Monday, September 3, 2012

Terrace in the Park, Flushing NY

The wedding was on Saturday, but it was a big production and I don't mean this in a bad way at all, I loved how everything turned out and more importantly so did the bride,...there was just alot that couldn't be done until we were on site.

For the ceremony there were going to be chicken wire cones to hold the flowers for the 20 pew bows.  And trees and columns....I had this beautiful vision and the bride was on board.  Because I used my manzanita branch trees I had to rent a van, I made the reservation probably about 1 month before the wedding.   I made the cones, one night the week before, after going to home depot to buy the chicken wire (I have a guy in there who honestly laughs at me when I tell him what I am trying to build and asking him where to find things...the last one was the components to build project chuppah...that will be in the next post!)  After cutting all the wire I used a traffic cone to shape them, then I twisted the ends together so they would keep their shape.  The next day my 4 year old son helped me filled them with moss as I attached the pew bow holders.  From start to finish it probably took me 3 hrs to build these.

Some of the pictures came out a little blurry and I hate that they just don't do the setting justice....this was so beautiful!

The bride also supplied me with the table numbers she wanted to use, sans the numbers though, since she is a friend ;) I printed, cut out, and put all the table numbers in, this probably took about 1 hr.

Here is her bouquet of spray roses, garden roses, and phalaenopsis orchids and the bridesmaids made of the same just in a different color scheme.

In the winter I'll usually pick up my flowers 2 days before the event so they have time to open, in the summer I usually go one day before, but it also depends on the type of flowers.

This event had lots of phalaenopsis orchids and garden roses, so I picked up the order Friday.  I drove into NYC at 6am and after shopping for the odds and ends for this wedding and the other two events I was working on I was home at 11am.  Then the next two hours were spent putting all the flowers in water.  So I was 'finished' with this part of the day at 1pm.  8 hrs later I was back to work building the 20 pew bows, and 10 of the centerpieces.  The other 10 used cool...and we were recycling the flowers from the pew bows to save money.

5am Saturday, the day of the wedding I was up making boutonnieres, bouquets, and corsages.  By 10:30 the van was packed and we were off to the church in NYC.  11:30am we arrived at the church, I walked a few blocks away to bring the bride her bouquet for pictures, then I was back to the church to set up.  Here is what we did.
2 sets of pillars to be set up.  2 pillars would hold centerpieces that would later be used at the reception and the two other pillars had the manzanita branch trees on them.  The trees needed to be dresses with orchids and hanging vases with garden roses.  At the base of these are two birdcages with small arrangements of roses and garden roses, with a white lantern.
At the church the pew bows needed to be hung and the orchids and ivy added since this wouldn't travel well attached.  At 1:30 we were finished.  The ceremony was at 2, so just in time.

The cocktail hr at The Terrace in the Park began at 6pm.  It was about a 20 min drive. This is the trio of vases for the tables at the cocktail hr.  The green 'vase' is actually an olive oil bottle...I love this olive oil and it doesn't hurt that I get to use the bottle again!   The funky looking flower is a blushing bride brunia.

 The ceremony ended at 3, but then there were the family photos....we didn't leave the church until about 3:45, and by the time we got to the reception site...ugh...their freight elevator was the slowest elevator on the face of the planet....soooooo sloooowww...and unless you wanted to walk up the 5 flights of stairs it was the only way up with all our stuff.  By the time we had everything up it was 4:45.  And then the big shock...the reception and the cocktail hr were in the same room!  I knew the reception started at 7pm and that setting up the cocktail hr for 6pm wouldn't take too long...I'm thinking on the way there we will still have plenty of time to assemble the birdcages, which were being made from the pew bow flowers.   Not only did we only have until 6 to set up, the maitre d informed us that no, we only had until 5:30 because that's when they let the guests up.   So 45 min to make 10 centerpieces (the birdcages), set up the cocktail hr, and put all the finishing touches that I had planned in my head, like petals on the table and such.  She asked me if I would be done by then and in my frantic state with the info I had just learned, I plainly said 'No' and went back to work.

Of course we did finish, I always do...and this whole time when I say we, I mean me and my assistant (cough, husband).  I didn't hire an assistant for the day because since this was a friends wedding and we were also invited I figured he'd be there to help....and the icing on the was also his birthday.  I have a very, very, very supportive husband...I am a lucky gal....what guy would do all the grunt work, be ordered around by his wife, about how to deal with flowers non the less...again, I am a lucky gal.  Normally for an event like this I would have hired at least 1 assistant, maybe two.

I can't wait for the professionals pictures.  These are all pictures I took, some the day of and some the day after the wedding, since the birdcages are now in my arsenal of cool things to rent to brides.  I'm already planning on using them for an October wedding.

 These fans are from the bridal shower.  We played a cute game where the maid of honor made a statement and we had to decide if Helen or Larry would have said it.  We voted by holding up the fan.

After the wedding was over my husband and I broke everything down and packed up.  He enjoyed his birthday after all....and was so funny on the way home.  He had brought a seltzer with him, but we didn't stop all day so it sat in the van.  He tried drinking it on the way home...warm seltzer.  He took a sip and started ranting about...aggghhhh warm's burning my throat....ugggh it's so warm...(he takes another sip)...uggghhh warm seltzer is's burning...aggghhh...and so on for about 10 minutes.  Then I had quiet the rest of the ride home.  We got home at 1:30am.....The next day was clean up.  Clean out the van, return the van, put my supplies away, clean up my mess in my studio (aka the basement), this all took about 4 hrs, then I could finally rest....ahhhhh.  And get ready for the next weekends wedding!

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