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Featured Florist: Hana Floral

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Florals and greenery are one of the biggest focal points of any wedding from the bride's beautiful bouquet, the complementing bridesmaid bouquets, the ceremony altar to the wow factor of the reception table centerpieces. They are truly what make the wedding atmosphere feel dreamy and celebratory all at the same time. 

We thought it would be a great idea to chat with one of our favorite floral companies, Hana Floral! They have created stunning weddings under our tents over the years so we are giving you the chance to get to know the owner, Yumiko Fletcher a little better and show off how amazing and talented her and her team are. Seriously - they create the most dreamy florals. 

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How she got her start in the floral industry:

 Yumiko got her start in the floral industry over 15 years ago after her mom passed away suddenly from cancer. She ended up taking a leave of absence from her NYC job and worked at a small flower shop that summer. Her boss at the flower shop told her that she was a natural and she then decided to take a few classes at the NY Botanical gardens as well. She continued to work with florals at another shop after she moved that focused on a lot of weddings and events and then in 2004, she decided to start Hana Floral officially. Before finding her love of florals she was a classically trained opera singer and wanted a way to get back into creativity in a new form that could also end up being her livelihood. 

What she likes most about working in the wedding/event industry: 

She loves meeting her clients and getting to be a part of one of the most important days of their lives.  It's still a thrill to her even after over 700 weddings!!  

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Her favorite wedding she has done with us and why it was so special: 

She loved our Vermont wedding at the Hermitage Inn (photos below). She was fortunate to make a connection with the family and loved being a part of both of their daughter's weddings.

Does she prefer working with greenery or florals for decor?  BOTH

What she enjoys about designing florals for tents vs an indoor space and what are the major differences that clients would want to know: 

She loves a tented wedding because it's a blank slate.  You can create your dream wedding without the walls of a ballroom confining you. She's also just a huge fan of any weddings outdoors. Nature is your background and that is always beautiful.


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The geographic areas she services:

Her and her team will go wherever their clients ask them to travel however, their general area is all of CT, NY, and New England.

Her favorite flowers to use for wedding bouquets/table centerpieces: 

Without a doubt, she says she is a peony lover. She also really loves so many spring flowers, such as lilacs, hellebores, and ranunculus. (Us too Yumiko... us too.) 

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The process behind creating and designing floral décor for a wedding: 

She likes to hear about the couple's story and the reasoning behind the venue/location for their wedding to get a vision of the overall day. From there she goes into more detail with the couples about where the florals are going to be - whether its the bouquets, personal flowers, ceremony or reception. She always encourages brides to send her images of what they are envisioning or a Pinterest board full of ideas which then helps her and her team to pull common themes and colors for the florals.

For more incredible dreamy pictures go to their Instagram

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Featured Venue: The Weekapaug Inn

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Situated on the Quonochontaug Pond, the Weekapaug Inn is a picturesque quaint getaway in Weekapaug, Rhode Island that has the classic New England feeling that we all love! In 1899 the Buffum family decided to start a resort for the Weekapaug beach community sensing its ideal location and strong family lifestyle. With a few changes to location and four generations of inn keepers, it is still a cherished location for luxury weddings, relaxing vacations and weekend getaways. 

Inspired with classic Cape Cod style decor and waterfront location, the Inn itself has 31 guest rooms including four two-bedrooms signature suites with views from every room as well as modern farm to table dining focusing on the best seasonal and local produce. 

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If you're looking for the dreamy "idyllic" wedding location then you are looking at the right venue.  With both indoor and outdoor venue spaces, including our amazing Sperry Tents, you are able to create an unforgettable experience for your guests that offers the simplicity of the New England scenery with the endless charm and ease of this space.

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Having visited here several times for our tented event installs this past summer, I can truly say that I wish I could spend an entire summer here! The staff is great and the views are perfectly peaceful. You are free to totally chill out with a good book on the lawn chairs, grab a bike/kayak and spend the day exploring, sit and have a drink by the pool or in our case, have an amazing wedding day.

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Here is a glimpse into one of our favorite events that we have done at the Weekapaug Inn. 

Stay tuned for updates with plenty more wedding stories from this venue in the upcoming months!

Link Here to see the full story and a list of all the amazing vendors!

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Need a Dream Wedding Theme?!

Choosing an aesthetic for your wedding day can be a little daunting since you may not know where to start. Not everyone creates an "I Do" Pinterest board or starts a wedding binder as a child like Monica Gellar. 

