Category Archives: Flower Arrangements

Styling & Planning a Wedding

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. — Cecile B. DeMille

Last fall, I shared a blog post about my dear friends wedding. As with any event, I was honored to have the opportunity to help plan and style Jessica and Ryan’s special day. Since there are so many moving parts to wedding celebrations, planning can sometimes seem challenging but with great resources, creativity, fantastic and dedicated helpers (who I love and adore), and many, many to-do lists, events like this all come together.

Jess & Ryan recently shared ALL of their wedding photos with me and I pulled a select few to share with you. The photographer, Farid Widjaya, brilliantly captured every magical moment. Enjoy!

Gussied Up Glass Cylinder Vase

Want to know how to dress up a plain glass cylinder vase?  Simply buy some decorative paper from your local craft store or download and print a vintage wallpaper image from the web.  Then cut to size and slide it inside the vase.  Your done!  Obviously this only works when you are arranging dried flowers.  No water needed for this beauty!

This arrangement features craspedia, brunia, thistle, hypericum berry and scabiosa.

Enjoy your weekend!

A Fall Wedding for Jessica & Ryan

About a year ago I was asked by my dear friends to help plan and style their fall wedding which they were planning to have on the magical Rodale Institute Farm.

The day was perfect. All of the prop hunting, hard work and support from my loving friends and family, coupled with the beautiful Jessica and her dashing husband Ryan, made for an absolutely enchanting day. And, Rodale Catering & Events‘ fried chicken, mac & cheese, and scrumptious pies and desserts were to die for.

Enjoy a few snaps shots from Jess & Ryan’s special day.

The altar by the pond.

Guest seating by the pond.

Vintage church pews and comfy pillows.

A special wedding guest.

Bar menu in vintage encyclopedia.

Bar menu in vintage encyclopedia.

Scrumptious organic apple pie.

More scrumptious organic pecan pies.

The beautiful couple.

One of two giant photo display tables in the barn.

Saturday Flowers

Recently I provided the flowers for a Garden of Hope event hosted by the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. It was an outdoor event filled with inspiring stories of courage, hope and inspiration from a cancer survivor and a Salsa performance by Lehigh Valley Salsa.

The flowers I used were a few of my favorites: golden rod, hydrangea, chrysanthemum, voodoo roses, zinnias and hosta leaves to line the interior of the clear glass vases.

This little fella was still feasting and wasn’t quite ready to give up its tasty meal.

And here are the creations.

Happy Saturday!

Sunday Flowers

This is going to be a quickie post but I wanted to share my latest creation. Today I whipped together two giant arrangements like the photo above using only free floral bounty I could collect locally — no store-bought flowers here! And no, I didn’t break any laws.

In a galvanized bucket, I arranged hydrangea, anemone, red wheat-head celosia and crab apple.

Happy Sunday!

Summer Flowers

 

Recently I created this summer flower arrangement for a dinner organized by Rodale Catering & Events.  The container is a round glass jar, wrapped in hay (yes hay), then tied off with a generous portion of twine.  It is filled will all sorts of locally sourced flowers and ivy from my back yard.  It makes a casual yet elegant impression for any table or outdoor gathering.

Pretty in Pink

Happy Monday and happy birthday Shaina! Actually, her birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated her special day early. This pink creation I arranged for her includes passion roses, gerber daisies, stock, carnations, lilies and eucalyptus. All of the flowers I collected at the local grocery story!

The arrangement is in a square glass container purchased at AC Moore Arts and Crafts.  The vase needed some texture so I placed a wide rubber band around the vase then tucked curly willow between the vase and the rubber band. Then I covered the rubber band with twine.

Easy, unique and she loved it!

Simple Centerpiece with Vintage Bottles

If you’re in need of a fast, simple and classy centerpiece for your table, try using vintage bottles. My cobalt blue bottles look perfect with some ferns and hosta leaves from my garden.

You can group all colors and sizes together on a tray or keep it simple by creating a small grouping.  Either way, you can’t go wrong and it’s sure to impress.

Sage & Pine Cone Centerpiece

Creating unique floral arrangements doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to your florist or grocery store. It may simply mean you take a little walk to your garden or farmers market to collect the makings of a stunning centerpiece. This sage and pine cone arrangement is perfect in its simplicity and would be amazing on any table whether it be summertime or winter.

Unexpected = fabulous!

Unique Gift Idea for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day and I’d like to share a quick and fun gift idea for all those special mommies out there…you know who you are!

Why not buy some unique perennials, wrap them in craft paper and satin ribbon…add a craft paper flower and voila’! You’ve created a special gift that can be enjoyed year after year. The perennials I’m giving to the special moms in my life are Hens & Chicks, Creeping Wirevine and Scotch Moss. I really love the textures and color variations of these beauties.

Here’s the paper flower recipe. Really, it couldn’t be easier.

  1. Draw a spiral on a 4″ X 4″ piece of craft paper (or paper of choice). Don’t worry if the spiral is a little wonky like mine…just don’t stare at it too long.
  2. Now cut along the wonky line and cut the spiral from the square.
  3. Then start rolling the spiral from the outside until the whole spiral is shaped into a flower.
  4. Use a bit of hot glue on the last piece of the spiral and place it on a twig or piece of wire.

Happy Mother’s Day!