November 09, 2011

Edwardian Elegance

When planning a wedding, one often struggles to strike a balance between what is old and expected and what is new and desired – an heirloom gown or a new gown, a traditional invitation or a modern design – and I believe the best weddings are those that embody both the old and the new in a way that is meaningful to the bride and groom.

However, ‘old’ or ‘traditional’ are not bad words in my book – I love old-fashioned looks and a recent wedding had their reception at the Frank Furness-designed Merion Cricket Club. The perfectly proportioned ballroom, crystal chandeliers, and adjoining sun porch transport one back to a more elegant time of the last century, a la Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs.

To complement the design of the room, I created all-pink arrangements in both silver pedestals and silver urns. The pink, against the cream and mocha brown of the walls, looked fresh and clean, and the shimmery cloths and ballroom chairs completed the look.  Marvelous!

Flowers pictured include: white hydrangea, pink hydrangea, antique hydrangea, sweet akito roses, priceless roses, majolica roses, porcelana roses, vendela roses, pink snapdragon, white snapdragon, stock, ranunculus, gardenia, salal, Israeli ruscus, and pittosporum.

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