floral design

Rose & Sheila's Wedding

Rose is one of my favorite people in the entire world and one of my best friends. Her partner (and now wife!), Sheila, is the perfect counter-balance to Rose and a delightful person. I am so happy they found each other and delighted they let me be a part of their love-filled celebration. 

Rose and Sheila love the outdoors and hiking with their dog, Brady. They had initially looked at doing an outdoor wedding but decided against it in the end. We still wanted to bring as much of a wild, local vibe to the design as possible, however, so I focused on bringing that element into the flower arrangements. I foraged for the material used on the ceremony arch, as well as for the blossoms used in the two large pieces in the lobby. I mixed in a local shrub (I couldn't find anyone to identify it, sorry) into the centerpieces to give them an interesting texture. They were also ahead of the trend when they chose violet as their focus color as Pantone announced Ultra-Violet as their 2018 Color of the Year! We wanted to balance out the various tones of purple with deep greens and touches of cream to keep the palette seasonally relevant. 

Since there were two brides, I wanted to make sure their bouquets had two distinct personalities. Rose's bouquet was larger and a little more wild, while Sheila's was petite and sophisticated. I had their bridesmaid's bouquets mirror their bride's style to help keep everything visually consistent. Rose and her father built the copper arch used in the ceremony. 

They had a super hip photographer who captured some incredible shots in their unique venue. Here are some photos from their celebration from this past October in New Milford. I'm so excited to share these with you! 

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Here's us with Rosie!

Here's us with Rosie!

 

VENDORS: Wedding Venue: 19 Main / Photography:  Parenthesis Photography / Catering: David Alan Catering / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Wedding Planner: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dresses: David's Bridal / Hair & Makeup:  Paras Style / Invitations: AV Costa

Our Wedding - Part II, Celebration

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Our wedding was a celebration filled with hand-made and locally sourced details. Here are some of my favorites:

  • My sister, who is a comic book artist, drew silhouettes of Dan and I, which we used on the menus I designed and had printed

  • I spent 100 hours making crepe paper gardenias as escort cards by hand (the guests wore them around all evening!)

  • Dan’s mom is a thrift shopping queen and sourced the 10 authentic Vermont maple syrup buckets I filled with live ferns for the aisle decorations. She also found all of the vases (glass footed bowls) and votive candle holders (glass tumblers) from thrift stores up and down the east coast that we used on all of the tables.

  • Daniel, who is an Eagle Scout, wore a vintage Boy Scout pin that said “Be Prepared” that I bought on eBay for him a year before the wedding and kept so secret I accidentally hid it from myself and couldn’t find it for a few months!

  • My mom sewed all of bench cushions for the ceremony.

  • My dress was Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige. I have seen hundreds of brides walk down the aisle and I really wanted something unique but timeless, but the bridal salon attendants didn't really believe me. They kept bringing me the same dress I'd seen on all those girls until I finally started wandering around by myself and started pulling crazy things off the shelves, and then they caught on. We narrowed it down to an ombre pink fit and flare by Modern Trousseau or the long sleeved, shear gown I chose. I put it on and felt a little fluffy in it, but it was a magical unicorn kind of fluffy. Plus, cleavage.

  • His outfit was pretty epic too. Dan wore Christian Louboutin loafers and a feather bow-tie from Brackish. He was super chic.

  • We had a locally sourced beer bar by Beer'd for our guests during the cocktail reception as they played lawn games and were entertained with a duo of celtic fiddlers. Dan is a big beer buff so there were hops in the boutonnieres and in Daniel’s sisters’ bridesmaid’s bouquets.

  • I was allowed to do all the flowers by a much protesting family on the condition that I had help, so I hired Maggie Bascom from Slainte Event Planning and Design whom I actually worked with at Jordan Caterers when we were both in high school and through college. She was a great help and someone I trusted completely to tell me to stay out of the kitchen! And get my hands off the peonies. Despite that, I made my bridal bouquet the morning of the wedding as my bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done. There’s a photo of me spraying my bouquet with leaf-shine while in my wedding dress! I was up till 2 in the morning the night of the wedding making corsages and buttonholes.

VENDORS: Photography:  Cole + Kiera Photography / Videography: Mario Paniagua / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Day-of Coordination: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige / Groom's Tux: Bonobos / Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage / Papergoods (menu, programs, placecards): First Blush Event and Floral Design / Invitations: Minted.com / Donuts: Dixie Donuts / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery / Wedding Venue: Eolia - The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park

Sneak Peak: Indian Summer Styled Shoot

Megan, from Coppola Creative (you can check her mad calligraphy skills here), asked me to help on this lovely little shoot and I was happy to help. She mentioned pineapples and I was sold! You can check out the full shoot at Westchester Wedding Planner or Bespoke Bride. Here's a peep at some of the bright & colorful florals I put together. 

Special thanks to all the amazing vendors who worked on this project!

photography @jamielefkowitz; visionary, event design & calligraphy @coppolacreativeevent planning & styling @jackandgracenydresses @bellabridesmaids; jewels @thejewelrygallerymodel @karolinadaria & @conorob; chocolates @bluetulipchoc; cake @sweet_lisas_cakes; beauty @jackiestyles; confetti @theconfettibarribbon @angelaliguori

Foraged Foliage and Farm-picked Dahlias

These pieces were out together for Rosh Hashanah Services at Temple Or'Shalom. They were my New Year mitzvah! Stems of cream stock, deep blue monkshood, fluffy, fluffy ranunculus, some really interesting greens, as well as some foliage foraged from the woods in Vermont were the frame holding this piece together. 

The main lady on this stage however was freshly picked dahlias from the farm where we get our CSA: River Crest Farm. They're amazing over there and let me come walk around in their fields and pick all the pretty blossoms I wanted. I kept my gluttony to a minimum, however, and just sprinkled them throughout the two final pieces.

I think my arrangements were a little wilder than the ladies at the Temple expected, but I like that they look like they could be growing right beneath an amazing fall maple. My stark but luxurious pieces for Yom Kippur were much more up their alley. 

Dan & Emma's Wedding Sneak Peak

I am so excited to share with you some photos from our wedding from this past June. We had an amazing team who helped to take over for me so I could actually experience my day and be a bride - something everyone from my mom to my groom was concerned about. I spent a good long time before the wedding defending my decision to do my own flowers and in the end I had an amazing team of helpers tearing thorns off of roses and carrying flower buckets around for me.

Everyone from Maggie at Slainte Events to Patti at A Thyme To Cook embraced that I wanted a hands-on approach to planning as a fellow wedding professional but also listened to pleas from my family that I was forbidden to pick up, fix, or futz with anything as soon as I put my wedding dress on. Of course, my shiny floral spray was on the truck while I did my bouquet so there is that one photo of me spraying it in my wedding dress, much to everyone's dismay....

Here's a couple of photos courtesy of Cole + Kiera, my spectacular wedding photographers. 

VENDORS: Photography:  Cole + Kiera Photography / Videography: Mario Paniagua / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Floral & Event Design: First Blush Event and Floral Design / Day-of Coordination: Slainte Event Planning / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm by Hailey Paige / Groom's Tux: Bonobos / Hair & Makeup: Beauty Entourage / Papergoods (menu, programs, placecards): First Blush Event and Floral Design / Invitations: Minted.com / Donuts: Dixie Donuts / Wedding Cake: Sugar Bakery / Wedding Venue: Eolia - The Mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park