Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Windows on the Water, Millstone Township NJ

An English garden themed wedding....I can't wait to see the professionals pictures, especially since I wasn't able to get a picture of the bridal bouquet...I usually make a point to do it before I leave the house, but I figured since the ceremony and the reception were at the same location I'd have time on site to do it.  The cafe latte dahlias in the bouquet were amazing, but of course I was caught up in all the things that needed to be done on site...so no bouquet picture...or picture of the pretty dahlia that the flower girl held.  When I get the professional pictures I will most definitely post them.  There was a bunch to do on site, but thanks to the help from my wonderful and willing assistant Leslie everything was done in plenty of time.

The bride covered every little detail.  She wanted her wedding to be fit for style me pretty and from the wine bottle table markers, to the individualized mason glass jars and swirly pink straws (with a message to take them to the bar for a special drink....which was an warm apple pie drink...with whiskey I think...oh it sounded perfect for the chilly cool that set into the air once the sun set.)

I have a new favorite tool....zip ties.  I helped a friend do a wedding down in Philadelpia.  It was at the Penn Museum in the Chinese Antiquities section.  There were 600 paper cranes that needed lights inserted into them...I can say I luckily only did about 15 of these (I was on flower arranging duty)..but while we were all working one of my friends other assistants was using zip ties to attach bamboo to a plant stand (there were wooden lanterns on top...it was beautiful).  And he said they were his favorite thing so I bought some figuring I could use them instead of wire to attach branches to the Chuppah...It was sooooo much easier than using wire and I feel kind of silly for not thinking about using them before.  I had to move the arrangements from the Chuppah to the entrance way to the reception room...it only took me about 10 minutes all thanks to the zip ties.  I heart zip ties.

 Branches, passion vine, patience and Juliette garden roses, chamomile, white winter berries, ivory spray roses, peach and pink dahlias.

As the guests took their seats they could enjoy a cup of warm apple cider, to be had in apples that had the centers scooped out and cinnamon stick stirrers...as I was dismantling the Chuppah one of the staff told me to help myself...I was freezing and I must have had 8 apple fulls in a row.  It was that good.  During the day it was nice a warm in the sun, but I felt bad for the bride.  The ceremony began as the sun was setting and her dress had a cut out back and beautiful lace...I spoke to her later and she confessed that she was so cold she couldn't even cry!

The reception card table had two cake stands with flowers to compliment the centerpieces.  Here they are after I assembled them.   There was also a large rectangular planter for the gift card table, but boo..I didn't get a picture of that either.

The front and back of the sweetheart table...the bride contributed the LOVE cups.  From left to right...chamomile, Juliette garden roses, ivory spray roses, light pink dahlias...all with a few leaves of lambs ear.

Centerpieces were arranged so they were long rather than round.  Patience and Juliette garden roses, spray roses, succulents, winter berries, lambs ear, chamomile, cafe latte dahlias, pink and peach dahlias.

Peach and light pink Dahlia boutonnieres...

 The bridesmaids carried bouquets of the same mix of flowers as the centerpieces, arranged so they looked freshly picked out of the field.

The bridal bouquet pictures are coming!