Behind the Scenes at Katie & Erik’s Bright Citrus Wedding

Behind the Scenes at Katie & Erik’s Bright Citrus Wedding

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.

DSCF4492 Pink and white Bridesmaid BouquetsThe 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.

Bright citrus swag   DSCF4504DSCF4511 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.

Lantern centerpieceFor 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.

Centerpiece with coral charm peonies

Lanterns with ivy and citrus 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!

Behind the Scenes at Chris & Lauren’s Stunning Springtime Reception

Behind the Scenes at Chris & Lauren’s Stunning Springtime Reception

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.

Spring centerpiece  Spring centerpiece with roses, peonies, dogwood

Tall centerpiece

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.

Head table garland Closeup table garland Closeup table garland Head table garland

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.

Photo by David Schwartz Photo by David Schwartz

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.

Bridesmaid Bouquet Photo by David Schwartz

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!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

‘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.

Christmas Tree Wintergreen Pro Shop

Christmas Tree Wintergreen Pro Shop

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!



Farmington Snowflakes