Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Flower Arrangement - Splendid Stems Floral Designs - Niskayuna NY

Now that my Lily of the Valley has come and gone, I could just cry. All year long I await their arrival. These tiny flowers grow rampant in my yard, lucky me!!!! You can get Lily of the Valley year round, but it can be cost prohibitive as you need A LOT of stems to make an impact. If you could only smell this picture, you may decide that it will be $$$ well spent for your wedding...and it doesn't hurt that Kate Middleton carried these lovelies during the Royal Wedding as well.

Lily of the Valley Flower Arrangement - Splendid Stems Floral Designs - Upstate NY
Mercury Glass Lily of the Valley Flower Arrangement - Splendid Stems Floral Designs - Schenectady NY

When I was in grade school I remember singing a song that went something like this, "White coral bells upon a slender stalk, Lily of the Valley deck my garden walk...." There was a girl in my class who would transform into an opera singer when it was her turn to sing, she did the Lily of the Valley proud!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Big day for a little Splendido


This past weekend my oldest daughter made her First Communion. This was such a great day, and we are so proud of our girl!!!

I made her a lovely bouquet of lily of the valley, pink astilbe, and surprise surprise...hydrangea!

The photos were taken in Schenectady's Central Park. There are so many great spots to take photos here to mark special occasions. This little bridge, the rose garden, and some very cool looking crumbling stairs. I was so happy to find a simple cotton dress, after taking her to try on 22 different fancy and heavy small bridal gowns. Thank you Crew Cuts. I think their parent company should make an adult version.  I loved the cotton pleats, and my daughter loved the pockets!



Just a few arrangements I made in vintage transfer ware containers. I think this one in the gravy boat is my favorite.





Congrats sweetheart!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Easy Peasy

                    Happy Monday! It is raining here, two straight days, yuck. I thought I'd share some mono     botanical arrangements featuring one of my favorite flowers, hydrangea.



I love the white on white. These would make a stunning yet understated centerpiece for a wedding. Add some votives and voila!




                                                                         just lovely.....


and lush..



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Monday, May 2, 2011

Jamie & Bill's Penn State Wedding

We Are...Penn State!

Both my brother, Bill, and Jamie graduated from Penn State University. 
They met after graduation at a Penn State function and have been tailgating together ever since.

Wedding Ceremony at The Arboretum at Penn State

Penn State Wedding -Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Joe Pa attends every wedding at Penn State University


Hanging Flower Arrangements Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

I loved the hanging flower arrangements. I think this is a much cleaner look than an over embellished arch.

Suspended Flower Arrangements Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems

Rose petal aisle runner - Splendid Stems Floral Designs



Wedding Ceremony at The Arboretum at Penn State  - Tulips - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

 The flower bulbs were in full bloom. The horticulture students plant new beds every year!!!



Boutonniere created by the PSU horticulture interns, great job Teresa and Sherry!


Nittany Lion Boutonniere - Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

You don't always have to use blooms; this Nittany Lion golf tee was the perfect touch.


Mother of the Groom Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Mom and Dad looking amazing!!!!


Mother of the Bride Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Matt, the Officiant and long time friend of Jamie and Bill, walking down the lovely Mother of the Bride, Jane.


Mother of the Bride Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Close up of Jane's posie. I love making these over traditional corsages any day.

  
Flower Girl Bouquet Wand - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

World's most beautiful Flower Girls carrying "wands"

Flower Girl Bouquet Wand - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Pink Bridesmaid Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Maid of Honor Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Sister of the bride and Maid of Honor. Jill, you are such a sweetheart!!!

Maid of Honor Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs


Definitely one of the best looking wedding parties I have ever seen.


State College Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Design
                                        
 Glowing bride Jamie and her father Jan.


State College Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Design


My little brother is all grown up! I am going to start tearing up again.



Jamie, you are stunning!!!!


                                                                          
Aww....


Bridal Bouquet - Penn State College Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Design

Happy Valley indeed!

Bridal Bouquet - Penn State College Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Design


We Are...Married!


Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs - Peonies, anemones, sweetpeas, purple garden roses,and ferns

Love love love her bouquet! Peonies, anemones, sweetpeas, purple garden roses,and ferns. The handle was wrapped in lace and accented by a vintage brooch my mother and I found while perusing an antique shop in Cold Springs, NY.

Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquet - Splendid Stems Floral Designs - Peonies, anemones, sweetpeas, purple garden roses,and ferns
                                                     
My new little sister!!!


Reception at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in Penn State



The vintage windows were strung with pennants which served as table assignment cards.
If you didn't already know, I adore old windows.


Little Tastes of Heavan Cupcakes - Toftrees Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs
Jane, the Mother of the Bride made all of these fabulous cupcakes.
They were the best I have ever tasted. Each one had a filling too!


Floral Centerpieces - Toftrees Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Rustic elegance at Toftrees.

Tall Floral Centerpieces - Toftrees Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs


Floral Centerpieces - Toftrees Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Floral Centerpieces - Toftrees Penn State Wedding - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

Hand stained wooden boxes held equally lush arrangements. I enjoyed making these table numbers too.


Large Floral Arrangements in Hollow Tree Stump - Splend Stems Floral Designs

Karen Splendido -Designer & Owner - Splendid Stems Floral Designs

I love you Jamie and Bill!
Enjoy Europe, can't wait to see you when you get back.
Congratulations little brother, "The Dink" is now a trophy husband.


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