Monday, September 21, 2015

Angela & Daniel at Brandywine Manor House in Chester County

Brandywine Manor House is a wonderful, wonderful rustic location that has everything a bride could want - a barn for a smaller wedding (200 seated) or cocktail party; a tented area for a larger wedding (up to 325); gorgeous grounds with several locations for ceremonies and many locations for pictures.  It is gorgeous!  I was so excited and honored when Angela wanted me to help her with her beautiful rustic wedding there.

Burgundy, pink, and a hint of blue were the basis of the color palette for this wedding and Angela's bouquet.  This short cascade included roses, calla lilies, lisianthus, thistle, waxflower, and greens.  Daniel wore a matching calla lily.

Bridesmaids carried a variation of this bouquet with hypericum berries and grass loops added. Roses with grass loops were worn by the groomsmen.

As I said before, there are several locations on the property for ceremonies.  For this spectacular area I designed  large mix of burgundy and white flowers in an old labelled bucket.

Underneath the barn is an area for cocktail hour.  For this wedding Daniel collected bottles of his favorite beers for me to arrange with flowers.

What is probably the #1 vendor rule as far as I'm concerned?  DON'T BE LATE! Why would you want to cause even more stress on this special day?   Unfortunately this bride's caterer was hours late so no tables were set up for me to place anything.   What a mess!  So I left everything on some extra tables and the bride's sister fortunately put everything where it belonged when the caterer finally arrived.  For the placecard table I had two antique, rusty funnels painted and personalized with names and dates.  I only had one pair of these and this lucky couple got them!  

We made three different kids of centerpieces for this wedding.  One third of the tables were done with my glass jars in wire in the largest size by themselves.  Another third were decorated with rusty pots full of hydrangea.  And the rest of the tables were decorated with a pair of my glass jars in wire. I used all kinds of mixed flowers on the tables.

These two smaller containers were placed on the sweetheart table.

Since the cake wasn't going to be brought over until the caterer arrived - hours later - Angela's lovely sister said that she would put the flowers on it.  Her help was immeasurable!  She said the caterer made up some kind of excuse for being so very late, but in the end, everyone had a great time.  Congratulations to Angela and Daniel on their marriage!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stephanie and John - Just Bouquets

Stephanie only needed bouquets and personal flowers for her wedding at Manufacturers Golf and Country Club.  With a color palette of purple, lavender, white, gray, and pink I designed bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for her wedding party.

I think this is one of my very favorite bouquets.  The pink, white, and gray blended together so nicely and I love the varied textures.  John wore a matching calla lily as his boutonniere.

Mixed colors of lisianthus made up the bridesmaids' bouquets. Lavender lisianthus was used for the groomsmens' boutonnieres.

Moms opted to carry nosegays made up of pale pink and lavender.  I thought these came out really pretty.  Of course the Dads matched with lavender lisianthus boutonnieres.

I wish much happiness to Stephanie and John.  Congrats on your marriage!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jena & John at the Hotel Monaco

Jena did an excellent job of planning her Philadelphia wedding all the way from Florida.  It's not easy to plan long distance and she did a fabulous job - with the help of planner Amanda Dabbeekeh owner of Diamonds and Details

Jena wanted a muted color palette of pale pink and whites for her wedding.  So we used beautiful pink lisianthus mixed with white lisianthus and bits of white waxflower for her bouquet. John wore a matching boutonniere of white lisianthus.

I opened up pink spray roses really wide and collected those for Jena's attendant's bouquet.  Added touches of baby's breath were added as well.

Jena wanted tall vases of flowers to line her ceremony aisle.  They were then re-purposed and used on her six guest tables as centerpieces.

Jena did a wonderful job with her wedding details in spite of the distance and other obstacles she faced.  Everything looked so lovely when I left that day.  Best wishes on a long and happy life together Jena and John!