Thursday, December 20, 2012

SMP Little Black Book




Yay!!! I was thrilled to receive an invitation to join Style Me Pretty’s exclusive list of preferred wedding vendors, otherwise known as the Little Black Book (this is considered a major nod in the wonderful, crazy wedding world I live in:) ). It is an honor to be listed among some of the best wedding vendors in the country.  If you have not taken the time to peruse the SMP blog, you are missing out on some seriously gorgeous inspiration. Here is a little blurb about the members from their site:

Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly edited collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Bottom line, these vendors are the best of the best. For more information about the Little Black Book, including a detailed description of how vendors are selected and get listed, see our Little Black Book FAQ.





Oh they are also publishing their first book, I need to reserve a copy pronto!!!!!



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sharon & Trevor - Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding

Sharon and Trevor were married on a beautiful October day in the chapel at Emma Willard. They later celebrated with a reception at 11 North Pearl in downtown Albany. I had so much fun with these two. We had been planning together for 17 months prior to their wedding. I miss them. Both are librarians, so we wanted to include subtle touches of their passion for books. They also love cats, but that could have been a little tricky : )

Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

Sharon carried an organic modern autumnal bouquet that had yummy cymbidium orchids, garden roses, chocolate cosmos, parrot tulips, oak leaf ivy, and after dark agonis.


I just love a little reckless abandon in a bridal bouquet. It is a fresh approach to the round nosegays, but a compromise to a full blown cascade.

Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems


The engagement ring of her maternal and paternal grandmothers adorned the bouquet handle. I love adding personal touches to a bouquet. There is so much interaction between a bride and her bouquet - I just think it is a nice way to keep dear ones close to you.



Her bridesmaids carried similar style bouquets with the addition of seeded eucalyptus.


Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

Orchid nosegays and a variety of wrist and pin on corsages were given to the mothers. Each wanted a different style. I think it is nice to ask what they prefer - some love to wear them, others not so much.



If they do plan on wearing them, I make the work as light as possible. Corsages can be cumbersome, and unkind to certain dress materials - just something to think about.


The guys donned simple orchid boutonnieres with a tailored black ribbon wrap - very handsome!

Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

The grounds of Emma Willard School in Troy, New york are impressive. It almost makes me wish I could go back to high school, ALMOST. More on that thought in a future blog.


I love the stone faces on the exterior of the chapel. Next time, they are getting floral head wreaths.


The inside of the chapel is gorgeous, but I will have to share pictures in a future blog entry from their amazing photographer Matt Ramos (also a parent to twins, yay!) - lighting is tricky here and at 11 North Pearl!...but for now here are some of my pictures from these locations.


GASP! Carnations! Yup I did it again! I just love them massed together! They were accented by antique hydrangea and after dark agonis for the ceremony.


Just some pretty shots of the campus and chapel. I grew up in Peekskill, NY - so  naturally I think of the 80's TV show The Facts of Life when at an all girls school.


 

Sharon and Trevor made good use of their library connection and obtained vintage books and card catalog drawers that were used to display seating cards and flowers!


Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems



Emma Willard & 11 North Pearl Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems


Two different centerpiece styles adorned the tables. I had a good time pairing some of the books together. I loved the contradiction of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms and Madame Bovary.....



Thank you so much Sharon and Trevor for including me in your wedding! I had a blast getting to know you both and planning the details for the decor. I wish you many years of happiness, and yes I will be coming in the spring to collect your lilacs : ) !!!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jocelyn & Conor - The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake Wedding


Back in September, Jocelyn and Conor celebrated their wedding reception at The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake (aka - The Crooked Lake House) in Averill Park, NY. I completely adore this couple and had so much fun helping them plan the decor and flowers. I should also mention that the mother of the bride, Cheryl was a pleasure to be in cahoots with! I miss our adventures! 

These are just some of the photos that we took of the reception. The personal flowers and ceremony photos are to come soon! I also want to put out a special thank you to Rachel Mercier of Rachel Mercier Flowers in NYC for helping out with this wedding. Rachel is wildly talented - we here at casa de la Splendido consider her family - I look forward to future collaborations! OK onto the show!

The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

The tables were adorned with two different style centerpieces. The first was our signature modern romantic style designed in silver Revere bowls. I love large and lush designs with a hint of reckless abandon.


The second style had tall branches accented by hanging votive candles and smaller arrangements in mercury glass vases. These pictures do not do this justice, just what until you see this place a glow at night!!!! 







