Fishs Eddy

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I bet you thought I was done with the posts about my New York City adventure in March didn’t you?  There was just so much crammed into those 4 days and I want to share it all !  I could be doing NYC blog posts well into the fall.  You’re thrilled right?  Did I mention it’s my favorite place in the world?  

Well, I have to tell you about this amazing little shop we stumbled upon while wandering the streets of New York. Most of the Chapel Designers arrived early Sunday and we decided to take an inspirational Field Trip to ABC Carpet & Home.  We all find inspiration in the most random places and we heard this place was inspiration overload. Overload as in $25,000 Vintage Swedish Rug overload. We got slightly sidetracked on our way there and stumbled upon a quaint little store.  Fishs Eddy is a gem of a shop specializing in restaurant dishware, glassware, flatware and serveware.  Their one and only location is on Broadway and 19th Street.  They carry old dishware from restaurants that you can mix and match as well as new patterns of everyday kitchen items.  This store is SUPER fun!  A group of about 10 Chapel Designers bombarded this little store. We were snapping photos of things left and right and dreaming up photo shoot ideas with all the patterns and colors. Sadly most of us were saving room in our suitcases for ribbon and vases so we had to pass on the dishware.  I snapped a few photos with my iPhone of the some of their merchandise.  Everything was displayed so nicely and had a vintage and rustic vibe. Part of the history of Fishs Eddy does involve a barn in upstate New York hence the look of their store.  Please visit their website to read their story and checkout their wares! 

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Upon my return home I was checking the Fishs Eddy website for other locations and found they have an outlet on Staten Island. Who doesn’t love an outlet!  I dragged my husband and mother-in-law to Staten Island on our next visit to New Jersey to scope out the discounts.  The outlet is tiny… you’ve been warned!  I did happen to score some Manhattan Skyline plates and bowls which I love. The pattern has sketches of iconic Manhattan buildings around the edge including the twin towers which has special meaning to me from when I lived in the city in 2001 and 2002. Ice cream just tastes better in these bowls!

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 -AJ

A very special Father’s Day

My apologies for the lapse in blog posts these past two weeks. Things have been kind of hectic in the flower world these days.  We are fielding inquiries left and right for last minute weddings as well as weddings into March and May of 2014!  Bring it on!

We had a big wedding this past weekend that has been in the planning since last summer.  The flowers were beautiful and everything went so well. I will be sure to share lots of images of all the flowers and the wedding but today I want to share a little bit about the couple and more specifically the bride and her beautiful story.

Jewel and Ben were referred to me by my good friend Lisa from Petals and Promises last summer. I loved them from the first time I met with them and I was so very excited to provide flowers for their wedding.  Jewel is super organized and knew exactly what she wanted.  I followed her Pinterest page to keep up with ideas she found online for color and style. I suggested we regroup in February 2013 to make sure colors and designs hadn’t changed and from there we could get into the details for bouquets and centerpieces.  During one of our email exchanges I happened to see a link to a blog under Jewel’s signature, “Love In The Time of Transplant”.   Out of curiosity and wanting to get to know more about my bride I decided to click the link.  Much to my surprise it was a story about Jewel’s decade long struggle with kidney disease and the reality that she would soon need a kidney transplant.  I tearfully read all of her posts right then and there.  How is this seemingly healthy young woman battling such a taxing disease? Her strength and faith are so admirable.

Jewel’s story took a positive turn in May 2013 when her father turned out to be a perfect match for a kidney transplant. The surgery was a success for both Jewel and her father and four weeks later he walked her down the aisle to marry her best friend Ben. Here is an image from their engagement shoot with the talented Vicki Grafton. You can check out more of the beautiful images here.

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Photography Credit:  Vicki Grafton Photography

ABC News did a feature this week on Jewel’s story about fighting kidney disease and the importance of organ donation.  One of my favorite quote’s from the interview is “he saved my life, 100%. I think it’s just amazing that he gave me life and then it was also his kidney that’s the reason I’m actually sitting here today”.  Please check out the video by clicking the image below and learn more about Jewel’s story on her blog!

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Real Wedding: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast

 

This was the first wedding of 2013 and it could not have been a prettier day in Middleburg, Virginia.  Outdoor weddings in April can be risky especially with the crazy weather we’ve experienced this year.  Luckily Heather and Terry had a picture perfect day for their wedding and reception at the charming Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast.  This little inn is nestled on a 47 acre farm with sweeping mountain views of Loudon County, Virginia.  Their Fox Den is a great venue for intimate weddings and events.
_MG_2538The bride wore a stunning ivory gown with layers of ruffles on the skirt.  Her bouquet featured milky way roses, majolica spray roses, white stock, pieris japonica, ranunculus, and silver brunia berries.
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Shades of plum, purple and burgundy were selected to compliment the wysteria color of the bridesmaids dresses. Flowers included amnesia roses, agonais, purple sweet peas, lilac, fern curls, dusty miller, purple stock, seeded eucalyptus and burgundy cymbidium orchids.

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The centerpieces were simple yet full of color and texture.  We used three ceramic cubes in different shades of plum with flowers that included amnesia roses, agonais, purple astrantia, dusty miller, burgundy cymbidium orchids, limonium and seeded eucalyptus.

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I really loved their table numbers. A card asking guests to write a message for them to open on that year’s anniversary!

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This arrangement sat atop the cake and dessert table with pieris japonica, lilac, ranunculus, fern curls and orchids. Love is definitely sweet and so were those flowers!
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Best Wishes Heather and Terry!  We were delighted to be a part of your wedding!
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Photography Credit:  Heather Blevins