Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kelly and Jason - A Victorian Affair

Kelly and Jason chose to hold their inside and outside wedding at a wonderful old Victorian mansion located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. The "theme" of this wedding was "Leather and Lace" - think Fleetwood Mac - with a color palette of black, white, and purple. Kelly's mom, and my friend, Robin worked so hard to make Kelly's wedding perfect with so many personal touches. And her wedding gown was drop dead gorgeous - as was Kelly. I had the best time working on this wonderful wedding.

 Kelly carried a tear-drop shaped bouquet made up of peacock feathers, eggplant Moon carnations, purple anemones, and white mini gerber daisies with a black center. I added crystals and greens throughout the flowers.  Jason's boutonniere was made up of three stephanotis backed by a peacock feather.

Bridesmaids' bouquets were made up of white roses, white lisianthus, white mums, and purple Moon carnations. The stems were wrapped in white lace. Groomsmen wore matching boutonnieres of white roses. The canine ring bearer even wore a silk gerber daisy boutonniere. Unfortunately I don't have a decent photo, but he was awfully cute!
We made a bracelet of purple and silver wire for the officiant to wear. Moms held small nosegays of white and purple flowers.
This was one of the prettiest chuppahs that I have ever seen. Kelly borrowed it from a family friend, who also performed the ceremony. I added flower sprays to the corners. Down the aisle, I placed my white hangars which held my white pressed tin cones filled with purple alstromeria. I tied the cones on with vintage purple acrylic ribbon.
Victoria previously made it onto my blog before the rest of the wedding.  Kelly used her to hold wedding gift envelopes. I dressed her up with a head, hat, and pretty boa!
Although my friend photographed this piece hanging from a tree, it actually sat on a table in the mansion. This is actually a black wire "chandelier" that I bought. I affixed black wire around the base to hold test tubes and then filled each tube with a flower or filler. I added very tall candles to the outside candle holders and Voila - a flower arrangement.  We draped pearls over the black wire to dress it up even more.  This is part of my personal collection that I do rent out.

Another Victoria piece that I used in the mansion was this replica made up of black wire and test tubes. This is one of my favorite personal containers.  We also draped strands of pearls and hung crystals from it for Kelly's wedding.
Half of the tables had centerpieces that "wore" corsets of black velvet to represent leather. I can't believe that Robin found these! I filled all of the vases with a mass of hydrangea. On each table was a jar of old-fashioned candy - which represented the table "number". Guests found their table by the type of candy contained in their personal jar/favor. Adorable idea!

Robin's friend Susan G. made the "lace" corsets for the second half of the tables. She did a terrific job adding grommets and ribbon and tying them up so beautifully. The shape of the vase really made them look like a proper Victorian woman's body.

I end this blog with the fabulous caricature my friend Robin had made for Kelly and Jason.  What a clever idea and so well done!  Thank you Robin, Kelly, and Jason for letting me be a part of your wonderful day!  May you celebrate many, many, many more.  Mazel Tov!

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