June 25, 2012


What most don't realize is that pink is one of the most universally pleasing colors - one can always find a shade to wear, it goes with most anything, and there's a reason why lighting designers use pink gels to shade tents and event spaces: it creates warmth and makes people look good.  Pink is so versatile and when it comes to flowers, the shades range from the palest of pink ivories to the most vibrant of cerises.

A spring bride of mine wanted a soft, romantic look of pinks and whites and late spring is one of the better times for peonies and ranunculus. The design was simple but full, and the antique crystal containers and mercury glass vases worked well with the bride's family vases, photographs, and silver.  

One last note - the ranunculus of the bridesmaids' bouquets and the bridal bouquet was pretty spectacular - it was wonderful to work with such plump and richly colored stems.

Materials pictured include: white hydrangea, pink ranunculus, white peonies, Sarah Bernhardt peonies, majolique spray roses, vendela roses, tibet roses, eskimo roses, ranunculus, and mixed greens.

Photo of Bride in Grandmother's dress and photo of Grandmother in dress; family veil

Tables, awaiting silver chivari chairs

Sweetheart table

Cocktail table pieces, ready to be placed

Vintage family brooches and handkerchief

June 18, 2012

Welcome, Baby

Here is a look at a Christening party I did in the spring for a baby boy. I so love this because not only is it unexpected (as in, it's not blue), but it is a fresh twist on the newly popular combination of yellow and silver/grey - the pop of turquoise-y green milk glass is cheerful and different.

The vintage glass of my client played well with the burlap-and-log look we designed for the cake and cookie table. Vintage can look rather stayed and, at times, dusty and tattered. This was the exact opposite - it was fresh, clean, and fun and the perfect way to celebrate a new son's christening.

Materials pictured include: white hydrangea, yellow ranunculus, dusty miller, branches, and lemons.

June 11, 2012

Garden of Eden

This wedding - from late spring - gave new meanings to the words lush and abundant. Each - and I mean each - centerpiece was a unique design with different colors, flowers, and textures and each centerpiece was surrounded by smaller vases and candles also unique in color and design. The final look was intricate, layered, and a dazzling interpretation of a spring garden.

The bride works for the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and flowers were of paramount importance. She had a distinctive look in mind as she wanted all up high arrangements and a dizzying variety of flowers for a one-of-a-kind elegant and lush garden wedding.

To help draw the eye, we selected five different color waves - yellow, peach, pink, purple, lavender - across fifteen arrangements. (I tried to capture each table below.) The bridal table and surrounding areas were kept all white to frame the bride and groom. What a beautiful room on a spring evening.

The bridal and maid of honor bouquet were especially beautiful - the most precious of spring flowers in lavenders, purples, and whites.

Flowers pictured include: cream hydrangea, green hydrangea, cymbidium orchids, peonies, stock, larkspur, wax flower, cool water roses, versilia roses, cinnamon roses, skyline roses, anna roses, freesia, lily of the valley, lisianthus, calla lilies, oncidium orchids, ranunculus, snapdragon, amaranth, dendrobium orchids, green viburnum, snowball viburnum, mixed greens, mossed branches, and grasses.

Nosegays for Mothers

Bridal Bouquet

Maid of Honor Bouquet