Thursday, July 23, 2009

Loving this new blog

I am love love loving this new blog I just found, it makes me want to throw a million parties.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2 for 1

Bridal Bouquet

I've been meaning to post about this wedding, it just took me awhile to get all the photos together since it was 2 events in 1 day.

I love purple and friends always tell me, I always thought you would of had a purple wedding, no, I didn't have a purple wedding but I did get to live vicariously through this bride who did.

This bride started out thinking she could arrange all the flowers herself. She had already ordered 75 white and purple hydrangeas from California and 200 stems of fressia online and had all the vases and ribbon before she came to me.

To suppliment the already purchased flowers I bought purple listhanus, purple and lavendar sweet pea, purple carnations for the pomander ball and greenery for the corsages and bouts.

One of my biggest things I spend time on is packaging, ok I lied, that's what Chris does, but still, some how we have to transport the flowers and figuring out how is always a concern. Chris does an amazing job figuring out how it's all going to fit in the car and not get crushed, this wedding was a challenge and we almost didn't have enough room, I had to hold the box of bouts on my lap.

This wedding was a hike, all the way to Havre de Grace MD, but with the AC on full blast the flowers were in perfect condition when we arrived, we on the other hand had to defrost our toes.

We first dropped off the bouquets in the historic farm house located on the property, where all the girls were getting ready, you can kinda see the old historic wood plank floors.

The arrangements turned out great but took a little time to fill with water and floating candles. The bride also had a box of butterfiles laying around, no one knew what to do with them so I put them in the flowers, I hope she liked it. The last thing we did was hang the pew buckets and re-fill the water, by then we were hot, tired and dreaming of beer, here is Chris with his, "I"m ready for this to be over face"

Don't they look great!

We felt bad, but we had to get in and get out of there because our next stop was SAVOR!
Savor was held at the National Building Museum, and is a craft beer "conference" as Chris likes to call it.

It had over 150 breweries with over 300 beers to try. Don't under estimate this event, it was sold out immediately with over 2,000 people attending.

Our red carpet moment, and I think we look pretty good considering we just spent 2 days doing flowers, and yes I was a sucker and paid $15 for this photo.
*I was just informed this is called a "step and repeat" I had no idea

The food was ok, but the oyster bar was what blew us away.

By the end of the night, everything looked like this.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Got side tracked

I had to look up the address of this photographer for my day job and I couldn't resist looking through his entire portfolio. A few of my firms projects are under architecture but of course I fell in love with a few under Home + Garden

Le Baron Farm, Jeffersonton, VA
Clients: Traditional Home
& Neumann, Lewis, Buchanan Architects

Knot Garden
Gardens at Glen Burnie
Winchester, VA
Client: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dahlias are here!

For the past couple of months I've been arranging the flowers for my church (they pay me of course), sometimes the person donating the flowers has a request and other times I can do want I want.  This week I had a funeral on Saturday as well as flower for church on Sunday.  The family for the funeral flowers requested blue, orange, yellow and white. Using the same flowers for both (saves money) this is what I came up with. 

Funeral Flowers
Light blue hydrangeas, mini sunflowers, orange dahlias, light blue iris, yellow pom, white stock, light and dark blue delphinium, ti leaves, solidago, italian ruscus

Sunday Church Flowers
Mini sunflowers, orange dahlias, light and dark blue iris, yellow pom, white stock, light and dark blue delphinium, ti leaves, solidago, italian ruscus

Thursday, July 09, 2009

BBQ Season

We are full swing into BBQ season and Chris and I have been enjoying grilling on the roof of our condo. A couple of weekends ago we had A&A over for an impromptu BBQ, although I thought I kept it incredibly low key, Chris thought otherwise.

While shopping at Crate and Barrel for a new dresser I picked up these adorable napkins on sale of course.

I picked up some fresh mint and some rum to make refreshing mojitos.

And of course we brought up our now famous cart, every time we bring it up to the roof people say "where did you get that, it's perfect". Yes it is perfect and we love it because it folds in half and slides right under the couch.

I had some left over prosciutto from making homemade pizza so I bought a cantaloupe and made this very simple appetizer.

I wish I had taken more photos of the food to show you, but it got dark soon after we got up there.