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.

Great news at Petalena as 2010 draws to close and we say a grand helllooo to 2011! One of our lovely weddings from last May is featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 The Knot Boston magazine. To say we’re thrilled is putting mildly!

The Knot Boston - Spring/Summer 2011 Issue

Petalena feature in The Knot Spring/Summer 2011 Issue

This was a lovely wedding, oh sigh, Apryl and I first fell in love with the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, the most dream-tastic place ever for those of us that love historic places, grand spaces, and imaginings of the lives that were lived there.

The photo by Krista Guenin of the bride’s bouquet reminds me of how lovely, soft, and romantic it was. Layers of petal-ness with cameo blush peonies, white ranunculus, and petite little sweet peas. It was so elegant and harmonious with the Vera Wang gown our bride wore. The reception featured soft tonal peaches and apricots with bursts of coral that made everything just hum.

To see more pictures of the flowers, peruse our post from the spring.

Professional photography by Krista Guenin


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

Is it just me, but aren’t gray days are so beautiful for color? We’re so happy to follow up on a previous post with photos from one of our absolute favorite photographers, Connie Miller of Studio Atticus!

Sooo magazine, no? Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

Apryl and I keep looking and looking at this photo, it’s just so dreamy! I love the casualness of her gesture, reaching down to adjust her dress, the elegance of her silhouette¬† set against the arch of the church, and the way the pink pops against the ivory and cool gray stone.

Bouquet for Anna. Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

This photo is almost too much prettiness! Love, love, love. The bridal bouquet we did for Anna with a tonal pink range of peonies and sweet peas.

Phalenopsis Orchid Boutonniere. Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

One simple pure white phalenopsis orchid for a boutonniere. Note the pink pocket square (this is always a great way to tie in colors but keep the flowers neutral still).

Reception Loveliness – We did flowy, lush centerpieces of spring time blooms – spirea, peonies, tulips, and viburnum in pinks and ivories. Taller arrangements at the guest book and place card tables featured long stemmed French tulips and long arch boughs of white spirea and dogwood branches.

View of the Tent at the Pavillion. Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

Pretty Table 11. Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus.

Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

Sweetheart Table with Bouquet. Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

Cake with a waterfall of flowers. Photo by Connie Miller of Atticus Studio, 2010.

I loved the cake flowers, they looked good enough to eat (although I’m sure the cake tasted much better!).

Flowers for the Guest Book Table. Photo by Connie Miller of Atticus Studio, 2010.

Tall french tulips in ivory and others that look almost ‘dusted’ in pink at their edges were paired with long arch boughs of spirea and tall dogwood stems. The stems in the vase ended up looking a little more unsightly than we expected so we quickly put a few bands of pale pink ribbon up the length of the tall vase.

Guest Book Table Arrangement (detail). Photo by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus, 2010.

Love, love this photo too. Sigh. For more photos of this wedding, visit Studio Atticus’ blog.

Photos by Connie Miller of Studio Atticus

Florals by Petalena