December 2010

Great news at Petalena as 2010 draws to close and we say a grand helllooo to 2011! One of our lovely weddings from last May is featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 The Knot Boston magazine. To say we’re thrilled is putting mildly!

The Knot Boston - Spring/Summer 2011 Issue

Petalena feature in The Knot Spring/Summer 2011 Issue

This was a lovely wedding, oh sigh, Apryl and I first fell in love with the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, the most dream-tastic place ever for those of us that love historic places, grand spaces, and imaginings of the lives that were lived there.

The photo by Krista Guenin of the bride’s bouquet reminds me of how lovely, soft, and romantic it was. Layers of petal-ness with cameo blush peonies, white ranunculus, and petite little sweet peas. It was so elegant and harmonious with the Vera Wang gown our bride wore. The reception featured soft tonal peaches and apricots with bursts of coral that made everything just hum.

To see more pictures of the flowers, peruse our post from the spring.

Professional photography by Krista Guenin


We love lush, pretty, tumbling flowery things here at Petalena (and  maybe just a little bit over the top flowery gorgeousness too!). But we also like to mix things up, creating other styles for clients who are looking for something a bit more ’rounded’ or contemporary like this fun wedding we did for a wonderful couple for their late summer wedding in Boston.

Bride's Bouquet. Photo by Tara Morris of Hitched Studios.

For our bride, we did a bouquet of tonal pinks using about five varieties of garden roses and a few dahlias for a very pretty and rounded look.  The mounted rose bouquet style can risk looking too monotonous so we like to vary the scale of the flowers used to create a dome shape. This keeps the style from feeling unnaturally ‘too perfect.’

Bridsmaid Bouquets. Photo by Tara Morris of Hitched Studios.

Bridesmaid bouquets were a bit smaller in scale and were a bit paler with more additions of pale cameo pink roses. Pretty, pretty.

Centerpieces for the Trustee Ballroom at Boston University where slightly on the petite side and rounded in shape with the use of waterlily style dahlias, dianthus and carnations, and garden roses. Completely bright, festive, and fun!

Table Design of Pinks. Photo by Tara Morris of Hitched Studios.

Carnations have received a bad rap but mixed in together in a tonal way with other rounded floral shapes, they are absolutely fantastic. Who doesn’t love a ruffle-y edged flower that smells fantastic and lasts for weeks?

Stay tuned on carnations and other super rounded flower forms, this might be a perfect topic for a July or August Flower Class with Petalena!


Roger & Gallet Vintage Carnation Soap.

(Plus, I have a bit of soft spot for carnations since my grandmother used the most wonderful carnation-scented soap by Roger & Gallet.)

Thank you to James and Nicole for having us be part of your special day.
And, additional thanks to Tara Morris of Hitched Studios for the beautiful photos!

Flowers & Design by Petalena
(Soap by Roger & Gallet!)

Come one, come all! We’re happy to announce that Petalena will be doing flower classes starting in 2011! We’re so excited to be able to share our love of flowers with you!

Tired of arrangements from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? Yearning for something a little more special and unique? This class is for you!

The details:

Photo by Lisa Ribgy Photography


  • Learn how to create whimsically elegant and organically styled floral arrangements using a rotating selection of seasonal blooms chosen by Petalena.
  • 3 hour workshops will include all flowers and container as well as floral instruction.
  • Each class is thematic around a few wonderful varieties of flowers (For example this spring we’ll focus on the incredible varieties of tulips, narcissus, and hellebore that are available.)
  • During each class we will introduce the kinds of flowers featured (and advice on how to work with them), how to create a color palette, layer textures, and ‘build’ a floral design.

Most of all, it will be a lot of fun talking about and working with gorgeous flowers!


At the Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA – Inman Square

Saturdays, 1-4pm
February 26: Anemones & Ranunculas
March 26: Flowering Branches

$125 per class (cost includes a $65 materials fee for flowers and container)
Register through Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the class to celebrate our creations!

Space is limited to 12 students

Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography

Come visit us!
Sunday, December 12 from 2-8pm

Holiday Sale at the Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street, Inman Square

Paperwhite Narcissus

Handmade Hats by Apryl

Beautiful little containers with fragrant paperwhites: $10-$30
Apryl’s Hats, Cozy Cowls, and Stylie Fingerless Gloves:* $15-$30

Items are affordable and perfect for gift giving!

Happy holidays and love,


**Note: Apryl’s creations are also available on Etsy

Purple-burgundy jewel tones might be our new favorite color palette. It’s rich and gorgeous.

Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

Here is our bridal bouquet, bright and dramatic all at the same time (thanks to those gorgeous light purple and white tipped dahlias!).  Dark purple clematis and burgundy dahlias, were a few of the other flowers…love, love, love.

Bouquet, with a bit of the handle detail. Petalena, 2010.

I love how ethereal all the clematis buds make the bouquet look. Note the silver silk wrapped with crushed purple velvet. Yummy.

Bridesmaid Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

And the bridesmaid bouquet too – a bit more dark purple and a bit smaller, but we loved this one too.

We’ll continue our post on this wedding with a part two shortly on the reception!

Photos and Florals by Petalena