WEDDINGS

Sean West and Erin Taylor Wedding              

 Raleigh, NC

It is hard to believe but August 6, 2012 will mark my son and daughter in law’s eighth wedding anniversary.

Where did the years go?

One might think that having a parent as a florist would be an asset. And it is, for the wedding couple but for the parent, it is stress times a zillion! Add to the fact that the wedding is out of town which requires additional organization.

My son Sean and his lovely bride Erin were married on a beautiful, sunny Friday evening at Lake Johnson, Raleigh, NC.  http://www.raleighnc.gov/arts/content/PRecRecreation/Articles/LakeJohnsonPark.html)

The wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the public park and lake venue.

Summer French Flower Bucket Centerpiece

 

The garden arch was the main focal point with the beautiful lake view on the park deck area. Erin selected a yellow and blue color scheme for their wedding. She selected white ‘Monte Cassino’ aster, blue delphinium, yellow ‘Teddy bear’ Sunflowers, white Cremon chrysanthemums, green Bells of Ireland and spring green colored ladies mantle.

On either side of the arch were large garden vases with Sunflowers, native grasses and foliages. Silver colored flower buckets lined the path area with white chrysanthemum plants for the cocktail hour.

Holly, The Best Woman and the bride’s best friend carried a tussy mussy nosegay designed with ‘Teddy Bear’ Sunflowers and white asters. The stems were accented with a soft yellow and blue checked ribbonErinhad selected.

 

The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of yellow ‘Teddy Bear’ sunflowers, ladies mantle, white asters, white freesia and a fabric collar Erin’s mother made for her bouquet handle.

 

Erin’s bridal bouquet

The boutonniere’s for the wedding party were designed with freesia, daisy bloom, white aster and green bupluerum.

 

The bride’s mother wore a floral wristlet made of white aster and white freesia, a hint of blue cornflowers and buplurem.

 

The groom’s mother carried a tussy mussy with white freesia, white asters, white rose, blue cornflower and green buplurem.

 

Grandmothers wore a wristlet of white freesia, miniature spray roses and white aster.

Best Man Josh Roberts, Groom Sean West, Bride Erin Taylor, Best Woman Holly Lux and fiance Kevin Sullivan.

 

Long buffet tables for the reception dinner was set up in the venue just a few steps away from the wedding ceremony. White linens covered the tables and silver buckets with assorted white, blue and yellow flowers were arranged in them. Silver lanterns were also used on the tables with loose flower blooms sprinkled around the base of the lanterns.

Sunflower wreath

 

Fresh floral wreaths were designed with assorted foliages, white roses and aster, yellow ‘Teddy bear’ sunflowers to hang inside the reception room on the wall. Exterior wreaths were designed with bells of Ireland and sunflowers.

 

Their photographer, Tamara Lackey, (http://tamaralackey.com) did a great job incorporating the natural setting with the wedding party and guests. She was very professional and took a huge quantity of photos that captured every special moment of their wedding day.

 

Stalberg String Trio with Musicians Booking Agency (http://musiciansbooking.com/) provided beautiful sacred sounds for the wedding ceremony.

Wedding dinner place setting.

Catering Works (http://cateringworks.com/) provided excellent food and service for the wedding dinner.

 

DJ, Jill Phillips, All the Right Grooves (http://www.therightgrooves.com/) Jill kept everyone in a party mode with great music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and on. She was professional, attention to details and fun.

 

 

Sean and Erin with wedding guests.

The wedding cake table had an arch of curly willow and wisteria vines arranged to shelter the cake. Wedding flowers accented the vines and branches. Erin and Sean had selected wire daisy forms to place in the cake.Cake, Edible Art (http://edibleartnc.com/) – Their cake was delicious and exactly what Sean and Erin wanted.

Wedding cake designed by Edible art.

Life has a way of throwing some funny curves your way. One day you are a daughter, a sister, and a niece who is ambling along focused on your education and you meet a guy, fall in love and before you know it you are engaged to be married. It sounds so simple. Fall in love, pick a wedding date, invite a few family and friends and get married all while you finish your undergraduate program, graduate and move to another state far away from your family to start your graduate program.

This is the chapter in Megan’s life when she started her journey with Matt and her parents and Matt’s parents when they began planning a wedding day to be cherished and remembered forever. There are soooo many specialists to meet – bakers, caterer’s, florist’s, photographer’s, reception venue options, church rules and regulations, a wedding dress to select, bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen tux’s to determine. It can all seem so overwhelming especially when you have to move to Texas to start working on  your graduate program and to work.

