Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Katie's Wedding at Springfield Manor

I am always thrilled to do a wedding out in beautiful Frederick, MD and Katie's wedding was no exception.  In addition to Katie having exquisite taste with her ivory and champagne wedding with green and blush accents, Katie and I clicked immediately on a personal level.  I love an organized bride and Katie was a girl after my own heart with her spreadsheets and color coded emails.  It was a joy to design for her wedding and I'm so excited to share her wedding with you!

Katie's bouquet was made of white and cream roses, minty green Lola succulents, local mountain mint, white lisianthus, silver brunia berries, white snapdragons, white wax flowers, and white spray roses.  I finished it with some gold sprayed seeded eucalyptus and a gorgeous champagne and ivory ribbon treatment.  I could NOT get enough of this bouquet!  The maid's bouquets were smaller versions of Katie's.

 Katie had several designs for her reception table.  We had cedar boxes custom made for two of them.  For the head table, I used long boxes filled with white hydrangea, white garden roses, blush roses, Bells of Ireland, white snapdragons, mountain mint, white wax flowers and a little accent of gold sprayed eucalyptus.

The second design was a 6x6 square box filled with the same flowers and the third design was a lush ring of flowers which included some creamy carnations for texture surrounding an antique white lantern.

 There are several lovely ceremony sites at Springfield Manor but my favorite is under a humongous white arbor that backs up to a green mountainside.  We added a small spray in coordinating colors to decorate the arch and lined the aisle with lanterns that were overflowing with flowers spilling out into the aisle!


Another favorite element was the gorgeous cakes by Karen Rodney Cakes.  I love when the groom's cake allows the couple's personality to shine!  And look at those sugar flowers on the wedding cake!! 

Isn't this an amazing shot of the entire room?

Just a few more pretties.... 


 Thank you to Spence Photographics for the stunning images!  I also know this event could not have happened without the help of Six Twenty Events.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Erin's Wedding

When Erin told me that she wanted purple flowers for her bridal bouquet, I was ecstatic.  I love using bold colors and couldn’t wait to get started.  She was also excited to use succulents in her bouquet and I think we found the perfect ones!  Erin’s bridal bouquet was made of lavender roses, purple lisianthus, purple stock, lavender snapdragons, white freesia, Earl Grey roses (yes, grey roses!  These are a new favorite of mine!), sage leaves and beautiful silvery-purple succulents.  I was able to pick out all of the ribbon detailing for her bouquet at M&J Trimming in New York City.  I used several widths of hand-dyed grey and purple silk, a lavender striped ribbon and finished it with a gorgeous piece of pewter lace.  Ladies, don’t be afraid of fun ribbon!  Ribbon is the perfect accent to your bouquet!  The Maid’s bouquets were a lighter combination of the same flowers and tied with more purple silk!
Photo by Blair Roberts
I wanted to tie the corsages and boutonnieres in with the bouquets so I used the same succulents to create a floral cuff for the ladies and boutonnieres for the guys!  These designs were accented by shades of purple stock, white scabiosa and white freesia.

Morningside Inn is a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding and the pergola that is available for an outside ceremony is just lovely, all by itself.  Erin wanted to add a garland of seeded eucalyptus and accent that with the purple tones from the bouquets.  I added two shades of purple stock, and lavender snapdragons, as well as lavender and grey roses.  I love the way it framed the couple as they said their vows.

One thing that is very evident from seeing Erin and Donald on their wedding day is that they are very much in love.  I love the way they look at each other!

What a great way to walk back up the aisle! 

A few more pretties…..


All images are courtesy of The Crystal Lenz unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Brittany's Wedding

I am so happy to share this wedding with my readers.  Brittany and I have similar tastes with regard to color and texture so it was easy to create the designs for this orange and blue wedding!  We started by picking out the right orange flowers, and from there Brittany was hooked on the textures I wanted to bring into the mix.  

Brittany's bouquet was made of several types of orange roses, orange and white spray roses, blue thistles, orange hypericum berries, orange snapdragons, blue hydrangea, dusty miller, gardenia, and sea star fern.  I loved the airiness of the sea star fern and it was the perfect green accent for this bouquet.

I love adding gardenias to a bouquet.  The aroma is unparalleled, and the elegance of the swirls in the petals is perfect!
Image by Colleen McKenna

The Maid's bouquets were decidedly neutral against the girls' deep navy blue dresses!  We used white snapdragons, white garden roses, baby green hydrangea, dusty miller, white ranunculus, sea star fern, and for a pop of color, orange hypericum berries and green jackpot thistles.
Image from Colleen McKenna

AJ, the groom, is in the navy, so there was no boutonniere for his crisp uniform, but the rest of the men wore little boutonnieres made of ranunculus, jackpot thistles, and hypericum berries.
Image by Colleen McKenna

I have a new technique for corsages and I finally have a picture of them!  These little pretties are created on metal cuffs.  Gone are the days of those little bundles of flowers that flop around on your wrist on a piece of flimsy elastic!  These are super secure and they feel like a little piece of jewelry for your special day!  These were made from white ranunculus, orange spray roses, white astilbe and, of course, accents of sea star fern. 
Image by Colleen McKenna

Little bundles of white hydrangea, white garden roses, orange hypericum berries, blue thistles and sea star fern tied with white satin ribbon lined the aisle.  The altar was decorated with two white urns filled with white hydrangea, white and orange roses, orange snapdragons and salal leaves.  These were repurposed for the sweetheart table during the reception!

I created an escort card table arrangement of curly willow, blue delphinium, orange calla lily, orange mokara orchids and a collar of white hydrangea and sea star fern.

Brittany and AJ's cake was a simple white cake with navy blue ribbon, and I was happy to provide a topper and a few accents down the sides of the cake of orange roses and sea star fern. 

The tables were adorned with a simple but textured arrangement of blue hydrangea, blue thistles, orange snapdragons, orange roses, white spray roses and sea star fern.

I love this series of photos because it shows the beautiful silhouette of Brittany's dress and also the elegance of the Arch of Swords which is tradition for military weddings.  

Here are a few more of my favorites!

I loved seeing so much love between Brittany and AJ.  I could feel it when I first met them, and I could feel it at the end of the night when I stopped to congratulate the happy couple!  And by the way....are you swooning over her dress yet?? Between the gorgeous mermaid silhouette and the delicate lace, it's hard to pick my favorite detail!

I love when the photographer catches the bouquet toss on camera!

And I'll leave you with these gorgeous images...

This was one gorgeous and memorable wedding and I hope you've enjoyed the images as much as I have.  Thanks to Michelle at Michelle Renee Photography for the beautiful images.  All images are hers unless otherwise indicated.