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Today’s wedding Wednesday post celebrates one of my favorite types of wedding to design and plan- a wedding in the client’s home. There is nothing more special for a bride to get married at the home where grew up, or where the parents have created a home.  And, how fantastic for a bride to get ready for the day in a place where she is comfortable! We look forward to heading back to our client’s home in October, when we will be doing another wedding at their home for this bride’s younger sister!   Liz Banfield provides this lovely imagery.

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Wedding party Collage

This bride wanted a formal and classic feel for the day. Guys wore white dinner jackets, which was the perfect compliment for the blue and white color palette accented with green. All white flowers were still lush and full of texture.

Ceremony floral Collage

The aisle began at the front door making for a grand entrance for all of the wedding party attendants.

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Flooring was laid over the front yard and covered with seagrass making for a natural extension of the surroundings. Wrought iron chandeliers full of greenery and flowers blanketed the ceremony “alter”.

Ceremony Collage

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I always encourage clients who are hosting the wedding at their home, to open it up. Invite the party in! Use your silver and serving pieces, there is no more perfect occasion to do so!

Cocktail food Collage

Since, this wedding had hundreds of guests in attendance, we needed to be strategic in the layout and serving of food. With an overall garden theme, cocktail shrimp served in a garden fountain just seemed like the perfect fit!

Cocktail detail Collage

Large food stations with individual composed dishes were arranged throughout the grounds. For me, seated dinners provide such a template for design and decor that you sometimes can’t achieve as well with stations or buffet style parties. So, we really work to dress up and design our stations and bars. Umbrellas were filled with greenery, flowers, and candle lanterns. Custom fabric and toppers finish off the tailored feel we were going for…

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Garden Collage

The mother of the bride is an avid and accomplished gardner in her own right. A couple of weeks after the wedding, the local Garden Tour was set to make it’s final stop at her property… so, we already had surroundings that most people would only hope to have.

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Cake Collage

We decided to house the cake in it’s own “greenhouse”. The home had a Cistern type building on the grounds that made a beyond elegant backdrop for the cake. We designed a flower installation to accent the amazing detail of the cake florals made by Jim Smeal.

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To keep guests sustained and entertained well into the evening, late night food stations with mini donuts and hot pretzels were set up and servers passed root beer floats around the dance floor (which also provided a refreshing treat on the dance floor).

Going away Collage

Sparklers and fireworks provided a photo worthy send off of the couple…

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

It’s Spring officially (sorry Northeast friends) and for us that means one of our very favorite items for floral design are here- blooming branches!  Quince, pear, cherry, even dogwood are just some of our favorites, and we are lucky enough to use them at least one or twice a year for clients.  Come with us to see all of the ways we like to use them, maybe they will help inspire you!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this ceremony in Charleston, two urns of blooming pear branches anchors a soft but bountiful centerpiece… We like the height they give in this church with large vaulted ceilings.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a springtime backyard affair, we wanted the tents to feel like indoor gardens. So, we filled large terra cotta pots with hydrangeas and huge cherry blossom sprays. Live sculpted boxwood in planters were also used throughout.

photo by Liz Banfield

Love love love this wedding where we were able to use the branches trimmed down in the centerpieces… it added such an airy component.

photos by Liz Banfield

But, really our favorite is in ceremony decor… They would be just as stunning on their own or partnered with floral pieces.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, we aren’t above making them ourselves… for this bride who really wanted some drama to her ceremony decor but was in the off season, we painted small tree branches, and glued live miniature orchids to create our own blooming branches!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We always talk and share flowers for the brides, bridesmaids, and ceremonies, but sometimes the boys’ boutonnieres can seem secondary. So, today, we want to give some love to the boys and the flowers that grace their lapels on the wedding day.  Of course you have to think about them holding up and looking fresh, but we always make a few extras to have as backup if all of the hugs crush them a little bit. Above, sweet white tulips are nestled with fresh fern fronds and hearty lambs ear.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Sometimes all the gentlemen wear the same flower, and sometimes we like to create something a little different for the groom and the best man, etc.  I loved how these roses opened up and looked like a formal companion next to the light and airy Astrantia.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this summertime beachside wedding, young buds of helioboris orchids made unexpectedly sweet bouts that would definitely hold up in the weather conditions.

photos by Liz Banfield and Corbin Gurkin

Of course, presentation is everything to us, even for the guys.  We often have our calligrapher make personal tags for so we can make sure everyone is covered and of course it looks so nice in pics.

photos by Adrienne Page and Corbin Gurkin

And, we love when clients aren’t afraid of color, bouts don’t always have to be white. At a Martha’s Vineyard wedding, wild local purple anenoemes couldn’t be overlooked. For a wedding with all shades of pink, the sweetest pink sweet peas made picture bouts… We think our grooms look pretty in pink!

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And we also love when we can use unusual or alternative blooms, seed blossoms, greenery, etc. They can make an unexpectedly fun detail.

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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