This weekend as the weather shifted into full fledged summer heat, Katie & Erik celebrated their wedding with bold, bright, beautiful, summery colors. I was so excited to work with huge, gorgeous coral charm peonies, roses in oranges, pinks, and peach, along with fragrant feverfew, and lots of fresh foraged greenery. The heat presented us with quite a challenge- it’s hard to keep flowers happy when it’s 90 degrees in the shade. We kept everything as cool as possible until the last moment and then watched as the heat opened up every last peony into their full glory just in time for the wedding!
Katie’s bouquet was a stunner. Garden roses, orange ranunculus, green hypericum berries, white peonies, and solomon seal were nestled in around showstopping coral charm peonies. Her bridesmaid’s carried soft pink and white bouquets with roses, peonies, and delicate sweet peas.
The ceremony site at Keswick Vineyards featured a wooden pergola with a back drop of grape vines and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We introduced a riot of color with two bold, colorful swags.
For the centerpieces, we used white lanterns surrounded by a wild garland of ivy and greenery with bright pops of color on either side. We strung tiny lights through the flowers and sprinkled lemons, limes, and kumquats throughout to complete the citrus theme.
For the head table we went all out with lanterns of all sizes and a garland of ivy and greenery wound throughout with bright florals and citrus fruits woven in.
Many thanks to the wonderful folks at Keswick Vineyards, and Harvest Moon Catering, and congratulations to Katie & Erik- it was such a pleasure to be part of your big day!
Last weekend I got to work on one of the most beautiful wedding receptions in recent memory. Lauren and Chris were married at the UVA Chapel and held their reception in a gorgeous private barn in Keswick. Their flowers were soft pinks and white with lots of fresh, springy elements. We used buckets of lush local peonies from Pharsalia and Blue Heron Farm, along with foraged viburnum and dogwood from our garden. Their centerpieces were a combination of low mercury glass compotes filled with lush garden roses, peonies, viburnum, dusty miller, sweet peas, and dogwood, alternating with striking, tall arrangements on glass pedestals with peonies, stock, larkspur, viburnum, and roses.
Three long farm tables were decorated with garlands of eucalyptus, laurel, and bay, with garden roses and small arrangements of peonies, garden roses, and dogwood tucked in.
Every last detail was simple, elegant, and beautiful. The tables were set with gorgeous embroidered napkins, each tied in silk ribbon with a single sprig of rosemary from our garden. Thanks to photographer David Schwartz for these lovely shots of the table details.
The bouquets featured local peonies and dusty miller, along with soft garden roses, ranunculus, freesia, sweet peas, and eucalyptus. I was so busy with set up that I didn’t have a chance to photograph them, so many thanks to the amazing David Schwartz for capturing them so beautifully.
Congrats to the lovely bride and groom and many thanks to Adam Donovan-Groves Events, David Schwartz Photography, and the wonderful folks at the C&O for making it such a fun event to be part of!
After a brief period of hibernation, we’re back in action. This past weekend kicked off our 2016 wedding lineup, and what a start to the season!
Nicole and Bobby wanted a Grammy Awards themed wedding and that is what they got! MS Events rolled out hundreds of feet of red carpet (including down the aisle!), draped King Family in black, with black tablecloths and gold everywhere for maximum glam.
The couple were married in front of the huge stone fireplace, with a roaring fire behind them. I had the pleasure of working on the arrangement that stretched from one end of the mantle to the other. I’ll admit I’ve gotten soft over the winter and this one was a real wake up for the designing muscles! This kind of arrangement is much more easily done on site, especially when it’s made up of delicate orchids and amaryllis. So I started with nothing more than a block of foam and some candles, and after a few hours of climbing up and down the ladder it all came together. The effect of the orchids spilling over the mantle was really stunning, if I do say so myself.
The reception flowers were a gorgeous mix of all white blooms featuring orchids, amaryllis, roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and lisianthus. Our designers Marlin and Johanna outdid themselves creating these lush and glamorous centerpieces in the studio and then perfecting them in place by adding delicate orchids. Low centerpieces in gold compotes alternated with high arrangements perched on gold candelabras, and both were were set off beautifully by all the black and gold.
The only flowers that were not white were bright red to match the red carpet! The bridesmaids each held bouquets of red roses, and the bride had a delicate bouquet of white roses, orchids, sweet peas, and gardenia.
