I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. As 2007 came to a close, we wanted to reflect on the past year. 2007 was such an amazing one for us that we wanted to share the highlights with everyone. The following blog features our favorite flowers, events, people, places, websites and vendors of the year.
Tara’s Branch Centerpieces with hanging crystals.
I had so much fun working with Tara for her October wedding at the Lexus Club at PNC park.
These were by far the largest centerpieces we have ever built and the end result could only be described as magical. The room just glowed. For these centerpieces, I used my tall, chunky square vases filled with river rocks and real tree branches. I constructed bird’s nest votive holders wrapped with gold wire. To top off the look, I used large hanging chandelier crystals in various shapes and sizes that really sparkled in the candlelight. The centerpieces were surrounded with vases filled with cream hydrangea, green hypericum berries and one votive per place setting.
The other half of the tables were topped with a five tier pillar candelabra filled with lush cream hydrangea, vendella roses, ranunculus, kermit mums, jade green roses, snowberries, baby green hydrangea, grapevine, dried lotus pods and green hypericum berries.
Favorite Ceremony Site:
Jen and John’s outdoor ceremony at the Grand Hall at the Priory.
Jen and John were married in the courtyard right above the brick fountain at the Priory. Again, we used the branch arrangements with crystals and they added their own unique twist of fresh orchids hanging from the branches and cascading roses. Kate and I created a floral garland with fresh roses and orchids that met in the center with a rose pomander. The pictures do not do it justice. It was gorgeous!
Kim and Cody’s wedding at Longue Vue Country Club. Classic elegance is what comes to mind when I think of Longue Vue. This historic site in Oakmont, Pa is simply perfect in my opinion. It is a great venue to work with as the decor is neutral, but beautiful at the same time with the champagne colored drapery, inlaid wooden floor, golden Chivari chairs, polished silverware and simple, elegant chandeliers.
Kim chose a palette of pinks, white and green and used the best of what the early June market had to offer (including my favorite- three different kinds of peonies. You would not believe how heavenly the peonies made this room smell!)
Kim complemented the room with a shimmery pink blush table linen from Mosaic, gold plate chargers, extra tall white taper candles in an elegant glass holder and personalized menu cards.
The second palette comes from Amy and Nori’s wedding (check out the previous blog for more photos of this look). Amy chose a mix of aqua and coral/ salmon. Who says weddings have to match? Their wedding is a perfect example of taking a color palette and mixing it up and it had amazing results. I love this photo which shows that, no your bridesmaids do not all have to wear the same dress.
I said before that it is nearly impossible to name my favorite flower, but for 2007 my vote goes to ranunculus. I think that ranunculus is perhaps one of the most under appreciated flowers out there. It is soft, delicate and it has the highest petal count of any other flower. It comes in almost every color and every single bloom is unique. The best part- it is actually affordable and available almost every month of the year. The ranunculus pictured here were shipped in from Holland in December.