A Garden Party

Valentine's Day is back, and it's better than ever!

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Guys!  Yes, we're talking to you, GUYS.  Let us break it down for you - Valentine's Day is coming.  We have your answer waiting for you right here at A Garden Party.  It's kind of our thing.  

But this year, we have options. 

Option #1: Fresh Floral Arrangement

It's timeless, it's classic, it's hopelessly romantic.  Mother Nature's gift to the world, with natural beauty and color artfully designed in an exquisite vase.  We've heard the cry of men in the past being visual beings, and we have answered your call.  You can now order online, and see a variety of example arrangements to help narrow down the size and texture of what you're looking for.  Delivery options only available until February 13th.  SHOP IS CLOSED ON FEBRUARY 14th. 

SHOP HERE

 

A Spiked Milkhouse Party

Ready to take Date Night up a notch?  For the first time ever, introducing A Spiked Milkhouse Party on February 12 at 6pm.  Time to stir things up with a Boozy Botanicals class with a trained mixologist teaching couples how to incorporate herbs into their cocktails.  Catering by Dodge's Market is included in admission, but BYOB for some post-class fun!  Our February 13th class has SOLD OUT, so be sure sign up before our spots run out!

SIGN UP HERE

 

Gift Certificates

At a loss for your Valentine's Day gift?  We have our gift certificates!  Open for any amount, we have a gift certificate for A Garden Party available for fresh floral designs whenever the recipient needs a bit of a day brightener delivered right to her door.  We also have A Milkhouse Party gift certificate to go towards any class to match your loved ones interest - floral design, floral jewelry, soap-making, flower crowns, terrariums, fairy gardens, etc.  Just "like" us on Facebook for workshop notifications!

SHOP HERE

There you have it gentlemen.  We have the ideas, we put in the links, we used big fonts...we are here to help make your lady love swoon this holiday! 

 

 

Sharing the Love : A Garden Party Gets Featured!

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We love love love our clients - our brides, our couples, the friends hosting baby showers, mothers hosting bridal showers, husbands ordering arrangements for their wives.  When we get phone calls for orders, it's because someone wants flowers for someone they love and care about.  How could we not love our clients with that kind of motivation?  It's why we do what we do!

But we also love attention.  We love when our artsy side can come out in orders, when we can get our hands dirty with creativity and when that hard work gets recognized in the professional community.  So we are especially proud this week when both A Garden Party and A Milkhouse Party have been picked up for publications.  It's like we're the beaming parents at an award ceremony.  "Look!  Look at the hard work and nurturing we've done!  The long nights, the early mornings - It's paying off!"  

Of course, none of this would happen without AWESOME photographers - and this incredible Style Me Pretty feature is all thanks to the wonderful Michelle Lange Photography and our collaboration at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms.  We are dying for our next project with this lovely lady, so if you are getting married soon and need a photographer - call her! 

 

A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook, Style Me Pretty, Blush, Michelle Lange Photography
Man, that floral chandelier looks really good with the Style Me Pretty logo right above it.  

Man, that floral chandelier looks really good with the Style Me Pretty logo right above it.  

Next up is our younger baby, A Milkhouse Party, with a background story featured on Michelle Edgemont's blog series, "A Wedding Visionary."  Michelle's website and style was actually inspiration for us when we did our own re-branding last year, so to have a spot within her layout is so flattering.  These photos of the Milkhouse from Tami & Ryan Photography have really been a huge help in our marketing for this passion project.  

A Garden Party Florist, A Milkhouse Party, Tami & Ryan Photography, Michelle Edgemont

And the grand finale to our week of publications?  We will be on Fox29 News morning segment tomorrow with Renee of Events by Renee to do a 2016 version of this upcoming season's Wedding Trends!  Tune in tomorrow at 7:45am, 8:45am and 9:45am.  

We are over the moon with all of this attention - and it's only Tuesday!  Thank you to our clients who continue to Pin our work, share it on Instagram and Facebook and leave amazing reviews! 

Stone Harbor Wedding Florist : Jacqueline & Brian at the Reeds at Shelter Haven

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Jacqueline and Brian's summer wedding at The Reeds at Shelter Haven was a beachy fairytale.  Rachel Pearlman Photography  graced us with these timelessly romantic images that reveal the soft tones in Jacqueline's color scheme and style.  We love when we have a client that let us fill every vase, bucket, and ribbon-wrapped bouquet as full as they could go with flowers!  The blush floral scheme with silver decor accents made this wedding the kind that every little girl dreams of.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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White ranunculus, lisianthus, roses and dusty miller made up this classic bridal bouquet.

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While Jacqueline's bouquet had a few blush tones, we went for pure white for her bridesmaid's bouquets of ranunculus, roses, and hydrangea.

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Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Brian's bout was light and simple, with a single spray rose and waxflower tucked into a leaf of dusty miller.

Brian's bout was light and simple, with a single spray rose and waxflower tucked into a leaf of dusty miller.

A trio of galvanized buckets were filled to the brim with hydrangea, roses, stock, and greenery.  We accented them with pieces of lace to help go with the flowy, beach theme.

A trio of galvanized buckets were filled to the brim with hydrangea, roses, stock, and greenery.  We accented them with pieces of lace to help go with the flowy, beach theme.

We fully embraced this dream-like blush theme, using our silver mercury bud vases to decorate the sweetheart table.

We fully embraced this dream-like blush theme, using our silver mercury bud vases to decorate the sweetheart table.

A bigger version of our bud vases, this silver mercury bowl is the perfect size for a smaller table.  The glowing reflection of the candelight from our elevated votives really helps enhance the ambiance and our matching silver table numbers are the cherry on top!

A bigger version of our bud vases, this silver mercury bowl is the perfect size for a smaller table.  The glowing reflection of the candelight from our elevated votives really helps enhance the ambiance and our matching silver table numbers are the cherry on top!

  How cute are these cake toppers!  We love using flowers to do some cake decorating and really finish the look of the room.  Garden roses, spray roses, waxflower, ranunculus and lisianthus brought just enough color to this beautiful white wedding cake.

 

How cute are these cake toppers!  We love using flowers to do some cake decorating and really finish the look of the room.  Garden roses, spray roses, waxflower, ranunculus and lisianthus brought just enough color to this beautiful white wedding cake.

Congratulations, Jacqueline and Brian!  Wishing you all the best!!!

Wilmington Wedding Florist : Amanda & Harry at the Brantwyn Estate

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Today's blog features our second event at the Brantwyn Estate in Wilmington, DE, and we have to say that we are really starting to love this venue!  Amanda and Harry's wedding was a fall explosion, with lots of foliage, pumpkins, corn, and greenery.  Her love of color and enthusiasm for her decor are only part of what made us fall in love with this bride - she was gracious, inspiring, and her big heart was easy to see in her attitude and generousity.

Femina Photo & Design provided this amazing imagery for us to share - we love how the photographer snuck the couple out during the reception for them to have beautiful photos, with light only from the hanging lanterns in the trees.  

 

Please enjoy this beautiful fall wedding, below! 

Amanda wanted natural shape in her bouquet, and we complied with a mix of dahlias, celosia, callicarpa, purple kale, roses and ranunculus.  She added her own touches with lace from Italy and a fleur di lis charm.  

Amanda wanted natural shape in her bouquet, and we complied with a mix of dahlias, celosia, callicarpa, purple kale, roses and ranunculus.  She added her own touches with lace from Italy and a fleur di lis charm.  

Amanda's bridesmaids wore gorgeous cranberry gowns, and carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.  

Amanda's bridesmaids wore gorgeous cranberry gowns, and carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.  

A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Purple, Peach
The handsome groom, Harry, wore a seasonal bout of purple and greens, with some berries and rosemary.

The handsome groom, Harry, wore a seasonal bout of purple and greens, with some berries and rosemary.

A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Purple, Peach
These hanging lanterns provided a very romantic backdrop of flickering candlelight for the ceremony spot.

These hanging lanterns provided a very romantic backdrop of flickering candlelight for the ceremony spot.

Keeping up with Amanda and Harry's theme of "FALLing in Love,"  we added Indian corn as aisle arrangements, tied off with burgundy ribbon.  

Keeping up with Amanda and Harry's theme of "FALLing in Love,"  we added Indian corn as aisle arrangements, tied off with burgundy ribbon.  

A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Purple, Peach
Amanda wanted us to create a tree out of florals and foliage so that guests could hang "leaves" as part of her guest book.  This was such a fun, creative, and beautiful way to represent the relationships the couple has with their family and friends.  We constructed this tree with our wrought iron base, building up layers with moss, leaves, branches, hydrangeas, roses and dahlias.  

Amanda wanted us to create a tree out of florals and foliage so that guests could hang "leaves" as part of her guest book.  This was such a fun, creative, and beautiful way to represent the relationships the couple has with their family and friends.  We constructed this tree with our wrought iron base, building up layers with moss, leaves, branches, hydrangeas, roses and dahlias.  

A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Wishing Tree
A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Purple, Peach, Wishing Tree, Floral Tree
Excellent advice there, Kyle.  

Excellent advice there, Kyle.  

Brantwyn is a historical manor, so there are many different rooms for dining during events.   We used two different types of low centerpieces to break up the space, but kept with Amanda's wishes for bright colors and a fall theme.  

Brantwyn is a historical manor, so there are many different rooms for dining during events.   We used two different types of low centerpieces to break up the space, but kept with Amanda's wishes for bright colors and a fall theme.  

This compote centerpiece was made using purple thistle (!), hydrangea, magnolias leaves, dahlias, roses, berries and greenery.  

This compote centerpiece was made using purple thistle (!), hydrangea, magnolias leaves, dahlias, roses, berries and greenery.  

We helped bring some life to this lantern centerpiece by placing it on our wood slices and surrounding it with gourds, berries and some more of that great Indian corn.  

We helped bring some life to this lantern centerpiece by placing it on our wood slices and surrounding it with gourds, berries and some more of that great Indian corn.  

The fireplaces in Brantwyn are too great a focal point to just leave alone!  We added mantle decor by mixing pillar candles, pumpkins, gourds, leaves and Amanda's different banners.  

The fireplaces in Brantwyn are too great a focal point to just leave alone!  We added mantle decor by mixing pillar candles, pumpkins, gourds, leaves and Amanda's different banners.  

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A Garden Party Florist, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Fall Wedding, Femina Photo & Design, Mantle Decor, Indian Corn, Gourds
This adorable cake didn't need much decorating, but a single rose served as the perfect topper.  

This adorable cake didn't need much decorating, but a single rose served as the perfect topper.  

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Congratulations, Amanda and Harry!  Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your special day! 

Congratulations, Amanda and Harry!  Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your special day! 

Amanda's Bride Diaries

What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?

The entire event was WOW but I think our vows and the scenery and string quartet at the ceremony take the cake. Harry says the biggest wow moment was when I walked down the aisle. I exited the beautiful house of the estate and walked the long walk with my father. The string quartet played Coldplay's "Yellow". It was perfection.

We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?

One of our guests accidentally locked the groom and some of our family and friends in the bar room! Harry had to practically break down the door to escape. Whoops!

Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?

Every single one of the speeches made us cry - Harry's dad gave the most heart touching toast. Not a dry eye in the house!

We don't judge!  Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?

Bridezilla? Me? No way!

Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?

Harry and I were the wedding planners. We were great. 4 stars.

Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?

We had one tier - it was chocolate with raspberry preserves. We also served cupcakes: red velvet with cream cheese icing, marble cake with chocolate ganache and a fall flavored cupcake - cinnamon with a fresh cream icing.

We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?

 Our floral arrangements were OUTSTANDING. The guests were in awe of how beautiful everything looked. I LOVED the trees at the entrance, and the ceremony space. It was truly magical.

What song really got the party started?

 Our guests were on the dance floor before dessert was even served! That floor was packed the entire night. I think the most memorable moment was when the DJ played "Jump Around" and I turned around to see Harry's mom jumping up and down in her 5 inch stilettos.

Who were your vendors?

Catering/bakery: DuPont

Dress: Matthew Christopher

Hair/Makeup: Saiko Beauty Bar

Entertainment: Scratch DJ

 

I cried the day after our wedding because I was so overwhelmed with how beautiful and perfect it was. I credit you ladies for a great deal of that!

 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Alexandra & Andrew at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms

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Ahhh the Inn at Fernbrook Farms.  This is rapidly approaching the top of our "Favorite Venues" list because of the garden setting, agricultural theme, and quiet, serene setting it provides to its wildflower brides.  Every bride we have worked with at the Inn at Fernbrook has had impeccable taste - and each one has had a completely different style that is able to be executed because of the flexible nature of the venue.  

For Alexandra and Andrew, the theme was one we had not had before.  Elegant? Check.  Romantic? Check. Gold pineapples? Ummm....what?  We have to admit that when that note crossed our desks, we were a bit hesitant.  But Alexandra's pitch and vision convinced us to dive in, and if our girl wanted pineapples, by God she was going to have the prettiest display of pineapples the world had seen.  

Michelle Lange was a dream photographer to work with.  Her correspondence and professionalism lives up to her reputation as one of the best, and as you can see in the photos below that her artistry is stunningly beautiful.  We look forward to future events together!  

We are proud to share this amazing wedding with you, and see how pineapples and roses are a match made in heaven! 

Alexandra's bouquet was gorgeous, with a combination of garden roses, lisianthus, sweet pea, eucalyptus and berries.  Her monogrammed ribbon tails were an added personal touch that we loved, and now offer to all brides! 

Alexandra's bouquet was gorgeous, with a combination of garden roses, lisianthus, sweet pea, eucalyptus and berries.  Her monogrammed ribbon tails were an added personal touch that we loved, and now offer to all brides! 

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A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Monogram, Bouquet Wrap
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Monogram, Bouquet Wrap
Andrew looked especially dapper in his navy blue suit, and a simple bout of seeded euc, spray rose and berries completed the look.  

Andrew looked especially dapper in his navy blue suit, and a simple bout of seeded euc, spray rose and berries completed the look.  

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The beautiful manor at Fernbrook provides a great photo op.  It is a classic estate, with a mix of clean lines with lush greenery.  This photo sums up Alexandra's taste perfectly - the overall look is elegant and traditional, but the pineapple door-knocker is a fun added detail! 

The beautiful manor at Fernbrook provides a great photo op.  It is a classic estate, with a mix of clean lines with lush greenery.  This photo sums up Alexandra's taste perfectly - the overall look is elegant and traditional, but the pineapple door-knocker is a fun added detail! 

A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Wreath
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Wreath

We love a full-floral wreath, and this was no exception.  Clusters of lisianthus, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus, spray roses, and blushing bride protea came together for a lush accent to the black door.  

This gleaming 1964 white mustang was a classic getaway car - we couldn't resist an opportunity for floral garland to sit behind the couple as they rode off into the sunset! 

This gleaming 1964 white mustang was a classic getaway car - we couldn't resist an opportunity for floral garland to sit behind the couple as they rode off into the sunset! 

Alexandra and Andrew's ceremony space was breathtaking.  The surrounding forestry provided an intimate setting, andAlexandra's father made this wooden arch for the couple to pronounce their vows underneath.  We accented the arch with smilax vines and floral corner pieces of vines, greenery, roses, lisianthus and stock.  

Alexandra and Andrew's ceremony space was breathtaking.  The surrounding forestry provided an intimate setting, andAlexandra's father made this wooden arch for the couple to pronounce their vows underneath.  We accented the arch with smilax vines and floral corner pieces of vines, greenery, roses, lisianthus and stock.  

A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Ceremony Flowers, Arbor
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Ceremony Flowers, Arbor
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Seating Chart, Window Pane
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Seating Chart, Window Pane
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Chalk Art
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Chalk Art

Alexandra provided all of her own custom signs and artwork!  Her creativity as a client is what every florist dreams of.  We loved these beautiful signs and that her personal touches were around every corner.  

You saw a glimpse of pineapples earlier, but here are the golden fruits in all of their glory serving as table numbers for the reception.  Surrounded by garlands, compotes, and elevated votive candles, we love how they stand out as the statement pieces for the table decor.  

You saw a glimpse of pineapples earlier, but here are the golden fruits in all of their glory serving as table numbers for the reception.  Surrounded by garlands, compotes, and elevated votive candles, we love how they stand out as the statement pieces for the table decor.  

A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Table Decor, Garland
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Table Decor, Garland

Garlands served as runners for the longer tables of the reception.  Ferns, ruscus and eucalyptus leaves gave a lot of dimension and texture, while scattered gold votives, rose heads and  hydrangeas provided color.

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A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Table Decor, Pineapple
A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Floral Chandelier, Table Decor, Garland
This was our initiation into floral chandeliers and we were (and still are!) so proud of this design.  We covered the base with moss before wrapping tons of smilax vine and greenery around the diameter.  More hydrangea, roses and hanging amaranthus added color to this beautiful piece.  The tent draping and lighting helped make this stand-out piece really shine. 

This was our initiation into floral chandeliers and we were (and still are!) so proud of this design.  We covered the base with moss before wrapping tons of smilax vine and greenery around the diameter.  More hydrangea, roses and hanging amaranthus added color to this beautiful piece.  The tent draping and lighting helped make this stand-out piece really shine. 

A Garden Party Florist, Inn at Fernbrook Farms, Michelle Lange Photography, Blush, Floral Chandelier
Of course the perfect ending to every wedding night is a delectable dessert.  We decorated Alexandra and Andrew's tiered white cake with clusters of pink garden roses and scattered ferns.  Two small pineapples finished out this adorably sweet theme for an equally sweet couple's summer wedding.  Wishing them both all the happiness they deserve! 

Of course the perfect ending to every wedding night is a delectable dessert.  We decorated Alexandra and Andrew's tiered white cake with clusters of pink garden roses and scattered ferns.  Two small pineapples finished out this adorably sweet theme for an equally sweet couple's summer wedding.  Wishing them both all the happiness they deserve! 

A Garden Party Review : 2015 Highlights

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As the final days of 2015 come rolling in, we sit and reflect on how the year has treated us.  As professionals, this has probably been our biggest year of growth, with amazing new accomplishments that would have only been dreams a few years ago.  As sisters, we bond over how our families are growing up!  Watching the parallels of maturity in both our children and our business is what makes the long days and sleepless nights worth it all.  

So thank YOU to all of our supporters, brides, clients, and those who just love flowers and pretty things as much as we do!  Here is our 2015 recap!

Event Design

We dove into this year with a lot of drive - designing a full event is a lot of hard work, but we love watching the entire vision come together beyond the flowers.  We now publicly offer this service to clients, which includes furniture rentals, lighting options, pipe and drape, and linen selections.  We also feel as though it makes it easier for clients to make more decisions under one roof, and to keep an event as cohesive as possible.    

Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Rachel Pearlman Photography 

Rachel Pearlman Photography 

Caroline Frost Photography 

Caroline Frost Photography 

Floral Chandeliers

Oh baby.  We were SO excited for this project at Alexandra's wedding at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms.  We fell so far in love, we had to do another one for Cristina's wedding at Brantwyn.  Intimidating? Yes.  Stunningly beautiful? YES.  Something we will re-create every opportunity we get? YES and YES! 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Michelle Lange Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

 Fox29 News Features...Twice! 

What an honor!  Our fabulous friendor and event planner, Renee Patrone gave us a stunning recommendation that led to our debut on television with Jennaphr Frederick.  We talked about wedding trends at the Horticulture Center and had such a great time we ended up doing another segment featuring our gardens!    

Lauren Driscoll Photography 

Lauren Driscoll Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Expanding the Cutting Garden

Growing our own flowers not only allows a beautiful scenery to work in, but also helps us provide the freshest, most spontaneous additions to our designs.  Sometimes there is just a little tweak to be made, or something missing in our centerpieces, and we have run out to the gardens to fill the spot.  Sometimes, a neighbor will come by wanting an arrangement to take home and we gather what we can from outside.  Purposefully planting a cutting garden gives us more flexibility to provide for our clients, and factor more plants into our recipes.  We can't wait to be surrounded by the lush greenery and blooms this spring! 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

A Whole New Look

2015 was a breath of fresh air behind-the-scenes as well!  We wanted more control of our online presence, so we decided to create a whole new website, new logo (thanks, Bailey!), and new branding and packaging.  We feel that this reflects our garden style, and our mix of art and organization.  Our new website layout allows for more photos to be displayed (yay!) and an easier way for clients to get a full view of the services we offer. 

A Garden Party Florist
A Garden Party Florist

A Milkhouse Party is born

Our single biggest project of 2015 was definitely the development of A Milkhouse Party.  Cleaning out the parlor was a huge task in itself - transforming it to the workshop studio it is today would have been impossible without months of hard work, dedication, and motivation for what it could be.  The tagline of the logo, "Collaborate, Create, Celebrate" is the running theme of this space.  We look forward to workshops with locals, former brides, and our future DIY clients!  

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

A Garden Party Florist, A Milkhouse Party, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party Florist, A Milkhouse Party, Floral Design Workshop

Designing with Honor - Personalized Sympathy Work

Discussing funeral work is always an emotional time with clients.  This year, we have been able to do more work that recreates the personality and passion of passed loved ones.  We are so honored to those who come to us wanting to reflect the special traits of their relatives, and celebrate what they did in life.  Tractors, mermaids, superheros, trucks and bakeware are just a few of the interests we have brought to life with flowers this year. 

