Making a centerpiece is one of my very favorite things to make. It is not as stressful as a bouquet, and you don’t have as many logistical issues to manage as you might working on a large arrangement. This makes it one of my favorite things to teach.
Spring has the best flowers, and we had so many of my favorites to work with for this class:
Spirea, magnolia, pieris, garden roses, incredible lavender colored lisianthus, daffodils, lilac, hellebore, copper roses, and fritilaria.
Thank you to everyone who came and made this class so much fun!
Jo and Andrew’s wedding still feels a little bit like a fuzzy dream to me.
I was able to go to Ireland to create flowers for their wedding, and partnered with Hana of Hanako for the job. Hana is an incredible woman, who has been doing flowers her whole life. She had already worked so hard sourcing flowers and foraging before I even got there, she even grew many of the flowers we used the wedding herself!
Working with the planners Pearl and Godiva was incredible. Details were very important to the bride and groom, and Pearl and Godiva’s team and executed them all so well. I was amazed at how perfectly every detail fit in place. It was so beautiful to watch many days of events unfold flawlessly, as Hana and I shuffled back and forth between our workspace and the event rooms with flowers for them. It was truly a joy, I loved every rainy Irish minute of it.
I spent a couple of weeks after the wedding wandering around Ireland with my family, and I am aching to go back. We stayed in thatched cottages on the seaside, hiked mossy mountains, and got lost in forests of giant oak and beech trees that have been alive longer than the US has been a country. Ireland, I’ll be back for you.
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Photographer: KT Merry Photography // Florals: Hanako + Honey Of A Thousand Flowers // Decor and linens: Pearl & Godiva // Stationery: Mr Boddington // Day Of Stationery & Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Ivy Wreaths Calligraphy Placecards: Pretty Letters // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland //Pianist for Drinks Reception: John Flanagan // Evening Band: The Whileaways // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: David Cashman
Creating flowers for Wilhelmina and Danny’s wedding was a real joy. Wilhelmina wanted color-mustard and a bold pink. Spring has so many incredible flowers that are perfect for this palette, so we had fun with it.
Working with Laurie Arons on this event was such a treat, too. Laurie imagined a floral treatment for the ceiling at Durham Ranch to liven up the space. We created this giant 800 square foot hanging greenery ceiling to go above the tables, the greenery extended down five feet and hovered above head while people ate. Got Light was incredible to work with on this structure. After it was filled with greenery the lit it up with hanging globes and it was an incredible sight at night when it was all glowing. The greenery would dance a bit if a breeze came through the space and the light made beautiful shadows that danced on the walls.
We had such an incredible team of vendors on this event, I am so thankful to have been a part of this team that made Wilhelmina and Danny’s wedding so beautiful.
Planning and Design: Laurie Arons Special Events
Photography: Jose Villa
Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Venue: Durham Ranch
Lighting: Got Light
Hair and Makeup: Jim Avila
This wedding is featured in Issue 3 of Geraldine Magazine
For Jo and Andrew’s wedding we stuck with a color palette of rich reds, deep eggplant purples, and the deep hues of the autumn leaves from the many beech trees that cover Ireland. I think building the ceremony arches for this wedding is right up there with my favorite flower memories of all time. It was so wonderful to work with such a creative and smart team. Pearl and Godiva and Hana were incredible partners for this design. We covered the existing arches in the conservatory with ivy and hops, and then build the most colorful autumn arch for Jo and Andrew to be married beneath. The materials for the arch were top notch, many of them grown by Hana herself. It included autumn beech branches, hop vines, roses, crab apples, hydrangea, and an assortment of miscellaneous vegetable leaves that were transitioning into autumn colors.
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Photographer: KT Merry Photography // Florals: Hanako + Honey Of A Thousand Flowers // Decor and linens: Pearl & Godiva // Stationery: Mr Boddington // Day Of Stationery & Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland // Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger // Veil: Emily Riggs // Bridal Party Lace Robes: Emily Riggs Bridal // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: David Cashman
I am excited to have Kristin and Andrew’s winter wedding in The Knot magazine that is out on stands now!
Working with Kristin was fun because she had lots of ideas and a really great sense of style.
This turned out to be the perfect timing because Kristin and Andrew got the wintery setting they wanted in March, and I got some spring flowers to work with! I loved the palette of whites with accents of the wonderful soft muddy colors that spring gives us. Loved being able to create a warm environment for the winter setting but keeping the floral feeling light and feminine.
Happy nearly two year anniversay Kristin and Andrew!
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