Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Amanda & Brian - Yaddo Gardens Wedding

I had such a great time planning this wedding! The bride and groom, Amanda and Brian planned their day all the way from Grenada! Brian is finishing medical school there, but they wanted to celebrate their marriage back home in Saratoga Springs. I had the chance to meet with Amanda and her mother Susan in person while she was home during the holidays. Amanda really wanted her wedding decor to have a bit of bohemian flair balanced with tradition. Her vision resulted in an enchanted yet classic event. Christopher Morris Photography was there to capture the day and was very kind to share some of his great pictures! This blog is a combination of his great images mingled in with my charming yet far from professional photos!

Yaddo Gardens Wedding Bouquet  - white peonies & astilbe
Christopher Morris Photography

Amanda carried a lush bouquet of white peonies, white sweet peas, ivory garden roses, fluffy white astilbe, and clematis vines. It had an ethereal vibe to it, and smelled amazing!

Yaddo Gardens Wedding Bouquet  - white peonies & astilbe
Christopher Morris Photography

yaddo gardens whimsical woodland wedding bouquet

I added some lace trim with subtle sparkle to the top and bottom of the bouquet handle.


Yaddo Gardens Wedding Bouquet  - peonies, scabiosa pods, callas, dusty miller, astilbe, larkspur, lavender
Christopher Morris Photography

The bridesmaids carried abstract elfin bouquets of peonies, scabiosa pods, purple callas, dusty miller, astilbe, larkspur and a touch of lavender. I added this ruffled detail to the bouquet handle on a whim, I knew Amanda would love it! I spend a lot of time over the year either on skype, phone calls,or email with my clients.  I often feel that by the time of the wedding rolls around we are old friends. Trust is a beautiful thing!


Mother's Bouquet

The mothers carried simple posies of peonies and dusty miller. I much prefer these to corsages, it gives them something to do with their other hand while walking down the aisle. The walk is a big deal for the moms too!


Bridesmaid Bouquet

I was in love with the asymmetrical composition of the bridesmaids bouquets.


Flower Girl Head Wreath

A delicate crown of  fresh lavender and astilbe for the flower girl.



Scabiosa pods accented with fresh lavender and rosemary


The groom wore a scabiosa pod with a touch of astilbe and clematis vine to compliment Amanda's bouquet.


Christopher Morris Photography


Here I am hauling some flower goodness to the rock garden section at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. It is an amazing series of gardens and an artist's retreat. Each trip back and forth to the van to reload was a quarter mile! John and I figured we each walked 4 miles during the set up, sounds exhausting, but I was so excited and filled with adrenaline that it did not occur to me until I was on the ride home!


Christopher Morris Photography

I love the rock garden. I know most people prefer the rose garden , which is glorious - but I felt at home among the trees and ferns.


We had a great time designing and constructing this wedding arch onsite. At one point I had to lean back and decorate it while John was holding me up. Something I will never forget!

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Curly willow, blue delphinium, garden roses and hydrangea adorned the arch.


yaddo gardens whimsical woodland wedding arch

Yaddo Gardens Wedding Arch
Christopher Morris Photography

I cry at every wedding, even when I am hiding behind the scenes. The commitment and the significance of the vow exchange never gets old. The Reverend Joy Burke officiated the ceremony. She is great, and most definitely loves her job!!! Who wouldn't?


Yaddo Gardens Wedding Arch
Christopher Morris Photography

Amanda and her bridesmaids.



 This was a fun little find in the back of the rock garden by one of the waterfalls.


Longfellows Table Wedding Centerpiece

The dinner party reception took place at Longfellows, just down the street from Yaddo Gardens! The guest tables were decorated with lush arrangements of garden roses, peonies, delphinum, cornflower and hypericum berry.

Longfellows Table Wedding Centerpiece

Longfellows Table Wedding Centerpiece

The head table displayed single varieties of the flowers used throughout the wedding. I love how this design allows you to appreciate each flower individually. Trailing greens gave a runner effect, love it!

 Longfellows Wedding centerpieces  Longfellows Wedding centerpieces
       Christopher Morris Photography

Longfellows Table Wedding CenterpieceLongfellows Wedding centerpieces
                                                                                                                                         Christopher Morris Photography

Longfellows Table Wedding Centerpiece


Thank you Amanda and Brian for having us be apart of your celebration! Enjoy your time in Grenada, I think it is the beginning of many chapters and adventures in your life together! Congratulations!!!

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1 comment:

  1. Karen - you're floral work is, hands down, the best we've seen and we've been photographing for 9+ years! That arch took my breath away and blended perfectly with the space. We hope to work with you again in the future! -Chris & Lauren

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