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.

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

We just received photos from one of our lovely fall brides who worked with one of our favorite photographers, Channing Johnson for an elegant evening wedding at the Algonquin Club in Back Bay.

About the color palette:
Gorgeous bright autumnal orange, warm ivories, deep chocolate browns, and burgundies all to evoke a feel of autumnal elegance for evening wedding in the city.

Bouquets en masse at the Lenox Hotel

Bouquets en masse at the Lenox Hotel - Photo by Channing Johnson

Flowers and Materials:
With the dahlia season struggling to hang on (October had a few shockingly cold nights), we were lucky to get the last of the local orange and burgundy dahlias plus chocolate cosmos, snowberry, and ilex berries to add a twiggy, slightly wild look to the bouquets. To add more lushness to the bride’s and Maid of Honor’s bouquet we added ivory amaryllis, a late fall/winter fave of ours.

Bouquets in hand, ready to go

Bouquets in hand, ready to go - Photo by Channing Johnson

Maid of Honor walking down the aisle

Maid of Honor walking down the aisle - Photo by Channing Johnson

Orange Dahlia and Ilex Pew End

Orange Dahlia and Ilex Pew End - Photo by Channing Johnson

They did it! High five!

They did it! High five! - Photo by Channing Johnson

At the Algonquin Club:
The designs at the Algonquin carried out the same color palette and materials as seen in the bridal party’s bouquets.  The overall mood of the Algonquin is rather dramatic and dark so a fall color palette worked beautifully in the space.

For the cocktail hour, we splayed out long branches of crabapple and ilex along long beautiful walnut tables in the library with small antique bud vases filled with cranberries and orange ‘Mokara’ orchids:

Bud vase of orange 'Mokara' orchids

Bud vase of orange 'Mokara' orchids with branches of crabapple - Photo by Channing Johnson

Outside the library, the bridal bouquets were used to dress up the guest book table – a fun way to re-purpose bouquets after the ceremony when BMs and MOHs are tired of holding them!:

Vingnette with bouquets and guest book

Vignette with bouquets and guest book - Photo by Channing Johnson

Table arrangements in the dinning room carried two themes: low bronze pedestal vases held cut flowers of orange ‘Mokara’ orchids, dahlias, smokebush, and ilex brances while other tables had carved pumpkins lit from inside.

Elegant and Autumnal Table Arrangement

Elegant and Autumnal Table Arrangement - Photo by Channing Johnson

Table design with carved pumpkin and bud vases - Photo by Petalena

Table design with carved pumpkin and bud vases - Photo by Petalena

Detail of floral table arrangements

Detail of floral table arrangements - Photo by Channing Johnson

Thank you again to Channing Johnson for sharing his wonderful work with us!

All floral design by Petalena.

Another bouquet style we explored for “An Evening of Elegance” bridal soiree at the Taj, Boston was the unusual but beautiful color combination of pale yellow and silver. I am so in love with these two colors together. Both of these particular shades of yellow and silver are light in terms of their value (the amount of lightness/darkness in the color for you color theory folks out there!), when paired together each hue heightens the beauty of the other.

“Simple and Striking” Bouquet

Simple and Striking Bouquet

Simple and Striking Bouquet

The design for this bouquet really just has a few elements – just pale yellow ranunculus, yellow cymbidium orchids, and dusty miller leaves. Each element is essential, the ranunculas give the romantic ruffled feel; the cymbidiums form the architecture and structure; and the dusty miller makes the yellow pop in a way it might otherwise not.

Bouquet and handle

Bouquet and handle

Above is a closer detail of how we wrapped the handle. Simply, with crinkle silk in a pewter color, paired with chartreuse pins and thin grey velvet ribbon.
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I’d love to do a wedding with this color palette carried throughout – lots of silver lanterns, candles – glowy and gorgeous. What’s also interesting about this palette is that is almost season-less.

It could be perfect for a winter or spring wedding especially, but even for summer it would be lovely and surprising.

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena

Pink is one of the most romantic colors to be found. That pale blush color has such an innocence and newness to it that makes it utterly infatuating even if you’re not a ‘pink person.’

“Pretty in Pink”

Pretty in Pink Bouquet

Pretty in Pink Bouquet

For this bouquet, rather than just doing all pink flowers, we paired blush ranunculus, cymbidum orchids, and astilbe with brown/maroon ‘monkey tails’ and pear tree leaves that really heighten the pale beauty of the pink in a way we wouldn’t see without these additions. The ribbons of hand-dyed silk also lend a tonal elegance to the bouquet, nothing is ‘matchy-matchy’ but it is harmonious.

Detail of Bouquet with Ribbons

Detail of Bouquet with Ribbons

At the “Evening of Elegance” bridal show, models wore wedding gowns and walked amongst the guests. I gave this model the “Pretty in Pink” bouquet and she ended up holding it all night! It really did look great with the romantic design of the dress:

Pretty in Pink Bride

Pretty in Pink Bride

And one final detail, of the bouquet:

Detail of Pretty in Pink Bouquet

Detail of Pretty in Pink Bouquet

All Photos and Floral Design by Petalena

For our bridal show last week, “An Evening of Elegance” at the Taj Boston, we also designed a bouquet that was a little more dramatic and theatrical with cool whimsical elements.

“Daring and Dramatic”

Daring & Dramatic Bouquet with Tulips and Feathers

Daring & Dramatic Bouquet with Tulips and Feathers

For this bouquet we used red “Rococo” parrot tulips, one of our favorites, with plum ranunculus, and begonia leaves (our new obsession!). Between the multi-colored ‘flames’ on the parrot tulip in yellow, purple, and green and the wild shape of the begonia leaves, the bouquet is so unusual and unexpected. The plum of the ranunculus anchors the design and the wispy feathers deepen the palette and add texture.

Detail of Begonia Leaf, Tulips, and Feathers

Detail of Begonia Leaf, Tulips, and Feathers

Feathers are certainly having a renaissance right now and we couldn’t be happier. They’re such a fun and whimsical addition to bouquets and with their range of colors and textures, it’s hard to chose sometimes!

Dramatic & Daring Bouquet

Dramatic & Daring Bouquet

I like this photo in particular because it shows how the bouquet isn’t entirely symmetrical. A little bit of imbalance and surprise is good in design, if everything was perfectly mirrored from one angle to another, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun to look at!
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And one last image of one of the model “brides” at An Evening of Elegance modeling the “Daring and Dramatic” bouquet:

Model Bride at an "Evening of Elegance" with Petalena Bouquet


All Photos and Floral Design by Petalena

Last Thursday we participated in the fun and swanky bridal show-meets-cocktail party “An Evening of Elegance” at the Taj in Boston. For our display, we had different bouquets for brides to try on, a sort of What kind of bride are you? idea. Our next few posts will feature some of the bouquets we designed around different styles for “An Evening of Elegance.”

The “Classic Romantic”

Classic Romantic Bouquet

Classic Romantic Bouquet

This bouquet was a luxurious combination of fragrant and ruffle-y garden roses, geranium leaves, chocolate cosmos, and raspberries. Perfect for the bride who loves lush, gorgeous things with a slight ‘from the garden’ feel.

Closer detail

Closer detail

And another detail, just because I love this bouquet so much!

Detail of raspberries, cosmos, and roses

Detail of raspberries, cosmos, and roses

Also note how you can tie in the colors featured in the bouquet with beautiful ribbons. Ribbons get such a bad wrap these days, makes us so sad! Ribbons, read – NOT BOWS! – are a fabulous way to incorporate more textures and a layered feel to bouquets without being over the top.

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena