I am the preferred wedding florist for The Water’s Edge Resort and Spa located in Westbrook, Ct. They had their annual bridal show this past weekend and the turn out was great! I met a ton of great brides and loved hearing about their weddings.
I decided to design an example of guest table that would be at the reception. I chose a clean and fresh color scheme: yellow, white and green…..with an accent of black!
I call it TROPICAL ELEGANCE………
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My sister-in-law was getting married and since they were going to a tropical island for their honeymoon, she wanted her wedding to have that same feel. Since she and her now husband are young, fun and love a party atmosphere, we thought the luau theme would be perfect. Unfortunately it was a rainy day, but once you stepped into the room, you were transported onto the tropical island where rain was the last thing on anyone’s mind.
This tropical theme can be used for birthday parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, jack and jill showers and much more!
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Every job has it’s “downs” and one of them, for me, happens to be funerals. It’s a big part of floral design, not the happiest part, but a big part.
I have had the pleasure of working with such a compassionate man named Sal. He had contacted me a month prior to his mother’s passing, she had been in hospice. He had been planning this for some time. He was going to have a video montage of her, photos of her, an Italian priest to prepare the funeral in her native language, and also a broadway pianist to play her favorite songs, What a farewell!
He contacted me because he wanted the best…his words! He wanted to design something that was very unique and extravagant for his very traditional mother. Not traditional in the sense of style, but traditional when it came to morals, family values, and modesty. He spoke so highly of her, it was very heartwarming.
So, he wanted to give her the best he could ever give her, because she gave him her best.
We designed an all white casket spray of mostly calla lilies. There were many tropical accents such as cataleya orchids, aralea leaves, denrobium orchids, brunia berries, ti and aspadistra leaves, etc I braided lily grass together to cover the wire that I used to bind the flowers together. I love this technique. It can be used in many different ways such as wrapping around the stems of bridal bouquets!
Sal wanted the casket piece to literally be made up of all little bouquets. I had to group flowers together and bind them so no one could see that there were bouquets. He wanted to be able to just pull flowers out of the spray as bouquets that he could give away to close friends and family members.
This not only took design skill, it took patience! I had a total of 15 mini bouquets bound within the casket piece. It was a challenge, one that Iolanda (Sal’s mother) helped me achieve.
He also needed accent pieces to coordinate with the casket spray. We flanked them around the casket and scattered them throughout the room.
When I got to the funeral home, there were a ton of the very ugly (dare I say) and traditional funeral arrangements. So Sal and I spent about an hour rearranging the entire room by moving these other pieces away from the casket. We moved them to other rooms, the corners of the room, the hallway! I even redesigned some of the arrangements themselves to make them look more elegant. You know, taking the babies breath out, clipping the browning petals…..even taking flowers out of one and putting them into another to create a more cohesive color combination.
I have to say, Iolanda would have been so proud and was probably smiling down at Sal for being the son that she raised!
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I simply love orchids! There are so many creative things you can do with them, hence, the orchid chandelier. I can make them at almost any height in a stand to sit on your guest tables or can make them to hang from a tent or a chuppah.
The dendrobium orchid leis come in all shade or purples, in white and green. We can also accent the ends of the leis with real glass chandelier crystals! When the light hits them and shines through them…… fabulous!
Whether your event is tropical, on the water, or elegant, orchid chandeliers add that wow factor!
Check out this orchid chandelier I made for Sherry and Chris to hang from their chuppah at the Waters Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook, Ct.