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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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!)

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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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