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.

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