We’re a little sad to see summer pass, but looking forward to all the lovely fall weddings we will be working on this year. Lots and lots in September and October – some jewel toned, some orange and browns, some local-sourced, some exotic-inspired. But, let’s kick off the new season with a lovely photo from a fall wedding last year by Blue Water Photography.

Wedding Bouquet by Petalena, 2010. Photo by Blue Water Photography.

Thanks to our lovely bride Sylvia for sending it our way. It was really a dreamy bouquet with painted fern, garden roses, dahlias, and loads of textures. A soft and neutral color palette that hinted towards fall with the brown cymbidium orchids and purple-burgundy smokebush.

Petalena

August has been an amazing month for flowers and we’ve had a few great clients who requested locally sourced flowers right from the beginning of the design process. It’s wonderful to see this kind of change in how people want to eat (more local) transfer to the wedding area as well. As someone who has loved having a summer and fall vegetable CSA (shout out to Stillman’s Farm!) for several years now, this kind of request for local flowers really resonates. We worked with our bride to create unique summery bright centerpieces filled with local flowers and potted herb centerpieces that could live on long after the wedding.

Bride's bouquet by Petalena and shoes. Photo by Geneve Rege Photography, 2011.

We got our hands on the most beautiful pale lavender-white clematis and a garden rose called “Chippendale” – the most beautiful peachy-pink color imaginable. I am in love with it.

Trio of images by Geneve Rege Photography, 2011. L: Herb Centerpieces, C: Bridesmaid Bouquet; R: Vintage Jar Centerpieces. By Petalena, 2011.

Love this trio of images from Geneve because it really shows off the color palette we developed with our bride:  purple-pink, magentas, and green with pops of yellow and peach.  The bridesmaid dresses were this lovely green-blue color that made the color of the flowers just pop! Such a great choice…

Herbed Centerpiece by Petalena, 2011. Photo by Geneve Rege Photography.

For our herb centerpieces we did a duo wire and rusticated terracotta container filled with thyme, oregano, lavender or rosemary. The balance of the containers were filled with local seasonal flowers portulaca, inpatients, and dianthus.

I hope these sweet little containers live on, I envision them perched on someone’s kitchen window, ready for an easy snip of thyme or rosemary to add to a dinner.

Vintage canning jars and bud vase arrangements by Petalena, 2011. Photos by Geneve Rege Photography.

I saved my favorite photos for last – each photo of the cut flower arrangements we did using local zinnias and dahlias. With touches of Queen Anne’s Lace and hydrangea too of course. I found this beautiful ribbon called “Pecan” and knew it would look just beautiful with the blue-green of canning jars, so we tied a length of it around each jar…a new favorite color combination!

All the beautiful imagery is courtesy of Geneve Rege Photography – a thousand thank yous!

Wonderful day of coordination by the fantastic Ms. Jennifer Cox of Esq. Events

Gorgeous location, who wouldn’t love it? Commander’s Mansion, overseen by Rae Grassia

A special thanks to the couple, especially our bride, Katharine – we had so much fun working with you on the vision for the day, you were such a treat to work with!

-xo Petalena

Exciting news! We’re working on redoing our website so everything will be all together in one gorgeous place! Looking through photos yesterday in preparation for this, I wanted to share this lovely photo by Kelly Dillon Photography of the May wedding we worked on together. I just love the light, the color and play of textures here (isn’t pale pink, coral, and peach is the dreamiest combination ever…):

Early summer bouquet by Petalena. Photo by Kelly Dillon Photography, 2011.

xo- Petalena

Garden romantic meets strong geometric shapes in this wedding from June at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
We worked with our clients, Eleanor and Nigel, to create a beautiful stylish design fitting for the space and occasion with a color palette of ivory, peaches, and coral.

Bouquet by Petalena (detail); Photo by Simi Rabinowitz.

Bridal and Bridesmaid bouquets featured those gorgeous “Coral Charm” peonies that we can never, ever get enough of, “Juliet” and “Caramel Antique” garden roses, along with some sweet little lovely spray garden roses called “Lea Romantica.” Added touches of scented white jasmine vine, mint, and sweet pea gave some gestural touches to the bouquets and centerpieces.

Bouquets by Petalena. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz Photography.

There are great options out there beyond calla lilies for boutonnieres (not that we don’t like calla lilies…) like small garden roses here with touches of jasmine flower and vine for the groom.

