Thursday, June 28, 2012

Style Me Pretty Featured Wedding

What an exciting day Wednesday! Bianca & Stephen's wedding at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, NY was featured on Style Me Pretty. I love, love, love Style Me Pretty and am on it daily. To see my floral designs on there again was beyond words.

Thank you Bianca and Stephen for being such a wonderful couple to work with. Also thank you SMP for your inspiring website and to the amazingly talented Caroline Frost of Frost Photography for capturing this beautiful wedding through her lens and being awesome to work with.



Photo by Caroline Frost of Frost Photography


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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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Monday, June 4, 2012

Bianca & Stephen - Highlands Country Club Wedding

A couple of weeks ago, I designed the wedding flowers for Bianca and Stephen. The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the GORGEOUS Highlands Country Club located in Garrison, NY. The day, the couple, the family, the venue were just...perfect.

David Austin Rose & Peony Bouquet with lace - Highlands Country Club - Garrison

Bianca carried a lovely bouquet of peonies, garden roses, hydrangeas, and dusty miller. The stems were wrapped in silk satin with a lace overlay. It smelled divine!

David Austin Rose & Peony Bouquet with lace



The bridesmaids carried lush bouquets of coral charm peonies, hypericum berry, garden roses, and dusty miller.



 

Delicate wrist corsages for the mothers.


hypericum berry boutonniere

Boutonnieres of hypericum berry, bouvardia, and dusty miller. The groom also had white hydrangea and ranunculus buds.

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A large and lush focal arrangement of coral charm peonies, parrot tulips, garden roses and ranunculus. I loved this piece - and yes, I had a hard time parting with it : ) .

Highlands Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers


Centerpiece with lantern - Highlands Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers

Some of the reception tables in the atrium were decorated with lanterns and wreaths of flowers.

Centerpiece with lantern - Highlands Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers


Cake plate centerpiece - Highland Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers

In the main ballroom, the centerpieces were designed on metal cake plates, and overflowed with sherbet hued botanicals.

Cake plate centerpiece - Highlands Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers
Cake plate centerpiece - Highlands Country Club - Garrison, NY Wedding Flowers



Sweet little chair detail.



Spirea dripping from the mantel.


Peony Flowers on Wedding Cake - Wedding cake with Peonies

Buttercream and peonies, YUMMY!


 

 Pretty toss bouquet!

 
The grounds of The Highlands Club were breathtaking. The whole place just exudes relaxed elegance and charm.


The hedge of climbing hydrangea is to die for. I have one in my garden - they take seven years to get a bloom. Wistfully I think to myself, "Someday mine will look like this." sigh








I also had the pleasure to work with the talented Caroline Frost of Frost Photography. To see more of this wedding, check out her blog post. Stunning photos Caroline! Update - just saw on the Frost Photography facebook page that this wedding will be a main page feature on Style Me Pretty in the next 4-6 weeks. Yay!

Thank you so much Bianca and Stephen, it was wonderful to work with you! I wish you many, many years of happiness together - you are off to a beautiful start!

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