Peach Palette, Autumnal Wedding at The Garrison

Hello Again, and Happy Friday!

Diana from Jubilee Events was great to work with during the planning of Jenna and Mikes’ wedding. From the beginning right through the day of, Jubilee Events makes sure that everyone is on the same page and their clients have literally nothing to worry about on their big day. If you hire them as your planner, you will pretty much only need to show up, they take care of everything else. We appreciate a good planner, and every time we have worked with Jubilee Events everything comes together seamlessly.

Here are some images we are excited to show you, taken by the Master of her Craft- Carla Ten Eyck of Carla Ten Eyck Photography.  We love when our brides tell us they are having Carla shoot their wedding because we know we’re in for some great images! I loved this soft palette of peaches, pinks, soft whites and ivories, without further ado- let’s jump right in…

This may have been my favorite bouquet of the season- composed of hydrangea, peach ranunculus, David Austin garden roses, local dahlias, freesia and white astilbe with a touch of dusty miller at the base. A super soft color scheme, I have to say peach has been quite a star color the past 2 years, and from what I can tell so far for 2015, it is still going strong!

Hand-tied bridal bouquet in peaches and creams with dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

Hand-tied bridal bouquet in peaches and creams with dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

Let me just put up a few images, it’s that pretty!

A beautiful setting at The Garrison in New York

A beautiful setting at The Garrison in New York

The details on this strapless wedding gown are beautiful, I love the touches of lace as well.

Peaches and creams, dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

Peaches and creams, dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

First Look, with an inset of the bridal bouquet

First Look, with an inset of the bridal bouquet

Before we get into any further details- let me just say that these sock choices for the best-men pretty much give you idea of how cool this couple is.  Here is Mike with his matching boutonniere and the guys- with all of their miss-matched socks! I personally LOVE a quirky touch…

Mismatched socks and cute boutonnières

Mike’s matching boutonniere and the miss-matched socks for the men

The girls all carried scaled down versions of the bridal bouquet, and once again the scenic Garrison has plenty of beautiful spots for photos.

Gorgeous bridal party, beautiful flowers

Gorgeous bridal party, beautiful flowers

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Bridesmaid Bouquets

Onto the Ceremony- this magnificent structure lives at The Garrison, and I would happily decorate it again and again! What an amazing arch, I can picture it done in so many ways….shown here with local Hydrangea and “Cyclops” Hanging Amaranthus, bringing in some green while keeping the decor simple so as not to overpower the structure itself.

Slide10The sky was incredible, Carla tells it best, check out the image below….

The Garrison in New York has such a beautiful skyline, and not a cloud in sight for Jenna and Mike

The Garrison in New York has such a beautiful skyline, and not a cloud in sight for Jenna and Mike

I know this next shot doesn’t have flowers, but it’s such a beautiful story that I couldn’t not include it!


Onto the cocktail hour.  This birch treatment on the walls is definitely hitting my wish list, I need some of this in my living environment. Not  to mention, it’s fantastic as a backdrop for the simple yet elegant cocktail flowers in miss-matched milk-glass bud vases.Slide14


Being in complete love with succulents, these little individually planted guys in white clay pots were super cute for guest cards (stationary by Wordshop out of Denver)Slide13 Slide12

We love the story of this next photo- the meeting of places, touches of wood and gold.  I also love seeing bouquets used as decoration, it always feels good to know they have a home after the ceremony- and don’t they look fantastic, bringing in warmth with those peach campanella roses?


The centerpieces for Jenna and Mike were comprised of 2 styles, one a coordinating hand-tied arrangement in a birch container, the other a set of mismatched vintage glassware with tiny satellite arrangements to fill the tables.

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The Cake. This cake is 3 layers of sheer perfection. Designed by the Pastry Garden… oh my!



What better way to end a blog post? Enjoy!

Hand-tied bridal bouquet in peaches and creams with dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

Hand-tied bridal bouquet in peaches and creams with dahlia garden roses, astilbe, ranunculus

If you want to see more of this wedding, follow this link to the blog post on Carla’s website… or This Link to get to the video by Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema- his videography more often than not brings tears to my eyes- even when the couples are strangers! I honestly don’t know how he pulls if off so incredibly often.

It Takes A Village!- Vendor Roll

Venue: The Garrison, Hudson Valley

Event Coordination: Jubilee Events

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography

Cinimatographer: Jim Altieri of Vintage Cinema

Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone & Co

Bridal Gown: The Plumed Serpent

Cake: The Pastry Garden

Stationary: Wordshop

Flowers: Green Dahlia

Celia Grace 2015 Line Shoot, Eco-Friendly Dresses

Welcome to a New Year!  Anything can happen 🙂

As an appropriate first post of this Illustrious New Year, let us take a look at some of the flowers we created for this years’ line of Eco-friendly, Fair-Trade dresses from Celia Grace…

Marcie from Celia Grace contacted us after attending a friends’ wedding at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, Ct where we had done the flowers. She loved them so much, she asked us to provide some elements for their 2015 line of Wedding Dresses- and we jumped at the chance!

