looking back at 2010 part two

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

spring wedding inspirationspring wedding inspiration

More highlights from 2010….earlier this year, Janie and I worked with Leo Patrone on this story that appeared on Style Me Pretty.

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I attended Saipua’s little flower school last January!

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Caught up with my favorites at the b list conference in DC. Photograph by Kate Headley.

j. crew bridal store opening

Attended the opening of the J. Crew bridal boutique on Madison Avenue and stood in the same room as Ina Garten. The same room as Ina Garten.

tuckahoe plantation wedding

Teresa and Paul were married at Tuckahoe Plantation. Photography by Meghan McSweeney.

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While Sarah and John were married earlier in the year at Lewis Ginter’s Blomeendaal House. Photography by David Abel.

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Katie and Ralph were married at The Mill at Fine Creek. Photography by Jennifer Colina.

mill at fine creek wedding

And, later in the year, Kristen and Davis also celebrated at The Mill. Photography by Jennifer Colina.

baby shower inspiration

We hosted a baby shower for my bestie, who’s due any day now. Photography by Ana Valentine.

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Missy and Steven celebrated at The Science Museum of Virginia. Photography by Casey Templeton.

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And, sweet Audrea and Aaron held their reception at Westwood Country Club. Photography by Tom Daly.

Thank you especially to Emily, Danielle, Caitlin and Brittany who helped to bring all of 2010′s events to life! Love you girls! Can’t wait to see what 2011 holds!

This might be the best time of year…

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

"fall wedding inspiration"

{fig cake from Martha Stewart Weddings via Homegrown Wedding; place setting by Eddie Ross; flowers by Saipua}

richmond wedding wednesdays: blandfield plantation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Blandfield Plantation is a dreamy mid-Georgian Tidewater Mansion dating from the Colonial Period, in Essex County, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. Blandfield offers a few options for event rental, but I imagine this event would take place on the grounds outside of the mansion on an afternoon in the spring.

{left to right: image #1 saipua;#2 martha stewart; #3 unknown;#4 unknown; #5 romona keveza; #6 ribbons galore; #7 saipua; #8 unknown; #9 a practical wedding; #10 eventology blog; #11 parrot design studio}

inspired floral design

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Inspiring me today…designs that feel like modern interpretations of Dutch still life paintings.

{First arrangement by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase; Bouquet by Saipua; Arrangement in urn by Dandelion Ranch; last two arrangements by Ariella Chezar}

little flower school

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerI’ve always really loved Saipua’s work, and couldn’t have been more excited to find out that Sarah (of Saipua) and Nicolette (of Nicolette Camille) were offering workshops at Saipus’s studio in Redhook, a neighborhood of Brooklyn. Above is a picture in the Saipua studio. Just look at those flowers! We had our pick of anemones, ranunculus, gray dusty miller; parrot tulips, pin cushion flowers and jasmine; queen anne’s lace, the most fragrant rose geranium leaves and delicate green bells.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerHere is a Japanese ranunculus. Can you even believe the size of that bloom? The Dutch ranunculus we normally see are half its size!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe spent a lot of time talking about how the season dictates the color palette and materials you use. In the wintertime color tends toward icy pinks, silver and clean whites; you also see a lot of “woody” plants. The woody, gestural flowering quince was the basis of our class on Saturday.

Quince is the harbinger of spring. It’s one of the first to flower, reminding us that spring is just around the corner. Mind you, it’s still horribly cold outside as I type, so the reminder is welcomed.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerThe class was small – just nine of us. Here we are beginning our work.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerAbout an hour later, we were all shocked at our progress. Each of us made something beautiful. Here is my arrangement. I’ve only dabbled in flowers, making arrangements for parties here at our house, so it was fun to see what I could do under the guidance of two women whose work I admire so much!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Planner{photographs by me at the Saipua studio}

saipua flower school

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I’m traveling back today from a the Saipua flower school workshop. Can’t wait to share more later this week!


Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Saipua’s work is really brilliant, and Sarah and Eric have the most charming dog, Nea. Come to think of it, the girls at Studio Choo also have a super charming cattle dog too. Maybe there’s a secret floral designer code: must have cattle dog.