Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Caroline & Rob - Fun at the Please Touch Museum

I love working with a family with a sense of fun and adventure and this family certainly fit the bill! I was fortunate to be able to work with two sisters on their very different weddings - two months apart. I couldn't have met two more lovely young woman. First up was Caroline and Rob's wedding at the Please Touch Museum. Caroline wanted to use U of P colors for her palette and create a fun theme her party. So for Caroline's bouquet, I used white peonies, white lisianthus, and ivory roses. Rob wore an ivory rose to match.

Caroline's MoH carried a bouquet of Fire n Ice roses mixed with ivory roses. I love the white petals with the red tips!   The rest of the bridal party carried the just the red roses. All of the groomsmen work red rose boutonnieres.

After a church ceremony, the guests arrived at the museum for cocktail hour in the carousel room. Caroline had a popcorn machine set up there so naturally we used a popcorn-like flower - hydrangea - in popcorn containers for the hi-top tables just for fun!

I filled a large glass container with boxes of Cracker Jack and topped it off with a variety of red, white, and blue flowers. Caroline had family wedding pictures set up on the table.

Guests then moved into the reception area with its very high ceiling. So we made tall arrangements of blue and white flowers for some of the tables.

And we also made two kinds of low arrangements for other tables. Caroline was very brave and did a fantastic job making the bowls out of tickets that I showed her for one type of arrangement. If you look just under the flowers, you'll see a row of tickets.

For the second type of arrangement, Caroline did a great job shopping for striped fabric. I wrapped vases in either the red or blue striped fabric.  For the parents' tables, Caroline gave me U of P pins to pin on the fabric.  We even made smaller versions for the sweetheart table.  Can you tell that Caroline is a big fan of hydrangea?

It was pure joy working with Caroline and I wish Rob and her happiness and love forever and ever. I'll certainly think of her next time I take my grandson to the museum.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Drew and Shri on the Moshulu

Drew wanted very simple wedding flowers for her marriage to Shri. She chose a color palette of navy blue, white, and yellow which looked right at home on the beautiful ship, the Moshulu.
Drew's bouquet was made up of white peonies and craspedia with a touch of lemon leaf. Shri's boutonniere of craspedia matched perfectly.
Bridesmaids carried petite bouquets made up of cushion and button mums. Groomsmen wore matching yellow button mum boutonnieres.
The ringbearer carried a "gift box" made up of flowers.
We made up a basket of fresh flowers for the flower girl.

You don't need much for a ceremony on such a beautiful ship. We place two large white and yellow arrangements on either side of the wheel for Drew and Shri's ceremony.

We added just a touch of color to the tables on the deck used for cocktail hour.

Pretty yellow and white flowers sat on the placecard table.

We put containers wrapped in navy blue ribbon holding white hydrangea on all of the guest tables.

Drew and Shri's sweetheart table matched the other tables in the ballroom.  I hope that the sweethearts had a wonderful, wonderful wedding day.  Congratulations to you both!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Olivia and Todd - Bright and Beautiful

Olivia wanted bright, bright, bright colors for her wedding. I think we accomplished that with these wonderful bouquets and boutonnieres which included a wide assortment of flowers.

A bright mix of purple. green, yellow, pink, and orange pop right off the page.

Todd wore a purple lisianthus boutonniere to match his bride.

Bridesmaids also carried brightly colored bouquets of pink, green, orange, and yellow.

I used green cushion mums for the boutonnieres of the groomsmen.

Moms carried petite bouquets of bright pink mini gerber daisies.

Congratulations to Olivia and Todd.  I hope your wedding was as happy as your flowers!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Holly and Brian at Talamore Country Club

Holly came to me with a more unusual color palette:  purple and pool/teal  blue.  She fell in love with dyed dendrobium orchids, which contain these colors, so I made as much use of them as I could.  We were all so pleased with the results - especially Holly!

For Holly's bouquet, I used a mix of white roses, purple lisianthus, and lavender mini-carnations.  Brian wore a matching rose boutonniere.

Holly's bridesmaids carried bouquets made up of white spray roses, lavender lisianthus and purple carnations - a variation of Holly's bouquet.  I used lavender lisianthus for the groomsmen's boutonnieres.

At church I used primarily purple and white selections for the altar flowers.  I was able to add the touch of blue with a big bow in front.

For the cocktail hour, I made up some fun martini glasses filled with blue bubbles and a white fuji mum.  We made our own purple/silver wire heart stirrers for these pieces. 

The first location to show off Holly's dendrobium orchids was her placecard table.  I filled an Eiffel tower with purple bubbles and sprayed the orchids from the top. They looked great with Holly's purple placecards.

