May 30, 2012

Garden to Table

My wedding from earlier this spring wanted a simple, rustic, just-cut-from-the-garden look for their wedding at Greystone Hall.  My bride and her mother are both very creative and had a distinct vision for their look – it was a pleasure to help it come to life!

The bride’s chosen flower was anemones, and their dark-eyed, pure perfection could have been enough on their own, but we finished the look with the daintiest maidenhair fern, ranunculus, spray roses, and hydrangea, all loosely gathered and placed in trios of mason jars atop burlap cloths. Other tables were arrangements of peonies, roses, hydrangea, anemones, and lotus pods in vintage wooden boxes. The mixed vintage dining plates completed the old-fashioned vintage look the bride was going for out on the terrace – lovely!

The garden-y, natural theme continued throughout - mossed initials of the bride and groom were hung on either side of the huge double doors into the Hall, pomanders of kermit mums and moss hung on chairs down the aisle, and enormous vintage milk cans overflowing with flowers and reeds stood on either side of the wedding arch on the lower terrace/garden. Inside, I used my vintage English watering can to create a whimsical placecard table arrangement. I thought the creams, whites, and greens contrasted so well with the velvety, black-centered anemones and I truly loved how everything turned out – especially the bridal and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The anemones were spectacular.

Simplest is often best in terms of color, texture, and arrangement, especially as we move into late spring and early summer – and nothing is better, in my opinion, than the beauty found in one’s garden. 

Flowers pictured include: hydrangea, anemones, ranunculus, dusty miller, lotus pods, maidenhair fern, vendela roses, hypericum berry, Duchesse peonies, kermit mums, vivienne spray rose, reeds, salal, Israeli ruscus, and fresh green moss.

Bridal bouquet

Bridesmaids' bouquets - smaller versions of the Bridal

Pomander of kermit mums, moss, and burlap ribbon

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