Philadelphia Wedding Florist: Tanya & Drew at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & AnthropologyBy: Mary Coombs

There is something about this one that is different.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I can tell you that I like it, whatever it is.

Maybe the red/black/gold color scheme? The classic and timeless style of sweet Tanya? The stunning photos by STORYTELLERS & CO?

Tanya’s bridal bouquet was a fulland lush composition of all things classic:

gardenia, red roses, burgundy dahlias, astrantia, snowberry, waxflower, pepper berry, eucalyptus.

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Maid dressed in gold a black lace held burgundy bouquets of roses, dahlias, ranunculus and mixed greens. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

The ceremony took place outside the University of Penn Museum, what a stately backdrop! Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

The couple was wed under our black iron canopy, which we accented with ivory fabric and our vintage gold chandelier.

See more of our rental items available at our Rental Items Pinterest Board. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

The tall centerpieces of red and gold were reused outside for extra decor. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Love these photos by Storytellers & Co! Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

This place card table display got some ohhs & ahhs as we were setting it up!Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

A coordinating gift table display. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

These mirrored cubes dress up any design! Put them on a gold sequin linen, sheesh, that was easy. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Simple, classic, dramatic, elegant. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Low centerpiece designs in our gold compote with all red roses, celosia, orchids, ranunculus, agonis and pepper berry surrounded with gold mercury votives. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Tall centerpieces added to the drama of the museum – seriously, your party is IN the displays!Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party An art deco cake to finish off the night.  Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Thank you Tanya (and her lovely mother!) for inviting us to join the wedding day fun at the Penn Museum! We really enjoyed working with you and showcasing your classic wedding day style. We wish you all the best! Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Upcoming events -

Meet us at The Grand Hotel of Cape May this Friday 4/4/14 for their wedding tasting, we will be there displaying centerpiece ideas.

Design your Easter centerpiece with us at Running Deer Golf Club on Saturday 4/19/14 at noon. Here are the details!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist: Emily & Ian at The Franklin InstituteBy: Mary Coombs

I just have to get something off my chest, I can’t take it any more.

Are you ready for it?

Here it is…..a rainbow wedding that is CHIC not CIRCUS!

The incredibly talented Lauren Fair Photography shared these photos with us, and boy, are we happy little florists looking back on Emily & Ian’s special day. I really enjoyed working with Emily, her sweet mum and DFW Planning to bring it all together for a home run at Philly’s own The Franklin Institute. Believe me, I saw the dance floor packed like a Gaga concert up till the last moment, this wedding was IT.

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Her aunt made her this lovely vintage brooch bouquet, it was the perfect fit for her colorful spirit. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Confession: I was nervous with the rainbow palette. I am a total COLOR LOVER but it can be challenging to make it all mesh. The simple black dresses and colorful blooms set off their bright jewelry and pumps. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

What color would you want to be? I kinda crushed on Miss Red. But loved them all!Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

After we got done setting up the ceremony space in the Franklin Institute foyer, I was pretty proud of these trees. We reused her centerpiece vases staggered on the stairs for even more impact. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

I guess it is a good sign when Emily entered the room and was overcome with tears. Oh yeah, that felt good. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

The metal trees were decked in colorful orchids, roses, hydrangea, sunflowers to bring in all the colors. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Their ceremony was magical, lots of laughter and tears. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Cocktails on a Philadelphia rooftop, yes please? Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Again, sorry I’m not sorry about all the images from Lauren Fair Photography. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

She just totally rocked. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Ian, the dapper groom. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Submerged centerpieces with floating candles to add lots of sparkle to the ballroom. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Kings table for the bridal party with floral runner. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

We reused the trees to surround the cake, ta da!  Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

A huge thank you to Emily & Ian for letting us do our thing! It was an absolute pleasure. We wish you many lifetimes of love. Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party - The Franklin Institute

{Obligatory plea to place Valentine’s Day orders early, order online here!}

Philadelphia Wedding Florist: Anjuli & Mike at The Atrium at The Curtis CenterBy: Mary Coombs

Today’s blog features input from the Bride herself on her wedding day!

Bride Diaries

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

My favorite moment of the day walking down the aisle and exchanging the garlands. It was a surreal moment walking towards Mike in front of so many people, but the moment I stepped up onto the podium to exchange the garlands it felt like it was just us. The exchanging of the garlands is a fun tradition to see who can get it on the significant other first. The bride and groom get to make a game out of it by trying to make it difficult for the other one to get the garland on. To me, it was a reminder that our wedding day is a fun and joyful occasion and that we should enjoy it.

