Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jessica & David - Black, White, and Red All Over

Jessica and I worked together to create the red, white, and black wedding of her dreams at Westover Country Club. Judging from the pictures, I think we succeeded.
Jessica carried a bouquet of Red Intuition roses into which I wove strands of crystals. David's boutonniere matched hers of course. This beautiful photograph of Jess was taken by

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white roses with red pins in them. Groomsmen wore matching boutonnieres. Photo courtesy of Jenn Childress.

Beautiful Mya the flower girl with her bouquet. Photo by her equally beautiful mom: Jenn Childress.

Red and white flowers were placed on both sides of the altar. A single red rose added contrast to the white moire ribbon pew bows.

We made pomanders of red carnations placed on candlestick holders for the cocktail tables.

The placecard table arrangement was a beautiful black, white, and red piece consisting of manzanita branches, orchids, crystals, and red roses. I am particularly fond of this one.

All of the centerpieces on the table were done in bowls with red acrylics in the base, white roses, red roses, Latin Lady roses, hypericum berries, greens, and black ting ting. Red rose petals and votive candles surrounded each centerpiece as well.
The chair covers and bows added that special touch of elegance to the room.

Red roses were used to decorate the cake. Those on the layers were made from icing and those on the top were fresh.
This will be my last blog entry for 2009. I'm taking off to enjoy the season with my family. I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Wonderful 2010.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sandi & Ken - Snowflakes

This wedding was truly a really fun, collaborative effort between Sandi's mother, Sandi, and me. We started off with a snowflake theme and then took off. Ideas flew and Sandi's talented mom, Paula, worked really hard to craft many of the details. Unfortunately my camera's battery decided not to work and I just had enough power to take flower pictures. I wish I could have taken more photos of the many beautiful projects that made this wedding so special.

Sandi carried a beautiful bouquet of Latin Lady roses, calla lilies and greens. We inserted gorgeous snowflakes and crystals into and among the flowers. This was a perfect bouquet for our snowflake bride.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white alstromeria, red roses, and a personalized initial.

The ringbearer carried a "present" of mums into which "rings" are inserted.

Boutonnieres and corsages were all made with small snowflakes and "love knots".

I made two arrangements of "snowy" white branches and snowflakes for the ceremony. Sandi's mom made the lovely sprays that lined the aisle.

We used two types of arrangements for the cocktail tables. One had hydrangea with an inserted snowflake and the others were little snowflake buckets of berries,, hydrangea, and greens.

I loved this festive placecard arrangement. I used "round" flowers to complement the Christmas balls provided by Paula Wambold.

Sandi had already purchased these wonderful red vases. It was up to me to come up with ideas to fill them. We decided to do one type with snowflakes in and on the vases; one type with branches, pine cones and lots of holly; and a special centerpiece for parents' tables using dangling crystals. The tables looked so pretty with the addition of touches by Sandi's mom - handmade table numbers; little bells for jingling; and snowflake favors. Christmas joy was definitely in the air!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

No Pictures this Week

I took the weekend off for Thanksgiving so there was no wedding to blog. I hope you all had a great holiday. And to my "fans" in Canada - I'll just say hello. I'd love to hear from you! Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christina & Brian - Colorful Cairnwood

Christina and Brian wanted a brightly colored, fun wedding at the gorgeous Cairnwood Mansion. Food was served at stations, which gave their guests the opportunity to walk around the gorgeous rooms and sit where they liked. Christina worked really hard to coordinate her ideas, her colors, and her details. I think Brian and she did a fabulous job.

Christina carried a mostly all white, short cascade bouquet that was placed on her family Bible. We added a touch of green hypericum berries and pale green pins in her stephanotis. Brian's white calla lily boutonniere matched perfectly.

Bridesmaids carried a bouquet of mixed flowers in yellow, green, bright pink, and orange. Groosmen wore boutonnieres of orange roses with green hypericum berries.

The ceremony was set up in the front of the mansion. We filled wire urns with moss and colorful mixed flowers that sat on pedastals. Brightly colored pomanders lined the aisle. And colorful rose petals were strewn along the path.

I filled the birdbath in the fountain with an array of brilliant flowers. I also floated mini sunflowers and "light up" water lilies in the pool.

Brightly colored hydrangea and fresh birch branches added a beautiful touch to the mantle in the Great Room.

Bouquets of solid colored flowers and soft satin ribbon decorated Cairnwood's beautiful staircase.

Small squares of roses and polka dotted ribbon sat on the inside and outside cocktail tables.

High and low centerpieces graced the tables in the Music Room

Tall centerpieces of hydrangea, sunflowers, and hanging orchids were placed on the tables in the Dining Room.

Tables in the Billiard Room had centerpieces of hydrangea and orange spray roses in pink glass squares.

Centerpieces on the outside included table scaping and brightly colored full single squares.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Allison & Matt - A Jewel of a Wedding

Allison chose a very unique, bold, jewel-toned mix of purple, red, and gold for her wedding color pallete. What a pleasure to work with such fabulous colors and such a lovely bride. I'm sure that the talented Jenn Childress has taken amazing photographs that do these colors justice. Can't wait to see them on her blog!

Allison carried a bright, beautiful bouquet of red, purple, and gold with a touch of wedding white stephanotis mixed in. Matt's boutonniere matched perfectly.

Groomsmen's boutonnieres of Viking mums matched the Bridesmaids' bouquets of purple, red, and gold.

I think that these cocktail table arrangements were the cutest. I "planted" mini-sunflowers in pots of snipped grass.

I filled a tall glass vase with sunflower seeds for the placecard table. From the top, I made an arrangement of sunflowers (of course), solidago, stock, asters, and greens. I love the framed wedding pictures that were displayed on the table.

An array of gold, red, and purple flowers decorated Allison and Matt's sweetheart table.

I created four different centerpieces which focused on the three beautiful flowers that Allison chose - mini sunflowers, red roses, and purple stock. Small vases flanked the larger one in the center.

For the fourth centerpiece, we tablescaped all three of the beautiful flowers that we used on the rest of the tables. Thank you Allison for choosing such fabulous colors! They really helped brighten the gray day outside.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sarah & Kwesi - Old Philadelphia

Sarah and Kwesi's wedding was being held at the Philopatrian Literary Institute otherwise known as Stotesbury Mansion. It was built in 1870 and is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places. I was really excited about seeing this Philadelphia landmark on Rittenhouse Square. I was even more excited when she told me that her sister, a potter, would be making her centerpiece containers. We all worked together to create appropriate "historic" centerpieces using Sarah's Fall color pallete - a fitting tribute to an amazing venue and a wonderful bride and groom.

Sarah carried a beautiful bouquet of Red Intuition roses and purple mini calla lilies. Kwesi wore a purple calla lily boutonniere.
Twin flower girls carried pomanders of cream carnations mixed with deep red mums.

Sarah's Matron of Honor carried a dainty bouquet of mini calla lilies.

Bridesmaids carried ivory roses in a copper wire cuff trimmed with ivory pearls. Groomsmen wore boutonnieres of matching roses.

Moms carried a single standard calla lily wrapped in ribbon. Dads wore a mini calla lily boutonniere to match.

A Red Rover mum sat atop orange marbles in a glass bowl to decorate the cocktail tables.

Sarah's sister Leah made the lovely ivory ceramic pots that we used for the centerpieces. They are trimmed with gold paint. The other containers were beautiful cinnamon colored urns trimmed with some "gold" decoration. We decided to do the centerpieces in the period of the mansion, which was built in the Victorian era. This arrangement is called the Banded Bowl and we used fall colors to fill them out. I really enjoyed making something totally different from what we design these days.