Groom's Boutonniere by Petalena. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz Photography.

The ceremony and reception took place at the hotel, overlooking the harbor. We did tall arrangements filled with white hybrid delphinium, ivory spirea, roses, and peonies to complement the bouquets:

Ceremony Arrangement by Petalena. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz Photography.

Centerpieces were our lush organic style but in more geometric containers. We’re big fans of footed vases, urns, and other unique things but it was great to see how good this kind of floral style still looks (and maybe a bit in contrast with the container that holds it too):

Centerpiece by Petalena. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz.

Square Centerpiece by Petalena. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz Photography.

And lastly a sea of linens, glass, and florals…just really, really pretty:

Room view with florals at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Photo by Simi Rabinowitz Photography.

Thank you again to Eleanor and Nigel for having Petalena be part of your day; and to Simi Rabinowitz for the beautiful photographs.

~ Petalena

Darlings, this wedding season is whizzing by and we’ve been remiss in not posting so many lovely weddings from the past two months. So, we’re playing a bit of catchup! We’re really pleased to share these gorgeous photos by Lexi Photography of a wedding we worked on together in June.

This was our first wedding at the Barn at Gibbet Hill and the day couldn’t have been more beautiful. Breezy, blue skies, dramatic rolling old farm pastures surrounding the barn,  and a lovely, lovely couple.

Photo by Lexi Photography.

We did the softest, most blush and lush bouquet for our client Casey in soft ivories, pale pink, and barely yellow, and lovely little garden accents like French lilac, mint, and scented geranium foliage.

Bouquet by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Bouquet by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Those beautiful inky-centered blush ranunculus and anemones are enough to get lost in, aren’t they?

For the bridesmaid bouquets, the overall color palette of the wedding – tonal purples with soft ivory and green touches really came into play and worked beautifully off the soft grape hued dresses.

Bridesmaid Bouquet by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Bridesmaid's Bouquet by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

We couldn’t forget about the guys…a little splash of purple for boutonnieres with scabiosa and lavender roses, played off their cooler hued purple-blue ties:

Best Man's Boutonniere by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photogrpahy.

Groomsman's Boutonniere by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

For the reception florals and decor, we have to give major props to our clients who added a lot of lovely thoughtful elements that they created themselves like mason jar votives wrapped with twine and personalized favors that really added beautiful touch.

Table flowers featured two styles, one a brushed nickel lantern surrounded by sweet bud vases; and the other, pomanders of hydrangea or roses a lot small pedestals procured by the bride.

Lantern and Bud Vase Table Decor by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Dutch Hydrangea Pomander Centerpiece by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Cocktail arrangements were simple mason jars filled with local flowers and surrounded by candles:

Cocktail Arrangements by Petalena. Photo by Lexi Photography.

Wedding favors, photo by Lexi Photography.

And we had to include this great image of the table favors, and just say ‘Thank you!’ to Casey and Tony for letting us be part of your beautiful, beautiful day. And, for even more great photos of the event, take a stroll over to Lexi Photography’s blog post for the whole story. Thank you again Lexi!

~Petalena

We wanted to share some of the beautiful photographs of photographer Kelly Dillon of a wedding we did together in May at the Boston Public Library. My favorite color palette so far this season – what can I say? I am spring girl at heart!

Centerpieces for this lovely wedding were in a color palette of soft apricot and coral with greens and soft beiges to neutralize and soften the palette. The couple found lots of beautiful antique books and personalized each one with an inscription to each wedding guest.

Centerpiece with personalized books and brown mercury glass. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Tulips and peonies in a bronze footed urn. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

'Coral Charm' peony with tulips. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

The ridiculously huge beautiful flower in this photo – a variety of peony called “Coral Charm” might be my all-time favorite flower. When it first opens, it is a lovely bright coral-pink color but as it opens over a few days it softens so apricot and then pale, pale yellow before dying.

Pretty vingette. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Room view at the Boston Public Library. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Bouquets were in a slightly softer color palette (none of the coral touches) with a bit more apricot from parrot tulips and soft pink with Sarah Bernheart pale pink peonies. Just loved making these bouquets with the colors and textures…

Bouquets all in a row. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Bridal bouquet. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Bouquet, detail. Photo by Kelly Dillon.

Floral and Table Design by Petalena

Photography by Kelly Dillon

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.

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 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