A Bridal Affair at Swan Point – March 30, 2014

We’re gearing up for another bridal show on Sunday, March 30, 2014!  A Bridal Affair at Swan Point will be taking place from 12pm to 4pm in the clubhouse at Swan Point Golf & Country Club.  This is a great southern Maryland venue with sought after water views for your ceremony, manicured greens for the avid golfers in the wedding party and a lovely, laid back atmosphere for you and your guests.

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In addition to meeting great wedding vendors at this bridal show you can also register to win the Southern Maryland Weddings Dream Wedding giveaway.  This wedding package is worth $25,000 in vendor products and services and sponsored by Southern Maryland Weddings blog.

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Register for you chance to win a dream wedding in Southern Maryland here.  I look foward to meeting many new couples at the bridal affair at Swan Point and watching one lucky couple win their dream wedding!

This past September I had the opportunity to provide flowers for Liz and KJ’s wedding at Swan Point.  Liz wanted deep shades of purple and blue for her flowers to compliment her purple and blue bridesmaids dress.  Here are a few photos of the flowers from Liz and KJ’s special day.

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Liz’s father seeing her for the first time.

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Liz and KJ asked if I could incorporate a special wood sign that read “I love you all the way to the moon and back”.  This message was used throughout their wedding and was even inscribed on their wedding cake.

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Liz’s bouquet was made of picasso calla lilies, purple stock, blue delphinium, purple delphinium, seeded eucalyptus, daisies and  blue dyed dendrobium orchids.

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Would you check out those heels? Liz certainly was rock’n some style with those beauties!

Thank you to Liz and KJ for allowing me to provide flowers for their wedding.  I wish you many years of happiness together!

-AJ

 

Real Wedding: Marriott Ranch

Edible Arrangements….Yes, those nicely cut fruit shapes and chocolate dipped strawberries are delicious but these “Edible Arrangements” are so much more fun!  This past October my bride Anita gave me the task of incorporating her love of leafy greens, nature and vegetables into the floral designs for her wedding at the Marriot Ranch in Hume, VA.  This was a wedding of “firsts” for me and I will be honest in that I was a little nervous. It was my FIRST time working at the Marriot Ranch, my FIRST time designing with vegetables and flowers, and my FIRST time using the European bouquet holder for a real wedding.  No pressure right?  Thankfully Anita trusted my judgement and skills and I am so glad she did. I have to say this may have been my favorite wedding of 2013 because the elements were so different and unique.  I loved Anita’s playful attitude and her willingness to go outside of traditional designs. She allowed me to create something that reflected the personalities and relationship of she and her fiance.  They are very much into the outdoors and enjoy hiking and camping together. I wanted the floral designs to capture that natural and organic aspect of their lives.  Here are some images from Anita’s wedding from Klaya Marie Photography.

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Simple flowers for the aisle included plumosa, fern, seeded eucalyptus, variegated ivy and a mini white cabbage.

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Anita and her maid of honor Heather imitating the fact that there was so much edible product in their bouquets. The stem and underside of the European bouquet holder was covered with leafy green kale. They each had mini cabbages and romanesco in their bouquets.

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Father of the bride wore a boutonierre made of scabiosa pods and seeded eucalyptus.

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I love how the fern stems were shooting out from the bouquet. Can you see the succulent tucked in there along with the uluhe fern curls, scabiosa pods, queen anne’s lace and super green roses? lots of Greens, Greens, Greens!

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This image of the bouquet really captures everything. I am in love with this bouquet!

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This arrangement included artichokes, brussel sprouts, kale, various types of fern, uluhe fern curls and china berries with hints of blue thistle and blue delhinium. The elevated log design sat on the cocktail hour cheese display table.

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Half of the reception tables centerpieces used handmade garden trugs sourced directly from Sussex, England. In keeping with the natural, organic feel and the use of vegetables in the designs I thought it would be fun to use an authentic garden trug that gardeners use when harvesting vegetables.  Unable to find anything small enough for a centerpiece through my regular wholesalers I had to look overseas. Thankfully I have a good friend who was willing to accept the shipment of trugs and then mail them to me directly from England.  FYI… shipping overseas is expensive and estimated arrival is uncertain! Thank you Burgeon & Ball for the garden trugs. They worked perfectly and have found new homes with several wedding guests.

