Leslie and Ben

Leslie and Ben are probably still enjoying their wedding dinner at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, but I just got home and had to post shots from their gorgeous wedding. This was Leslie’s bridal bouquet of roses, double white freesia, white scabiosa, lily of the valley, sweet pea and white mini calla lilies.

Leslie’s only requests for her bouquet were that it should be all white, elegant and if at all possible, use lily of the valley in honor of her grandmother. Although lily of the valley is highly seasonal (May-June), we were able to import these in from Holland and they smelled heavenly. Because she gave me creative freedom in choosing what flowers to use, I was able to call my suppliers and say simply “Send me what’s pretty”. I was able to get beautiful flowers in that I couldn’t promise otherwise because they are highly seasonal or just hard to track down. I adored her bouquet.

Now this is why I couldn’t wait to post this blog. Leslie told me a general idea of what she wanted for her wedding and gave me 100% creative freedom for the reception. She told me elegant, unique and that she wanted it to have a fall feel without the traditional fall colors. So we came up with a color palette of deep jewel tones- bright green, dark blue, wine, and eggplant.

Instead of using traditional greenery in her centerpieces, I wanted to focus on seasonal elements. I chose purple flowering kale as the base for the arrangements since it is a cold weather seasonal vegetable. Here is a close up of the beautiful kale floating in the fountain.

Here is the view that guests see when they first walk into the club from the balcony. I love to decorate fountains!

This was the tall centerpiece as seen from above. We made a large, round arrangement of flowering kale, hanging pepper berries, eggplant dalhias, green dendrobium orchids, James Storie orchids, eggplant calla lilies, dark blue delphinium, green cymbidium orchids and hanging crystals.

The low centerpieces were green cymbidium orchids, dark blue delphinium, black magic roses, flowering kale and eggplant calla lilies.

Another shot of the fountain.

For the fountain arrangements, I used flowering kale, dark blue delphinium, eggplant calla lilies, green dendrobium and cymbidium orchids, hanging pepperberry, curly willow and fresh lotus pods (those cool looking green disks).

This was such a wonderful wedding and so much fun for me to plan. As I get more photos, I will post them. I forgot to get any shots of the bridesmaid bouquets. The dresses were very stylish. I think I was also excited because Leslie hired a few of my favorite vendors in Pittsburgh:

Reception Site: http://www.foxchapelgolfclub.org/ (you do need a member to sponsor you to hold your wedding here).

If you want to see more pictures of this wedding, all of the above vendors (minus the reception site) will post photos on their blogs in the next few weeks.


  • Shannon said:

    Oh April!! This is amazingly gorgeous!! I can't wait to work with you!

  • You continue to amaze me. And I wish I could smell that lily of the valley through my PC!

  • Leslie said:

    I found the picture of the bouquet on google images. I too am using Lily of the Valley in my bouquet but in honor of my Mother who passed on. I clicked on the image, and came to the site. I really loved your design style. The flowering kale is absolutely gorgeous and the color scheme worked out perfect. Your bouquets and centerpieces just blew me away. Great work and awesome style! Good luck in your business although it doesnt seem that you need it! :)

  • Leslie said:

    I found the picture of Leslie's bouquet on google images. I was searching for lily of the valley because I too am using that in my bouquet but in honor of my Mother who passed on. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the wonderful pictures and design elements you used for this wedding.
    I loved the flowering kale. I would have never though to use that. It blended and flowered beautiful. I loved the branching centerpieces. I also loved the decorating of the fountain.
    Your sense of style and color scheme worked out perfect for what Leslie wanted. You did an awesome job. I wish you continued success in your work.