There are some weddings that just come together like a dream, all the details fits beautifully together, each heightening and complementing the next.

Location: The Commandant’s House at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard
Colors: Ivory, Navy, Yellow, and Silver
Style: Elegantly simple with stylish nautical touches

Didn’t it this turn out unbelievable?:

Tent & Table Design at the Commandant's House. Petalena, 2010.

Table View with Yellow Tree Peonies. Petalena, 2010.

The table design featured three large and low centerpieces, each filled with a different variety of flower: tree peonies, lilies, tulips, and garden roses. Small silver mercury glass vases were sprinkled around the tables and filled with yellow cymbidium orchids. We were able to use a large variety of flowers but kept the design simple and elegant with just one kind of flower in each vase.

Table Design with Garden Roses and Orchids. Petalena, 2010.

What really unified the overall design for the event too were the wonderful white and navy table runners the bride’s mother created just for the event. It added a summer touch of drama against the navy linens. Just gorgeous!

Tree Peonies. Petalena, 2010.

Ummm, this is seriously too beautiful to handle. Apryl and I loved this wedding especially for these incredible yellow tree peonies. Of course we’re fans of all kinds of flowers, but these are ridiculously beautiful, no?

Table Design with Lilies and Callas. Petalena, 2010.

Every now and then as a floral designer, you have these ‘breakthrough’ moments with particular flowers. Take lilies for instance, these are not flowers Petalena often works with – while they are pretty – there are just too many designs out there that make them just look, well, yucky and cheap. So we’ve really avoided using them since there are always so many other lovely things to choose from.  We embraced the lily for this wedding and I’m so glad we did. They were striking, elegant, and actually quite high-style looking in this context. Dramatic.

Place Card Table Arrangement with Peonies, Tulips, and Delphinium. Petalena, 2010.

While this was primarily an outdoor wedding, cocktail hour was inside the house, so I wanted to include two pretty pictures from there – one of the guest card table – a dreamy arrangement in ivories and white and the other of the bride’s grandfather.

Portrait and Orchid. Petalena, 2010.

Our thanks to Heather Minicucci and Simply Inviting Weddings for connecting us with a wonderful client. And of course, our wonderful bride, Erin!

Photos and Floral Design by Petalena


Lovely photos to share on this grey day – just in from the wonderful wedding planner extraordinaire Heather Minicucci of Simply Inviting Weddings! All photos are by the talented Zev Fisher.

This August wedding took place at the beautiful Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel – a gorgeous, light filled space right on the waterfront. With a color palette of Tiffany blue, purple, magenta, and silver – the flowers were unique and elegant for this lavish and lovely wedding. So, how about a lovely little mood board to get us started?

Photos by Zev Fisher

As you can see from above, there was quite a bit of color going on but the cool toned color palette kept things unified.

Delicate and Dreamy Bride's Bouquet. Photo by Ze Fisher.

I know, I know, we’re not supposed to play favorites but this was Apryl’s prize bouquet of the 2009 season! It was so dreamy and delicate with pale pink cymbidium orchids, hand-wired crystals, mini calla lilies, and the most pretty handle of hand dyed silk secured with silver bead.

Bridesmaid Bouquets. Photo by Zev Fisher.

I love this photo, it’s like ‘color theory 101′ – the cool pale blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses, play off against lavender and deep purple/blue fluffy hydrangeas, making each color almost more deep and full of saturation.

Wedding Arch. Photo by Zev Fisher.

I’m so happy with this photo – Petalena purchased this wedding arch last summer since so many bride have a hard time finding an arch or chuppah. Simply Inviting Weddings did the lovely draping and we added flower ‘cuffs’ of purple and blue hydrangea. I channelled my inner calligrapher too and did our bride and groom’s initials on the aisle runner in a cool hued mauve rose petals.

Orchids and Crystal Tree. Photo by Zev Fisher.

For the entry table, lovely little boxes of chocolate with a towering arrangement of curly willow branches that we strung with pale lavender dendrobium orchid blossoms and teardrop crystals. So pretty and delicate, especially in this unique mercury glass urn we picked up for the occasion.

Purple and Magenta Table Arrangements. Photo by Zev Fisher.

The table arrangements had two styles – one with more magenta hued flowers and the other with more silvers and blues. Fabulous and fun!

Purple and Blue Table Design. Photo by Zev Fisher.

Blue and Lavender Table Design. Photo by Zev Fisher.

Photo by Zev Fisher.

A big thanks again to Simply Inviting Weddings and Zev Fisher  – and of course our wonderful bride and groom, Tracy and Matt!

Designs by Petalena