She explained that all of their dresses are handmade, using techniques that have been handed down for generations.  These dresses are created in Cambodia using heirloom hand woven silks, exquisite beading and details- did I mention the hand-tatted lace? They look and feel great, I couldn’t get over the ones I saw at the second line shoot up close.

Honestly, it had never occurred to me to consider the Fair-Trade concept applied to wedding gowns, my first reaction was “What?” but as she explained to me the value of knowing where the materials come from and who is doing the work for fair wages, it all made sense!

Check out their website to see the upcoming Trunk Shows, and try on a fair-trade gown!


Handtied Bouquet with many textures, garden roses, cymbidium orchids, scabiosa pods and ranunculus to name a few

One fine September morning found us driving a few bouquets to Brooklyn for some City shots- I have to say, it was a perfect day, a perfect drive and I even found perfect parking! How rare is that!?!


Handtied bouquet of David Austin Garden roses, maiden hair fern and orchids- loose and natural in style

We met one of Celia Graces designers, Alix Kivlin.  She had been our contact for this shoot and was terrific to work with- in a great mood, lively, beautiful and had also managed to secure the perfect parking for her mobile truck of photo shoot props and paraphernalia.


Hand-tied bouquet of mixed garden roses, orchids and maiden hair fern- detail shot


I Love this blush lace bridal gown with this mixed bouquet of garden roses, ranunculus, nigella and lisianthus, to name a few of the flowers used- and what about those shoes?

Here is a list of all the vendors who participated in the shoot:

Photographer: Andrea Hanks Photography
Flowers: Green Dahlia Florist
Makeup & Hair: Reiva Cruze
Stylist: Robin Laks
Dresses: Celia Grace Fair Trade Wedding Dress
Accessories: Hushed Commotion

One last shot of the girls, I love how the wind is playing with the flowers.

Eco-Friendly wedding gowns by Celia Grace hit the streets of New York

Eco-Friendly wedding gowns by Celia Grace hit the streets of New York

After the City Shoot with Alix, we found ourselves bringing some flowers up to Massachusetts for round 2 with Marcie… Photos below

Line Shoot for 2015, Eco-friendly gowns by Celia Grace

Line Shoot for 2015, Eco-friendly gowns by Celia Grace, Love the hand done details!

Interesting bouquet of roses, hypericum, phalaenopsis orchids, green trick and echinacea

Interesting bouquet of roses, hypericum, phalaenopsis orchids, amaranthus, green trick. echinacea, scabiosa pods and fresh mint

fun bouquet of optic grass, phalaenopsis  orchids and roses

fun bouquet of optic grass, phalaenopsis orchids, campanula, seeded eucalyptus and roses with trailing ribbons

Bridal bouquet of Quicksand roses, phalaenopsis orchids, silver brunia, scabiosa pods

Bridal bouquet of Quicksand roses, peach ranunculus. phalaenopsis orchids, silver brunia, scabiosa pods and “naked” seeded eucalyptus

Joshua Sugiyama is an incredibly detail oriented photographer who is great with light, composition and colors 🙂 couldn’t have been happier to meet him! Did I mention how attractive he is? I half expected to see him on the other side of the lens!

Incredibly beautiful hand-made blush lace fair-trade gown by Celia Grace, with flowers by Green Dahlia

Incredibly beautiful hand-made blush lace fair-trade gown by Celia Grace, with flowers by Green Dahlia

Dramatic photography by Joshua Sugiyama Photography and make-up by Karrie Welch

Dramatic photography by Joshua Sugiyama Photography and make-up by Karrie Welch

I would like to take this moment to say, Karrie Welch had the utmost BEST smelling Hair Spray product I have ever come across. It actually smelled fantastic. Not at all what one expects from hair spray! If you are looking for any makeup artistry for weddings or other special events, she’s your best bet! Karrie even has her own line of skin friendly mineral based makeup- Fortunate Face Minerals.  She is based in Massachusetts, and available for travel.

I love this shot! Make up Artist: Karrie Welch flowers by Green Dahlia

I love this shot, not to mention, that dress!   Make up Artist: Karrie Welch flowers by Green Dahlia

Gorgeous warm lighting in this shot, Florals by Green Dahlia

Gorgeous warm lighting in this shot, Florals by Green Dahlia

And the Vendor Line-Up for the Massachusetts shoot:

Photographer: Sugiyama Photography / JS Photo
Flowers: Green Dahlia Florist
Dresses: Celia Grace Fair Trade Wedding Dress
Hair & Makeup: Karrie Welch Makeup Artist
Accessories: Hushed Commotion

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.


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


Her Maids carried natural, round bouquets in deeper hues:


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


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




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?




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:



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:


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:


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.


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.


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.




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.



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


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.


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.


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.”


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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