A Garden Party Florist, Sympathy Work, Fishing, Tackle Box
A Garden Party Florist, Sympathy Work, Mermaid
Tami & Ryan Photography 

Tami & Ryan Photography 

Finding our Niche - our wonderful brides 

This year was our favorite year in terms of clientele.  We have definitely developed a significant gardeny, wildflower style, and have found our dream clients in that trend.  Wonderful brides with open minds, creativity and a similar sense of style has meant so much to us this year.  This means that we can continue to grow and expand our design techniques, and love that we can always create something that we love as much as our clients do.  Blush was definitely the most prominent trend - we didn't know so many shades of pink and cream existed! - but marsala seems to be coming in strong for next year! 

Emily Wren Photography 

Emily Wren Photography 

A Garden Party Florist, Blush, White
A Garden Party Florist, Purple, Pink, Fuschia
A Garden Party Florist, Fall Wedding, Orange
A Garden Party Florist, White
Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Rach Loves Troy Photography 

Rachel Pearlman Photography 

Rachel Pearlman Photography 

  

Personal Accomplishments - What It's All About

Sometimes we get distracted with how busy we are, how many events are coming up, or worrying if we will be okay for the next year.  There is a constant buzz of thoughts that run through our minds as business owners, and a responsibility to be successful.  But seeing our kids thrive and grow is the all the motivation we need to keep pushing forward.

 This year, Grace and Leah showed their maturity with a move to a new house - they were thrilled to pick out room colors, continue to be dance stars, and are excited for their new school.  Grace is devouring books as fast as she can and Leah's rock band has had a rocky start, but we have a feeling she will make it big.   

Lee has become an official Big Kid with his move to kindergarten, and he gets to ride a bus every day!  He has just learned to tie his shoes, is making big strides in reading, and is starting his obsession with Minecraft and Legos.  Sam is everybody's sweetheart, still loves everything on wheels, and is looking forward to a break from the stresses of Pre-school and a visit from Santa.  

Yana Shellman Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

A Garden Party Florist, Kids
Yana Shellman Photography 

Yana Shellman Photography 

Thanks for checking in, everybody!  Happy Holidays and cheers to 2016 being as amazing as 2015!

A Milkhouse Party : Holiday Open House Review

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A Milkhouse Party had its first public debut with a Holiday Open House last Saturday, and had great success in meeting and mingling with community members and vendors for some early Christmas shopping.  We had some fun playing with decorations and loved being able to host other small business owners (as well as get some shopping done ourselves!) 

This was also a great way to snag some future teachers for workshops!  It was always our intention to have this space serve as an outlet for all sorts of creative classes and passion projects, and we are happy to be extending the list on our lineup.  Be sure to e-mail info@agardenpartyllc.com if you would like to be added to the newsletter for future events! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Snowmen milk bottles, complete with scarves and buttons, gave our snack stand some Christmas spirit.  

Snowmen milk bottles, complete with scarves and buttons, gave our snack stand some Christmas spirit.  

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Poppy & Mint Design had this scripted set-up with a variety of touching quotes, pretty phrases and fun sayings.  Either as cards or signage, Molly can customize anything on paper, even your family tree.   Molly will be one of our future hostesses, so keep an eye out for her calligraphy class! 

Poppy & Mint Design had this scripted set-up with a variety of touching quotes, pretty phrases and fun sayings.  Either as cards or signage, Molly can customize anything on paper, even your family tree.   Molly will be one of our future hostesses, so keep an eye out for her calligraphy class! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
We were so happy to have our longtime friend, Antoinette, come to display her boutique items from The A List, which can all be found at Diamonds & Design right down the road from the Milkhouse.  From purses, to jewelry, to the rapidly growing children's collection, these amazing quality items were great for Christmas shopping! 

We were so happy to have our longtime friend, Antoinette, come to display her boutique items from The A List, which can all be found at Diamonds & Design right down the road from the Milkhouse.  From purses, to jewelry, to the rapidly growing children's collection, these amazing quality items were great for Christmas shopping! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Our own in-house artist, Cristina, came up with some original wooden signs for your holiday mantle display.  

Our own in-house artist, Cristina, came up with some original wooden signs for your holiday mantle display.  

Cristina also sold these pretty paper banners, and is available for custom requests - just e-mail her at info@agardenpartyllc.com! 

Cristina also sold these pretty paper banners, and is available for custom requests - just e-mail her at info@agardenpartyllc.com! 

As soon as you walked into the Milkhouse, this deliciously smelling soap from Happy Goats Soap greeted you.  We were so in love with this collection, we had to keep some for our own bathroom display.  

As soon as you walked into the Milkhouse, this deliciously smelling soap from Happy Goats Soap greeted you.  We were so in love with this collection, we had to keep some for our own bathroom display.  

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, The American Garden Tool Company
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, The American Garden Tool Company

When The American Garden Tool Company got wind of our Open House, she got in touch to participate.  This was such a pleasant surprise for us!  American-made products AND garden/farm related tools?  Win/win! 

This is part of a revolving display area at A Milkhouse Party - our inner gift shop owner is being confined to this corner, and we are going to take complete advantage! 

This is part of a revolving display area at A Milkhouse Party - our inner gift shop owner is being confined to this corner, and we are going to take complete advantage! 

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The weather was perfect for The Flower Peddler's outdoor display of planters and wreaths.  Talk about easy decorating - just plop these bad boys on your front porch and you're ready for a season of hosting!  

The weather was perfect for The Flower Peddler's outdoor display of planters and wreaths.  Talk about easy decorating - just plop these bad boys on your front porch and you're ready for a season of hosting!  

 

We have followed Celebrated Lady jewelry for a while now, and having this sweet vendor was an extra special touch.  Jennifer's handmade jewelry is so unique and her "Community over Competition" motto was a great motivator for all.   

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop

As well as hosting, A Garden Party has also started selling a variety of silk and fresh holiday arrangements.  The evergreen kissing ball is now on display at our shop, and our wheels are turning with inspiration for our Christmas Centerpiece Workshop.    

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House

We finished the day with sore feet from standing but sore cheeks from smiling.  This experience has given us hope for the future of A Milkhouse Party.  The sense of community that radiated from guests and vendors made us proud to have followed our instincts and our dream.  We thank ALL of those who came and supported us, and look forward to meeting even more guests.  Over and over we heard the phrase "I had no idea something like this was so close!"  to a variety of vendors, and the exposure has been phenomenal.   

Princeton Wedding Florist : Emily & Todd at Jasna Polana feat. Bride Diaries

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Emily and Todd's wedding at Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ truly embraced the fall season, and was full of color, life, and love.  Their demeanors were well-matched with their wedding decor, and we are so happy that these images reflect the laughter and colorful personality of these fantastic clients.  Saltwater Studios has maintainted their sterling reputation of dreamlike wedding photography, and today's images once again prove why they are solidly set on our Favorite Vendors list.  

This was our first event at Jasna Polana, and it has left us craving for more!  You'll see why in the images below, with endless details that come together to create an elegant venue full of character, charm, and class.  

Emily's bridal bouquet was dramatic, wild, and lush.  Dahlias, roses, leaves, eucalyptus, berries, ranunculus and various elements of greenery came together in this amazing combination to create one of our most memorable bouquets to date.  

Emily's bridal bouquet was dramatic, wild, and lush.  Dahlias, roses, leaves, eucalyptus, berries, ranunculus and various elements of greenery came together in this amazing combination to create one of our most memorable bouquets to date.  

A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild
A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild
Emily and Todd had perfect weather on their wedding day, enhancing all of the greenery and landscaping that is part of what makes Jasna Polana so appealing.  The sod growing on these long stone steps brings a very old-world, classic feel to the venue.  

Emily and Todd had perfect weather on their wedding day, enhancing all of the greenery and landscaping that is part of what makes Jasna Polana so appealing.  The sod growing on these long stone steps brings a very old-world, classic feel to the venue.  

Todd's children made up the bridal party for the couple's wedding. The girls carried small bouquets of roses, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and "".   All bridal parties have sentimental value, but this gesture seemed particularly sweet, and we are so happy for this family! 

Todd's children made up the bridal party for the couple's wedding. The girls carried small bouquets of roses, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and "".   All bridal parties have sentimental value, but this gesture seemed particularly sweet, and we are so happy for this family! 

A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild
A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild
Our willow arch was used for the couple's ceremony, and we were giddy to be able to design with Emily's vision.  Our bride wanted wild and gardeny florals, and strands of fairy lights really brought it to life.  We wanted this arch to be an extension of nature's fall performance, and are so happy with how it turned out.  At the last minute, a podium was added, and it served as a great excuse to create a central point to the design with vines winding their way up and down the stand.  

Our willow arch was used for the couple's ceremony, and we were giddy to be able to design with Emily's vision.  Our bride wanted wild and gardeny florals, and strands of fairy lights really brought it to life.  We wanted this arch to be an extension of nature's fall performance, and are so happy with how it turned out.  At the last minute, a podium was added, and it served as a great excuse to create a central point to the design with vines winding their way up and down the stand.  

A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild, Arbor, Ceremony Flowers
A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild, Arbor, Ceremony Flowers
An evening ceremony darkened the backdrop, letting the arch and fairy lights really pop as they framed the couple.  

An evening ceremony darkened the backdrop, letting the arch and fairy lights really pop as they framed the couple.  

No big deal, just some fireworks to start off the reception after the couple's vows. 

No big deal, just some fireworks to start off the reception after the couple's vows. 

Jasna Polana has an interior just as stunning as its exterior.  This grand marble staircase is set up for grand entrances, and we made sure to take advantage with dozens and dozens of floating candles.  

Jasna Polana has an interior just as stunning as its exterior.  This grand marble staircase is set up for grand entrances, and we made sure to take advantage with dozens and dozens of floating candles.  

The couple's placecard table was lined with mini bottles of champagne as favors for guests.  We dressed it up with a fun linen, diana candleholders and a gorgeous arrangement of persimmon, dahlias, roses, hydranges, and foliage.   

The couple's placecard table was lined with mini bottles of champagne as favors for guests.  We dressed it up with a fun linen, diana candleholders and a gorgeous arrangement of persimmon, dahlias, roses, hydranges, and foliage.   

Our mirrored sign read, "Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars," to inspire guests to dance the night away in romance just like in The Great Gatsby.  

Our mirrored sign read, "Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars," to inspire guests to dance the night away in romance just like in The Great Gatsby.  

How cozy does this roaring fire look?!  This ornate mantle was softened a bit with gold mercury votives, and a garland of magnolia and eucalyptus leaves.  

How cozy does this roaring fire look?!  This ornate mantle was softened a bit with gold mercury votives, and a garland of magnolia and eucalyptus leaves.  

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Emily's centerpieces were designed in brass compotes, and incuded persimmons, berries, succulents, dahlias, garden roses, foliage and magnolia leaves.  Brass and pewter candlestick holders with navy taper candles finished the polished look.  

Emily's centerpieces were designed in brass compotes, and incuded persimmons, berries, succulents, dahlias, garden roses, foliage and magnolia leaves.  Brass and pewter candlestick holders with navy taper candles finished the polished look.  

