Top 7 Milk Glass Centerpieces

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I’ve always loved milk glass.  It’s timeless and can be used at modern or vintage weddings.  It’s sleek white lines make a clean addition to any table.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite centerpieces with milk glass vases.

(1) Above, this whimsical wonder was designed by Hello Darlington and photographed by Kate Ignatowski for mywedding magazine.  So lovely, enjoy the rest and don’t forget to check out all of the ‘Top Pick‘ posts!

Christina McNeill

(2) Pinks + Peaches look so fresh for Spring + Summer!  Photo by Christina McNeill via Ruffled blog

Erin Hearts Court

(3) Bright and bold with a few asymmetrical stems.  Photo by Erin Hearts Court.

Erich McVey Photography

(4) Simple, all white is always a good idea.  Photo by Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks

Esmeralda Franco Photography

(5) Sweet pastels with soft greenery.  Photo by Esmeralda Franco via Wedding Chicks

 Heather Bliss Photography

(6) Big Blooms in small vases.  Photo by Heather Bliss Photography via Belle the Magazine

Shea Christine

(7) Single Bud Vase Clusters.  Photo by Shea Christine via Style Me Pretty



Top 10 White Wedding Bouquets

Top 10 White Wedding Bouquets Photography By Kate Ignatowski

Nothing says classic wedding like a soft white wedding bouquet.  Here are our top 10 picks starting with the photo above by Kate Ignatowski where I personally handcrafted this sweet bouquet with flowers from Blooms by the Box and spectacular silk ribbon from Of The Earth.

By Brumley & Wells

Photographer: Brumley & Wells / Florist: Bre Black / Via: Once Wed

By Jemma Keech

Photographer: Jemma Keech / Florist: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace / Via: Wedding Sparrow

By Brosnan Photographic

Photographer: Brosnan Photographic / Florist: Ann Marie O’Leary  / Via: Wedding Sparrow

By Ryan Ray

Photographer: Ryan Ray / Florist: Bows and Arrows / Via: Southern Weddings


via Bash Magazine

By Landon Jacob Photography

Photographer: Landon Jacob Photography / Via Southern Weddings

By Jose Villa

Photographer: Jose Villa / Florist: Flowerwild / Via Hochzeitsguide

By Anastasiya Belik

Photographer: Anastasiya Belik  / Florist: Marina Shentyapina / Via Magnolia Rouge

By Rylee Hitchner

Photographer: Rylee Hitchner / Florist: Joy Thigpen

Love Flowers?  Check out the Top 6 Centerpiece Ideas post!

Top 5 Ways To Use a Vintage Typewriter at Your Wedding

Vintage Typewriter at Your Wedding Ideas

If you’re a vintage loving bride-to-be or a groom who wants to go old school; vintage typewriters bring the perfect amount retro love to the big day.  Whether you buy or rent a vintage typewriter, here are our favorite ways to use these vintage beauties!

1.  The Guest Book:  This is our new favorite twist on a guest book.  Your friends + family get to try out typing the old fashioned way and leave their best wishes for you to read later!

By Chellise Michael Phography

2.  Signage Holder:  Have an heirloom typewriter that’s not working?  Print out signage and display it in the typewriter wheel.  It’s the easiest wedding DIY you’ll ever do!

By Alders Photogrpahy

3. Table Assignments:  A unique way to showcase table assignments sans escort cards.  Perfect for more intimate weddings.


4.  Decor Piece:   Bright flowers look amazing juxtaposed to a rusty beauty like this piece below!  A simple way to brighten the entry way table. 

