Introducing Bride Diaries: Emily’s take on her “big day”By: Jessie

Hello, my name is Jessie Walker, floral design intern, and I am here to introduce you to A Garden Party’s newest blog series: Bride Diaries! We want to give you a look at real weddings from the bride’s point of view. We sent our bride Emily the following questions and she was gracious enough to send us her responses! We hope you enjoy this new series, more posts coming soon!

1. What was your all-time favorite moment of your special day?

I think my favorite moment was our first dance.  It was a chance for us to be alone and together for a few moments and to take it all in.

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

I don’t remember any bloopers.  Believe it or not, everything went as planned!  Everything was perfect and the day ran smoothly.  The only thing that was of concern we the weather.  Early in the week the forecast was for a beautiful, sunny day.  However, two days before the big day, the forecast changed to “periods of rain and cloudy.”  So, that became a big worry!  But, the weather held out. It was a little overcast, and we only saw a few drops of rain.  Our biggest blooper was the honeymoon, but that’s another story!!!

3. Any wedding toasts that made you laugh, cry, or gasp?

I don’t really think we cried or gasped.  We may have chuckled a bit at stories mentioned from our pasts.  The toasts were genuine and touching.  Our groomsmen and bridesmaids did a great job.

4. It’s okay to admit it – did you have any Bridezilla moments?

Not, really!  I’d say the only moment was when putting the programs together.  The programs were a little complicated, and the wedding date was getting close, so things were a little stressful!  I may have gotten a little nasty with my sister, while working on them!

5. Did you have a wedding planner? If so, did it make your day run smoother? Was it worth it?

We did not have a wedding planner.  We planned everything on our own, along with lots of help from our families and input from our vendors.  However, we did have a friend, Darin Pfeifer, who helped to coordinate the whole day, making sure everything was ready and set up how it should be on the actual wedding day at the reception site.  Darin did a fabulous job, and sure enough everything was perfect when we arrived at Pratt Gardens!

6. Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor?

We had a three-tiered cake.  It was marble flavored on the first layer, chocolate chip in the middle, and lemon on the top.  The butter cream frosting was ivory and it had yellow flower details made of frosting.  My brother-in-law, Richard Kopp, handcrafted our cake topper – two little wooden lovebird with a heart in between.  They were adorable!

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

When we arrived at both Corpus Christi Church and Pratt Gardens, I was blown away by how beautiful and perfect everything looked!  It was spectacular!  Dawn and Mary really brought my vision to life.  Everything was just as how I had imagined it to be.  I loved the bouquets and arrangements on the pews and doors of the Church.  The tree with my hanging bird ornament favors was adorable.  My favorite was the table décor – loved the burlap runners, ribbon on the napkins, and of course, the array of bottles and vases (we provided our own) filled with a variety of yellow flowers!  I received numerous compliments on the beauty of it all.

8. What song really got the party started?

I don’t remember a particular song that got the party started.  I think as soon as the DJ started playing and dinner was over that the guests started dancing!

9. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your:

Venue? 10, Pratt Gardens

Food? 10, Di Paolo’s Italian Restaurant

Flowers? 10!!! A Garden Party

Music? 10, DJ – Ed Bowman

Photographer? 10, Photography by Gary Johnson

10. I’m sure your day was amazing, but if you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? Or would you not change anything at all?

I would not change a thing!  It really was the perfect day!

Jersey Shore Wedding Florist: Golden Inn, Avalon NJBy: Mary Coombs

We have been heading down to the shore for a lot of weddings recently and we couldn’t be happier about it! Michael at Avalon’s Golden Inn started referring us last summer as their recommended florist after we wowed him with Jenna and Drew’s wedding, our business loves that kind of growth! Side note: Drew called me a few weeks ago and ordered a 1 year wedding anniversary bouquet for Jenna, so we made a beautiful arrangement for her using the same flowers from her wedding bouquet. WHAT A NICE GUY!! Serious brownie points there. More of our groom’s should do that!

Anyway, back to Heather’s wedding….here she is looking sultry in the sand (which was about 500 degrees!). The beach ceremony takes place right over the dunes in Avalon. Ahhhh, can’t wait to be there in a few weeks for vacation.

Her bouquet featured free spirit roses, gerbers, wired gladiolus blossoms, hydrangea and starfish wrapped with lace and secured with blue crystal pins.

It really held up in the heat! It was over 100 degrees that day!

Since the guys didn’t wear jackets, we did magnetic bouts of sashaba spray roses and starfish. How fresh!

The bright aqua dresses were so summery and pretty!

We didn’t have great pictures of her centerpieces (always get 2 photogs and ask them to document all the details you spent months planning!), but how cute is this alstroemeria tucked in the napkin. Love little details like that.

Keep cool at the shore everyone! We will be back at the Golden Inn this Saturday for an awesomely chic wedding featuring air plants, how fun!

South Jersey Wedding Florist: Bianca and Brian at Running DeerBy: Mary Coombs

 Wow, it has been a true whirlwind of weddings for us!  The busiest we have ever been, thanks to our wonderful clients. Today we are happy to introduce the st-st-st-stunning Bianca and Brian, who celebrated their wedding last fall at the beautiful Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove NJ. Steve Magnotta from Intrigue Photography shared these photos with us.

Bianca wanted to keep it simple with white mini callas, curly willow, seeded eucalyptus and a few rhinestones…mission accomplished!

 See what I mean, stunning???

Bridesmaids carried coordinating bouquets of mini callas and bear grass, studded with rhinestones. I loved the ribbon we used to wrap them with, just a little touch to make them look special.

From the pergola, we hung lanterns and a large floral accent piece. Lanterns lined the aisle as well.

Close up of the floral decor on the pergola….callas gone rustic with hydrangea and curly willow!

Who doesn’t love lanterns?

Mini callas were submerged in Running Deer’s vases for a simple yet romantic display.

Thanks again to Bianca and Brian for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day! It is an honor to be a part of so many meaningful events, we take it pretty seriously ’round here :)

You haven’t seen centerpieces like this before! Tiffany & Dan at the Golden Inn, Avalon NJBy: Mary Coombs

There is nothing more I love to see in my inbox than this, “I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing job that you did at Tiffany’s wedding. Everything was beautiful and we are so thankful that we used you to decorate for the wedding!” Well you are welcome Mrs. Samuel! Now we all know MOB’s tell the truth, so that makes me feel pretty awesome.


Tiffany sent us these photos from her wedding day last summer at the Golden Inn in Avalon NJ. Her groom, Dan, is a chef so they wanted to incorporate some culinary details into the centerpieces, but also nod to the beach theme. I think we did a pretty good job melding them both!

The bridal party flowers….

We accented the bridesmaid bouquets with rope and starfish.

Tiffany’s bouquet was wrapped with ivory satin and I made this little garland of starfish.

She loves bright colors, so we just ran with it! Fuchsia phals, purple sweet pea, green bupleurum, green cymbidium orchids, scabiosa stellata and orange spray roses did the trick.

Her adorable flower girl carried this pomander of orange babe spray roses with a twine ribbon.

Her bridal party included a man of honor! And lots of pretty ladies in periwinkle gowns!

The ceremony was held on the beach, just outside the Golden Inn in Avalon. We lined the aisle with carnation pomanders composed of orange, purple and green carns, hung with some beachy rope.

The back row of chairs was accented with our orange sashes and larger starfish tied on with rope, I loved this!

Now, here is the cool stuff. Being a farm girl, I love incorporating veggie into our floral designs. Chef Dan (the groom) encouraged us to use green, orange and purple vegetables with coordinating flowers as the centerpieces. This is what we came up with! See the lettuce in the background? The ceremony pomanders were reused on the long head table as well. A few scattered crystals add glam.

Orange bell peppers + orange roses.

Green zucchini + green celosia.

Purple leaf lettuce + purple carnations.

Accented with kale + crystals.

= LOVE how unique this is!

The up-lighting really added to the room too, totally transformed the look. We hope all the foodies out there loved it too! We are heading back to the Golden Inn in a few weeks, we have a lot of weddings booked there this year and we are thrilled about it. Today is our last day in the office, the rest of the week we will be working in the flower shop and on the road delivering our weddings. Hope you have a great week!

If you are interested in our floral design services in South Jersey, the greater Philadelphia area or Northern Delaware please contact us by filling out the form below:

South Jersey Wedding Florist: Using Farm Fresh Flowers For Your WeddingBy: Mary Coombs

Spring literally feels like it has arrived….and I am so excited.  Time for flip flops, playing outside with the kids, and most importantly fresh, seasonal, locally grown flowers.  I love when a bride comes to us and requests local, seasonal flowers.  Especially a bride that is wide open on colors and flower selection.  Last July, Trish got married on her family farm near Daretown, and she wanted her flowers to feature hydrangea and whatever we could get out hands on.  We have a couple of local cut flower suppliers in Millville and Pittsgrove that we like to use.  There is nothing better then being able to see the flowers first hand, knowing they were just cut, and using them to create gorgeous wedding flowers.  Gary Johnson did a fantastic job with the pictures and we are excited to show off this country wedding.  A country wedding is always near and dear to my heart, because Mary and I grew up in the country (I wonder how many people actually know where Sharptown is?).  This wedding was full of cute, personal, details that were perfect for this couple.

The bride carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea (cut from Mary’s yard), limelight hydrangea, coneflowers, dahlias, scabiosa, and gomphrena (all from a local cut flower supplier).

We lined the aisle with hanging mason jars filled with hydrangea.

Guests sat on hay bales covered with borrowed quilts (so cute!).  To form a ceremony area the bride and groom stood in front of this old door, which we flanked with our wooden pedestals with jars of hydrangea.  A hydrangea wreath also accented the door.

A photo opportunity was created in another area with an additional door placed in front of a cornfield.  We added hanging candles from tall shepherds hooks.  This was the ideal place for guests to pose for a picture after the wedding.

The reception took place under a tent.  We used glassware that the bride and her family provided and filled it with fun, seasonal flowers.  Votives in mason jars added to the look.

We had a lot of fun with this wedding and hope to do lots more weddings using locally grown flowers.  We are really excited about the upcoming year and the number of brides that have contacted us.  We have a goal of blogging at least once a week, even through the busy season, so we will be sharing as many weddings with you all as we possibly can.

If you are interested in our floral design services in South Jersey, the greater Philadelphia area or Northern Delaware please contact us by filling out the form below:

Philadelphia Wedding Florist: Lia & Mike at The Valley Green InnBy: Mary Coombs

Yay!  The sun is back out…even though it is chilly out, I am loving that there is no more snow on the ground!  Over the last month or so I have been going through all of our 2010 weddings trying to gather as many photos as possible for our new event album.  I loved these pictures from Lia and Mike’s wedding this past fall. Their November wedding took place on a picture perfect fall day at The Valley Green Inn in Philadelphia and thanks to David Difuntorum I have these great photos to share with you all.  Hope this brightens your day like it did mine!

It is so rare to get a photo of either of us with the bride that I had to share this one….aren’t they beautiful!?!

Leah looks amazing.  I love her fur shrug, perfect for a November wedding!

Fall weddings are my favorite…I was a fall bride myself, and I love when couples venture outdoors for pictures.  Lia and Mike are a gorgeous couple and I love everything about this picture of the two of them.

Check out the fall color and the sunshine in this picture…gorgeous!

Lia carried a bouquet of white hydrangea, sunflowers, yellow gerber daisies, red dahlias, and red ranunculus.  Red and yellow are a fabulous color combination, especially for a fall wedding.

Here is a close up.  Look how amazing these colors are!!!

Such a bright, cheerful bouquet.  I love all the textures…and those ranunculus are amazing!

Gorgeous bridesmaid carrying a complimentary bouquet using the same flowers…her two tone dress is so pretty.

Lia and Mike had an outdoor ceremony.  Mary decorated this arbor on site and I love how it turned out.  She tied curly willow branches to the arbor and accented them with hydrangea, sunflowers, hanging red pepperberry, and dahlias.

We lined the aisle with rose petals and potted burnt orange mums wrapped in textured brown paper.

I had to end this blog with a photo of this PSU cake.  Lia was a huge Penn State fan so her and Mary hit it off immediately…and Mary LOVED this cake.  I think she was a little jealous she didn’t have one at her wedding!

Thank you Lia for sharing these pictures with us…I was setting up another wedding that morning, so I loved looking through these photos and seeing how it all turned out!  Today is technically a day ‘off’ for Mary and I…although I bet she is home working just like I am home blogging, haha.  I need to go play with my own little Leah now though….I have a 3 year old with tons of energy and she is begging to get outside and soak up some of that sunshine. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

If you are interested in our floral design services in South Jersey, the greater Philadelphia area or Northern Delaware please contact Mary by filling out the form below:

If you are interested in our floral design services in South Jersey, the greater Philadelphia area or Northern Delaware please contact us by filling out the form below:

SJ Wedding Florist: Julie & Glenn at Running Deer Golf ClubBy: Mary Coombs

Well the holiday season is upon us and Mary and I have been enjoying every minute of it.  We branched out to home decorating this year and have had a blast coming up with new and unique ideas.  Give us a call if you are a little behind with your holiday decorating, just imagine coming home to your tree up and lit and your house looking party ready, it would be like a dream come true!

Now in the midst of all this red and green I have for you a pinkalicious wedding :) Julie and Glenn were married August 14th in a gorgeous outside ceremony at Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, NJ.  Julie loved pink and roses, so we did our best to make her vision come to life.  Doug of Douglas Photographics caught some great shots of Julie and Glenn’s day.

Julie carried a hand tied bouquet of ivory roses, two shades of pink roses, stephanotis with pearl accents, light pink calla lilies, and pink spray roses.

Here are all the beautiful ladies!  The girls over at Salon Nicole did an awesome job, check them out if you are in need of someone for hair and makeup on your big day.  The bridesmaids wore dresses in two different shades of pink and carried bouquets of pink gerber daisies, pink roses, and pink alstroemeria.  I think we did a great job of picking the perfect colored flowers to compliment their gowns!

I love this shot – beautiful flowers and a gorgeous couple!

We designed this floral centerpiece to hang on the arbor at Running Deer.  We also hung little vases of pink roses – so pretty!

Here you can see the vases that we hung.  A simple touch that really makes a big impact.

To define the aisle we strung a crystal garland down the chairs and accented the chairs with more of the pink roses and some pink satin ribbon.

Half of the tables were done in our chic vase.  We added a crystal chandelier and manzanita branches to the vase.  On the branches we hung crystals and added in some pink alstroemeria.  A few pink rose petals in the bottom of the vase completed the look.

The chandaliers really turned these centerpieces into something special!

Thanks Julie and Glenn for choosing A Garden Party as your wedding florist.  You are an adorable couple and we had so much fun bringing this pink wedding to life! We wish you a wonderful 1st holiday season together as husband and wife!

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