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

I feel a tad bit rusty as I write this post about our first big wedding of the 2010 season, but as I type the words I’m sure I’ll get the hang of this again!

We were very lucky floral designers indeed this past week with a wonderful and creative bride and a plethora of gorgeous spring blooms to chose from for her May 1st wedding at the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. With a color palette of apricot, ivory, and coral, really, does it get any more beautiful than this?:

Detail of Large Arrangement of Peonies, Lilac, Roses, and Dogwood. Petalena, 2010.

We think not, but I’m sure we’ll proceed to discuss amungst ourselves as wedding season continues and we get to work with more great clients and wonderful flowers!

Our bride’s bouquet was an elegant ruffley affair with white and blush peonies, white sweet peas and ranunculas. It look edible. Seriously.

Bridal Bouquet in White. Petalena, 2010.

And lovely bridesmaid bouquets in apricot and white. Oh sigh:

Bridesmaid Bouquets in Apricot and Ivory. Petalena, 2010.

We did some lovely floral pew ends at the church and the large scale arrangement detailed above also went up on the altar but the church photos I took are a little lackluster (poor lighting, etc), so let’s not kill the buzz. It’s reception time people!

Floral centerpiece with lilac, garden roses, tulips, and peonies. Petalena, 2010.

Ridiculous, no? In a good way, but could these flowers be more beautiful? For half of the seventeen tables we did bronze footed urns were filled with crabapple and lilac branches, peonies, garden roses and spray garden roses, and tulips. Just yummy.

The other half of the table were lovely candles and votives surround by peonies and garden roses. We can’t wait to see how the professional photos turned out from the evening once the candles were lit!

Candle Centerpieces with Peonies and Garden Roses. Petalena, 2010.

Table Arrangement. Petalena, 2010.

Candle Centerpieces with Flowers. Petalena, 2010.

Floral Table Design. Petalena, 2010.

Flowers for the Chairs of the Bride & Groom. Petalena, 2010.

Flowers for the Chairs of the Bride & Groom. Petalena, 2010.

We were so happy with everything and to top it off we received an email from our bride today just before she left for her honeymoon which said:

“I had to write before we left for our honeymoon to say thank you for the most beautiful flowers that we have ever seen. From the bouquets to the church arrangements to the tables and the sweetest cocktail hour vases … I can’t even get over it. We had the chance to walk into the tent before anyone had seen it — all lit up and beautiful — and it absolutely took my breath away. It was all more lovely than I ever could have imagined. And people were FREAKING OUT about how beautiful everything looked — so many of my friends and family came up to say something wonderful about the flowers. Thank you for creating Petalena and for sharing your amazing gifts with the world in this way!”

Awwwww! We love our clients! Here’s to a lovely wedding season, it’s off to a great start!

A special thanks too to Tammy Fernandez-McKenna at the Commander’s Mansion & Jennifer Cox of Esq. Events

Photos and Design by Petalena