Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A beautiful June Bride with a Vision

Once again, Ann MacMullan  has poetically evoked a joyful wedding reception we designed at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania this past June. The flowers and decor were exceptional and unique but the beauty of the bride far exceeded any design we could ever create! Her Poise, her kindness and her artistic talent were evident at every meeting prior to the wedding. The natural beauty of this young woman was echoed by her vision of her soon to be wedding reception. Graceful maidenhair fern,various moss species and dripping clematis are some of the items that come to mind when I envision the candle lit ballroom.

The following June morning her family held a Quaker ceremony at the Haverford Meeting House. The classic bride wore a family heirloom gown from the early 19th century and a whimsical wreath in her cascading hair. The groom simply beamed at his stunning bride.

To be chosen for this memorable day I was both delighted and honored. Days like these are the ones we never forget.

 For all those who might have forgotten Shakesphere's "A Mid-Summers Night's Dream," read below and see how we accomplished Megan's Fairytale.

A midsummer’s night wedding

Posted on June 7, 2012 by Ann Last week, I met the Nancy Saam flower gang at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA. Our mission: to create a wedding day in the tone of A Midsummer’s Night Dream. It was to be a whimsical woodland, a graceful garden, and a summery sweet setting; the type of shindig that the Fairy Queen herself would attend.

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania some time of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamelled skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.

—Bridal table canopy

—Structural materials: birch trunks, curly willow, honey locust branches, and smilax vine wound down around birch trunks

 Yet marked I where the bolt of Cupid fell:
It fell upon a little western flower,
Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound,
And maidens call it, Love-in-idleness.

—Some of the gorgeous materials used on the arbor: clematis, hanging amaranth, yarrow, nigella, viburnum, hydrangea, and more…

Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

—Marlene wraps the woodland cake with smilax vine, atop a tree trunk

What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here,
So near the cradle of the fairy queen?

—Centerpiece with pitcher plants, astilbe, fern, poppy, white scabiosa + seedpods, veronica, and chocolate cosmos

—Nancy Saam tweaks the centerpieces

—Pitcher plant, sarracenia – carnivorous!

—Brenda trails smilax vine on the candelabras

What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

—Jane puts the finishing touches on her large cocktail arrangement

So we grew together,

Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart.

Posted from the blog of Ann MacMullan

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brides Magazine New Jersey-- Chosen Again!

We just received news that one of our weddings will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Brides magazine. This was incredible news and it will be our second time featured in the magazine.

When you start with a bride such as Sarah (Tall and Tan and Young and Lovely) one would think "of course" this wedding would be chosen. So, thank you Sarah for those good looks... I know they come from your mother's side of the family! Sara's mother, Pat, has been working along side me for thirteen years and I have been so lucky to have such talent and dedication help me build my business from the ground......up! She is truly brilliant!!

Our bride, Sarah, was pretty wonderful too as she let her Mom take the lead in choosing the "flowers" for the reception. Sarah came up with the "look and colors" and when they put their heads together--- all was fabulous!
Artichoke, fern frons, figs, antique caramelroses,
green coxcomb, and scabiosa
Pale blue hyrbid delphinium

Centerpiece designed with figs, antique hydrangea,  grapes, hanging amaranthus, antique caramel roses, cabbage, and green lisianthks.

Lime green hydrangea with porcelain berry
Canopy consisting of smilax, hydrangea and roses

The ceremony and reception were held at the Bay Head Yacht club on a beautiful day in October... Sarah had grown up with summers at the beach so it was the perfect venue for her and Juan to celebrate their wedding. What a fantastic day filled with family and friends, including of course, all those West Pointers, including her wonderful Dad, Joe!

Photos courtesy of Ryan Jensen

Take a look at these photos which will just brighten your day and make you wish you were sitting on the beach right now!

Thanks to all of my wonderful co-workers-- Pat, Marlene, Dave, Debbie, Tom and Lisa!

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Beautiful Holiday Flyer

Place Your Holiday Orders!

The stress of the holiday can all fade into the background when you dine at a beautiful table as festive as the holiday season. Below, and on my flyer, are examples of the designs I have created, or admired from other sources. Whether you want a traditional centerpiece, or something similar to these designs, I can create something to enhance your holiday celebration.
Contact me,, to place a holiday order. Please be specific about color, variety of preferred flowers and price range.

Amaryllis and pine 
cone arrangement

Carnations, roses and holly in
a candy cane vase

Casablanca lilies

Cranberry tulips in a
silver champagne urn

Festive woodland table design

Amaryllis in matching candy striped vase

Hydrangea and holly leaves in vases of cranberries

Birch log with Christmas greens

Pink table design
A table design so warm it invites you to the table

Martha Stewart topiary tree with 
white carnations and green Christmas balls

Winter table design
Eucharist lily and ilex berry
Amaryllis surrounded by icy blue Christmas balls

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

131st Philadelphia Charity Ball Slideshow

Please take a look at this fabulous slideshow that Joanne Bening put together for this past weekend's Philadelpha Charity Ball at The Union League of Philadelphia. Alix Jacobs will update with more stories and photos in coming days!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Exciting News!

I am running to pick up after last night's Philadelphia Charity Ball before rushing off to set up a wedding this afternoon but I had to take a breather to share some news.

A blog entry written by Melody Appel from Innove Events,  was picked up by a nationally recognized site, Style Me Pretty

Melody's whimsical genius was featured in the article, but she graciously gave credit for my floral arrangements and the photography of Annie Hosfeld.

Below are some of the photos of the floral arrangements I created to enhance Melody's dining and serving table.

Please go read the entire post and see the rest of Melody's designs at  Style Me Pretty...

Roses, anthurium,
hypericum berries and tulips
Beautiful table arrangement with color, height and interest
Arrangements create interest
 in foreground and background
Craspedia "Billy Balls" in milk glass vase
Craspedia "billy balls" set in anthurium
stems with burlap wrapped vases
Beautiful fall table with visual interest and plenty of room for platters
Roses, Craspedia and hypericum
in milk glass bowl
Anthurium, roses and bittersweet
 in milk glass vase
Anthurium, roses and bittersweet in milk glass vase
Simple design elements enhance the table composition
Guests are welcomed to the table 
Flowers pick up the
natural hues of these delicious desserts
Floral design mimics the balance of nature