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 just finished up a wedding this weekend at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square with a gorgeous jewel-toned palette. It might be the beginning of a beautiful obsession! Unsure what ‘jewel toned’ means, well visualize ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald and you’re getting pretty close. Deep and bright colors, perfect for fall!

Jewel-Toned Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

We included a lovely mix here of local soft green hydrangea, phalenopsis orchids, a few magenta mokara orchids, lisianthus buds, lavender roses, and deep dark pink ranunculas. I think the touch of deep blue delphinium is really what pulls this all together for that tonal range of color.

Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

My lovely floral assistant Paula wore this beautiful deep blue top on the wedding day that just looked gorgeous next to the bouquet…makes you start thinking about how great less traditional bridal gowns could look in colors like this!

Bridesmaid Bouquets in Lavenders and Magentas. Petalena, 2010.

We designed the bridesmaid bouquets to be a bit more simple and smaller in scale. Our bride really wanted her bouquet to have the most color diversity so we kept these bouquets in the lavender and magenta range with touches of green and long trailing silver ribbon.

Centerpiece at the Charles Hotel. Petalena, 2010.

The centerpieces for the reception were elegant and contemporary featured the deep pink and burgundy hues of the overall color palette with cymbidium and mokara orchids. Each vessel was fitted with a floating candle for a romantic glow.

Burgundy Dahlia. Petalena, 2010.

We’re so looking forward to working with this color palette again!

Photos and Design by Petalena.

The first of our June weddings was this wonderfully colorful, festive, and fun wedding in Waltham at the Westin Hotel that overlooks 95. With a building that is all contemporary and glass, our couple wanted lots of bright sculptural flowers to contrast with the sleekness of venue.

Burgundy peonies with freesia and oncidiums. Petalena, 2010.

Tables were a  unique long oblong shape so we did half the tables with one long rectangular black vase paired with one smaller square vase, the other half with three square black vases.

Table design - one oblong, one square. Petalena, 2010.

Coral-Pink Peony with orchids (and um, salt and pepper). Petalena, 2010.

It’s A LOT of color, yes, isn’t is so much fun?! The flowers almost look like kooky cartoon characters! But seriously, for those of you who want to know which actual flowers we used, here’s the low-down: peonies, oncidium orchids, gloriosa, yellow freesia, gold Mokara orchids, burgundy and pink dahlias, and magenta Mokara orchids.

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena