Monday, July 26, 2010

Emily & Dan - Hershey Happiness

Emily is truly a gifted artist. She wanted her wedding to be fun and "different", so she designed a fun lounge with lighting, great food, furniture, and her artwork. The people at Hershey Mills Country Club were so gracious and worked so well with Emily and Dan to make their wedding everything they wanted it to be. Wedding colors of fuscia, black, and accents of orange were used. I can't tell you how nice it was to work with such a creative lady.

Emily carried a bouquet of Malibu roses with a collar of painted aspidistra leaves. Black pins were inserted into the roses. Black is a difficult color to bring into personal flowers, but I think we managed pretty well. Dan's boutonniere had a bit of "black" leaves to match.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of fuscia roses each with a pearl in the center. Groomsmen's boutonnieres matched.

I made two pink, white, and black topiaries for Emily and Dan's ceremony. They were later brought to the country club and placed on the dance floor.

Emily and I both worked on this light up "lamp" which was used on the placecard table. I used crystal beading and fresh roses inside the vase which was lit up by two carefully placed lights. Emily painted the lampshade to match her wedding colors. She also did the small painting sitting on the table.

Sofas, tables, and other seating were brought in to give the ballroom more of a "lounge feel". Emily painted two large paintings that she displayed on easels in the room. She did such a wonderful job.

Emily painted small canvasses for the tables where I placed small flower arrangements. Some of her tables lit up! They looked fabulous.

How cute is this cake! Emily left no detail neglected.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shannon & DeShun - Rockin at Rivercrest

Shannon wanted her wedding flowers to be soft, full, and asymmetrical! She wanted blooming branches and flowers that looked like they were just picked from the garden. So we used lots of hydrangea, stock, snapdragons, and other wonderful, soft bloomed flowers in pinks, white, and green to achieve the look she wanted for her wedding at RiverCrest Golf Club.

Shannon's gorgeous bouquet was made up of calla lilies, peonies, lisianthus, roses, and mini hydrangea. A big thank you to the lovely - and talented - Jenn Childress for sharing some of her beautiful photos with me. It's easy to tell which are Jenn's and which are mine!

DeShun wore a double white mini calla lily boutonniere.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of two shades of pink spray roses. Groomsmen wore a single white mini calla lily.

The ring bearer carried a "present" of green button mums wrapped up in pink ribbon.

We made adorable flower wands for 5 flower girls with fresh roses and Baby's Breath and lots of pink streamers.

Lots of mock orange branches and a mix of pink and whtie flowers were arranged in a beautiful, huge glass vase that sat on the entry table for placecards.

Cocktail table arrangements were made up of pink roses and green dendrobium orchids sitting on clear acrylics in rectangular glass containers.

Due to a very early blooming season, I wasn't able to use the cherry blossoms that we wanted for the higher centerpieces. Fortunately, I found some pear, some mock orange, and some other blooming branches from California to use. I gathered the branches into bouquets with snapdragons, stock, and hydrangea and dropped them into the large glass vases that Shannon had purchased.

Low centerpieces consisted of hydrangea - in either pink or green - plus salal. Very simple - very pretty.

Shannon and DeShun wanted to honor their relatives and friends who could no longer be with them. The vase of roses represents the men and the iris the ladies. I placed them on the fireplace mantle in the seating area at the club.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fiesta time - Mexican themed party

I was asked to provide some brightly colored flower arrangements suitable for a Mexican food themed party. I thought that pinatas would make wonderful containers. So I very carefully lined them and then filled them with flowers instead of candy. I love the results and flowers are much less fattening! The bull pinata centerpiece also had attached streamers, which I had strewn across the table with confetti for added color.

The donkey pinata was filled with sunflowers, red monarda, and orange gerber daisies. I scattered brightly colored confetti around the legs.

Under all of these flowers, is a sombrero. It's the kind that can be used for chips and dip. I filled the base with lots of hydrangea and then inserted colorful flowers into the hydrangea and again into the crown of the "hat".

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Second time around at Columbia Station

Christi wanted only family and a few close friends at her second wedding at Columbia Station. It would be a short and sweet morning ceremony followed by a brunch reception. Christi requested that her flowers be fun, garden-like, include white gerber daisies, and definitely shades of purple - her favorite color. By the way, she wore her purple shoes to our first meeting so I knew that this color was a "must". I took all of that information into consideration, along with the fact that Christi (an elementary school principal) raised orchids, and came up with ideas that pleased Christi very much.

First I found white dendrobium orchids with gorgeous purple centers for her bouquet. I made the groom's boutonniere to match - an orchid on a purple wire curl.

The ceremony took place in the same room as the reception. Chairs were set up in front of one of the large windows facing the porch at Columbia Station. I filled a wicker garden basket with larkspur, delphinium, roses, and other flowers in shades of lavender, pink, blue, and purple.

Tin containers of wheat grass and gerber daisies decorated the brunch stations.

Christi wanted white gerber daisies in her centerpieces. I used some pretty light blue ceramic vases each filled with one of five different shades of purple stock and the gerber daisies on the hi-tops and 30" low tables in the cocktail room at Columbia Station. The stock is so full this time of year and filled the air with its' sweet scent. Christi reported that the wedding was wonderful and she loved her flowers - especially her orchids!