowers, we compiled a list of just a few of our favorite wedding cakes in all kinds of shapes, sizes and designs topped off with the Kim Starr Wise touch! Enjoy!

8ft Tall Wedding Cake

Sweetpeas, roses, gardenias, stephanotis and other blooms wound it’s way around this six-foot-tall white-chocolate chiffon wedding cake.

The super-sized wedding cake was just one of many of the epic focal pieces from this grand wedding featured in Martha Stewart Weddings!

See more from Haylie & Brad’s super luxe big day, including the all-white tulip ceiling over the dance floor, here.

Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Photographer: A Bryan Photo

Wedding Cake With Bold Cascading Florals

Bright and bold hues of roses, anemones, ranunculus and more cascade from the top to bottom of this tiered wedding cake.

Cake: Piece of Cake

Photographer: Julia Bailey

Wedding Cake Decor With White Freesia, Lavender Clematis, Lavender Sweet Pea

Cookies, cake and champagne! Not to mention, we love how well the florals complement the textured icing look.

This wedding cake’s floral decor includes white freesia, lavender clematis, lavender sweet pea and some foliage accents.

Photographer: Dark Roux

Wedding Cake Decor With Spay Roses Encircled With Babies Breath Garland

A classic design with a Simpson’s cake topper! It’s always refreshing to see a couple unafraid to incorporate some humor into their wedding plans.

The wedding cake is wrapped with ivory majolica spay roses and foliage, and a garland of baby’s breath encircles it.

Cake: Pure Cake

Photographer: Dark Roux

Wedding Cake With Red Rose Decor

Here the simplicity of the clusters of red roses adorned on each tier, the mix of clear and mercury gold votives surrounding the wedding cake and the dark ambiance at Latrobe’s create such a romantic setting.

Cake: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki

Photographer: Dark Roux

 

 

 

A Grand Affair Under a Chuppah of Garden Roses and Hydrangeas

A Grand Affair Under a Chuppah of Garden Roses and Hydrangeas

Maggie & Jeff’s wedding during Halloween weekend last fall was an affair to remember, to say the least! In lieu of candy and costumes, our bride and groom hosted a grand and elegant wedding extravaganza amongst their closest family and friends.

The ceremony took place at the Touro Synagogue where Maggie & Jeff exchanged vows under a white draped chuppah adorned with a garland of garden roses, flat eucalyptus, spray roses, and hydrangeas.

WEDDING CEREMONY AT TOURO SYNAGOGUE

The celebration continued with a seated dinner and reception in the Grand Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.

FLOATING FLOWER CENTERPIECES

For the bride and groom’s head table, we created a “floating” floral centerpiece consisting of roses, hydrangeas, dusty miller, tulips and foliage that spanned the length of the table. Floating candles and a mix of smaller flower arrangements were also placed along the dining table underneath the main focal piece.

WEDDING FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

Each table in the Grand Ballroom was topped with flowers, we designed a variety of centerpieces; floral runners, tall floral centerpieces, clusters of vases and everything in between!

CUSTOM WEDDING FLOWER ARRANGEMENT

On the escort card table, Maggie and Jeff displayed pictures of their parents and grandparents on their wedding day. Here, we designed a “family tree” with intertwined, cascading florals.

BRIDE AND GROOM CUTTING TIERED WEDDING CAKE

This wedding cake and their smiles! Could this couple (and picture) be any more perfect?!

Featured Vendors:

Ceremony: Touro Synagogue

Reception: Grand Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Day of Planner: Ruby & Pearl Events

Florals: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Wedding Cake: Royal Cakery

Photographer: Oscar Rajo

 

Jared & Lake’s Tropical Wedding at Race + Religious

Jared & Lake's Tropical Wedding at Race + Religious

They say New Orleans is the northern most Caribbean city and the tropical vibes from Jared and Lake’s big day without a doubt prove this saying true!

Their ceremony and reception took place at Race + Religious, a historic venue that features multiple restored cottages complete with carefully curated antique decor plus a fountain-flanked pool, two brick courtyards, and lush palms lit by the flicker of gas lamps.

See how the Kim Star Wise Floral Events team used the eclectic setting at Race + Religious to create this romantic tropical paradise for our grooms.

