Summer Elegance at The Cruiseport Gloucester

Jessica & Mike, The Rose Garden at Lynch Park and The Cruiseport, Gloucester

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Jessica and Mike had the most perfect elegant summer wedding.  With the ceremony at Lynch Park in the Rose Garden, and dinner and dancing at the Cruiseport in Gloucester, their guests got a taste of some of the most picturesque spots on the North Shore!

The Rose Garden is beautiful, and needs only to be enhanced to create the perfect setting for any wedding ceremony.  Since there is a lot of color in the garden (so many beautiful types and colors of flowers!), we kept our pieces very neutral in color and elegant in design to help the garden to feel like a natural part of Jessica and Mike’s overall wedding design.

The pedestals and urns I chose for the altar pieces nicely fit in with the architecture that acts as the backdrop to the ceremony.  We used a mix of whites, blush and greens to complement the color palette of this wedding.  Hydrangea are always a nice addition to pieces like this because they are so large and textured, they help everything to feel a bit bountiful.  Also, they just scream summer!

Jessica and Mike have the most adorable daughter, Kennedy, who was the perfect little flower girl for the ceremony.  She was amazing!

Jessica and Mike chose so many fun details for their reception decor, I love the signage created by Antea Amoroso Design for the dessert tables, and other little touches throughout the room.

I created a simply beautiful mix of high and low centerpieces in the same white, blush and green color palette of the ceremony.  These neutral but summery colors are a great choice for the Cruiseport Ballroom.

I loved the sweetheart table design. With the addition of the floral garland on the fireplace behind Jessica and Mike, and the love seat for the two of them to sit on, it was a very special and beautiful spot in the reception design.

All of the details were planed perfectly by Mollie of Mollie Marrocco Events. She was so helpful and loved every minute of the floral design and event styling process!! It is great to work with a wedding planner that loves flowers as much as I do!!

Alvah Reida Photography perfectly captured all the details at this beautiful wedding, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Be sure to also watch their video, captured by one of our favorites, McElroy Weddings.

Rose Quartz & Serenity Blue at The Willowdale Estate

Caitlin & Justin, The Willowdale Estate, Topsfield 

Every year, the color that Pantone chooses as the “color of the year” drives a lot of the trends that we see in wedding flowers.  For the first time ever, in 2016, Pantone chose two colors of the year - rose quartz, a soft pink, and serenity, a periwinkle blue. Caitlin came to me with the inspiration Spring Romance, and using these two colors as the theme of her wedding at Willowdale, and I was excited to work with the palette!

It can be hard to create a look with light pink and blue that is sophisticated and more “wedding” than “baby shower”, but by using blue pieces that have gray tones in them, and also mixing in some more neutrals and deeper colors, we were able to put together a beautiful look for her and her new husband, Justin.

Enjoy the photos, taken by Erin McGinn!

Winter Glamour at The Hellenic Center

Chelsea and John, January 28, 2017, The Hellenic Center, Ipswich 

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Chelsea and John had a gorgeous winter wedding at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich.  I love, love, love a winter wedding!  It’s so exciting as a floral designer to work on a winter project in New England, because it’s a little bit rare, so I get to work on designs and themes that are different then my normal style.  It’s always fun to get to do something new and exciting!

Chelsea knew that she really wanted a cascading bouquet, which was so perfect with the rest of her bridal look.  I love the photos of her with her fur wrap and bouquet.  So classic and elegant!  

The color palette was wintery with greens and deep reds, but still timeless and not to “theme” with the addition of some pale blush and ivory. I used a mix of roses, lots of winter greens, berries and other smaller blooms to give everything lots of texture, and to help blend the color palette.  The mixtures of tones and textures really worked together in these pieces.

I really loved so many of the details at this wedding, but I was especially excited about the ceremony pieces.  These were a huge focal point for the entire evening, and I spent a lot of time making them just perfect! I carefully glued white orchids to all of the branches and adorned them with hanging votive candles that gave it a romantic glow. After the ceremony, the arrangements became the backdrop for the sweetheart table.

I also loved the cascading piece I created for the mantlepiece.  We used lots of different lush greens and blooms for this, which gave it a natural, romantic look.  Wintery, but not Christmasy!

I loved working with Chelsea and John, and I am excited to be working with John’s sister this July!

Amazing Winter Wedding at Willowdale Estate

We love Willowdale's winter mansion weddings, they are so cozy, romantic and intimate. Willowdale and their planning team go above and beyond to create a beautifully styled mansion with rustic decor. This wedding was so great to be apart of, the couple had so many personal touches and details from the amazing birch arch dripping with florals to the lanterns that lined the aisle and the brides dress was to die for!! Enjoy the photos by  Bharat Parmar, my favorite!