A Garden Party Florist, Jasna Polana, Saltwater Studios Photography, Wild, Table Decor, Persimmons
These cake flowers were the finishing touches to a day filled with fall florals.  Yellow and pink roses, ranunculus, red berries, and deep red leaves decorated each layer and formed a garland for a truly seasonal look.  

These cake flowers were the finishing touches to a day filled with fall florals.  Yellow and pink roses, ranunculus, red berries, and deep red leaves decorated each layer and formed a garland for a truly seasonal look.  

A huge congratulations to this couple, and best wishes for the future.  We are so honored to have been a part of your special day!  XOXO

A huge congratulations to this couple, and best wishes for the future.  We are so honored to have been a part of your special day!  XOXO

 

Emily's Bride Diaries

"As a bride I had 3 major wishes for my dream wedding which were flowers, photography and good food.  I ended up with all 3!---and two (Photography and Flowers) were beyond what I could have hoped for going into my wedding day.  It was a beautiful day and A Garden Party went above and beyond to make sure the decorations were every bit as stunning as our venue.  My favorite parts of working with Dawn and Mary were 1.) How responsive they were during wedding planning and 2.) that I could easily collaborate with them on my vision.  I knew that we had a similar aesthetic, so it was easy to give them a general direction then let them loose to plan the floral and candle elements of my wedding.  I was not disappointed, the results were so much better than I could have imagined.   

The day of the wedding, Mary went above any beyond with her floral bag of tricks.  Our officiant had opted not to use the large podium provided by the venue as it seemed too executive, but she still needed something to rest her papers.  We ended up finding a iPad stand, but it was a real eyesore under the ethereal arch of flowers that A Garden Party had created for us.  But within minutes, Mary had the stand encased with leaves and flowers to compliment the arch and the eyesore was transformed into another floral standout!"  

Who were your vendors?

Catering and Bakery - Jasna Polana

Dress- Lovely Bride, NYC

Hair and Makeup- Taffeta Hair and Make-Up Design

Entertainment- DJ Shakey, NYC

 

 

Wilmington Wedding Florist : Cristina & Kevin at the Brantwyn Estate

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When I first got engaged, it was around the same time I started working at A Garden Party.  I was floating on air, helping brides plan their weddings while constantly keeping a mental list about what I wanted for mine.  Every week new photos would come in for me to blog, and I thought that I had seen it all, that I knew what to expect since I worked behind-the-scenes.

If there was one thing I should have learned during all that, it was to never underestimate Mary and Dawn. Ever.

 A Garden Party has given me a new appreciation for nature, for flowers, for the beauty that can come together with the right amount of talent and style.  To see these women in their element, they aren't just doing their job.  They are creating custom artwork, tailored to fit the personality of their clients.  For as much as the flowers and arrangements represent A Garden Party, they also just as fittingly represent me.  I didn't even know that was possible! 

And of course my photographers were Tami & Ryan Photography!  These two are just as thank-worthy!  This couple came to take my wedding photos - and were ready to sew up my ripped dress,  whipped out umbrellas to protect me from the storm, chauffered me to my venue since I was going to just take a cab (apparently that's frowned upon when you're in a white gown), and jumped up in the middle of their dinner break to catch a surprise moment with my groom.   These two are awesome people, never stop smiling and joking, and take pretty good photos as well.  Love you, guys!  

So please, allow me to invite you to view my wedding photos from The Brantwyn Estate in Wilmington, DE.  

My bouquet was unlike any I had ever seen before.  It had a wild mix of elements - garden roses, berries, astilbe, dahlias, greenery, amaranthus - and the perfect cascading shape that I love, without being too overwhelming.  Ribbon tails enhanced the cascade, and man, I loved my bouquet.  

My bouquet was unlike any I had ever seen before.  It had a wild mix of elements - garden roses, berries, astilbe, dahlias, greenery, amaranthus - and the perfect cascading shape that I love, without being too overwhelming.  Ribbon tails enhanced the cascade, and man, I loved my bouquet.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink
A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink
I can't take credit for this beautiful hair and make-up - after a few disastrous hair trials, Jess Spina of Your Day Your Way came in like a gorgeous blonde knight-in-shining armor to save the day with my hair.  My talented cousin, Lori, did my make-up - I have never looked felt so good! 

I can't take credit for this beautiful hair and make-up - after a few disastrous hair trials, Jess Spina of Your Day Your Way came in like a gorgeous blonde knight-in-shining armor to save the day with my hair.  My talented cousin, Lori, did my make-up - I have never looked felt so good! 

Kevin's groom bout was very seasonal, with light pink spray roses, berries and a touch of greenery. 

Kevin's groom bout was very seasonal, with light pink spray roses, berries and a touch of greenery. 

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink
A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink
My two sisters were my bridesmaids, carrying smaller versions of my bouquet.  I loved how familial my entire wedding experience was, and there are no two women closer to my heart than these two! 

My two sisters were my bridesmaids, carrying smaller versions of my bouquet.  I loved how familial my entire wedding experience was, and there are no two women closer to my heart than these two! 

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Floral Crown
My niece, Hannah, was my flowergirl.  When you work at A Garden Party, you go all out - she carried a bouquet, wore a floral crown AND had this adorable floral belt! 

My niece, Hannah, was my flowergirl.  When you work at A Garden Party, you go all out - she carried a bouquet, wore a floral crown AND had this adorable floral belt

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Floral Crown
With Hurricane Joaquin barrelling through the east coast, we had to move our ceremony inside.  Initially, we were disappointed to hear the news - but how can you stay disappointed when this is the back up plan?!  Mary (in full hair and make up and wearing a floor length dress) along with my brother-in-law, Adam, carried these lanterns from the outdoor ceremony spot, in the rain, so that we would have a gorgeous space to say our vows.  

With Hurricane Joaquin barrelling through the east coast, we had to move our ceremony inside.  Initially, we were disappointed to hear the news - but how can you stay disappointed when this is the back up plan?!  Mary (in full hair and make up and wearing a floor length dress) along with my brother-in-law, Adam, carried these lanterns from the outdoor ceremony spot, in the rain, so that we would have a gorgeous space to say our vows.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Ceremony Flowers
Wooden lanterns with marsala candles were made even prettier with small arrangements of garden roses, dahlias, and greenery. 

Wooden lanterns with marsala candles were made even prettier with small arrangements of garden roses, dahlias, and greenery. 

These topiaries! I mean, come on!  The only bad thing here is that these don't really grow in nature.  

These topiaries! I mean, come on!  The only bad thing here is that these don't really grow in nature.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Ceremony Flowers, Topiaries
Guests were greeted with a welcome that was in true A Garden Party fashion.  I love this wreath of magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, peach garden roses and dahlias.   

Guests were greeted with a welcome that was in true A Garden Party fashion.  I love this wreath of magnolia leaves, eucalyptus, peach garden roses and dahlias.   

I had an open seating plan to encourage guests to mingle and wander throughout the rooms of Brantwyn.  Each room had different color schemes and incredibly ornate mantle pieces.  I told them "not to worry about it," but should have known that Mary and Dawn would never leave them untouched! 

I had an open seating plan to encourage guests to mingle and wander throughout the rooms of Brantwyn.  Each room had different color schemes and incredibly ornate mantle pieces.  I told them "not to worry about it," but should have known that Mary and Dawn would never leave them untouched! 

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Mantle Decor
A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Mantle Decor
A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Table Decor, Mercury Glass
Ever nook, cranny, crevice and available space was filled with touches of flowers. 

Ever nook, cranny, crevice and available space was filled with touches of flowers. 

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Mercury Glass
These gold mercury bud vases are always classic accents, and are great for sprucing up any open space. 

These gold mercury bud vases are always classic accents, and are great for sprucing up any open space. 

These black bird baths have always been a favorite of mine - here they were used as bar decor, placed on gold mirrored trays for an extra dramatic flair.  The arrangement was made from burgundy dahlias, dusty miller, greenery, and mini pineapples! 

These black bird baths have always been a favorite of mine - here they were used as bar decor, placed on gold mirrored trays for an extra dramatic flair.  The arrangement was made from burgundy dahlias, dusty miller, greenery, and mini pineapples! 

A garland of smilax wound its way down the curved banister of the staircase.  The way that Brantwyn was transformed honestly made it seem like the house itself was growing flowers.  

A garland of smilax wound its way down the curved banister of the staircase.  The way that Brantwyn was transformed honestly made it seem like the house itself was growing flowers.  

Kevin and I have a son together, and our niece and nephews are incredibly close to us.  What better way to celebrate with the kids than to put together a vibrant children's section??  Leave it to Dawn to find a miniature table with miniature GOLD CHIVARI CHAIRS.  

Kevin and I have a son together, and our niece and nephews are incredibly close to us.  What better way to celebrate with the kids than to put together a vibrant children's section??  Leave it to Dawn to find a miniature table with miniature GOLD CHIVARI CHAIRS.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Kids
As a tribute to my great-aunt, I had an idea for these terrarium coffee tables which we could use in a lounge area.  Mary took my request to heart, and put together 3 different lounge areas with 2 of the coffee tables!  Guests occupied these spaces all night, and it really enhanced my open seating theme.  

As a tribute to my great-aunt, I had an idea for these terrarium coffee tables which we could use in a lounge area.  Mary took my request to heart, and put together 3 different lounge areas with 2 of the coffee tables!  Guests occupied these spaces all night, and it really enhanced my open seating theme.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Chalk Art
They say the way into a man's heart is through his stomach, so I surprised Kevin with a pie-bar.  Also, a great excuse to do some of my favorite chalk art! 

They say the way into a man's heart is through his stomach, so I surprised Kevin with a pie-bar.  Also, a great excuse to do some of my favorite chalk art! 

I like to think that I was the show-stopper on my wedding night, but clearly it was this magestic piece of floral goodness.  This two-tiered chandelier stopped everyone in their tracks.  Rigged with strands of fairy lights, layers of smilax, dozens of roses, it was a stunning piece of art.  The hanging green amaranthus was my favorite part.  

I like to think that I was the show-stopper on my wedding night, but clearly it was this magestic piece of floral goodness.  This two-tiered chandelier stopped everyone in their tracks.  Rigged with strands of fairy lights, layers of smilax, dozens of roses, it was a stunning piece of art.  The hanging green amaranthus was my favorite part.  

A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Floral Chandelier, Fairy Lights
A Garden Party Florist, Tami & Ryan Photography, Brantwyn Estate, Wilmington, Pink, Floral Chandelier
Work hard play hard!  So happy to have this photo of Team A Garden Party - these ladies went beyond their job calling to make my wedding day the stuff of dreams.  I can not thank them enough for all of the hard work, the hustle, and the creativity that went into decorating this venue - and I'm so happy we all got to get dressed up together and dance the night away! 

Work hard play hard!  So happy to have this photo of Team A Garden Party - these ladies went beyond their job calling to make my wedding day the stuff of dreams.  I can not thank them enough for all of the hard work, the hustle, and the creativity that went into decorating this venue - and I'm so happy we all got to get dressed up together and dance the night away! 

Me with my now-husband, the portal to my relationship with Mary and A Garden Party.  What a great perk! 

Me with my now-husband, the portal to my relationship with Mary and A Garden Party.  What a great perk! 

Cape May Wedding Florist : Alison & Nick at Congress Hall

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Alison and Nick's spring wedding at Congress Hall was one of our highlights for the season.  Ali's bubbling personality and sweet demeanor made her a joy to work with, and she had a team of some of our favorite vendors to make this wedding so beautifully memorable.  Melissa Fogg Photography shared these graceful images with us and we are so happy to pass along her work!

Check out Alison and Nick's wedding, below!

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Alison's bridal bouquet was a combination of wildflower love and bridal beauty, with pure white stock, sweet pea, Queen Anne's Lace and ferns.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Each of Alison's bridesmaids held pure white bouquets of varying species of flowers - one of tulips, one of sweet pea, one of peonies, Queen Anne's lace, white stock, and calla lilies.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Nick's bout was perfect for spring, a head of white lisianthus with a touch of greenery.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
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The couple's ceremony took place on a beautiful sunny day on Congress Hall's lawn.  We used our pretty scripted arrow sign to help direct guests to the different venue locations.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Another scripted sign welcomed guests to the ceremony, accented with a few of our galvanized buckets.

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Our grey stakes were filled with feverfew and baby's breath as aisle arrangements, for a clean and classic look.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

We are soo happy to have a nice shot of our birch canopy with lace panels.  We loved this ceremony set up - the wine-barrel podium, baby's breath garlands, and hanging vases  all came together to create an open and airy space for the couple to recite their vows.  

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

We used our wooden shutter screen to hang Alison's elegantly scripted placecards, made by the talented Bailey of Just Be.  A garland of baby's breath and some scattered galvanized buckets of tulips, hydrangea, feverfew and baby's breath helped bring together the pure white theme of the wedding.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Customized decals, also created by Just Be., were placed on our rustic window pane as an accent table for the reception.  A special order from the groom brought a pop of color with yellow ranunculus, hydrangea, and feverfew.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Congress Hall will always be one of our favorite venues, because of it's incredible interior and exterior aesthetics.  Bright colors, clean lines, and fun accents make every event memorable yet classic.   Alison and Nick's wedding helped us fall in love all over again, we just loved how everything turned out!

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

For her low centerpieces, Alison chose our silver urn to fill with similar floral selections as her bouquet - white hydrangea, feverfew, ranunculus, ferns, sweet pea and stock.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

Alison and Nick had a separate table for their closest family members.  They chose to draw attention to the space with our candelabras, bud vases, a garland of greenery and scattered votives all througout the length of the table.  This was definitely a place of honor to be seated!

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

We loved these "Mr." and "Mrs." signs provided by the bride!

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

We can definitely get on board with this "naked" cake trend!  So delicious looking.

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Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers
Cape May Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Congress Hall - Melissa Fogg Photography - Saltwater Studios Videography - Just Be - Spring Wedding - white wedding flowers

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Liz & Brian at the Historic Smithville Inn

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The Towne of Historic Smithville is a quaint little cluster of shops and boutiques in Absecon, New Jersey.  Visitors compare their trips to a step back in time, with cobblestone pathways and ivy climbing the brick walls of storefronts.   This is a place where stores are called "shoppes"  and the beautiful gardens bloom for a picturesque view of Lake Meone.  

It's no wonder that Liz and Brian chose the Historic Smithville Inn as their wedding venue - the atmosphere is filled with an old-fashioned type of love, and we were so happy to be a part of it.   We absolutely, truly adored this couple - they are just good people, and it showed in every interaction we had with them.  Stephanie of Saltwater Studios was the photographer for this event, and we are once again in awe of the sheer amount of personality, beauty and detail she manages to capture in her work.  Looking at weddings by Saltwater Studios you aren't just looking at documentation - you truly feel like a part of the event.

Take a look at Liz and Brian's beautiful wedding, below!

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Mother of pearl roses, cafe au lait dahlias, ranunculus, rosemary, feather willow, astilbe, Queen Anne's lace and lisianthus made up this beautiful bridal bouquet.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Liz's bridesmaids carried similar, yet smaller, versions of her bouquet.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Brian was such a sweet groom - he even ordered a surprise flower arrangement to send with his card to his soon-to-be bride.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

We made simple spray rose bouts for Brian and his groomsmen.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

There is an adorable little carousel along featured in the Towne of Smithville that gave this bridal party the perfect, fun backdrop.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

There are no flowers in this picture, but we had to post for the pure hilarity of it.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Total friend envy going on right now, would totally love to hang with this crew! The beautifully manicured landscaping, trees, and view of the lake all contributed to this ceremony set-up.  We loved being able to play off of nature and add this corner piece to the pergola.   Limelight hydrangea, pink lisianthus, Queen Anne's Lace, sweet autumn clematis and curly willow made up this sweet and pretty piece.  

We love how most of these wedding photos show Liz and Brian laughing together - they were so joyful and always seemed to be having fun.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Huge windows serve as walls for the Smithville Inn, helping guests stay connected with the natural beauty.  Liz chose varied centerpieces for her decor,which we always love!

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Here is our compote design, made up with spray roses, dahlias, garden roses, astilbe and some sprawling greenery for a garden look.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

 Taper, pillar and votive candles were scattered among gold mercury bud vases for the second style centerpiece.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding
A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

We couldn't resist placing Brian's surprise arrangement for Liz at their sweetheart table for them to enjoy.  This lovely garden arrangement of hydrangea, roses, astilbe and dahlias and candles lined the border for extra ambiance.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Cascading cake flowers are the best kind! This lovely flow was put together with garden roses, dahlias, and lisianthus and set on a bed of olive leaves.

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A Garden Party florist - South Jersey Wedding Florist - Historic Smithville Inn - Saltwater Studios - pink dahlias - lisianthus - blush wedding - garden wedding

Congratulations, Liz and Brian!  Wishing you all the best! XOXO

Catering-Smithville Inn

BakeryThe Bake Works

Dress-Allure

Hair and Makeup- Taffeta Hair and Makeup

Entertainment- DJ Jack Fahey

Lambertville Wedding Florist : Styled Shoot at Brookmill Farm

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Brookmill Farms is a blossoming venue nestled in the woodlands of Lambertville, NJ.  Just a few minutes from the Lambertville strip of shops and restaurants, it is the perfect balance of an urban and rural vibe.  The property owner, Zak is  driven by his passion to share the beautiful grounds with guests looking to celebrate memorable events in an intimate, private setting.

We paired up with Emily Wren Photography, Lovely Bride Philadelphia, Queen Bee PaperieForget-Me-Not Vintage Rentals, and Salon Pure in Princeton for a styled shoot to exhibit the benefits of working with Brookmill Farms as a wedding venue.  The conditions were FREEZING COLD, but our models were great sports, and we had so much fun exploring the different options that could potentially be used for future events.  Most wedding venues have specific ceremony and reception areas, but the appeal of Brookmill is the fact that whomever books the property has free reign in deciding how they want to use it.

Ruffled Wedding Blog was impressed by the combined effort of our talented vendor friends, and recently featured us on their website!  We knew that we were on to something good here, and were honored to be recognized.

Take a look at our own interpretation, below!

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Booking Brookmill includes access to the house, which can accomodate about 20 guests.   We had to take advantage of this front wraparound porch, and staged it with our vintage suitcases, chalkboard art, lanterns and a beautiful floral wreath.

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Our roped fern jars held small arrangements of tulips, roses, fiddlehead fern and stock.

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A separate patio has the perfect set up for string lights and a lounge feel.

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Chalkart was scattered throughout the shoot, inspired by Queen Bee Paperie designs.

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Because Brookmill is surrounded by such standout elements of nature, we went all out with floral accessories, creating a floral ring, earrings, cuff and necklace for Tara to model.

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This stunning gown from Lovely Bride Philadelphia was an amazing fit to the theme of the shoot.

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We are so happy with this bouquet.  We wanted to fit the theme and flow of the property, but needed some pop to stand out against it as well.  Beautiful garden roses and purple "" were right at home with the ferns and greenery.

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These gorgeous tiered gardens are accessible by stone steps and walkways.   We thought this would be an incredibly romantic spot for a wedding ceremony, for those who are having a more private affair.

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Though Brookmill is beautiful on it's own, it can't provide alluring candelight.  We lined every step with votives, lanterns and pillar candles to lead the eye up towards the couple.

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As we mentioned earlier, Tara and Ryan were great sports about letting us dress them up and send them out into the cold.  They helped bring a wedding vision together - and we are so happy that they are a couple in real life, too!

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The groom never gets as much prep and attention as the bride, but we did our best to dress him up with a lambs ear bowtie and floral pocket square.  We enjoy working with details that push us to think outside of the box.

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When we were planning this shoot with the other vendors, we saw this blue settee on Forget-Me-Not Vintage Rentals website and we knew we NEEDED to have it.   It proved to be an excellent addition as a prop for formal portraits.

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One of our favorite parts of Brookmill's property is the covered bridge that crosses the creek.  The stone walls that border each side are an especially nice touch, really blending into the environment and adding to the romantic atmosphere.

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 We moved our pink wreath of roses, hydrangea and ferns to greet guests who would cross the bridge.

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The best dinner parties are served outside.  Picnics, rooftop patios, Parisian bistros...eating outside comes with the sense of companionship and love.  This was all what led to the decision to stage this beautiful farm table outside by the creek, overlooking the magnolia trees, the little barn and bridge.  We wouldn't think twice before accepting an invitation to this dinner party.

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That blue settee served as a base point for our color scheme.  We mimicked the fabric with blue linen napkins, taper candles and vases, and then contrasted with fuschia garden roses, purple anemone, deep red ranunculus and pink tulips and waxflower. 

A fern table runner was inspired by the fern glass jars that we had scattered along the table.  The texture and color made for a great photo op against the wood of the table.

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Our gold beaded chargers, paired with Forget-Me-Not's silverware were used as elegant gold accents to the natural setting.

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These new gold square lanterns are proving to be a huge hit in our rental inventory.  They are a great "in-between" size, so they can be used in a variety of decor options - whether as an aisle arrangement or centerpiece, or hanging daintily from a tree branch! 

 Our second ceremony space was beneath a beautiful blooming magnolia tree.  We really lucked out with the timing - the tree was in full bloom, and would occassionally release a flower to float softly to the ground.  We stacked dozens of wooden tree stumps to assemble and backdrop, and filled the space with lanterns, votives and pillars to make it glow with candlelight.  Branches of dogwood brought more color to the base and tied the look together.