Big thanks to all the folks we worked with on this one: Amore Events by Cody, MS Events, Harvest Moon Catering, and SweetHaus. Bring it on 2016 wedding season!
‘Tis the season, and the elves here at Blue Ridge Floral have been busy! We have been decorating many a Christmas tree up on the mountain at Wintergreen Resort, and down in Whoville at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and Farmington Country Club. I have lost count of the number of trees we’ve decorated, and the incredible numbers of lights strung and ornaments hung, not to mention the number of times Amy has said “just make it look natural!”
We’ve done fruit themed trees, birchbark trees, the twelve days of Christmas tree, and even tennis rackets in the tree at the Wintergreen Pro Shop, but my favorite is the woodland tree. We have quite the collection of berry garlands, snowy pine cone ornaments, and lots of little friends to tuck in and around the tree. These beautiful woodland trees are in the Mountain Inn at Wintergreen, and the lobby at Martha Jefferson.
Another favorite of mine is the ornament garland. This can be tricky and time consuming but it looks amazing when it’s finished. You use individual ornaments and make a kind of garland to wrap around the tree for a spiral effect. I spent the better part of a day decorating this gold garland tree (and a second one just like it) in the outpatient lobby at Martha Jefferson.
Another favorite is a musical tree, decked with festive ribbon, and musical instruments. We thought this would be fitting for the main tree in the Martha Jefferson Hospital lobby, which sits right near a baby grand piano. We even had musical accompaniment while we decorated, courtesy of a lovely older gentleman who sat and played Christmas carols. Very festive! Here is a slice of the tree, and a fun shot of Amy decorating a fruit laden tree at Wintergreen’s Copper Mine Restaurant.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of decorating the Farmington Country Club for their annual Christmas party. Brian spent lots of time on ladders hanging these gorgeous new lit snowflakes, while the floral team tackled the stunning candelabra arrangements made of orchids, hydrangea, and greenery. For the centerpieces, we used lots of fresh, foraged evergreens, beautiful amaryllis, and gold pine cone accents. Quite a day of set-up, and I hope, quite a night of celebrating. Whatever it is you are celebrating this season, I hope it’s merry and bright and full of delicious smelling evergreens!
Ever look at pictures of our work and wonder how we got that full-sized tree into the Veritas ballroom, or that forty foot magnolia swag up in the Mount Ida Barn, or the lit saplings on the ceiling of the Wintergreen Mountain Inn? The answer is simple. It’s Brian. Not only does he manage the garden, making sure our tulips, dahlias, and peonies are as happy as they can be, but he is also the mastermind behind many of our more challenging (and impressive) installations!
If you have ever seen (or been married under) an arbor or chuppah decorated by Blue Ridge Floral, the odds are good that it was built and/or installed by Brian. The same goes for the aforementioned trees that transform a ballroom into a woodsy wonderland, or gorgeous chandeliers draped in garland and dangling lanterns, or our tall, branching centerpieces adorned with orchids and globe lanterns. Brian does it all. His years of experience as a builder means that he has the tools and the knowledge to realize whatever wild ideas Amy has envisioned. Here are some of my favorite examples of the wonders Brian works!
I am thoroughly exhausted after a big wedding weekend but I have to share a few pictures from Chloe & Elliott’s stunning wedding reception at Veritas Winery. We get to work on lots of beautiful weddings with Chloe at Veritas, but this one was special. This time she was on the other side of the clipboard, and we were so thrilled to be part of the big day!
And we went all out. Amy hauled in van loads of bright fall foliage and glossy magnolia, and we made roughly 100 feet of magnolia garland to wrap the chandeliers and adorn the farm tables! Brian spent hours perched on a ladder hanging magnolia garland and glass lanterns from the chandeliers while folks chatted and sipped in the tasting room. The result was incredible. (My photos hardly do them justice and I can’t wait to see how the professionals capture them!)
Then we made the mother of all table swags for the three long farm tables. We started with the magnolia garland, and wove in pepper berries, seeded eucalyptus, nandina, astilbe, and lots of gorgeous foraged fall leaves. We tucked lush arrangements of antique roses, astilbe, scabiosa, lisianthus, pepper berries, and foliage into the greenery along with Chloe’s tall red tapers for the full effect.
We even got to decorate the wedding cake lovingly made in the English tradition by the mother of the groom. It was a real pleasure to work on such a gorgeous and well planned event (such good taste, those two), and to help celebrate these lovely people. Cheers to Chloe & Elliott!