The Big Fake Wedding – New England - Part 2 – Tables

Please see Part 1 for the Moodboard for The Big Fake Wedding held at Willowdale Estate

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

Back to the Big Fake Wedding New England 2018 - As the bride didn’t want any typical centerpieces, I designed a centerpiece for a round table in a concrete container that I dry brushed with gold paint.  Grapevine balls, moss, polished stones, succulents and painted gold leaves were tucked around flowering and foliage plants, such as orchids and anthuriums, that are typically found in a conservatory. Taking the table to an upscale (as opposed to a rustic) direction, I selected textured, clear glass plates rimmed with gold. A rose, resting on moss that lined a gold edged glass pyramid, brought color to each place setting. The perfect green linens provided by @xothegirls and unique printed designs of table number and menus from Jen Pepper @thechattypress finished the look.

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

My second table was a beautiful long farm table which begged for an elevated ‘jungle’ of orchids and greens. Phalenopsis and dendrobium orchids were tucked into a garland of greenery which extended down on to the table. Hops grown in my yard hung playfully. The table number was suspended from this in a floating gold edged frame. Additional plants and flowers in small glass vases were on the table.

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 photo by @emilyteresaphotography

photo by @emilyteresaphotography

Floral Sydenstricker plates were put on ivory china with a textured rim in a trellis pattern.  At each setting, there were song lyrics or a title along with the author in floating glass frames and echeveria in a glass teardrop. Once again, thanks to Jen Pepper @thechattypress and @xothegirls for printed materials and linens.

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

The Big Fake Wedding was a great experience. All the vendors developed quite a camaraderie working in the crazy heat and then ridiculous downpour to pull this together. I would recommend any of them.

 

Photography: Emily Teresa PhotographyHourglass Photography, & Golden Aura Photography / Videography: Brian Nelson Films / Venue: Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA / Day-of Coordination: Tasks@Bey Event Planning / Floral & Event Design for Bouquets & Boutonnieres and Tables 1 + 8: Floral Notes / Floral & Event Design for Ceremony Backdrop & TAbles 2 + 7: Orly Khon Floral / Floral & Event Design for Head Table & Tables 4 +9: Jasper & Prudence Floral & Events / Floral & Event Design for Registration & Tables 5 + 10: Designs by Sheila / Floral & Event Design for Tables 3 + 6: Tasks@Bey Event Planning / Hair: Beauty By LM / Makeup: Makeup by Kira / Invitations: JKF Design Co. / Desserts: Miam Miam Macaronerie / Doughnuts: The Dapper Doughnut / Cake: Pure Glamour Cakes / Event Rentals: XO The Girls / Marquee Letter Rentals: Your Love in Lights / Marshmallow Favors: Malvi: Marshmallow Confections / Sparkling Wine: SOCIAL Sparkling Wine / Table Stationery: The Chatty Press / Transportation: Skedaddle / Travel Agency: Seabrook Travel Center / Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas / Guest Shuttle Service: Michael’s Limosine / Hotel: The Boxer Boston Hotel / Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom in Boston / Band: Hot Mess Boston / Ceremony Musicians: Hot Mess Boston / Menswear: Blank Label / Jewelry: Delezhen

The Big Fake Wedding - New England – Part 1 – Bouquets, Boutonnieres and Floral Tattoos

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative featuring a couple who renew their vows in front of guests (engaged couples) followed by food and dancing. The BFW staff developed a mood board for the vendors to follow. New England’s theme was a garden house/conservatory vibe using shades of green, clay, and orchid.

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For the floral portion, four designers each got 2 tables and an extra area to focus on. I selected bouquets and boutonnieres.  My bouquets were not typical of those seen on social media and were well received by brides visiting my vendor table after the ceremony. 

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 The bridal bouquet featured a mix of interesting textures with an airiness and movement. Anthurium and orchids were some of the flowers added for the greenhouse touch.

 Ribbon treatment includes hand-died silks from @honeysilkco  photo by @emilyteresaphotography

Ribbon treatment includes hand-died silks from @honeysilkco

photo by @emilyteresaphotography

 photo by @emilyteresaphotography

photo by @emilyteresaphotography

 Side view of bouquet  photo by @emilyteresaphotography

Side view of bouquet

photo by @emilyteresaphotography

Want something interesting? Here’s a new take on bridal bouquet shapes. Bridesmaid’s bouquet #1 was designed in a custom crafted wire structure. Wool and jasmine vine were captured by wire tendrils and butterfly ranunculus floated above.

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

Bridesmaid’s bouquet #2 was a clean, contemporary interpretation of a conservatory.  Tropical flowers and foliage are grouped for emphasis.

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

The guys also wore a touch of the greenhouse vibe. The groom sported a white anthurium with kalanchoe and greenery.  The groomsmen wore either an orchid with kalanchoe and greenery or a spray rose with tillandsia and seeded eucalyptus. A floral pocket square was also an option but the guys opted to wear vests and not jackets.

