June 2010


Photos from a spring wedding in Cambridge at the Hyatt on the river.  We did a lovely color palette of tonal pinks and pale yellows – light and lovely. Touches of green hellebore and mini white clematis vine added a garden softness and romance.

Petite Bouquet for a Bride. Petalena, 2010.

I love this dreamy little bouquet Apryl designed for our bride, Nellie, who didn’t want to carry anything big. This bouquet was as light as air (well almost!) with just one perfectly gorgeous yellow tree peony, a few green hellebore, a few ivory and blush sweet peas, a yellow ranunculas or two, and the most gorgeous white clematis – just tiny white blossoms, almost like jasmine.

Alternate view of bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

Table Designs – were similarly petite and sweet with a slightly brighter pink and yellow color palette.

Table design with pinks and yellows. Petalena, 2010.

A few bright yellow tulips were used here along with more of the wispy vine clematis, pink peonies, and green hellebore.

I’m not sure I love the taupe color chairs that were in the ballroom at the Hyatt, so I cropped the heck out of these pictures so they didn’t play too strong a color role! But the view from the 17th floor of the hotel was a dream, overlooking the Charles River and both Cambridge and Boston.

Flowers and view beyond. Petalena, 2010.

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena

Just a few lovely photos from my friend Katherine’s wedding that took place in early June at the beautiful seaside community of Nonquitt. It is such a dreamy  ‘world’s end’ sort of place…

Shepard's Hook with Peonies, Thistle, and Queen Anne's Lace

We did  a lovely neutral color palette of ivories and pale lavenders with lots of greenery and foliage accents. Our couple wanted the floral design to feel of the landscape around Nonquitt – not too flowery, but lots of textures of silvery greens and blues.

The Wedding March!

And my dear friend, looking so beautiful as she is walked down the aisle with her antique-style veil and dress and bouquet of course!

Katherine's Bouquet, detail

We put in lots of pretty small floral touches like grape hyacinth (a miracle to be found at the flower market in June!),  one beautiful clematis flower, lavender scabiosa, and as much dreamy Queen Anne’s Lace as a girl can ask for! We also added in some arching seeded eucalyptus foliage for that silver-green touch as well as some sweet Mock Orange.

One of the sweetest flower girls ever!

I just love the sweet little photo of one of the flower girl. The turn of her head toward the camera reminds me so much of the Vermeer painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I’ve just been reading this fascinating book, Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler. This is kind of a side bar, but the book discusses the idea that humans put together visual images in a particular way and have been doing it for thousands of years, he draws fascinating comparisons between a Turner painting and some of the heart wrenching photographs of the 9-11 site and many others. I realized in looking at this photo, that is has that it has a visual rhyme with the Vermeer. But I’m rambling here…

Detail of table centerpiece with clematis

The reception took place in a lovely tent overlooking a beautiful bluff with the ocean beyond. Katherine and Tim planned many of the details themselves since both have great sense of design. They chose burlap toppers for the tables and designed beautiful place cards for each table, naming each table after a plant that is indigenous to Nonquitt. The natural aesthetic of the flowers worked perfectly. Most of the tables had larger centerpieces filled loads of Queen Anne’s Lace and seeded eucalyptus for lots of movement. A few pieces of green viburnum or fantastic ruffled antique blue hydrangea were added in a few big pops of color or floral-ness and touches of blue-silver thistle added texture and surprise. The family tables were unique from the other tables with tall hurricane candles and surrounded by bud vases of peonies, grape hyacinth, and Queen Anne’s Lace (seen above).

Centerpieces with table settings

We tucked mint into each napkin and placed lanterns made by the bride at each table. The next few photos are bit blurry, but I loved the arrangements, so had to include them.

Table arrangements with ruffled blue hydrangea

Green hydrangea centerpiece

Silvery-green and lavender centerpiece

It was such a wonderful wedding to contribute to and so special to attend as a guest as well! All my congrats to Katherine and Tim!

The Boardwalk at Nonquitt

Nonquitt view

Florals by Petalena

Photos by Piyush Shukla

Our season has been off to such a busy, busy start that I’ve barely had time to keep our Petalena blog updated! Here is a series of seriously pretty photos from a wedding we did in mid-May at an estate in North Andover. Our bride wanted lots and lots of candlelight and mercury glass, we were only too happy to help her achieve this vision!

Tall Gold Mercury Glass Candles with Peonies & Viburnum. Petalena, 2010.

The color palette for this wedding was ivory, gold, and ice blue with touches of spring green and peach. We’re huge fans of spring flowers at Petalena since are so many beautiful things to work – parrot tulips, lilac, and peonies made their appearance for this special in soft spring hues.

Lower Table Arrangement with Votives. Petalena, 2010.

Half of the table featured the tall gold mercury glass candles with smaller bud vases while the other half had arrangements like these (above) with a lovely low clear glass footed compote filled with peonies, hellebore, viburnum, and parrot tulips. A few different types of votive candles graced the table – an ice blue embossed style and two different mercury glass votives.

Detail of table arrangement. Petalena, 2010.

Such pretty lushness by candlelight, no? Dreamy, dreamy.

Photos and Table Design by Petalena