Planning a successful, stress-free wedding is all about selecting the right people for your ” wedding team”. These experts will be people you learn to trust, establish a friendship with and rely on answering all of your questions as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Megan’s mother Marla and I had so many wonderful moments on the phone going over every detail so we both felt comfortable that Megan and Matt’s day would be beautiful, unique and sacred.

Megan carried a bouquet of  white and pink  ‘David Austin’ roses (so lovely and fragrant!), green hypericum berries, lavender colored stock, and lavender colored dendrobium orchids all provided by my favorite floral wholesale company, Mayesh Wholesale Flowers.

Her bridesmaids carried a fresh bouquet of yellow cremon chyrsanthemums, lavender alstromeria, and green hypericum berries. These fresh flowers looked fabulous against their rose wine colored cocktail style dress.

The groomsmen wore a boutonniere of a white rose bloom with a hint of lavender stock blooms.

Marla, Mother of the bride, discovered she had a gift for selecting unique, colorful, low bowls that were used at the reception on each guest table with floating candles and yellow cremon chrysanthemums. We both almost had a heart attack when two weeks before the wedding Marla realized that the reception site: Lexington Municipal Complex Conference Center was smack dab in the middle of the 2nd annual Wine Walk that would be held on the wedding day at the same time of the reception. Marla made a few phone calls, made an action plan and all was well.

*Note to future brides: when looking at a specific venue for your reception check the city calendar for annual festivities that may affect parking or travel to and from the venue for you and your guests.

Vendors that Megan selected for her wedding were:

Debby West, Florist, Think Floral, LLC, www.thinkfloral.com – 803.732.3948

Debbie Teague, Trios Catering with Class – 803.781.5951

Kay Favarti, Blue Flame Bartending – 803.767.0906

Larry James, Photographer – 803.359.7034

Rich Wandover, videographer – 803.754.7525 or 803.513.3099

Carol Sturkie, Baker, Parties to Go – 803.755.4172

Adam Vance, Rentals, Palmetto Party Rental – 803.794.0010

Troy Fite, DJ, Tunes to go – 803.767.7744

 

 

 

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Kelly Brown and Brandon Coward’s Wedding

The Cotton Room, Durham, NC

Brandon’s mother and I have been best friends since I met her in high school many moons ago. It always amazes me how one day a child is born and in a blink they are all grown up and ready to be married. When my friend Lynne called me to ask if I would design Kelly and Brandon’s wedding flowers I was honored and thrilled to be part of their special day. I might add that Brandon is her only child and there was NO room for error on this special day.

The venue they selected for the wedding ceremony and reception was the historic Cotton Room in Durham, NC. Located in the “Golden Belt” part of Durham, this historic  building was built in 1900 and originally used as a cotton textile mill that once created cotton pouches for Bull Durham tobacco. It is a gold certified LEED historic campus. http://www.thecottonroomdurham.com/

 

Kelly Brown and Brandon Coward Wedding, The Cotton Room, Durham, NC

Decorative columns hold crystal glass cylinders filled with artificial ‘Granny Smith’ apples (fresh apples emit too much ethylene gas and would cloud the glass), topped with fresh floral designs of Bells of Ireland, hydrangeas, ‘Circus’ and ‘Freedom’ roses, seeded eucalyptus and orange safflower. Flowers by Think Floral – www.thinkfloral.com

Kelly & Brandon at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC

Kelly & Brandon met while attending school at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC so of course a photo to document that special part of their history was captured. Kelly’s bridal bouquet was designed with hydrangea’s and ‘Circus’ roses  – a bicolor rose of yellow and red colors.

Photography by Jenny Tenney – www.jennytenney.com/

Here is a closeup photo of her bouquet:

White hydrangea & 'Circus' bicolor rose bouquet

White hydrangea & 'Circus' bicolor rose bouquet

A tender mother and son moment

Lynne is carrying a very contemporary flower that mother’s of the bride and groom carry now, which is a tussy mussy arranged with hydrangeas and ‘Circus’ roses. Brandon’s boutonniere is designed with a calla lily and a section of a hydrangea bloom. Happy memories!

Cotton wreath & column vase with cymbidium orchids

After the wedding ceremony was over the room was quickly converted to a reception area. I love how the light shines through these tall brick windows and lights up the cymbidium orchid spray in this column vase. At the base of the vase design is a wreath made of REAL cotton blooms.

