Sometimes we have the chance to really think outside the box with our floral designs., challenging our creativity as well as imagination. Holly and Kyle love antiques and wanted to incorporate them into their centerpieces. We can only imagine the hours the couple spent, visiting antique stores and flea markets, to find the gems they brought to us. One fun find was the Red Flyer wagon that the ringbearer came down the aisle in, pulled by the flower girl.
The newlyweds said their vows in front of friends and family in the beautiful Heinz Chapel. Two traditional altarpieces of stargazer lilies, pink and white snapdragons, pink and white larkspur, pink roses, and lush eucalyptus stood out against the rich dark wood of the altar.
Holly’s bridal bouquet (#1047) really played with texture. It included maidenhair ferns cascading among pink garden roses, cafe au lait and pink dahlias, small touches of dusty miller, pink larkspur and calcynia.
The bridal party bouquets continued on the beautiful texture with flowers are very seasonal – calcynia and pink bunny tail! The maid of honor carried a bouquet (#1048) of light and medium pink roses, pink dahlias, calcynia, and fluffy pink bunny tail. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of light and medium pink roses accented with calcynia (#1049).
The ringbearer even got flowers of his own! Raggedy Ann and Andy took a ride down the aisle with him, and white flowered ribbons trailed behind the wagon. Light pink miniature gerbera daisies and pink dahlias were fastened to the ribbons.
St. Nicholas Hall, just a street or two over from Heinz Chapel, was the setting for the wedding reception.
Holly and Kyle’s centerpieces went beyond just looking beautiful. They were symbols of important stories in their time together. Next to each centerpiece, the couple provided an album with pictures and text to explain these stories. One centerpiece was made atop a baby scale, blooming with lilies, garden roses, pink larkspur, pink roses, pink bunny tail, and flowing eucalyptus.
Another centerpiece featured an antique rotary phone, which reminded us of Wilson Pickett’s romantic song “634-5789.” We designed this arrangement with white hydrangea, pink roses, burgundy amaranthus, ruscus, willow eucalyptus, flax and wild grasses.
The next centerpiece featured an antique camera, which we have focused in on creamy, full roses. Light pink orchids, green hydrangea, and bear grass made up the rest of the ring. (Butterflies were landing on the roses as the camera focused for a close-up.)
It would be too fun if this antique radio could be playing Pickett’s tune! This arrangement (#650) featured white roses, maidenhair fern, billy balls, flax, willow eucalyptus, and other grasses which draped down elegantly.
On one side of this centerpiece (#651) you’ll find a distinguished antique clock, and on the other, a tall arrangement of white mums, pink dahlias, flax, ruscus, gunny eucalyptus, and Russian olive.
We buried an antique sewing machine in blooms for one of the centerpieces (#652)! Pink dahlias, pink bunny tail, baby’s breath, scabiosa, gomphrena, and eucalyptus created a tapestry of flowers beside the vintage Sewmor machine.
Both Holly and Kyle have very special fur friends in their lives, which they represented in one of the centerpieces (#653). A cat can be seen looking into a little pond, in which we floated a rose. Around the statue are light pink hydrangea, light pink larkspur, pink bunny tail, gomphrena, scabiosa, gunny eucalyptus and bear grass.
The final centerpiece (#654) featured a vintage typewriter which displayed a portion of Elizabeth Barrett’s classic sonnet “How Do I Love Thee.” Curly willow and flax were draped over the typewriter, and pink dahlias, pink roses, dusty miller, ruscus, and calcynia bloomed up the side of the typewriter. The album that Holly and Kyle provided on this table contained the newlyweds’ vows for each other.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a wedding without a wedding cake! We decorated the intricately iced cake (#164) with white gardenias and light pink spray roses.
It was a pleasure to assist Holly and Kyle to make their creative vision a reality. The creativity of designing arrangements around these antiques was truly challenging! We wish the newlyweds all the best in their married life adventures. Thank you for allowing us to play a part in your special day!!
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