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Our final detail on this wonderful day of collaboration was a small floral comb for Tara to wear at the "ceremony."   We absolutely adored working with this couple and wish them the best of luck in their own wedding planning!  A huge thank you to the fellow vendors who helped make this day happen - we all love when we can add our own creative twists and spins to an event, and this was so much fun!

Maryland Wedding Florist : Nicole & Tim at the Kitty Knight House feat. Bride Diaries

UncategorizedMary Coombs1 Comment

2015 has been the year of weddings for friends of A Garden Party!  We have been swept up in the whirlwind and are so happy that we are able to share our passion for flowers to couples that we have known and loved for years.  Today's blog features our good friends, Nicole and Tim, and their wedding at the lovely

Kitty Knight House

in Georgetown, Maryland.

Nicole was so easy-going with her flower selections, and let us have as much fun as we wanted.  We definitely took advantage of the opportunity and are so happy that 

Edwin Remsberg Photography

 was able to capture the uniqueness of Nicole's bouquet and centerpieces.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Go big or go home.  This single

King pink protea

was a complete showstopper and our pride and joy in Nicole's bouquet.  We wanted to create balance with such an amazing flower, and mixed it with

seeded euc

, peach

lisianthus

,

jasmine vine

,

Queen Anne's lace

and mini waxflower.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

We created a smaller version of Nicole's bouquet for her bridesmaid, and replaced the protea with

blue thistle

, succulents and

peach stock

.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Having one bridesmaids left us with some room to get creative with

floral accessories

.  Here are Nicole's hair flowers, paired with a glimpse of her mother's floral cuff.  How adorable are those little succulents?!

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

The couple wanted to make sure guests were clearly directed to the venue, so we created some

custom chalk art

to lead the way.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Galvanized buckets

with a variety of Queen Anne's lace, seeded eucalyptus, greenery, stock and

limelight hydrangea

were lined along the pathway to welcome guests to the ceremony.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

The couple's ceremony had a beautiful backdrop featuring the

Sassafras River. 

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

You can tell by these photos how much fun these two have together!

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

The Kitty Knight House granted the most perfect view of the sunset, adding to the romantic atmosphere.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

We staged Nicole and Tim's placecard table with

canvases displaying guest names and table numbers

.  Scattered milkglass vases, driftwood, potted succulents, votives and lanterns served as accents to keep up with the couple's theme.

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Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Wooden crates

helped add dimension to the place card table, and the

orchids

gave a pop of color.  We also love our

newest lanterns

for the elegant, nautical vibe!

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

We created two different types of centerpieces for the reception.  Here is our bubble bowl with an arrangement of hydrangea, pink roses,  Queen Anne's lace, thistle and wax flower.

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

The second arrangement featured our bubble bowls with a terrarium theme, including

potted succulents,

protea, and river rocks.

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

We love this cluster of decor for Nicole and Tim's sweetheart table.  

Driftwood

always gives a ecclectic yet polished look, especially when paired with our sleek lanterns and

milk glass vases

.

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Wooden pedestals boasted these twin arrangements of protea, thistle, hydrangea, stock and greenery to sit behind the sweetheart table.  We just love this full, natural look, it adds such an interesting aspect to the decor!

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Our diana trio surrounded this adorable wedding cake, placed on a woodslice cake stand.  Nicole and Tim's cake topper was adorable and personal - and that icing doesn't look too shabby, either!

Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace
Maryland Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Kitty Knight House - Edwin Remsberg Photography - protea - greenery - chalk art - summer wedding - waterfront wedding - thistle - Queen Anne's Lace

Congratulations to this wondeful couple, we couldn't be happier for you!  Wishing you endless years of love and laughter!! XOXO

Nicole's Bride Diaries

Catering

-

Kitty Knight House

Dress

-

Wtoo

Hair and Makeup

-Katie Davidson

Entertainment

-Bill Taylor, TBT Unlimited

Photography

-

Edwin Remsberg

and

Hannah Smith

(they were amazing!)

WOW moment of the day:

when Mary arrived with the bouquets and wrist cuffs. I had not micromanaged flowers at all, I knew they would be great, so I was so surprised when I finally got to see everything. The protea was my star flower and it was definitely the star of my bouquet. I fell in love with them when I visited South Africa earlier this year and it was so awesome seeing them in my bouquet! My girlfriends absolutely loved the wrist cuffs and I'm so glad that I ended up getting them. They were so surprised and it made them all so happy, their reactions were worth it.

For our cake

, we had a small

Smith Island Cake

for us to cut. It's the state dessert of Maryland and I have always admired how long it must take someone to make them, as they are ten very thin layers of cake with frosting in between. There is a great frosting to cake ratio :) so we cut one cake, traditional vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, and served ice cream to the guests. We actually took the cake home with us and munched on it for the next week or so until it was gone.

To  A Garden Party:

I was beyond impressed with how all the flowers and decorations turned out for the day. We were very minimal with decorations, as we were outside in a tent overlooking a marina, so we didn't want to over-decorate and take away from the beauty of the location. Mary understood exactly what we wanted and the centerpieces were beautifully simple. Same with the ceremony location. Being on the river and outdoors was beautiful enough, and Mary used the buckets with antiqued hydrangeas to accentuate the aisle leading up to the pavilion and the pillars to identify where the vows were taking place. We loved how the seating chart came out, with everyone's names hand-written. I got a number of compliments on it! Again, it was simple and elegant which was exactly what we wanted.

Tis the Season! Holiday Decorating by A Garden Party

UncategorizedMary Coombs1 Comment

Ahhh we've all been feeling that crisp air in the morning, sending us in a giddy sprint to our closets for our cute jackets and leg warmers.  The heat wave is finally over and wafts of pumpkin spice and apple pie have been floating through the house.  Fall is finally here, which means holidays are around the corner!   We absolutely love this time of year, and it is our greatest pleasure to spruce up the homes of our clients with fun holiday decor.  From front doors to staircases, we can send our little elves to bring that festive spirit right to your home.  So cuddle up with some hot chocolate and take a look at some of A Garden Party's Holiday Decorating services and seasonal arrangements!

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

We made these gorgeous centerpieces for a Thanksgiving segment on Fox29 News last year.  Unique, colorful, and elegant, they combine the right amount of fall elements to spruce up any Thanksgiving spread.  These particular pieces are geared more toward a purple, marsala and gold theme, but could easily be tailored to fit the decor of any home. We love how the larger pumpkins were used as vases, and then smaller pumpkins were spray painted gold and placed in the arrangement - talk about taking advantage of the season!

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Why have white candles when colored candles make such amazing statement pieces?  We absolutely love this look.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Hosting dinner?  What better way to mark guests places than with these adorable pumpkins!  If you don't have formal seating, cute phrasing could always be written on the leaves instead.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

We have a long-term client who always gives us the most fun and creative orders.  We went holiday-crazy with this garland of Christmas ball ornaments and beautiful wreath of evergreen, ornaments, ribbon, leaves and burgundy dahlias.  We then filled his urns with evergreen and more giant ornaments around the porch.  Looking back at this picture gets us excited for what he will come up with  for us this year!

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Who says wreaths are just for outside?  A line of wreaths in vintage window panes filled a hallway with rustic holiday warmth.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

A little less spacious, but just as fabulous, are these huge, hanging pinecones.  Sprinkled with glitter and adorned with ribbon and succulents, they are a great alternative to the traditional wreath.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

We are available for full-season decorating or just for dinner!  Here is a sample of our decor from Coombs Sod Farms company Christmas party last year.  We placed long and low mirrored vases filled with white arrangements of hydrangea,roses, stock and pinecones down the length of the table.  Scattered crystal and elevated votives brought just the right amount of light and dimension to the setting.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Here is another sample of a holiday centerpiece, filled with red roses, evergreen, greenery, gold pinecones, leaves and ribbon.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

These floral rings with square pillar candles would be great to place in different areas of your home.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

We used this centerpiece for a wedding, but it goes perfectly with the winter theme.  A wooden cheese box holds evergreen with gold mercury votives for a warm, glowing vibe.  (Photo Credit : Emily Wren Photography)

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

This centerpiece could be used all year long, but with a touch of fairy lights, Christmas ornaments and pinecones, it is dressed up just right for the holiday season.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

One of the greatest perks of A Garden Party's holiday decorating, is that we put a twist on the decorations our clients already own.  This nativity set is brought back to life and given special significance when a simple cluster of string lights are placed behind it.  The symbolic star is a beautiful statement set in the background.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Every ornament on this tree was owned by our client (including the white feather boas stuffed in the branches!)  We learned some new techniques and loved being able to set everything up for her so that she could relax and enjoy the beauty and magic of her own decorations.

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A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays
A Garden Party florist - Seasonal Decor - holiday decor - Christmas - Thanksgiving - string lights - pumpkins - candles - evergreen - wreaths - berries - pinecones - holidays

Moss letters can be customized to fit any name or phrase.A galvanized tub was the perfect container for lights and greenery to fill an empty corner space. The bright red of the holly berries added just the right amount of color for the holiday theme.  

If you are interested in booking A Garden Party for a beautiful, stress-free holiday season, call (609) 364 - 2529 or e-mail info@agardenpartyllc.com to get on our calendar!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Sara & Jason at their family barn

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Sara and Jason's sweet country wedding was the epitime of classic, timeless romance.  The historical barn, vintage Chevrolet truck, and hay bale decor were just a few touches that came together to create a step back in time.   The interior of the Ferguson Barn is massive - yet the atmosphere maintained the intimate, small-town feel.   There are not enough words to express our continued admiration for photographer, Rachel Pearlman - her work is truly a gift.  It didn't take long for Style Me Pretty to select her images for publication (we always knew they had great taste!)

As A Garden Party delves more into full event-design, we are so happy to have Sara and Jason's wedding as a reference. After all, the wedding was right down the road in our beloved Elmer, and the couple are dear friends with Mary and Dawn.  Mary was even a bridesmaid!  What is especially sentimental is the way so many different friends and family members came together to help with the decor.  It was truly a community effort to help put together Sara and Jason's dream wedding, and then to dance the night away together afterwards.

Take a look, below!

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Sara's bridal bouquet was a sweet mix of pure white peonies, lisianthus, roses,dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus.  Sara's bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to the bride's, but with added feverfew.  

Mary and Sara together!  It is so much fun when vendors are also guests of weddings - and even more so when they are members of the bridal party!

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Of course, Mary couldn't resist rocking some floral earrings - so unique!

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Sara with her beautiful flowergirls, Reagan and Morgan.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Have you seen a more adorable face?!  The delicate crowns were the perfect size and texture for the girls' wispy blonde curls. And there's the handsome groom!  Jason's bout was made from a white ranunculus, blue thistle, and a piece of wheat (how fitting for the hard working farmer!)

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

We can promise you their puppy, Remi, is as sweet as she looks!

