This photo was supposed to appear 4th or 5th in the set, but I accidentally deleted it in that position, so I'm sticking it in here! I made this wreath for the door to the site of Saturday's wedding. See below for details.
The wedding was at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC. I hope the photos will enlarge when you click on them. The color scheme was white and green; an elegant and classy combination. This is where the ceremony takes place. It is a lovely backdrop, don't you think?
A close up of one of the urn arrangements (5+ feet tall.) The urns are mine, but the flowers in them were done by my good friend and an excellent floral designer, Pam. She loves doing the BIG arrangements, and she is SO good at doing them! I am very lucky to have her help.
Of the thirteen centerpieces, nine were like this; the flowers are made into "take-away" bouquets, so that the guests can lift them out of the vases and take them home after the wedding.
Four of the tables had tall cylinder vases, with dendrobium orchids and faux butterflies on the branches, and river rock with cymbidium orchids inside the vase. See below. I added a few tumbled colored glass pieces to the river rock, for interest.
There were fifteen cocktail tables, and each held a square vase with a votive candle, green split peas and a cymbidium orchid beside each one.
For the tables not under the tent, the linen was being held off until they were sure it wasn't going to rain. So we set these candle holders nearby, so the catering staff could place them after the linen was put on.
Here's my pretty bride, holding her cascade bouquet; featuring cymbidium orchids, gardenias, calla lilies, stephanotis florets, hydrangea, Kermit mums and bear grass, with a tiny bit of variegated ivy from my garden. She also wore five stephanotis florets in her hair, with pearl centers.
A closer view of the bouquet.
And here's the bride, trying not to cry when she saw the presents she had just received from the groom: two diamond necklaces, and she could keep both, but choose one to wear for the wedding. I think maybe he's a keeper, don't you!?
The five bridesmaids wore black dresses, and carried all white bouquets; lined up here on the hearth in the bride's room.
Have you seen a cuter flower girl lately? She was precious in her fancy dress and ballet slippers. She wasn't holding her flowers yet - a kissing ball of Kermit mums, studded with pearls.
The cake was elegantly simple, and it sat on a wrought-iron stand, which matched the legs on the glass-topped table. What a lovely presentation! The easel in the background held the bridal portrait, as yet uncovered.
A close-up of the cake icing design - beautiful scroll work here and a nice triple-dot border between tiers.
The two lamp posts close to the parking area were festooned with bows and streamers; a welcoming gesture.
And the wall surrounding the ceremony garden was planted with the most bountiful roses I've seen in October! This is just a small patch; there were many more, in full bloom.
The professional photographer promised to share photos with me, and when I get them, I'll post them on the blog too.
This is the last wedding on my schedule and as I am really trying hard to retire from my business, it well could be that last one I do on my own. I hope to be able to continue working with Mel Day and other florists, since giving up floral design completely would be enough to put me in the grave prematurely.....LOL I do love doing it and I thank God everyday for the talent He gave me.