Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Burgundy, Black, White & Feathers!

The bride on this September 25 wedding at the Hawk Inn & Resort, wore a beautiful white satin "40"s inspired" dress. She carried a bouquet made entirely of deep burgundy dahlia with black ostrich drabs and black ribbon wrapped stems.
Her attendants all wore black dress and carried bouquets of pure white dahlia with white feathers wrapped in white satin ribbon.
 I dressed up the flower girl basket with some black ribbon and had to include a couple small white feathers! Burgundy and white petals were added to the basket just before the ceremony.
 The groom wore a boutonniere of dark burgundy dahlia buds with a black feather, while the groomsmen all wore the white dahlia buds with feathers.
 Mothers carried small nosegays of mixed dahlias, ornithogalum and seeded eucalyptus with burgundy wrapped stems. This is becoming much more popular than the traditional corsage.
Small tin pails filled with burgundy dahlia, amaranthus, eucalyptus and yes, a couple of feathers,  were hung on the aisle chairs.
 The birch arch was set up next to the river and decorated with grapevine and three arrangements.
 Close up of the arrangement placed on top of the arch.
 Simple centerpieces were made in three vases using one burgundy dahlia, one white dahlia and cymbidium orchids with angel vine.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Beautiful Nerine Lilies

I probably say this every week, but here goes again... this was my favorite bouquet so far this year! This bouquet was made of gorgeous hot pink nerine lilies, cherry brandy roses, which have pink outside petals with orange on the inside, pink freesia, asclepia, ageratum and orange spray roses was so bright, cheery and happy looking! Nerine lilies are often overlooked as a wedding flower. My theory is most people are just not familiar with this funky little flower because it can't possibly be the beautiful color or shape! I think a bouquet made entirely of nerine lilies would be stunning and very different.
This September 18th wedding took place at The Summit Lodge in Killington. Anyone who is familiar with the Summit knows they have always had mascot St. Bernard dogs in residence, so it's only natural they would feature one on their sign.
Attendant bouquets were made using most of the same flowers as the bridal bouquet, but smaller.
 Close-up of one attendant bouquets below. The attendants wore sage green dresses so the flower colors really popped!
 Groom boutonniere was made with one orange spray rose, pink freesia and small piece of sedum. All other boutonnieres were made with small orange roses and sedum.
 The gazebo, with beautiful views of Killington peak in the background, was the ceremony site, and as you can see... the weather could not have been more perfect!
 Most of the tables were rectangular so to better fit, the centerpieces were made in the same shape. I used a mix of bright roses, orange, pink and dark red with berries, hydrangea, sedum, kangaroo paw and more. Each centerpiece had a small wooden stick-in with something different on each one. This one happens to have a butterfly. I saw everything from a heart to a bear!
 The sweetheart table had a small round arrangement using the same flowers as the larger tables.
 Another shot of a rectangle centerpiece.
Congratulations Anne-Sophie and Lee!! It was a pleasure.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Orange & Bronze, Part 2

Here are more photos from the beautiful September 11 wedding held at the Equinox Resort Pond Pavilion. The photo below shows the ceremony site and cocktail area next to the trout pond.
Inside the Pavilion, the chandeliers were hung, tables were all set, just waiting for the party to begin!
Place card table held a square vase with large manzanita branch wrapped with bronze wire accented with brown cymbidium orchids.
Small bunches of green china berries wrapped with bronze ribbon and a twist of wire, were at each place setting.
The saying below was placed on each table for this September 11 wedding.  
Close up of tall arrangements of roses, orchids, dahlia, amaranthus with mixed greenery with bronze wire and brown cymbidium orchids inside the vase stem. Half the tables held tall arrangements, with the other half having low rectangle arrangements along with two small square arrangements. 
I had a great time with this wedding. All my best to the happy couple!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Orange and Bronze (Part 1)