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

We lost the wedding garlands and rings in the hotel about prior to the wedding, no one knew where they were 20 minutes prior to the wedding! Thankfully they were found in time :)

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

My sister’s speech was one I was surprised at. Apparently when we were kids my mom asked us to make a list of all the things we wanted in a husband. My sister read off my list as part of her speech and Mike fit the list to T. Apparently 13 year old me knew exactly the guy I should marry!

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

Absolutely. I flipped out when the photographers were coming because I asked all the bridesmaids to move all of their stuff from the bridal suite prior to the photographer’s arrival. Of course when the photographers arrived there was still a lot of their stuff – 12 bridesmaids make for a lot of stuff. Needless to say I freaked out and one of my bridesmaids who had recently gotten married herself jumped into action and got the room cleared in 10 minutes. I am very grateful that I had recent brides in my bridal party!

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

I did! I had Nicole Brennan of Lovely Girls Events! The day was so chaotic that I know that I couldn’t have had the wedding I did without her help. Having her from day was absolutely a godsend. From reception decor to sound advice when it came to decision making regarding the day, she was a HUGE help. She took a vision I had and made it happen with the help of A Garden Party and Cescaphe.

6. Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor?

Cake! We had three flavors for each tier: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, and Red Velvet as the topper.

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

My bouquet was my favorite floral aspect of the wedding. I Love love LOVED it! It is current dried out sitting on my mantle (shadowbox is on the to do list!) The only thing I wish I could have had in house which couldn’t be done was the mandaap. The concept and vision actually came from one of A Garden Party’s previous weddings. I loved what A Garden Party did and tried to replicate it, but it would have to be outsourced for the size that it was. That was the only reason we had another company do it since they were contracted out for the lighting already and based in Philadelphia. Creativity for the mandaap goes solely to A Garden Party. As for reception decor I was blown away. What Mary came up with was above and beyond what I expected. Everyone flipped the ceremony room in an unheard of hour and a 1/2 for a 300 person wedding. I myself was surprised when I walked in and saw how beautiful the reception decor was. From the galax leaves in the menu to the gold sprayed succulents and anemones for the cake I was blown away. I love everything about the floral!

8. What song really got the party started?

Out friends and family love to have a good time and party. We had a good mix of Indian and American pop music. The moment the music started playing the dance floor was flooded with guests. It’s a running joke that none of our friends took pictures at our wedding because they were too busy dancing and having a great time. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other other.

9. Who were your vendors?

Catering: Moghul Catering and Cescaphe

Bakery: Cescaphe

Dress: Bought in India

Hair and Makeup: Janelle on Location

Entertainment: The Dhol Xperience

Lighting and Mandapp: Beautiful Blooms

Wedding Planner: Lovely Girls Events

Photographer: Clair Pruett

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?

The only thing I would have changed would be scheduling more time in between or before to take pictures. I felt since there were two outfit changes it was a bit rushed and I could have taken more pictures. Otherwise I loved every minute of the day!

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

Philadelphia Wedding Florist - A Garden Party

 

Philadelphia Wedding Florist: Kiera and Ryan at Philadelphia Racquet ClubBy: Mary Coombs

Mary and I are so excited about some new changes going on over here.  We are having new floors put in the flower shop (no more concrete!), they should finish up today.  Then we are going to reorganize our consultation area.  There is something to be said for getting everything set just right.  I love when brides come in to our shop and are so surprised at what they find.  Yes, we are located in the middle of a field, but we still want it to be fab!  Speaking of fab, I am excited to share this winter wedding with everyone.  I love winter weddings.  This past December we did a gorgeous wedding at The Philadelphia Racquet ClubThomas W. Lunt Photography shared these amazing photos with us.  I loved Kiera’s color scheme; the dark red and purple looked so striking.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of dark red roses, purple stock, purple lisianthus, and touches of cedar.  We accented the roses with crystal pins.

Kiera’s bouquet was white peonies, dark red garden roses, purple stock, purple lisianthus, and a collar of cedar.  We added diamond pins to the roses.

The pretty little flower girl wore a crown of red spray roses and carried a wand of red roses.

