I was so excited when The Aquarium asked me to create designs for their Silver Anniversary that was themed ” Cirque De La Mer – Argentum!” The color story was black, silver and purple and the theme to be Futuristic and Circus-like. For anyone who knows me as an artist knows that this is my kind a event! Of course, this was their annual gala to celebrate their anniversary as well as to raise money for the aquarium…so budget was a big part of the creations. In order to design centerpieces that would be true to the theme/color story and to the level of design that both myself and the aquarium are accustomed to, I had to get very creative for all 40 tables!!!! One of things that helped with costs were hand making all of the silver spheres….I can’t give all my secrets away but I can tell you that balloons and silver spray paint were involved in the making of over 100 of those suckers! I wish I could say that no balloons were harmed in the making, but sadly, they were.
Okay, Okay, enough of the cheesiness…take a look at the most incredible night for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium…..Not only did Governor Malloy make a presence but you may see that a mermaid and tree-lady showed up as well…Have fun viewing my creations!
All Photos taken by Misty Enright Photography
The Governor…whether you like him or not….it’s pretty cool he was at one of my events!
Growing up in Norwalk, I was always at the Aquarium, never did I think that one day my creations would be on display for people to gauk at! I was honored to create another themed event and this time I dubbed it, ”Under The Sea”. I wanted Annabelle’s guests to feel like they were literally under the sea…hence the jellyfish and seaweed hanging over the room from the balcony that Annabelle would make her grand entrance. I created seahorses, living reef’s and 4 foot tall coral trees. I used fish netting, resin clam shells and coral. I hand picked flowers and elements that would mimic what you would see if you were on the ocean floor…pin cushion protea to simulate sea urchins…eucalyptus and horsetail to act like sea grass growing towards the sun..I even got crafty with paper lanterns and crepe paper and made some jelly fish! Not only did I have fun with all the details, but Annabelle, her family and friends had fun looking at all the surprises she had only dreamed about for her special day!
Annabelle’s Mother left me the best review on Event Wire:
Candi was fabulous! Very easy to work with. She immediately understood what we wanted – an under the sea whimsical event -
and went with it. Highly, highly recommend her – very creative and fun!
Misty of Misty Enright Photography is the preferred photographer for the Aquarium and you’ll soon see why…she does an excellent job!
10 years ago when I first walked into the New Haven Lawn Club I’ve always wanted to design creations that you would have seen in the 1930′s when this building was built. Something that would compliment the art deco design, the crystal chandeliers, the mirrored mantle…..creations that would transform you back to the 30′s! Well, after a long wait, I finally met my kindred spirit, “Lady T ” as we shall call her, and she was able to make my dream come true…and she didn’t even know it!
When we first met she was explaining to me…a florist…that she did NOT want any flowers of any kind…nothing that even resembled a flower. She was amazed that I didn’t run away and that I stood there in anticipation in hopes that she was my 1930′s gal and that I wasn’t dreaming. Needless to say, I was thrilled with all of her ideas and couldn’t wait to enhance them with my visions. This was truly a marriage made in heaven….just so you know I am talking about Lady T and myself! LOL
I had sympathized with her because she had spoken to other florists and they didn’t “get” it…even her own groom was having trouble envisioning…but when the big day arrived, they ALL got it!!! Here are a few words from Lady T after her wedding:
OMG–I swear–our minds are somehow connected and you knew I was just thinking, “I really have to contact Candi to tell her how ABSOLUTELY AMAZING she is and what an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, INSANE job she did with my wedding!!!!!!!!!” Holy crap, Candi–it was GORGEOUS!!!!! I cried when I saw the ballroom for the first time–my husband thought I was a nut-job but being that he had NO idea what decor you and I were planning, he could NOT believe how incredible the Lawn Club looked. He said he had never seen it look so amazing and he was SOOO impressed and pleased with our “Old Hollywood” ideas. We both couldn’t have been happier and seriously–even a month later–I still get people (people who weren’t even at the freakin wedding!) coming up to me, complimenting on how creative, ingenious and amazing everything was. For most people–it was the first wedding they had ever been to with “no flowers” and THEY LOVED IT! I totally miss seeing how wonderful the Lawn Club was that night and NONE of this would’ve been possible without you, Candi.
And……this is the review she left on Wedding Wire:
I honestly cannot even begin to explain the AMAZING experience I had with Candi’s Floral Creations. The minute I met Candi, I knew we would have this incredible connection and I felt immediately comfortable with how insanely beautiful she was going to make my wedding look and feel. Candi is so unbelievably talented and seriously, no idea (even as crazy as it may seem), is “too outside the box” for Candi! She knew EXACTLY what I was looking for and her ideas were exceptional. If you are looking for someone who is an extremely dedicated worker, who will do just about anything to make your wedding “your dream day,” then Candi is the girl for you. She worked sooooo hard to achieve “my vision” and no matter how crazy I sounded, she would reassure me that we were always on the same page and she knew exactly what I was looking for. I will always remember my wedding day—the moment when I saw my gorgeous bouquet for the first time and my unique bridesmaids’ clutches–I got so excited!!! When my husband and I walked into the ballroom to see “Candi’s Creation….” I immediately started to cry because it was even more beautiful than I could ever even imagine. My husband thought that I was nuts but he too was just floored by what she did and was in awe at what he saw. My vision came true and it was all because of Candi. I honestly do not know how she does it–she is truly an artist and one of the most talented people I have ever met. The decor and everything else Candi was responsible for was seriously my favorite thing about my wedding. Our guests were insanely impressed and to this day (even 2 months later) STILL talk about how incredible the decor was. I am very blessed to have met her when I did and for making the decision to hire her. It was the best thing I did for my wedding.
