Just wanted to share some behind the scenes photos of Meaghan & Micheal’s wedding that I worked on recently at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. They lucked out with a beautifully grey day that brought out all the gorgeous fall colors and the blue of the mountains, and really made the flowers pop! Here’s a little window into some of our preparations and set up for their big day.
There are a million and one things that we do to be ready for a wedding, and one of the reasons why I love my job is that on any given day I could be painting, working in the garden, harvesting from the fields, woods, or wherever we find some fresh and beautiful foliage, arranging in the studio, or setting up at an event. This is why I carry at least two sets of clothes, and rubber boots with me at all times because I never know what we’ll be up to:)
For this wedding my first job was to get our vintage doors ready to be their arbor at the ceremony site. After all this rainy, muddy weather, they were in serious need of a fresh coat of paint. My assistant Rocky kept me company while I spruced them up!
Next I headed out to the garden to harvest some beautiful additions to their flowers. Their colors were whites and greens with a few lavenders and purples tucked in. While I was out harvesting heaps of adorable pom pom dahlias, anise, and lavender blooms, I found this perfect spider web, coated in dew. Rocky also came along for the harvest.
We worked in the studio to prepare the centerpieces and bouquets. Here is look at their beautiful bouquets with lots of lush garden roses and cafe au lait dahlias, with pops of lavender freesias for the bridesmaids.
When the big day came we brought four van loads of flowers, lanterns, arrangements, and the freshly painted doors. Once we’re at a site, it is go time, so we started right in with the arbor. The two doors get staked and connected across the top and we wire a foam garland to keep the flowers fresh and happy for the afternoon. And then Amy works her magic filling the garland with antique green hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, wild foliage, and brilliant red maple branches, and garden roses. It was really stunning, and half of the tasting room at Pippin came over to check it out while we worked!
To complete the ceremony site we hung sweet little aisle markers filled with lavender, anise, and dahlias from the garden, and placed the two big beautiful urns on wine barrels at the beginning of the aisle.
Inside the barn, we set the head table with a fresh garland of greens and flowers, with globe lanterns and votive candles sprinkled throughout. The other tables got large mercury glass centerpieces or sets of three arrangements in assorted mercury glass, with floating candles and votives. Each place setting got a fresh sprig of rosemary with their menu card. And last but not least, Margaret decorated the cake with ranunculus, lavender, and jasmine vine. Such a treat to work on such a stunning event. Congratulations Meaghan & Michael- you’re off to a beautiful start!