Monday, September 30, 2013

Kate and Brock's Pastoral Wedding

Updated 1/14/14

Studio 213 Films  posted a wonderful film featuring the lovely Kate and Brock and their fantastic wedding.  You can see it here.

Kate and Brock's wedding last weekend was such a pleasure to be a part of! The bucolic setting and beautiful weather were things that dreams are made of. The florals were simple, elegant and natural with lots of herbs. The farm tables were a mix of eucalyptus, bay, olive, and rosemary with layers of romantic candlelight. The napkins had a sprig of lavender and rosemary. The overall setting was earthy and fragrant.

It was great to work again with Viva Bella Events and Funky's Catering and a big thanks to All Occasions Event Rentals for your assistance with placing the chandelier.

An evening shot from our friends at Viva Bella Events.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Floral Travels: Okefenokee Swamp; Folkston, Georgia

The Okefenokee Swamp in Southern Georgia has some of the most breathtaking views and  spectacular wildlife!  Okefenokee means "land of trembling ground" in Native American tongue and the earth really does tremble due to the the spongy detritus that comprises the earth of the Okefenokee Swamp.
I have taken two trips to the swamp and it never ceases to amaze me with its resilience, peace and beauty.  There is an abundance of alligators, turtles, birds and waterfowl to observe and the plants, flowers and grasses will blow you away!  The juxtaposition of the bright green grasses and the "blackwater swamp" is artistic and natural. The swamp is both romantic and eerie and it flows at a slower pace than the outside world.  Prepare to breath deep and slow. (VG)

The Carnivorous Pitcher Plant
American Alligator
Swamp Iris

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Talisman of Love and a Symbol of Patience: The Aster

September's flower is the Aster:
With their wildflower beauty and lush texture, asters have long been considered an enchanted flower. In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil serpents. Today, they’re known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience. Also known as starworts, Michaelmas daisies or Frost flowers, the name aster is derived from the Greek word for “star,” and its star-like flowers can be found in a rainbow of colors – white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, with mostly yellow  centers. The September birth flower, asters also hold the honor of being the 20th wedding anniversary flower.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Floral Travels: Longwood Gardens in the Winter

Longwood Gardens, 40 miles outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a wonderful place to visit, even in the winter.  The extensive greenhouses and outbuildings protect and nurture flowers, plants and trees from all over.  It is easy to forget the biting cold when you enter the lush and creative growing spaces. the wimsical ironwork in the children's garden is worth the trip alone!

First started by the Pierre S. duPont in the early 1900's as a country retreat, it has evolved over the years as a premiere garden and education center.  Click here for a link to the history of Longwood Gardens. There is an elegant ballroom flanked by greenhouses so large you don't realize that you are still indoors.  The space makes you wish for a time machine for the possibility of attending a ball in this breathtaking space.

And the flora, oh the flora!  Even in the dead of winter the place was an oasis and truly unique!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Color inspiration: Ripe Nectarine

Color inspiration can come from anywhere.  This one comes from the orchard.  Juicy and bright!