CUSTOM DESIGNED ALTAR WITH TROPICAL FLORALS

Jared and Lake exchanged their vows under this custom designed altar decorated with tropical palm fans, flowering acacia, spray roses, poppies, viburnum, roses, magnolia foliage, wild smilax vines, blooming forsythia and orange dubium.

STUNNING FLOWER ARRANGEMENT AT GUEST SIGN IN TABLE

Next to the guestbook sits a stunning flower arrangement of forsythia, orange dubium, tulips, hydrangea, magnolia, gerbera daisies, Juliet garden roses, eremurus, montbretia, olive foliage, ivory roses, jasmine vines and curly willow.

FRESH FLORAL CENTERPIECES AT WEDDING RECEPTION

Fresh floral centerpieces of camellia, hydrangea, olive branches, freesia, helleborus, flowering acacia, eremurus, orange dubium, spray roses, poppies, forsythia, gerbera daisies, jasmine vines and Juliet garden roses were placed at every reception table.

WEDDING CAKE TOPPED WITH FLOWERING ACACIA AND ORANGE DUBIUM BLOOMS

Even the four tiered cake was embellished with a simple bundle of flowering acacia and orange dubium blooms.

TWO GROOMS WEARING ANEMONE BOUTONNIERES

Looking as handsome as ever and blissfully in love on their wedding day, Jared and Lake wore classic black tuxedos adorned with anemone boutonnieres; one adorned with forsythia and the other adorned with fresh jasmine.

GAY WEDDING AT RACE + RELIGIOUS IN NEW ORLEANS

Featured Vendor List

Ceremony & Reception: Race + Religious

Planning & Design: Ruby & Pearl

Florals: Kim Starr Wise

Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Photographer: Dark Roux

Our Floral Designs Featured in Martha Stewart Wedding MagazineMr. & Mrs. St. Angelo | March 2016

Our Floral Designs Featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine

One of the biggest events we’ve ever been a part of has been featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine! We are beyond excited to finally share all the stunning floral designs we created for Haylie & Bradley’s epic New Orleans Wedding.

From the beginning, the bride envisioned a beautiful and timeless garden party while the groom wanted a luxurious, over-the-top reception. And like all Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, big or small, we made this dream a reality that you absolutely must see to believe!

Their extravagant affair took place in the French Quarter starting with the ceremony at the iconic St. Louis Cathedral followed by the reception at the Old Ursuline Convent just a few blocks away.

Haylie, Bradley, and their 500 guests danced the night away under a custom fabricated ceiling consisting of 24,000 white tulips that were imported from Holland. The inverted garden of tulips took nearly nine hours to complete as each one was hung individually to the metal frame using toothpicks!

The main reception tent was completely transformed with an elegant mix of banquet and round dining tables topped with an assortment of flower arrangements including roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, and even more tulips.

While the inside of the tent was fully draped with linen and floral garlands consisting of white spray roses, plumose, salal, and white limonium.

Sweetpeas, roses, gardenias, stephanotis and other blooms wound around the six-foot-tall white-chocolate chiffon wedding cake.

Dressed in all white, Haylie and her bridesmaids exuded elegance. The bridal bouquet consisted of all lily of the valley. While the bridesmaids each wore a flower crown and carried fresh bouquets of white sweet peas.

Featured Vendor List

Reception location: Old Ursuline Convent

Event planning and design: Sapphire Events

Flowers and design: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Photography: A Bryan Photo

Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Rentals: the 12th Table; Casa de Perrin; I Do Linens; Perrier Party Rentals; Revelry Event Designers

Bride’s gown: Inbal Dror from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Joanna August

Lighting and custom rentals: Luminous Events

Lighting, inverted garden, and custom fabrication: Raven Production Management Group

Tent and installations: Scurlock Tent Rentals

Wedding at The Chicory Featured in Carats & Cake

Wedding at The Chicory Featured in Carats & Cake

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events was recently featured in Carats & Cake for Irene & Ricardo’s wedding at The Chicory in New Orleans. Irene & Ricardo flew all the way from Ecuador to get married in New Orleans!

Like many venues in New Orleans, The Chicory has a storied past and perfectly suited for our foreign couple. What started as a coffee warehouse in the 1850s is now an incredible event space with pressed tin ceilings, real gas lanterns, exposed brick and has the original beams.

We absolutely loved how the floral designs came out in this beautiful juxtaposition with hundreds of hanging Edison light bulbs in this cozy industrial, yet rustic space.

