Sometimes you meet clients and you feel like you've known them forever. The day I met Carly and her parents I could've chatted with them all afternoon! They are warm and sweet and this wedding was definitely a family affair. From the very beginning they knew they wanted all white flowers with a classy yet natural feel. They also brought one vintage blue glass vase that belonged to the bride's grandmother which was the inspiration for the rest of the color story. We met a year prior to the wedding so the plan was for the bride and her family and a few friends to go "blue glass hunting" for all the vases for the reception. How fun! And in the end they collected almost 100 pieces (!) which we used to create individual tablescapes for 18 guest tables plus the cupcake table and the bridesmaid's bouquets.
Carly's bridal bouquet was a lush and romantic mix of all white peonies, open roses, ranunculus, lisianthus and hydrangea with pops of blue thistle and seeded eucalyptus accents. The bride and the maid-of-honor's bouquets were wrapped in vintage handkerchiefs that belonged the bride's grandmother. The bridesmaids wore jeweled navy gowns and carried bouquets of white hydrangea, blue thistle and seeded eucalyptus. Nick's boutonniere was designed with white lisianthus and ranunculus and a touch of thistle and eucalyptus. The rest of the guys wore white hydrangea and thistle. Nick and Carly's ceremony was held under the dome in the Paris Ballroom at the Hotel Monaco under a birch chuppah constructed by Uncloudy Studio. Each birch pole was anchored in an urn filled with curly willow and white flowers (hydrangea, dahlias, roses, larkspur, lisianthus, queen anne's lace, thistle and seeded eucalyptus).
The reception tables were draped in white linen with candles and silver framed table numbers plus one large blue glass vase along with 3 smaller vases. Every vase was different as were the flower arrangements in the vases. We used a wide variety of white flowers including: orchids, hydrangea, ranunculus, roses, dahlias, peonies, spray roses and lisianthus. The effect was unique and elegant and created visual interest throughout the space. The cupcake/escort card table at the entry displayed the tiniest of blue vases with single blooms and the 3 tiered cake was accented with a floral topper and small tucks of flowers on each tier.
This was one of my favorite weddings of the year working with an awesome family and a rockstar team of vendors!
Check of the glowing reviews from the bride and her Mom:
Carly said... "I am hard to please and Jolie met and FAR exceeded my expectations. She had provided flowers for a friend of mine who raved about her so I decided to give it a go. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted and am not a very artistic person. I found examples of things I liked on pinterest and Jolie worked with me to create the perfect floral plan for my wedding. She was extremely professional in responding to emails, her billing system was easy, and I totally knew what to expect price wise. Jolie went above and beyond by working with my other vendors to make sure everything would tie perfectly to the other details of my wedding. Beyond all this, Jolie is extremely gifted at what she does. I didn't even know I liked flowers until I saw the flowers she designed for my wedding. When I first saw them they were even prettier than I could have imagined. The photographer had to force me to put down my bouquet because I didn't want to let them go. Jolie is extremely reliable, professional, and provides exactly what you want at very reasonable prices for the DC area."
Lisa said... "Jolie was a pleasure to work with and the end result far exceeded our expectations. She gladly designed the centerpieces around a collection of 90 depression blue glass vases and they were amazing! The bouquets were equally as lovely. She is creative, flexible, fun and respected our budget. Everyone at the wedding thought the flowers were the prettiest they have seen. She is wonderful! ."
Now, enjoy these fabulous photos from the amazing Bonnie Sen!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography
Planner: MeredithFlanaganEvents 202-746-1844
Venue: Hotel Monaco, Washington DC
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
On one of the snowiest days we had this past winter two of the sweetest people got married and it was magical!
Alison and Joel were married at the United States Naval Academy Chapel and celebrated at Governor Calvert House both in historic Annapolis, MD on February 21, 2015. The weather added a winter wonderland effect to the photos and was the perfect accent to their color palette of winter white, slate grey and dusty lavender. The gorgeous bride, Alison (I could gush all day about how sweet and kind and lovely she is! Serously.) carried a bridal bouquet of fluffy white hydrangea, romantic peonies, ruffly white ranunculus, delicate white spray roses and antique lavender roses. A variety of succulents were added to give this romantic and vintage-looking bouquet a modern touch while seeded eucalyptus, brunia and dusty miller gave the bouquet a hint of grey and a pop of texture. The bridesmaids (all 8 of them!) wore long slate grey dresses with matching fur stoles and carried miniature versions of the bridal bouquet sans the succulents. This was a military wedding so only a few of the men wore boutonnieres which were designed with a single tiny succulent, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and a ranunculus bloom wrapped in slate ribbon.
Dinner for the reception at Governor Calvert House was held in a transformed ballroom with white draped walls and romantic chandeliers overhead two extra long tables for the guests. Each table had a runner of seeded and willow eucalyptus garland with long, low and lush centerpieces of all white flowers including hydrangea, roses, peonies and wax flower accented with dusty miller and brunia.
Enjoy the photos from the bride's very talented friends, Kat Herrera and Rylan Tuohy along with a few from yours truly!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: Governor Calvert House
Photography: Kat Herrera and Rylan Tuohy
I loved loved LOVED working with Bettina and Laura! It really doesn't get much better than that. Seriously. Bettina and I just clicked when we met last summer. Her vision was right in line with my aesthetic and I didn't want to wait until October to see it all come to life! But I really got excited for this wedding when I met Laura during a venue visit. I could feel the love so strongly between these two that I was inspired to do my very best to create the perfect flowers for their wedding. The look was organic, lush, seasonal and textural. The color palette was blush, burgundy, plum and gold. We used deep red peonies, antique hydrangea, peach garden roses, pink ranunculus, red dahlias, hanging amaranthus, blush anemones, blushing bride protea and seeded eucalyptus with accents of gold. The bouquet was wild and lush and Bettina told me she took it with her on their honeymoon :) Each boutonniere was different from the next as were all of the centerpieces. The ceremony took place outside on a gorgeous fall day at the DC War Memorial and the intimate reception was held at Poste Moderne Brasserie adjacent to the Hotel Monaco in downtown DC. The centerpieces were designed in beautiful ombre vases with gold table numbers (provided by the bride). I'm kind of sad that it's over...
Okay, enough gushing. Happy married life you two xoxo! Enjoy a few photos from Nick Stone Photography (and a few from yours truly)!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: Poste Moderne Brasserie
Photography: Nick Stone Photography
Event Planning: Lovebus Events and Design
In early October, I had the pleasure of designing the flowers for Laura and Ryan's wedding in Virginia. Laura is sweet and creative and a dream to work with and we captured her style with romantic flowers and a soft color palette. We styled the flowers around a navy, blush, white and green color story with fluffy high-petal count flowers, on-trend succulents and textural foliage. The flowers used to create this look included: white hydrangea, peach garden roses, pale lavender dahlias, pink astilbe, blush mini calla lilies, echeveria and seeded eucalyptus. Enjoy!
Flowers: Uncloudy Studio
Venue: River Creek Country Club
Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography