Saturday, November 15, 2008

November 8th: Jenni & Jeff

The bride's bouquet was composed of white roses, dahlias, arabicum, rosehips, & pyracanthus berries. The stems were wrapped with ivory satin ribbon & accented with raffia that held family photo charms provided by the bride. The bridesmaid bouquets were composed of red tulips, Sahara roses, chocolate cosmos, rosehips, & pyracanthus berries.

The bride provided me with french buckets for half of her centerpiece tables. We filled them with very natural, fall bouquets consisting of hydrangea, berries, wheat, grasses, sunflowers, roses, & dahlias.

I love how all of the colors jump out at the camera! This particular rose variety is called Abracadabra.

Other tables displayed my tabletop "trees." These are a much larger, sturdier display than my usual cylinder vase filled with branches. These branches sit on the table & form more of a tree look. There is reinforcement at the top of the structure that is suitable for hanging votive candles.
The wedding was held at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, KS. The reception was held at the Lodge at Ironwoods in Leawood, KS.

November 8th: Allison & Alan

Allison chose blue hydrangea as her main floral decor. I love the simplicity of what we came up with! The bride carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea, white roses, white dahlias, arabicum, & green cymbidium orchids.
The bridesmaids wore chocolate brown dresses & carried simple clusters of blue hydrangea. We made pew cones out of chocolate brown fabric, filled them with blooms of hydrangea, & hung from the pews at the church.
We designed three centerpiece styles for the reception. The first was a large cylinder vase filled with hydrangea blooms submerged under water & topped with full displays of hydrangea & folded aspidistra leaves.

Other tables displayed a new twist on the ever-popular cylinder trio. Instead of putting the hydrangea in the vase under water, we surrounded the vases with a bed of hydrangea.

I also had the honor of doing centerpieces for the bridesmaid luncheon on Friday! We created long & low displays of hydrangea, roses, arabicum, & folded leaves.

The bridesmaid luncheon was held at Webster House in Kansas City, MO. The wedding was held at Village Presbyterian in Prairie Village, KS. The reception was held at Carriage Club in Kansas City, MO.

November 8th: Lesley & Luke

Back to my hometown! Lesley & Luke's wedding was held at Heritage Hall in Topeka, KS. The hall provides only banquet tables, so the bride was concerned with how we could decorate so many LONG tables. Here is what we came up with: Each table had a mix of low & tall arrangements. We used an assortment of curly willow "trees", various size cube vases filled with roses, alstromeria, gerber daises, & dahlia, & votive candles.
The colors were perfect for the space! The bright oranges seemed to jump off the table & made quite an impact in the room!

The cube vases were wrapped with assorted styles of ribbon. The curly willow branches were uplit from the base with disc lights & had gerber daisy blooms attached to the branches.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of Circus roses, gerber daisies, dahlias, & sweetheart roses.

The bridal bouquet was composed of Circus roses, gerber daisies, sweetheart roses, snow berry, & hydrangea.

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 1st: Kristin & Drew

Kristin was looking for a "Modern Fall" look for her wedding & reception flowers. Her colors were green & brown. Here is what we came up with!

Several different centerpiece designs all incorporating green flowers, brown branches, & LED lights. Below is a low, fat cylinder filled with submerged manzanita branches & floating spider mums. The base of the vase was surrounded by green spider mums. Trees composed of dark brown curly willow branches inserted into a cylinder vase wrapped with large, green leaves & surrounded by a base of green spider mums. The branches housed hanging votive cups filled with LED lights.

Another tree display of manzanita branches & hanging votives all uplit from the base with a large LED light.

The bride's father cut large tree branches that lined the stage & served as the ceremony backdrop. Hanging votives decorated the branches & provided the candlelight glow the bride wanted for the ceremony.

Recognize this design! Yep, it is the same cake as on my October 18th post! Very cool cake, I can see why it is so popular!

The bridesmaids carried modern arm bouquets of white & green callas with a collar of folded leaves. The stems were bound with chocolate brown ribbon & accented with green metallic wire.
The wedding & reception were held at Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO.

November 1st: Brittany & Doug

The bride's bouquet was composed of black magic roses, James Story orchids, leonida roses, miniature sunflowers, & assorted fall grasses & foliages.
Simple accents of white sweetheart roses differentiated her bouquet from the bridesmaids.

The wedding was held at St. Michael's & All Angels in Shawnee Mission, KS. The reception was at Mission Theater in Mission, KS.

