August 28, 2011

gardenias, chocolate cosmos and succulents

Chocolate cosmos are one of my favorite flowers, both for their chocolate scent and their velvety petals. All the flowers for this wedding smelled amazing... gardenias, tuberose, and blooming jasmine. The bride provided so many interesting components - maps, antlers, brass candlesticks, vintage books - and it all came together so nicely.

August 27, 2011

coral roses and celosia

I love the texture that the succulent blooms and the celosia added to this bouquet. Vive la coral!

August 2, 2011

fischer hall, texas - a dance hall wedding

Fischer, Texas was a very fitting small-town location for Christy and Jon's spring wedding this past April, as Christy's parents live just minutes from Fischer Hall, a historic dance hall with awesome ambiance about an hour west of Austin. The house Christy designed for her parents in the Texas Hill Country served as the ceremony location, with both a tractor and a covered wagon to welcome guests at the gate.

Christy's an architect specializing in sustainable design in Austin, so we sourced all the flowers and organic vegetables from Texas Specialty Cut Flowers and Johnson's Backyard Garden, two of the best suppliers of flowers and organic veggies, respectively. Christy borrowed all the vintage blue Mason jars from family friends!

Texas Specialty Cut really came through, it was the last week for all these amazing blooms: poppies, ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas and a whole lot more… the weather was so hot all the plants were getting tilled under the next week for a new round of summer flowers. Texas is a hard place to grow fresh cuts, but Christy's vision of lots of red, yellow and orange spring garden flowers turned out just perfect.

Johnson's Backyard Garden supplied all the local, organic kale, beets and carrots, which were used as table and entryway decorations. The guests left with pockets bulging with fresh produce-one guest even made borscht as a belated wedding gift!

Christy created the vintage seed packet 'table numbers' which featured images of guests' pets in unique designs for each table.

Music was a big part of the day as well, with Sean Castillo and the Hubcaps from San Antonio providing the reception with a rockin' set of swing and rockabilly numbers.

Sullivan Street Caterers from Blanco catered the amazing food, which was also locally sourced and perfectly complemented the floral design with seasonal greens, colorful roasted vegetables and flat-iron steaks grilled on site. Cupcakes in a variety of flavors from Polkadots in Austin provided a fun and tasty alternative to a traditional wedding cake, and a friend of the couple painted the wooden bride and groom to look like Christy and Jon in their wedding attire.


more old world garden party wedding at laguna gloria

I posted the images of this beautiful Laguna Gloria wedding that were featured on Project Wedding awhile back, but I wanted to show you even more of the images Suzi at Q Weddings captured.

We created a custom cedar chuppah which looks great with just a few clusters of flowers... Laguna Gloria has such a great ambiance, it almost looks like Italy with the lake and rolling hills in the background.

One of my favorite elements from this wedding is the groom's cake, which we decorated with fruit and veggies because the groom owns a few restaurants - Shake Shack, where I had a wonderful burger a couple years ago in a park in NYC. Never thought I'd be doing flowers for the guy behind it!