2016 Year in Review

 

One of my favorite things about New Year’s is reflecting on the past year. 2016 was an amazing year for La Boutique Nostalgie Wedding Design and Florist Firm – possibly our best yet. We designed for and created wedding and event flowers for several lovely couples. Our couples this year were all about personal details, beautiful color palettes, lush greenery and making guests feel at home. Clients asked for memory tables with photos of loved ones gone on, calligraphed signs with special messages, bouquets with flowers from their family gardens and much more.

 

Photo by Simply Captivating Photography of Shannon and Nathan

These special requests have helped La Boutique to hone in on our style. When the business was founded 5 years ago, we were all about vintage-inspired weddings. And vintage still plays a big role in most of our weddings. However, this year helped us to expand upon the business’s look and feel.

The words that keep coming up from clients helped, too. Romantic. Elegant. Classic. Warm. Simple. Inviting. Natural. Timeless. These words and our lovely 2016 clients have really helped us to shape the future of the business. We still specialize in vintage styles but I no longer want to restricted by one word. Instead, I want a La Boutique Nostalgie wedding to feel a certain way: Romantic, elegant, classic, warm, simple, inviting, natural and timeless. More importantly, I want our clients to feel that their weddings are one-of-a-kind and totally customized to them. Ultimately, weddings are about love and we want to reflect that through those personal details that begin with specialized, prompt service throughout the engagement.

Photo by BizzyBee Photography circa 2014. It may be time for new staff photo!

We can’t wait to show our 2017 couples what we can do! In the mean time, read on for our 2016 recap.

Note: This recap is not an extensive review. We don’t receive photos from every wedding we decorate or are florists for, so we only included ones that we have pics from at the moment. Rest assured, we love all our clients, featured or not! If you’d like us to share your photos or are a photographer, email us at boutiquenostalgie@gmail.com.

Winter

 

Winter is somewhat quiet for the Toledo wedding market (simply put, it’s cold). We kicked off our year when we coordinated and designed a lovely and intimate home wedding in Ottawa Hills.

In February, La Boutique Nostalgie realized our longtime goal, and along with friends Swatch Studios, we hosted Anchored, Northwest Ohio’s Bridal Show Alternative at the Secor Ballroom. Instead of a traditional bridal show with 100+ booths, we stuck with one vendor per category, and created interactive areas like a flower-crown station and braid and brow bars. Anchored also featured a styled mini wedding display, and a mock bride and groom (who were actually an engaged couple!). The goal was to create a relaxed, party-type atmosphere where brides and grooms could have fun and be inspired.

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Photo by Swatch Studios

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Photo by Swatch Studios

Our attendance expectations were exceeded and we are already planning 2017’s Anchored (March 11 at the Blarney Event Center). The popularity of the flower crown bar also led us to launch our own traveling flower crown bar service for showers and weddings. Read more here.

Spring

 

Spring is when wedding season really kicks off. Our spring brides requested classic glam and bling, sweet vintage charm, deep purples and lovely pastels to name a few things.

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Photo by Tim & Kylee Photography of Jenny and her girls

Photo by Tim and Kylee Photography

Photo by Tim and Kylee Photography at the Pinnacle

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Photo by Z Media at Catawba Island Club

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Jennifer’s grandparents have the same anniversary as her and Josh, so she asked that we display a note to them on our vintage typewriter. Photo by Z Media.

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Photo by Z Media

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Bed of lavender and gold mirrors to display seat assignments. Photo by Z Media.

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Photo by Z Media

 

Summer

 

Summer was BUSY and we traveled more than usual (while most of the weddings we design are in Toledo and Northwest Ohio, we do travel to Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Southeast Michigan and beyond). We kicked off the hottest season with a wedding at Brookside Farms in Northeast Ohio.

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Photo by Alicia Wines Photography

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Photo by Alicia Wines Photography of Katie and Kevin. Katie’s dad built her this beautiful arbor and we were so happy to decorate it.

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Photo by Alicia Wines Photography

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Photo by Alicia Wines Photography

We also traveled to the lovely Rivercrest Farms in Dover and spent plenty of time designing for our Toledo brides and grooms. Other venues we had the pleasure of working at included the Pinnacle, Monclova Community Center, Fifth Third Field and the Toledo Zoo.

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Photo by Swatch Studios of Katheryn and Jake. Flower crowns were a big thing this year!

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Photo by Swatch Studios. We don’t use daisies too often but when we do they make us smile. Bride Katheryn requested lots of daisies, which are her and her mom’s favorites.

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Photo by JEM Photography

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Photo by Simply Captivating Photography of Shannon. Shannon, a vet, used table “animals” insteaed of numbers. We love a creative twist!

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Photo by Simply Captivating Photography at the Toledo Zoo.

Photo by Christie Materni Photography. Bride Sarah is a Boutique associate so this wedding was extra special!

Photo by Christie Materni Photography. Bride Sarah is a Boutique associate so this wedding was extra special!

Fall

 

As many in the wedding industry will tell you, fall is fast replacing spring as the busiest season for weddings. We started our fall off with some good news – a wedding we did a boho-chic bouquet and flower crown for was picked up by Junebug Weddings!

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Photo by Eastlyn Bright of Samantha.

In the fall, our team traveled to the Armory in Napoleon, created floral and designed a blush wedding at Heatherdowns Country Club and went by ferry to Put-in-Bay and Catawba Island. We also spent time at the Secor Ballroom for two weddings and designed and served as wedding florists for a vintage Christmas wedding at Nazareth Hall in December.

In November, we donated our floral services to a military wedding organized by Kent & Stephanie Photography. Read more about that lovely day at Scarlet Oaks Estate here!

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Photo by Kent & Stephanie of Allison’ bouquet at Scarlet Oaks Estate in Findlay

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Photo by Kent & Stephanie

We also made some major changes in November…we moved! We weren’t planning on moving our showroom, having relocated to the Secor Building last year, but when we saw a space next to the Oliver House, we knew it was a perfect fit for the future. While we aren’t quite ready to reveal the new space yet (still installing shelving for the inventory!), we can share some photos from a wedding we designed, coordinated and did floral for in September at the Oliver House’s Event Center.

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Photo by Colleen Schmidt Photography

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Photo by Colleen Schmidt Photography

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2017 is already shaping up to be a great year. Like our past clients, our 2017 couples value timeless designs and personal details. Our team is excited to grow and share our design knowledge with our clients! We still have select 2017 (and 2018) spots open. If you’d like a free consultation, email us at info@laboutiquenostalgie.com to discuss your floral and design needs.

Thank you to our inspiring clients and vendor friends for a beautiful year! And big thanks to La Boutique’s talented and hard-working team of associates: Heather, Katie, Sarah, Bonny, Julia, Brittany, Michelle, Cindy, Lexi, Jen and Ryan. This year was busy and fulfilling in so many ways and that’s because of you.

Happy New Years!

La Boutique Nostalgie

Read our 2015 recap here.

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