Sunday, July 31, 2011

Janet & Louis - Normandy Magic

Janet chose a beautiful color palette of white, blue, green, and lavender for her wedding and marriage to Louis. The soft colors and soft flowers that she chose blended together so wonderfully. Janet paid a lot of attention to the details of their wedding and included several of her family members in the making. Dad was in charge of the placecards! MIL chose the fabric for the chuppah. Louis' daughters helped with the wreaths for the outside doors. And Janet herself was busy painting ceremony buckets! It all paid off in the end and looked terrific! There will be much better pictures than these soon available on her wonderful photographer's blog -

Janet's bouquet was made up of a variety of flowers including lavender lisianthus, white lisianthus, white mini calla lilies, blue delphinium, green mini hydrangea, and mini green cymbidium orchids. Lots of texture and lots of color. Louis wore a boutonniere of a green cymbidium.

Five bridesmaids' bouquets were made up of lisianthus and blue delphinium. The groomsmens' delphinium boutonnieres matched perfectly.

The Moms each carried a standard white calla lily down the aisle. Dads wore matching mini white calla lily boutonnieres.

A ringbearer carried a "box" made from Kermit mums with two silver rings in the lavender bow at the top.
Two flower girls carried moss "purses" filled with three shades of stock.

The ceremony was held on the grounds of Normandy Farms. I decorated their arch with a garland of greens and white roses. In order to use the arch as a chuppah, we wove fabric through the rungs of the arch. Janet painted cute buckets for the hydrangea that lined the aisle.
A mix of lavender, white, and blue flowers arranged on a tall glass vase was added to the placecard table.
I used four different colors of hydrangea for the guest tables. The cylinders containing the flowers were each color coordinated with specific double ribbons. The pin spotting chosen by Janet highlighted each centerpiece and was the perfect finishing touch.

Colorful hydrangea and candles chosen by Janet decorated the sweetheart table.

And delicate blooms of dendrobium orchids were the icing on the cake! Congratulations to Janet and Louis!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Katrina & Scott - What goes around - Comes around.

As many of you know, I am a former third grade teacher. When I first started teaching at East Coventry Elementary school, I taught a mixed 2nd and 3rd grade class. In my class was a wonderful little girl named Becky, one of my second graders. My second year I taught a straight 3rd grade class and Becky was again in my class. It was also the year I was married. My class was invited to my wedding and many of them came. In the photo of my class at our wedding was Becky, wearing an adorable hat. We kept in touch over the long stretch of time with cards, phone calls, and lunches when Becky "grew up". Fast forward a whole lot of years and here I am doing the flowers for not one - but two of Becky's daughters' weddings. As I said, what goes around - comes around! I just love how this came full circle!

The first wedding was for her oldest daughter, Katrina. Katrina's color palette included red and white with accents of silver. I accomplished adding the silver with pins, little silver leaves, and silver bouquet collars.

Katrina carried a Red Intuition rose and red calla lily teardrop bouquet. I used a tilted bouquet older and wrapped the handle in silver ribbon. I also placed silver pins inside the red roses. A red calla lily was worn by the groom.
The Maid of Honor carried a combination of white and Red Intuition roses seated in a silver collar. The Best Man wore a red rose boutonniere.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of white roses surrounded by a silver collar. Groomsmen also white roses for their boutonnieres.

I made two arrangements for the charming church in Chester Springs where the ceremony was held. And I look forward to doing the flowers for Emily's wedding in December. Love you Becky!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jessica & Adam - Glen Foerd Gorgeous

Jessica and Adam held their wedding at one of my very favorite venues - Glen Foerd Mansion. If you've never been there, they do give tours to the public. Not only is the downstairs beautiful, there is an art museum upstairs with paintings by some of the Masters. Amazing!

Jessica was a joy to work with. She chose a color palette of bright pink and white and wanted to keep her arrangements within the character of the house. I think she did a wonderful job!

Jessica loves roses and chose to use them in a variety of ways at her wedding. Her bouquet was made up of Malibu roses with pearls inside. Rhinestone sprays were placed among the flowers. Adam wore a matching Malibu boutonniere.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of standard white roses mixed with dark pink spray roses. Groomsmen wore the white rose as a boutonniere.

Glen Foerd overlooks the Delaware River. Standing in between the two arrangements that I made is Little Ugly, the beloved Newfoundland belonging to the Macalasters, the family that built the house.

We wanted something "old" looking to fit in with the decor of the house. I painted an old candlestick holder and filled the top with pink and white flowers to sit on the placecard table.

Jessica and I both felt that softer looking arrangements would look best in the solarium. We didn't want to use contemporary glass, so I found some wonderful white ceramic vases that looked perfect with the roses that Jessica loved. We thought they looked perfect in the solarium! Go check it out. They have summer concerts on the grounds.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jamie & Matt - At Aldie!

Jamie and Matt were married at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown. I used a color pallette of pinks and greens as Jamie wished. Bouquets were made up of peonies, ranunculus, and pale green carnaions. And since all of these photos were taken by the amazing Jenn Childress, no one has to suffer and look at pictures I've taken. There are photos of the cake, balcony, and many more on Jenn's wonderful blog: Thanks Jenn!

Matt's boutonniere was made up of ranunculus - which I think look like little peonies.

Jamie had two flower girls. I made baskets of fresh flowers for both of them.

I absolutely loved the centerpieces for this wedding. Jamie liked folded leaves a lot, so I incorporated them in two different ways into two different centerpieces. One had leaves folded more or less like a nest. Hydrangea and roses nestled in the center. The second piece had a variety of folded leaves, including inside the vase, and was filled with an array of pink, green, and white flowers. I had fun working with the grass accents as well. One of my favorite weddings for sure!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jennifer & Mark - Just because two people fell in love!

Jennifer and Mark celebrated their love and marriage at the wonderful Columbia Station in Phoenixville. Together we designed a wedding with a red and white color pallette carried throughout their reception. I think we made a pretty good team. And a huge thank you to Ron Dlutz for sharing his photographs with me.

How cute is this face? When I look at it I think of the saying - "Just because two people fell in love!" Their son is absolutely adorable. I did make him a tiny boutonniere with velcro to wear. Pins are a "no-no" for babies.

Jennifer's bouquet was made up of wide opened white roses with a high petal count and red mini calla lilies. Mark wore a matching red mini calla lily boutonniere.

Bridesmaids carried bouquets of red roses and cream colored tulips.

Groomsmen wore cream colored roses.

Mothers carried single standard white calla lilies which were ribbonned in red.

The ceremony was held indoors. I made two large arrangements of red and white flowers to sit on pedestals.

I found the perfect gerber daisy to use on top of the bubbles in the martini glasses. It's red, white, and black! We made the heart stirrers out of silver wire.

The placecard table arrangement contained layers of hydrangea, roses, and calla lilies.

In keeping with the red and white theme I made two different, but similar, centerpieces. Jennifer and Mark thought that the bubbles inside the cylinders were a lot of fun - so we started there.
The red bubbles were topped with a dome of white carnations with inserted red roses. The white bubbled cylinders were just the opposite. The sweetheart table had mini versions of these cylinders as well. So cute!

And such a pretty cake to end the night! Congratulations to all three of you!