A real field of cotton growing in NC

Being a city girl and a curious sort I contacted a friend whose family has grown and farmed cotton since the late 1700’s. I wanted to see “real” cotton growing and harvest some cotton myself to create cotton wreaths. As you can see, visiting a field of cotton is nothing like visiting a garden in London, England but it was interesting and I am glad I had an opportunity to check it out. Thanks Jean! Cotton isn’t a particularly pretty plant and when it rains the orange-colored clay soil splashes onto the open cotton blooms and stains them. Still, it does make a very pretty wreath.

I love making and decorating with fresh floral pomander balls. They are such cheery, happy floral accents. Pictured are pomander balls created with hydrangeas and ‘circus’ roses.

Wedding Guest Check in table

When arriving to the Cotton Room a cheerful bouquet of mango miniature callas, bells of Ireland, ‘Circus’ roses, fuji chrysanthemum, Ti leaves and bear grass adorn the top of crystal glass column vases filled with ‘Granny Smith’ apples. Guest pick up their wedding program and table cards here.

 

Crystal glass cube fresh floral designs

Large crystal glass cube vases filled with hydrangea, pincushion protea, orange safflower, ‘Circus’ roses and Ti leaves. I love the sage green and mango color scheme for an autumn wedding. So cool and inviting!

Hi Boy table accents were 6" column vases sprinkled with 'Freedom' and 'Circus' rose petals, arranged with 'Freedom' and 'Circus' roses, pincushion protea, green button poms and orange safflower.

 

Cake designed by Ambrosia Cake Designs

Ambrosia Cake Designs created this gorgeous square stacked cake. I accented it with cymbidium orchids, roses and mini calla lilies. So pretty and so delicious!

 

Rachel Prater and Ryan McRoberts

Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC

Reception: 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC

When I met with Rachel and her mother Dell to discuss her June wedding and vision for her special day I knew I had met a fellow artist and lover of color.

The wedding was held at Washington United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC. Beautiful fresh wreaths designed with gypsophilia (aka, babies breath) adorned the front doors.

Floral Tip: Babies breath air dries beautifully. After the wedding, place the wreath in a room with good air flow and let it dry completely 2-4 weeks. After it is dry, take outdoors and mist with a clear acrylic spray to help preserve the blooms. Use it on the table with a pretty candle in the center or hang on the wall.

Babies Breath wreaths

Rachel’s bridesmaids wore a spa blue colored bridesmaid dress. Fresh floral bouquets created with white hydrangeas and white Matsumoto asters with yellow centers were a fresh, light, and cool color combination that accented their dresses beautifully.

Bridal bouquet includes fresh vibernum, hydrangeas, miniature carnations, 'Sarah Bernhardt' peony's and white Matsumoto asters.

For a fresh, contemporary flower girl idea consider a “flower wand”. A baton wrapped in wedding colored ribbons and topped with a bouquet of flowers. Little girls love the romance of being in a wedding and carrying a flower wand. Afterwards, just let the flowers air-dry and place in a vase in their bedroom to enjoy happy memories.

Monogrammed silver Tussy Mussy flowers

What is a “Tussy Mussy”? In Victorian days a beau would go to the local florist (a real florist, not a Big Box store) and ask for professional advice on the language of flowers. The gifted florist would ask questions and help the gentleman to select specific flowers that had a specific message he wished to convey to the young lady who had stolen his heart. Horse & carriage were the means of travel in that period of time and refined ladies would sniff a fresh flower bouquet or a tin of perfume to avoid the horse deposit odor. Today’s current wedding trend is something special for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom to carry. A tussy mussy may have stems wrapped in satin ribbon or placed in a monogrammed traditional tussy mussy holder. After the wedding the flowers can be air-dried, sprayed outdoors with clear acrylic spray to preserve the flowers and enjoyed as a floral decoration indoors for up to a year.

Interior view of Washington Street Methodist Church

Photography by Brantley Freeman, All Dressed Up Photography, www.AllDressedUpPhotography.com. This photo shows an interior view of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

www.AllDressedUpPhotography.com

Beautiful white glads and Italian ruscus foliages are used for the altar vase. Italian ruscus foliage accents are used on the aisle candelabras as well.

Matsumoto asters and hydrangea bouquet

Photography by Brantley Freeman, All Dressed Up Photography.

Art glass reception table designs with glads, roses, dahlias

Rachel and her mother Dell had a wonderful time shopping and collecting beautiful colored vases at various heights to use at the reception. The light from the 12-ft windows at 701 Whaley – http://www.701whaley.com/

really shone through the colored vases. Three various heights were used on each table and each vase had a contrasting colored flower. Fresh flower blooms were sprinkled around the base of the vases to infuse additional color. The party spirit was on!

