Wedding Trends 2013 Classic Elegance

IMG_0220Elegance is always in style. In 2013, our Look No. 5 is Classic Elegance. What it amounts to is actually a rebirth of that romantic, feminine look that has served many brides well over the years. But this take is new, and as wedding specialists, we reinterpret this revived designer trend with a more tailored yet still dreamy look. 

stunning waterfall bouquet featuring coral peony

stunning waterfall bouquet featuring coral peony

This year’s star is the waterfall bouquet. You’ll still see hand-tied bouquets, but that trend is waning. Representing a resurgence of the waterfall bouquets that were so popular in the 1980s, today’s versions of this style are classier. Overall, the Classic Elegance look is achieved with candles and a delicate, muted palette of creams or greys with black notes, often accented with one luxuriously deep color. Champagne or white roses, pink peonies, green dendrobium orchids, and richly hued callas are naturals for this sophisticated look. 

Vincenzo notes, “What we create with florals is the feeling the bride wants to evoke during her wedding. In reinterpreting the waterfall bouquet and other elegant florals for today’s brides, we combine shape, texture and scent that convey that very mood—that sophisticated romantic feel—to her guests.”

Wedding Trends 2013; Jewel tones

Rich jewel tones of royal purple, magenta and jade make a stunning combination

Rich jewel tones of royal purple, magenta and jade make a stunning combination

Our fourth wedding style for 2013 is Jewel Tones. 

Bring on the color with this hot look. Standout gem tones like emerald, jade, ruby and malachite set a vibrant, luxurious tone and contrast well with the bride’s gown. While it borrows influences from glam & elegance, this look is more dramatic. Draped, slinky fabrics in these shades can be stunning. For a more subtle but still very rich look, go with onyx and topaz hues, or garnet shades with amber or star sapphire highlights.


Vincenzo Butera AAF, AIFD, PFCI notes, “The peacock feather exemplifies this look, with its deep gemlike shades. We’re interpreting jewel tones in florals this year with bold blooms like these”:

Black Magic roses, magenta peonies, eggplant or cherry callas, royal purple lisianthus, ruby anemone, deep blue delphinium, plumtastic dendrobium orchids, blue vanda orchids, Moonshade carnations, jade cymbidium and more.


“We can incorporate dramatic foliage as well as pearls and other gems to complete the look. These warm tones are extraordinary on tablescapes and can be echoed in table linens, accent pieces and colored lighting.”

Are you planning a wedding? Butera The Florist is Central PA’s wedding flower specialist. We serve the Lancaster, York, Hershey, Gettysburg and northern Maryland region. call our studio today to schedule a personal consultation with Vincenzo Butera AAF, AIFD, PFCI.



Wedding Trends 2013 Glamour

Our third trend  in wedding styles this year on the BTF forecast is Glamour. We’re talking warm metallics, glam blooms and a lot of shimmer. 

Glamorous wedding bouquet including shimmery metallics

Glamorous wedding bouquet including shimmery metallics

This look is styled with elegant blooms, like callas and roses. (Did you notice Lady Edith’s wedding bouquet on Downton Abbey? Simplicity and elegance: long white callas.) Silvery tones are on the way out and gold is coming in; look for platinum as the bridge. 

Glamorous monofloral bouquet featuring white calla and sparkling gems

Glamorous monofloral bouquet featuring white calla and sparkling gems Vincenzo Butera AAF, AIFD, PFCI explains, “This is a style we’ve recently introduced as Hollywood Glam, and it’s played out with glitz, gems, fur and feathers. But it’s still a refined look, with classy florals and an upscale mood. When you have the right venue, this style is a knockout.”

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Wedding Trends 2013 New Victorian/Steam Punk

Our second 2013 wedding trend is New Victorian/Steam Punk. This is where pretty gets a little edgy. A little retro-futuristic. Also known as The Second English Renaissance, New Victorian reflects the original era’s fascination with horticultural specimens and mechanical invention. Fusing romance with an industrial look spawns a style that’s been coined “Steam Punk”. 

Steam Punk wedding bouquet

Steam Punk wedding bouquet

Since the Victorian era was the height of the British industrial revolution, this makes sense. Also connected with this style, you might spot ravens (especially around Baltimore, home of the popular football team and Edgar Allen Poe, author of the dark poem, “The Raven”), elaborate gadgets, antique typewriters, and elements mirroring the hats and lace sleeves Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey wears. Think Hugo, The Golden Compass and Sherlock Holmes.

