Sunday, July 29, 2012

Brittany & Brian - Perfect Pearls

Brittany told me that she was the first of her friends to be getting married and that she wanted her wedding at Talamore Country Club to be a big, fun party for everyone. So, I came up with a few ideas for her that I thought she would like in her lavender, purple, green, and yellow color palette. She chose a theme that I hadn't created before, but which came out wonderfully, I think. See for yourself in the photos below.

Brittany's bouquet consisted of purple and lavender lisianthus, green mini-hydrangea, and some very large beautiful yellow ranunculus. I bound the stems with ribbon and then fit a very, very wide pearled bouquet bracelet on top of it. Brian wore a boutonniere of matching lisianthus.

I tried something new, to me, for Brittany's bridal party. I knew that fuji mums came in all three of Brittany's colors - lavender, yellow, and green - and suggested that if she wanted a more "fun" type of bouquet for her girls, then using just these mums would work. We really liked how they came out - different from most of the bouquets I create with the spiky tips. Since fujis are a rather large mum, I used smaller, lavender cushion mums for the groomsmen's boutonnieres.

Moms carried nosegays of lavender mini-carnations, green button mums, and yellow spray roses. Dads' boutonnieres were made up of yellow spray roses as well.

At church I arranged two large containers of flowers for the altar consisting of purple larkspur, purple filler, yellow lilies, lavender stock, and green fugi mums. I thought it was so nice that the church carpeting blended so nicely with Brittany's color scheme!

There are several cocktail tables at Talamore and we added a touch of purple and yellow to all of them. I had very recently purchased a set of purple vases which I filled with purple and yellow alstromeria. Each vase was finished with a yellow "bow tie". Just something cute to add instead of just candles. I have a collection of fun, and inexpensive, containers in an array of colors that I buy especially for this purpose for my brides.

For the placecard table I designed an arrangement that set the theme of the wedding - pearls! I had a container that to me looked like a large glass pearl and filled it with yellow mini-sunflowers, purple larkspur, and green fuji mums. I then draped a string of pearls around the container.

Brittany was totally on board with doing something different for her wedding and loved the idea of using pearls. I had sketched four different ideas for her and she liked them all. Rather than chose among them - she choose to use them all, which was possible because she had a lot of guest tables. I had a blast seeing my vision come to fruition and was really pleased with the results.

For the first type of centerpiece, I created a "dome" of carnations draped with a string of pearls. A touch of pearls crowned the top. The glass square was filled with white "pearls" (bubbles) so that the stems did not show. Other domes were made up of yellow, lavender, or green carnations to give variety to the color palette.

Of course I did an arrangement of a pretty mix of yellow, green, purple and lavender flowers all sitting in glass squares into which I piled pearls in the base. I also tucked in pearl sprays among the flowers.

Centerpiece type #3 was candle-based. Squat pillars sat in a square of pearls. I placed four smaller glass squares around each of these each containing yellow, purple, green, or lavender flowers.

The fourth type of centerpiece was a grouping of table-scaped glass rectangles and squares. They were each filled with one color of flower - green, purple, or yellow and included pearls inside or outside.

I finished up this "pearl" of a wedding with candles and pearl decorated vases of flowers on the sweetheart table.

This was such a fun wedding to put together. I really enjoyed working with Brittany and her mom. Thank you so much for your faith in me and allowing me to work on so many new ideas for your special day. Congratulations to Brittany and Brian. I can't wait to see professional pictures.

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