Wedding seated dinner at The Chicory

Suspended garden roses, regular roses, and spray roses, commingling with lightbulbs in custom designed wood structures that perfectly matched the interior of the venue.

Wedding flower centerpieces

Their seated dinner for about 150 people, consisted of rows of long banquet tables that were lined with flower centerpieces in different gold mercury bud vases and compotes, incorporating a blush, ivory, peach and burgundy color palette.  I used nerine lilies, burgundy spray roses, blush tulips, plumose, seeded eucalyptus, David Austin’s Kate Garden, ilse spray roses, pink astilbe and smilax vines.

Tiered wedding cake with floral bouquets

Clusters of David Austin Juliet garden roses, blush ranunculus, white anemones and ivory majolica spray roses dotted each tier of their wedding cake.

Floral wedding bouquet

For Irene, I created an asymmetric shaped bouquet, incorporating pepper berries, cafe au lait dinner plate dahlias, jasmine vine, astilbe, David Austin Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus, plumose, and was elegantly finished with ivory silk ribbon.

Featured Vendor List

Reception: The Chicory

Event Design/Coordination: Sapphire Events

Florist: Kim Starr Wise

Lighting: Luminous Events

Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Photographer: Jacqueline Dallimore

Secret Garden Styled Shoot for Southern Bride Magazine

Secret Garden Styled Shoot for Southern Bride Magazine

2017 is off to an exciting start with news that Kim Starr Wise Floral Events will be featured in Southern Bride magazine’s January issue!

Last year, we were approached by New Orleans wedding planner Elyse Jennings to collaborate on a secret garden themed styled photo shoot at the Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden Museum, and we knew that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with her and showcase our work!

This historic home is nestled in the French Quarter and surrounded by lush green gardens with a pristine courtyard that is a floral designer’s dream canvas.

Secret garden styled wedding shoot

At the center of the brick paved courtyard, the fountain is adorned with a cascading floral and foliage garland complete with blush and ivory spray roses, and crimson garden roses.

The iron archways topped with wild smilax vines and perfectly placed white, peach and blush roses create a picturesque background that completes the vision of this love affair between a bride and groom (by the way- they’re a real couple)!  They married in New Orleans this past February!

Even fresh flower bouquets made of ranunculus, David Austin Juliet garden roses, spray roses, hellebores, and agonis were tucked in the linen chair ties. Not a single detail was overlooked when creating the romantic setting for this shoot!

Atop of a golden antique barcart sits a three-tiered marbled pink wedding cake decorated with fresh garden roses.

Featured Vendor List

Planning and Design: Elyse Jennings Weddings

Venue: Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum

Florist: Kim Starr Wise

Furniture and Decor: Event Rental

Bridal Gown: Wedding Belles New Orleans

Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Photographer: Marissa Lambert Photography

Black Tie New Orleans Wedding featured in Southern Weddings

Black Tie New Orleans Wedding featured in Southern Weddings

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events was recently featured in Southern Weddings for Amy and Mike’s Black Tie New Orleans Wedding that took place in early summer of 2016.

This elegant affair took place at Il Mercato – a recently renovated Spanish style venue with one of the most beautiful courtyards in the city. We worked alongside Sapphire Events and many other local vendors to transform the space for Amy, Mike and their 200 out-of-town guests.

The floral design for this wedding incorporated a light, neutral color palette consisting of sahara spray roses, ilse spray roses, vendela roses and wild smilax and leafing muscadine vines that perfectly complemented the simple, yet romantic setting of this courtyard.

chuppah wedding ceremony

The bride and groom exchanged their vows underneath this acrylic chuppah draped with roses and vines and surrounded by candles.

kim starr wise bridal bouquet new orleans

The bride’s asymmetric fresh floral bouquet consisted of ranunculus, astilbe, nigella, gardenias, peonies, ivy, white o’hara garden roses and fresh jasmine vines.

il mercato wedding new orleans sapphire events southern weddings

Tables and lounge areas throughout the reception were adorned with fresh floral centerpieces in gold mercury compotes using hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, quicksand roses jasmine vines, and ranunculus accented by gold vases and votives.

wedding lounge seating

Featured Vendor List

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Il Mercato

Event Design/Coordination: Sapphire Events

Florist: Kim Starr Wise

Lighting: Luminous Events

Catering: Joel’s

Bride’s Gown Designer: Watters

Photographer: Arte De Vie