We’ve got loads of pretty flower photos to go through from this and last weekends’ wedding but I wanted to do a quick post of this centerpiece design we did for a wonderful couple who were married at the Boston Public Library last weekend.

Vintage Elegance. Petalena, 2011.

More soon, we promise!

Photos and Flowers by Petalena.

Seriously folks, even though the weather isn’t the most stellar in New England from say, February through even much of May (case in point this week, no?), it is beyond a magnificent time of year for les fleurs!

Wish the photo quality was better on these lush and tumble-y arrangements we did for a petite wedding at Hampshire House two weekends ago, but you get the gist. Gorgeous spring blooms, I’m not sure there is anything better…

Photo and design by Petalena, 2011.

Photo and Design by Petalena, 2011.

Petalena, 2011.

Photos and design by Petalena.

Over Mother’s Day Weekend, Apryl created some gorgeous arrangements for donation to the MSPCA’s Flower and Plant Sale. All the proceeds went to the Animal Care and Adoption Center. Apryl and I are both huge animal lovers so when event planner Alison Quill of Elegant Aura Events invited us to participate, we were happy to!

Photographer friend and fellow animal love, Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio, came by to snap a few lovely photos with her great eye.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Thanks again to Alison for the invitation and to Li for her wonderful photographs!

Petalena

Whilst everyone was tuned to the Royal Wedding on the 29th Apryl and I were working away on a wedding downtown at the Taj. Set on their roofdeck with beautiful views of the city up across the Public Garden and around the other way, up all of Back Bay and overlooking the Charles.

White phalenopsis orchids with silver, glass, white, and black. Photo by Petalena.

I think many a couple has been a bit confounded by what to do for flowers and decor in this space with its bold black and white floor and metal-exposed ceiling. Our fantastic client decided to embrace the black and white, so we carried the theme throughout with gorgeous long arching stems of white phalenposis placed in tall vases and surrounded by mercury glass stemmed candleware. Although we were tired and ready to go by the end of our set-up, I wish we could have seen how glow-tastic everything looked in the evening.

Table detail. Photo by Petalena.

We’re pretty huge fans of basically any kind of orchid. Period. But these long arching stems of huge pure white phalenopsis were just so gorgeous, so chic, such an elegant look…

Roofdeck, Room View. Photo by Petalena.

I have a few other pretty pics of the ceremony but the colors are all lovely pinks, so I’ll do another post on that shortly.

Whooo-hooo, 2011 wedding season, here we come!

Floral Design and Photos by Petalena

We had a lovely and colorful Petalena Flower Class focused on ranunculus and anemones in late February. Documentary photographer Ashleigh Stanczak joined us and captured the whole thing with her wonderful eye.

Just a few pictures here on the Petalena blog, the rest are at home on Flower Class with Petalena.

All in a row. Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Pretty and lush student arrangement. Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Interested in Flower Class? Join us on March 26th for flowering branches and more…

We have another pretty wedding to share from late summer (with another gorgeous color palette too). Our last post highlighted pales hues of late spring apricots and ivories punctuated with deep color. This wedding, was saturated with late summer colors all the way through!

Bride's Bouquet. Meghann Gregory Photography.

Apryl created this gorgeous bouquet using late summer purple clematis, pink and white-tipped dahlias, burgundy dahlias, purple-black scabiosa, and dusty purple-pink hellebore. We’re also super psyched because this lovely photo by Meghann Gregory Photography of the bouquet is going to be part of a bouquet feature in Bride’s Boston Spring/Summer issue!

The happy couple at Willowdale. Meghann Gregory Photography.

Meghann took this wonderful photo of the couple – all of the photos of the two of them are like this – so happy, loving, and excited to be there together.

Groom's boutonniere. Meghann Gregory Photography.

I love this photo of the groom’s boutonniere because it really shows the play of the color palette, different tonal purples, silvers, and burgundy. We loved these little pincushion style dahlias, just perfect size-wise for a boutonniere.

Entry Arrangement. Meghann Gregory Photography.

Above is the arrangement for the entry at Willowdale. We found a lovely large mercury glass vase (they can be a little difficult to find sometimes!) and filled it with long arching branches of seeded eucalyptus, ornamental grasses, purple smokebush, silvery antique purple-green hydrangea, sterling roses, burgundy dahlias, and pink dahlias. A fun, slightly wild arrangement!

Petite bud vase. Meghann Gregory Photography.

Meghann captured a lot of photos of the small little details, which we love! Here one of the small bud vases on the cocktail tables, filled with a dahlia, clematis buds, and privet berry.

Placecard Table and Blossoms. Meghann Gregory Photography.

This is a pretty and simple option for couples who want a bit of decoration on a place card table but might not have room for a whole large arrangement. It works particularly well here because of the pin-tucked pewter table linen and beautifully handmade placecards.

Table design. Meghann Gregory Photography.

The tables in the tent at Willowdale feature two styles of decor. Seen above at Table 1 is a lantern and bud vase style. Square dark pewter lanterns were surrounded by three tall  mercury glass bud vases and five mercury glass votive for a super glow-y look.  This photo also gives a nice view of the couple’s create table numbers: each number corresponded with photos of the couple when they were that age.  Subtle touches like giving the photos a black and white, sepia-toned treatment softens the photos and helped them blend stylistically with the table design.

Centerpiece design. Meghann Gregory Photography.

The other table design featured a low pewter urn filled with silvery antique lavender hydrangea, burgundy dahlias, and touches of pink and deep purple. Purple napkins gave an extra accent of color.

Bud vase. Meghann Gregory Photography.

Our final photo to share, again of a sweet little bud vase. Thank you to Meghann for all of these lovely details and to Amy and Phil for letting us help create something beautiful for your day!

Florals & Decor by Petalena

Photography by Meghann Gregory Photography

Venue & Catering by Willowdale Estate

Petite Spring Bud Vase by Petalena. Photo by Krista Photography.

With the quieter months of winter (and negative zero temps in Boston today!), it’s nice to have time to reflect on the design work we did over the past season.  Today we’re sharing some beautiful photographs by Krista Photography of one of our spring weddings which is also currently featured in The Knot Boston Magazine’s “Real Weddings” section (page 68).

We worked with our wonderful bride Sylvia on this color palette – creating soft lovely bouquets of blush, apricots, and ivories and saving up some deeper more dramatic punches of color for the reception.

Pretty bouquets all in a row. Photo by Krista Photography.

We just love this photo of our client in her beautiful gown, looking so happy!

With bouquet. Photo by Krista Photography.

Bouquet, detail. Photo by Krista Photography.

In this up-close photo of the bouquet you can see some of the specific flowers a bit more – pretty soft white ranunculas, lush full white and soft blush peonies, and a few tendrils of white sweet peas peeking out here and there. These really are some of our favorite flowers, so purely and exquisitely beautiful – even just one of these flowers in a little bud vase is perfection.

Centerpieces waiting to go out to the tent. Photo by Krista Photography.

Even though this wedding was in May, it was that unseasonably HOT day in Massachusetts where temperatures were something like almost 90 degrees? Crazy! With the wedding taking place in the lovely tent at the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, we kept everything cool inside until the last possible moment. Even though this was not where the flowers ended up, I still like this photo, they are almost like ladies-in-waiting, sitting on a beautiful old side board.

Entry Arrangement at the Commander's Mansion. Photo by Krista Photography.

Entry Arrangement at the Commander's Mansion. Photo by Krista Photography.

Apryl and I were so pleased to see this nice photograph of the entry arrangement. While I have a somewhat snazzy camera for Petalena, I do have a tough time getting decently attractive photographs of bigger arrangements, I can make them, just not photograph them! Apryl found this vintage looking tall vase with a nice bronze-y patina and I put huge branches of dogwood and apple along with long stems of ivory lilac, apricot parrot tulips and coral peonies.

Centerpiece at the Commander's Mansion. Photo by Krista Photography.

Peony gorgeousness. Photo by Krista Photography.

The two photos above are table-view and then up-close detail of the arrangements by day. Below, the arrangements by night. Such a different feel. I can’t decide which look I like best, probably the evening though since there is nothing more beautifully flattering to people and flowers like candlelight! And that coral peony, well, it’s just perfection.

Centerpiece by candlelight. Photo by Krista Photography.

Candle centerpieces aglow. Photo by Krista Photography.

The centerpiece designs featured two styles, seen above and at left. We scored lots of pretty crab apple branches at the flower market and incorporated those with white lilac,  some spirea, fringe-y white tulips, apricot parrot tulips, and Juliet garden roses, and hot coral peonies.Half of the table designs were a collection of pillar candles with the garden roses and peonies tucked in along the base for a romantic look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chair Flowers for the Bride and Groom. Photo by Krista Photography

We of course love the pretty details. While we know it might feel like unneeded luxury to add something like flower and ribbons to the chairs for the bride and groom, we do think those special touches really make a difference in an event feeling unique.

View of the tent at the Commander’s Mansion. Photo by Krista Photography.

 

Jennifer Cox of Esq. Events, the event planner for the wedding, said it best, “Many weddings have elaborate themes but this wedding proves that sometimes all it takes is a beautiful color palette to create a beautiful wedding.” She wrote a lovely little piece about the details behind this wedding in the Prepare to Wed newsletter.

 

Florals by Petalena

Photos by Krista Photography

Planning by Esq. Events

Venue by Commander’s Mansion