BRITTANY AND JOHN AT HILLENDALE COUNTRY CLUB

The Wedding of Brittany and John

I knew as soon as Brittany walked into our first meeting that she was going to be a stunning bride and as you can see, I was right. But I also loved that she wanted something simple and elegant, romantic, soft, traditional with a twist.  We chatted for a while and she showed me pictures of pieces that she loved and it didn’t take long for me to see that that ethereal look that can only come from the once maligned Baby’s Breath was perfect for this bride.

The Wedding of Brittany and John

For the bride and her maids we went soft and traditional with blushing pink Bridal Akito roses, white Calla Lily, fluffy white Ranunculus, Dusty Miller foliage and just a few touches of Baby’s Breath. The bouquet was creamy-sweet and the maids’ smaller nosegay pieces were perfect against their charcoal grey dresses.

The Wedding of Brittany and John

The boutonnieres were the perfect complement to the bouquets–white Ranunculus set in sprigs of variegated Pittosporum and backed with textural soft Silver Brunia Berry. But the real show-stopper (other than the bride) had to be the Baby’s Breath centerpieces.

The Wedding of Brittany and John

 

Baby’s Breath, once known as the “filler flower,” is making a comeback, but this time it’s playing a lead role in some of our most beautiful weddings. This is not your mother’s Baby’s Breath! The new varieties of Gypsophilia are fluffier and thicker than the prom varieties I remember from days of old. For Brittany’s reception we created these centerpieces atop crystal stands for elegant high pieces on her tables. The overall look was stunning–like clouds floating throughout the room.

Since Brittany and John’s wedding we have used Baby’s Breath in other weddings–for wreaths, place card table pieces even maids’ bouquets, and I’ll be sure to post those pictures as they’re made available to us. It’s fun, an affordable choice for high pieces, and it just looks pretty!

Congratulations to Brittany and John and thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

Special thanks to Eli Turner Photography for sharing these photos.

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KATIE AND SEAN’S JUNE WEDDING AT THE GEO. W. PEABODY LIBRARY

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This wedding combined some of my very favorite things–a pretty summer palette of yellow and grey, the magnificent Geo. W. Peabody Library, Jennifer McMenamin Photography (definitely one of my all-time favorite photographers–so talented!), and a couple very much in love who obviously cherished every moment of their wedding day.

Katie and Sean were married in June of 2013 and the palette she selected was perfect for a sweet summer wedding. the maids wore charcoal grey dresses and the soft yellows with a few pops of deeper yellow and the accents of grey-silver by way of velvety dusty miller and silver brunia were the perfect complement. Even the recently renovated Marikle Chapel at Notre Dame of Maryland University was dressed in Katie’s palette of buttercream yellow.

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Bouts and corsages were comprised of white ranunculus, yellow spray roses, calla lily, crespedia (better known as “billy balls”) and silver brunia.

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Katie was walked down the aisle by two distinguished gentlemen, her very proud grandfathers.

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Jennifer certainly captured the depth of feeling as they left their granddaughter at the alter with her waiting groom.

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Tables were set with an eclectic collection of books and clusters of flowers in delicate vases.

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Special thanks to Jennifer McMenamin for letting me share these beautiful pictures and congratulations to Katie and Sean!

 

LAURA’S FAMILY FARM WEDDING

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Laura lives in Colorado, and while planning a wedding on the family grounds in Fallston, Maryland, requires a lot of attention to detail, it is especially challenging when you are on the other side of the country with only a very few opportunities to make “planning trips” to home. Lucky Laura, however, has a talented mom with a crew of very talented friends who all shared her vision. She was looking for warm and comfortable, but elegant, vintage,  sophisticated, and perfectly magical all wrapped up into a beautiful and most memorable day. Her equally talented sister Jamie Sentz of Jamie D Photography served as both bridesmaid and photographer and did an awesome job capturing the day’s events.

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Flower girls wore the most gorgeous floral headbands–love making these!

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Bridesmaids carried nosegays with those fabulous coral peonies we only get for about three weeks of the season.

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Ranunculus bouts are a perfect complement to peonies. Peonies happened to be Laura’s favorite flower…And they were stunning, as was the bride!

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A BOUQUET OF TUMBLING PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS FOR JENNA

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On such a dreary day I just had to go looking through my files for a summer wedding. I came across Jenna and her beautiful bouquet of tumbling Phalaenopsis orchids again and I realized I never posted her pictures! How could I miss this stunning bride and her amazing sense of style. I just love how we were able to create a bouquet that mimicked the layers on her dress.

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You may know this orchid as the “Moth Orchid.” Its delicate petals quite literally flutter in the softest breezes and it is truly a bouquet that seems to come alive when a bride carries it down the aisle.
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It goes without saying that this was the perfect bouquet for this beautiful bride.
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I’m dreaming of sand, surf and  summer weddings. So glad I came across this on such an awful dreary day!

Lauren & Brad at The Geo. W. Peabody Library

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More photos from Maria Vicencio Photography! Once again, Maria photographed another beautiful wedding. Lauren and Brad were married last May at the Geo. W. Peabody Library in Mount Vernon. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bigger, more beautiful smile on a bride! Lauren was truly radiant.

 

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The bouquet , a beautiful composition of whites and creams with just the softest peek-a-boo of blue, was comprised of David Austin garden roses in the palest blush shades, white peony, cream calla, blue muscari and touches of velvety dusty miller.

