September 2010


Just a few photos from a late July wedding at the Marriot Long Wharf on Boston’s waterfront. Our lovely bride Sarah wanted a soft color palette of peaches, pinks, ivory and green for the bouquets. We used smaller-scale flowers here, and really loved how it all turned out:

Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

We hand-wired lots and lots of ivory mini-cymbidium orchids which look so delicate and pretty nestled against the ruffled scented geranium foliage. A few tucks here and there of peach and ivory garden roses complemented the orchids well and kept the bouquet small but still luxurious.

Bridesmaid Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

The bridesmaid bouquets for this wedding had a bit more of the peach and pinks for a variation on the bride’s bouquet. I love how ‘nestled’ this bouquet feels with all these darling little rose buds!

Centerpiece at Reception. Petalena, 2010.

The lighting was a little wacky (or maybe it was our fancy camera that I don’t completely understand how to use?) at the ballroom at the Marriott but I loved the pattern this akebia vine played on the linen. Dramatic and garden lush at the same time.

Photos and Design by Petalena

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We just finished up a wedding this weekend at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square with a gorgeous jewel-toned palette. It might be the beginning of a beautiful obsession! Unsure what ‘jewel toned’ means, well visualize ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald and you’re getting pretty close. Deep and bright colors, perfect for fall!

Jewel-Toned Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

We included a lovely mix here of local soft green hydrangea, phalenopsis orchids, a few magenta mokara orchids, lisianthus buds, lavender roses, and deep dark pink ranunculas. I think the touch of deep blue delphinium is really what pulls this all together for that tonal range of color.

Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

My lovely floral assistant Paula wore this beautiful deep blue top on the wedding day that just looked gorgeous next to the bouquet…makes you start thinking about how great less traditional bridal gowns could look in colors like this!

Bridesmaid Bouquets in Lavenders and Magentas. Petalena, 2010.

We designed the bridesmaid bouquets to be a bit more simple and smaller in scale. Our bride really wanted her bouquet to have the most color diversity so we kept these bouquets in the lavender and magenta range with touches of green and long trailing silver ribbon.

Centerpiece at the Charles Hotel. Petalena, 2010.

The centerpieces for the reception were elegant and contemporary featured the deep pink and burgundy hues of the overall color palette with cymbidium and mokara orchids. Each vessel was fitted with a floating candle for a romantic glow.

Burgundy Dahlia. Petalena, 2010.

We’re so looking forward to working with this color palette again!

Photos and Design by Petalena.