Roses, Holland Peonies, Dad's Peonies, Hydrangeas, Branches, Flower Garland, Jasmine, Lovely Family...What more can I say?

by Jane

Well, I had the most fun creating the flowers for the bridal party and the reception for this weekend's wedding. The flowers were beautiful - roses, peonies, hydrangeas, jasmine vine - the branches were big and tall, and the family was as lovely as the flowers. One of the most special touches, was the peonies that were cut from the bride's dad's garden and saved for weeks in the refigerator. They were divine, and I was touched to get to work with them.

It was a grand weekend. The weather could not have been more gorgeous. Not only for my wedding, but also for my youngest son's dear friend who got married on a farm in Middleburg, and my oldest son's fraternity brother who got married at the inner harbor in Baltimore in an outdoor ceremony. But back to my wedding.

I was so excited about this wedding from the initial meeting through Saturday. I love the organic look, which is so "current" right now! It utilizes branches, vines, and an "unruly" look - a look that mimics how flowers grow in the garden. I call it a little "messy", but strategically "messy." It's young, it's fun, it's organic, it's different, it's stylish and it's gorgeous! Oh, and did I say it's big, it's tall, and it requires a ladder. Ha!!! Where am I going with this? My bride and her mom wanted this look. Yea!!!!

A few pictures follow, but let me say again what an absolute joy it was to work with this lovely family. I hated to see the work end! 

Big and gardenesque!!!

This was one of 5 mantles where I used tall branches with gardenesque flowers!

25 cocktail/bistro tables had alternating julep cups and small frosted cubes! I wanted it to look like these flowers were gathered from the garden and arranged in a European hand tied manner!

This main mantle with this lush garland was the backdrop for pictures! I cannot wait to see the professional shots.

One of my absolute favorite bride's bouquet!!!!

Isn't this cake and this very classic topper just gorgeous!!!!! Peonies, roses, jasmine, ivy, gardenia leaves........ oooh, I just love it.