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Bouts were single calla wrapped with a sprig of blue muscari.

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See what I mean about that smile?

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Sweet pew clusters lined the aisle.

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And the library was magical…

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and great shoes…

A WARM BUTTERSCOTCH PALETTE FOR FALL

 

I love to play with color and this fall wedding was especially fun. Sara’s color palette was so beautiful–almost a butterscotch orange color and we were lucky enough to find the perfect shade of dahlia to work into her bridesmaids’ bouquets.

Check out the beautiful wreath that hung in the nook of the tree under which the bride and groom recited their vows–so sweet!

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Definitely one of my favorite bouquets, ever, ever, ever… Loved creating it, too. Comprised of ranunculus, anemone, peony, tulips, and dogwood, it’s loose, organic, a little bit unusual, sweet and so romantic. I just came across this photo of Helen Lee’s bouquet from a wedding last spring and it made me smile on this very dreary day, so I had to post it!

EMILY’S LUCKY WEDDING DAY

Emily was a lucky bride–no doubt. Her beautiful wedding was scheduled to take place on July 1st, but two days earlier Baltimore was hit by a heat wave, high winds and a devastating thunderstorm that left most of my Roland Park neighborhood without power. At the time, my home studio’s cooler was filled to overflowing with a gorgeous array of freshly processed flowers all destined to become a part of her beautiful wedding at The Geo. W. Peabody Library.

I lay in bed the night of the storm listening to thunder and falling trees and brainstormed about a back-up plan should I lose power. Unbelievably, a tree fell in my yard, ripped the cable of wires off the side of my  house and snapped phone lines and yet, somehow or other I still had power, barely, by way of dangling wires on the side of my house!

We managed to keep power over the next two days and in spite of the  102 heat that had us moving at snail’s pace, we put together an absolutely stunning, magical, romantic wedding for Emily. From the birdbath centerpieces to the floral-draped chuppah to the  tiniest touches such as pew markers and cocktail tables, everything was perfectly lovely and made for a truly enchanting evening for a very lucky bride!


Choosing the right florist for your wedding

Before you visit with a florist it’s important to get a sense for your own “floral aesthetic.”  Browse the web, blogs, pinterest, and magazines with an open mind and see what you are most drawn to in terms of palette—do you like the more muted soft peachy-pinks, or are you finding yourself more drawn to a vibrant mix of pink and orange and coral–and design, do you keep going back to the loose and organic designs that look like a Dutch painting, or is something lush and mounded more to your liking. Browse, clip, pin, gather and once you review your clippings you will find that you have started to identify a certain look and feel that has begun to feel personal.

Now it’s time to look for the florist.  A referral is always going to be your best tool when it comes to finding a florist, so start asking around.  While you want to find a florist who is a good match to your “style,” it’s just as important to find a florist who has made a lot of brides before you very happy. A good florist will have a signature style, but will also be versatile and able to blend his or her own designs with your unique vision.

Make your appointment and expect to spend an hour or so in a consultation. Before you meet with the florist you’ll want to check out their website, facebook page, and blog.  Sites like Wedding Wire and Yelp really aren’t reliable and tend to be filled with 5-star reviews that all begin to sound alike.  So check with friends, ask around, find out who is the designer behind the pieces you saw at that wedding last week that you loved so much.  And while you will want to see photos of work the florist has done in the past, you also want to be certain that you’re being heard and that the designer is looking at the clippings you’ve brought with you.

Have a sense for your budget and don’t play games with it. Don’t tell the florist the budget is smaller than it really is because buying floral designs is not like getting a bid on a case of widgets. The designer will do his or her best to design something beautiful within your budget, but perhaps those stunning coral charm peonies would have been a part of your design had the designer known you actually had another $500 in the budget. Likewise, don’t claim to have an unlimited budget and ask for a proposal that is certainly going to leave you broken hearted if you really can’t afford it.  Your florist should also be able to offer a few cost-saving suggestions as well. Your flower choices will impact the bottom line, but not as much as you might think. Delivery and set-up can be very costly and your florist should be able to strategize some ideas with you that will help control these costs.

If there is a flower, a foliage, or a design element you do NOT want in your flowers, be sure to tell the florist and see that it is noted! If you really can’t stand lilies and your wedding is eight months away, there’s a very good chance this detail can be forgotten over the course of time if it’s not noted.

Ask questions and get answers concerning timing, delivery locations, and clean up. Make certain that dates, times, contact information including cell numbers is accurate and kept up to date right up until the day of the wedding. Be sure it is noted in the contract and that everyone is in agreement concerning the counts for corsages, bouts, number of tables, and so on.  Your florist should be staying in touch with you for these details so be sure to ask what the plan is for making sure nothing is overlooked or forgotten.

Finally, choosing a florist requires a leap of faith on some levels. You are not buying a screwdriver, a washing machine, or a car.  You are buying something a little less tangible and little less precise. When you sign your contract with your florist—and ALWAYS have a contract and READ IT—you are entering into a partnership with the hopes that your vision and that of your florist will meld to create beautiful floral designs for your wedding day. If, during your meeting with a florist, you feel excited, creative, and like someone “gets it,” and if you feel like there might just be a friendship of sorts blossoming, you’ve probably found the right florist!