Monday, September 12, 2011

September 10, 2011

I first met Leah and Lorraine almost a year and a half ago when they made their initial trip from California to Vermont to begin wedding planning. Leah knew what she wanted from the get go, white, cream, pale pink and peach. She loves garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus and hanging green amaranthus. Of course things were changed here and there, which is to be expected; ribbons or no ribbons....no ribbons, ceremony decor or no ceremony decor....yes please! The end result was gorgeous.
Leah's bouquet was made entirely of roses, stems wrapped with simple satin ribbon and adorned with a beautiful brooch, provided by the bride, along with a hummingbird pin that belonged to a grandparent. Brooches were provided for all the attendant bouquets, mother nosegays and even a pin for Lorraine's boutonniere.
Another view of the bouquet.
Yet another view.
The wedding weekend took place at the beautiful Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor Vermont.
Since is was a picture perfect day, their ceremony was held on the brick patio behind the Inn. Two iron urns filled with white hydrangea, roses and green amaranthus were the only decoration needed.
Closer shot of one of the urns.
Maid of honor and three bridesmaid bouquets packed for delivery. These were made with hydrangea, roses and ranunculus.
Each harvest table had 5 arrangements and gold colored mercury glass votive holders.
Arrangements were made in an assortment of pedestal containers, some vintage, some were new.
Another arrangement.
View across the tables.
Gold colored chargers and chairs were used to carry the gold throughout. Accents of tiffany blue were used in the menu cards and cocktail table linens.
Congratulations Leah and Lorraine! It was a pleasure. I wish you both all the happiness possible!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Killington Inspired Wedding

Killington Ski Resort trail signs and maps were the inspiration behind Allison and Rob's wedding last weekend at the Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort.
Blue hydrangea were used to decorate some aisle chairs and the arch for the outdoor ceremony.
Allison carried a bouquet made with blue hydrangea, yellow and red tipped yellow roses with the stems wrapped in birch bark.
This is such a great idea! Escort cards were hung on a board showing all the trails at Killington.
This is one of my favorite elements from this wedding. Escort cards were made to look like lift tickets. Such a great way to personalize a wedding!
Tables were named after some of their favorite ski trails.
A sap bucket decorated with birch and moss was used for cards with assorted rocks and moss placed around it.
Centerpieces were made with same blue hydrangea and roses which coordinated perfectly with the trail signs!
Another trail sign.
A view of half of the tent after set up. The couple also had birch trees with lights hung in them to frame the dance floor.
Unfortunately, the cake had not been delivered by the time I had to leave. It was designed to look like a winter mountain.
I wish you all the best Allison and Rob! Congratulations!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stratton Mountain Resort

Last Saturday was picture perfect for Juliann and Kevin's wedding at Stratton Resort. Juliann and I never met each other in person, but did all the planning through many emails. Their colors were blue, green and white and flowers included primarily hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus and garden roses. She was going for the "fluffy" look. Fluffy is definitely in this season!
Her bouquet consisted of all white ranunculus, peonies and hydrangea.
The groom's boutonniere was made with two peony buds. All the groomsman wore hydrangea boutonnieres to match the attendant bouquets.

Attendants wore gorgeous royal blue dresses and carried bouquets made entirely of white and green hydrangea wrapped with green ribbon.
The ceremony took place next to one of the small ponds on the Commons at Stratton. The couple rented the birch arch from me for the ceremony. Small buckets filled with blue hydrangea and small garden roses lined the aisle. The original plan was to hang all of the buckets from shepherd hooks, but as you can see, the way the site was set up, we had to make some last minute adjustments.
The arch was decorated with hydrangea, peonies and roses with large hydrangea and rose arrangements in sap buckets set on each side.
Closer view.
Arrangement at top of the arch.
The reception area at Stratton has a huge fireplace with an equally huge mantle just begging for someone to decorate it. We put white hydrangea and greenery among the votive candles on the mantle. The two large ceremony arrangements were brought to the reception and placed on each side of the hearth. The sweetheart table was placed right in front of this stunning background complete with candles burning in the fireplace.
The centerpieces used the same hydrangea, roses and ranunculus.
Blue/green hydrangea was used on this oh so delicious looking, gorgeous towering cake.
This wedding was one of my favorites so far this year. Love the colors, style and use of all the flowers and working with Juliann. Congratulations Juliann and Kevin!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th Weekend Wedding

