Tuesday, May 26, 2009

more wedding photos

Here are a few detail shots from Sunday's wedding. Instead of a large escort table arrangement, this couple wanted to showcase photos of family weddings. To tie this in to the look, we put aralia leaves flat on the table under the escort cards and sprinkled tiny orchids among them. We also put some leaves and orchids under the guest book. The cake top was very simple - 3 gloriosa lilies surrounding a cymbidium orchid - I put the stems into some sea shells - simple can be good.

Monday, May 25, 2009

the wedding of Hannah and Brian

Yesterday Hannah and Brian got married at the Music Center at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda. The reception was in the lobby of the theater, a large open space. We hung turquoise and lime green lanterns to add color to the interior and made 3 versions of the centerpieces - low pieces with green spider mums, green and cream roses and red gloriosa lilies and spray roses, high pieces with submerged aralia leaves and cymbidiums and very tall pieces with monstera leaves and bamboo stalks with dendrobium orchids tied to them. The bride carried a cream and light green bouquet and the bridesmaids carried Charlotte red roses to match their red dresses. We made a new chuppah - and decorated it with the same palette of flowers. The rain held off, the ceremony was held outside and everything looked beautiful.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baby shower at Virginia's

Last week I did some arrangements for a baby shower at the home of our friend Virginia. She asked for a yellow and pink palette for a baby girl and I used peach and pink ranuculus, pink and yellow Duette novelty roses and Creme de la Creme roses that are a light yellow for the table pieces and pink french tulips and varigated geranium leaves for the buffet centerpiece. Virginia set her tables with some pink and white striped tablecloths I made several years ago and used beautiful handpainted goblets - it was a pretty scene.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dried arrangement

Lately we have been working on some samples for a restaurant in downtown DC and I remembered this piece I did several years ago for our friends at Tone on Tone, the antique store in Bethesda. I made this from dried hydrangea and lavender stems wrapped with a silk leaf. It was made to lay on a table, but it would be sweet hanging on the wall as well.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Erika's Wedding Shower

Erika and Brian had a very nice wedding shower last Saturday. They included family and friends, adults and children and it was a sweet afternoon. I made two arrangements, one for the buffet table and the other for the entry. I used Ballet roses, pink alstromeria, lily of the valley, korean lilac and matsamoto purple mums.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I am trying to find the best photos from the wedding from various sources and this one came in today. We used huge Livinsonia leaves in the table arrangements. I had several left over and one of the children found them in the basement. Next thing I knew, all the kids were asking for them and I handed them out and it was a charming sight to see them playing with them in the front of the house.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wedding in the Hamptons

Last weekend, my husband Dave and Hal and I went up to the Hamptons to do the flowers for Susannah and Will. Susannah is the daughter of our very good friends Helen and Bill. At first we were a little worried about how to get the flowers up there - whether to have them Fed-Exed up or to try and order them up there, but with cool weather predicted we decided to buy hardy flowers here that could travel well in insulated boxes. So I borrowed my cousin's Tahoe and we stuffed it full of flowers, vases, apothecary jars for the dessert table, tools, bags of ribbon and raffia and everything else we could think of, tied Dave's bike on top and took off for the Hamptons on the Thursday before the wedding. We drove straight to the house of the bride and groom and unloaded, put the flowers in water and prepped for a full work day on Friday. We got everything done on Friday, Hal flew back to DC and Dave stepped in to help me get ready for the set up on Saturday. It all went smoothly and looked just great. This is a picture of the bride and groom taken by Bill, Susannah's dad. The wedding colors were orange, watermelon and pink. The bouquet includes callas, orange pincushions, ulhle ferns, Milva and Voodoo roses and an aralia leaf. The woman who owns a local nursery came by on Friday with 5 huge tubs of freshly pruned flowering branches. I used them to fill 4 large planters and to decorate the arbor. More pictures of this fun wedding will follow.