June 30, 2009
Oh sigh, Apryl and I have been the luckiest floral designers. Our couples this year have been so fabulous and fun and the weddings have been so simply gorgeous!
Here are photos and design notes on a wedding we just finished up this weekend:
Lush and Tropical Table Flowers
Not to toot our own horn too much, but gorgeous huh?
Our bride and groom wanted tropical feeling flowers in a magenta and white color palette. We worked with beautiful peonies, dahlias, and orchids along with fun foliage leaves to really make everything lush and special.
Table Flowers at the Pierce House
Long Family Table Arrangement
We just love these colors. So fresh and vibrant! For the long family table above we did long and low arrangements – with the peonies and dahlias in this kind of design, they almost looked like luscious water lilies.
Close-up View of the Head Table
Dahlias, Orchids, and Fuschias
Peonies and Pink Dahlias
And now onto the bridal bouquet:
We used almost entirely all orchids for this bouquet, hand-wiring each one – which while time-consuming – made the bouquet very light and easy to hold.
Bridal Bouquet in the Studio
Close-up of bouquet
We put these along the fireplace mantles at the Pierce House:
Peony Bud Vase
Narines in Bud Vase
"Gay Paris" Peonies
The ceremony was in the most beautiful little chapel – the Swedenborg Chapel in Harvard Square. It’s such a jewel box of church.
Ceremony Arrangements at the Swedenborg Chapel
The flowers were fun and wild here with huge fan-tail palm branches and curly willow. I wish we could do this wedding all over again. Thank you Jen & Amin!!!
Flower Design & Photos by Petalena
June 28, 2009
I am obsessed with garlic scapes! Not only are they the most delicious things to saute up and serve with eggs, but guess what? You can also use them in floral arrangements. Here is an arrangement Apryl and I did this weekend for a gorgeous wedding, that I just love:
Garlic Scapes with Orchids and Birds of Paradise
Aren’t they wild? They remind me of Medusa’s hair or something fabulously wild!
Arrangement with Garlic Scapes
Orchids and Scapes
The MOST wild things ever!
Designs and Photos by Petalena
June 25, 2009
Connie Miller from StudioAtticus just sent us some of her lovely photos from a wedding we both worked on at the beginning of June:
Bride's Bouquet. Photo by Connie Miller of StudioAtticus.
We just loved this bridal bouquet!!! Top five faves, really. It was all green – lights and some darker, but especially chartreuse. We went really luxurious with lady’s slipper orchids and ivory peonies and lots of lush garden foliage like maiden hair fern and mint.
Bridesmaid Bouquet. Photo by Connie Miller of StudioAtticus.
The bridesmaid bouquets were ivory and lavender with some chartreuse accents. We actually ended up wiring gladiola flowers into all the bouquets. It’s not a flower we use that often but comes in a fantastic chartreuse color that our bride loved.
Bridesmaid Bouquet. Photo by Connie Miller of StudioAtticus.
And, what might be the two prettiest flower girls ever, sporting our green hellebore flower crowns:
Flower Girls with Green Hellebore Flower Crowns
For more of Connie’s lovely photos, click here.
Flowers by Petalena
June 22, 2009
We just finished up flowers for a fun and lovely couple who got married at the Charles Hotel this past weekend. The couple wanted a blending of traditional Chinese elements and modern design. Our color palette was red (a traditional color of Chinese weddings), magenta, teal, and chartreuse.
Bridal Bouquet by Petalena with Phalenopsis Orchids & Peonies
We’re using peonies as much as we can right now while the season lasts through the beginning of July. They are simply delectable, edible (I wish, but I don’t think they would taste very good!). Along with two varieties of phalenopsis orchids – one large, one small a little bit of green hydrangea and loops of bear grass.
Bridesmaid Bouquet by Petalena
Our bridesmaid bouquet had some of the most fragrant and luscious garden roses – Yves Piaget.
Close up for phalenopsis orchid
Detail of Bridal Bouquet
And now, onto the ceremony arrangements – we had so much fun creating these red carnation pomanders – aren’t they the coolest?:
Red Pom Pew Ends
And for the reception at the Regatta Bar:
Bride & Groom's Sweetheart Table
The color palette was essentially identical to the bouquet – with deep reds, magentas, and chartreuse green. We used more of the deep red peonies, magenta peonies, Yves Piaget garden roses, green hydrangea, and bear grass loops for a modern touch. Some table were more magenta, others more red.
Magenta and Green Table Arrangement
Red, Magenta, and Green Table Arrangement
Red & Green Table Arrangement
Magenta & Green Table Arrangement
Designs by Petalena
June 21, 2009
My birthday was last week and Apryl got me the most beautiful garden roses to celebrate! (After all, why have a floral design business if you can’t buy flowers for your friends?) They are such a lovely peachy-pink – simply gorgeous!
For a few days, I just left them simply in a vase near a window but then I added a few things and made two little but lovely arrangements:
Birthday Arrangement with Oregano, Scabiosa, & Astilbe
Little Vase Arrangement with Roses and Herbs
These are all those fabulous classic summer flowers, old fashioned English garden roses, astilble, pale lavender scabiosa, and herbs. Apryl & I love to use herbs, especially with old fashioned roses – such a classic pairing in the garden with mint or sage.
P.S. Oh, and note another birthday gift was a very snazzy Canon Rebel XS (used here) from my family so I’m hoping to take some really beautiful photos!!!
June 20, 2009
Oh sigh, as the summer solstice approaches Apryl and I had the lovely chance to work with beautiful flowers in a fresh and light color palette of lavenders, deep pinks, ivories, and greens:
Pink Garden Roses with Dahlias, Scabiosa, Oregano, and Lavender
Love, love, love summer and all its beauty!
June 12, 2009
While we were in the studio working this past weekend, I snapped this picture of pretty fluffy chartreuse viburnum with a phalenopsis orchids. I love this color combination, and in this photo how the light catches the soft edge of the orchid’s petals:
Studio Still Life: Orchid and Viburnum
We’re off this weekend, but stay tuned next week for a very pretty East meets West style wedding at the Reggatta Bar at the Charles Hotel. More soon!
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