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.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Charmmy's Wedding at the Crowne Plaza

This past May, on a beautiful sunny day, Charmmy and Jose got married at the Crowne Plaza in Arlington, VA.  I'm so happy to be able share these images from George Street Photography.  

Charmmy's bouquet was a beautiful blush and white arrangement with accents of gold seeded eucalyptus.  I used three shades of blush colored roses, pink wax flowers, hydrangea, local white lilac, pink stock, blush lisianthus, white astilbe and pink ranunculus.  I also picked out her ribbon detail on a trip to New York in March!  I love the way the ribbons accent the gold leaves.

Jose's boutonniere was made of pink ranunculus, a pink spray rose and green hypericum berry.  It was accented with a teal ribbon to match the bridesmaid's dresses.

This sweet little princess had a flower wreath of white spray roses and silver dollar eucalyptus.  I may or may not have tried this on myself....

I made a special arrangement for the sweetheart table made of hydrangea, lilac, astilbe, blush and light pink roses and green hypericum berries.

For Charmmy's tables, I created a trio of bud vases set atop a mirror.  The clear glass and the mirror reflected the light from the candles to create a romantic focal point for the tables.

After the ceremony, Charmmy and Jose took some beautiful pictures in front of the monuments!


I love these pictures of the bride arriving! Beautiful bride, beautiful flowers, beautiful car, beautiful day!

A few more sweet details....

Charmmy and Jose make such a lovely couple.  I don't know what was said in the toasts that evening, but what a belly laugh!!  These two look like they were having so much fun!

I think this one is my absolute favorite!  So, I'll leave you with this beauty!

Thanks again for taking a look at my work and stay tuned for more!