February 2009


Oh sigh, gorgeous photos just in from Phil Seaton of Living Photo from one of our January weddings:

Glowing Candlelight and Flowers. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Glowing Candlelight and Flowers. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the Hotel Marlowe – dramatic and funky – the perfect spot to have an beautiful and swanky dinner party wedding for 50 guests.

Full Room View. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Full Room View. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

The room view is lovely isn’t it? Full of beautiful ambient candlelight – just what the bride wanted. Also note how the dark colored tablecloths make the room even more dramatic. The touches of color are really only the reds and greens of the flowers. Very theatrical.

Detail of Table. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Detail of Table. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Fiji Mum with Candles. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Fiji Mum with Candles. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

It’s all about the small details. Above you can see one of the floating flowers we did on each table. Along with tons of candles on each table (there were around 18 candles of various shapes and sizes on each table!!) and crystals, a lot of small touches added up something supremely elegant and stylish.

Speaking of elegant, the lovely wedding party. Everyone looked sharp – all black with chartreuse green touches (note the bridesmaids’ shoes!).
The stylie wedding party. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

The stylie wedding party. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Maid of Honor. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Maid of Honor. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

And above, a detail of the bouquet – very simple and small – featuring mini chartreuse mums and geranium leaf accents. For the Maid-of-Honor we also tied a grosgrain ribbon of the same green around the handle.

Bridal Bouquet. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Bridal Bouquet. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Our photo shoot earlier that week with photographer Channing Johnson also generated some lovely up close photos of the bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets:

Bridesmaid Bouquets. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Bridesmaid Bouquets. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Bride and Groom with Bridesmaids. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Bride and Groom with Bridesmaids. Photo by Phil Seaton of Living Photo.

Thanks again to Phil Seaton for sharing his beautiful photos from the day!

Floral design by Petalena.

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I’m so in love with this color – year round really – but especially in the spring when there are so many pretty pale colors coming into bloom.
I snapped this shot of pretty blush pink sweet peas at the flower market this morning. These are some of our favorite flowers – mostly available in winter through spring, but occasionally in the fall too.

Sweet Peas at the Flower Market

Sweet Peas at the Flower Market

Here is a close up of a bouquet we did back in November featuring pinks in a similar hue range:

Bouquet with pale pinks and burgundy-brown

Bouquet with pale pinks and burgundy-brown

Apryl and I both loved the incorporation of pear tree leaves, which are a beautiful burgundy-brown color, along with fiddleheads.
The pale pink cymbidiums were hand-wired into the bouquet for an exotic touch. We really like working with cymbidiums, they are available almost all year-round and come in the most beautiful colors  Рfrom this pale pink, to chartreuse, pale ivories, and even a chocolate-y brown. They can really be a statement flower because of their size and sculptural nature.

Quince from outside the studio. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Quince from outside the studio. Photo by Channing Johnson.

I’ll post more photos (once I download them off my camera!) of flowering quince as seen above from outside one of our studio windows. This is such a beautiful thing this time of year – big long branches with tiny pale pink flowers sprinkled all over. A lot of people think they are cherry blossoms and they do look very similar, but it is actually another beautiful fruit tree that creates these sweet early spring blooms.

Think spring everyone!

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A touch of spring…paperwhite bulbs (also called narcissus) on my dining room table on a bed of moss.
When blooming, they have wonderful tiny little white fragrant flowers like mini-daffodils!

Paperwhite Bulbs in Moss

Paperwhite Bulbs in Moss

Narcissus in Bouquets
Apryl and I recently created this wedding bouquet of spring blooms. The bouquet features little white narcissus, fluffy white ranunculas, purple-blue grape hyacinth, fresh lavender, and maidenhair fern. It was a light bouquet to hold and so evocative of spring!