Blue dresses, blue and white flowers, red and white gingham tablecloths complete with a lobtser bake! That was last weekend's wedding which took place at Hawk Inn and Mountain Resort in Plymouth, VT.
The bride carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea with white calla lilies. Her 6 attendants each carried a single large calla lily stem and wore various shades of blues dresses.
The couple used arch available at the Hawk Inn and asked for just 2 large blue and white hydrangea arrangements in sap buckets. Their ceremony took place next to the bridge crossing the Black River.
A closer view of the hydrangea arrangements set in place.
Another view of the bride's blue and white bouquet.
I've noticed that every couple does something a little different than the last. I love different! At this ceremony set up, I found a bell hung at the top of the arch, presumably to be used somehow during the ceremony.
Unfortunately the reception tables were not set up when I delivered the flowers so I didn't get a chance to photograph them. Hopefully I will get some photos to share!
Congratulations Jenn and Jon! All the best.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Aisle Runners

Aisle runners were originally used for a couple different reasons. It was once thought the bride should stand on ground were no one else has been,"Holy ground", during her marriage. Another reason was to keep her dress clean. Today, the decision to use aisle runners, or petals to define the aisle, seems to be more a choice of esthetics based on colors or style. There are endless choices for aisle runners! If you can dream it, someone can design it for you! You can use your monograms, specify colors or special sayings. You can also purchase seasonal runners such as blue with white snowflakes, or ivory with autumn leaves.
Cloth runners are typically used indoors on a hard surface. If you choose to use one outdoors, there are a few things to be aware of. Make sure the runner is securely attached to the ground to assure it won't blow around or wrinkle too much with the bridal party walking on it. Don't want any tripping hazards! Wedge heels are highly recommended as spike heels may poke through the cloth possibly causing the runner to either get stuck on the heel.
Petals are a popular choice for outdoor weddings. Based on your budget and taste, these can be used to define an aisle by lining just the sides of the aisle...
or covering the entire aisle.
You can even have your florist place petals in different designs such as your monogram, scrolls, or one of my favorites shown below, hearts!
It's a great idea to tie off the aisle and have your guests be seated from the outside of the aisle so they don't walk on your path. If using a personalized cloth runner, this can be rolled out during set up of your ceremony with the aisle tied off just to be used by the wedding party. A plain white or ivory runner can be rolled out by the ushers after all guests are seated, including grandparents and parents of the groom, just before the processional begins.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rainy Day Wedding

No bride wants to think about an entire day of rain on her wedding day, but mother nature doesn't always cooperate when we'd like her to! This was the case last Saturday for Jaime and Owen's wedding at Hawk Inn and Resort. Its always a good idea to entertain an alternative plan in case of inclement weather....just in case. The tent ended up playing host to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception! It was a scramble getting everything set up in time but ended up working out beautifully! The tent was warm and welcoming complete with hanging lanterns and birch trees with lights.
The color scheme was green and white for everything! The bridal bouquet below, has a mix of green hydrangea, white dahlia, white tweedia and green hypericum berries with some mint scented geranium leaves.

The five attendants carried bouquets of white hydrangea, green hypericum berries, green dianthus, and scented geranium leaves.
There were two dogs included in the ceremony that wore matching flower wreaths which I unfortunately did not get any photos of.
Centerpiece flowers included white and green hydrangea, white peonies, stock, dahlia, ladies mantle, berries and scented geranium leaves. The birch table number holders were loaned by Vermont Country Flowers.
The birch arch, decorated with fabric and coordinating flowers along with 2 large arrangements in sap buckets, was ideally going to be placed in the field next to the brook but had to be moved inside the tent for the ceremony.
Everything looked beautiful and everyone had a fantastic time despite the weather! Rain? What rain? Congratulations Jamie and Owen!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Corsages & Boutonnieres, who wears them?

When putting together your list of floral musts, other than your bridal attendants and groomsman, there are some very important people in your life that should not be overlooked! Your parents, grandparents and step-parents have played important roles in your life and should be honored with flowers.

Pin-on corsages of lily of the valley and ivory spray roses.

Corsages are usually worn by mothers, grandmothers and step-mothers. Options include the traditional pin-on corsage, as shown in the top photo, or a corsage worn on the wrist, also known as wristlet, shown in the next photo. As parents and grandparents all wear different colored clothing, it looks more cohesive in photos if all the flowers are the same, such as an ivory color.

Wrist corsages of blue delphinium flowers.

Some people prefer not to wear flowers, for them, other options include a small nosegay bouquet, a single flower that is carried or a small corsage that can be pinned to a purse.
Boutonnieres are pinned on the left side, over the heart, to a lapel, vest or shirt. These can be made with flowers, berries, branches, cones, feathers, or any combination.

Boutonniere made of lily of the valley and a peony bud.

Boutonniere made with bird of paradise and james storie orchids.

Other people you may want to consider honoring include godparents, elderly relatives that have traveled from afar to attend your celebration, readers, or anyone else that has played an important role in your or your fiance's life.