Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Julie & Shawn - All "Buttoned" Up

Julie and Shawn were married at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie. I'd been there many years ago when it was Doe Mountain, but the resort has been completely done over and it is gorgeous. The lodge is decorated beautifully and there are so many things to do there any season of the year.

Julie chose white, green, and black as her color pallette. Black is always a challenge to incorporate into a wedding, but Julie and I were up for the task. She is extremely talented and designed so many of the details for her wedding.
That's one of the things that made this wedding so very special.

Julie's beautiful, textured bouquet was made up of white stock, green button mums, hypericum berries, and mini green cymbidium orchids. I used matching green pins to secure her ribbon wrap in place.

I used Star of Bethlehem and hypericum berries to make Shawn's boutonniere as well.
Bridesmaids' bouquets were made up of white lisianthus, green hypericum berries, and Star of Bethlehem. Star of Bethlehem was also used for the groomsmen's boutonnieres.

Moms carried small bouquets of white spray roses and hypericum berries with black ribbon wraps. Dads wore white spray rose boutonnieres.

The ceremony took place outside, up the hill from the lodge. I decorated both corners of the black arch with sprays of white cremones, orchids, roses, and green cockscomb. White bows and streamers were attached to the aisle chairs on the parents' rows.

Cocktail tables were simply decorated with green acrylic mint julep cups filled with white hydrangea and green hypericum berries.

I designed an arrangement for Julie's sign-in table that incorporated stock, hydrangea, equisetum, mums, and cymbidium orchids in a black square vase.

Julie wanted to use square glass vases for her centerpieces and we designed three different types of arrangements that did just that. The first one really represented "buttons" in this wedding. I lined each of these glass vases with green equisetum (little bamboo). I used green "button" mums scattered throughout white hydrangea. I suggested that Julie layer black, white, and green buttons on wire to bring some black into these centerpieces. She did a fantastic job and I think that the buttons are certainly a unique touch. This is one of my favorite centerpieces ever!

The insides of the glass squares used for the second centerpiece design were filled with black bubbles. I lined the rim with green cushion mums while dendrobium orchids and bear grass sprouted from the center. I put small black beads on each of the blades of grass.

The third type of centerpiece was decorated by an "M", the initial of the couples' married name, crossstitched by Julie and accented by black ribbon. I also used the ribbon to create black "tails" in the green hydrangea mixed with button mums.

I designed the sweetheart table to coordinate with the rest of the guest centerpieces. Julie used the couple's monogram to stitch on the three vases which contained a mix of hydrangea and button mums.

Guests were sent home with a cupcake in a box designed by Julie. What I loved about this cupcake tower was the "little cake" on top! While having an untraditional wedding "cake", the bride and groom were still able to have the traditional cutting of the cake ceremony. The best of both worlds.

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