July 2010


In putting together this blog post I’ve realized, we only have a handful of these cool temperature color palette weddings. The blues and purples has such a calming and refreshing quality to them. The day of this wedding was uber hot and soupy, I like to think it felt dreamy to come into a lovely cool air conditioned space and have these flowers and textures surround you!

Detail of Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

I just love this detail of our bride’s bouquet – tons of peonies, white and lavender sweet peas, paired with ‘candy stripped’ phalenopsis orchids and purple orchids. We did lots of trailing ribbons and fastened the bride’s bouquet with a vintage pin Apryl discovered.

Detail of Tall Arrangement. Petalena, 2010.

Above is a pretty detail of the tall ‘over the head’ arrangements we did for half the tables. Each large arrangement was designed with long boughs of “Bridal Veil” white spirea, purple hydrangea, ivory peonies, purple ‘Mokara’ orchids, and touches of lavender lisanthus, and silver dusty miller foliage. We wanted the arrangements to feel breezy, light, and summery – not too heavy for this light, airy space in Danvers on the ocean.

View of Table Designs, High & Low. Petalena, 2010.

Half of the tables featured lower arrangements; we really like to do a combination of  two or three different styles if there are a lot of tables.  It gives the eye some variety and makes the space feel more dynamic.

Lower Table Design. Petalena, 2010.

The flowers for the low centerpieces were similar to what we worked with in the taller arrangement, but we cut each floral element a bit short to fit with the smaller overall scale. Loved, loved the dark purple lilacs tipped with white for these arrangements. I think the spirea added a lot, giving everything a flow-y, light feel.

Photos & Design by Petalena

There are some weddings that just come together like a dream, all the details fits beautifully together, each heightening and complementing the next.

Location: The Commandant’s House at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard
Colors: Ivory, Navy, Yellow, and Silver
Style: Elegantly simple with stylish nautical touches

Didn’t it this turn out unbelievable?:

Tent & Table Design at the Commandant's House. Petalena, 2010.

Table View with Yellow Tree Peonies. Petalena, 2010.

The table design featured three large and low centerpieces, each filled with a different variety of flower: tree peonies, lilies, tulips, and garden roses. Small silver mercury glass vases were sprinkled around the tables and filled with yellow cymbidium orchids. We were able to use a large variety of flowers but kept the design simple and elegant with just one kind of flower in each vase.

Table Design with Garden Roses and Orchids. Petalena, 2010.

What really unified the overall design for the event too were the wonderful white and navy table runners the bride’s mother created just for the event. It added a summer touch of drama against the navy linens. Just gorgeous!

Tree Peonies. Petalena, 2010.

Ummm, this is seriously too beautiful to handle. Apryl and I loved this wedding especially for these incredible yellow tree peonies. Of course we’re fans of all kinds of flowers, but these are ridiculously beautiful, no?

Table Design with Lilies and Callas. Petalena, 2010.

Every now and then as a floral designer, you have these ‘breakthrough’ moments with particular flowers. Take lilies for instance, these are not flowers Petalena often works with – while they are pretty – there are just too many designs out there that make them just look, well, yucky and cheap. So we’ve really avoided using them since there are always so many other lovely things to choose from.  We embraced the lily for this wedding and I’m so glad we did. They were striking, elegant, and actually quite high-style looking in this context. Dramatic.

Place Card Table Arrangement with Peonies, Tulips, and Delphinium. Petalena, 2010.

While this was primarily an outdoor wedding, cocktail hour was inside the house, so I wanted to include two pretty pictures from there – one of the guest card table – a dreamy arrangement in ivories and white and the other of the bride’s grandfather.

Portrait and Orchid. Petalena, 2010.

Our thanks to Heather Minicucci and Simply Inviting Weddings for connecting us with a wonderful client. And of course, our wonderful bride, Erin!

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena

The first of our June weddings was this wonderfully colorful, festive, and fun wedding in Waltham at the Westin Hotel that overlooks 95. With a building that is all contemporary and glass, our couple wanted lots of bright sculptural flowers to contrast with the sleekness of venue.

Burgundy peonies with freesia and oncidiums. Petalena, 2010.

Tables were a  unique long oblong shape so we did half the tables with one long rectangular black vase paired with one smaller square vase, the other half with three square black vases.

Table design - one oblong, one square. Petalena, 2010.

Coral-Pink Peony with orchids (and um, salt and pepper). Petalena, 2010.

It’s A LOT of color, yes, isn’t is so much fun?! The flowers almost look like kooky cartoon characters! But seriously, for those of you who want to know which actual flowers we used, here’s the low-down: peonies, oncidium orchids, gloriosa, yellow freesia, gold Mokara orchids, burgundy and pink dahlias, and magenta Mokara orchids.

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena