A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Sarah & Chris at Power Plant Productions

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The only thing brighter than Sarah and Chris' flowers were their beaming smiles.  Gorgeous clusters of purple hues made this sunny day at Power Plant Productions in Philadelphia one to remember.  It also helps to have fabulous images from the talented and skillful Alison Dunn Photography

Take a virtual stroll with us through Old City, Philadelphia and check out Sarah and Chris on their wedding day! 

Is this baby gorgeous or what?!  Purple dahlias, lisianthus, orchids, roses, and celosia made up this watercolor-inspired bridal bouquet, and we are so in love with it.

Sarah's sweet sweet flowergirl wore a crown of pink roses, and looked like a dainty princess before her walk down the aisle! 

Sarah's bridesmaids carried similiar gowns to the bride, with pink garden roses, purple lisianthus, celosia and peonies.  

Chris and his groomsmen matched their ties with purple orchids and celosia bouts for a fun (yet still dapper!) look. 

Power Plant Productions was such a cool urban venue.  Exposed brick gave great character to the bright white walls and 25 foot ceilings.  Soft flowing panels of drapery helped soften the industrial-like room with strings of lights giving a touch of romance.  Here, the couple's bright mix of purples and blues really popped, and we loved the gold mercury accents that finished off this colorful theme.    

The couple's guests sat at round tables with these sweet compote designs and personalized menus and favors.  We have always loved when purple is the theme in weddings, since it gives such a range of color to use - blues, and pinks and lavender and plum all coordinate for a fun and beautiful representation of nature.  

This head table garland was a lush collection of greenery, with splashes of color spread throughout, using zinnias, roses, lisianthus and orchids. 

Congratulations, Sarah and Chris!   We hope you are enjoying life as newlyweds! 

Sea Isle Wedding Florist : Sara & Adam at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

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Sara and Adam's summer wedding was beachy, breezy and beautiful.  Hosted by the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, the couple enjoyed the salty air during their dock ceremony, and brought in elegant nautical touches in their reception as a nod to their shore surroundings.  

This was our first event with Alex Schon of Schon Photography, and he blew us away with his professionalism as a vendor and with his eye for detail as a photographer.  From the subtle details of the decor to the bales of laughter, he got every shot!  We can't thank him enough for these lovely images from our day in Sea Isle. 

Check it out, below!

Sara's bridal bouquet was a lovely collection of ranunculus, pure white roses, gorgeous peonies and dusty miller. 

Sara's bridesmaids carried similiar bouquets, but with more shades of pink than white.  Navy blue gowns were the perfect contrast to the soft pastels of their flowers. 

Adam and his groomsmen worse simple bouts of white ranunculus and touches of dusty miller.  Two thumbs up for those blue bow ties, guys! 

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We were OBSESSED with these little details for Sara and Adam's ceremony.  Small glass vases held roses, dusty miller, and white anemone - tied off with a navy ribbon which matched the anemone center perfectly!  The adorable flower girl purse had us drooling - doesn't it seem like she could have just skipped right off into a field of wildflowers?!  It's so cute! 

We are so happy Sara chose to upgrade her linens to the same blue as her bridesmaids' dresses - it makes the room really POP.  Matched with gold chivari chairs, her color scheme flowed so nicely throughout the entire day.  We don't hate the tall centerpieces either, with white hydrangea, pink and white roses and dusty miller sitting on top of our gold darlene stands.  

Lower centerpieces were made up in our gold compotes and Sara's gold speckled candle holders. The overall effect was a clean, chic look with just the right amount of fun! 

We stand behind the theory that it is all the little details that add up to create an overall effect - touches like these cute table "numbers" were so unique!  Each table had a different beach-related symbol, in a gold frame and cut out to look neat and elegant.

Sara and Adam's sweetheart table was made to be their own private escape, with a champagne sequin linen, gold initials, rose heads, eucalyptus branches, and Sara's candles. 

Sara and Adam's final event detail was this gorgeous 3-tiered wedding cake, which we helped dress up with our champagne sequin linen and gold votives.  We love that the couple included their precious pup in their celebration!  

Congratulations, Sara and Adam!  We wish you a long summer of love, sunsets and saltwater! 

Mill Grove Wedding Florist : Christine & Dan at the John James Audubon Center

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Christine and Dan's wedding at the John James Audubon Center was as pretty and sweet as the couple themselves.  Christine's grace was apparent throughout all of her wedding decor, with pure whites, natural greens and hints of deeper rose hues.  

This was our first event at the John James Audubon Center, which is nestled in the quiet suburbs of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania.  The venue is primarily a bird sanctuary (!) and its rich history made for an interesting wedding location.  

Emily Wren Photography provided these lovely images. Her signature style is hard to miss, with as much character as there is elegance.  It is truly an honor every time we have the opportunity to work with this crazy-talented photographer, and we are so grateful to have her magic grace our portfolio once again! 

Christine's bridal bouquet was made up of white anemones, ranunculus, sweet peas, roses, and peonies. Ferns and greens added some texture and a slightly cascading look.  

Christine's bridesmaids had the most beautiful array of gowns!  We love the different styles, patterns and textures that they chose, and think the end result was stunning.  We simplified the combination by creating smaller versions of the bridal bouquet for them to carry.  

Dan and his groomsmen wore white ranunculus bouts, wrapped with rose gold ribbon.  Love those shoes, guys!

Surrounded by trees and greenery, the John James Audubon Center's reception space was the perfect fit for Christine and Dan's vision.

These fun compote designs boasted yellow and pink garden roses and ranunculus for some great pops of color.  Very fitting for this spring wedding!

Christine provided the non-floral centerpieces, made up of wooden boxes with planted succulents and terrariums with moss and fairy lights.  We love a hands on girl!

Congratulations, Christine and Dan!  Wishing you all the best as you continue your adventure together!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Katie & Chris at the Olde Bar

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We have been receiving a wave of requests for The Olde Bar in downtown Philadelphia.  This fun venue is a great combination of both charming and sleek - it's easy to see why it's so popular.  

Katie and Chris wanted to enhance the vibe of their venue, and we were happy to comply with sweet and bright designs.  Thanks to McShea Photography with sending over these images that perfectly describe Katie and Chris' wedding day! 

The bridal bouquet was made up of white peonies, lavender tulips, white sweetpea, ranunculus and greenery.  Katie's bridesmaids were a touch brighter, with pink ranunculus, buplureum and cool water roses, which popped nicely against their chic black gowns! 

There is an intimate feel in this reception space, and we love how the sweetheart table is set up in the middle of the action.  Our beautiful silver urns were used as centerpieces, with lilac, hydrangea, roses, stock, ranunculus, sweetpea, tulips and greenery.  

Katie wanted to incorporate the Philly skyline into her placecard set up, since it was the graphic from her invitation.  We provided this custom chalkart to match her vision, which doubled as her seating chart. 

The last little touch of Philly love was the couple's adorable cake topper, fashioned after the iconic "LOVE" sculpture.  We loved the elegant touches Katie and Chris used to pay homage to the City of Brotherly Love in this urban wedding. 

Congratulations, Katie & Chris!  We are wishing you all the best! 

Chesterfield Wedding Florist : Emily & Jeremy at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms

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We have absolutely fallen in love with all of the couples we've worked with at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms. This gorgeous venue is so full of character, and maintains a sense of traditional elegance while still allowing clients to uniquely express themselves on their wedding day.  

Today's featured couple, Emily and Jeremy, had a very wistful romantic theme, with splashes of color keeping it youthful and fun.  The photographer for this wedding was Alexander for Pat Furey Photography - you'll soon realize why these images were published on The Knot! Wonderfully captured details makes us gleeful to have this work in our portfolio - we hope you enjoy! 

Emily's bouquet was full of big blooming colors!  Coral charm peonies, burgundy clematis and ranunculus, eucalyptus and sweet pea were the perfect combination for a summer wedding bouquet.

We have been loving these delicate floral crowns!  They are so dainty and sweet, and are perfect touches for an outdoor wedding hairstyle. 

Emily's bridesmaids rocked the same floral crowns, and carried bouquets of huge gardenia peonies with dusty miller and olive branch accents.

Jeremy stood out from his bridal party with a gray striped suit, but coordinated with burgundy bouts.  Can we make a sidenote about how awesome it was that he had his father as a groomsman?!  Not to mention his best gal pal - this seems like a dream team scenario.

Emily and Jeremy didn't need much to dress up this natural ceremony altar, but we did deliver ombre aisle petals to coordinate with the bridesmaids fluid color scheme. 

This tented reception space looks so romantic with glowing cafe lights against the night sky.  Having this type of reception allows for so many versatility in decor, which is part of what makes the Inn at Fernbrook so special. 

Emily selected an ecclectic variety of details for her centerpieces.  Taper candles, brass candlesticks, mercury votives and vases, and apothecary glasses with moss and succulents made for very pretty, unique arrangements. 

We are obsessed with this cascading arrangement of cake flowers!  Peonies, roses, ranunculus and sweet pea give amazing color against the pure white tiers, finished off with touches of greenery and the couple's gold deer cake toppers. 

Congratulations, Emily and Jeremy!  Thank you so much for letting us work with you on this beautiful day! 

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Katie & Dan at the Franklin Institute

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Is there anything more romantic than a starry night?  Katie and Dan certainly didn't think so, and decided that the best way to celebrate their love story was a wedding ceremony under the stars of the planetarium in the Franklin Institute.  This was a Wow Factor wedding, with hundreds of twinkling lights on the ground and in the sky.

We are incredibly impressed by Langdon Photography's talent for being able to take beautiful, detailed photographs in such a dark venue.  The darkness worked perfectly for the romantic evening theme, and we are blown away by Langdon's ability to portray it as such! 

Please enjoy this swoon-worthy, wedding with us! 

Katie's bridal bouquet was a mix of anemone, white lily, eucalyptus, thistle, white roses and succulents for a textured look. 

Katie's bridesmaids carried smaller versions of her own bouquets, without the succulents or white lily.  We love how those scabiosa pods and ferns add character to the soft and pretty whites! 

Dan's bout of a white spray rose, thistle and succulent coordinated perfectly with his bride's selections. 

Katie and Dan provided this canopy for us to decorate, and we were happy to do so with layers of curly willow, pussy willow branches and vines.  Twinkle lights were woven around the greenery and corners of the canopy to really make this space shine as it embraced the couple during their vows.  

We are OBSESSED with these aisle arrangements!  Glass cloche's encased moss, potted plants and succulents to cater to Katie's request for globally-safe botanicals.  Each arrangement was placed on a wood slice, and twinkle lights added a sense of wonder to these lovely pieces.   

This is seriously the most romantic ceremony we've seen!  During set up, many passersby kept peeking in and gushing over this venue selection - we can hardly blame them!

We placed wooden planks on the couple's placecard table to line the guests' cards.  Potted succulents were scattered between rows, along with votive candles and Italian ruscus.

For some of Katie and Dan's centerpieces, we reused those amazing aisle arrangements, with white votives spread throughout for some extra shine. Ruscus runners brought the whole look together for a very natural feel.

Tall cylinder vases helped create some height, with a moss base, climbing cherry branches and twinkle lights galore.  

The couple's final centerpiece selection was our gold terrariums, with succulents, potted plants and moss.  Rose heads and votive candles made for a nice mix-up in these arrangements.  And we can't get enough with how perfect the twinkle lights are for a soft glow around the room! 

Much like the rest of the couple's wedding, their cake was sleek and clean with touches of natural greenery.  White flowers rested on the top tier, with stems of ruscus creeping out and creating a border on the bottom.  

 

A huge congratulations to this couple!  We were so happy to be a part of this magical wedding day, and we wish you all the best!  

Avalon Wedding Florist : Jessica & Brandon at the Windrift Hotel

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Oh my goodness, this wedding is so stinkin'....CUTE!  It's just so cute!  Bright smiles, bubbly laughter, and pure white floral selections against sky blue linens made for a lovely April wedding last year at the Windrift Hotel. Susan Hennessey Photography shared these shining photos of Jessica and Brandon as they celebrated their love on the beautiful beaches of Avalon.  

We have our first 2016 wedding at the Windrift Hotel this weekend AND we'll be attending the Windrift Bridal Show, so we found it fitting to share these photos as we get ready a new season of beach brides! 

If you like the monochromatic color scheme, we recommend to mix it up with textures and to go for a full lush look.  Jessica did just that with this flowing bouquet of white tulips, ranunculus, lisianthus, sweet pea, roses and Queen Anne's lace.  

Jessica's bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of tulips, but they popped so nicely against the blue hue of their gowns.  We love this shot of them together! 

For Jessica and Brandon's ceremony, we adorned the white trellis with a corner piece of hydrangea, tulips, lisianthus, ranunculus, stock and greenery.  Our silver lanterns with rope handles were the perfect choice for subtle aisle arrangements in a beach setting.  

Jessica and Brandon's centerpieces continued the crisp, clean theme.  White bunches of flowers in clear cylinder vases looked sweet and refreshing against the signature navy blue walls of the Windrift. 

The delectable finishing touch was this sweet cake.  We gave it some company with clusters of tulips, roses and white hyacinth.  

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Congratulations, Jessica and Brandon, and thank you so much for having us be a part of your celebration!  And congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! 

South Jersey Wedding Florist: Amanda & Kevin at Eastlyn Golf Course

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There is no flower in the world that is quite as cheerful as the sunflower.  Big and bright, sunflowers emcompass a carefree, happy attitude - they are simplistic in their joy. This is why these beautiful blooms were the perfect selection for Amanda and Kevin's wedding at Eastlyn Golf Course.  Amanda wanted a rustic fall theme, with sunflowers as her main floral selection - besides that fact that all flowers were to be locally sourced!  There's no better way to satisfy us than to be knee deep in these types of blooms. 

You may recognize the style of photography - Saltwater Studios once again stuns us with their excellent work in capturing events with such intimacy and character.   We invite you to enjoy their work for Amanda and Kevin on their wedding day! 

Amanda's bouquet was rounded and sweet, a combination of sunflowers, burgundy dahlias, fall foliage, berries, and safflower.  

Amanda's bridesmaids wore wine-colored gowns, which were the perfect complement to the burgundy dahlas in her bouquet.  The bridesmaids carried bunches of sunflowers, berries, grass plumes, and celosia. 

We are in love with the bright pop of yellow against the dark gray suits of the groom and his groomsmen!

This may be the sweetest First Look reaction we have seen so far - Saltwater Studios wins again! 

Those sunflowers are at it again - the cheery yellow stood out nicely against the lush greenery and white chairs to form a focal point for the couple's ceremony space.  This time of year was perfect - the trees and arbor are so full of life! 

Sunflower arrangements, with dahlias, magnolia leaves and grass plumes were placed at the ceremony entrance and aisle.  We also used our wooden wedding sign, hay bales and small pumpkins and gourds to keep up with the rustic fall theme.  

We were so in love with this piece, made with layers of silver dollar eucalyptus, vines, and sunflowers.  Hanging blue mason jars twinkled with fairy lights and moss amongst the greenery for a quietly magical space.

We reused the ceremony space to decorate the couple's sweetheart table, and the bridesmaids bouquets were placed at the cake table.  Amanda's chose lanterns on a wood slice with floral accents for her centerpieces for a very charming tablescape.  

Congratulations, Amanda and Kevin!  Thank you so much for having us be a part of this special time in your lives! 

Philadelphia Wedding Florist : Jen & Ryan at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club

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Jen & Ryan's wedding at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club was wispy and light, with beautiful shades of purple florals contrasting nicely with the silver gray of the bridesmaids gowns.  Known for her whimsical portrayal of events, Rachel Pearlman Photography once again delivers perfection in this couple's timelessly elegant images.  

We are very happy to share this post about Jen and Ryan's August wedding today - enjoy! 

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Jen opted for an all-white bouquet, with clusters of ranunculus, roses, stock, dusty miller, lisianthus and astilbe.  Her bridesmaids carried smaller designs that were delicate and sweet, with white garden roses, lavender dahlias, brunia berries, lavender stock and purple celosia.

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Ryan kept it cool with his black tux and a simple bout of white freesia.  

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What an amazing backdrop at Huntingdon Valley

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Guests were welcomed with this gorgeous arden vase filled with vibrant hydrangea, lavender larkspur, dahlias, seeded euc, snapdragons and dusty miller. 

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Jen and Ryan's centerpieces continued the theme of elegant simplicity.  Small arrangements of purple hydrangea, garden roses, dahlias, snapdragons and touches of greenery graced each table as centerpieces.  Scattered votives and floating candles of different heights brought extra touches of romance to this pristine setting. 

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The couple's sweetheart table boasted this beautiful lush statement piece for them to enjoy during their first meal as newlyweds. 

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Rachel Pearlman Photography

And the sweetest details are always the last - adorable ranunculus, rose head, dahlias and purple scabiosa adorned the Jen and Ryan's cake along with their pretty "H" cake topper.    

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Congratulations, Jen & Ryan!  Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your special day! 

A Garden Party does Prom!

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Ahhhh Prom Season.  Gowns worthy of the red carpet.  Limo rides.  Parents tearing up because it's the first big "They're All Grown Up" moment.  One last hurrah before summer and off to college...

We're about to grab our own tissues.  Mary and Dawn remember their prom night at Woodstown High School.  In fact, it was in high school that Mary and Dawn got their start in flowers through the FFA.  It is such a nostaglic time of year for us to reminisce the romance, and we love when the young men call to order flowers for their dates.  It's fun for us to create these pretty little nosegays, full of color to match the rainbow of designs that juniors and seniors pick for their dresses.  It feels like yesterday that we were receiving our own, so we recreate and imagine what we would have wanted for our teenage selves. 

In honor of this year's prom season, I have enlisted Mary and Dawn's mother in helping me collect pictures of our favorite floral designers and their shining moments before their own prom nights.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! 

Mary and her now-husband John at prom together - of course, Mary insisted on making her own prom flowers!   Her sweet spring arrangement looks like something we would still make today.  Above, is Mary as Prom Queen of Woodstown High School.  

Here's Dawn, looking gorgeous and classic in her light blue gown - I am so happy Melanie supplied these photos for us to share! 

To the right : Dawn and shop manager, Christine, grew up together and even shared their prom limo - this whole company is about keeping it in the family! 

Torey was the Original Trendsetter with her sequined gown, the go-to look for bridesmaids today!

 

Well, that was fun!  For a look at some more recent prom flower selections, we've also collected some pictures from last year's orders. 

We usually ask for a picture of the young lady's gown when we receive a prom flower order, so be sure to have one handy. It's so helpful in making sure the flowers coordinate! 

Whether you're looking for sweet or sassy, we enjoy having arrangements match the personality of our client, as well as their gowns.

How cute is this pale blue and white nosegay with its matching bout??  This was our favorite creation last year.

Want to switch it up a bit?  Our floral cuffs are the perfect option for the girl who will be on the dance floor most of the night.  Comfortable, easy to wear, and with a little bit of bling, these cuffs are a great alternative to the traditional corsage.

Of course, other floral jewelry options are also available!  Here's Mary wearing succulent earrings.  

Our floral cuffs will always be a go-to favorite. 

Don't worry, guys, we have something special for you, too!  Let us know if you'd like to show off a floral pocket square, or a traditional bout, and we will be sure to give you that extra edge to match your date's flowers. 

 

 For ordering, you can either give us a call at (609) 364 -2529 or check out our easy online ordering to reserve your flowers for this year's biggest night in High School!  (**Orders are for Pick Up only, no delivery!)

 

Locally-Grown Wedding Florist : Sharing Our Gardens

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The other day, Dawn and I (Cristina) were in the office when Mary came bursting in.  

"Dawn, I got up early and did my work - can I please please go outside?"

It was no different than a little kid asking a parent for permission to play after homework, right down to the hope in her eyes as she waited for the decision.   With Dawn's approval, Mary ran out to the gardens that surround our shop in Elmer, NJ and proceeded to dig up weeds and joyfully planned the position for her new apple trees.  We see her pop up under our windowsills in the office as she lovingly tends to her second species of children. 

It is that joy, of getting their hands dirty so that others may enjoy that beauty, that makes A Garden Party so successful.  The motivation is pure, and the satisfaction of watching those little green sprouts come up from the ground is endless.  

This is also why there is such appreciation that surrounds the clients whose only request for wedding flowers are "locally grown, in season."  Because it is these brides who get a direct result of that joyous time Mary and Dawn have in their gardens.  These are the flowers we can walk right outside and cut.  These are the flowers that come from growers that we know personally, a stone's throw away, when the conversations are more casual than business.  They are fresh, unique and always offer a surprise.  

As the growing season begins again, we are happy to share the beauty in these two weddings that feature 100% locally grown flowers.  Enjoy!

Emily had a ton of personal details in her wedding.  She made her husband's bow-tie and pocket square, and even sewed her own gown!  Emily's floral collection included dahlias, amaranthus, zinnias, dusty miller and magnolia leaves.  Thank you Julie Hagenbuch Photography for these images!

Emily chose this serene setting behind Cape May Winery for the couple's ceremony.  We filled our galvanized buckets with bunches of fresh dahlias, greenery, magnolia leaves, lisianthus, dusty miller and berries.

In Emily's own words : "Thank you guys so much for creating beautiful flower arrangements for our wedding day.  They were so perfect, and they made everything feel so magical.  I wore the flower crown the day after the wedding, and also the weekend after during our reception party back in Pittsburgh.  The flower crown still looked great and I have it hanging in my craft room.  I have my bouquet drying in the closet!  I think the smell of dill will always remind me of my wedding day!  Every time I open the closet, I smell it and it makes me smile."

We were delighted to receive these images from Elvira Kaviste Photography from Jenny and Jonathan's wedding.  You've definitely already seen some on Instagram - they were too good not to share!  Jenny had a very textural floral crown, with blue thistle, wax flower, orchid and touches of greens.  

Beautiful!  Jenny's bridal bouquet was a lush arrangement of dahlias, ranunculus, sunflower, thistle, scabiosa pods, touches of berries, seeded eucalyptus and greenery. 

We love the vibrance in Jonathan's bout, an orange ranunculus with a scapiosa pod.

Thank you, to our "locally-grown" couples.  We have such a connection to these flowers before they walk down the aisle with you, and we are grateful to have amazing clients that allow us to continue to have passion in our work. 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Tiffaney & Mike at Pratt Gardens

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Tiffaney and Mike's wedding at Pratt Gardens was a refreshing day, and good for the soul.  A sunny day in Pratt Gardens is already wondeful enough to enjoy, but adding in this lovely bride and her bright selection of yellow flowers made our hearts even happier.

Tiffaney was a very hands-on bride (our favorite kind!) and provided a lot of the details you'll see in the post.  We love working with a creative client, and were honored she chose us to help with her vision.

Check out these George Street photos for a guaranteed day-brightener, below! 

Tiffany's bouquet was made of yellow garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, some dusty miller, and lilies for a full cascading garden look.

Tiffany's bridesmaids had a variety of flowers, with the maids of honor, bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids carrying different displays of yellow garden roses, peach garden roses, stock, greenery and some dusty miller.  Their canary yellow dresses are so pretty - we love this photo, so full of genuine personality!

Mike wore an orchid bout with some tucked in waxflower to coordinate with his bride's bouquet and grey suit - grey and yellow are one of our favorite color combinations, so this worked perfectly!

Tiffaney wanted a pretty background to frame the couple during their ceremony - we dressed up Pratt's gazebo with crisp white draping, and added garlands of eucalytpus to run down the border.  Floral tie-backs off cream stock and yellow roses gave some nice details to the points, and Tiffaney's lanterns were scattered at the base to finish the look.  Thankfully, the surrounding landscaping is so full and blooming, our work only had to enhance the space! 

We always love when couples rent these doors from Pratt Gardens for their ceremony - they provide such a great photo op!  We were more than happy to provide full yellow wreaths, with a mix of lisianthus, yellow roses, white roses, eucalyptus and hydrangea.  

This spacious tent area was made to look more romantic with lots of string lights and draping.  

The manzanita branches and lanterns were provided by Tiffaney as her own personal touches for her centerpieces.  We added floral rings with white hydrangnea, soft yellow roses, and yellow stock to the bases of both to complete the centerepices, 

Tiffaney and Mike had a long head table set up, and then their own sweetheart table set up on stage directly behind them.  This was a great way to be close to the bridal party while still maintaining that intimate setting between bride and groom.  We set up a backdrop with our pipe and drape, which coordinated with the rest of the tent setting.  The draped smilax across the top enclosed the couple a little bit more. 

The couple had this amazing cake stand made to display the assortment of goodies their guests would enjoy - it is so cool!  Tiffaney also provided the manzanita tree as the backdrop, which we decorated with greenery, cafe lights, and more hanging votives with rose heads. 

Congratulations, Tiffaney and Mike!  We wish you lots of love and happieness as you continue on your journey together! 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Styled Shoot with FOUND at Running Deer

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Oh boy oh boy, flower lovers.  We have quite the treat for you today!  Last weekend we were able to be a part of  FOUND: the Wedding Market's bridal show at Running Deer Golf Club.  As a benefit of working with FOUND, we were able to also participate in a styled shoot with other vendors, to transform Running Deer into our wildest imagination for a dream wedding.   Styled shoots are a great way to completely let loose creatively, and to use our dream portrayal as inspiration for future clients.

This shoot was incredible.  Creative vendors.  Our local venue.  SNOW.  Everything fell into place in the most beautiful way with this ethereal, metallic-themed shoot.  We are so excited to share this work, particularly because it's our first styled shoot at Running Deer.  We've worked there for years with brides, and this time we were able to put a whole new twist on an old favorite.  

So take a look and get inspired with these images from Samantha Jay Photography - her use of light and eye for detail perfectly portrayed the vibe we were going for.  Enjoy! 

Charlie Whiskey Lettering & Design was a joy to work with, and provided a ton of these scripted details.  Her work completely personalized the event, and added the sentiment that is so appealing to clients. 

Here is our lovely bride, wearing a custom pale pink tulle gown by Sweet Caroline Styles and stunning hair and make-up by Occasions by Diana.  We crafted a cascading bouquet and a floral headband for a bold floral look. This was our blizzard weekend in January, and it couldn't have worked out better for this shoot. 

We completely decked out our models with floral accessories.  Earrings, a ring, and floral cuff with pure white ranunculus made our bride a botanical dream come true. 

We wouldn't dream of leaving out our model groom!  Here he is, sporting a handsome floral pocket square with dusty miller, spray rose, berries and succulents.  We love this look for a groom as a sophisticated touch, and a little different than the traditional boutonniere.

We added these wreaths to the front doors of Running Deer, with banners provided by Charlie Whiskey, reading, "to have" and "to hold," in gold script.  Swoon.  The simple design keeps this entrance classic, yet romantic. 

This good-looking crew made up our ringbearers and flowergirl - and with so many puppy-parents amongst our clientele, we just had to add a floral collar to our list! 

There is a growing popularity in potted plants, ferns, and succulents making appearances in wedding decor.  How fun to add simple signs for the ringbearer and flowergirl in these pots as they perform their duties! 

We decided to take a completely different route with the ceremony space of Running Deer.  We love looking at things in a fresh way, and our pipe and drape rental gave this wall a whole new purpose as the ceremony backdrop.  The giant wreath is actually the base for our floral chandelier - we spruced it up with gold leaves, and another Charlie Whiskey banner gave the perfect final touch.  

Tall candlesticks and lanterns flickered throughout the scene, and our tall gold vases were packed full with white cherry blossoms for the grand entrance every couple deserves.  Our slender gold stands at the aisle entrance and altar were topped with arrangements of tulips, roses, peach stock, and wild foliage to really make this space pop, with a garland strung down the aisle to bring the whole look together.  

We were rubbing our hands in delight when we knew we could tackle this bar area.  We hung a wreath on the front (are you seeing a theme here?) and placed more pipe and drape to cover the back wall.  Layers and layers of smilax were strung to border the bar, and scattered candles in mercury gold votives and vases gave a romantic glow.  

We mimicked our bride's gown with this tulle skirt on the cocktail table, tied neatly with a ring of ferns.  

Mirrored stands helped embellish these mercury votives and bud vase of peach stock and anemone.

This placecard area was another section that we were happy to get our hands on.  We have this vintage garden stand that we stacked with potted plants and succulents with namecards.  Our vintage wooden boxes, smilax vines, tall candlesticks and clustered lanterns made this even more attractive to the eye.   

Talk about a jaw-dropping scene, if we say so ourselves! We are madly in love with this look.  The tall windows of Running Deer served as a great base for us to drape smilax all across for a wild, natural look.  Tall centerpieces were bold statement pieces, and group of lanterns in the center meant that every aspect of this scene is eye-appealing! 

How fabulous is this petaled linen from Let's Do Linens?  They contrasted the soft romantic look with shimmering sequin draping in the chair detail. This long table had no bare spots, with a garland runner, tall centerpieces, gold-beaded chargers, candles and terrariums keeping the look a constant source of entertainment and appeal. 

We will live and die by the phrase "it's all about the details."  This proves true in the subtle touches of greenery decorating the window treatments and bride and groom loveseat.  It's these elements that work together to create an overall feeling and theme for an event. 

And of course, every great day ends with a delicious slice of cake - this four-tiered cake had a flashy gold layer, and we added finishing touches of gold mercury bud vases and candles to enhance the table setting.  A cute little garland with spray roses, berries and leaves helped it coordinate with the rest of the theme. 

A huge thank you to this attractive couple who let us play dress-up with them and  played out their pretend wedding!  We hope some brides out there are inspired by these looks, and we are looking forward with incorporating some elements into this upcoming wedding season! 

A Garden Party Florist : Easter Arrangements!

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Easter Sunday was the OG of the floral holiday.  What better way to represent renewal and rejoicing than with beautiful gifts from nature, springing up after hiding all winter?  We would be more than happy and honored to provide you with your fresh floral arrangements this Easter, either as decor for your guests or as a gift for your hostess!  

Since our daily designs are for members of our local and neighboring communities, this year we decided to do something special for our Easter orders.  We will be planting Easter Eggs in all of our arrangements for the month of March, with little gifts for each and every one of our clients - maybe some candy, maybe some fun coupons, maybe something more!  This is our thank you for supporting us on this wonderful journey we've been on.  Be sure to share what treasure you've discovered with #agardenpartyeaster!

Check out some of these bright inspirations, below!

Love this compote with bright fuschia, succulents, astilbe and foliage!  The bright pops of color make this a fun, more glamourous arrangement.

Simple and sweet!  An oversized mason jar holds colorful ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus for a joyful centerpiece. 

Cooler tones with blue hydrangea, purple lisanthus and greenery are perfect for a softer look. 

Cute potted plants help with a full look for your Easter table - especially the pots have cute patterns like these!

Obviously, tulips will always be a favorite this time of year, and their vast tones make them easy to fit in with any color scheme.  

And of course, nothing sings "spring" quite like bright yellow hues!  Let us know what type of arrangement you'd like to decorate your brunch this year with our easy online ordering, or give us a call at (609) 364-2529.  

Delivery available until Saturday, March 26th.  Shop closed on Sunday. 

South Jersey Wedding Florist : Brynn & Joe at a Private Residence feat. Bride Diaries

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Brynn and Joe's wedding at Brynn's family home was a breath of sweet serenity.  An intimate ceremony, the couple's relationship with their guests was obviously familial - you can see in these images the laughter and relaxation that can only be found amongst a close knit group of people.  The theme of their wedding is such a beautiful reflection of the couple, embracing of nature with personal details to help give that extra shine.  Oh, and 100% locally sourced flowers?  No problem!

Dana Zarin Photography provided these beautiful images with a collection of nature shots  that this couple so obviously loves.  We again find ourselves grateful to have a relationship with such a talented photographer! 

Check it out, below! 

Brynn's lovely fall bouquet was a collection of dahlias, ranunculus, dusty miller, berries, and greenery for a full, lush look.

Brynn's bridesmaids carried similar bouquets to her own. We are in love with the more casual feel with their short purple dresses and cardigans.  

The guys went for classic throwback look with suspenders and bow-ties.  Lookin' good, fellas! 

How could we leave a moment this sweet out?  Joe's reaction to Brynn's beauty at their First Look  is one for the books - we'd be lying if we said we didn't tear up a little bit. 

Brynn and Joe's ceremony space was jaw-droppingly beautiful.  Surrounded by the lush canopy of the trees, the natural dirt floor, the wood-stump benches - the connection to nature is incredible.  We chose the term 'serenity' in our description - can you see why?

We didn't want to distract from the natural look of the couple's ceremony space, but the pops of bright yellow in the aisle arrangements lead the guests' eyes right to the altar.  

We flanked the altar with two arrangements of yellow dahlias, lisianthus, thistle, dahlias, berries, Queen Anne's Lace and some foraged greens from the forest around us.  

Brynn had the base of this heart wreath for us to use.  We decorated with foliage, bittersweet and greens as a subtle backdrop for the couple's ceremony.  The neutral tones helped this piece blend in with the tree, while the berries gave just enough color to be visible to guests 

This shot is honestly breath-taking.  This aisle for the wedding ceremony looks like something out of a dream - such an amazing memory being made here! 

We love the way the bridal party comes into focus through the winding trail.  We can't get over this natural aisle! 

Brynn and Joe's reception space was just as magical as their ceremony.  String lights were wound around this tree and branches, as well as the bordering areas for a romantic setting.  Hanging lanterns added to the glowing light and continued the rustic theme. 

Brynn provided vintage bottles for us to construct her centerpieces with.  We filled them with bright dahlias, roses, greenery, thistle, hydrangea and eucalyptus.  The table numbers were creatively displayed with frames of the couple from their National Park adventures together.  

This sweet little cake wit the golden deer cake topper was the perfect finale for Brynn and Joe's woodland wedding.  

Congratulations, Brynn and Joe!  Wishing you all the best! XOXO

Brynn's Bride Diaries

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

I think the biggest "wow" moment of the day was when I walked into the ceremony site with my Dad to take my walk down the aisle. That moment is obviously always a very significant moment on your wedding day but I was in complete awe of how the flowers and aisle decor brought my vision for my ceremony space to life. We chose to be married in front of the oldest tree in the woods on my parents' property and how everything came together in that space was incredible. Since it was mid- October the leaves were falling all around us as we said our vows and it was like something out of a movie. 

 

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

There was really only one and it involved a guest and the bathroom so I'll spare everyone those details. 

(Note from staff : OMG!)

 

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

All of our wedding toasts were amazing and I cried and laughed during all of them. Our best man's speech was definitely one of the highlights of the day. 

 

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

 No bridezilla moments for me. I think I was too exhausted and had lost my voice after battling a cold for two weeks leading up to the wedding so I didn't have the energy to have any freak outs. And really nothing major went wrong and I had a great team of people making sure everything went smoothly the day of. 

 

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 have a wedding planner other than myself. I pretty much took care of every detail and my husband and I spent almost every weekend of our engagement working on all the DIY projects we incorporated to personalize our wedding day. We had a few family friends plus three of my students help oversee that everything went smoothly the day of and they were incredible in making sure that I was bothered by nothing and no one!

 

Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?

We had a small cake for cutting that was a raspberry pound cake with buttercream frosting and also had a dessert spread with chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, apple, pecan and pumpkin pies, cheesecake and cookies for our guests. Plus a gourmet popcorn bar! There was definitely not a shortage of desserts!

 

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

 The flowers met all of my expectations and more. From the ceremony decor complementing the natural beauty of our setting in the woods to the bridal party flowers and centerpieces in my vintage bottles, everything was beyond what I could have imagined. I received so many compliments on the flowers. It meant a lot to me for my wedding flowers to be sourced locally and I could not have imagined the quality that we were able to get in doing so. 

 

What song really got the party started?

 I don't remember what the first song played was but that's when the party started and it kept going late into the night. Music has been a huge part of me and my husband's relationship and he spent a lot of time creating our wedding playlists and took a lot of pride in that wedding planning duty. Our friend Kevin Reardon was the DJ for the night and did an incredible job keeping everything flowing and everyone had a blast. 

 

Who were your vendors?

Catering- Rode's Catering

Bakery- Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe

Dress- Allure Bridals

Hair and Makeup- The Cuckoo's Nest

Entertainment- Kevin Reardon

Any other vendors you would like to credit?

Dana Zarin Photography and Kathleen Poliski of K. Productions did amazing jobs capturing our wedding day!

 

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 sounds cliche but pretty much every aspect of our day went above and beyond our expectations and was just as we had hoped it would be. My husband and I truly invested so much into making sure that our wedding day was the perfect reflection of us and our relationship and I think we were really were successful in accomplishing that. 

 


Princeton Wedding Florist : Sarah & Steven at Jasna Polana

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Today's blog features our second event at Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ.  Jasna Polana is an incredible venue, impressive in every sense of the word.  The giant iron gates, marble floors, and regal staircase gives the type of castle-like theme that every inner princess dreams of for her wedding day.   Fully living up to the idea of a girl and her prince charming were Sarah and Steven.  Sarah even sings, as required in every fairy tale! (No, really, she can sing.  Check her out!

We have to tip our hats to Mary Bradley Events for so smoothly coordinating this event - not only did she compose a timeline and orchestrate it without a hitch, she also has a lot of credit for suggesting some of the beautiful decor elements you'll find yourself fawning over (we promise!)

Please enjoy these simply beautiful images from Caroline Frost Photography, below!

Sarah's bouquet was a plethora of pure white blooms - garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and sweet pea were made to look even more stark against touches of seeded euc, dusty miller and hints of greenery.  

Sarah's bouquet was a plethora of pure white blooms - garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and sweet pea were made to look even more stark against touches of seeded euc, dusty miller and hints of greenery.  

Sarah's bridesmaids wore the palest shade of lavender to go with the cooler color scheme.  Their bouquets had blue hydrangea, sweet pea, lisianthus and dusty miller to bring out the tones of their gowns.  

Sarah's bridesmaids wore the palest shade of lavender to go with the cooler color scheme.  Their bouquets had blue hydrangea, sweet pea, lisianthus and dusty miller to bring out the tones of their gowns.  

Steven's bout was made with a simple white ranunculus and touches of seeded euc.  

Steven's bout was made with a simple white ranunculus and touches of seeded euc.  

This amazing ceremony space at Jasna Polana is such a great use of natural elements.  We love the how the entire ground space is made up of sod, and could there be a more spectacular back drop than that forest??  The stone elements found in the columns with planters, gazebo, and bordering walls help make this a very clean and polished look.  

This amazing ceremony space at Jasna Polana is such a great use of natural elements.  We love the how the entire ground space is made up of sod, and could there be a more spectacular back drop than that forest??  The stone elements found in the columns with planters, gazebo, and bordering walls help make this a very clean and polished look.  

We used our large grey urns for the ceremony decor, connecting them with branches, and loose flowers to create an arch for the couple to stand under.  Roses, hydrangea and ivy helped soften the look of the curly willow.  

We used our large grey urns for the ceremony decor, connecting them with branches, and loose flowers to create an arch for the couple to stand under.  Roses, hydrangea and ivy helped soften the look of the curly willow.  

There's that staircase we were talking about!  Lined with dozens of floating candles, it serves as another perfect backdrop for this wedding's decor.  Here we're featuring the guest book table, with scattered votives and tapered candles lighting up the card box and guest book.  Scattered smilax, pewter pieces with rose heads, and a pewter champagne bucket holding an arrangement of white orchids, roses, and greenery complete this serene setting.  

There's that staircase we were talking about!  Lined with dozens of floating candles, it serves as another perfect backdrop for this wedding's decor.  Here we're featuring the guest book table, with scattered votives and tapered candles lighting up the card box and guest book.  Scattered smilax, pewter pieces with rose heads, and a pewter champagne bucket holding an arrangement of white orchids, roses, and greenery complete this serene setting.  

Rentals from our vintage furniture collection brought the table layout to life, with vinyl lettering set on our mirrored wooden doors.  Our side table was filled with candles, greenery, roses and ranunculus to dress up the corner and create an inviting spot for guests to find their seating arrangement.  

Rentals from our vintage furniture collection brought the table layout to life, with vinyl lettering set on our mirrored wooden doors.  Our side table was filled with candles, greenery, roses and ranunculus to dress up the corner and create an inviting spot for guests to find their seating arrangement.  

How gorgeous is this fireplace?  We had to create a design that matched the ornate beauty of the mantle.  A huge floral arrangement of roses, hydrangea, 

How gorgeous is this fireplace?  We had to create a design that matched the ornate beauty of the mantle.  A huge floral arrangement of roses, hydrangea, 

This reception room is to die for!  Sarah and Steven added draping to the ceiling for an extra dramatic flair, with string lights bringing even more ambiance to a room filled with candleight.  Jasna already provided the giant planters with trees dazzled with more string lights to brighten up the room and break up the window space.  

This reception room is to die for!  Sarah and Steven added draping to the ceiling for an extra dramatic flair, with string lights bringing even more ambiance to a room filled with candleight.  Jasna already provided the giant planters with trees dazzled with more string lights to brighten up the room and break up the window space.  

Rented wooden farmhouse tables from Rustic Drift warmed the room against the marble floors.  We also loved the chair detail Sarah and Steven requested, with greenery embellishing their "Mr" and "Mrs" signs. 

Rented wooden farmhouse tables from Rustic Drift warmed the room against the marble floors.  We also loved the chair detail Sarah and Steven requested, with greenery embellishing their "Mr" and "Mrs" signs. 

We used two different types of centerpieces for this event.  For the long tables, we created a garland of eucalyptus, and dressed it up with dozens of silver mercury votives, elevated votives and vases with candles.  The contrast of the low garland with the taller candle holders made the tablescape much more appealing.  Pieces of rosemary served as napkin detail at each guests' place.  

For the round tables, we had fun with these terrarium-inspired bubble bowls, with airplants, garden roses, dusty miller, brunia berries, and ranunculus.  Gold mercury votives, elevated votives and rose heads completed the look.  

And of course, we finish with dessert!  Giant airplants and olive branches decorated the table and cake, with a few floating candles and votives. 

And of course, we finish with dessert!  Giant airplants and olive branches decorated the table and cake, with a few floating candles and votives. 

Congratulations, Sarah and Steven!  Wishing you all the best as you continue with your love story!! XOXO 

Congratulations, Sarah and Steven!  Wishing you all the best as you continue with your love story!! XOXO 

Behind the Scenes : Bridal Show at Running Deer Golf Club

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When the slower wedding season comes around, that doesn't mean the wheels stop turning here at A Garden Party!  This is our brainstorming season, where we focus on upcoming wedding trends and presentations to help market ourselves to potential brides.  With photo shoots and bridal shows, we are able to give clients a glimpse of what we have to offer.

With the upcoming FOUND bridal show at Running Deer this weekend, we thought we'd give you a behind-the-scenes tour about what it's like to be a vendor at these shows.  We hope you can see the heart and time that goes into our first impressions, because we are so excited to meet you, future clients! A big thank you to Dana Zarin Photography - our new favorite local - for mixing up our portfolio with these images.  

There's a reason we call the staff at Running Deer our friendors - here's event coordinator, Olivia Michaliewicz helping fit fairy lights into our LOVE sign.  

There's a reason we call the staff at Running Deer our friendors - here's event coordinator, Olivia Michaliewicz helping fit fairy lights into our LOVE sign.  

We decided to stage a inviting seating area, so that we could have a comfortable place to talk to brides as well as show off some of our rental inventory for lounge areas -a HUGE trend in the wedding world.  

We decided to stage a inviting seating area, so that we could have a comfortable place to talk to brides as well as show off some of our rental inventory for lounge areas -a HUGE trend in the wedding world.  

Bits of marketing materials (past work, business cards) best help summarize who we are to brides and keep the conversation flowing.

Small details (floral crown, candles, centerpieces) create a finished, polished look.  Exactly the image we want to portray when it comes to wedding planning!  

Our terrarium table made a guest appearance, one of our favorite reps for our unique approach to decor.

We love playing with centerpiece samples, so that potential clients can visualize what their table dynamic may look like.  

We love playing with centerpiece samples, so that potential clients can visualize what their table dynamic may look like.  

All prepped and primped, ready to meet our future brides and create floral magic! 

All prepped and primped, ready to meet our future brides and create floral magic! 

Avalon Wedding Florist : Jenna & Jon at the Windrift feat. Bride Diaries

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There is something so incredibly peaceful about going down the shore during the off-season.  Avalon, NJ is packed with crowds during the summer, so it almost feels like the perfect secret to sneak down in late October.   That was the exact intimate feeling we had during Jenna and Jon's wedding at the Windrift Hotel.  The Windrift was the perfect venue for Jenna's color scheme of navy and deep teal.  Our bride was from Texas, and had a preference for succulents, airplants and cactus - need we say more?  Of course we were in love.  

Our favorite photography duo of all time, Tami & Ryan Photography, gave us these beautiful images of a fall beach wedding.  

Jenna's bouquet was a staff favorite, made with airplants, burgundy and white dahlias, roses, and seasonal leaves.  We loved her trailing ribbon tails and range of color.

Jenna's bouquet was a staff favorite, made with airplants, burgundy and white dahlias, roses, and seasonal leaves.  We loved her trailing ribbon tails and range of color.

Jenna's bridesmaid carried a similar bouquet to her own, which contrasted perfectly with the light teal shade of her dress.  

Jenna's bridesmaid carried a similar bouquet to her own, which contrasted perfectly with the light teal shade of her dress.  

We tucked some airplant into Jon's bout for a textural look.  

We tucked some airplant into Jon's bout for a textural look.  

We loved the simplicity of Jenna and Jon's ceremony space.  The white folding chairs leave little to distract from the crashing waves of the ocean and blue skies.  The pop of color in the aisle arrangements and galvanized buckets at the altar brought all the focus to the couple as they said their vows.  

