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.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Angela & Matthew - LeggoLand

I had the best time working on this wedding for Angela and Matthew. Angela was so open about using new ideas and trying something different that working with her was truly fun for me. She wanted a color pallete of red and orange for the Fall with lots of glowing candle light on the tables. And working at one of my favorite venues in Philadelphia, the Downtown Club, made teven the delivery and set-up of this wedding a pleasure.

Angela carried a gorgeous bouquet of calla lilies, red roses, morkara orchids, and ranunculus.

I LOVE these copper wire cuffs that surrounded the orange and red roses that the bridal party carried.

Bright red and orange flowers for the Meetinghouse Chuppah and pews.

The last of our placecard table trees. Angela did a terrific jobs making "leaves" into her placecards to surround it.

I have to admit that this was my favorite part of this wedding! I made vases out of Leggo blocks which were Matthew's favorite childhood toy. We scattered extra Leggos around the arrangements so that guests could play with them. I hope they did!

We incorporated candlelight, flowers and cylinder shapes in fdifferent ways for four centerpieces. or the first, we filled copper cylinders with a mix of fall flowers in red and orange plus copper colored leaves and some curly willow branches.

Candles, morkara orchids, and rose petals were grouped together for a second centerpiece.

Large hurricanes encased pillar candles which we surrounded with red roses.

Tablescaping three sizes of cylinders.

And finally, the cake was "dressed up" for Fall. I wonder what it would have looked like with Leggos in a waterfall down the front?