Decorated antique staircase at 701 Whaley

How will you make your grand entrance? Rachel and Ryan made theirs down the antique staircase at 701 Whaley that was decorated with white swagged fabric and accented with citrus colored carnation orbs. These flower orb/polka dots added a fun burst of color and style to the Grand Hall.

 

 

 

 

Country Clubs are venues that offer beautiful rooms for receptions with gorgeous views the guests may enjoy. The wedding photographer can also use the view as a background for spectacular wedding photos. Such is the case for the wedding of Stephanie Smith and Christopher Dofler when they selected Windemere Country Club, (www.windermeregolf.com) in Blythewood, SC for the site of their wedding and reception. Standing on the patio outside the ballroom was a breath-taking view of the perfectly manicured green golf course.

Stephanie and Christopher’s color scheme for their late May wedding was yellow, white and turquoise. Yellow miniature callas were selected for the groom and groomsmen’s boutonniere’s accented with a hint of solidago. Some people confuse Solidago with rag weed because they both bloom at the same time and in close proximity to each other in the fall. However, Solidago is not the plant that irritates your allergies and the color is perfect with yellow miniature callas. The Standard and miniature callas I use are flown in from California. Calla Lilies are not lilies at all. Rather they are a Zantedeschia rhizome that is a native of South Africa. Standard Calla’s are white and miniature callas come in a range of colors and bi colors from white, blush, yellow, yellow with a black center, lavender and deep aubergine purple.

Stephanie selected green hydrangeas, white daisies, yellow solidago and miniature white callas for her hand-tied bridal bouquet.

The bridesmaids wore  deep turquoise colored dresses which were the perfect back drop for their fresh floral bridal bouquets arranged with yellow and white daisies and miniature callas. To distinguish the matron of honor’s bouquet from the bridesmaid’s bouquets we used yellow miniature callas in the matron of honor’s bouquet and white miniature callas in the bridesmaid’s bouquets. A small touch but very personal for the bride and her matron of honor.

The ceremony was held outdoors with the beautiful golf green in the background. The bride and groom stood under a botanical-decorated garden arch to exchange their wedding vows. Fresh white and yellow daisies and assorted airy foliages covered the garden arch to provid a beautiful frame for the bride and groom to stand under for this special moment in their lives.

In the ballroom the guest tables were covered with crisp, white linens. The chair covers were white fabric covers with a sunny yellow chair sash. The centerpiece designs were crystal clear glass vases with turquoise-colored glass gems in the bottom of the container and a fresh floral design of  yellow solidago, curly willow and beautiful roses.

At the end of a perfect evening, as the bride and groom left to go to their honeymoon, the guests said their goodbye’s to Stephanie and Christopher by tossing a shower of yellow rose petals as they left the country club.

Elements of Inspiration   

 

 
 Have you ever wandered through a fabric store admiring all of the colors, patterns and textures of textiles? Or walked through a craft store to spot beads of all colors and values of light? Perhaps you wandered through a garden center and mused over the beautiful shapes and forms of leaves, the immense and varied color palette of roses in bloom or the textures of succulents.

September bride Amy Hawley did just that when she mused and dreamed of flowers for her wedding day. Amy was married on Saturday, September 5, 2009, to Brandon Heydt. The wedding ceremony was held at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception at Pine Island Club.  

When I first met Amy she had a specific vision of colors, pattern and elements she wanted to incorporate in her floral designs. She was assisted by her dear friend Beth Austin who introduced Amy to me. I love referrals! I designed wedding flowers for Beth’s daughter Leslie approximately two years ago. How time flies! We had such a wonderful time planning Leslie’s wedding and now we were together again to help Amy’s wedding dreams come true.  

First element: Ribbon – Amy loved black and white toile pattern. She located a # 40 (2 ½” width) ribbon with a beautiful black and white toile pattern to be used to wrap around the bridesmaids bouquets.

The bridesmaid dresses were a solid black colored tea length gown. 

*Note: The colors black, espresso brown and sage green are all considered neutrals and are a perfect building block when working with wedding colors.

 

Second element: Feathers – Black and red feathers were used to create unique boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party and were incorporated in the bridesmaids’ bouquets and Amy’s bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were designed in a classic hand-tied bouquet style and created with ‘Black Magic’ red roses and red and black feathers. ‘Black Magic’ roses are a rich, deep, velvety colored rose with 30-40 petals per bloom. The color symbolizes “passion and love.”