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

We couldn't resist a floral collarSara's horse, Larry, is the other love of her life.  A competitive horseback rider, her passion was shown in much of the wedding decor.  The couple's ceremony and reception were held in this enormous barn, owned by Jason's family.  We recruited Jason to build the frame for the heart wreath, which we decorated with buckets and buckets of wheat collected from his crops.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Custom chalkart with the couple's invitation logo was placed throughout the event.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Here is the section of the barn used for the ceremony, and it is absolutely stunning.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

An order of sod from Coombs Sod Farms made for the perfect aisle runner, while covered hay bales served as pews.  Our vintage glass bottles were filled with a few stems of lisianthus to use as aisle arrangements.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Here is the backdrop for Sara and Jason's vows.  Windows were installed the week before by family friends, and there was a little alcove above them for a custom piece of grayscale artwork by A Garden Party's in-house artist.  We scattered our bronze lanterns on the ground and placed glass bottles on the window sills to really fill the space.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Smilax vines dangled from this golden chandelier, and twinkling string lights brought an added level of romance to the room.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
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Placecards were hung beside frames sporting pictures of Sara and Jason, and articles featuring the history of the barn.

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For favors, Sara and Jason provided mason jar glasses for guests to write their names on and take home.  This area also served as a drink station, and had their unique "guest book," asking family and friends to write advice and place the notes in bottles that they will open at certain anniversaries.  We adorned the space with wooden crates, galvanized buckets,  custom chalkart, and a gorgeous hanging ladder with lanterns and floral accents.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Hay bales were pushed together and covered with quilts to create a lounge area that fit with the surrounding theme.  We delved into our collection of  vintage finds to find treasures, such as an old horse trophy (!) that were placed on our end tables as accents.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

More smilax vines, feather willow, silver dollar eucalyptus, Queen Anne's lace, and gorgeous yellow garden roses enhanced this pretty little card table.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

A look at just half of the reception space - we told you this barn was massive!   Tall centerpieces were excellent statement pieces to add some warmth to the room, and paired with the draping and string lights, made for a fun and romantic welcoming for guests.  

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

These high centerpieces were made from a combination of white hydrangea, limelight hydrangea, lisianthus, eucalyptus, feverfew, and hints of blue with delphinium orchids.  

Greenery garlands ran down the length of the tables, with elevated and mercury votives scattered throughout for some extra light.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Jason gave us spare pieces of wood from the barn attic that we used to create these table numbers, outlined with horseshoes provided by Sara.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Hay bales and wooden crates loaded with hydrangeas, feverfew, wheat, orchids and greenery flanked the various entryways of the barn, creating fluid movement between the interior and exterior.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

Clusters on lanterns were placed on these spools found in the barn to create outdoor gathering areas for guests.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding

This beautiful wooden bench was decorated with a garland of smilax and eucalyptus, with peonies and lisianthus to make up a romantic sweetheart table.Jason's mom, Josie, made the wedding cake,  and we must admit that she NAILED it.  Beautiful layers and frosting, we give her a perfect 10!  The cake topper was the appropriate final touch for this horse-lover and her farmer husband.  We accented the different tiers with groups of ranunculus, thistle, wax flower and wheat.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party florist - Rachel Pearlman Photography - white wedding flowers - peonies - dusty miller - barn wedding - rustic wedding - country wedding
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Congratulations, friends!!  So happy to have celebrated this wondeful day with you!!!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Kiley & Graham at the Horticulture Center

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Kiley and Graham's wedding at the Horticulture Center in Philadelphia was the stuff that florists' dreams are made of.   It was the couple's love of plants that drew them to this amazing venue, where they could truly show their personalities - even using succulents from their own garden to give away as favors.  We knew that this would be a perfect fit, and these fantastic images from M2 Photography are the proof!  Take a look at the natural and lush taste in flowers that Kiley and Graham had for their wedding.

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Kiley's bridal bouquet was a serene mix of succulents, garden roses, pure white peonies, white lilac and ranunculus. 

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We just love the way that these anemones stand out in this shot!

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Graham's bout was made with succulents, seeded euc, and a small piece of dusty miller, which coordinated perfectly with his awesome bowtie.

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage

What a gorgeous day for a wedding!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage Our hanging vases served as aisle arrangements, with white ranunculus, roses and spray roses, with some greenery.

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We used our garden trellises as a base for this arch of curly willow, flowering branches, vines and greenery to serve as a backdrop while the couple said their vows.

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage

Scattered pink and white rose petals completed the look for the ceremony.

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage What an unforgettable duo!  The adorable ringbearer and flowergirl were pulled down the aisle in a wooden wagon, surrounded by a cloud of baby's breath.

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Guests were greeted into the reception space with custom chalkart and succulent favors.

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage

What a clever guest book idea!  Custom signage directed guests to write messages and advice on Jenga blocks.

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage

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The Horticulture Center offers a truly incredible reception space.   The natural light that comes from the ceiling, the hangings planters, the greenery on the poles of the room...this is a very special place, especially for nature lovers.

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - M2 Photography - Horticulture Center - succulents - roses - peonies - chalkboard art - custom signage Horticulture Center Philadelphia Congratulations, Kiley & Graham!!  Thank you so much for sharing your love of plants with us!

Catering-  Stephen Starr (exclusive caterer of Hort Center)

Dress-  by Madison James

Hair and Makeup-  hair by Katie Cooke, Mirror & Mantel Salon

Entertainment- Jack Faulkner Orchestra - incredible!!

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Amy & Sean at Running Deer Golf Club

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Amy and Sean's Running Deer wedding was a picture of garden romance.  Long, flowing ribbons, elegant candelabras, and garlands of eucalyptus brought together Amy's vision of natural beauty and enchantment.  Tami Melissa Photography took these wonderful images that show how timeless and effortless Amy and Sean's wedding was.  There was a certain softness that warmed our hearts with this sweet event, and we proudly share it with you today.  We hope you enjoy  it as much as we did!

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Blush peonies, anemones, jasmine vine, white sweet pea, white ranunculus and dusty miller made up this beautiful bridal bouquet.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - Running Deer Golf Club - Tami Melissa Photography - blush wedding - greenery - garland - candelabra - anemone - peonies

Amy's bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet - we absolutely loved the long flowing ribbons that Amy added to her order as romantic accents to the flowers.

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Sean, the proud and happy groom, wore a bout of waxflower and a white spray rose.  

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Sean and his groomsmen - those brown dress shoes are so dapper!  Great choice!

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Here's Amy about to surprise Sean for their First Look...this is absolutely a growing trend, and Tami has some great input on the benefits of a First Look, and why it has become so popular.

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Running Deer provides such a lovely backdrop for an outdoor ceremony.  Here, we provided our lace panels to drape across the pergola, and tied them back with peonies and greenery.

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Our elegant arden vase was used on the placecard table to greet guests as they entered the reception.  We filled it with garden roses, peonies, lisianthus, snapdragons and eucalyptus.

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For Amy and Sean's centerpieces, we did a compination of high and lows.  Having multiple styles of centerpieces helps to break up a room and makes the set up more interesting and aesthetically pleasing.  Adding napkin treatments and tulle bows to the chairs is another example of Amy's great attention to detail.

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For the low centerpieces, we used a silver compote, and mixed white hydrangea, Queen Anne's lace, lisianthus, pink spray roses, astilbe, and eucalyptus.  

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We absolutely LOVE using this candelabra.  It is such a statement of class and romance and elegance  on its own - adding gorgeous floral arrangements takes it to a whole new level!  For Amy, we mounted the candelabra with larger version of the compote design, with more lisianthus, peonies, astilbe, Queen Anne's lace, spray roses, white stock and greenery.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - Running Deer Golf Club - Tami Melissa Photography - blush wedding - greenery - garland - candelabra - anemone - peonies

For napkin treatments, we cut pieces of feather willow eucaluptus.  This treatment was a little longer than what we typically would cut, but arranging it off-center and to curve along with the place made this a great accent piece.

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South Jersey Wedding Florist: Amber & Ryan at Running Deer feat. Bride Diaries

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Amber's Running Deer wedding matched her personality perfectly : fun, bright, and cheery!  We loved the pops of coral pink and rhinestone accents that made this tropical theme so fresh and pretty.  A big thanks to Ashley Elaine Photography for sharing these images of Amber and Ryan's beautiful wedding day!

Check it out, below!

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Amber's bridal bouquet was a mix of coral charm peonies (one of our favorites!) peach juliet roses, spray roses, ranunculus, and coral tulips.

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Amber's bridesmaids carried bouquets of white peonies, peach roses, spray roses, dusty miller and some awesome pom-pom ranunculus.

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Ryan's bout was made with a pom-pom ranunculus and some greenery.  Very flattering against his pink vest!

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Looking good with the bowties, gentlemen!

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The whole wedding party together!  Amber and Ryan's beautiful daughters were their flowergirls, and looked especially lovely with their floral crowns.

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Running Deer's reception space, all set up and waiting for the party to begin!

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These beautiful cascading flowers were made by arranging coral charm peonies, peach juliet roses, spray roses, white hydrangea.  This delicious masterpiece was from Apron Strings Desserts - we love the sugar pearls on each tier!

To really make this cake table stand out, we added our silver sequin linen and glass topper, so that we could continue the floral theme, adding some starfish accents as well.

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This sweetheart table shined even brighter with another one of our silver sequined linens, and Amber's "Mr. & Mrs." sign.

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 Congratulations, Amber and Ryan!  XOXO

 Amber's Bride Diaries

What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?

The first time I saw Ryan! I was standing with my step father waiting to walk down the aisle. The second we walked in and starting walking towards the alter, I saw him! He was so handsome and he looked so happy and full of love and emotion.  After being together 9 years I finally got to marry my best friend. I'll never forget the way he looked at me... definitely an amazing moment.

We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?

Well, right before I walked to the door to start walking down the aisle I started gagging and feeling like I was going to throw up - my nerves were getting the best of me.  My mother-in-law grabbed a trash can and shoved my head in it as I dry heaved and she told me not to throw up on my dress... two seconds later I headed to the door to walk down the aisle.

Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?

 No... but I did cry when I saw how beautiful our two daughters looked all dressed up, wearing floral crowns, and  holding their flowers. They were so beautiful.

We don't judge!  Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?

Not that I am aware of.... I was very emotional though the day before and the day of the wedding. I was crying about everything.

Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?

We did not use a wedding planner. We planned everything out ourselves.  Pinterest helped a lot.  My best friend, Tara Berwick, and I planned every single detail!  Thank goodness for my mother-in-law, she helped so much.. She handwrote everyone's name on the sand dollars for the seating chart. My mother-in-law, Karen, did so much to help decorate for the wedding, it would not have looked as nice if it wasn't for her.

Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?

We did a 4 tier cake from Apron Strings and we had a floral cake display.  Each tier had 3 layers of cake which was coconut cake with a layer of pineapple filling and a layer of coconut cream cheese.  We tried to have tropical flavors to match our beachy theme.  Then we had peachy and coraly color flowers cascading down the cake and a floral table cake display to match.