I had so much fun with this creative wedding that took place at the Pond Pavilion at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT. This is one of my all time favorite places for a wedding and Saturday was an absolutely perfect day. The Pond Pavilion sits right on a large trout pond with gorgeous mountain views. I truly enjoyed meeting this wonderful family! 
I have so many photos I want to share of this wedding that I decided to write two separate blogs, so be sure to check back for part 2!
Wedding colors were primarily orange with accents of bronze colored wire. The beautiful bittersweet and grapevine bridge decoration above was created by the bride's uncle, as was some decoration on the fireplace and doors of the pavilion. George, you did a great job!
I put lanterns on shepherd hooks along the edge of the pond with some floating lanterns in the pond.
The bridal bouquet was made of orange ranunculus wrapped with bronze colored ribbon.
Maid of honor wore a burnt orange dress and carried a bouquet made of red and orange ranunculus, orange spray roses and panee orchids.
Cocktail table arrangements were made with orange dahlias and roses, china berries, and scabiosa pods.
Check back for some awesome reception photos!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Attention to Detail

The bride and groom from this wedding live in Costa Rica so most of the planning was done by the mother of the groom who lives not too far from me. She had a vision and definitely knew what she wanted the end result to be. All of her hard work and attention to detail certainly showed when the day finally arrived. The results were gorgeous and everything she had hoped for. The wedding took place at the home of the grooms parents and luckily the weather was perfect! 
All of the flowers were deep red and burnt orange. The bridal bouquet, shown below was made with black magic and leonidas roses and mango calla lilies with loops of lily grass.
The maid of honor bouquet was made with the same roses with a touch of red and orange orchids.
Instead of wearing corsages, mothers carried the two small nosegays below.
The father of the groom built a podium for the ceremony and spent months coaxing beautiful mandevilla vines to grow up the side posts. He even attached the fabric to the top himself the morning of the wedding! Such a beautiful setting. After all the hard work, I'm so glad it didn't rain!! 
Beautiful place cards were inserted in vintage black wooden shutters.
Flowers were placed in various spots to fill in and add some color.
The photo / guest book table below was one of my favorite elements of the wedding. The large black and white photo in the center is the bride and groom with all other photos being wedding photos of present and previous generations on both sides. Rose petals were sprinkled all over the table. 
The cake, made by Sweet Surrender Bakery of Ludlow, VT, looked and smelled delicious! Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries were placed around each layer.
With birch trees and lights on the poles, hanging lanterns from the ceiling, centerpieces in place, the band stand ready for the band, the tent was almost ready!
Menus were placed at each place setting. Favors were packets of Vermont wildflower seeds and a chocolate truffle.
A few tiny maple leaf cutouts were scattered around each centerpiece to match the maple leaf cutout in the table number card.
Everything came together beautifully and I was glad to be a part of this special day!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Bliss"ful Wedding

This Concord, Massachusetts wedding was special for me as my second cousin and her longtime boyfriend were finally married! The wedding took place on the banks of the Concord River at the historic Old Manse house. It was a family affair with one of the bride's brothers officiating while the other played guitar during the ceremony. Her 2 sisters and new sister in law were attendants wearing lavender dresses with peridot sashes. 
Attendant bouquets on the stonewall with the ceremony site in the background.
View of the Old North Bridge next to the Old Manse.
The bridal bouquet was made of white and lavender roses with green hydrangea and dianthus with a touch of fresh lavender and blue scabiosa.

Attendant carried bouquets of fragrant stock and fresh lavender along with lisianthus, hydrangea, lavender roses and dianthus.

Ashley wore her mothers wedding dress.

Beautiful setting for photos.

The first dance for Mr. and Mrs. Bliss.

I didn't think to take photos of the centerpieces but found my son had snapped this one! Thanks Dave!
Vases had different flowers in each. Some had purple calla lilies, this one was a dahlia, others had lavender roses. The setting alone was so pretty that the simple centerpieces fit beautifully.
All my love and best wishes to you both as you begin this blissful new adventure!