Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shoreline Chic

This beautiful and down-to-earth bride gave us a few gorgeous images and free rein to be creative. We worked primarily with whites and ivories to create her vision, adding pops of chartreuse along the way. We began with a canvas of some of our romantic favorites: big standard roses, creamy bunches of spray roses, flirty lisianthus, and ruffly stock. We then added some of the luxe flowers for additional depth and texture: dramatic cymbidium orchids, elegant callas, and luxurious peonies.

The ceremony, on the shores of Ladybird Lake, took place under the trellis, which was draped with sheer sage and chocolate linens. The wedding party was surrounded by delicate hanging strands of cream and white roses and white dendrobrium orchids.

The bride carried a beautiful hand-tied mix of vendela and akito roses, white stock, creamy peonies, white calla lilies, white lisianthus, and white cymbidium orchids with pink accented centers. The simple ivory satin wrap with pearl pins complimented her simple, elegant ivory strapless gown.

The bridesmaids, who wore black and ivory dresses, carried a romantic mix of vendela and akito roses, full-blown majolica spray roses, white stock, and white lisianthus. They also featured a simple ivory satin wrap with pearl pins.

The groom selected a simple calla lily boutonniere framed with a dark green leaf for the men in the wedding party. The mothers of the bride and groom wore small clusters of ivory garden and spray roses with an ivory satin accent.

The reception took place in the upstairs dining room of the Shoreline Grill. Three different centerpiece options connected the indoors and the outdoors through the use of ivory and green flowers, and an eclectic mix of vessels, including modern white ceramic bud vases, light wooden boxes, and long, low containers of heavy glass.

These square arrangements featured a lush composition of ivory hydrangea, white lisianthus, vendela and akito roses, spiky star of Bethlehem, white stock, white calla lilies, and bright green cymbidium orchids.

Clusters of bud vases filled with the same flowers decorated some of the other tables.

The longest tables featured the long arrangements, which included all of the same flowers with the addition of white tulips.

We added a few single cymbidium orchids to the whimsical cake; the pink centers of the ivory blooms picked up the pink polka dots on the bottom layer perfectly. The wedding party bouquets and the toss bouquet decorated the cake table after the ceremony.

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