We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?

A Garden Party did an amazing job with my flowers!!!! I was beyond happy!! I loved all the bouquets!! My daughters had the cutest floral head pieces!! My cake display was breath taking!! No improvement needed.

What song really got the party started?

Our DJ was amazing!!! He had everyone on the dance floor.  I am not sure what song got the party started but everyone was dancing and had an amazing time!!

Who were your vendors?

Catering- Running Deer

Bakery- Apron Strings

Dress- David's Bridal

Hair and Makeup-  Hello Gorgeous

Entertainment- DJ, uplighting, and photobooth through Absolute Entertainment with DJ Doug Scott

Any other vendors you would like to credit?

photographer : Ashley Elaine photography

videographer: Matt Basara with Biz Media

I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations?  Anything you wish you would've done differently?

We would have taken our dance lessons for our first dance month in advance instead of two weeks before the wedding!! Everyone told us our first dance was amazing but we messed up... the good thing is that no one knows our dance so no one knows we messed up!! We thanks La Pierre ballroom dancing in Glassboro for the private lessons!! Our wedding was amazing everything exceeded our expectations! I knew it would be beautiful but I didn't realize how special and how perfect it was going to actually be.... the only thing I would have done differently was not have a private cocktail hour, I felt isolated and I just wanted to see the guests.   And we barely got to eat during cocktail hour - to think of it we barely ate at all!

Cape May Wedding Florist : Sean & Chase at the Beach Club feat. Bride Diaries

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Sean and Chase's Beach Club wedding was one of our biggest events of the year.  Being a private venue, the Beach Club gave us an almost blank slate to work with, and took our full force of creative (and physical!) energy to bring Sean's vision to life.

Sean had a ton of artists in her family and background, and we loved collaborating with them to come up with a very uniqe and aesthetic presentation, that was also filled with sentiment and love.  Sean was a joy to work with, and her enthusiasm for her wedding never faltered despite the stresses of planning - even when thunderstorms started rolling in the whole morning and afternoon of her wedding day!  Thankfully, (literally...no, literally) as soon as guests started to arrive, the storm broke and the sun came bursting through.  Having the AMAZING Renee, from Events by Renee, as a wedding coordinator really made the whole day flow with ease despite the minor panic attacks that may or may not have started to kick in when the rain came.

This was our first time working with Rach Loves Troy Photography, and we are blown away by their work!  This dynamic couple did a wonderful job in documenting the details of this Cape May Wedding, and we were thrilled to see how all of our hard work paid off.  And we weren't the only ones!  The very reputable Style Me Pretty were also impressed, just featured Sean and Chase's wedding day on their website, raving over the "seaside lovely" details.

Don't just take our word - check it out, below!

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Sean's bridal bouquet was made with giant blush peonies, pink and white garden roses, white lisianthus, dusty miller and a touch of greenery.

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopy

What an angelic bride!  For Sean's hair flowers, we used pale pink ranunculus, a pink spray rose, peony bud, and greenery.

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Sean's bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink peonies, pink roses, white spray roses, cream lisianthus,  and white orlaya.

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Here's Chase, looking good and showing off his spray rose bout.

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Chase's groomsmen and ringbearer wore coordinating bouts - which went perfectly with their blue jackets.  Plus, how great are those shoes??

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Sean gets ready to surprise Chase for their First Look along the walkway at Congress Hall.

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We are obsessed with this shot of Sean's hair flowers!  What a perfect final touch for her beachy bridal look.

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This archway made with curly willow, eucalyptus, ferns, vines, peonies, hydrangea and roses greeted guests as they entered the ceremony space.

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Sean and Chase's aisle arrangements were our brass lanterns with bud vases, each placed on a woodslice to level out the sand.

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It was Sean's father who provided this chuppah, which we decorated with curly willow, lace panels, and corner pieces of peonies and roses.

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Each of Sean's nine bridesmaids wore their hair in varying styles, and we love how the hair flowers accentuate the different looks.

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopy

Some freehand chalk art welcomed guests into the reception space - this was a replica of Sean and Chase's invitation logo.

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Of course we needed to use our favorite driftwood vase for this artsy, beach-themed wedding!

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Sean's mom was incredibly talented and detail-oriented, and put together this placecard table.  We add some flourishes with silver mercury votives, and corner pieces of roses, peonies, spray roses, dusty miller and greenery.

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One of the coolest aspects from Sean and Chase's wedding, was the lounge area they wanted us to create by the bar.  We provided end tables and seating around firepits for a little "S'mores Station." We accented the space with milk glass vases, filled with peonies, hydrangea, and ranunculus.

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopyThe reception space for the couple was right on the sand - fitting for the beach loving couple!  String lights, white linens and blush centerpieces brought the whole space together.

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Sean had decided on three different types of centerpieces.  Here is our silver compote on a wood slice, filled with hydrangea, garden roses, ranunculus, astilbe, greenery, and spray roses.  Our cute little table numbers were the perfect fit!

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopyThe second style centerpiece we used was a mason jar trio with garden roses, dusty miller, peonies, and astilbe.  We accented with a wood slice and small mason jars with candles.

A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopy

A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopyThe third and final style centerpiece was our silver lantern, placed in a floral ring.  This lantern is one of our favorite rental items, check out that intricate detail!

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We went all out for Sean and Chase's sweetheart table.  We really wanted to give them the absolute perfect place to sit and admire all of their planning coming together.  Here is the back of our new grey loveseat, with added "Mr. & Mrs." signs strung along the back, and accented with florals and ribbon.

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopy

A pink linen from Let's Do Linens was a subtle standout against all the white of the reception - this burlap runner with lace overlay proved to be a great selection to match the rest of the theme.

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We decorated the rest of the sweetheart table with a piece of driftwood, and scattered silver mercury votives and vases, pillar candles, and pink garden roses with peach stock to bring the whole look together.

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A Garden Party Florist - Cape May Wedding Florist - Beach Club of Cape May - Rach Loves Troy Photography - Events by Renee - blush wedding - beach wedding - garden roses - peonies - hair flowers - curly willow - canopy

Last but not least is this GORGEOUS Destiny Dawn's Desserts cake, complete with garden roses, spray roses, and touches of hydrangea (the baker insisted on applying the flowers herself, thank goodness!)

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Sean's Bride Diaries

What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?

Looking at all of our small handmade signs, menus, tables, etc. come together. It was also amazing to see the amazing sweetheart table that Mary surprised us with. It was beyond beautiful and romantic.

 

We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?

We had a MAJOR thunder storm the day of the wedding so we were a little worried for that, but about an hour before the wedding started, the sun came out and it was perfect

Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?

My sister and the best man had amazing speeches. They were so personal and brought up old funny memories and stories.

We don't judge!  Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?

I was actually pretty calm!! Even with I was getting my makeup done and there were bolt of lightening, I just knew no matter what that everything would work out.

Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?

We did - Renee! Mary recommended her :) She made the day run smoothly and made the timing work out well. Everything flowed well and had a great time.

Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?

Cake, cookies, mini pies, and s'mores at the firepits! It was a ton of fun. The cake was a lemon cake with vanilla frosting. it was very simple, and had some flowers scattered around it for decor.

We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?

YES! It was so perfect. Everything that I wanted. Rustic, beachy, beautiful and understated. The colors were amazing and completely exceeded my expectations. The venue we used was completely transformed because of all of the things mary brought it and all of the floral displays she created.

What song really got the party started?

The first some that comes to mind is when I walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow!

Who were your vendors?

Catering- Island Grill

Bakery- Destiny Dawn

Dress- Monique Lhullier

Hair and Makeup- Duette Hair and Makeup

Entertainment- Ryan Tennis and the Clubhouse Band

Any other vendors you would like to credit? The photographer - Rach Loves Troy. The wedding planner - Events by Renee

I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations?  Anything you wish you would've done differently?

It was just the most perfect, beautiful day filled with so much love. I couldn't have imagined anything better!

Chesterfield Wedding Florist : Joanna & Paul at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms

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The Inn at Fernbrook Farms is as rich in history as it is in beauty.  Nestled in the woodlands of Chesterfield, NJ, the Inn is known for it's natural surroundings, rustic decor and huge barn - the perfect setting for Joanna and Paul's vintage, wildflower wedding.

Joanna's request for her wedding flowers was that they looked as if they were "gathered from a meadow."  We loved being able to combine foliage with bright colors for this light-hearted affair- which was 100% American grown!  Photographer Kella Macphee eloquently translated Joanna's theme in her images - they are serene and timeless, capturing every detail that brought the day together.

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  Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

This floral crown was one of two made for Joanna and Paul's flowergirls.

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Joanna's bridal bouquet was a mix of peonies, ferns, ammi, heuchera, dusty miller, alchemilla, daisies, and ranunculus.

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Joanna's bridesmaids carried bouquets made of yellow ranunculus, pink peonies, daisies, and lilac.

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Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

We loved Joanna's unique picks for bridesmaids dresses, with varying styles and shades of green.

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The handsome groom, Paul, wore a bout of seasonal elements

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Paul's groomsman looked very handsome with their green ties - an excellent way to coordinate with the bridesmaids.

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Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

These brightly colored fans welcomed guests to the couple's ceremony - so cute and pretty!

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Two urns flanked the aisle for the ceremony, filled with lilac, peonies, and weigelia.

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We made these succulent floral cuffs for the mothers of the couple.

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Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

As the couple walks to their reception, we are lucky to catch another glimpse of the lush grounds of the Inn.

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Our rented shutter screen was the perfect fit to hold the placecards for guests.  We adorned it with hanging bottles of lilac and daisies to really enhance the space.

Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garlandWe are absolutely in love with this reception space.  Each centerpiece was a different combination of brass and pewter pieces to go along with Joanna's vision.  We added some vintage elements, such as teacups, books, and etched glassware.   The ribbon garland and pastel candlesticks added just the right amount of color to contrast the bright white of the tent. Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland

Pink peonies, light pink stock, ferns and  heather made up this sweet little piece.

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Joanna was one of the most well-spoken people we have had the pleasure of working with - how fitting that books were such an integral part of her decor!

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An extension of the ribbon garland was added to Joanna and Paul's chairs, to help them really stand out.

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The color scheme for each centerpiece was ever so slightly varied - here we have some deeper pink and red hues from zinnias and peonies mixed with ferns and other greenery.

Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland This ethereal setting of whites and greens was so pretty - just look at how impressive those peonies are! Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garland Rounding out the color scheme was this flowing combination of pinks and purples,  made from more peonies and ferns and beautiful purple iris. 

Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garlandThis pretty yet subtle napkin treatment was the final touch for Joanna and Paul's decor.

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Chesterfield Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Florist - Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Kella Macphee Photography -  American grown wedding - wildflowers - vintage - rustic - teacups - taper candles - ribbon garlandCongratulations, Joanna and Paul! Thank you for having us be a part of your day!