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!
Welcome to our first ever blog post! Hello, I’m Nina, a grower and designer at Blue Ridge Floral Design here in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. I’m going to be sharing some of my musings and photos from the garden and the studio, and from some of the gorgeous weddings and events we get to design. I hope you’ll enjoy this little glimpse inside the workings here at Blue Ridge Floral Design.
September is prime dahlia season in Virginia and what better way to show them off in all their glory than a rainbow?
Amy created a stunning rainbow of dahlias for the place card table welcoming folks to last week’s Martha Jefferson Foundation Capstone Society event at King Family Vineyards. She started with beautiful gladiolas from our friends at Blue Heron Farm as the backdrop, along with roses, calla lilies, and stock, berries, and greenery. Then she filled out the rainbow with dahlias of all shapes, sizes, and colors. From deep purples and magentas to vibrant reds, warm oranges, all the way to brilliant yellows and creamy whites, dahlias brought to life this jaw-dropping rainbow.
Dahlias are our biggest crop on the farm and one of the most fun and versatile flowers for design work. They are so lush and romantic, so fresh and colorful, and so abundant. We grow over 20 different varieties from dinner plate cafe au laits as big as my head to tiny little pink pom poms the size of a quarter.
Here are some glamour shots of a few of our favorites in the garden:
As you can imagine, the dahlia patch is the most beautiful place on the farm for most of the summer. It’s hard to capture the beauty of a full bed of dahlias bursting with blooms, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying!
Like many cut flowers, the more you cut dahlias the more they bloom. It can be a bit of a scramble to stay on top of harvesting these super productive beauties, but we can’t get enough in our design work!