Blushing Bride

So… I’ve fallen a little behind on my blogging this summer. Last time I posted, it was early May – the weather was dreary, people were anxious to trade in their rain jackets for swimsuits, and I was spending my free time yearning for all of the fun that summer would bring. Now, here we are halfway through August, and I can barely believe that summer is almost over. And what a summer it has been! One big update is that I had the incredible opportunity to work as an intern with True Vine – a floral design studio here in Boston! I learned so much from their amazing team, worked some incredible weddings throughout New England, and although working two jobs was a lot to pack into an already full summer schedule (hence the lack of blogging,) it was one hundred percent worth it! But more to come on that later. The other big highlights of the summer were events that I mentioned several months ago – the weddings of two beautiful friends who so graciously asked me to do the flowers for their weddings. So here is the first one that I’m so excited to finally share with you all!

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Meet Dylan and Emily. Emily was one of my roommates for the past two years, and we went from being total strangers to very dear friends by the time she moved out to live with her permanent roommate (aka Dylan.) We grew close through late night chats drinking tea, bonding over our food allergies, and discovering all of the quirks in our turn-of-the-century house. When Emily and Dylan started talking about engagement, it was no surprise – they have one of the most mature, strong relationships of any couple I know; he is the yin to her yang, and their solid relationship is rooted in both friendship and love. We screamed and squealed the morning she walked into the kitchen to share the big news and show off her sparkly new accessory, and it wasn’t long before she was in superwoman mode, planning a wedding while applying to grad schools and studying for the GRE. Emily has been one of the biggest cheerleaders in my floral adventuring, so I was very touched when she asked me to do the flowers for their May wedding in New Hampshire. I couldn’t have asked for a better couple as my first wedding clients, and it was a fun few months of planning that lead up to their stunning wedding.

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The palette was a mixture of garden and tea roses, lisianthus, hypericum berries, and dusty miller to create soft, classic arrangements that complimented the blush gowns and gray suits. Football mums added texture to the reception centerpieces, and the elegant vanilla cake was dressed up with a few blooms to tie everything together.

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Personal touches sprinkled throughout the wedding made the event anything but cookie-cutter, and even the flowers had sweet memories woven into them. The wedding party’s bouquets and boutonnieres were wrapped with remnants of tulle taken from Emily’s mother’s wedding veil, and the bridal bouquet was wrapped with satin and lace taken from her mother’s wedding dress.

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It was a picture perfect day in the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire, and all of the details fell perfectly into place as the joyous celebration of their marriage began.

Even after the wedding, Emily and Dylan continued to spread the joy of their special day. As you may have read in my previous posts, I love using flowers to bring joy to people, especially to those who may need a little extra encouragement in their day. Emily and Dylan jumped on board to help me spread some of that joy by donating their flowers after the wedding. The blush bounty was rearranged into centerpieces, and the flowers found their new home at an Alzheimer’s care facility outside the city. Emily has spent the past three years conducting research on Alzheimer’s patients, so it seemed only fitting to share the joy of their day with the people she works to help.

Congratulations Emily and Dylan! It was an absolute treat to celebrate with you both as your friend and as your florist, and I wish you all the best in your marriage!

 

Professional Photography: Eric McCallister Photography, Venue: Cathedral Ledge (Ceremony) & Snowvillage Inn (Reception), Cake: McKaella’s Sweet Shop, Florals: Two Stems of Joy

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