Sunday, August 30, 2009

Laura & Mario - A Royal (blue) Couple

Laura wanted bright, beautiful colors with an underlying accent of royal blue for her wedding at Normandy Farms. I think the results were fantastic. I loved how the blue made the other colors of purple, lime green, yellow, bright pink, and orange, really glow. And I really enjoyed designing a couple of new ideas for her wedding. Laura was a delight to work with and together, we came up with some terrific "bright ideas" for her wedding.

Laura carried a colorful bouquet of beautiful summer flowers.

Mario wore a pocket garden boutonniere. We made him an extra one in case his got squashed from all of the hugging.

Each bridesmaid carried a bouquet made up of one of Laura's flowers plus blue delphinium. There were also bouquets of yellow freesia and orange Asian lilies. Each groomsman's boutonniere matched the bouquet of the lady he escorted.

A very light pomander with a array of satin roses for a very young flower girl. And a very light "box" for their three year old ring bearer with matching satin roses.

Because of the previous day's storm and the threat of rain on Saturday, Laura opted to have me put her ceremony flowers in a vase instead of making an arch spray. Luckily, there was a break in the weather and they were able to get married outside. We also made chair bows in five different colors - each with the blue delphinium as an accent. Later that night, the skies opened up and it poured!

We filled summery baskets with a mound of contrasting flowers to put on the cocktail tables and the gift table.

Our glass "shaped" container was filled with royal blue acrylics, blue delphinium, Queen Anne's lace, green beading, and an assortment of garden zinnias. Laura made adorable placecards with silk gerber daisies.

We filled squares with royal blue acrylics and a really bright assortment of flowers. The colors really "popped" against the blue in the containers. Plus Laura used royal blue napkins on her tables which looked terrific.

A new centerpiece for us are these squares containing brightly colored foam, contrasting flowers, and tall tapered candles. I'll bet they looked wonderful when the tapers and the surrounding votive candles were all lit.

We didn't get a chance to see the tall centerpieces on the tables because they were set up for an indoor ceremony. Once again we filled the bottoms of the cylinders with royal blue acrylics and sunk a stem of delphinium into them. The delphinium was repeated among the bright flowers on the top.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Erin & Travis - It's all in the Details

Erin and Travis' wedding colors were white, "pool" blue, and brown. Fortunately, Erin is very detail oriented and was able to carry those colors through her wedding with ribbon and many other wonderful ideas. She truly did a great job and the ballroom looked wonderful as a result.

Erin carried a lovely bouquet of white roses, white mini calla lilies, and white stephanotis with pearls in their center. We made a stem wrap of "pool" blue on "pool" blue satin ribbon. One of the many details that Erin incorporated into her wedding was the pretty brooch which we added to her stem wrap. Travis wore a matching calla lily boutonniere.

Bridesmaids wore really pretty "pool" blue dresses. They carried bouquets of white roses while the groomsmen also wore white rose boutonnieres.

Unfortunately it was raining the morning of Erin and Travis' wedding, so they were not able to get married in front of the gazebo on the property. Fortunately, Northampton Valley Country Club has a trellis that they set up in front of a large window, so that we could use the gazebo spray on it.
The sign-in book was placed on a table in the entryway. We made a fun arrangement of white calla lilies, brown painted curly willow, aqua ting ting, and aqua party balls for this table as well.

Because of the rainy morning, the cocktail hour was held inside. We used hydrangea in small glass squares wrapped in brown and "pool" blue ribbon.

Erin loves hydrangea. Naturally we used lots of it. We placed blue hydrangea in bowls with clear acrylics and white hydrangea in bowls of aqua acrylics. So pretty for a summer wedding.

Erin made her table numbers herself. She used wooden numbers that she painted and mounted on the cardstock and then framed. I thought the raised numbers really enhanced the look of them. "Pool" blue and brown are not easy colors to work with, but Erin's clever idea made great use of them.

Erin's seating chart was really nicely done. She made it herself and had it printed, laminated, and mounted at Staples.

And finally, Erin's Dad made this adorable "cake" for her gift envelopes. I love the bride and groom ducks on the top.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Susanna & Jim - Festive Pipher

Susanna was such a pleasure to team up with. She wanted flowers that were not typical wedding flowers - which is something I love to work on.

She has a very talented brother who supplied the ideas for her centerpieces and ceremony flowers. I can't wait to see those pictures. We designed the personal flowers that would work with her color scheme of blue and yellow. Since their wedding was at Springton Manor Farm, Susanna wanted a more natural, textured look to her flowers, so we incorporated grass and more "gardeny" looking flowers into her personal flowers. Susanna's bouquet was made up of lisianthus, iris, stock, craspedia, delphinium, and bear grass. She spent a lot of time picking out just the right ribbon. I love the one that we ended up with.

