Its freezing outside, its painfully, mind-numbingly cold. Thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on a wedding we designed last May, held at The Ashford Estate, in New Jersey.
The bride- Sarah- was inspired by family heirlooms, lace, succulents, and soft, feminine flowers. I think just about ALL of the beautiful flowers available were represented here. Not only Spring staples like peonies and roses, but accents of fresh lavender, bleeding hearts, lily-of-the-valley, lamb's ear and astilbe. How is a florist supposed to walk by a bucket of local lily-of-the-valley and NOT buy it?
The bridal bouquet was designed with the challenge of fastening a family-prayer book to the handle. I used wire to secure it and covered that with lace ribbon ties. The family also had an exquisite collection of heirloom teacups which we used for centerpieces mixed in with cloche bells, and mercury glass vases.
The venue had a barn separate from the reception space in which the ceremony was held. We designed a chuppah that was a little rustic, wild and definitely Springy with cherry and crab-apple blossoms, wisteria branches, moss, and a lacey topper. In fact we draped more branches all over the barn and scattered the blossoms down the aisle.
Thanks so much to Danny Weiss photography for sharing these beautiful photos!