November 1st: Rachel &

Rachel wanted fall flowers & colors with more emphasis on plum, purple, & gold. Her bouquet was composed of burgundy dahlias, miniature sunflowers, purple mums, hypericum berries, billy balls, kangaroo paw, etc.
Bridesmaids carried bouquets composed of antique hydrangea, leonida roses, orange sweetheart roses, burgundy dahlias, etc.

The ceremony area was flanked by arrangements of tall curly willow & bittersweet accented by hanging gerber daisies.

The ceremony backdrop was a 14 foot wall that was decorated with strands of hanging roses, dahlias, & gerber daisies.
The ceremony & reception were held at The Villa in Kansas City, MO.

October 26th: Sarah &

Hot pink in the midst of all the fall colors & themes is quite refreshing in late October! I had a lot of fun with this event! I only did bridal party flowers & wreaths for the venue doors, but I had full creative freedom!

The bride wanted a fun, funky look & was open to feathers, wire, colored pins, non-traditional flower varieties, etc. This is what I came up with. Hot pink dahlias, garden roses, snowberry, nerine lillies, red amaranthus, & pink feathers!
The bridesmaids carried similar versions of the bride with variations in flower selection. They had dahlias, tulips, freesia, rannuculus, & amaranthus.

The wreaths turned out awesome! The bride brought me the hot pink monograms that I hung in the center of the fresh wreaths I created.

October 25th: Julie & Matt

Old-fashioned & romantic. Those are the words Julie used to describe how she wanted her wedding flowers to look. Roses & hydrangea seem to be the perfect candidates!
The bride's bouquet was a collection of roses in shades of ivory, blush, & white. Simple accents of green hanging amaranthus trailed down the front of the bouquet.The bridesmaids carried fall hued clusters of the same. The colors looked fabulous against their burnt orange dresses!

The bride provided crystal vases & hurricanes that we used for centerpieces. The same flower/color combo was used on all tables. Pictured is the hurricane version with a wreath of roses & hydrangea around the base.

Saving the best for last! We designed this arch covered with curly willow, birch branches, & bittersweet to stand guard over the candy buffet! The arch was decorated with old-fashioned lollipops, sunflowers, roses, etc. This was my favorite piece of the whole event!

Josh Solar was the photographer on this event & has some great shots on his blog as well! I can't wait to see all of the pics! You can check his post out at

The wedding was held at Our Lady of Sorrows. The reception was held at the Scarrit Ballroom in Kansas City, MO.

October 25th: Kerry & Kenny

I love this bridal bouquet! Something about the colors & textures...maybe the different shades of orange mixed with that really pale, dusty green?
The bridesmaids carried presentation style bouquets of burgundy dahlias bound with a dusty green ribbon. This is the first time I have done presentation bouquets for a wedding! I thought they turned out beautiful!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

October 18th: Jennifer & Shawn

I have been looking forward to this event for a long time! Jennifer followed my blog for several weeks & finally contacted me about her wedding. Not only did she want me to do the flowers but also wanted me to cover day-of coordinating duties. That is something I have always thought I may want to get in to, so I said why not!
The bride's bouquet was composed of white dahlias, snowberry, canary grass, & lamb's ear.
The bridesmaids carried burgundy dahlias, cockscomb, & kale.
The reception tables were my favorite part! Each table was an eclectic mix of items the bride had been collecting mixed with vases, votives, & flowers from me! There were 34 tables & almost all of them were different in some way!
I wish I was able to take more photos! However, we began setting up tables at 9:30 am & didn't finish lighting the last candle until almost 7:00 pm! Not a lot of time to take pictures before guests started to arrive!

The gates at the entry to Starlight were flanked with these arrangements. Tall black urns were topped with white hydrangea, hanging amaranthus, & various fall grasses & foliages. Placed in the center were white pumpkins that had been carved (by me!) with the bride & grooms monogram.

The doors that entered into the stage were flanked with two more black urns but this time in festive fall tones with stacked pumpkins in the center! One of my favorite designs yet this year!

The cake was amazing & very tall! Sandy Danner created this masterpiece!
My husband got in on the pumpkin carving action as well! His take on the monogram was to actually carve it into the pumpkin & we used them to hold the bar menus!

This was one of my favorite table centerpieces. So simple, yet gorgeous!

That is all I have for photos. I can't wait to see what the photographer has! I did learn that I DO NOT want to do anymore day-of coordinating! I did my normal job of designing bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc for 30 hours leading up to the event. Then, we put in another 20 hours on Saturday (and Sunday morning!) setting up & being present throughout the entire event! It was great to see everything in action, but I think I will leave the coordinating to the professionals!
The wedding was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO. The reception was held at Starlight Theater.