Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kirsten & Jake at the Beautiful Old Mill

Kirsten and Jake's wedding was the first time that I worked at The Old Mill in Rose Valley and I was "wowed" by the venue. It has so much charm and lovely, unique aspects to it. I think it's a gorgeous place to have a wedding. Kirsten choose to use a green and bright pink color palette which worked wonderfully in this very special location. Kirsten's bouquet was made up of two varieties of pink roses, green dendrobium orchids, and pink mini-calla lilies. I topped it off with a dragonfly pin that Kristen brought to me. Jake's boutonniere was made up of the same green orchids. Bridesmaids' bouquets contained petite SuperGreen roses with bits of pink dendrobium orchids. I used the same orchids for the groomsmen's boutonnieres. If you walk down a path on the grounds and over a little bridge, you'll come to a beautiful outside area where Kirsten and Jake held their ceremony. I made two topiaries for either side of the table to denote the area where they would stand. Rose petals were scattered down the aisle. And to each side I set-up green pomanders hung by pink ribbon. A close-up of my rental hooks with hanging green mum pomanders. I inserted pink pins in various locations around the balls. There's also a closer view of one of the two carnation topiaries that I made as well. Cocktails are served at two outside locations. One is a covered patio and the other a "room" surrounded by old stone walls. It's gorgeous! I made up arrangements of mixed garden flowers in mason jars with rusty lids for these tables. You can get a taste of this area in the background. Kirsten made boxes in which we "planted" wheatgrass. In the center of the table I created an arrangement on top of a cylinder of green apples made up of a layer of twisted aspidistra leaves, roses, and pink larkspur spraying from the center.  We created three different styles of centerpieces for this wedding. The Old Mill uses containers of branches across one wall, so our "tree based" arrangements blended perfectly with the room. One type of arrangement was made in clay pots that I had hand-painted with the couples' initials. The letters were made out of tiny individual flowers and were beautiful! Flowers consisted of a variety of green and pink flowers including various roses, mums, carnations, and Sweet William. The second set of low centerpieces were done in logs that my husband made which I rent out. They were filled with hydrangea, spray roses, and hypericum berries. The high centerpieces were made from cherry blossom branches, hypericum berries, hydrangea, snapdragons, and carnations. The bridal party's tables are set up on the "stage" with the bride and groom sweetheart table front and center. I made smaller versions of the clay pots that were on the other tables.  Each was hand-painted with the couples' monogram and a sign Kirsten purchased hung on the front. .
We enhanced the wedding cake with pink roses and rose petals.  To the left is the doorway to the beautiful outside area where cocktails are served. What a wonderful location to have a wedding! Congratulations Kirsten and Jake.

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