I did some tablescaping on half of the guest tables.  Three different sizes of glass cylinders were filled with flowers in different forms. They were seated on silver chargers.

For the rest of the tables, I floated orchids in a glass bowl that had a pillar candle in the center decorated by Holly.  I think she did a great job!.

Vases to hold bouquets were set up across the front of the head table alternating with candles.  I scattered lavender rose petals to tie it all together.

I think that the cake turned out fantastic tying the colors together so nicely with ribbon and fresh purple lisianthus.

Congratulations to Holly and Brian.  Thanks for making me a part of your fabulous wedding!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Megan & Jason - Valentine's Day Love

Megan had her heart set on a Valentine's Day wedding.  As the day came closer and closer, weather stations were forecasting a winter storm.  As a precautionary measure, I delivered church flowers a day ahead of the wedding.  I knew the street that it was on was treacherous in ice and snow.  Even Talamore Country Club generously offered to move Megan and Jason's wedding day to the day after. But Megan stuck to her guns and fortunately, her Valentine Day wedding dreams came true.

As you probably know, anything red - especially roses - are particularly expensive on V-Day.  So other than Megan's gorgeous bouquet of Latin Lady red roses, we designed arrangements using some more unusual red and white flowers.  Take a look!

Latin Lady Roses are whitish on the outside and red in the middle - perfect for Megan's bouquet with scattered stephanotis. Jason wore one rose as his boutonniere.

The MoH carried a bouquet made up of red and white spray roses mixed with white waxflower.   The Best Man's boutonniere was made up of a combination of both.

I made small bouquets of white carnations mixed with red spray roses for the two 8 y.o. flower girls.

I don't have any pictures of the church flowers unfortunately, but inside the country club, I made martini glass mixes of white bubbles, red gerber daisies, and silver heart shaped stirrers.

Continuing with our V-Day theme, I designed a placecard table piece of red and white flowers. I think the red anthurium look like hearts!

Instead of using a lot of typical, smaller red and white flowers, we designed centerpieces using large amaryllis in glass vases contained large pearls among bubbles for the low pieces.   We were all so happy with how them came out. The large flowers certainly made a statement!

For the tall centerpieces, I mixed the amaryllis, red carnations, and hydrangea in a layered fashion.  The amaryllis are so pretty standing up tall.

And of course we used a red heart shaped vase for the sweethearts on their table with a mix of lisianthus and red spray roses.  Congratulations to this wonderful couple. Thank you so much for having me help you with your special Valentine's Day wedding. I'm so glad that the weather cooperated!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jessica & David - A Winter Wedding of Wine & Roses

 I was fortunate to have two very pretty and very different winter weddings in January.  For her wedding Jessica wanted to use a color palette of white, wine, and black.  Unfortunately I forgot to take bouquet photos in my workshop and had to use a stained tablecloth at Normandy Farms as background.  Jessica carried a bouquet made up of white roses, white lisianthus, and wine colored ranunculus.  I used triple pearled pins among the flowers.  David's boutonniere match Jessica's bouquet.

Bridesmaids' carried bouquets of white football mums and wine colored roses.  Groomsmen wore white lisianthus boutonnieres. 

A touch of winter added to the Moms' and Grandmoms' corsages.

 Since it was January, the ceremony was held indoors in the ballroom.  I filled tall glass containers with pine cones and snow and topped it off with winter greens, hydrangea, wine colored roses,  winter branches and snowflakes.  There were two  put in place in front of the drape.

 Just a little touch of winter on the cocktail tables.  Just right!

 Pretty board for guests to find their seats.

 The first of three types of winter centerpieces was done in my rental winter wreaths.  I added silver balls and more crystals to the winter branches.  I then set a glass bowl in the wreath that contained more acrylic "ice" and floated a football mum on the water.  This arrangement is so simple, but so pretty for a January wedding.

 The second type of centerpiece started with glass squares filled with clear crystal acrylics because they resemble ice. Flowers included dusty miller, hydrangea, and wine colored roses.  I also added some small natural pine cones.  I topped off the flowers with crystal-like branches.

The third of the three centerpieces was my favorite. I filled glass candle holders with snow and then set a wine colored carnation pomander on top of each. Since I typically work in "threes", I added a silver pillar candle sitting in more snow.

I like my sweetheart tables to resemble the rest of the centerpieces in the rooms so I added two small squares of hydrangea, roses, and a snowflake to Jessica and David's table.  The fan has been present at many family weddings and Jessica continued the tradition at her wedding.

Congratulations to Jessica and David. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you on your wonderful winter wedding.