Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Glen Foerd Mansion, Philadelphia April 28th

I'm finally getting to posting the most recent weddings, starting with this one from April 28th at the Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia.   This is such a beautiful spot on the Delaware River and usually I don't travel this far south for events, but of course I always make exceptions, and honestly would probably go anywhere!  

In this case the bride and I met at a bridal show in Central Jersey, where she is from, but she hadn't yet found quite the right reception space for her very creatively themed wedding.  It was a mix of Midsummer Nights Dream and Mardi Gras.  There were even masks for the guests to wear, which she originally wanted included in the centerpieces.  She ended up with the masks on the escort card table, it really looked festive.  Right off the bat her guests knew this was not going to be your ordinary run of the mill wedding.

If ever there was a DIY bride Irina was it.  She glued ribbon, that matched the table clothes she found, to each and every votive candle, wine bottles with table numbers and peacock feather, she had an abundance of little this and thats to be placed around the mansion...she was a very busy girl in the days leading up to the wedding and she was so committed to getting the right look for the day.  (I told her with her attention to detail she should become a wedding planner!) That's how she ended up at the Glen Foerd Mansion, as it was the only place that had the grounds to reflect the sprites and fairies of Midsummer Nights Dream, and the big ole historical mansion that could have been transplanted right out of the South, to lend to the Mardi Gras theme.  

The floral designs were no exception, and were created to look a bit ethereal a bit mardi gras.... 

The Bridesmaids carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea, purple allium, fiddle head ferns, and blue delphinium.  A nest of Spanish moss was wrapped around and meant to hang down from the bottom of the bouquet...think of the big southern trees dripping in Spanish moss.  

The Brides Bouquet was fun to make...Purple hydrangea, fiddle head ferns, bells of Ireland, Picasa calla lilies, kangaroo paw, green hypericum berries, and wildflowers....and you can't miss the peacock feathers!

The Boutonnieres....wildflowers, fiddle head fern, Picasa callas, peacock feather, and hypericum berries.  

The Mansion doesn't have space inside for a reception, although the cocktail hr is held there, so there is a very sturdy atrium type tent connected to the building.  The centerpieces were meant to be wild and connect to the gardens and views...although the day of the wedding was overcast, there is a very other worldly look to the pictures where you can see the foggy view.  

The shorter centerpieces had a lantern in the center of a floral wreath of flowers, babies breath, delphinium, red charm peonies, wildflowers, sweet peas, allium, and hypericum berries.  Our first versions of the centerpieces had roses and a much different array of flowers...to stay within budget, but the bride just couldn't part from her original vision...which didn't include a single rose, and so that's the course we took.  

The taller centerpieces were white cherry blossom with dark purple hydrangea at the bottom.  The bride found candle holders that swirled up around the centerpieces.  



More weddings to come!  

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