September 2009


We did a wedding back in July for a wonderful couple – one American, one Canadian. They met in Montreal, had a moment, he left and went back to Boston, she stayed. He couldn’t get this girl off his mind once he was home, so he tracked her down only with the information that she was a middle school science teacher in a suburb outside of Montreal. He found her. They met again, they fell in love, and now they are married!

Celeste's Celestial Bouquet

Celeste's Celestial Bouquet

Our friend Connie Miller of studioatticus took the photos for their wedding and we just fell in love with this image she captured. The bride wore a stylish shorter gown with beautiful lace and fabulous Christian Louboutin heels for an extra bit of style! Connie captures her here, bouquet lowered, so lovely against the beautiful lacy contrast of the gown.

Her bouquet by Petalena featured lush deep pink peonies, magenta  mokara orchids, blush pink cymbidium orchids, and accents of green mint and silver dusty miller foliage.

Photo by studioatticus

Bouquet by Petalena

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Following up on our blog post from yesterday on our wedding at The Boston Harbor Hotel, here is the lovely bridal bouquet in blushes, warm ivories, and silver:

Blush Bouquet

Blush Bouquet

We used lovely, lovely roses like pink Vendela roses, fragrant gardenias, soft ivory Majolika roses, plus a few ivory calla lilies, and pink cymbidium orchids for good measure. The bouquet was accented with silver foliage – an elegant look for brides who want to avoid greenery in their wedding design.

Blush Bridal Bouquet

Blush Bridal Bouquet

We did a lovely vintage style handle  for a more formal and elegant look. The trick (and the painstaking part) is that many of the flowers need to be wired so the ends of the flowers will fit into the small narrow handle. It’s a great, high end look – perfect for more formal weddings.

Detail View

Detail View

Is this just timeless?

Photos & Design by Petalena

We just finished up a lovely wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel this weekend. One of our favorite color palettes of cameo pinks, silvers, and beige-y mauves. Here are photos of the bouquets. Something about this palette is just timeless, like right out of a vintage photograph…

Bridesmaid Bouquet with Hydrangea & Roses

Bridesmaid Bouquet with Hydrangea & Roses

This wedding introduced us to a fabulous rose “Quicksand” – the most subtle warm taupe that looks gorgeous with pale pinks but could also be used in an incredible variety of palettes.

Close Up of "Quicksand" Rose

Close Up of "Quicksand" Rose

Is that just magical and vintage?

Photos and Design by Petalena

Oh sigh….we’re smitten.

We just finished the most lovely wedding in Connecticut (yes, we do travel beyond Massachusetts!) for the most darling and creative couple. The bride  made all the tablecloths for her wedding and her Maid of Honor’s gown too! Her husband is an artist and travels all about the country painting customized murals on people’s vintage VW buses. Seriously, how could we not love them?

Bouquet detail - Gorgeousness in Peaches, Pinks, and Yellows

Bouquet detail - Gorgeousness in Peaches, Pinks, and Yellows

For the color palette we looked for a balance of color and flowers that evoked that transition from late summer to early fall. So oranges and yellows, yes. But paired with deep pinks, peaches, and lots of unique foliage to keep the palette bright and a bit summery.

Our bride’s bouquet was similar to her Maid of Honor’s but with some touches of lovely vintage-y gardenias. We hadn’t used gardenias in this way before – in a more garden-style, less ‘vintage modern’ but it totally worked:

A Bouquet for Jessica

A Bouquet for Jessica

And just one more detail of the bouquets before we move onto the reception:

Up Close and Gorgeous

Up Close and Gorgeous

The reception was held at the Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut. The ceremony took place there as well in a beautiful sunken garden, thank goodness the rain stopped! The entire museum site is beautiful with an old historic house museum, gardens to peruse, and the “Makeshift Theatre” where our couple’s reception took place. It’s an old Arts & Crafts style structure, originally designed as a theater with lots of beautiful woodwork.

Salmon-Hued Table Centerpiece at the Hill-Stead Museum

Salmon-Hued Table Centerpiece at the Hill-Stead Museum

Table designs were done in two styles – one an rustic-style ivory metal garden urn; the other, antique bottle collections filled a few perfect blooms. Over the summer months Apryl and I collected about 30 or so antique bottles on our travels and day trips around New England. The bride and groom wanted the design to fit with the old character of the space and it worked beautifully.

Collection of Antique Bottles filled with Dahlias

Collection of Antique Bottles filled with Dahlias

Urn with Dahlias, Cosmos, & Sunflowers

Urn with Dahlias, Cosmos, & Sunflowers

And just a few more because I couldn’t make my mind up!

Wildness Table Arrangement (there's always one)

Wildness Table Arrangement (there's always one)

Apryl & I always joke that for every wedding there is always one table arrangement that just ends up bigger than the others.  I think for this wedding, it was this arrangement above. It was just a little more wild and exuberant than the others.

We call these arrangements our “Jane Mansfields” – a reference from Apryl’s mother’s days as a floral designer. Many years ago Apryl’s mother designed an arrangement made entirely of deep pink feathers shaped into peonies for the movie diva Jane Mansfield.  Geraldine, Apryl’s mom, always talks about how Jane Mansfield wanted a HUGE arrangement of these feather peonies – totally fabulous, but totally over the top. So now, we have our “Jane Mansfields” too!

Salmon Dahlias with Sunflowers

Salmon Dahlias with Sunflowers

Dinner Plate Dahlia

Dinner Plate Dahlia Detail

Another beautiful day, we love what we do!


All photos & design by Petalena

Apryl & I are bit obsessed right now with teeny tiny phalenopsis orchids – they are divinely small but spectacular in bouquets. And on their own, they are such a precious treat:

Mini Phalenopsis Orchid in Urn

Mini Phalenopsis Orchid in Urn

We’re doing something similar to this for one of our fall brides but we’ll be painting the urns an antique bronze for deeper palette and adding small bits of manzanita to hold flower stem up.

Lady's Slipper Orchids and Mini Phals in the Studio Window

Lady's Slipper Orchids and Mini Phals in the Studio Window

And here, another one of my ‘studio still lifes’ of dramatic lady’s slipper orchids and the miniature phalenopsis orchids in one of our studio windows. Lovely, lovely.

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Just a few photos of the gorgeous dahlias we worked with the other weekend. Almost too spectacular for words.

'Cafe au Lait' Dahlia with Mint Leaves

'Cafe au Lait' Dahlia with Mint Leaves

Peach Sunset Dahlia

Peach Sunset Dahlia

Aren’t they just the most luscious things ever? We just love working with dahlias in late summer and early fall. They are so dramatic, their colors so varied. They can be a bit unpredictable to work with though, sometimes a little spotted, misshapen, etc so we always have to buy lots of extras, but it’s worth it!

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