December 2009


We’re following up on an earlier post from November on a lovely wedding we did for Heather and Nick at the Taj in Back Bay, Boston. The bride and groom wanted their floral design to be elegant to fit with the formal and beautiful setting of the venerable hotel but they also wanted to tone down the ornate aspects of the space through organic touches that were representative of their own style.

Color Palette:
We created a color palette of ivory, gold, orange, and terracotta, with ┬átouches of espresso brown and green. This worked beautifully for the Taj’s Grand Ballroom with warm color palette of deep reds, golds, and ivories.

Close Up of Bride's Bouquet. Photo by Person + Killian.

Close Up of Bridesmaid's Bouquet. Photo by Person + Killian.

Flowers:

We were able to use a lovely variety of flowers including fabulous white amaryllis, champagne roses, and cymbidium orchids for the neutral ivories. Then ilex berries, burnt orange roses, bronze cymbidiums, and gold mokara orchids for the bronze and gold aspect of the palette. Then touches of brown with fiddleheads and foliage.

Groom's Boutonniere. Photo by Person + Killian.

Groom's Boutonniere of White Phalenopsis Orchid, Fiddlehead, and Wheat Tuft. Photo by Person + Killian.

Ceremony:

The ceremony featured a brighter, festive color palette by incorporating more burgundy and magenta orchids. We also made wonderful flower leis for the bride and groom in similar colors.

Chuppah Design with Elegant Orchids and Curly Willow. Photo by Person + Killian.

I just love how ‘glowy’ this photos is – thanks to Person + Killian! This palette was just perfect for the Taj and to create a festive air for the evening ceremony. In this photo you can event see a bit of the chuppah cloth which was actually from the groom’s mother. It was one of her saris; the couple incorporated it beautifully into the ceremony to fuse both of their cultural traditions.

Reception:

The palette was a bit softer the reception with two table designs for the ballroom – one of low footed bronze bowls filled amaryllis, orchids, and organic elements. The other design, a collection of three different vases in bronzes and brown hues filled with one type of flower in each.

Entry Arrangement at the Taj. Photo by Person + Killian.

We both just loved this entry table arrangement for the Taj – elegant and exuberant and just a little bit wild with lots of curly willow and arching foliage.

One Style of Table Design. Photo by Person + Killian.

Second Style of Table Design. Photo by Person + Killian.

Second Style of Table Design. Photo by Person + Killian.

Our thanks to Heather and Nick for having us be part of your day; you were wonderful! And a special cheers to Person + Killian for their lovely, lovely photography that day!

Floral design by Petalena.

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We’re so pleased! Just yesterday we received a call from The Knot letting us know that we’re of the wedding professionals selected as “Best of The Knot 2010!” Hooray! The magazine will be out in January so keep your eye out for it!

Who we really want to thank are all of the wonderful couples (and families) we worked with over the last year. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do the creative and collaborative work that we do to make each wedding a wonderful and personal celebration!

xo-

Apryl & Julie

Petalena