Saturday, May 29, 2010

Katelyn and Bobby's Wedding on April 17

I would love to share some photos from Katelyn and Bobby's wedding on April 17, 2010. Katelyn and I (and 2 of the bridesmaids) both went to Sacred Heart High School, so it was so much fun to be able to do their flowers for their spring wedding! The ceremony was held in East Vineland and the reception was held at The Seaview by Dolce in Galloway. These awesome photos are courtesy of Lorraine Daley Wedding Photography.

The flower girls carried adorable little kissing balls with colors from each bridesmaid.

Katelyn's bridal bouquet was created with Vitality garden roses and green hypericum berries.

Each bridesmaid bouquet featured colors for that specific dress. I loved these! The soft colors complemented the dresses perfectly!

We did 2 styles of centerpieces. The above photo features all white and ivory flowers designed in a silver bowl.

The other centerpiece style had 3 silver mint julep cups, each filled with a single variety.

What gorgeous pics! Another congratulations to Katelyn and Bobby!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Staci and Jason's Wedding Photos!

I had the privilege of meeting a fabulous photographer this past weekend in Cape May. Tina Markoe Photography from Cherry Hill, NJ. She is also a 2010 The Knot best pick! She took some gorgeous pictures of the flowers from Staci and Jason's wedding at Hotel Alcott. Kristin from Bel Momento helped coordinate all the other elements of her wedding!

I had the worst time picking photos because they are all so perfect! Thanks again Tina! It was a pleasure working with you!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some Sneak Peak Photos From This Weekends Weddings!

This is Staci and Jason's Wishing Tree that welcomed guests as they entered Hotel Alcott in Cape May...LOVE IT! I adorned it with pink and orange mokara orchids and also green shells (that came from a chandelier that I anihilated). The gold branches are bendable and make great use for lots of different spaces! We used it the night before at Janece's reception at Lucien's for her card table and then it was transported to her candy display table. She had the green shells and lots of crystals!

It was a gorgeous day in Cape May for a wedding! The weather cooperated for us! Another gorgeous wedding with Kristin from Bel Momento!

I adorned her cake (from Bake Works) with green cymbidium orchids and pink mokara orchids.

We did two size centerpieces, some low, and some tall as you see here. I added mokara orchids inside the cylinders. We finished the look with a single orange mokara orchid on each place setting to contrast against the watermelon taffeta linens.

These are Nicole's centerpieces at The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City! Fun and simple!

Nicole and Daniel were married indoors at The Chelsea and we created two tall trees for their backdrop. The curly willow is about 8 feet high with 40" cylinders and we adorned it with coral and hot pink roses in hanging lanterns (with water) and lots of crystals. Fresh petals finished the look!

I thought this ceremony looked stunning! Congratulations to all our couples from this weekend! Check in soon to see the professional pictures from Staci, Nicole, Jenny, and Janece's weddings! They were all a HUGE success!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yasmine's Wedding on May 15, 2010

I really had a wonderful time working with Yasemine and her fiancee's mother Jhisook. The look they wanted was very elegant and simple, and we used my signature flower, hydrangeas! Her bridal bouquet almost looked exactly like mine (I added queen anne's lace and crystals to mine), so I especially liked it!
The men wore sprigs of hydrangea in blue, while the groom wore ivory hydrangea.

The ceremony was held at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, also where my wedding took place! We added hydrangeas at each gathering point where the tulle was draped along the aisle.

I love her "love birds" theme!

Hydrangeas in clean , clear cubes set the tone for the reception. The dinner was held at Lucia's Restaurant in Vineland, NJ, a MUST for great food and a gorgeous atmosphere! We have been fans for years, definitely try it sometime! You will feel like you are in the center of a town square in Italy where many locals sit outside and savor their food and wine. That was one of my favorite experiences while traveling in Europe, and the owner of Lucia's captured it, because I felt that the first time I walked in.

Yasmine's cake was so pretty! This is similar to what my cake looked like (only mine was a table with a massive amount of flowers and a cake hiding amongst the mounds of hydrangeas). We carried with the "love birds" theme and tucked roses and hydrangea around the topper, and also added tiny groupings on each tier. This is my favorite look, romantic and soft!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Choosing the RIGHT Florist for your Wedding

So, are you in the midst of wedding planning and still haven't booked a florist? Let me share some insight that may help make things go a bit smoother. Recently, I met with a florist at a networking event that was explaining her wedding business to me. She offered packages (which I do not) and said how she will let the bride pick the number of bouquets or boutounnieres needed, but because its a package deal, the bride can't choose colors or flowers. She said she uses whatever is left in her cooler at the end of the week. Im sure my face went from a pleasant expression to horrified. Please, please, please don't choose someone who will do this. This is where you hear horror stories later and have photos to remember potentially horrible dead flowers forever. As a professional who takes great pride in my work, because it is truly a form of art, please don't put your trust in someone who has no appreciation for your needs, or who doesn't treat floral design as art. Anyone can play with flowers and call themselves a designer. Its a particular few who appreciate the actual art of designing with colors and texture, and will take notice of the small details that will make you treasure your flowers for years to come. I am a firm believer of "You get what you pay for". If you have a tight budget, which 99% of brides do I am sure, don't let that sway you from meeting with a professional. If you decide to make your flowers yourself, you can purchase higher quality flowers at bulk rates from a good florist. I always make that option available. Lastly, choose a florist who does MANY weddings in a year, not 2 or 3 in an entire year. They won't be up on trends and may talk you out of something really cool that you've seen in the latest issue of The Knot or Martha Stewart Weddings. A professional floral designer can utilize flowers to create anything and not tell you "That can't be done". In the world of "floral designers", I can honestly say I have met a handfull who are truly talented. So please be careful when someone offers wedding packages for your flowers, but then said "It's a Surprise" when you ask what they will look like. Just had to share this before it kept me up at night...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Toni and Gene's Wedding on May 2, 2010

I had a blast working with Toni and Gene! Gene's niece, Kristin from Bel Momento (btw BEST wedding planner EVER!) sent them my way and I was so excited to meet them. We did a very elegant and simple theme with clean lines and soft color. The focal flower was the famous Mozart mini calla (which isnt too mini) and we used them for the centerpieces and bouquets. I did 3 submerged callas in a tall cylinder topped with a floating candle and wired them with silver bullion wire to compliment the silverware and silver ribbon around the girls. The photos below are done by Laura Perry from Laura Leigh Photo and I LOVE her work! She is the sweetest girl ever and it was awesome to finally meet her for the first time! She does absolutely stunning work! If you like her and you need a photographer, CALL HER! But that's if you still need someone for 2011, because 2010 is booked. Congratulations Gene and Toni! Wishing you two many, many happy years together!