Here at the studio, conversation often migrates towards meals on big production days. What we had for dinner last night, what we brought for lunch, who has the best breakfast sandwich nearby. Flowers make a person hungry. Last summer I had the pleasure of working on a very fooderific wedding at Sodo Park for the food-loving couple Justin and Alissa. They wanted edible elements to play a prominent role in the their décor, so we nestled artichokes into their centerpieces, wove crabapple branches through the arch, and perked up the boutonnieres with unripened blackberries.
Fragrant and luscious and ripe, it was a wedding for the senses. Many thanks to the inimitable Amber French for capturing it all on film, and to Megan Keller of A Kurant Event for her fine fine design and planning skills.
Now I have to go have a snack.
Today is a rare Saturday that finds me getting organized, catching up, looking forwards — in other words, not out delivering a wedding! It gives me a chance to look back, too. Today I’m thinking about Rachel and Donny’s wedding at Bell Harbor last summer. They were the sweetest of couples — so much so that just after the ceremony, when I discreetly snuck back to tear down their arch and transfer flowers to the reception, they stopped me on the rooftop deck to hug me and say how much they loved their flowers. Aww! Man, talk about taking time to connect with people. This open-heartedness bodes well for a long and happy marriage. (I didn’t tell them that I was partially teary-eyed because moments before, my assistant had let the arch drop and it fell on my head. And when I say “assistant,” I actually mean my dad, who had helped me out for the first and last time that day. Sorry Dad — love you anyway.)
The lovely images are courtesy of Affinity Photography. Rebecca Grant of New Creations did her usual fabulous job of keeping all the many details together. Here’s to an upcoming season of many more days like that one!
I’ve got a soft spot for the Broadmoor Golf Club. There’s something about it that feels, well… soft. The front doors close slowly and quietly, the carpet in the foyer is thick beneath your feet, the honey-hued dining room is intimate, and the people working there are always so darn nice. I’m always happy when I get to do a wedding there.
For their October wedding at Broadmoor, Shanley and Marc chose a timeless floral design scheme of rich ivory and white, enlivened by green foliages, and accented with soft (there’s that word again!) sand tones in the reception. Maidenhair fern and scented geranium foliage are great for creating subtle green elements. Bonus points for hanging amaranthus and scabiosa pods, some of my favorite textural ingredients.
The couple had their hearts set on an outdoor ceremony — understandable, given the gorgeous grounds. We built a massive almost-arch of curly willow interwoven with white dendrobium orchids and were so happy for this sweet couple that the rain held off! Sean of Affinity Photography worked his usual magic and took this stunning shot of the arch off in the distance, framed by fall foliages.
Michelle Bernard of Married with Michelle used her skills to make everything that much better. All in all, this wedding was a highlight of last fall!