January 2009

Our colleague and wedding photographer Channing Johnson paid us a visit last week while we were working on the flowers for our ‘soiree dinner’ style wedding.

Here are two from the series of photos he took plus a link to Channing’s great blog:

Apryl & me at the studio. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Apryl & me at the studio. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Ivory ranunculas and parrot tulips. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Ivory ranunculas and parrot tulips. Photo by Channing Johnson.


I just love beautiful photography, it is so completely inspiring! Thanks again to Channing for visiting.
(Seriously people, any couple who has him as their wedding photographer is lucky indeed!)


Even though it is dreary, dreary winterness in Boston these days, going to the market still manages to brighten my spirits. Although we don’t have spring in the city yet the market does!

We did a special and luxurious birthday arrangement this weekend that featured all the blooming hopefulness of spring:

Spring Hopefulness Arrangement

Spring Hopefulness Arrangement

We used blush pink flowering quince branches, ballerina pink tulips, white lilac and white sweet peas. These are pretty much my favorite flowers, I just love the flowers of spring.

Detail of Bouquet and Vase

Detail of Bouquet and Vase

And a last photo, a bit further away:

Another view of spring arrangement

Another view of spring arrangement

A bit about the container the flowers are in, interesting, right?

We did this for a person who loves the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. If you’ve been, you may have noticed how the restrooms have these really cool tiles in them.

One says:

“Win as though you were used to it and lose as if you liked it”

And the other says:

“Secret de Deux
Secret de Dieu
Secret de Trois
Secret de Tous”

Both tiles have a slightly mysterious quality and who knows where Gardner found them or why she placed them where she did, but I love the experience of stumbling upon them in the museum.

So, to actually make the container, we apoxyed these two reproduction tiles to two sides of a modern square glass container; then apoxyed two reproduction tiles of Islamic tile at the Gardner Museum displayed in the Spanish Cloister near the incredible painting by John Singer Sargent, El Jaleo.

I love how this container project turned out, modern in style but with a bit of a story too. I might have to make myself one now!

Flowers and Design by Petalena.

The table design for the wedding we did this weekend featured LOTS of candles. I am now completely and totally convinced that everyone must use candles, it looks amazing! My photos sadly do not do the design justice but we are looking forward to receiving photos from the fabulous and lovely to work with Phil Seaton of Living Photo!

Table Design

Table Design

And a few more, but be warned, all these photos are varying degrees of blurry but I wanted to snap a few because it looked so gorgeous!

Table Design

Table Design

Table Flowers with Candles and Crystals

Table Flowers with Candles and Crystals

More soon once we get the proper photos from Phil!

Flowers and Table Design by Petalena

Location: Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Apryl and I just finished up the flowers and table decor for one of our January brides and wanted to share a few of the photos.

Here are a few of the prep photos from the studio:

One of the smaller table arrangements
"Rorange" roses in the studios, in lots of warm water so they open

"Rorange" roses in the studios, in lots of warm water so they open

Our bride wanted her roses 100% open, so we bought them days in advance and keep them happy in a very warm studio and in lots of warm water. They opened beautifully for Saturday and were perfect!

For the table flowers we did eight big arrangements for each table, two smaller flanking arrangements for each table, plus blossoms floating in water.

Detail of Table Arrangement

Detail of Table Arrangement

I love this photo above, it really shows how the fiddleheads really make this arrangement. The color palette is also unusual but totally works the red-orange as the base, accented by acid greens, pale lavender and espresso brown.

I’ll post more photos from the studio that day soon as our colleague (and very talented photographer) Channing Johnson came by for a visit and took some shots.

We just picked up the Boston Globe today to check out the Sunday Magazine’s Weddings Issue which features a bouquet of ours:

Photo by Joel Benjamin. The Boston Globe

Photo by Joel Benjamin. The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

Our bouquet is the peach and silver bouquet at the bottom!

Thanks to Marni Elyse Katz, a freelance style editor, for inviting us to participate!


For a link to the article:

Orchids are probably our favorite variety of flower to work with.
The range of color, texture, and style within this one type of flower is just incredible; there are thousands of design expressions that can be done using these unique blooms.

Summertime Orchids, bold and bright

Photo by Joyelle West Photography

Summertime Orchid Bouquet – Fuchsia and gold harmonize above, making for a perfect bold and bright summer bridal bouquet. Here, yellow-orange “Mokara” orchids are used along with tiny yellow oncidium orchids and magenta-red gloriosa lilies. Such a gorgeous photo of a bouquet we did taken by the lovely and talented Joyelle West.
For more photos of this wedding, you can visit the post from earlier in the year.

Winter Elegance Bouquet

Photo by Channing Johnson

Winter Elegance Bouquet – a dramatic bouquet but in a very different color palette. Primarily made up of gorgeously huge ivory phalenopsis and cattleya orchids – this might be one of our favorite orchid bouquets of all time! We also added a few touches of red with lovely ‘James Storrie’ orchids – they are bit spindly and spidery looking, great for color and texture accents. Thanks to Channing Johnson for capturing it so beautifully.


Photo by Claire Folger

Raspberry Jardin Bouquet– When we show clients this bouquet many are surprised that orchids make up most of the arrangement. While it is unusual with the long trailing amaranthus, the flowers feel soft and delicate here. Buttery yellow cymbidium orchids with deep pink colored centers are surrounded by raspberry foliage for soft ‘fresh from the garden’ look.

Phalenopsis Posie

Photo by Scott Metzger Photography

Summer Chic Posie – Orchids are really our favorites flowers to use as a showcase flower. Here we paired one large white phalenopsis orchid with blue clematis buds and foliage for a simple and stunning posie bouquet.

All floral designs by Petalena.

I love to Google pictures of flowers, I could do it for hours.  The other day while looking up something about orchids online, I came across this one image which Apryl and I are now both completely obsessed with:

Apryl and I both love that “Old Hollywood” style glamor as well as any orchid under the sun  so this fabulous vintage Harlequin book cover is just the best of both worlds!

I have yet to read the book (I hope it won’t be a disappointment compared to how vintage stylie the cover is!). And rather amazingly, there is quite story around this book and its author too:

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