My bride for October 10th needed a bouquet for her bridal portrait session today. This one is nearly identical to the one she will have in October, but that one will also have stephanotis florets; which she will wear in her hair as well. She picked it up this morning at 8 am, and I took photos of it because I didn't know I'd have the opportunity to take the one below. I met with her and her mother at the wedding site later in the day, and she was still in her dress when I arrived.
A pretty bride, I'd say! The bouquet features gardenias, cymbidium and dendrobium orchids, hypericum berries, miniature calla lilies, Kermit mums and bear grass. The cascade is making its way back into style after being somewhat verboten for about 8 years. If you wait long enough - everything comes back into style. I enjoy making cascades, even though this one took almost two hours because of all the wiring and taping I had to do. Luckily, she loved it.
One corner of the room in which we met today; furnished with period pieces and accessories. To the right of that corner is a massive stone fireplace; the photo of it is found below.
The place she is having her wedding and reception is called The Sutherland. It's a wonderful old home - and I wish I knew more of its history to tell you. I didn't think I'd ever been there (it opened last year) but as I approached the home, I realized I had done a double wedding there for the daughters of previous owner. It was many years ago, and the new owners have done wonders with the landscaping and additions to the original home. Click on the link to see the home and grounds.
I'll take more photos on the day of the wedding, when everything is decorated to the hilt. Her colors are sage green and white and I am sure it will all look beautiful.
Edit: Several people have asked what this is about. In the US, many brides have a formal portrait made in their wedding dress a few months before the wedding. That portrait is displayed at the reception, and is also used for the wedding announcement in the local newspapers, which appears on the Sunday just after the ceremony takes place.