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

A modern take on corsages were worn by the gals during the reception with flowers magically worn on their wrists. It was a fun way for the gals to have flowers without carrying their bouquets.

 photo by @hourglassphotography

photo by @hourglassphotography

 photo by @emilyteresaphotography

photo by @emilyteresaphotography

 photo by @goldenauraphotography

photo by @goldenauraphotography

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll share photos of the table designs.

Photography: Emily Teresa PhotographyHourglass Photography, & Golden Aura Photography / Videography: Brian Nelson Films / Venue: Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA / Day-of Coordination: Tasks@Bey Event Planning / Floral & Event Design for Bouquets & Boutonnieres and Tables 1 + 8: Floral Notes / Floral & Event Design for Ceremony Backdrop & TAbles 2 + 7: Orly Khon Floral / Floral & Event Design for Head Table & Tables 4 +9: Jasper & Prudence Floral & Events / Floral & Event Design for Registration & Tables 5 + 10: Designs by Sheila / Floral & Event Design for Tables 3 + 6: Tasks@Bey Event Planning / Hair: Beauty By LM / Makeup: Makeup by Kira / Invitations: JKF Design Co. / Desserts: Miam Miam Macaronerie / Doughnuts: The Dapper Doughnut / Cake: Pure Glamour Cakes / Event Rentals: XO The Girls / Marquee Letter Rentals: Your Love in Lights / Marshmallow Favors: Malvi: Marshmallow Confections / Sparkling Wine: SOCIAL Sparkling Wine / Table Stationery: The Chatty Press / Transportation: Skedaddle / Travel Agency: Seabrook Travel Center / Wedding Vow Art: The Standard Canvas / Guest Shuttle Service: Michael’s Limosine / Hotel: The Boxer Boston Hotel / Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom in Boston / Band: Hot Mess Boston / Ceremony Musicians: Hot Mess Boston / Menswear: Blank Label / Jewelry: Delezhen

AIFD Symposium, Seattle WA 2017

Symposium- July 2017 - A time to reconnect with flower friends and make new ones, a time to learn new techniques, a time to work behind the scenes, a time to see innovative programs, a time to congratulate the new inductees to AIFD, a time to encourage those who tested to qualify for AIFD, a time to meet the many vendors that support the floral designers, a time to visit the sites of Seattle and be awestruck by the artistry of Dale Chiluly. I'm excited for next year - Discover 2018 in Washington, DC!

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 Dendrobium orchids and freesia blooms individually wired by Ralph Giordano CFD and me for bouquet created by Brook Raulerson AIFD for her presentation.

Dendrobium orchids and freesia blooms individually wired by Ralph Giordano CFD and me for bouquet created by Brook Raulerson AIFD for her presentation.

 Workshop with Ron Mulray AIFD - Paper, Rock Scissors

Workshop with Ron Mulray AIFD - Paper, Rock Scissors

 Botanical necklace created in Francoise Weeks' workshop

Botanical necklace created in Francoise Weeks' workshop

 Design created by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz

Design created by Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz

 Chiluly!!!!!

Chiluly!!!!!

Natalie Wolf Forum

At the Garden Club Federation of MA Annual Meeting, I was one of three designers asked to interpret a sculpture created by Rob Lorenson as part of the Natalie Wolf Forum. I choose to replicate some of the shapes and enhance them with an assortment of flowers in complementary colors. The shapes were then organized so the flowers within also created rhythms.  

 Sculpture created by Rob Lorenson similar to one we interpreted.  He created a new piece for the program so we saw an unpainted 'work in progress' photo and thus I don't have an image of the final piece. 

Sculpture created by Rob Lorenson similar to one we interpreted.  He created a new piece for the program so we saw an unpainted 'work in progress' photo and thus I don't have an image of the final piece. 

 Photo by Rob Lorenson - It was difficult to find a clean background so we used a moving pad - not ideal but it was better than hotel molding cutting the design in half. #roblorenson #floralnotesacton #maureenchristmas

Photo by Rob Lorenson - It was difficult to find a clean background so we used a moving pad - not ideal but it was better than hotel molding cutting the design in half. #roblorenson #floralnotesacton #maureenchristmas

To create my piece, I cut wreath forms made of MDF into pairs of arcs and painted them red.  I cut oasis wet foam into shapes to fit between the two pieces. The sides of the foam were covered with pan glue and attached to the MDF pieces. The glue waterproofed the oasis while adhering it to the MDF boards.  Once in place, the foam was saturated using a forceful stream from a water bottle.

 Oasis pan-glued and placed between MDF pieces. Dowel rods provide extra stabilization 

Oasis pan-glued and placed between MDF pieces. Dowel rods provide extra stabilization 

 Ribbon was wrapped around some of the pieces to add contrast. Euphorbia is placed to take advantage of transparency within it.

Ribbon was wrapped around some of the pieces to add contrast. Euphorbia is placed to take advantage of transparency within it.

International Bridal Workshop with Gregor Lersch

My floral escapades continued in March with a trip to Germany to attend the International Bridal Seminar given by Gregor Lersch. It was important to him that we not only improve our floral skills but that we connect with each other and learn about all the cultures that were represented.  I met designers from Poland, Italy, Turkey, England, Romania, Holland, Germany, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Israel, Austria, Belgium and I'm sure I missed a couple! The first evening, we were treated to a floral demonstration and then a lovely reception where the focus was to meet each other before the three days of intensive work.  Lunch and refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks were provided and gave the participants more opportunities to bond with each other.  

The first day started with demonstrations. On days 2 and 3, we started with critiques of the previous day's work and then had demonstrations. Afterward we proceeded to the workroom were there were all the supplies and gorgeous flowers needed for us to execute our interpretation of the day's topic. It was heaven!!!

Gregor was very in tune with where we were from and how that influenced our designs when he critiqued them.  An unusual color combination may have traditional roots in a culture and he would seek out this information before commenting.  He would go around the room and offer suggestions. Gregor readily approached the designers and would initiate the conversation.  I can't over emphasize how thoughtful and hospitable he was, how thoughtful his comments were and what a terrific team he had to support him. I can't wait to return to Bad Neuenahr to attend another workshop!

There were so many fabulous settings on this site to photograph one's work. Just a gorgeous location with views of vineyards on the hills.

Kyogi paper was layered on a cardboard base as well as glued on to bind wire to form the base for this completely wired and taped bouquet. Keeping it cool in the evening and covered in plastic which had been sprayed with water kept it looking fresh for 3 days! A few bits of kyogi paper coming out of the floral portion connected the flowers with the base much as you would connect a floral design to the container.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2017

I was invited to work as part of the AIFD team, under the leadership of Cres Motzi AIFD, creating an exhibit at the PFS. The show theme was Holland. My subgroup focused on artwork. I was asked to create a Piet Mondrian inspired piece using dried pods. The frame was designed by Ron Mulray AIFD and created for the show.  My role was to fill the sections with the primary colors typical of Mondrian's later work. Pods were dipped in diluted interior house paint and shaken hard/spun to remove excess before being placed in holes cut in flower boxes to dry. Pieces of styrofoam joined to create the base were covered in paper before the pods were stuck into it. Suzanne Sampson AIFD and Lyn from Minnesota were invaluable in helping me get the piece completed before the rigging crew came to hang it.

Theresa Clower AIFD created a Van Gogh inspired piece using wheat and Jane Godshalk created a floral piece reminiscent of Flemish design. The dried pieces were created twice so they were visible when viewed from both sides. 
     Other areas of Holland featured in the AIFD exhibit  were Gin, Canals, People, Delftware, and Bicycles.

 

 Three pieces of 'art' were inspired by Dutch painters.

Three pieces of 'art' were inspired by Dutch painters.

 Close-up of work in progress of the Piet Mondrian and Van Gogh inspired pieces.

Close-up of work in progress of the Piet Mondrian and Van Gogh inspired pieces.

AIFD INDUCTION

I was full of good intentions when I started this blog. I didn't think it would be time to register for AIFD 2017 Symposium before I wrote again!  

To catch up a bit - Induction was incredible. The whole experience was fabulous.  The other members were so welcoming, everyone was so congratulatory. I took workshops with Leopoldo Gomez, Wendy Andrade and Beth O'Reilly. The stage presentations were so enlightening. The gala evenings had gorgeous decor. The vendor reception offered a chance to meet some of the folks on the other end of the phone and learn about new products. Gorgeous flowers  and designs with interesting techniques and stories were everywhere. Feel free to reach out to me via the 'Contact Us' page if you would like information about the American Institute of Floral Designers.

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Induction night with Leanne Kessler and Joyce Mason-Monheim - these are two of the loveliest and most helpful ladies with a true passion for the flower industry and those in it.

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Before the beginning

I've always liked flowers and gardens.  I remember my grandmother's garden in South Ozone Park on Long Island. My grandparents were lucky enough to have the end unit of the brownstone which meant they got the rectangular space next to the garage out back.  The entrance was a climbing rose you had to sneak by so it didn't 'get' you.  Other images are hazy but I always thought that place magical. 

Fast forward to the turn of the century - (Jeez that sounds old!) My friend invited me to see her garden club's flower show.  It was the horticulture that drew me in - "I can grow hydrangeas like this," I thought - my competitive nature sneaking in. I joined the club when my youngest started school. I found myself entering flower shows and then going to National Garden Club (NGC) Flower Show school so I could figure out what the heck the judges were talking about.  "What do you mean those three callas which so perfectly represent the sails of the ship aren't connected to the rest of the design?" Now an Accredited NGC Judge, Master Level, I know what they were saying!

My flower journey continued into the retail world  - my love of design blossomed into something I didn't want to limit to the occasional flower show. I was exposed to the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) when their symposium in Boston in 2010 featured Gregor Lersch as the speaker. What an introduction!  The Northeast Floral Expo (NEFE) put on by the Connecticut Florists Association provided a regional avenue for my continued growth. After many brides and proms, I decided I wanted to see if I had what it takes to become a member of AIFD. I studied hard, practiced tons and went off to AIFD Symposium in Denver to take the Professional Floral Designer Evaluation. Success! My scores were high enough that I was invited to join this highly talented group of floral artists. On July 5, I will be inducted into AIFD - and so I begin.....(again!)