Enough of the mushiness…let’s get down to business and see the AMAZING images taken by the talented Misty of Misty Enright Photography! I have worked with her numerous times and she is the best out there!!!
The Place Card Table
A thousand Thank You’s for entrusting me to realize your vision.
I had an amazing time planning with you and will totally miss the 3 page emails you sent me!
As you can tell by a few weddings on my website, I LOVE feathers!!!!
I was hired for a Bar Mitzvah to create tall Purple Ostrich Feather centerpieces. I was so excited when I got the call because I love making these centerpieces, they are so much fun. This was the first time I had used the purple color and they came in vibrant, to say the least! Loves them!
I arranged them to sit atop a tall tower vase (eiffel tower vase) filled with white water beads for a little more flair!
This event took place at Cascade in Hamden. Their chandeliers are to die for! A very classic place to have any special event.
These centerpieces and any other color ostrich feather centerpiece available for rental!
You can click on the pics for a better view! Enjoy!
Okay, so this centerpiece you’re about to see is HUGE, so get ready! I was invited by Winvian (an extraordinary resort tucked away in the Litchfield Hills) to partake in a exclusive bridal show of preferred vendors.
Winvian is home to many unnamed famous clients whom enjoy the horses and vineyard while they stay in the eclectically designed high end cabins.
Since I knew that it would take place in the barn they rent out for weddings, I wanted to go with warm colors and a harvest feel. I love mixing unique items with flowers such as champagne grapes, wired covered moss balls, artichokes, candles, moss covered candles etc Especially in the fall, bringing natural elements into the design really completes the harvest feel.
This style of design is a perfect impression piece for a wedding place card table, a hotel foyer, a restaurant entry way etc.
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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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My sister-in-law was getting married and she donned me “Wedding Planner, Floral Designer and (lucky me) Matron of Honor” WOW! What a task! I had a blast.
For her bridal shower I wanted to do something totally different. She’s young, stylish, popular….so the Sunday afternoon, long, drawn out shower wasn’t gonna cut it!
I planned a COCKTAIL PARTY! It was SO much fun that I would definitely recommend everyone plan a shower this way. Her young friends had fun and even the older gals loved getting out of the house on a Saturday night. It’s even a little cheaper because you serve hors d oeuvres and make your own cocktails!
I had all of the bridesmaids make a cocktail that were different colors, alcohols and flavors, then we chose hors d oeuvres that coordinated with each drink. We displayed the pairs on their own table with about a dozen drinks already poured into the fun shaped glasses for a great visual affect.
I chose long banquet tables, for a relaxing, casual setting. The centerpieces were simple table scapes and every table was a bit different. I took advantage of the fact that the party was at night and used a ton of candles, but mixed it up with bright pink Gerbera Daisies and limes! I thought of every different combo you could design and ran with it: floating Gerbers, arranged Gerbers, floating lime slices, submerged whole limes, and then mixed the 2 together. I used all different types of vases for the flowers and the candles and adorned the candle holders with funky ribbon.
I can go on and on about the details…..but the pictures say it best! My sister, the photographer, took all the pics for me!
Remember that you can click on the picture for a larger view. Cheers!
Every year we decorate a few area businesses for the holidays. I’ve chosen to feature Cafe Allegre; an upscale Italian restaurant and Inn located in Madison, CT. The owners, Vicky and Silvio, also own and run The Woodwinds, located in Branford CT.
Decorating 8 Christmas trees, 2 mantels, a 20′ bar area, 3 rooms, and the front entrance, etc it can get a bit pricey. My cost cutting solution this year was to use glittered gold garland, and a lot of it! Since it takes up so much space, I didn’t need as many ornaments on the trees, garlands or wreaths. Plus, I found these great plastic ornaments that were decorated with a gold glitter design….they looked fabulous and no one could tell they were plastic! They were perfect to use on all the outdoor wreaths, trees and garlands.
Another trick is to use a lot of ribbon. Although really nice ribbon can be expensive, it takes up a lot of space.
When I decorate my trees, garlands, or wreaths, I always start with a theme. Cafe Allegre’s theme is gold and burgundy. Once I knew my colors, then I start on thinking of about 4 main things to decorate with. I find that if you use too many things, it becomes very busy, which is not good for a restaurant. You want to keep it simple, but full.
I chose: A gold Glitter Garland, Burgundy and Gold Ribbon, Burgundy Poinsettias, and Gold and Burgundy mixed ornaments. Some of the main trees and garlands had a bit more, but not too much more. You want your trees to have personality and to look intriguing. You don’t want to just fill them up with all ornaments…that’s not creative! Once you choose your 4 main focal pieces, then you can have fun and be creative with mixing up the colors, hanging ornaments from ribbon, adding ornaments to the center of poinsettias…etc
I hope you can get some ideas for you home, enjoy!
Remember, you can click on the pictures to get a better view.
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!
You can click on the pics below to get a better view.