Here are a few lovely images from a wedding we just finished at the Lyman Estate – a Historic New England site – in Waltham, Massachusetts. With lots of beautiful period rooms, the mood for the wedding was to be a  festive dinner party complete with lots of jars informally filled with pretty seasonal blooms and tied with ribbons:

Tulips & Dahlias by Evening Sunlight

Tulips & Dahlias by Evening Sunlight

Pomegrantes & Astilble

Pomegrantes with Dill & Astilble

The color palette for the table arrangements was primarily deep plums, burgundies, greens, and soft neutrals.

Hydrangea with tulips and pomegrantes

Hydrangea with tulips and pomegranates

Each table was a bit different from the next, for an informal and slightly eclectic feel.

Festive arrangement of peach dahlias and mint

Festive arrangement of peach dahlias and mint

Tulips in sunlight

Tulips in sunlight

Lovely, lovely fall flowers. Cheers to the fabulous bride and groom – it was wonderful to be part of your day!

Design & Photos by Petalena

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Oh sigh….we’re smitten.

We just finished the most lovely wedding in Connecticut (yes, we do travel beyond Massachusetts!) for the most darling and creative couple. The bride  made all the tablecloths for her wedding and her Maid of Honor’s gown too! Her husband is an artist and travels all about the country painting customized murals on people’s vintage VW buses. Seriously, how could we not love them?

Bouquet detail - Gorgeousness in Peaches, Pinks, and Yellows

Bouquet detail - Gorgeousness in Peaches, Pinks, and Yellows

For the color palette we looked for a balance of color and flowers that evoked that transition from late summer to early fall. So oranges and yellows, yes. But paired with deep pinks, peaches, and lots of unique foliage to keep the palette bright and a bit summery.

Our bride’s bouquet was similar to her Maid of Honor’s but with some touches of lovely vintage-y gardenias. We hadn’t used gardenias in this way before – in a more garden-style, less ‘vintage modern’ but it totally worked:

A Bouquet for Jessica

A Bouquet for Jessica

And just one more detail of the bouquets before we move onto the reception:

Up Close and Gorgeous

Up Close and Gorgeous

The reception was held at the Hill-Stead Museum in Connecticut. The ceremony took place there as well in a beautiful sunken garden, thank goodness the rain stopped! The entire museum site is beautiful with an old historic house museum, gardens to peruse, and the “Makeshift Theatre” where our couple’s reception took place. It’s an old Arts & Crafts style structure, originally designed as a theater with lots of beautiful woodwork.

Salmon-Hued Table Centerpiece at the Hill-Stead Museum

Salmon-Hued Table Centerpiece at the Hill-Stead Museum

Table designs were done in two styles – one an rustic-style ivory metal garden urn; the other, antique bottle collections filled a few perfect blooms. Over the summer months Apryl and I collected about 30 or so antique bottles on our travels and day trips around New England. The bride and groom wanted the design to fit with the old character of the space and it worked beautifully.

Collection of Antique Bottles filled with Dahlias

Collection of Antique Bottles filled with Dahlias

Urn with Dahlias, Cosmos, & Sunflowers

Urn with Dahlias, Cosmos, & Sunflowers

And just a few more because I couldn’t make my mind up!

Wildness Table Arrangement (there's always one)

Wildness Table Arrangement (there's always one)

Apryl & I always joke that for every wedding there is always one table arrangement that just ends up bigger than the others.  I think for this wedding, it was this arrangement above. It was just a little more wild and exuberant than the others.

We call these arrangements our “Jane Mansfields” – a reference from Apryl’s mother’s days as a floral designer. Many years ago Apryl’s mother designed an arrangement made entirely of deep pink feathers shaped into peonies for the movie diva Jane Mansfield.  Geraldine, Apryl’s mom, always talks about how Jane Mansfield wanted a HUGE arrangement of these feather peonies – totally fabulous, but totally over the top. So now, we have our “Jane Mansfields” too!

Salmon Dahlias with Sunflowers

Salmon Dahlias with Sunflowers

Dinner Plate Dahlia

Dinner Plate Dahlia Detail

Another beautiful day, we love what we do!


All photos & design by Petalena

Just a few photos of the gorgeous dahlias we worked with the other weekend. Almost too spectacular for words.

'Cafe au Lait' Dahlia with Mint Leaves

'Cafe au Lait' Dahlia with Mint Leaves

Peach Sunset Dahlia

Peach Sunset Dahlia

Aren’t they just the most luscious things ever? We just love working with dahlias in late summer and early fall. They are so dramatic, their colors so varied. They can be a bit unpredictable to work with though, sometimes a little spotted, misshapen, etc so we always have to buy lots of extras, but it’s worth it!

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Maid of Honor's Bouquet by the Window

Apryl and I LOVE the days we get photos from the professional wedding photographers from the weddings we work! It’s sort of like, well, Christmas!

So, happy to share some of the beautiful photos by Mara Broad Photographs, thanks Mara!:

The Perfect Photo

The Perfect Photo - Photo by Mara Broad

I just adore, adore, adore this photo of the bride and groom, and of course how the bridal bouquet is perfectly highlighted too!

Bridesmaids and Bride laughing

Bridesmaids and Bride laughing - Photo by Mara Broad

Another one of my favorite photographs, formals are lovely but this is so natural and fun and really captures the sense of being with your girls! Love the light and how it picks up the colors of the dresses and bouquets so beautifully.

More Laughter

More Laughter - Photo by Mara Broad

Bridesmaid with Bouquet

Bridesmaid with Bouquet - Photo by Mara Broad

We did a lot of trailing ribbons on the bouquet handles for this wedding (a nice detail above), something we’re always hoping a bride will want to do – it adds such a pretty and romantic touch to bouquets without looking too foo-foo bow-ish!

Thanks again Mara for sharing and to our dear friends Bridget and Phil – it was so much fun to do your wedding!

For more photos of some of the other wedding details, you can see this earlier post which has a lot of the table arrangements.

Photos by Mara Broad

Floral Design by Petalena

We’ve been a little busy at Petalena since September started, meeting with new brides, working with our current clients, plus doing all our floral designs! Despite the somewhat hectic schedule, I did want to take a moment and share a few photos of some floral designs we did for a friend’s sister’s bridal shower this past weekend.

Autumnal Texture

Autumnal Texture

For flowers we wanted to just go to the market and see what was perfect and in season. With no set design plan, we found the most perfectly gorgeous black and burgundy dahlias, pepperberries (love them!), ornamental kale, purple smokebush foliage, and wheat, all loosely arranged for slightly wild look.

Full view of one of the table arrangements

Since our friend Jenn is a real foodie, there were all kinds of nice gourmet touches to the shower. Hosted a very cute and rustic Tuscan style restaurant in Boston, the aesthetic of the arrangements really need to fit with that style. We loved the idea of incorporating food/floral elements into the design like the ornamental kale and the peppercorns.

Here is Apryl making the bride’s corsage:

Apryl trying to avoid the camera

Another detail of table arrangements

I love how the spindly ends of the pepperberry vines sort of tumble up and over the container, one of our favorite autumnal accents.

Detail of Dahlias, Smokebush, and Kale