February 2010

I just love this sweet little photo of paper cones filled with rose petals that we made for four flower girls and boys last summer for a wedding in Cambridge.¬† It’s those small little details; they just add a thoughtful touch.

Photo by Channing Johnson.

There’s something so lovely and satisfying about a delicious pink satin ribbon too.

Photo by Channing Johnson


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I keep discovering a back log of lovely photos from this past season that we’ve never shared before! This wedding seemed especially perfect to share over this holiday weekend and post Valentine’s Day with a romantic picture of the bride and groom and lots of lovely passionate colors:

The big kiss. Photo by Studio Atticus.

This wedding took place at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, a cool modern space that is very flexible with a variety of wedding styles. Our couple wanted a modern, colorful feel for their summer wedding incorporating elements of traditional Chinese weddings like the use of red. Red blended with magentas and greens for festive and contemporary color palette.

Contemporary Pomanders. Photo by Studio Atticus.

We rarely use carnations but do think they are fun choice for something modern and used a single variety. Above, we did deep red pomanders of carnations for the pew ends. We just loved how the worked with the space!

Bride and Groom's Table. Photo by Studio Atticus.

And lastly, a pretty shot of the bride and groom’s sweetheart table with smaller table arrangement of deep red peonies, Yves Piaget garden roses, green hydrangea, and loops of bear grass for green and modern touch. Each vase was also wrapped with green leaves for clean contemporary look. Rose petals and origami wishing cranes graced the table too.

Thanks as always to our lovely colleague, Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, for such great photos!

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Spring Tulips and Green Ranunculas

Spring Tulips & Green Ranunculas

We’re getting ready for a bridal show tomorrow morning, preparing some spring blooms for our lovely colleague Sue Sambrano of Elegant Venues! We’ll have some lovely tall flowering quince branches (more photos shortly!) and I did these table arrangements this morning as well. They will grace my dining room table until morning.

Spring Greens & Pinks

And I made nice little petite arrangement for myself too with some other more mauve hued parrot tulips and astrantia, a unique little star-like flower:

Tulips, Astrantia, and Green Ranunculas

Parrot tulips, green ranuculas, and astrantia

I love the pale fresh colors of spring!

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We just got a few dreamy pictures from one of our fall brides of her wedding at the Lyman Estate in Waltham. Apryl and I are both big lovers of old houses and this spectacular property owned by Historic New England is no exception. But I digress, onto the flowers!

Jewel toned wedding party

I cropped this photo a bit just so we can focus on the color palette which is wonderful range of jewel toned cool colors. Each bridesmaid wore a different hue and we did neutral flowers to set off against the color. Our bride wore the most amazing dress, I’ve never seen anything so magical.

Sunset walk

We did her bouquet primarily with burgundy dahlias, hellebore, tulips, and ranunculas with some touches of green and gold.

Autumnal Bouquet


And lastly just a lovely bouquet shot of the flowers waiting before the ceremony. Here you can see the gorgeous Cafe Au Lait dahlias, a few touches of burgundy dahlias and fiddleheads, and soft velvety scented geranium leaves.

Thank you to lovely Caroline for sharing with us!

Photos by Amy Root-Donle

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