We figured that we would sprinkle inspiration from some of our favorite past weddings to get you thinking about what you love, want and cannot live without for your own wedding. (And hopefully that dream wedding of yours is under one of our authentic Sperry Tents or custom-crafted clear tops.)

Simply Spring 

If you're thinking of a garden party aesthetic with pastel florals, crisp white and navy details this wedding at Winvian Farms is perfect for showcasing a pop of happiness in the early springtime.

For their feature on Carats & Cake Click Here

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Lovely Late Summer/Early Fall

If you are leaning towards a more all white pallet this is a stunning one to take inspiration from! The gold accents from the white rose center pieces and tableware work beautifully with the glistening chandeliers and lace tablecloth. 

For their feature on Carats & Cake Click Here

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Charming Summer Soiree

If you're all about a charming laid-back summer wedding filled with bright pinks and yellows then we have got a great inspiration board for you. This wedding is a dream aesthetic marrying charming vintage touches with vibrant pops of color.

If you want even more inspiration Click Here for the feature on Style Me Pretty

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Autumnal Fete

A fall wedding in Vermont is perfect for couples who want a more relaxed, natural setting to say I Do. If you are craving an elegant, but rustic atmosphere then take inspiration from your favorite fall activities, the jewel-toned foliage and those unbeatable crisp, clear evenings. You are sure to create an unforgettable celebration. 

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Classic Neutrals

If millennial pink and washed-out pastels aren't your style (which is totally fine by the way... mason jars and pastels have had their moment and it's time to usher in some new decor) then a blue and grey color board is the perfect backdrop for a late fall wedding. Weaving greenery like eucalyptus into your florals will give some texture and work beautifully with the blues and whites of your tableware and linens. A truly elegant and classic aesthetic. 

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So which is your favorite? Share your favorite wedding inspiration with us by tagging us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest when you find your must have wedding details! #gtcweddingsinpo

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You're engaged! Now what?

So I hear you just got engaged, Congratulations!  Now there are endless lists, suggestions and tips online as to what every newly engaged couple has to do, and every single thing seems like its the most important and has to be done basically as soon as the ring is on your finger! Not to worry, you do indeed have time to think about and organize one of the most important days of your life. We've come up with 5 things that are definitely top priority once you've said yes!

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1. Celebrate! Celebrate!

This may seem a little obvious yes however, a lot of couples tend to go right into the planning of their wedding and forget about this big moment in their lives. Now some couples choose to keep this a secret to enjoy the little moments with their fiance before telling everyone and anyone about your engagement. The first people that are a must tell are your parents/family, preferably in person since they will probably have the best reaction and it has a lot more meaning to them! After that go wild and crazy telling friends because they have definitely been waiting for you to tell them this news. Once you have covered all your must-tell people on your lives, don't hesitate to post a picture on social media after, we all want to see that ring, well and of course how they proposed. 

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2. Ring Insurance

Not the most thrilling part of an engagement, understandably, but very necessary! Having your ring appraised is crucial when adding it as a "ring rider" to you homeowners/renters insurance and policy will give you coverage in case anything happens to your now most prized possession. The Knot & Jewelers Mutual has a great article about how the whole process and why its necessary, Click Here!

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3. Determine Top 2 Wedding Priorities 

This is something that you and your fiance should talk about and agree on early in the wedding planning process. Something that you both will not compromise on weather that is budget for the overall wedding, location and even guest count. Setting these decisions will save time and concerns when concentrating on other factors that you and your fiance can compromise on through out such as food (buffet/sit down), florals, photographer etc. 

4. Start Thinking About a Theme/Aesthetic 

Here is where Pinterest/Instagram/Wedding Blogs becomes your new best friend. This is where you get a chance to see all types of weddings, gain inspiration, and start envisioning the experience you want your guests to have while celebrating your day. Some of the main components to focus on are the color scheme, types of florals, indoor/outdoor ceremony, table settings, weddings favors, the list goes on! Once you've secured the theme and ambiance, try and stick with that throughout and narrow your search for ideas because adding too many elements could become chaotic. 

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5. Interview Planners/ Vendors

Now you don't need to make this decision right away but if you are thinking about minimizing your stress load, organizing appointments and maintaining a budget then interviewing a planner that has experience, an eye for details and a team of people might be something to look into. Since planners and vendors tend to have a certain number of clients they take on a year its best to start doing research, finding out what they can offer and if they have the date of your wedding available. If you are not really interested in hiring a planner, totally okay, vendors will definitely give you enough to do/think about and could potentially be cheaper since you are doing all of the organizing and communicating yourself. 

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