Tuesday, June 4, 2013

CT Wedding Flowers & Earth Blossoms

Blog part 2 May 2013

Earth Blossoms
Another day Earth Blossoms travels from the Litchfield Hills to the CT shoreline.
On May 18th we started with a gorgeous rustic wedding at a barn in Litchfield, CT
The simple bridal bouquet was in what I call a “just picked” style in yellows,  whites and a splash of red. The attendants carried bouquets in yellows and whites only. I especially liked the wrap on the stems which consisted of a ribbon with a French knotted twine overlay. The centerpieces were in a similar mix of flowers and colors in authentic aged mason jars.

Our second wedding of the day was at another lovely Litchfield Hills location. The  grounds of the Inn at Mt. Pleasant Farm. This bride was fortunate to pick a day with no rain and a bit of cloud cover so that she was able to have an open air event.
I made the most gorgeous bridal bouquet full and lush with peonies and all kinds of other complimentary flowers. The tables once again had mason jars  featuring flowers mostly in pinks and corals but included some other accents. 

Our third wedding of the day brings us back to the shoreline at an elegant venue The Woodwinds in Branford. The bride stayed at an Inn located in Madison where we dropped off the all purple bridal bouquet along with the bridesmaids mostly yellow w/ a pop of purple, The bridesmaids dresses were deep purple. We did gorgeous purple and yellow centerpieces in our silver compote bowls.

Our last wedding of the day was at  an elegant Litchfield County venue Crystal Peak. Members of our team decorated the arch for the ceremony. This bride had a cluster style bouquet of callas, roses, ranunculus, and hydrangea in whites w/ a touch of blue and green.

On May 25th we were honored to do the wedding flowers for a very talented photographer’s own wedding. Dreams of having a nice day for an outdoor ceremony and reception were soon
destroyed by a change in the weather forecast. At the beginning of the week our local weather  reporters ALL stated that Saturday was going to be the pick of the weekend a glorious day that one even called hitting the jackpot! Well, the day eneded up a cold and rainy windy day totally opposite from what was predicted.
There was even snow falling slightly North of here!
The setting for this wedding was on the property of an antique dealer. A lovely yard with a pond. The gorgeous birch arbor that the bride’s Father constructed was moved into the barn style building and made a stunning focal point for the ceremony. I made a thick garland out of babies breath and hung a few moss balls from the structure.

The bride carried a gorgeous poof of pink astilbe as did her attendants. 
This photo by Ashley Therese Photography
We used astilbe in the boutonnieres, corsages and in the birch covered centerpieces for the tables. The long tables in the tent had tall silver flutes with mounds of babies breath with small BO light sets on them. In addition to the birch containers of pink astilbe we used tin cans with strips of moss and birch containeing either babies breath or moss like mounds. Interspersed were small cloches of moss, some babies breath and moss balls, votives placed on birch slices as well as wine bottles that had been painted silver and contained candles.

I made a special birch covered vase to hold the bride’s bouquet at her seat with her and the Groom’s initials carved in it.
The rain may have been cold and relentless but it could not take away the warmth of this wedding.

The next day finds us down on the shoreline for two weddings.
one at a venue I had never been to
called the Incarnation Center-a camp.
We did very natural eco- friendly flowers.

Our journey continued and we once again were happy to do a wedding at the gorgeous Eolia Mansion at Harkness memorial State park in Waterford just down the street from where I grew up. A gorgeous day with some blue sky sun clouds a sprinkle of rain a gust of wind but our couple was able to have their ceremony out in the amphitheater . We used beautiful hues of blues and lavenders and everything matched perfectly.

Our last wedding of May was a gorgeous blush wedding the reception at Famington Gardens. The bride’s bouquet was mostly blush w/ a pop of raspberry ranunculus and some ivory all in peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and roses. Her Maid of Honor was also done with all blush and ivory with a bit of raspberry ranunculus. The other bridesmaids were mostly ivory with some blush. It was gorgeous!
The flower girls carried pomanders of blush spray roses.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Earth Blossoms Flowers-Weddings in CT from the hills to the shoreline

Earth Blossoms Flowers -Our May CT Weddings from the hills to the shoreline

May 2013

This month has started with some fabulous weddings.
May 4th- weather wise an incredibly sunny, gorgeous day with flowers blooming everywhere. 

We started the first weekend with two very lovely brides with the same wedding date and many similarities. Elaine’s wedding was in a quaint little country church in the hills of Northwestern CT and a rustic venue –the historic part of Belle Terrace in Avon (formerly Avon Old Farms Inn).

For her bouquet she chose the luscious Juliet garden rose, ivory peonies, ivory garden roses, ivory sweet peas and a bit of green to tie into her pastel green bridesmaids dresses.
Her attendants carried a similar bouquet. They were gorgeous. My photographs are not the greatest so I am really waiting to see what her photographer, Bryan Avigne, has come up with. 

Here are a few of my photos of the bouquets and table centerpieces.

Emilie’s wedding was in St Mary’s Church in New London, CT –a monumental, historic structure. 
For the aisle we used peach and cream flowers, ribbons w/ lanterns lighting the way.

For her bouquet she also chose the Juliet garden roses, ivory peonies, etc and her bridesmaids wearing a
Marine teal carried similar bouquets to hers. 

Again, I am awaiting the photographs from the fabulous
Jennifer Braga of Studio 1923.

The following Saturday May 11, we had Kate’s wedding that was very different from the first two. It was in red and white and at The Simsbury Inn.

The bride carried a stunning bouquet of all red roses w/ a scattering of crystals and her attendants carried mostly white hydrangea w/ a touch of red roses in them. I am sure these looked gorgeous against their red dresses.

It was a rainy day but they were able to use the lobby of The Simsbury Inn for their ceremony. It was in front of the fireplace and was just perfectly cozy and romantic.

The reception centerpieces were done in all white with towering pedestals of glass with white hydrangea on top and a submerged stem of white orchids below on alternating tables. The other centerpieces were made up of white orchids submerged in water in three graduated cylinders with floating candles on top. The tables were accented with red napkins. It looked stunning.

Unfortunately, I only was able to snap one iphone photo as I was on my way out. Once again I am relying on the photographer for some beautiful shots.

To finish out the month of May we have eight more weddings so I will continue this Blog with a part 2 at the end of the month. Stay tuned we have some really unique weddings coming up!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Connecticut Wedding Flowers in 2012 by Earth Blossoms

Now that the year is coming to an end I am reflecting back on my 2012 weddings. Usually I wander over a border to NY or Ma but I am amazed that in this record year all of my weddings in 2012 were in Connecticut!
Through Earth Blossoms I was a part of 73 weddings in 2012 and now the big question on the horizon for me is:

What incredible ideas can I come up with for 2013?

After having been in business on my own now since the 80’s I have done and seen more weddings than I can count! I am amazed that still every year there is something new that comes up. A venue I have not been to, a photographer that I have not worked with before and ultimately new ideas that I have to formulate!  I am always trying to think of a new way to present flowers including varieties that have been around for centuries.  
This is what my focus will be for the month of January. It is a month filled with wedding appointments with brides and grooms eager to book for the 2013 season. I am looking forward to working on new designs for these new couples.  In a sign of the times we are called on to create stand out designs while keeping costs down! Of course, we have to charge a certain amount for our flowers after all we are in business, want to stay there and contrary to common belief we can’t just pick the flowers on the side of the road!
As a florist I think one of the most important components of a wedding are the flowers. So stay tuned because I will be posting some of my creative new designs here for you to see!
Here are a few photos from some of Earth Blossom’s 2012 weddings.
Peonies and Astilbe -Eolia Mansion/ Harkness Wedding 5/12

Accented w/ Succulents 

Featuring Dahlias at The Bond 10/12
Autumn orchids 10/12

Monday, June 18, 2012

Weddings at Eolia Mansion/Harkness State Park, Waterford, CT

When I grew up down the street it was known as "Harkness".
My friends and I spent many days here wandering around the beautiful lawn with the shade trees, the daffodils in the spring and the gorgeous view of the ocean. They never allowed swimming here but I would bring my dog and she would swim in the ocean and run around the lawn there were no leash laws then. I think the mansion and the  surrounding gardens etc were in disrepair and no one was allowed near them.

Out on the beach at Harkness with my black lab pup "Nike" 1979
Now it is beautifully revitalized and the most fortunate couples get to have their wedding ceremonies and receptions here. Some of what I loved about the freedom of wandering around Harkness when I was young is now gone but the improvements have been made to benefit the general public. I remember when the first “dogs must be on leash” sign went up and they started to charge for parking - I was shocked. But the same old copper beech trees are here, the ocean with the view of the ledge lighthouse, the endless and gorgeous green lawn and of course the beach.

View of Long Island Sound from the patio at Eolia
The Wisteria blooming on the pergola in May

Eolia Mansion

So far in wedding season 2012 at Earth Blossoms we have had two weddings at Harkness and both included lots of ivory and blush peonies.  Perfect flowers in a truly perfect setting.
My Mother was born in Waterford and I was, too and unfortunately Harkness was not our family estate! Here are some photos of the two Spring 2012 weddings. I can’t wait to see the professional photos from these events. I am sure they will be even more gorgeous!
Bride's Bouquet from May 25th wedding

Love this photo with the Bride and Groom on the lawn in the background 
Simple silver trumpet vase of peonies  in one of the wall niches

Seating card table in the Morning room
Bridesmaid's bouquet 

One of the fireplace mantles

The June 16th Bride and Groom and their flowers!