At the church we used our large bell vases filled with cranberries.  We topped them with arrangements of red garden roses, purple stock, red amaryllis, winter greens, and winterberry branches.

The reception room at The Philadelphia Racquet is so pretty.  I loved the blue walls.  We wanted to bring a touch of that blue into the centerpieces so we incorporated the blue/purple dendrobium orchids with red amaryllis, purple stock, red roses, winter greens, and winterberry branches.

The arrangements were placed on top of our chic vase, which was filled with cranberries.  We also added hanging crystals (we love a touch of bling!).

I loved the amaryllis!

For the other half of the tables we did little arrangements in our Diana candle holder trio.

We accented each of the candle holders with dark purple ribbon and a crystal brooch.  We also added our crystal votive holders to each table.

Each napkin was adorned with a spring of winter greens.

We spruced up the gift table with cylinders of amaryllis and roses.

The cake was finished with a ring of red roses and purple lisianthus.  We like to leave vases for the bridesmaids bouquets on the cake table.  This is the perfect spot for bridesmaids to place their flowers.

Thanks Kiera and Ryan for letting us be a part of your day!  We loved every detail of this gorgeous winter wedding!

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New Jersey Wedding Florist: Stephanie and Andrew at The MerionBy: Mary Coombs

A Garden Party has been busy gearing up for another busy wedding season.  We just ordered our 2011 photo album, highlighting many of our 2011 weddings.  The album is due to arrive on Friday and I can’t wait to check it out! We have been meeting with lots of brides and are really excited to meet even more this Sunday at Running Deer’s Bridal Show.  Our flower delivery came this morning and I was BLOWN away by the gorgeous Italian ranunuculus that we received.  I have never see anything like it and I know that our bride that is coming to see samples this weekend is going LOVE them.  Today has been all about getting ready for Valentine’s Day, so in honor of Valentine’s Day I decided it was appropriate to blog about this gorgeous, romantic, red wedding that we did this past October at The Merion in Cinnaminson.  Cindy Guessford Photography did an amazing job with the photos and I am excited to show them off. If you need to place an order for Valentine’s Day, you can order HERE.  We offer delivery to Salem, Cumberland, and Gloucester counties.

Stephanie looked gorgeous on her wedding day! I loved her all red bouquet.  It featured red mokara orchids, red dahlias, red roses (red piano and red freedom), and red ranunculus.

We added rhinestone accents to the roses to bring in just a touch of glitter.

I have been obsessed with this diamond trim.  We used it here to bring some bling to the wrap of Stephanie’s bouquet.

Her bridesmaids carried all white bouquets, which stood out so prettily against their red dresses.  Their bouquets featured white garden roses and white dahlias.

The red mokara orchids were perfect for Andrew’s bout.

Their wedding took place inside at The Merion.  We updated the arbor that they have there by adding crystal curtains, with red orchids tied in.  We also flanked the arbor with our chic vases filled with curly willow and red James Stori Orchids.  Both of these pieces were later moved to be used as past of their reception decor.

I love how these crystal curtains looked hanging on the arbor.

To line the aisle we placed a silver tray on top of their existing pedestals and topped each with a trio of glass cylinders with submerged orchids, floating candles, and diamond trim.  These were later moved upstairs to be used in their reception.

The sweetheart table was decorated with our crystal candlesticks, crystal votive holders, scattered crystals, and scattered red orchids.

This was one of the centerpiece designs, a tall vase filled with submerged orchids, crystals, and a floating candle.  This was surrounded by the 3 shorter cylinders from the ceremony.

We used our diana candlestick trio as another centerpiece option.  They were each accented with the diamond trim, crystals and red rose petals in the water, and a floating candle.  Our crystal votive holders added some more bling to the table.

The third centerpiece was our chic vase filled with crystals, curly willow, and red James Stori Orchids.

The cake was accented with the same diamond trim and red flowers.

 Thank you Stephanie and Andrew for letting us be a part of your special day!  We loved your romantic, red wedding, and hope you did too!  Hope you have a fabulous first Valentine’s Day as Mr. and Mrs, xoxo!

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Pittsgrove, NJ Florist: Jessica & Nick at Running Deer Golf ClubBy: Mary Coombs

Spring is finally here….can you believe this weather!!!  Mary and I were so excited about this weather that we both decided to work from home today…which means we can squeeze in some play time with Lee and Leah!  We have a fabulous wedding this coming weekend (can’t wait to see how it all comes out and share that one with you all!), so we decided to enjoy the weather and some time with our little ones today.  I had to take some time to share this wedding from this past December with you though.  I LOVED this couple, their flowers, and everything about their wedding.  When I heard Mary was meeting with Nick, a friend of her’s from way back, and his fiance Jessica, I was excited.  Then Mary told me they were getting married in December and wanted to use lots of cranberry accents and I was ecstatic.  I love a bride that is willing to think outside the box of just using flowers for her wedding.  This wedding was full of vivid red, with touches of black and ivory.  For a December wedding this color scheme is perfect…and it doesn’t come off as Christmasy if done right.  Jess and Nick were married at Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, NJ on December 10th, 2010.  I love meeting new photographers and Kim and Ray with KGM Expressions did not disappoint…the photos were simply stunning.

Jessica’s bouquet was gorgeous. We used red anemone, red gerber daisies, red peonies (LOVE), red intuition roses, hypericum, and a touch of seeded eucalyptus.  Of course we had to add just a touch of bling with some rhinestone pins.

Jessica was a beautiful bride.  The flower girl carried a pomander of red spray roses accented with some black satin ribbon and a few crystals.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of coordinating flowers.  The red bouquets photographed amazing against their black gowns.  I love their pearl necklaces!

Running Deer has this firepit outside now and it is the perfect spot for a picture.  I am so glad that Nick and Jessica weren’t afraid to venture outside for this photo…even if it was December!

I love everything about this picture!

For the centerpieces we filled our tall chic vases with cranberries. To the top we added winterberry branches that we hung strands of crystals and hanging votives from. We added small cylinders around the bottom of the vase with floating candles, cranberries, and holly leaves submerged in the water. Everyone said the room looked like a wedding magazine!

I love all the candlelight in this room…so pretty!

These centerpieces were really eyecatching…I loved them!

For the sweetheart table we used a mirrored vase filled with the gerbers, roses, and candles.  A few of our luminaries flanked the centerpiece.  The room looked gorgeous.

The cake was so pretty.  It was accented with black velvet ribbon, gerber daisies, and winterberry.

To Nick and Jess, we wish you all the best! You two are a perfect match <3 Nick, you better pinch yourself daily because you found someone that always laughs withyou, not at you :) Love you both! xoxo-Mary

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Philadelphia Wedding Florist – The Aldie Mansion with Roanna and ReedBy: Mary Coombs

Recently we were lucky enough to do the flowers for Roanna and Reed.  Mary went to Penn State with Roanna (or Ro boat as Mary loves to call her) and she was so excited to do her wedding flowers for the special couple! Even though Reed is a graduate of Illinois, Mary is happy that her fellow Penn Stater found love in the Big Ten.  Tina (another college friend of Ronna and Mary), of Tina Jay Photography, caught some amazing shots of the day that we couldn’t wait to share with everyone. The wedding took place at the Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA, with an outside ceremony on a gorgeous summer day in July. Roanna was a gorgeous bride, I <3 her hairpiece! Her bouquet featured red orchids, red roses, yellow freesia, and red hypericum – all circled with a ring of galax leaves.  The bridesmaids carried bouquets of red roses, circus roses, red hypericum, and yellow freesia – accented with a collar of galax leaves.  Inside the mansion the centerpieces were done in glass bowls filled with lemons, circus roses, red roses and those amazing orchids. The centerpieces were done in a modern dome of roses with the exotic red orchids adding height to the pieces.  All of the centerpieces were pin spotted with extra lighting and the room was just gorgeous.  Every detail was thought of, right down to adding tall vases of yellow calla lilies to the place card table.  The overall theme of the wedding really shone through and it turned into a gorgeous, fun, wedding.  Mary and I were so excited to be a part of this wedding and have loved sharing it with you. – We hope you enjoy the pictures!

Roanna with her bridesmaids :)

Roanna and Reed had a first look session before the ceremony….I love how he is looking at her, so sweet!

Roanna's bouquet featured red roses, red mokara orchids (love these!), red hypericum, yellow freesia, and galax leaves.

All the bouquets lined up pretty :)

Who knew yellow and red was such a stunning color combo!

Check out the mokara orchids in these – we def plan on using these more. The lemons worked perfectly with the red roses, circus roses, and orchids.

For the place card table we used long stem yellow callas accented with red ribbon.

Thanks Roanna and Reed for letting us be a part of your special day!!!

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Jersey Shore Wedding Florist: Melissa & Joe at Renault WineryBy: Mary Coombs

Dawn and I are always up for driving down the to shore with the windows down! We are so happy that Melissa and Joe came into our lives so we could do just that! Melissa contacted me several months back to set up an appointment and on our meeting day, this cute little car pulled into my driveway featuring Joe, Melissa and a lovely bridesmaid. As Joe stepped out of the car, I could tell he was taken aback by the view….I live in the middle of a FIELD. Sod fields to be exact (not for long, that sod is rolling outta here!!). As I welcomed them into my home for the consultation, I discovered that they drove down from BROOKLYN to meet with me! Wow, I was totally shocked/amazed/flabbergasted that someone would want to drive that far (about 3 hrs?) to order their wedding flowers. I of course had to ask her why Melissa was interested in my business, she replied that she loved my website (thankyouverymuch) and could tell that ordering her wedding bouquet would be fun and easy from me (you can tell that from my website? Sweet!). I could already tell I was going to adore her. It didn’t take me long to discover that Melissa and Joe wanted to have a fun, artistic, relaxing and unique wedding day at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor NJ and I am sure they achieved their goal. Here are some shots that I received from her photographer, Allison Herbert.

Melissa and her dramatic bouquet of the darkest red roses, callas, green cymbidium orchids and bear grass.

Melissa and her dramatic bouquet of the darkest red roses, callas, green cymbidium orchids and bear grass.

 

A close up of her wedding bouquet. We added pearl accents to compliment her gown.

A close up of her wedding bouquet. We added pearl accents to compliment her gown.

 

She looks like a model! So classy and naturally beautiful.

She looks like a model! So classy and naturally beautiful.

Bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of green cymbidium orchids with bear grass loops, finished with coordinating chocolate satin ribbon and a row of pearl pins.

Bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of green cymbidium orchids with bear grass loops, finished with coordinating chocolate satin ribbon and a row of pearl pins.

 

Again, I would like to express my thanks to Melissa and Joe for a) driving the terrible turnpike down to me! b) being so cute and super easy to work with and c) playing Smashing Pumpkins during your wedding ceremony. That was awesomely jaw dropping! Best wishes for a long and happy life together <3

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Making some friends along the way in the South Jersey Wedding BizBy: Mary Coombs

Well good morning everyone - Little Lee had me up at 4 am and now I can’t go back to sleep, so here I am! Rice Krispees and all. I often find myself just laaaaaaaaaaaaying in bed thinking about all the things I need to get done and it kinda ruins my sleep mode, ya know what I mean. I think a lot of women suffer from this, mostly because we are in charge of keeping the world turning, but that is a whole ‘nother post haha. The real reason for this post is to shout out to my new friend and talented local photog, Denise Mabilog.

During many of my bridal consultations, I kept hearing that Mabilog name pop up, so I decided to check her out and BAM there she is right down the street! I emailed to introduce myself and she invited me to her studio for a casual meeting…sure I was down for that! Denise also asked me to provide a bouquet for her “trash the dress” photo shoot the next day and I was happy to do so. Sometimes I see these bridal photo sessions with NO flowers and I just feel like something is missing, the bouquets finish the look! I kinda like the idea of the “trash the dress” shoot, I wish I had done it! You get to wear your gown again before you pack it up forever and take some more natural shots and you don’t have to be so worried about getting it ruined. Genius, Denise, genius. So while we were at her cute little studio in downtown Mullica Hill, she offered up a little impromptu photo shoot with little ole me and my bouquet! There are more photos on her blog, but here are a few she sent to me.

I currently do not look this wide awake haha

I currently do not look this wide awake haha

 

Being a busy wedding florist is serious business :)

Being a busy wedding florist is serious business :)

 

How does she make this look so good? Denise, you rule!

How does she make this look so good? Denise, you rule!

Latin Lady red roses are my new red rose standard - the two tone look is so eye catching! I wanted to keep the bouquet natural, so I added some texture with feathers and willow. I think the bouquet is on the back of the bride's horse...how cool is that!?!