By Looking Glass Photography

5.  Pre-Wedding:  For crafty DIY couples, type out the escort cards yourself and proudly display them on the big day. 

By Erin Hearts Court

Photo Credits:  (1)  Chellise Michael Phography  / (2) Alders Photography / (3) Via Bespoke Bride / (4) Looking Glass Photography  / (5) Via OnceWed Photo by: Erin Hearts Court 

Top 7 Trophy Centerpiece Ideas

styled by mandy forlenza sticos  photo by jen trahan

I love a good trophy centerpiece.  As I grow our vintage collection, I love finding lots of options just like this little beauty above that I created.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for trophy centerpieces – enjoy! (above photo by Jen Trahan)

Khaki Bedford Photography

1. The Black + White Classic.  Chic and always in style, white blooms with touches of deep black + purple add a bit of elegance to this trophy. Via Style Me Pretty, Photographer: Khaki Bedford Photography, Floral Design: Jonica Moore, Vintage Props + Decor: Little Vintage Rentals

Josh Gruetzmacher | Snippet + Ink

2. The Collection.  Nothing makes a statement more than a small collection.  Grouping trophies + urns together is great way to convey a theme. Via Snippet & Ink, Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher , Floral Design: The Bow Collective

 Silka.Trey  Ben Q Photography

3. The Pedestal Piece.  A tall leafy arrangement is perfect for flanking the aisle of a wedding.  The height and draping leaves make it a showstopper. Via Wed Society,  Photography:  Ben Q.

Jaclyn Journey  Whitney Neal

4. The Monochromatic.  Single color arrangements with a touch of greenery always make a statement.  This soft pink collection of garden roses sings a sweet song of romance.  Flowers:  Jaclyn Journey, Photography:  Whitney Neal

Lora Grady Photography

5. The Garden Party.  Light and loose blooms are a great contrast to a structured trophy and extra points for the weathered books which are an instant conversation starter among guests. Via Ruffled Blog, Photographer: Lora Grady Photography, Second Photographer: Alyssia B Photography, Floral Design: Botanique.

Ali Harper

6. The Grand Scale.  Sometimes a small floral piece just won’t do.  By pumping up the volume in size, this serves as an amazing entry way piece! Via Snippet and Ink, Photographer: Ali Harper, Design, Styling, Props: Blue Eyed Yonder, Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta DesignsType A Society

7. The Delicate Delight.  Light, loose+ airy blooms.  Nothing more than perfection. Via Type A Society

5 Ways To Perfectly Style Your Next Party on Best Friends for Frosting

Top 5 Ways To Perfectly Style Your Next Party  by Mandy Forlenza Sticos  Photo by Fallon Chan

I am so happy to share my latest post on Best Friends for Frosting with amazing photography from Fallon Chan.  This was such a cheerful post to create + style. Enjoy!

Photo by Fallon Chan Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

1.  Larger Than Life Balloons – Whether you display one monster balloon or many, these whimsical party accessories bring an instant smile. Don’t forget to add a fresh flower collar or yards of your favorite lace and ribbon as a tassel!   Stress-free planning tip: Get these beauties delivered to your doorstep by Balloon Planet; nationwide.
Photo by Fallon Chan Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

2.  Nearly Naked Cake – A nearly naked cake offers just enough frosting for those with a sweet tooth while providing a sneak peak at the cake’s flavor. Stress-free planning tip: Hide the knife if you want to keep the cake on display for a bit!
Photo by Fallon Chan Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

3.  Unexpected Centerpieces – Search your cabinets for old tins, glassware, trophies and teapots for an unexpected place to display flowers!  You’ll be the talk of the party and perhaps instagram as all of your friends document your creativity. #partysuccess Stress-free planning tip: Order your flowers online and fresh blooms arrive ready to be cut + styled! Blooms by The Box is one of my favorite resources.
Photo by Fallon Chan Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

4.  Old School Desserts – For the smaller grab-and-go sweets, go retro! These rice + marshmallow treats hold a nostalgic place in everyone’s heart and the white chocolate topping offers a new take on a classic. Stress-free planning tip: These treats are a great gluten free option for guests; skip the toppings to be safe.
Photo by Fallon Chan Styled by Mandy Forlenza Sticos

5.  Specialty Cocktails – Every good party needs its own specialty cocktail! Whether it’s a personal favorite or a pretty mixology experiment, display the ingredients to encourage guests to mix it up. Stress-free planning tip: If space is limited at your soiree, pre-mix ingredients in large pitchers and don’t forget the ice and a variety of garnish.

Credits:  Photography: Fallon Chan, Concept, Styling + Floral Design: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Balloons: Balloon Planet, Flowers Provided By: Blooms by the Box, Cake + Dessert: There Should Always be Cake

Top 5 Vintage Chic Venues in New York City

Top 5 vintage chic wedding venues in nyc  Kate Ignatowski Photography

When I was planning my wedding a few years back, I was surprised that there wasn’t a list of vintage wedding venues already online.   I did quite a bit of research back then and thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage chic wedding venues in New York City.  (photo above:  Kate Ignatowski)

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by redfield photography

1. The Metropolitan Building:  My top vintage wedding venue pick, hands down.  From the weathered floors to aisles of vintage furniture available for events, The Metropolitan Building has it all.   Every last corner of this venue is oozing with photo ready backdrops.  Located in Long Island City, Queens it’s a trip worth making.  Venue:  The Metropolitan Building  Photo: Redfield Photography

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by levi stolove

2. The Housing Works Bookstore:  For bookworms at heart who are looking to give back on their big day, The Housing Works Bookstore is perfect.  Rows of lovingly read books create a colorful backdrop while proceeds from the venue rental support healing the community living and affected with HIV / AIDS.   Venue:  The Housing Works Bookstore  Photo: Levi Stolove

vintage chic wedding venues nyc - photo by benj haisch

3. The Green Building:  Formerly a brass foundry built in 1889 this Brooklyn locale boasts endless exposed brick and exposed beam ceilings.  Restored to an industrial chic state, it’s grandiose chandeliers and newly added outdoor space make it even more charming for a vintage loving couple.  Venue:  The Green Building  Photo: Benj Haisch

vintage chic wedding venue nyc - kate ignatowski photography

4. The Foundry:  This 19th century foundry was meticulously restored to showcase it’s industrial character complete with an indoor greenhouse and views of the Manhattan skyline from the terrace.  As for first impressions, the Foundry’s ivy covered exterior makes it a location to remember.  Venue:  The Foundry  Photo: Kate Ignatowski

vintage chic wedding venue nyc - rima brindamour photography

5. Brecknock Hall: For those in search of a bit of vintage opulence, Brecknock Hall in Greeport, Long Island offers just that.  This once residential home built from 1851-1857 has 4 charming parlor rooms along with sprawling lawns and a patio outdoors.  It is a historic and elegant vintage wedding location.   Venue:  Brecknock Hall  Photo: Rima Brindamour

Top 6 Vintage Centerpiece Ideas

Vintage Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

It’s no secret that I love flowers.  I also love vintage vases + vessels to display them in.   Here are my top 6 vintage centerpiece ideas for weddings!  (above photo by Kate Ignatowski)

Jen Huang Photography  Vintage Centerpiece Ideas

1.  The Drinking Glass.  Pressed glass goblets make a sweet addition to any table.  They glow under candlelight + look great clustered together with different heights. (photo by Jen Huang)

Ciara Richardson Photography Vintage Brass Centerpiece Idea

2.  The Brass Vessel.  For those who are using gold as an accent color, there is no other way to go than a brass vessel or vase.  Aged brass adds a richness to floral displays. (photo by Ciara Richardson)

Vintage Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

3.  The Colorful Tin.   Sweet tea + candy tins add a splash of color and conversation to the table.  Fill the tins with neutral flowers and greens for a calmer feeling or coordinating colors for a bright + bold look. (photo by Jana Morgan)

Vintage Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

4.  The Silver Vessel.  Tarnished silver vessels give an heirloom quality to an event, as if you borrowed items from a grandmother.  Silver pitchers, teapots + even small sugar bowls look great when used in an assortment together. (photo by Kate Ignatowski)

wedding centerpiece ideas vintage

5.  The Bottle.  New or old, bottles in a variety of sizes and shapes act as simple yet sophisticated bud vases.   Adding a tray or print napkin underneath adds some interest to the design. (photo by Justin + Mary)