“As we interpret this look in florals,” says Vincenzo, “look for touches of metal, with rugged containers, and lots of texture. The Victorians were a curious lot, so you’ll also see centerpieces taking the shape of glass-enclosed pieces with specimen flowers, such as a bird cage or a miniature conservatory.”


Wedding Trends 2013 What’s Hot and What’s Not

As the region’s wedding specialists, Vincenzo Butera AAF, AIFD, PFCI of Butera The Florist announces the up and coming styles for 2013. Our blog series introduces seven of the hottest fashions, with sequel blogs unpacking each look. custom made colorful bouquets

You’ll see a lot of “Downton Abbey” elements as this popular show continues to whet our appetites for all things British. Other influences include glitter and industrial glam. New takes on cascading waterfall bouquets are definitely in. What matters most, though, Vincenzo reminds us, is discovering the bride’s own style:  “These looks are all popular, but they are not all for everyone.” 

Counting down, we have:

7. Eco-Chic—succulents, artichokes, woodland fusion

Eco-chic bridal bouquet

6. Greens—the color green is hot and heading toward aqua

5. Classic Elegance—a subtle, tailored look with neo-waterfall bouquets

stunning waterfall bouquet featuring coral peony

stunning waterfall bouquet featuring coral peony

4. Deep Jewel Tones—dramatic hues with gems and jade accents

Calla, roses and orchids

Calla, roses and orchids

3. Glamour—warm metallics and elegant blooms

peony and rose bouquet with warm mettalics

2. New Victorian/Steam Punk—think “Hugo” and gothic machinery


1. Beauty & Romance—lace, femininity, and the softer side of New Victorian

hand held bouquet of fresh flowers and feathers

“Our job as wedding stylists,” says Vincenzo, “is to extract from each client who she is and what she is all about and what she wants to project on her wedding day. We guide brides through a series of decisions that will create the style that suits them personally.”

On the Horizon

As hired “pickers” scour the U.K, Belgium and France for antique items, these are showing up in home décor, and we’ll be interpreting these in florals. Watch for a future blog about the Euro Countryside look that’s heading our way.

Fading Looks

On the wane are racier bridal gowns (we’re getting a bit more modest) and the sustainable emphasis on the eco style. The current eco look is all about natural texture and a woodsy feel. “Big and bushy” florals are out, and bright jelly bean colors seem to have run their course. Overall, we are seeing more refined looks dominating on the wedding style scene.

Are you planning a wedding? Butera The Florist serves the greater South Central Pennsylvania area, including Lancaster, York, Hershey, Gettysburg, Northern Maryland and beyond. Call our studio at 717.741.4226 or email us at weddings@buteratheflorist to schedule your personal consultation with one of our floral artisans. Let’s begin planning a wedding dreams are made of!

Vince live on Fox43 tv

Vince’s appearance on Fox 43 TV December 10 went so well the station wants him to return as a guest in the Spring. As he was interviewed by Kiersten Mathieu, Vince showcased the work of the design team at Butera the Florist interpreting the latest style trends:

On the set of Fox43 morning news

Steam Punk – a cool industrial/feminine look with lace & corrugated zinc set off by peonies, artichoke, Copper tubing, and an eye-popping gloriosa lily.

New Victorian – intriguing florals under a glass conservatory, reflecting the Victorian era’s curiosity for science, nature, and ornamentation. Featured florals were Peony, Roses, pine.

Simple Eco Loft – stunning orchid specimens with a very clean, ecological look: cymbidium, dendrobium and phalaenopsis examples in clear glass with river stones or green glass beads

Hollywood Glam – a striking winter tablescape featuring lilies, bells of Ireland, stars of Bethlehem, peonies, fragrant stock and crystals nestled in an armature of painted white birch and glittery permanent botanicals

The finale to the Morning News segment was a nod to winter entertaining, with the host and Vince offering a toast with Butera the Florist’s hot new floral accessory: the Fleurtini.


Butera to Present at AIFD 2012 Symposium

The American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) hosts its annual symposium in Miami this week. This year’s symposium name, “Caliente,” matches the time of year well, especially with the recent heat waves experienced along the east coast.

Butera The Florist’s owner and lead designer, Vince Butera, is heading to the Symposium to speak and present fresh, unique designs to a large, diverse group of people within the floral design industry.

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Weddings 2012!

Check out the January issue of Lancaster County Magazine. The cover is a bride holding a floral parasol we created from orchids.

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