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A Winter Ball at Alden Castle

Stacey & Matt, December 19, 2015, Alden Castle, Brookline

This was a really fun wedding to be a part of! The bride and groom, Stacey and Matt were awesome clients, really fun to work with.

Their venue, Alden Castle is amazing - nestled in Brookline, this historic mansion has been revitalized and made into a high end wedding venue with a modern vintage vibe by Longwood Events.  Stacey and Matt were married at Christmas time, and seeing the mansion decorated for Christmas felt so festive and simply beautiful.

Stacey has the best taste (one of the reasons I loved working with her so much!).  The decor fit the space so perfectly, she had the perfect vision for this event.  Every detail was thought out, and the dresses were amazing - from her dress to the bridesmaid’s all-gold dresses with different patterns (to die for!), down to the flowers girl’s tutu dress, all were perfect for this white winter wedding!

I had the pleasure of seeing Matt and Stacey get married, which is one of my favorite things about this business.  I don’t always get to stay through the ceremony, but when I do, I love to see everything come together.  It was such a sweet and romantic ceremony.

They were married in the Ballroom, in front of two large all white arrangements with tall gold, curly willow branches that set the tone of what was to come later in the evening when we flipped the space for dinner.

After the ceremony, the guests were whisked away to the Modern Club area where they enjoyed cocktails. In order to get to the modern club area you have to go through the private lobby of residents that live in the towers on-site. The resident’s lobby was decorated so elegantly for Christmas - It was gorgeous, and complemented the work that I did for Stacey and Matt perfectly.

While the guest were having cocktail hour, my team and I and the other vendors were putting the finishing touches on the ballroom. Once the guest returned back to the ballroom room it was transformed to an elegant ballroom, set for dinner and dancing, dripping in white and gold.

The arrangements were a mix of tall and low styles, with all white flowers. The flowers were white hydrangea, roses, and spray roses with a touch of greens.  The styles we created felt like they fit the Estate, like we were sent back in time to a 1920’s Christmas ball!

Kelsey Dewitt was the Photographer at this wedding, she did a really beautiful job capturing the Spirit of the evening. Detailed Engagements planned everything perfectly for Stacey and Matt's day. The entire team was wonderful to work with, credits below!

Don’t miss their video, captured by Three Belles Productions!

Vendors

Photographer: Kelsey Dewitt

Video: 3 Belles Productions

Planner: Detailed Engagements

Dj: 617 Weddings



Summer Garden Party at The Crane Estate

Arielle & Jordan, August 30, 2015, Crane Estate, Ipswich

There are a lot of historic wedding venues on the North Shore, and all of them are really beautiful.  One of the great things about holding a wedding at an Historic home is the fact that the houses and the settings are so beautiful that there isn’t a lot that needs to be “done” to them to dress them up.

I love when clients who are getting married at a historic venue come to me with a vision that will enhance the natural setting, and not something that tries to fight with the aesthetic or the uniqueness of the venue.

Arielle and Jordan were married at The Crane Estate in Ipswich this past August, one of my favorite historic venues to work at because of the natural beauty of the property.  Arielle’s vision for her wedding was a 1920’s inspired garden party, which is absolutely perfect for the Crane Estate!

Jordan’s father is an award winning grower of Dahlias, an amazing wedding flower - they are big and have tons of texture but are also soft and romantic and come in nearly any color you can imagine, so I love to work with them.

I was honored to be able to incorporate tons of Jordan’s father’s Dahlias into their floral designs.  They are gorgeous.  Jordan’s father worked endless hours to make sure his flowers look amazing for their special day. It took a lot of collaboration  from the both of us behind the scenes leading up to wedding to get the job done and the outcome was truly worth it.

For the tall centerpieces I sourced gold candelabras and wrapped them in ivy and greens and added in blush and white dahlias.  I really loved the look of the candelabras in the estate, they looked like they belong in the Crane’s inventory!

For the lows centerpiece tablescapes we used a large gold urn with spilling over greenery. I added in dahlias, roses and astilbe in whites and blushes to achieve a romantic straight from the cutting garden look.

For the ceremony I created two urn arrangements that marked the aisle and also gave guests a tease of the decor to come later in the reception. I sprinkled petals down the aisle and used my custom built birch arch  covered in tons of greenery and dahlias to create a ceremonial Chuppah.

This was a beautiful event with a great team of vendors: catering by Timothy S. Hopkins and amazing photography by Kivilo Wedding Photography.

Stunning Petal Aisle at The Hellenic Center

Kristin & Brian, June 20, 2015, Hellenic Center, Ipswich

Kristin and Brian were married at the Hellenic in Ipswich, a venue that I work at a lot.  I loved getting to see their photos because they did everything just a little differently than most brides and grooms who get married there.

They all got ready at the Garrison Inn in Newburyport and also did their first look there.  I really love the photos that they took around Newburyport, they are a really nice contrast to the Hellenic Center, and give more variety to the photos they have with eachother and their best friends.

The flowers at this wedding were special for a couple reasons.  First of all, the peonies were perfectly in season and really couldn’t have been more beautiful (check out Kristin’s bouquet!).

My favorite detail though, was the petal design I created on the ceremony aisle.  I used 600 roses to create this look, it was a lot of work!! But really worth it.  That rose petal design down the aisle, mixed with the tree (perfectly in bloom!) behind them, and the hanging mason jar aisle markers created a real statement for their ceremony. 

In the reception, again, Kristin and Brian did things just a little differently - they used long tables for the family and bridal party tables and rounds for the rest.  I love this mix and really lent itself to a mix of different size and shaped centerpieces.  It’s just a bit more visually interesting than all round or all long tables, and it worked perfectly in the space!

Kristin and Brian wanted to stick to a light, neutral palette of whites, creams and blush pink.I used I used mostly hydrangeas, roses and peonies which gave a soft, springy feeling to the entire celebration!

Check out the amazing photos by Silver and Salt Photography (and that cake by Topsfield Bake Shop, yum!).

Eclectic Glamour at The Crane Estate

Nicole & Tim, August 14, The Crane Estate

Nicole and Tim were married in the beautiful Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, then threw a very fun and unique reception at one of my favorite venues, The Crane Estate in Ipswich.

Nicole and Tim's wedding was full of many fun and glamorous elements with lots of textures, like glitter dipped feathers (!), mixed metals, succulents, and lots and lots of astilbe, which is a feathery, colorful fern like perennial.

There were so many details in this wedding, it’s almost hard to pick just a few favorites! Every dining table was different but each was unified by the color scheme - white with gold accents. Some tables had candelabras with moss at the base and mini gold vases with all white flowers. Other tables had jewel covered lanterns mixed with gold mercury glass vases and white flowers. Other tables had a collection of smaller arrangements mixed with candles.  I used tons of hydrangeas, roses, and astilbe. Nicole really loved astilbe so it was everywhere!

Nicole also loved candlelight, she wanted the room to feel like it was lit with candles,  so we add tons of different styles of votives to each table.  Making each table a bit different gave an eclectic, interesting feeling to the room.  Each guest had their own special table to enjoy!

Nicole and Tim sat at a sweetheart table with a sequin covered linen - it really stood out as the special spot for the newlyweds.

The special decor touches didn’t stop with the dining tables - there were chalkboard signs covered with moss, a vintage doors hung with vintage gold skeleton keys served as a the escort card display, and we covered the mantles and guestbook table in moss and succulents. Tim and his groomsmen even had vintage skeleton keys in the boutonnieres!!

One of the reasons I love the Crane Estate so much is that each bride has her own vision on how to use the space - every wedding truly is different and feels new!

The decor really stood out at this wedding, but there was another fun detail that I wasn’t involved in creating.  Rene Rancourt was a special guest at this wedding. He has sung the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins home hockey games for over 35 years! The Bruins have a special place in the Nicole and Tim’s heart, and what better way to celebrate that unique facet of their relationship?

Carly Michelle was the photographer at this wedding, she did a beautiful job of capturing all the special details at this wedding.  




Rustic Glamour at The Estate at Moraine Farm

Desiree & Joe, August 15, 2015 The Estate at Moraine Farm

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Deisree and Joe were married at the beautiful Estate at Moraine Farm, which is a lovely, simple backdrop for any celebration.  Desiree came to me with a color palette, blush and antique blue, and the idea that she wanted her wedding day to have a rustic but elegant feeling.  From there, she really trusted me to bring that vision to life and I think it came together beautifully!

My favorite part of Desiree and Joe’s wedding day was definitely the ceremony.  We used my custom birch arch, which fit her theme perfectly.  I draped it with burlap, which, mixed with the colorful but elegant florals I installed on the arch was a gorgeous backdrop for their vows.

The bouquets were a soft and elegant mix of blue and blush which accented the simple blush bridesmaid dresses just perfectly.  I used David Austin garden roses, berries, delphinium, spray roses, hydrangeas and my favorite, dusty miller.

 

I love the way the blue and blush tones looked together.  With some color plaettes I really have to choose the right tones of flowers to make the vision come to life - this is one of those cases.  The additions of the berries and dusty miller toned down the bright blue hydrangea in a really nice way.  Some of the blush roses were mixed in with more taupe tones which gives the overall effect of a more muted palette, which was just perfect with the burlap and the natural setting of the Estate.

