Monday, August 25, 2014

Jesse's Wedding at the Maryland Agricultural Farm

I've been dying to share these photos with you!  In May, I was lucky enough to design a outdoor barn wedding that took place at the Maryland Agricultural Farm, a working farm complete with farm animals and rolling hills in Derwood, MD.  Jesse and Adam wanted a rustic wedding that incorporated their own values, homemade and one-of-a-kind vendors, animals and music.  The result was a gorgeous peach and pink, vegan wedding filled with family and homespun love.
The bridal party got ready in a gorgeous old farm house.  The animals were under the barn!


The backdrop to the ceremony was a large tree.  We hung mason jars full of white hydrangea from the branches and lined the aisle with small mason jar arrangements filled with white and blush peonies, peach garden roses, white ranunculus, white scabiosas, Queen Anne's Lace, and peach french tulips.  Several old wine barrels were used at the altar and at the beginning of the aisle, decorated with the same flowers.


Two adorable little flower girls and one very precious (and a little shy) ringbearer helped get Jesse down the aisle.  The girls wore flower wreaths made of eucalyptus leaves, white scabiosa, pink astilbe, and a peach garden rose.  The ringbearer carried a small pillow made of white button mums.

The bridesmaids carried a hand-tied bouquet of blush and white peonies, peach garden roses, white scabiosa, pink astilbe, Queen Anne's Lace, and seeded eucalyptus.

Jesse's bouquet was made of white peonies with a seeded eucalyptus collar.  Look at that happy smile!  It was so obvious that although so much attention had been paid to the wedding details, the most important thing was the joining of these two as a couple.

After the ceremony, while the bridal party took pictures, outdoor games were available and a super talented band played as guests enjoyed a cocktail hour.

The bride and groom took a minute to visit with the goats after their ceremony!


The ceremony was set up in the barn, above the animals.  The walls were covered in photos of the couple and their families.  Centerpieces were created by filling hand-stained crates with assorted bottles and jars filled with the days flowers.  Take a look at the bride and groom's glasses!  Her married name is Jesse James!


The night was filled with music, dancing and a bubble send-off!

Before I leave you to your wedding daydreaming and plotting, I'd like to thank Elliott O'Donovan at Elliott O'Donovan Photography for the BEAUTIFUL images.  I just cannot say enough wonderful things about his work and his work ethic!

Well, okay.... a few more pictures won't hurt!

Enjoy the pretty!  It doesn't get any better than seeing a beautiful new family getting created.  I am so lucky to have been a part of this beautiful couple's day.  The love, community, and support that I felt from the couple and their guests was truly spectacular!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Thank you to The Chapel Designers

About a year ago, I attended a workshop with Holly Chapple.  I got great business tips, practiced my craft with several other talented designers, and got to tour two sets of amazing gardens.  You can read more about my experience here: Chapel Designers.  In the past year, this brilliant network of shining stars has pushed me and inspired me further than I ever thought possible.  I'm very lucky to have had this opportunity!

Sweet Blossoms is thrilled to be associated with The Chapel Designers.  Initiated by designer, Holly Heider Chapple, in 2011, The Chapel Designers are an international gathering of talented and stylish floral designers and event planners who provide support and inspiration to each other.  Together they work to educate the industry designers and raise industry standards.  They are committed to learning.  While it would be easy to say that all we do is "make the pretty", the friendship connection is what grounds The Chapel Designers.  We are better together, by inspiring each other and pushing each other to do the very best we can!

Meeting each year in NYC, the group collaborates and studies under such talented designers such as Ariella Chezar from The New York Flower School, David Beahm, Mathew Robbins and Karen Tran.

Please click here to find out more about The Chapel Designers!  You can find the latest that we have been working on, as well as a current list of all Chapel Designers by state and by country.  I would gladly recommend any of these amazingly talented designers for any of your floral needs.  There is also information on how to become a Chapel Designer.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Amy's Wedding at The Doubletree Hilton in Rockville

I'm so excited to share a few pictures from Amy's beautiful red and white wedding at the Doubletree Hilton.  The designs were very simple and elegant but still made a real statement in a very unique ceremony setting.  The hotel is an open-air lobby and the ceremony was set up on a stage in the middle of it.  Imagine walking down the aisle in such a grand setting!  Thanks to Carl at Carl Elixir Photography for the stunning photos.  I love how bright and vibrant all the the red tones look against the dresses.

Amy's bouquet was made of red Hearts roses, red astilbe, red tulips, red calla lilies, and white hypericum berries.


The ringbearer had a small calla lily boutonniere and the flower girl wore a halo of white roses and carried a matching pomander.  How sweet! 

What did I tell you about that magnificent ceremony?  Gorgeous!



I just love first-dance pictures, don't you?

Thanks again to Carl at Carl Elixir Photography for the beautiful pictures.