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Jessica & Anthony’s Mystic Aquarium Wedding

We had so much fun designing this playful aquarium wedding for Jessica and Anthony – and probably just as much fun delivering it and having the opportunity to play with some of the marine animals. We just love a wedding with a theme and how can you go wrong with one like this? First off, meet Jessica and Anthony, looking gorgeous in the entryway, which we draped in yards and yards of ivory organza.

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For bouquets, we incorporated seashells and starfish into this lovely cascade for Jessica:

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Her Maids carried natural, round bouquets in deeper hues:

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And her flower girl may be my favorite of all with her adorable crown!

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And, because I can’t help it — just look how these glorious creatures help to create ambiance:

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Now, on to centerpieces. We created three distinct designs for Jessica and Anthony – I’m not sure I can pick a favorite. What do you think?

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And here’s my favorite part — a hanging screen we created for the dance floor using suspended bubble vases with petals and flowers, along with gold glittery ‘seaweed’ accented with ferns:

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these images as much as we loved designing the flowers! Let us know what you think.

And big thanks to Jerome and Jen at Studio 1923 for these gorgeous images! For their blog post with more images from the wedding, click here!

Stacey & Alan’s Branford House Wedding

Here’s one of my favorite spring weddings of all time, photographed by one of my favorite people of all time, Katie Slater. I love this one for a couple of reasons – first, I loved meeting with Stacey and seeing her vision for the Branford House – a natural, free garden look, elevated with touches of formality. Second, it was a challenge. A calculated messy look is hard to pull off – but Cat figured it out. She came up with a way of designing these hand-tied bouquets that gave them flow and freedom, AND enough structure to make the placements of the flowers purposeful. Thus was born the ‘Upstairs/Downstairs Method,” patent pending.
There are going to be a lot of pictures of these bouquets. I can’t help it.
But first, meet Stacey and Alan:

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So now the bouquets – we used jasmine vine, amaranthus and Australian fern to create a backdrop for coral peony, purple phlox, ebony hellebore (which we actually grew!), peach garden roses, cream ranunculus, silver brunia protea and white clematis for Stacey’s bouquet:

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We scaled the look down a bit for Stacey’s bridesmaids – and we wrapped the bouquets in luxurious upholstery fringes in taupes and soft golds.

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The guy’s boutonnieres were simple – hellebore with hypericum berries for the groom and silver brunia protea with an accent of allium flower for the groomsmen.

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Inside The Branford House, we used classic gold urns for the centerpieces, each a bit unique in design, and draped the mantels in lush greenery and amaranthus. We then filled the room with candles to create a soft, romantic glow.

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To see more, and to see these bouquets move, watch the beautiful film by Forever Lucky:

Stacey + Alan | Highlights | Forever Lucky Films from Forever Lucky Films on Vimeo.

Credit Reel:

Photography: Katie Slater Photography
Flowers: Green Dahlia Florist
Makeup Artist: Andrea Blair, Two Spa Girls
Hair: Evelyn Cotto
Venue: The Branford House
Stacey’s Dress: Jenny Yoo from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Veil: Custom designed from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Belt: Ivy and Aster from The White Dress by the Shore
Stacey’s Shawl: Ivy and Aster from The White Dress by the Shore
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale from The White Dress by the Shore
Suits: Ramani Clothiers
Velvet Bow Ties: Mrs. Bow Tie
Catering: Gourmet Galley
Videography: Forever Lucky Films

Hope you liked this one as much as we did. Stay tuned. The upstairs/downstairs method was applied again in a very different way about a month and a half ago – this time it expanded into apartment buildings…

Nicole & Travis Featured in Bliss Celebrations Magazine

Our second feature in Bliss Celebrations Magazine is the wedding of Nicole and Travis at the New Haven Lawn Club, one of the most beautiful venues in Çonnecticut. I love that the two weddings Bliss chose to feature were so wildly different. While Sophie and Mike‘s wedding was a contemporary fairy tale, Nicole and Mike’s was classic, elegant and traditional in style. Nicole was so lovely, we were honored to create the perfect bouquet of hydrangea, peony, anemone, lisianthus and dusty miller to complement her personality.

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For her maids, we designed these bright bouquets of peony, garden roses, lisianthus and scabiosa pods to accent their navy gowns.

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The Lawn Club’s classic Art Deco style was the inspiration for these spring centerpieces, which consisted of several styles of mercury glass vessels complemented with vintage glassware featuring delphinium, roses, cymbidium orchids, snapdragons, lisianthus, Queen Anne’s lace, callas and scabiosa pods in pale blues, peaches, oranges and pinks.

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To see Nicole and Travis’ gorgeous wedding film, click here.

Credit Reel:

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck
Venue: New Haven Lawn Club
Jewelry: The White Dress by the Shore
Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone and Company
Videography: Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema

Sophie & Mike Featured in Bliss Celebrations Magazine

We are so happy to have two of our weddings featured in Bliss Celebrations Magazine! The first – a contemporary take on an enchanted forest theme – took place at the Ritz Carlton in Boston. Because we love a challenge, we were very excited when Sophie told us she wanted to transform the elegant Ritz Carlton into a fairytale forest. Before we show you the details, just look at how adorable these two are – and how wonderfully Moss and Isaac captured their love in this image.

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Let’s start with these glorious bouquets, which really showcase Cat’s ability to weave grasses and create drama with just a few simple things. Using just lily grass, phaleonopsis, dendrobium and ingenuity, these beauties were born. Sophie was quoted as saying her European bouquets “stole the show.”

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and this adorable flower girl carrying an orb of lily grass, green trick dianthus and dendrobium orchids

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For the ceremony, we created a woodland chuppah of birch with hydrangea and David Austin garden roses. We kept the lines simple and elegant to complement the clean lines and geometric carpet, rather than compete with the style of the room. We lined Sophie’s aisle runner with softly scented rose petals in ivory.

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The escort card table features a tower of hollowed birch with callas and green trick dianthus. Floating candles in clear glass and a statement arrangement of callas and willow, also in glass, are a nod to the contemporary feel of the gathering space.

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For the dining tables, clusters of moss, succulents and spring flowers in birch logs accented a large glass vase of flowering cherry branches with teardrop crystal votives.

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We really loved working with Sophie and Mike – and the people at the Ritz were really great – they gave us a nice big corner where we could bring the outside in and work late into the night making everything perfect.

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Stay tuned for Nicole and Travis – our second feature in Bliss Celebrations, coming soon.

Steampunk Editorial Shoot

We are happy to announce that we provided flowers for a steampunk wedding shoot that was recently picked up by Rock and Roll Bride! You can see the full post here, but in the meantime, we wanted to show you some of the flowers in detail!

First, a keyring bouquet that Cat and Tony collaborated on — a real twist on the traditional cascade using found objects and featuring local hellebore, bronze cymbidium orchids and mokara orchids.

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Next up, a porthole-inspired bouquet that Cat created using local osage orange branch, clematis buds, green trick dianthus and an uluhe fern shoot.

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Here is another collaboration between Cat and Tony – our take on a more traditional bouquet, which features Amnesia roses, callas, succulents, scabiosa pods, local spirea, foxtail fern, ti leaves, string-of-pearls, aralia leaves, cymbidium orchids and various gears and gaskets.

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A Turkish cooking pot becomes the base for this centerpiece, created by Cat, and featuring purple monkshood, sahara roses, spirea, parrot tulips, frittilaria, osage orange branches, cymbidium orchid blooms and a variety of gears.
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We had a great time working on this shoot and enjoying the creative freedom provided by the exceptional team involved.

Photography: Jewel Photography
Planner: Amy Lu
Venue: The Dirt Salon, Hartford CT
Bride’s Dress: The Wedding Dress
Bride’s Jewelry: Fern Street Designs
Hats: SD Parent Designs
Hair & Make Up: Tara’s Beauty Studio
Groom’s Attire: Modern Formals
Cake: NoRA Cupcake Co
Flowers: Green Dahlia
Stationery: The Birch Papery
Moonshine: Onyx Moonshine
Props: Blaze and Bloom
Steampunk Weapons: Thee-Gartisan Works