For the rest of the decor and on the tabletops, we used more burlap touches, but mixed them with mercury glass vases and ball jars and sequined runners on the table, which was a nice mix of rustic and glam, just as Desiree imagined!

Enjoy the photos of this beautiful estate wedding taken by Dwayne Liburd Photography



Early Summer Romance at The Hellenic Center

Kelli-Ann & Joel, June 21, 2015, The Hellenic Center, Ipswich

On the day of Kelli and Joel’s wedding, it rained.  It’s always so hard to see clients, who have planned their wedding day for so long, and have a perfect vision, go through the stress and disappointment that comes with a rainy wedding day.

Kelli handled it so well, and thankfully, we had a really great plan in place just in case this happened!

We had originally planned to drape an old oak tree on the property of their venue, The Hellenic Center in Ipswich, and hang a crystal chandelier, which would be the backdrop of their ceremony.  It was a really beautiful vision!

At the last minute, I suggested that I bring and decorate my beautiful birch arch, so that there would be flexibility if there was bad weather.  We could set it up inside or outside depending how the day went.

Luckily the Hellenic Center was really flexible and allowed Kelli and Joel to wait until the last minute to make the decision on the ceremony - inside or out - because it really rained right up until the time of their ceremony!

I covered the arch in roses, spray roses and hydrangeas with lots of greens which gave it a beautiful, romantic feeling, and gave the guests a little taste of what was to come on their dining tables.

Luckily they were able to have it outside.  I positioned the floral covered birch arch right in front of the pretty chandelier so it would be in all their ceremony photos and it would give the same vibe as Kelli’s original vision for the ceremony.  I think it was beautiful!

When guests went inside for dinner, they sat at tables full of mercury glass vases, more roses, hydrangea, spray roses, and lots of candles.  I created three different centerpiece styles.  I love when brides allow me to do this because it really creates a lot of visual interest in the diningroom, and makes the room feel more like a beautifully designed dinner party, rather than a banquet hall full of identical tables.

Working with Kelli (and Joel!) on their wedding was a true joy.  She wrote me the nicest note after their wedding, which I have included below.  First, enjoy the beautiful photos taken by Esther Mathieu!

"I honestly don't even know where to begin or how to thank the amazing Meredith McCarthy. I guess I can start from the beginning of my wedding process. When looking for a florist I began to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. I was surprised to find that certain local florists were somewhat rude and not willing to listen to my ideas, in fact once they heard that I would like to incorporate more vases and candles for centerpieces they told me that "they refused to lower their standards for my wedding and they didn't think my idea would be pretty." The best thing that I ever did during the wedding process was contact Meredith who right away was so eager and excited to help my vision come alive. Every bride has her 'ahh ha' moment most of the time it is when they are trying on their wedding dress, mine was when I met with Meredith for the first time. She made me feel that I was important even though I was on a budget. She made me feel that she really wanted to make my vision come to life and she really understood my taste. She was happy to show me options and help with ideas and she was patient with me when I couldn't make up my mind! Every time I met with Meredith she had a great personality and always put me at ease with my wedding worries. I love visiting her office it's so cute and comfortable you can tell just by walking in that she has great taste. The day of my wedding it poured all morning which Meredith was flexible and prepared for plan A or plan B. She was so supportive and patient when we were deciding what to do because of the weather. We had to go with plan B but she made it so special and gorgeous it still blew me and the guest away... I wasn't even disappointed that we couldn't go with our first plan. My bouquets were stunning and exactly what I wanted... The colors were perfect...the pictures don't do them justice. While Meredith was decorating the center pieces she wanted to surprise me which made me smile because I had total trust in the fact that she would make everything beautiful. When I walked down the stairs I was surprised, blown away, and in awe of what she did. She went above and beyond what I thought she was going to do. The centerpieces where stunning and every table was slightly different which made it fun. When visiting tables I got to look at them and I was so proud of what my centerpieces looked like. They looked like all the centerpieces I would dream of when going through pintrest. Her floral design honestly was my favorite thing of the whole wedding. Without her my wedding wouldn't have been so magical. The guest still talk about the centerpieces after the wedding. I remember waking up the next morning and had to call Meredith because I was just so happy about what she did. Nothing is perfect in weddings but I will say everything she did was perfect and I will always be grateful that I had her during the whole process. I want to get married all over again just so I have an excuse to work with Meredith again. She is amazing, talented, reliable and she has the best personality which makes me want her as my friend! I can't thank her enough! 

Kelli Camacho"