We used a combination of garden roses, snapdragons, dahlias, ferns,vines, and an assortment of other locally grown goodies. One of the many perks to living in upstate New York is having access to flowers fresh from the garden that are not put through the stress of shipping and handling. I only wish we had a longer growing season!!!!





The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

The staff at the The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake were wonderful to work with! They were kind, helpful, and so on-top of everything. I wanted to stay at the wedding, such a beautiful unfussy space! Plus, the food smelled amazing!


The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

Thanks to the staff for emailing a few night pictures - now I really want to see the photographers pictures. I want to see more!



The cake was provided by the owner of Make Me A Cake Next Door- who coincidentally had her wedding reception here the following day!!!!


The Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake Wedding Flowers - Bouquets, Centerpieces, Floral Decor - Splendid Stems

The card table displayed their new monogram on top of a bed of fluffy carnations. I love carnations when they grouped together.

I can not wait to share the images taken by Mitch Wojnarowicz Photography. He is an amazingly down to earth, nice guy with tremendous talent.  He is all about capturing the moments of the day as it unfolds while flying under the radar - a true photojournalist. I could go on and on, but his work speaks for itself!


Congratulations Jocelyn and Conor! We wish you many years of happiness!!!!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Rachael & Scott - Hall of Springs Wedding

Rachael and Scott said their I Dos on a picture perfect day in August. The ceremony and the reception were held at The Hall of Springs in Saratoga. Rachael loves all things girly, elegant, and romantic. I had so much fun working with her and Scott on all the details and could not wait to see them on the wedding day!

Saratoga Hall of Springs Wedding Flower Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Rachael carried a fluffy bouquet of garden roses infused with hand wired pearls and fabric rosettes.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Wedding Rose Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Rose Bridal Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Rose Bridal Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

I do not like the standard pearls and baubles that are available to the floral trade, so I create my own.

     

Saratoga Hall of Springs Bridesmaids Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Bridesmaids Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The attendants carried white hydrangea and a variety of roses including one of my new favorites, Cream Garcia.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Bridesmaids Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Toss Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Boutonniere - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Boutonnieres made from garden spray roses. Classic and not fussy.The standard size roses are for the prom in my opinion. I also make sure every boutonniere is wrapped in ribbon - the men deserve attention to detail, too.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Rose Chuppah - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Delicate wrists corsages for the mothers. Again, smaller spray roses are a great choice to avoid the prom date look. They are also less cumbersome.



Saratoga Hall of Springs Flower Chuppah - Splendid Stems Event Florals

      Saratoga Hall of Springs Chuppah - Splendid Stems Event Florals Saratoga Hall of Springs Chuppah - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Handmade garland of garden roses. Gorgeous! This piece will make another appearance, just wait.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Chuppah - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Hanging Vases - Splendid Stems Event FloralsSaratoga Hall of Springs Pew Flowers - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Vases hung from shepard hooks and were accented by satin and organza ribbon.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Ceremony Hanging Flower Vases - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Ceremony Chuppah & Hanging Flower Vases - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Ceremony Chuppah & Hanging Flower Vases - Splendid Stems Event Florals




The tables were adorned with a combination of high and low centerpieces. All of the centerpieces were uber lush and accented with draping pearls.

Saratoga Hall of Springs Large Table Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Tall Table Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Tall Table Centerpiece with pearls - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Tall Table Centerpiece with pearls - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Rachael loves pearls : )

Saratoga Hall of Springs Hydrangea & Rose Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Hydrangea & Rose Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Reception Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals

     

Saratoga Hall of Springs Reception Centerpiece - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Saratoga Hall of Springs Flower Table Runner - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Flower Table Runner - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Here is that garland again! I love when something beautiful can be re-purposed!

Saratoga Hall of Springs Floral Table Runner - Splendid Stems Event Florals


Saratoga Hall of Springs Cake Flowers - Splendid Stems Event FloralsSaratoga Hall of Springs Cake Flowers - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Saratoga Hall of Springs Oh...My Posh Candy Buffet Bar - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The candy bar was set up by Oh My Posh!! Candy Buffet. I think it is pretty cool that you can hire a pro to do this for you now, one less thing to worry about!

Saratoga Hall of Springs Bridal Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

The happy couple!!! I just adore them!

Saratoga Hall of Springs Bride's Bouquet - Splendid Stems Event Florals

Thank you so much Rachael and Scott! I wish we could plan another celebration together!!!! I also want to thank Melissa from Total Events who provided the ethereal chiffon chuppah, and the super talented Ian Parker from I Parker Photography. I am looking forward to see how you captured their day.


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