Emily was a bride-to-be who had a very specific vision for her traditional, southern-inspired church wedding which was to be held in a quaint colonial church built in 1734. She wanted her flowers to look as if they had been foraged the morning of the wedding from a romantic white garden. Emily's dream bouquet included French garden and cluster roses, Queen Anne's lace, and herbaceous materials typically found in Virginia gardens. They had to be loose and carefree yet exude a subtle elegance that matched the 18th century surroundings. As we sat with her over a cup of coffee we created sketches from her ideas. Those sketches were transformed into the bouquets and church flowers shown here. On the day of her July wedding Emily exclaimed, "Rob and Joseph you totally got my vision!" We helped her dream become a reality.
Melissa and Kyle were an engaged couple with a very simple and meaningful vision. They wanted every part of their July wedding to be created by and involve only the most important people in their lives.
They chose a lovely color palette of aqua and coral, and only wanted the most simple decorations and floral designs; for them, the marriage was much more important than the pageantry.
Melissa was a somewhat reluctant bride having lost her mother only a short while before her engagement. At times planning this happiest of occasions became overwhelmingly bittersweet for the couple as it served as a reminder of how much her mother was and would be missed. We worked diligently to honor her mother's memory and infuse the wedding with subtle, heartfelt reminders.
Melissa's mom was an avid angler, so we placed her fishing rod adorned with a traditional mother-of-the-bride corsage casually by the riverbank near the ceremony site as a quiet, happy reminder. Melissa and Kyle's vision of a casual, country wedding surrounded by fond memories and only the closest friends and family became a stunning reality.
Jessie and Jason are a vibrant, fun-loving couple who brighten any room with infectious laughter and energy. Their wedding story began with a casual, heartfelt, and romantic proposal on the beach, or should I say shore, in Cape May, New Jersey. When we met with them in the late fall to discuss floral design for their Memorial Day weekend wedding, they expressed their desire to have their bespoke design nod to the seashore that they love so very much. It was extremely important to them and to the Bride’s mother that the design not be too kitschy. They didn’t want it to look as if we were trying to recreate the shore in a traditional Richmond, Virginia venue. Fragrance was also very important to the bride who admires the classic scents of Christian Dior. Before anything else we decided upon the flowers—very fragrant white O’Hara roses that have just a hint of blush and centers that look like triple hearts, spicy scented stock, heirloom carnations with a heady fragrance, and the piece d’ resistance delicate lily of the valley (a favorite of Jessie’s deceased grandmother).
Jessie’s bouquet was sumptuous—a beautiful complement to her gorgeous ball gown style dress. Jason’s boutonniere was a single starfish adorned with a few sprigs of olive leaves, and both mothers carried silver Victorian tussie mussies filled with white roses and lily of the valley-- all nods to the shore and the Victorian roots of Cape May. We lined the aisle with small arrangements of full garden roses and the ivory blooms of Ligustrum Japonicus tucked into moss covered pots that hung gracefully with organza ribbon from shepherd’s hooks. The arbor, under which the nuptials took place, was classically draped with sheer white fabric and floral badges featuring more garden roses and greenery.
For the reception, in a beautifully draped tent, large cylindrical hurricane globes with crisp white candles anchored the tables. Tucked amongst the hurricanes was greenery reminiscent of coastal vegetation and large garden roses. A small arrangement of garden roses and a scattering of teal sea glass and peach-hued natural starfish completed the look. The overall effect was as complex as the ocean—elegant and sophisticated while being casual and relaxing. Jessie and Jason’s dream of a wedding day paying homage to a place so very dear to them had become a reality.
Rainah was a bride-to-be with a simple yet deeply touching request-- she just wanted her father who had been critically ill to walk her down the aisle. In her mind and heart, every other detail truly paled in comparison. As we talked, she mentioned that since she is an English teacher she would love a Great Gatsby inspired garden party for she and her husband-to-be Jeremy's intimate wedding. Their special day was to be imbued with a carefree love of life epitomized in the Jazz Age. They encouraged their guests to wear yellow-- the color of hope and true love.
Rainah and Jeremy's vision became a reality just before sunset on a beautiful summer evening. As the sun set, Rainah's father walked her to a riverside platform bedecked with yellow roses, an antique writing desk, oriental rug, and crystal/pearl garland. An elegant long dinner table decorated with more yellow roses provided al fresco dining for the couple's 28 special guests. As the sun set further, candles, strands of Edison bulbs, and a vintage chandelier turned the table into the perfect location for languorous midsummer night's festivities.
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