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

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Just a few lovely photos from my friend Katherine’s wedding that took place in early June at the beautiful seaside community of Nonquitt. It is such a dreamy  ‘world’s end’ sort of place…

Shepard's Hook with Peonies, Thistle, and Queen Anne's Lace

We did  a lovely neutral color palette of ivories and pale lavenders with lots of greenery and foliage accents. Our couple wanted the floral design to feel of the landscape around Nonquitt – not too flowery, but lots of textures of silvery greens and blues.

The Wedding March!

And my dear friend, looking so beautiful as she is walked down the aisle with her antique-style veil and dress and bouquet of course!

Katherine's Bouquet, detail

We put in lots of pretty small floral touches like grape hyacinth (a miracle to be found at the flower market in June!),  one beautiful clematis flower, lavender scabiosa, and as much dreamy Queen Anne’s Lace as a girl can ask for! We also added in some arching seeded eucalyptus foliage for that silver-green touch as well as some sweet Mock Orange.

One of the sweetest flower girls ever!

I just love the sweet little photo of one of the flower girl. The turn of her head toward the camera reminds me so much of the Vermeer painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring. I’ve just been reading this fascinating book, Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence Weschler. This is kind of a side bar, but the book discusses the idea that humans put together visual images in a particular way and have been doing it for thousands of years, he draws fascinating comparisons between a Turner painting and some of the heart wrenching photographs of the 9-11 site and many others. I realized in looking at this photo, that is has that it has a visual rhyme with the Vermeer. But I’m rambling here…

Detail of table centerpiece with clematis

The reception took place in a lovely tent overlooking a beautiful bluff with the ocean beyond. Katherine and Tim planned many of the details themselves since both have great sense of design. They chose burlap toppers for the tables and designed beautiful place cards for each table, naming each table after a plant that is indigenous to Nonquitt. The natural aesthetic of the flowers worked perfectly. Most of the tables had larger centerpieces filled loads of Queen Anne’s Lace and seeded eucalyptus for lots of movement. A few pieces of green viburnum or fantastic ruffled antique blue hydrangea were added in a few big pops of color or floral-ness and touches of blue-silver thistle added texture and surprise. The family tables were unique from the other tables with tall hurricane candles and surrounded by bud vases of peonies, grape hyacinth, and Queen Anne’s Lace (seen above).

Centerpieces with table settings

We tucked mint into each napkin and placed lanterns made by the bride at each table. The next few photos are bit blurry, but I loved the arrangements, so had to include them.

Table arrangements with ruffled blue hydrangea

Green hydrangea centerpiece

Silvery-green and lavender centerpiece

It was such a wonderful wedding to contribute to and so special to attend as a guest as well! All my congrats to Katherine and Tim!

The Boardwalk at Nonquitt

Nonquitt view

Florals by Petalena

Photos by Piyush Shukla

Our season has been off to such a busy, busy start that I’ve barely had time to keep our Petalena blog updated! Here is a series of seriously pretty photos from a wedding we did in mid-May at an estate in North Andover. Our bride wanted lots and lots of candlelight and mercury glass, we were only too happy to help her achieve this vision!

Tall Gold Mercury Glass Candles with Peonies & Viburnum. Petalena, 2010.

The color palette for this wedding was ivory, gold, and ice blue with touches of spring green and peach. We’re huge fans of spring flowers at Petalena since are so many beautiful things to work – parrot tulips, lilac, and peonies made their appearance for this special in soft spring hues.

Lower Table Arrangement with Votives. Petalena, 2010.

Half of the table featured the tall gold mercury glass candles with smaller bud vases while the other half had arrangements like these (above) with a lovely low clear glass footed compote filled with peonies, hellebore, viburnum, and parrot tulips. A few different types of votive candles graced the table – an ice blue embossed style and two different mercury glass votives.

Detail of table arrangement. Petalena, 2010.

Such pretty lushness by candlelight, no? Dreamy, dreamy.

Photos and Table Design by Petalena