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This is a great close-up of the head of romanesco. Thank you to my local restaurant wholesaler who provided the fresh vegetables used in these centerpieces. Have you heard of romanesco? It’s looks like the offspring of cauliflower and broccoli.

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The other half of the centerpieces were aspargus wrapped containers featuring a mix of leafy greens, vegetables and flowers. You may be thinking… “how hard can it be to stack asparagus around a clear glass container?”  HARD until you learn the secret trick that my fellow Chapel Designers shared with me.  I have the best flower friends!  Saved me countless hours of designing!

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These designs were such fun to create and I know Anita and her guests enjoyed talking about all the fun elements that made them so unique.  Can you spot the green onions?

One final note on this wedding…. on our first consultation Anita mentioned that her mother is a master gardener in the Charlottesville, VA area. She has a real eye for all things floral. No Pressure right?!!  After the wedding I received the most wonderful note from Anita’s mother complimenting the flowers. I knew I had done my job well and it was most definitely appreciated.  Seeing the reaction from the bride when you hand her the bridal bouquet that far exceeds her expectations and then to receive such a personal thank you from the mother of the bride makes this all worth it.  Here is an excerpt from Anita’s mother’s note:

“When she initially told me she wanted vegetables in her 
wedding bouquet, my reaction was “Oh dear God.” However, I retained an 
open mind because she is very creative and I trust her judgment. Any 
lingering doubts vanished the moment I saw your arrangements on 
Saturday. I was absolutely astonished at how beautiful they were. I am 
a Master Gardener and have a very critical eye when it comes to floral 
arrangements. I must tell you — I was overwhelmed by the creativity, 
style, and beauty of the bridal bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquet and 
all of the centerpieces and other arrangements you created for the 
wedding. All of the wedding guests were enchanted by your 
arrangements. Who knew there could be so much beauty in kale, romesco 
broccoli, ornamental cabbages, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and even 
succulents. All of the vegetables were arranged so artfully with the 
royal blue delphinium, scabiosa seed pods, burgundy dahlias, fiddle head 
ferns, roses, and other harmonizing elements. 

I have always held the opinion that one should spare no expense on 
flowers for weddings. They add so much to any special occasion – 
especially weddings. In the case of my daughter’s wedding, I am so 
pleased that you are the florist she selected. I will never look at 
vegetables again as merely something to eat. They have a beauty all 
their own and you used them to maximum advantage in your creations.”

Thank you Anita for pushing me creatively and allowing me to provide the flowers for your wedding. It was such a pleasure and I wish you all the best!

-AJ

 

Spring Flower Fling

Let’s hope March is coming in like a LION and will go out like a LAMB!

With that mind I thought it would be a perfect day to announce the spring workshop I have scheduled in mid April.  The “Spring Flower Fling” will be taking place in my home town of Roanoke, Virginia. That’s right Roanokers, I’m heading your way!!!  Whether you’re celebrating Easter or Passover this April it’s always nice to have a beautiful, spring, floral centerpiece for your holiday table.  All of your spring favorites will be in full bloom such as hyacinths, muscari, tulips, daffodils, ranunculus, lilac and many more. I’ll show you how to design a floral centerpiece using seasonally fresh product.

The workshop will take place at the Village at Tinker Creek Clubhouse off of Plantation Road in Roanoke.  This is a great space for a small events and if the weather cooperates I hope to host it outside on the back deck. All materials and tools will be provided as well as some light refreshments while we work.  I will go over the basic mechanics for creating the centerpiece and talk with you about shape and scale.  You will then be free to create your own unique designs and take them home at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Please share this with your family, friends and neighbors. Anyone is welcome and you do not need any floral design experience to participate! I will cap the workshop at 20 people so please sign up soon if you’d like to attend. There is a PayPal link at the top of the blog under my picture.  You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. Most major credits cards are accepted via PayPal.

Here’s hoping we’re done with winter and spring is on it’s way! Looking forward to seeing lots of friends in Roanoke!

-AJ