Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jennifer & Greg - Wonderful Winter Wedding

Jennifer had chosen a wonderful combination of winter white and beautiful, bright red with accents of black for her weddinng colors. We used gorgeous red roses with accents of white stephanotis each containing a white pearl. Bits of ruscus framed the flowers that we shaped into a teardrop. This shape makes such a gorgeous display against a wedding gown. I can't wait to see her professional pictures.

I made the bridesmaids' bouquets out of white roses with baby's breath and a frame of salal. Baby's breath reminds me of snow. And the pins I placed in the roses added just the right touch of red to the bouquets.

These are various boutonnieres that were created for the gentlemen in the wedding party. The black accents are kind of hard to see against the black background.

Samples of some of the corsages we made for the ladies.

For church, I created an arrangement of flowers as a backdrop for Jennifer and Greg's Unity candle. The red flowers really helped to make the pretty white candles "pop" as they sat on the altar.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Amanda & Charles - The Cannons at Columbia Station

Amanda and Charles' wedding was my first of the 2010 season. And I couldn't have asked for a nicer bride with whom to work at my favorite reception site in Phoenixville. What can I say about Amanda except that she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside? She chose a color palette of peach, white, and blue with some elements of winter to be added - the perfect combination for a January wedding. Her bouquet was made up of lisianthus, spray roses, delphinium, and pine. Charles' boutonniere was a combination of lisianthus and delphinium. I'm going to let the talented Brett Martelli's pictures do the talking for me now. He took some outstanding photographs which he sent to me right after the wedding. Thanks for sharing Brett! www.martelliphotography.com

Bridesmaids' bouquets consisted of light blue delphinium, peach spray roses and white spray roses. They looked terrific against the navy blue dresses. Groomsmen wore matching boutonnieres of peach spray roses.

Amanda's mom is very crafty! She made these beautiful wreaths to greet their guests at the doors of Columbia Station. And I now must admit that I fell in love with Mrs. Kolb's beautiful Golden Retriever. Alas, he was too big to sneak into my van. What a sweetheart!

I found out that Amanda makes jewelry, so I asked her if she would create something for her wedding. And she did! Amanda decorated these small vases with her special designs to place on the cocktail tables. They were so adorable - and not one was left over after the wedding. I can certainly see why!

I created a large arrangement for the placecard table which sits in the entryway at Columbia Station. In the tall cylindrical vase I floated silver, wire angelhair which was lit up by an underwater light. From the top I arranged a wintery mix of greens, white birch branches, delphinium, larkspur, white hydrangea, and peach spray roses.

Amanda's mom made these pretty winter topiaries to dress up the window sills throughout the ballroom. I think they added the perfect touch.

I designed three different types of centerpieces for Amanda and Charlie, all using cylindrical glass containers. In the first, we massed full white hydrangea with scattered peach roses and bright blue delphinium. I wrapped a matching blue ribbon around the cylinder with a white ribbon overlay to carry through the color scheme.

Then I used the same flowers in a bit of "tablescaping". We filled three sizes of glass cylinders with the same flowers each with a contrasting ribbon wrapped around it.

And finally tall glass cylinders were filled with birch branches. From the branches I hung peach roses, LED candles, and crystals. More votive candles surrounded the base of the containers with their light bouncing off the glass and clear marbles inside. Columbia Station looks so beautiful with candlelight shimmering throughout the ballroom. This was a great start to my wedding year and I'm looking forward to many more beautiful weddings.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Odds & Ends - All kinds of flowers!

Hello! I'm finally back to my blog - and work - after a wonderful holiday season. I've been spending some of my time making arrangements for parties and various offices. Here are some of the random arrangements I have created in the past few weeks. Enjoy!

I created a bright, cheerful arrangement of orange gerbers, Circus roses, and solidago in a vase filled with yellow acrylics as a centerpiece for a buffet dinner party. I think of it as sunshine on a snowy day!

The blue vase is filled with a wintery mix of blue delphinum, white roses, crystal beading, white branches, snowflakes, and baby's breath (which reminds me of snow) that I put together for a party in January.

A green whimsical flower arrangement I made for an accounting office's waiting room. There are pictures of money on the container that I made.

We all need boots in this sloppy weather. This was another arrangement I recently made for one of my office reception areas.

I had a luncheon at my home for 34 of my high school friends - some of whom I haven't seen in 40 years. Since our school colors were orange and black, I made this fun piece for the food laden buffet tables.

I provided centerpieces made up of red roses, white hydrangea, black birch branches and a mix of red, white, and black marbles for a surprise 70th birthday party at Maggianos. Thanks to Pete Malone for his wonderful centerpiece shot. www.217photography.com

Jess and Jenn never had formal wedding pictures taken. As a surprise for their 5th anniversary, Jess "took care of everything" and organized Jenn's vendor friends to make it happen. I was thrilled to provide the beautiful Jenn with her wintery bouquet and Jess with his matching boutonniere. Joy Moody took the gorgeous pictures for this event. I'll post more of Joy's beautiful work soon. www.joymoody.com