Springtime Bouquet with Narcissus, Lavender, and Grape Hyacinth

Springtime Bouquet with Narcissus, Lavender, and Grape Hyacinth

Designs by Petalena

I love this photo Channing Johnson took of a bridal bouquet we did with ivory ranunculas and white parrot tulips. Ranunculas seem almost impossibly petaled.
Each flower must have at least a hundred papery thin petals, making them luxuriously fun.
The white on white in this photograph is so soft and lovely – truly peaceful.

Ranunculas Bouquet Against the Studio Door. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Ranunculas Bouquet Against the Studio Door. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Photo by Channing Johnson.

Design by Petalena.

At the end of December Apryl and I did the wedding flowers for my friend Gretchen.  It was a fun wedding to do, Gretchen and her wife Lilly really gave us carte blanche to pick flowers that would work best to evoke a Spanish feeling. We had a great time picking out beautiful magenta-red orchids, blush white tuberose and fiddleheads!

Gardenia Posie Bouquet. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Gardenia Posie Bouquet. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Gretchen loves gardenias but wanted something small and petite for her bouquet.
We incorporated three gardenias, a few tufts of tuberose, and a few fiddleheads for the romantic and petite bouquet seen above.

Bride and Bride at the Hotel Marlowe Lounge. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Bride and Bride at the Hotel Marlowe Lounge. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Here are the bride and bride at the very cool lounge of the Hotel Marlowe. For Lilly, we did a red pin-on corsage as she didn’t want to hold a traditional bouquet or worry about something hanging off of her wrist.

Sweet Little Homer. Photo by Matt Hauker.

Sweet Little Homer. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Gretchen and Lilly have the sweetest dog, Homer. They rescued him from the streets in Austin, Texas. He’s half pug/half beagle. He loved posing for the camera, ah, the center of attention!

Pretty Lace-Patterned Placecards.

Pretty Lace-Patterned Placecards.

Gretchen did a great job incorporating little luxurious touches into the wedding. These place cards by Martha Stewart subtlety matched the lace of Gretchen’s dress and evoked an elegant feel.

And now, onto the flowers:

Table Flowers. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Table Flowers. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Detail of Table Flowers. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Detail of Table Flowers. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Apryl and I were really happy with how the flowers for the dinner tables turned out. Exotic and fun! We also wrapped some interesting vine material around each vase for additional texture; I think that added a really unique touch.

Gretchen and Lilly really went all out with their Spanish theme by getting a flamenco dancer and guitarist:

Flamenco Dancer. Photo by Matt Hakola.

Flamenco Dancer. Photo by Matt Hakola.

All and all it was a fabulous wedding and a fabulous soiree!

Photo by Matt Hakola
Venue and Catering: Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA

Floral Designs by Petalena

Apryl and I both love hunting through antique shops and tag sales for beautiful old antique things we can use as vases for our arrangements. It amazes me, maybe just because I so love old things, why anyone would want to part with such lovely things?
I just adore the patina of old things, elegant but not fussy.

Antique Trophy as Vase

Antique Trophy as Vase

Tarnished Old Silver
I picked up this lovely three-handled trophy in Maine while I was up for Thanksgiving.
I adore it too much to part with it for a wedding or an event! It has the prettiest trumpet shape and my favorite flowers – tulips – look perfect in it!


Antique Champagne Glasses as Bud Vases

Antique Champagne Glasses as Bud Vases

Antique Champagne Glasses
I love these antique champagne glasses, not the flute style but wider. Perfect for floating blossoms in! I do this a lot when I host dinner parties; it’s fun to have a mix of big lovely bunches of flowers in vases along with one beautiful flower floating simply in water.

Cool and funky container options abound when you think outside the box a bit. Interestingly shaped wine glasses, leftover tin tea containers, etc. all make interesting vases!

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A few more photos from our studio session with Channing Johnson. He snapped a few beautiful photos of our impromptu window arrangements (where we add flowers that break or are a little less perfect):

Studio Still Life 1. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Studio Still Life I. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Studio Still Life II. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Studio Still Life II. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Studio Still Life III. Photo by Channing Johnson.

Studio Still Life III. Photo by Channing Johnson.

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Photos by Channing Johnson