Doing Wedding Flowers for 2 Florists
This past weekend I had the pleasure of working with Dan and Holly at Zuzu's Petals and Ryan Turner of Stemline Creative to do wedding flowers for 2 florists--Natalie Willet and Dan Mitchell of Zuzu's Petals. I was honored that another pair of florists whom I adore wanted me to help with their wedding, but also looked forward to working with other talented floral designers to make their wedding amazing. Natalie and Dan made a floral quote for us to work from, and Natalie took the day off and let Dan, Ryan, Holly and myself make everything. (Props for her for relinquishing control--that would be SOOO hard to do!) I guess Natalie just knew that she was in great hands. Natalie and Dan assigned me to make all of the bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, bar decor, entry way decor and some of the hutch decor. I also made a pomander for the tiny flower girl. It was super cute. Everything was berry-toned--from the flowers to the linens to the bridesmaids dresses--and it all looked perfect! I loved making mismatched bridesmaids bouquets (meaning NONE of them matched!) and think they worked great with the mismatched bridesmaids' dresses. With the smaller pieces handled by me, Holly made the pew decor, Ryan made the tall centerpieces and head table arrangements and Dan designed the escort card table arrangement, a couple tall centerpieces, the altarpieces and all of the short centerpieces in the vintage cigar boxes. He also made one of the most beautiful bridal bouquets I have ever seen for his bride--an all white soft bouquet of lily of the valley and sweet pea with a brooch and floppy bow. Natalie absolutely loved it and I loved that the groom made her favorite floral piece for the wedding day. He also made his own bout using some sprigs of Lily of the Valley. He was a very helpful, creative, and motivated groom! I loved working with him, Holly and Ryan. It was a fun couple of days! On the wedding day, I delivered all of the bouquets and ceremony decorations while Holly and Ryan delivered and set up the reception decor. The reception decor included gorgeous tall candelabra centerpieces, short centerpieces in vintage cigar boxes, 2 long and low rose arrangements reused from the ceremony altar, 20 pew decors reused as centerpiece accents, 2 shorter candelabras for the head table, a large escort card table arrangement, vintage family photos and additional mini arrangements for the hutch and hundreds of pedestal candles and mercury glass votives. I cannot wait to see all of the photos taken by the amazing Jeremy Lawson of Jeremy Lawson Photography! Other great vendors helping make the wedding perfect were Shannon Gail who was a bridesmaid and the main wedding planner, Beth Bernstein of SQN Events who acted as a Day-of-Coordinator for the wedding day, Nika Vaughan who made Natalie and everyone even more polished and beautiful that day with her make up skillz, Colin Lyons who shot late night photos at the reception, Creative Cakes who made a delicious and gorgeous wedding cake, Traveling Photobooth who provided hours of entertainment for those of us brave enough to get into the booth and the venue Cog Hill, wowed me with the yummy food. The tomato basil soup was so tasty and the entree was amazing! I was very impressed with everyone coming together to make things just amazing and unforgettable and I was honored to be a part of it.
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