Lydia and Chad’s Whimsical, Flower Filled Big Day- Full Moon Resort

Lydia and Chad were a complete delight!  They planned a beautiful day at the picturesque Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.  This delightful couple wanted to really focus on the beauty of their surroundings at Full Moon and the romantic Barn where the reception was to take place.  They felt that our Quasi-DIY options were a prefect fit for their needs.  My team and I handled all of the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres and assisted Lydia and Chad with floral selections and accessories so they could DIY their own centerpieces!  The end result was a super romantic combination of the “ruffeliest” (is that a word?  I don’t care, that’s what they were!)  Roses, wildflowers, and fragrant blooms around!

We LOVE when our couples infuse personal details into their big day, dinosaur cake toppers, anyone?  It was very important for Lydia to have a piece of her Mother’s wedding dress attached to the handle of her bouquet, and I did my very best to attach it just right for her a couple of hours before she walked down the aisle.  Here are a few images that I snapped:

   

Here are a few of the beautiful wrap itself, what a thoughtful, heirloom quality gift! Both mother and daughter’s names and wedding dates are written on the fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few more of the bouquets taken at the studio, really, really, really late the night before Lydia and Chad’s wedding day!

To see even more beautiful details of their wedding please check it out on Red Oak Weddings!!!  Especially the darling photos of the doggies!  There is nothing better than delivering wedding flowers and being greeted by wagging tails!  http://redoakweddings.com/blog/romantic-catskills-ny-wedding-at-full-moon-resort-love-me-do-photography.

Congratulations Lydia and Chad, we wish you all the best in your future together!!!  If it is as fun as your wedding looked, we know you will be off to a great start!  Cheers!

~Heather

We were delighted to work with the following team on this wedding:

Venue: Full Moon Resort 

Photography: Love Me Do Photography

DJ: JTD Productions

Dress: Saja Wedding

Bridal Party: Azazie

 

Big Changes in 2017!!!

Hello all, I know it has been waaaaay too long!!!  I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet so many great couples, families, friends and professionals during this small business adventure of mine. However, the truth is these past several years while very successful and full of beauty, have been exhausting.  And not just for me, but my amazing staff as well.  After tons of deliberation about how to simplify things, I have decided we really need to revamp the way we are handling our Quasi-DIY, DIY, and Rental options.  We have enjoyed impeccable reviews in these categories and been published many times with these types of events, however we have also been taking on very large scale full service events at the same time.  Our clients in all categories have been very happy, but internally we are seeing a lot of room for improvement.

Rather than continue to go at a warp speed pace, and potentially have our brand suffer we have decided to make the brave decision to suspend all Quasi-DIY, DIY, and Rental only types of orders for our 2017 season.  For the next year we will be focusing exclusively on Full Service events and will have a minimum of $3,500.  For those of you who have already booked DIY and Quasi-DIY or Rental Only orders with us, rest assured we are still delighted to work with you, we just won’t be taking on any more orders in these categories for the upcoming 2017 season.

We are hoping that by doing so we will have more time to devote to our smaller group of clients, offering them even better service and quality. We will also have more time to devote to really streamlining the DIY types of offerings, to be sure we still have options for our clients with smaller budgets.

We do plan to begin taking appointments and deposits for DIY, Quasi-DIY, and Rental only orders again, beginning in December 2017.  Look for updates as the year begins to unfold!  In the meantime, photographer friends, look forward to me finally being able to do styled shoots with you; fellow small business friends, look forward to me finally having time to help you out with your businesses; clients turned friends, we are going to finally be able to catch up!!!  And of course to my dear family and friends, you will finally have more of me!!!

And with any luck, look for more blog posts of all of the beautiful events we were lucky enough to work on over the past few years!

Thank you all so much for your support and understanding as we venture into 2017!!!

~Heather

 

A Flower Fairy Tea Party in the Catskills!

I have known Melissa Surprise for quite a few years now, and I don’t know of anyone better suited to do a children’s flower party photo shoot with!  This talented photographer works with children and babies on a daily basis and I knew she would do a great job with this project!

I have been hosting children’s parties for many years, but I rarely have a chance to take any photos of how truly charming and adorable they are!  So with the help of my 4 year old, Violet, who adores dressing up and tea parties, we made some flower halos and got to work!  We gathered up some of our favorite rental pieces, including antique velvet chairs, fairytale books, glitter swans, and as many pretty blooms as we could carry.  We brought all of this up to Onteora Mountain House because we needed a wooded, but not super wild area to photograph these little flower girls in.  What better place than this!?

Melissa brought along two more little darlings, who were very cooperative, considering they had probably never participated in such a photo shoot!  To Violet, this was an everyday occurrence, since she literally grew up in a flower shop!

If you are interested in hosting your own Flower Fairy Party, or any other children’s party, feel free to contact us for more information.  Each and every event is priced out a la carte, we do not have packages for these types of parties.  In the past we have created Dinosaur Terrariums, Thanksgiving Turkey Pomanders, and of course make your own floral designs types of parties.

Looking back at these images, and seeing some of the more unusual requests we have had for photo ops this season, I could easily imagine creating a scene like this for a children’s activity at a wedding.  So the next time you are planning a children’s party or activity, give us a ring!  We’d love to play with some flowers with you and your little ones!

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It was a delight to work with the following vendors for this project:

Photography: Melissa Surprise, Surprise Photography

http://surprisephotography.com/

Beautiful grounds and setting provided by: Onteora Mountain House

http://onteora.com/

Scrumptious Dried Flower Teacakes provided by: Grounded

http://www.groundedny.com/

 

Adrian and Ben’s- Full Moon Resort Wedding, Complete with a Full Moon!

Adrian and Ben were such a delightful and laid back couple to work with.  They had one of the prettiest late summer days for their wedding at the beautiful Full Moon Resort, complete with an actual Full Moon!  Adrian asked me to create a bouquet containing mainly muted tones, with hints of peach and warm sunset hues.  Since this was late summer in the Hudson Valley we were able to source a lot of our flowers locally, which is always a plus!  Ben’s boutonniere was one of my favorites this season and contained the most perfect succulent and wildflower accents.  The centerpieces were casual but completely lovely assortments of wildflowers and Daisies arranged in Mason Jars.  We used the same type of arrangements to line the aisle in the already beautiful lower grove area.

I have no idea how I missed the cakes during set up, but when I saw these beautiful pro pics my jaw dropped at the sight of the honey bee cakes!!!  So charming!  Most of you know bee keeping is on my bucket list, so this rocked my little flowery world! I must get one of these beautiful cakes from Agnes at The Village TeaRoom Restaurant and Bake Shop next time I’m in New Paltz!

And kudos to L&L Style Photo on their beautiful photography of this wedding!  There were so many pretty photos from this event, it was hard to pick just a few from this collection!  Here is a link to even more:  http://www.llstylephoto.com/blog/adrian-ben-full-moon-resort-catskills-wedding/

Congratulations Adrian and Ben, we wish you all the very best in your new life as Husband and Wife!

Cheers!

~Heather

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Love this pic of a very dapper gentleman holding the bouquet!

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We love when nature helps out- these Rose Hips are absolute perfection at Full Moon Resort!

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And the icing on the cake: a full moon at Full Moon Resort! There couldn’t be a better way to end the night!

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Thanks to all the other vendors who made Adrian and Ben’s big day such a success:

L&L Style Photo

Full Moon Resort

The Village TeaRoom & Bake Shop

Adrian’s Dress:

http://www.sajawedding.com/saja_dresses.html

 

Throw Back Thursday: Carrie and Matthew’s Rhinecliff Nuptials

Here’s a throwback Thursday much too pretty to pass up!

I was lucky enough to catch up with some fantastic wedding pros at a holiday party this past weekend and when chatting with the lovely China Jorrin, we recalled both working together in September of 2012 at Carrie and Matthew’s beautiful Rhinecliff wedding.

Carrie and Matthew really gravitated toward more unusual flowers such as Kale, Green Trick Dianthus, and Star of Bethlehem. In order to still keep everything elegant, we added Ranuculus, Lisianthus, Roses, and Hydrangea to off set the more whimsical looking flower varieties.

Here are some of the beautiful photos that China captured of their big day!

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Carrie and MattI still remember how much I loved this escort card display!  We brought in all of our birch logs to display the escort cards on.  These logs were set against a backdrop of our larger vases, wrapped with beautiful grosgrain ribbon and filled with floating candles and florets.

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Thank you to the following vendors:

China Jorrin Photography

The Rhinecliff

 

Rebecca and Stephen’s Gatsby Inspired Wedding- Onteora Mountain House

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love this quote, it so reminds me of my work.  I have fallen in love with more flowers, wedding designs, and wedding experiences than I can even count!  Rebecca and Stephen’s was one of these types because it finally gave me a chance to work on a Great Gatsby inspired event!

Rebecca and Stephen planned so many perfect details to reflect their Gatsby themed event at Onteora Mountain House.  I have really been looking forward to sharing this one with you all, so you too, could drool over all of the loveliness! Kimberly Cocagnia did a phenomenal job on the photography as well, adding to the beauty of it all!  http://www.kimberlycoccagnia.com/wedding-photography-blog/rebecca-and-stephen  Pale mint green was an accent color used throughout the designs.  Rebecca chose to have our urns filled with all Eucalyptus varieties in the same shade of green that was featured on all of the Art Deco stationary and signage throughout the day.  Gold leaves were added to give a nod to the glamorous theme.

I especially loved the florals we used for this wedding! Rebecca’s bouquet was so much fun for me to create, I have never had the opportunity to guild Succulents before, and I was delighted to!  I also added the same gold leaf to Stephen’s boutonniere!  It is all of these little details that really add to the overall look and feel of an event.  Other details included the most perfect 1920’s inspired bridesmaids dresses, a gorgeous Art Deco Cake, and a stunning floral arrangement on the escort card table in an antique silver vase, which belonged to Rebecca’s parents.

As for the larger details, during the reception we did one of our “half and half” types of set ups. This means that half of the tables consisted of tall centerpieces and the other half contained shorter centerpieces.  Candelabras are an absolute must have for Gatsby inspired weddings!  However, Rebecca wanted to give them a little more of a modern twist.  So rather than using the tried and true all floral displays, we adorned the candelabras with Flat Leaf Eucalyptus Garlands.  They looked great and guests appreciated that they could take them home to dry into wreaths!  The shorter arrangements were bursting with lush and beautiful Garden Roses, Thistle, Freesia, and very tiny accents of gilded foliage; which paired so perfectly with the gold mercury glass compote dishes the florals were displayed in.

It all added up to a very glamorous day, set against the most beautiful backdrop of the Catskills, at the picturesque Onteora Mountain House.  We wish you all the very best Stephen and Rebecca, congratulations!!!

~Heather

 

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Below are just a few more photos that we snapped during set up, since we have had quite a few requests for similar designs in 2016.

 

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Rebecca’s Dress:

http://www.badgleymischka.com/bridal-campaign/

Photography:

Kimberly Coccagnia Photography

Venue:

Onteora Mountain House