January 2010


I can’t even recall how many posts we’ve done on pink flowers – but what can I say? They are simply dreamy!

Here, a bouquet from late summer with lots of beautiful garden roses. To keep it from being too sweet we added in a few deep, deep burgundy roses that were almost like petite little peonies. This bouquet smelled heavenly of old-fashioned roses. I can almost smell them just looking at this photo. Sigh, I missing summer.

Late Summer Bridal Bouquet of Garden Roses

Photo & Design by Petalena

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Lovely, lovely photos from a wedding we did this season in downtown Boston. I actually just saw our beautiful bride Elizabeth yesterday and she inspired us to finally craft this post!

Bride's Bouquet. Photo by Catharine Morris Photography.

Our bride knew just want she wanted – elegant deep sunset orange calla lilies perfectly elegant and simple.

Bridesmaid Bouquets. Photo by Catharine Morris Photography.

The bridesmaid bouquets were a bit different with a deep pink/orange rose, mokara orchids in deep orange and magenta, and a few of the same calla lilies used in the bride’s bouquet.

Wedding Party in front of the reflection pool. Catharine Morris Photography.

And the happy wedding couple surrounded above by their wedding party. I just love the champagne color of the bridesmaids dresses, a perfect elegant color – you can do anything with it! And the cute little flower girls wore celadon and knew exactly what they wanted. They put in a request: small bouquets of ivory calla lilies.

Table Design. Photo by Catharine Morris Photography.

The table design featured tall 2 1/2 feet tall cylinder vases filled with 4 foot tall Mitzumata branches, a flower cut at the top of each vases, and a bit of angel vine.

Photos by Catharine Morris Photography
Designs by Petalena

Maybe it was oh so lovely mix of snow and rain today that got me thinking of summer. So what’s a floral designer to do? How about browse though our portfolio of weddings from this summer and have a moment of bliss looking at these summer flowers?:

Table Design with Dahlias, Garden Roses, and Orchids. Photo by kck | photography

Photo by kck | photography

Photo by kck | photography

Apryl and I are such big fans of this color palette for late summer weddings. It’s so fun and bright with lovely garden touches like scented geranium leaves and mint. The ceramic white containers also do a lot to set off the color flowers and make the whole thing pop! Many, many thanks to Keirnan Conroy Klosek of kck | photography for her wonderful eye!

Design by Petalena (of course!)

We wanted to do post on a fabulous bouquet we did in late fall for a unique bride. The couple had a vintage-modern theme for their wedding. (We’ll post more photos once we have them because the bride looked fabulous! Bird’s nest veil, 1920s style hair, with lots of black and red accessories.) Gorgeous!

Bride's Bouquet

Dramatic and Daring Bridal Bouquet

Working with the deep red, black, and espresso color palette, we did  a bouquet for her of a few varieties of orchids, accented with fiddleheads, chocolate cosmos, petal-y ranunculas, and a few almost-black dahlias. Dramatic and daring for sure!

Photo & Design by Petalena

We’re so excited to have photos in from a wedding we did this August at the Boston Harbor Hotel for a wonderful couple – Anne and Ian! The spaces of the Boston Harbor Hotel are lovely and a bit traditional with lots of floral carpets and brocade curtains. Our couple wanted to do something to change up the space a bit, make more contemporary and modern. So that’s just what we did!

Contemporary Table Design. Photo by Jim Canole Photography.

We did a few variations of table designs with tall vases in dark blue filled with yellow flowers like oncidium orchids or eremurus (seen above).

Tall Table Arrangement in Yellow and Blue. Photo by Jim Canole Photography.

And above, an alternate design, this time with yellow glass containers and blue flowers. Who doesn’t love a fluffy stem of blue hybrid delphinium? O.k., o.k., not everybody. We’re a little obsessed with flowers, we know! But aren’t they great here?

Yellow and Blue Design. Photo by Jim Canole Photography.

Here we have a little bit of both. Fluffy blue delphinium with bright yellow calla lilies. You can almost make them out in this photo – some  lovely mercury glass votives on each table. Pretty, pretty.

Floating Orchids Table Design. Photo by Jim Canole Photography.

Lastly, we did a few table arrangements of orchid stems submerged in water – each topped with a large floating candle. This design, coupled with votives on the table is a lovely way to achieve a lot of ambient candle light at several levels. Plus it’s elegantly simple.

Many thanks to our creative couple Anne and Ian for letting us have a lot of fun with them on creating this design. And a special thanks to Jim Canole of Jim Canole Photography for his beautiful eye.

Design by Petalena