Jim's boutonniere was made up of craspedia and Dusty Miller to match Susanna's bouquet.

Susanna wanted a very textured bouquet for her Maid of Honor - her sister Tory. To the yellow dahlias we added blue delphinium, craspedia, and Dusty Miller. Susanna picked out really pretty blue plaid ribbon for the stem wrap.

This is the Best Man's boutonniere of delphinium. We added Dusty Miller to all of the boutonnieres for her wedding. All of the Dusty Miller that we used was supplied by Susanna from her own garden.

We made bouquets of yellow roses and grass loops and matching boutonnieres for Susanna & Jim's sisters and brothers.

Zach's ring bearer box is made out of yellow floral foam, ribbon, craspedia , and two "rings" you can't quite see at the top. There are so many things you can do with the colored foam that is available. We also made him a cute craspedia boutonniere to match.

Susanna brought me some of the fabric daisies that were going to be put on Emma, the Flower Girl's, dress. I had already decorated the basket with butterflies, but decided that the daisies would be a much better match, so I re-did the basket. I think it came out much better. Emma was going to throw the rose petals in the basket.

And finally, we made a bracelet for "the butterfly girl", Lucy, who released the butterflies for Susanna and Jim's celebration. If you look closely, you'll see the two butterflies added to the yellow mums.

Oh, you might be wondering who Pipher is? Well he is Susanna and Jim's chocolate Lab. We made a blue and yellow flower collar for him to wear. After all, he was going to be in the wedding! I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of many aspects of Susanna's wedding - but I'm most anxious to see the pictures of Susanna and of Pipher. I'll post them to my blog as soon as I get them.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Heather & Colin - Mac*nificent Color

Heather has two great loves in her life - Colin (that goes without saying) and Mac, their precious corgi. I've met Colin (he's a sweetheart by the way) and hope to one day meet Mac. Heather and I initially "bonded" over our mutual love of dogs. Last summer, when "The Greatest American Dog" was on TV, we talked weekly about the show and the dogs. And we continued to talk about dogs and Mac and teaching up until the time of her wedding. She's so bright and articulate that communicating with her was a true pleasure for me. Hopefully, she'll continue to be my "pen pal".

When I met with Heather, she said that she wanted to use a fun, summer color pallete
which included bright pink, orange, yellow, bright green, and white. Kelly green was used as a strong accent color in ribbons and in other details that Heather provided. When it came to centerpieces, she wanted to also add some natural elements such as river rocks and curly willow, which we incorporated into the reception flowers. Colin's mom worked with silk flowers and wanted to be involved in the wedding decor. She gracioiusly provided the second type of centerpieces, aisle decorations for the ceremony, and wreaths for the doors at Normandy Farms.

Heather's dress was absolutely stunning. It had such a pretty vintage, lacy look to it. And she looked beautiful in it. Her bouquet was made up of ivory roses and mini green cymbidium orchids. In all the excitement of setting up the wedding, I forgot to take a close-up picture of her beautiful bouquet.

We made Colin a special boutonniere with mini cymbidium orchids and lily grass. Look at that smile! He's one happy guy!

Bridesmaids carried bright bouquets of summer flowes that included green mums, orange zinnias, pink zinnias, yellow roses, and Queen Anne's lace. The bouquets looked terrific against the kelly green dresses. Groomsmen wore boutonnieres of orange spray roses.

This is Ava, the flower girl, holding her orange spray rose pomander. She was so excited about being in this wedding and just too cute for words!

A very colorful spray of summer flowers decorated the center of the ceremony arch. Colin's mom made bows with colorful silk flower decorations for the aisle chairs.

We placed orange lilies on beds of river rocks in vases on the cocktail tables and the gift table to add a touch of color.

We used orange gladiolus, croton leaves, lily grass, and curly willow branches to create this pretty arrangement for the placecard table.

Three very brightly colored centerpieces were placed on the sweetheart table, to alternate with votive candles. Inside the bowls, we wrapped branches of curly willow. Colin's mom ordered these as a surprise for Heather and Colin. What a nice mother-in-law!

We designed large colorful flower arrangements in bowls with river rocks in the base. Flowers included roses, alstromeria, zinnias, gerber daisies, and mums. Branches of curly willow sprouted from the flowers.

Colin's mom created colorful silk flowers arrangements that coordinated with our larger fresh flower centerpieces for the rest of the tables.

Heather's mom bought her a beautiful Lenox cake topper. We used some of our brighter flowers to surround the base and add touches of color to the layers. What a colorful ending to a wonderful day!