Latin Lady red roses are my new red rose standard – the two tone look is so eye catching! I wanted to keep the bouquet natural, so I added some texture with feathers and willow. I think the bouquet is on the back of the bride's horse…how cool is that!?!

 

The bride, wearing a vintage 1964 wedding gown, it was her mom's! What a great way to give it a new life!

The bride, wearing a vintage 1964 wedding gown, it was her mom's! What a great way to give it a new life!

 

Thank you Denise for the photos and the new friendship! It feels good to be making many new friends in the wedding industry, to check out some more of my vendor friends, see my Vendors page. I guess that is all for now, the sun is up and my house is still quiet. John has another busy day ahead on the farm and Lee and I are going to spend the morning with Mommom, I hope I can keep my energy going until I get to the Philadelphia Flower Show tonight! I love that I can use the “research” excuse…

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The Palace, Blackwood NJ Wedding Florist: A Fall Flashback – Colleen and StephenBy: Mary Coombs

Talk about a blushing bride…Colleen certainly was! I just got these awesome shots from David Humphrey, a local photographer serving the tri state area. FYI to my budgeting brides out there, he has maney different packages and prices listed on his website, thanks Dave! Anyway, back to Colleen and Stephen. Their wedding took place at Paris Caterers at the Palace in Blackwood NJ, which is a great local venue that a lot of brides don’t know about! It is nicely updated with beautiful decor, the ballrooms are very clean, the managers are organized and friendly and they also have space for indoor or outdoor ceremonies of any size. Since Colleen and Steve got married on Novemeber 14th, they had their ceremony inside the Paris Room, with the reception immediately following in the Garden Room. Her aunts crafted these beautiful fall wreaths and hurricane candle centerpieces and Colleen chose to use many of the existing flower arrangements at The Palace to decorate her ceremony, so we just focused on the bouquets, personal flowers, unity candle and the cake.

 Colleen wanted to capture the colors of the season with her wedding flowers and bridal party, so her maids wore a rich chocolate brown (one of my favs, it is the perfect neutral!). For her bridal party flowers, we used saturated fall tones like red, purple, yellow and orange, which looked great against the warm dresses! Their hand-tied bouquets of red mini gerbers, purple lisianthus, yellow roses, peach ranunculus and hypericum berries were finished with some of our favorite accents – peacock feathers and brown beaded wire!

Surrounded by lots of love!

Surrounded by lots of love!

Our happy bride and her maids...the colors stand out nicely, don't you think?

Our happy bride and her maids…the colors stand out nicely, don't you think?

A closer look at the bouquets.

Colleen and her maid of honor…notice how we added a few of the stephanotis to make her stand out from the rest of the beautiful bridesmaids.

Colleen’s bouquet was designed to be a bit more traditional with mostly ivory flowers with a touch of color, it was so elegant! She loves calla lilies and stephanotis, so those flowers were the stars of her bouquet. Ivory roses, a soft peachy orange ranunculus (OBSESSED), hypericum berries and of course some peacock feathers and pearls (sassy and simple!) completed the bouquet.

Traditional with a twist...our specialty!

Traditional with a twist…our specialty!

Colleen, you are so stunning! A natural beauty.

Colleen, you are so stunning! A natural beauty.

Love that bout too!

Love that bout too!

Steamy!

Steamy!

A timeless shot...

A timeless shot…

Her mother’s corsage coordinated with the bridal party flowers and showcased peach roses on a beaded wristlet (we NEVER use those tacky elastic scratchy wristlets) and I just had to include this picture, because now you know where Colleen got that beautiful smile from! Great shot Dave!

Love it!

Love it!

For their unity candle, we just did a simple arrangement of these HUGE orange roses that really said it all. After the ceremony, the arrangement was moved to their sweetheart table to serve as the centerpiece there. Great way to save some money!

This one is from our own camera, but at least you can see the size of those awesome roses!

This one is from our own camera, but at least you can see the size of those awesome roses!

The couple’s cake was a traditional design with a topper. We accented the layers with coordinating flowers in bright colors, which stand out best on any wedding cake.

I like the rounded layers of this cake!

I like the rounded layers of this cake!

So thanks again to Colleen, you were a total pleasure to work with and we were happy to be a part of your wedding day. May the seasons of your new life together be full of many many smiles….

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