We loved the simplicity of Jenna and Jon's ceremony space.  The white folding chairs leave little to distract from the crashing waves of the ocean and blue skies.  The pop of color in the aisle arrangements and galvanized buckets at the altar brought all the focus to the couple as they said their vows.  

These buckets have never let us down for beach weddings.  The buckets themselves are casual enough on their own that we can go all out in packing them full of lush arrangements of flowers.  For Jenna and Jon's wedding, we used huge dahlias, astilbe, hydrangea, greenery and leaves for bright colorful designs, and the ribbon tails gave such pretty movement in the breeze.  

These buckets have never let us down for beach weddings.  The buckets themselves are casual enough on their own that we can go all out in packing them full of lush arrangements of flowers.  For Jenna and Jon's wedding, we used huge dahlias, astilbe, hydrangea, greenery and leaves for bright colorful designs, and the ribbon tails gave such pretty movement in the breeze.  

These pretty little aisle arrangements were put together with our shepherds hooks and hanging vases, and filled with dusty miller, bright dahlias, gomphrena and astible.  

These pretty little aisle arrangements were put together with our shepherds hooks and hanging vases, and filled with dusty miller, bright dahlias, gomphrena and astible.  

We will always be in love with this interior.  The Windrift has such a great open space for receptions. 

How cute are these potted succulents!  Placed in sand in our recycled glass vase, we brought the beach inside.  

How cute are these potted succulents!  Placed in sand in our recycled glass vase, we brought the beach inside.  

Our driftwood pieces were accented with silver mercury votives and small floral arrangements of hydrangeas, dahlias and astilbe for another centerpiece design.  

Our driftwood pieces were accented with silver mercury votives and small floral arrangements of hydrangeas, dahlias and astilbe for another centerpiece design.  

A beach wedding never feels complete without our driftwood vase making an appearance - and it always looks so different!  This wild look of dusty miller, roses, dahlias and a forest worth of greenery made this arrangement a great statement piece for the bar.  

A beach wedding never feels complete without our driftwood vase making an appearance - and it always looks so different!  This wild look of dusty miller, roses, dahlias and a forest worth of greenery made this arrangement a great statement piece for the bar.  

The Windrift has a ton of windows to create its sense of openness in the room, and to give a great view of the beach outside - but when night comes, nothing feels more romantic than tons of candlelight reflecting off the windows for double the glow! 

The Windrift has a ton of windows to create its sense of openness in the room, and to give a great view of the beach outside - but when night comes, nothing feels more romantic than tons of candlelight reflecting off the windows for double the glow! 

Congratulations, Jenna and Jon!  Thank you so much for including us in your special day! 

Congratulations, Jenna and Jon!  Thank you so much for including us in your special day! 

Jenna's Bride Diaries

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

 For me, the most "Wow" moment of the day, was when I was standing on the ramp to the beach about to walk down the aisle.  That's when it hit me that I was actually getting married and the moment was here.  I was able to see all of my family and friends looking back towards me and finally saw Jon for the first time that day.  It was a very surreal moment filled with so many emotions- excitement, nervousness, happiness.  The rest of the ceremony is kind of a blur to me but I'm glad I had that moment before everything started to soak the day in.

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

As I was walking down the aisle and on the verge of crying big, ugly tears, my veil blew off in the wind.  My brother was walking me down the aisle and was able to catch my veil before it blew away.  My brother wasn't sure what to do with my veil so we stood in the middle of laughing until our photographer, Ryan, finally came to the rescue and helped put the veil back in.  During the ceremony, my veil blew off a few more times which helped to lighten the mood and keep me relaxed.  I now know that I should have bobby pinned my veil in!

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

My brother gave a toast that made the entire room laugh hysterically- I even shed a few tears.  Jon and I have a dog, Lucy, who we love more than anything.  We often refer to her as our "dogter" and often forget that she is a dog, not a human.  To poke fun at us, my brother gave a toast that was written as an email from Lucy.   Lucy wrote about how happy she was that we were getting married and she wasn't an illegitimate dog anymore and was hoping that marriage meant she didn't have to dress up in silly costumes or give us high fives when she sits anymore.  I could tell that he put a lot of thought into the toast and it was the perfect combination of well wishes and humor.

We don't judge!  Any Bridezilla moments of weakness?
I really felt like I stayed calm throughout the whole process.  Since I was planning from far away, I knew that I had limited time to make plans in person during my trips home.  I really only felt like I had slight Bridezilla moments in the days leading up to the wedding but I got worried that we were running late for last minute appointments but those moments only lasted a few minutes and I calmed down quickly once we got where we needed to be,

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

 No, we didn't use a wedding planner.  We planned everything on our own, but the Windrift team and our photographers were a huge help with day of details.

Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?

 Neither- we did a cheesecake bar!  Jon's favorite dessert is cheesecake, so we ordered a bunch of plain cheesecakes from the Tuckahoe Cheesecake Factory and displayed slices on a table with various toppings for guests to make their own cheesecake creation.

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

More than exceeded! I really didn't have a clear picture of what my florals would look like.  I was very vague when I met with Mary and Dawn to discuss what I pictured on my wedding day.  I gave them a few ideas that I had but left most of it up to them.  I left the consultation feeling very confident that they knew exactly what kind of things I liked and the theme that I was going for. I had no doubt that whatever they came up with for me would be perfect.  On my way down to the ceremony, I was able to walk through the dining room and see everything set up before the room was filled with people. I was so, so, so happy with what I saw! I noticed that all of my friends were taking pictures of my centerpieces and arrangements throughout the night and Ronda, the Windrift banquet manager, said how original the arrangements were.  I also found it super helpful that A Garden Party has done other weddings at the Windrift and was able to give me good suggestions on where to put arrangements, candles, etc. in the space.  Since I was planning the wedding from Texas, it was so nice to put all of the design in the hands of someone else and feel totally confident that it would turn out great.

 

What song really got the party started?

 I can't think of one song in particular that got the party started- it seemed the like second that dinner plates were cleared everyone ran to the dance floor and didn't leave until the reception wrapped up.  We both have families that like to dance so there was never a dull moment.  I've had a lot of fun looking through the candid action pictures from the reception and seeing pictures of some of the crazy dance moves that I missed out on seeing!

 

 Who were your vendors?

Catering- Windrift Hotel

Bakery- Tuckahoe Cheesecake Factory

Dress- Nicole Miller, Jennifer's Bridal, Hockessin, DE

Hair and Makeup- Taffeta Hair and Makeup Design

Entertainment- DJ- Bryan Bassera of Center Stage Entertainment, Acoustic Guitar for ceremony and cocktail hour- Jim Butera

 

 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?

Everything was prefect and came together better than I could have ever imagined.  We had an absolutely gorgeous day and got to celebrate with the best people!  I wouldn't have changed a thing!

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!