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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Photo by JEM Photography of Kayla
Photo by Simply Captivating Photography of Shannon. Shannon, a vet, used table “animals” insteaed of numbers. We love a creative twist!
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!
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!
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.
Photo by Colleen Schmidt Photography
Photo by Colleen Schmidt Photography
Photo by Colleen Schmidt Photography of Eryanne and Keegan
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 email@example.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.