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.

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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.

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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!

Nicole and Scott on Borrowed & Blue

Nicole and Scott on Borrowed & Blue

So excited to be featured on Borrowed & Blue wedding at Blenheim Vineyards! This beautiful summer wedding at Blenheim Vineyards featured shades of light pink, peach and coral for the floral palette.  Bouquets of roses, ranunculus, and peonies for the bride, simple white rose for the groom, table runners comprised of green leaves and eucalyptus, and centerpieces crafted using peonies and silver vases. The wedding was beautifully designed by Shindig Wedding and Events and the photos are by Robert Radifera Photography.

Wedding ceremony at Blenheim Vineyards

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Nicole and Scott wedding at Blenheim

Brdemaids and flowers at Blenheim Vineyards

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Meet Our Secret Weapon: Brian!

Meet Our Secret Weapon: Brian!

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!

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Full-sized tree at Veritas





Behind the Scenes: Chloe & Elliott’s Stunning Reception!

Behind the Scenes: Chloe & Elliott’s Stunning Reception!

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.

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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!

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