Chesterfield Wedding Florist : Kara & Andrew at the Inn at Fernbrook feat. Bride Diaries

If you've ever imagined taking a stroll through a secret garden, you'll have had a small glimpse of the atmosphere at Kara and Andrew's wedding at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms.  

Kara gravitated toward more textural flowers, and with a color scheme leaning more towards blue and cooler tones, we were able to come up with a unique combination of floral arrangements. Her eclectic collection of decor details welcomed guests into a reception full of sentiment and beauty.

Sam Hurd Photography did an amazing job in showing the personality of this event, and we are drooling over how perfectly he captured the different elements that came together - especially the enclosed garden that hosted the couple's ceremony.  


Kara's bouquet was shaped very loosely, as if she had gone to pick wildflowers right from the field.  We included thistle, protea, astilbe, waxflower, delphinium and greens.

How amazing are those bridesmaids' gowns?!  Kara's love for textures and meticulous detailing really shines through in every aspect of her planning!

Andrew's bout was a cluster of berries, waxflower and delphinium.

These adorable blue French doors framed the entrance into the garden area for the ceremony.  We added a huge floral spray,  smilax vines, moss and rose petals to really dress them up.

We used our willow twig arch with more smilax, delphinium, eucalyptus and hanging amaranthus to set the altar scene.  Wooden boxes filled with blue and purple flowers lined the aisle to bring more natural color to a scene so full of lush greenery.

We couldn't bear to let this beauty stay unseen during the whole reception, so we hustled it out where it could be fully appreciated - thanks to the helpful hands of the staff at the Inn at Fernbrook!

We loved the vintage-feel of Kara's reception decor.  We had wooden lanterns placed wherever there was room for them, along with glass bud vases, brass candlesticks with navy pillar and taper candles.  Soft blue fabrics made up table runners, ribbons and napkins and were contrasted perfectly with the warm wood of the farm tables. Brass compotes with marsala and navy arrangements brought a little bit of drama to the tablescape and helped tie the look together.

Voila!  Don't those blue French doors look like they were meant for that spot?  We used our pipe and drape to clean up the backdrop for Kara and Andrew's sweetheart table, creating the perfect spot for her custom-made sign.  Lanterns, bud vases, garland and chair details made this a very special spot for them to enjoy their first meal as a married couple.

The Inn at Fernbrook has a great set up in that we could efficiently move ceremony elements to the reception.  The wooden boxes that served as aisle arrangements created the illusion of a stage for the band to play behind. 

Congratulations, Kara and Andrew!  Hope you enjoy your first holiday season as newlyweds, and we can't wait to hear what 2017 has in store for you!

Kara's Bride Diaries 

What was your most dreamlike moment?

My most dreamlike moment was walking through our blue antique French doors covered in the most gorgeous awning of flowers that Mary & Dawn designed and built and then looking up to see my husband at the other end of the aisle waiting for me.


Did you include any sentimental items in your decor or details?  

My dad and I hand-built a structure to hold up these beautiful antique blue doors that were used as an entrance to the ceremony aisle and then again as backdrop for our sweetheart table in our reception. Once they were fully decorated in flowers, they looked truly stunning. Mary & her A Garden Party team went above and beyond on the day of my wedding and waited until after the ceremony to move the structure to the reception tent and set it up perfectly. Mary and Dawn both had endless ideas and suggestions to make my visions come to life and then went out of their way to make those ideas a reality. I could not be more grateful  for and in love with their work!


What was your favorite decor detail from your wedding day?

Besides the French doors, I was completely in love with our floral ceremony archway at the front of the aisle. It was STUNNING. The flower colors and textures were so beyond anything I could have thought up or found on Pinterest or anywhere else. I felt like I had this beautiful magazine wedding and it has everything to do with their floral designs & decorations.


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

YES! You went so far above and beyond bringing my floral dreams to life! It was prettier than I could have ever imagined. 


 Are there any other features or memorable moments you'd like to include? 

The boutonnieres, flower crowns, and bouquets were absolutely exquisite. Also a very favorite part of our wedding.  :)

Who were your vendors? 

Catering- The Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Chef Christine

Bakery- The Inn at Fernbrook Farms - Chef Christine

Dress- I do...I do... (in Morristown, NJ)

Hair and Makeup- Hair= Taffeta Hair and Makeup Design. Makeup = Face the Occassion Makeup Design

Entertainment- The Blaire Reinhard Band

A Garden Party - thank you x 1000000000 for your beautiful ideas, hard work, and crafty hands and for making all our wedding dreams come true! 


Mary Coombs