Third element: Crystals – Amy’s beautiful bridal gown was accented with iridescent crystals and silver beading. The fresh ‘Akito’ white roses in her hand-tied bouquet were intermingled with white, black, and red feathers and beautiful clear crystals that captured the light both in the church and outside for exterior photos. ‘Akito’ is a beautiful white rose that has 30-40 petals per bloom and symbolizes “innocence & purity.” Photographers Josh & Aaron Moore, http://www.joshuaaaronphotography.com/ captured the magic of Amy and Brandon’s day with beautiful, professional photography.

Wedding Cake by Charlotte Rhett. http://www.charlottescakes.shutterfly.com/

Gerbera & Hydrangea Bouquets – Gerbera daisies offer a big pop of color when used in bouquets and centerpieces. The Gerberas ordered for Kristen’s wedding were grown on a farm named Everbloom located in Carpinteria, CA and the spray roses were flown in from Discovery farm in Bogata, Colombia.

Customers are always amazed at how well flowers travel around the world. For an in depth study on the flower market from grower to retailer consider reading Amy Stewart’s book, “Flower Confidential”.
Gerberas can be very susceptible to bacteria so adding a few drops of bleach to the water will help the gerbera hydrate efficiently and behave beautifully in special event designs. If gerberas are hydrated properly they can be wonderful flowers to use in arrangements.
Gerberas are so colorful! Just think of a box of Crayola crayons and replace the crayons with gerberas – amazingly beautiful colors! Some Gerberas are large, some are small which are called, ‘Germani’. Some have a large “eye” or center of the flower, some eyes are small, some are a pale color and some have a layer of smaller petals in the center of the flower surrounded by larger petals. If you wish to use Gerbera’s in your wedding or special event, a professional florist will have photos and examples of several types of gerbera’s to help you decide what color, size and style you wish to use. Hydrangeas are the perfect “frame” & accent to use  with gerberas in a bridal or bridesmaid bouquet.
Hydrangeas are available in a variety of colors. You can either select a naturally grown color hydrangea such as blue, pink, green/pink or lavender, or a professional florist can air brush a hydrangea bloom the color of your choice. The rounded shape  of a hydrangea compliments any other flower you wish to select for your flower recipe.
A flower recipe is your choice of one, two, three or more flowers and foliages that are designed to create  your custom created floral bouquet or centerpiece.  Kristen selected a bouquet similar to her bridesmaid bouquets but added white cymbidium orchids to her bouquet for a classic, elegant bridal touch.

I deliver all of my bride’s bouquet orders in clear glass cylinder vases to keep the flowers hydrated before and after the wedding. At the end of the evening, the bridesmaids can pick up their vases and bouquets to take home and enjoy them all week. Kristen’s photographer who has provided the photo’s shown in this blog were by

Jessie Shealy
Shealy Photography

Kristen carried the color scheme on her wedding cake with accents of fresh Hot pink Gerberas and white cymbidium orchids. The textures and colors against the buttery white wedding cake is scrumptuous!

Summer is a wonderful time to celebrate a wedding especially if your venue is on the shores of Lake Murray, SC. Kristi and Dan’s family and guests gathered at Dan’s Aunt’s home located on Lake Murray to share their vows with each other and enjoy a “famously hot” 4th of July to be remembered forever. Wedding Planner, Melanie Murphy  provided all of the expertise to make sure that all the bride,her family and guests had to do was to relax, laugh, drink, eat, celebrate and enjoy this happy day.

Kristi and her bridesmaids selected a claret red colored dress for the bridesmaids to wear. Cool white Hydrangeas and white cymbidium orchids with red colored throats were the perfect compliment for the bridesmaid dresses. Kristi loved the same flower and color combination for her personal bridal bouquet. You may think that Hydrangeas are too fragile for a summer wedding but today’s grower’s are producing hardy blooms and with proper hydration and care, hydrangeas are the perfect flower for weddings year-round.
The Groom and groomsmen boutonniere’s were designed with a white rose, red hypericum berries (common name: coffee berry) and a lemon leaf. Hypericum berries are the perfect accent when you want just a hint of color in a corsage, boutonniere or centerpiece.
Kristi’s adorable flower girl carried a white flower girl basket adorned with red ribbons and filled with red petals and a petite hairband with a simple miniature red rose attached.
The natural, fresh air “aisle” was embellished with fresh white rose petals.
Kristi and Dan’s wedding cake was adorned with a spiral of fresh cymbidium orchids. This cake was not only beautiful but also very memorable as her aunt was their special baker.