Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sage's Wedding at Stone Manor Country Club

In June, I had the privilege of designing a wedding for Sage at Stone Manor Country Club.  Sage wanted a wedding with lots of large blossoms and greenery.  Thank you so much to Katie at Merkle Photography for the beautiful photographs.  Below are some of my favorites from the evening.

Sage's bouquet was made of white peonies, white spray roses, white ranunculus, and white astilbe, accented with Italian ruscus and jasmine vine.


Just look at the joy on Sage's face as she walked down the aisle towards her future husband, what a beautiful family! 

In addition to her cake, Sage had an assortment of pies for her guests to enjoy.  Her cake was topped with white peonies, pink lisianthus and fresh jasmine vine.

 Sage had two table arrangements, one with assorted mercury glass bud vases, and the other with a mercury glass compote bowl.  The vases were filled with white peonies, peach and blush spray roses, white astilbe, white ranunculus, pink roses, and (my favorite) Quicksand roses.  The tables were also accented with mercury glass votive candle holders.

Sage also had arrangements set stop white pillars to flank the doors of the reception tent.  These were mercury glass vases filled with white hydrangea, pink roses, Quicksand roses, beautiful peach French tulips, Italian ruscus, jasmine vine, larkspur and blush and peach spray roses.  I love the smiles on the happy couple's faces as they join their guests for their reception!

Such a beautiful setting out in the rolling hills of Frederick, MD.


I could not have asked for a more beautiful bride, a more beautiful setting, or a more beautiful venue!  I am always happy to be designing at Stone Manor.  What is your favorite accent from this wedding?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Aisle

When people think of weddings, it seems to me that the bouquets are always the number one focus and the centerpieces come just behind that.  But what about the aisle??  The altar??  This is the place where the bride will see her groom for the first time.  This is the place that the groom will first see his future wife!  There is such potential there to be an important part of the decor for a wedding! And so many options.....candles, arches, petals down the aisle, pew/chair arrangements...You are limited only by your imagination!  Here are a few that might get the ideas flowing!
Azalea Floral Design + Eric Foley Photography
Don't have an altar?  Make one!  The photo above makes use of an old fireplace covered in bud vases and a small gathering of the day's flowers.

Jose Villa Photography + Holly Flora
Sometimes candles are all the decoration you need at the end of your aisle.  So romantic....

Katelyn James Photography + Amanda Veronee of Anthomanic
Here we have a set of doors with monograms and an arch of flowers creating a beautiful colorful background.

Lily Greenthumb's Wedding and Event Design
Oh, the petals!  I cannot get enough of swirly petals down the aisle, and what a great, new use for pomander (kissing) balls!  Who wouldn't want to walk down that aisle??

Lily Greenthumb's Wedding and Event Design
Ok so this isn't technically the end of an aisle, but it could be!  Consider combining some elegant flow-y fabric with gatherings of the days's flowers!

Michael George
Another beautiful, soft, and romantic use of candles and petals together.  Look carefully at the end of the aisle...Those calla lilies are easily 2 feet tall!  Such elegance!

Rachel A Clingen Wedding and Event Design
I love the use of these branches to create a faux archway!

Stephen Ludwig Photography + Marie Blooms
This adorable little structure was made the way a chuppah might be made, but it's covering a table at the end of the aisle.  It doubles as an archway, too!  I love the whimsical branches and the playful use of flowers!

Liz Hough Photography + Sweet Blossoms
You can't tell from this photo but there is another, larger trellis on the other side of this aisle that was a part of the venue's ceremony space.  The bride and groom didn't want to use it because the groom's father created this special arch himself for the couple.  While they were honeymooning, he installed it into their yard and hung a swing from it that they could enjoy for years to come.  My point is that if there is a way to bring something personal to any part of your wedding decor, do it!  This was my favorite aisle decoration to make because I knew the love that went into its creation!  It made this arch that much more special!

As you can see, there are SO many ways to decorate your aisle!  It's easy to ignore it, but it is a perfect place to add a little piece of your personality into your wedding!  Don't forget it!  If budget is a concern, consider reusing some of the flowers later on in your reception.  I hope these have been inspiring to you.

What is YOUR favorite way to decorate an aisle?