We’re a little sad to see summer pass, but looking forward to all the lovely fall weddings we will be working on this year. Lots and lots in September and October – some jewel toned, some orange and browns, some local-sourced, some exotic-inspired. But, let’s kick off the new season with a lovely photo from a fall wedding last year by Blue Water Photography.

Wedding Bouquet by Petalena, 2010. Photo by Blue Water Photography.

Thanks to our lovely bride Sylvia for sending it our way. It was really a dreamy bouquet with painted fern, garden roses, dahlias, and loads of textures. A soft and neutral color palette that hinted towards fall with the brown cymbidium orchids and purple-burgundy smokebush.

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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

Seriously folks, even though the weather isn’t the most stellar in New England from say, February through even much of May (case in point this week, no?), it is beyond a magnificent time of year for les fleurs!

Wish the photo quality was better on these lush and tumble-y arrangements we did for a petite wedding at Hampshire House two weekends ago, but you get the gist. Gorgeous spring blooms, I’m not sure there is anything better…

Photo and design by Petalena, 2011.

Photo and Design by Petalena, 2011.

Petalena, 2011.

Photos and design by Petalena.

Over Mother’s Day Weekend, Apryl created some gorgeous arrangements for donation to the MSPCA’s Flower and Plant Sale. All the proceeds went to the Animal Care and Adoption Center. Apryl and I are both huge animal lovers so when event planner Alison Quill of Elegant Aura Events invited us to participate, we were happy to!

Photographer friend and fellow animal love, Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio, came by to snap a few lovely photos with her great eye.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Flowers by Petalena. Photo by Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio.

Thanks again to Alison for the invitation and to Li for her wonderful photographs!

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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 had a lovely and colorful Petalena Flower Class focused on ranunculus and anemones in late February. Documentary photographer Ashleigh Stanczak joined us and captured the whole thing with her wonderful eye.

Just a few pictures here on the Petalena blog, the rest are at home on Flower Class with Petalena.

All in a row. Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Pretty and lush student arrangement. Photo by Ashleigh Stanczak.

Interested in Flower Class? Join us on March 26th for flowering branches and more…

Happy day, Petalena received Best of the Knot for 2011!

Best of Knot, 2011.

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients from 2010 who we worked with and made pretty things for!

xo- Petalena

 

I finally off-loaded the last of our fall 2010 weddings from le snazzy camera onto the  laptop, so let the photos commence! These are two pretty details of the bouquet featured in our last post. I love the light and the feathery maidenhair ferns that edge the bouquet…

Bouquet detail - dahlias and hellebore. Petalena, 2010.

Bouquet detail. Petalena, 2010.

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Just a few lovely photos by Ciras Photography from a wedding we did in October with a great couple who wanted elegantly organic wedding flowers at the Warren Center in Massachusetts. With a color palette of purples, green, and silver – we were able to pull in a lot of gorgeous purple blooms and green foliage to create the design.

Bouquets of burgundy, pinks, and purples. Photo by Ciras Photography.

Our bride’s bouquet was lovely affair with large purple dahlias and hydrangea for the big flower forms, and lovely French ranunculus with fantastic green tufts at their centers. Hellebore, a favorite bloom of ours, comes back into season in the fall and we love using it for it’s pretty arching shape that lends a looser or natural look to a bouquet.  Purple-pink astrantia is another very petite and unique bloom,  reminds me a bit of allium, with its slightly spiky and sculptural look that is great for texture.

Groom's Boutonniere. Photo by Ciras Photography.

A boutonniere for the groom (above) was just a perfect little pom-pom style dahlia paired scented geranium foliage and a fiddlehead.

Bridesmaid and Bouquets. Photography by Ciras Photography.

Bouquets for the bridesmaids were smaller scale than the brides with a bit less of the deep pink touches, and bit more of the purples. The tonal purple bouquets against the deep pewter color of the dresses was striking and dramatic.

For the ceremony, we dressed up a white garden trellis with pears, persimmons, amaranthus, and hydrangea in tonal purple, ochre, and green hues.

Ceremony Arch. Photo by Ciras Photography.

Photo by Ciras Photography.

The reception, inside the Warren Center, was festive and colorful with napkins in purple and green, gorgeous table numbers, and our flowers too.

Table Flowers and Card. Photo by Ciras Photography.

Table numbers. Photography by Ciras Photography.

Our heartfelt thanks to Joyce and Andrew for having us help create such a special day for them, congratulations!

Thanks to Ciras Photography for sharing all their wonderful photos with us!

Florals by Petalena

Come one, come all! We’re happy to announce that Petalena will be doing flower classes starting in 2011! We’re so excited to be able to share our love of flowers with you!

Tired of arrangements from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods? Yearning for something a little more special and unique? This class is for you!

The details:

Photo by Lisa Ribgy Photography

What:

  • Learn how to create whimsically elegant and organically styled floral arrangements using a rotating selection of seasonal blooms chosen by Petalena.
  • 3 hour workshops will include all flowers and container as well as floral instruction.
  • Each class is thematic around a few wonderful varieties of flowers (For example this spring we’ll focus on the incredible varieties of tulips, narcissus, and hellebore that are available.)
  • During each class we will introduce the kinds of flowers featured (and advice on how to work with them), how to create a color palette, layer textures, and ‘build’ a floral design.

Most of all, it will be a lot of fun talking about and working with gorgeous flowers!


Where:

At the Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA – Inman Square

When:
Saturdays, 1-4pm
February 26: Anemones & Ranunculas
March 26: Flowering Branches

Cost:
$125 per class (cost includes a $65 materials fee for flowers and container)
Register through Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the class to celebrate our creations!

Space is limited to 12 students

Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography