Let's Talk Wedding Flowers - After the Ceremony - Cocktail Hour! Fourth Post in a Series

The ceremony is over and you are officially hitched! Congratulations! Let the Celebration begin!

Trio of roses and greenery in wrought iron urn - the perfect cocktail table accent that won’t blow away! Courageous Sailing Center, Pier 4, Charlestown, MA

Trio of roses and greenery in wrought iron urn - the perfect cocktail table accent that won’t blow away! Courageous Sailing Center, Pier 4, Charlestown, MA

The first stop is the cocktail hour.  One of the reasons many couples are having first looks or delaying the start of the cocktail hour is so they can join in with their friends and families.

Decorations for the hi/lo tops can be as simple or elaborate as you like. It’s an area that can be a bit playful and more relaxed. For the athletic couple, dig out some of those old softball/baseball cards, put them on a stick and tuck them in a bud vase with some greenery, in a small design or even in an apple or artichoke.

Are you into craft beers? Collect bottles and add a few stems - hops bloom in late summer and would be a fun touch. Consider these options – glass vase with a single large flower and perhaps a rustic or gold wire accent, trio of glass vases with flowers, wrought iron urn with roses or greenery, flower floating in glass, small, short clutch of flowers leaning in cube, small lanterns and objects special to the couple such as a stack of books.

Use your cocktail hour to show your personality and give your guests a hint of what’s to come.

Petite clutch of flowers in embellished glass adorns cocktail table at the Omni Parker House.

Petite clutch of flowers in embellished glass adorns cocktail table at the Omni Parker House.

Wrought iron urns with artichokes, seeded eucalyptus, roses and other flowers are lined up for the cocktail hour. The Country Club, Brookline, MA

Wrought iron urns with artichokes, seeded eucalyptus, roses and other flowers are lined up for the cocktail hour. The Country Club, Brookline, MA

Garden rose ‘Tess’ and cymbidium orchids are among the exquisite blooms enhanced with gold accents. The Mansion at Turner Hill. Photo by Carly Michelle Photography

Garden rose ‘Tess’ and cymbidium orchids are among the exquisite blooms enhanced with gold accents. The Mansion at Turner Hill. Photo by Carly Michelle Photography

A beautiful rose, plumosa fern and twigs wrapped with decorative wire. Shaker Hills County Club

A beautiful rose, plumosa fern and twigs wrapped with decorative wire. Shaker Hills County Club

Together these create a centerpiece; separately, they can be used on cocktail tables perhaps with a few scattered flowers.

Together these create a centerpiece; separately, they can be used on cocktail tables perhaps with a few scattered flowers.

Another variation using the wrought iron urn. These are available for rental. The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Another variation using the wrought iron urn. These are available for rental. The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA

Floating orchid with grass accent in glass cube. The Exchange Hall, Acton, MA

Floating orchid with grass accent in glass cube. The Exchange Hall, Acton, MA

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