Special Delivery (Jenny and Ben's Wedding Continued)

The journey of Jenny and Ben's wedding at The Whitney Inn at Jackson, for me, continued on the morning of September 12, 2015.  (To see the first part of the journey look here.)  The flowers needed to be delivered by 1:30 PM and Jackson, NH was almost three hours away!

So, my husband, Tom, carefully loaded up our SUV with flowers, coolers, boxes and our lunch.  (No stops were allowed!  We had precious cargo!)  We cranked up the A/C to keep the flowers fresh and off we went!

 The ride to Jackson was absolutely beautiful.  The day was sunny and clear and the temperature was warm, not overly so...just nice.  We wielded our way up through New Hampshire, driving over the top of Lake Winnipesaukee and on to Conway, NH.  We found a back way through North Conway to avoid the Saturday traffic which worked out well and was a neat discovery for future trips.  The Whitney Inn was off the beaten track, making the ride even lovelier.  New Hampshire really is a charming state, especially in late summer and  early fall.
                                                                Photograph courtesy of Jackonnh.com
We arrived at the inn right on time.  Jenny and her bridesmaids were finishing up with lunch.  They were sitting outside the rustic cottage Jenny had rented at the inn, wearing matching plaid shirts. So cute! Tom and I started unloading and delivering the bouquets and arrangements.

For the car ride, I had placed the bouquets in vases with a small amount of water to keep them hydrated.  When I got to the inn, I needed to take the bouquets out of the vases and wipe off the stems and place them into these pretty boxes.  I wanted the delivery to have a rustic feel to go along with the wedding.  I think the boxes worked well :).

Here you can see all the various flowers up close.  Some of the flowers used were hydrangea, white anemone, Star of Bethlehem, dusty miller, white roses, spray roses and various greens.

This was the bride's bouquet with all the whites and greenery she had asked for.

This was the Mother-of-the-Bride Corsage ready for delivery.

 Next, I gave the boutonnieres to the wedding coordinator.  He said he would pin them on the guys for me, which was very nice of him.  I never did see the groom or his groomsmen.  I guess they were off having a good time!
This was the grooms boutonniere.  I had saved one of the cherished anemones for him!  Check the first wedding post for the whole story :).

 Sorry for the quality of the photographs.  These were the only ones I was able to get.  Everything was so rushed at the end I forgot to take better photos.  

The bouts were pretty neat, though.  I liked the twine wrapped around the stems.
With the bouquets delivered to the bride and her bridesmaids, I went on to help Diane, the mother of the bride.  She was in charge of decorating the wedding arbor and I had gotten a phone call  during our ride up from my daughter, Brittany, (one of the bridesmaids) asking me to give Diane some help.  She was a little overwhelmed at that point.  I was more than happy to offer any assistance I could.  However, as it turned out, she had many volunteers and everything turned out looking lovely.  No need to worry.  Weddings are all so beautiful! 

My final job was to place the restroom arrangements in the barn bathrooms and then Tom and I were off...again!

We had brought overnight suitcases with us just in case we decided to stay in the area for the night.  But, to be honest, I hadn't slept all that well the two previous nights and I was exhausted.  Instead, we decided to visit The Mount Washington Resort, a place we had always wanted to investigate.  Our excursion was well worth the trip.  We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out the hotel, sitting on the expansive veranda and having some refreshments. What a great day!  We told ourselves we would have to come back at another time and spent a few nights.  That is going on the bucket list!!

I am still hoping I will be able to share the rest of the journey with you.  Hopefully, someone will offer me a few of the official photographs from the wedding! 

 ~Stay Tuned~

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Jenny and Ben's Wedding

Do you remember the bridal shower I did in early August?  You can see it here.  Well, I think back then I told you I was doing the flowers for the wedding also.  I'm not sure I told you the circumstances of my doing the bouquets for the wedding but, as it turns out, Jenny, the bride, is a childhood friend of my daughter, Brittany.  At kind of the last minute, (the end of July), Jenny decided she did, in fact, want fresh bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for her wedding.  I think she might have planned on silk.  I'm not sure. Anyway, through my daughter, I was asked if I could help Jenny out.  I was more than happy to be of assistance.

The whole experience turned out to be wonderful.  I was able to reconnect with my daughter's old friend and had a great time creating the bridal flowers for the wedding.  I experienced a few trials along the way but, I learned and grew through all of them.  I am very thankful to Jenny for giving me the opportunity to help out and, also, for trusting me with her wedding.  It was a joyful experience for me.

Jenny told me she wanted all white bouquets with lots of natural greens mixed in.
At the last minute, we decided to add white anemones with the black center to break up all the white.  Unfortunately, anemones were coming to the end of their season and I was only able to obtain enough to put just one anemone in each bridesmaid bouquet and three in the Bride's bouquet.  
I used three different kinds of greens because Jenny wanted green-greens and gray-greens all mixed in.  Included were seeded eucalyptus, ruskus and ivy.
She also wanted vintage flowers such as white hydrangea, roses, spray roses and Queen Anne's Lace.  I also used large and small dahlias, which were in season.

Do you see the interesting flower in the lower, right-hand corner of this photo?  When I was unable to purchase as many anemones as I had planned, I started to panic a bit.  When I found these neat looking flowers at the flower market, I thought they were really cool and in some ways mimic the colors and look of the white anemone.  So I purchased a bunch of them.  They looked beautiful in the bouquets and arrangements. As it turns out they are called arabicum adenium or Star of Bethlehem Flower.  Funny, huh?  I discovered the name of the plant later and thought, maybe, I was given some Heaven Sent encouragement along the way.  Just sayin' :).

Jenny and Ben's wedding was a rustic wedding so wrapping the stems in burlap and then tying twine around seemed to be just what the doctor ordered!

In the end, I made two floral arrangements for the ladies and men's rooms with the flowers I had left over.  I found these polka-dot mason jars on clearance and tied twine around the middle of the jar to add a rustic effect.  I really liked how they turned out.  I hope to do a mini tutorial of these in a week or so.

I loved all the colors.  The white mixed with the different colored greens and the gray of the Dusty Miller really looked beautiful.  The gray brunia berries were neat too!

So, here are all the arrangements ready for packing up and delivery.  The boutonnieres and corsage were in the refrigerator and were to be packed into a cooler.  (I'll show you those in a future post.)   Since time is always of the essence when dealing with wedding flowers, actually flowers in general, I wasn't able to take as many lovely photos as I had wished.  I'm hoping the bride and the photographer will be kind and share some of the official wedding photos with me at a later date :).

Next we were off to Jackson, NH to deliver the flowers to the wedding party!!
~More to come~

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Remembering Keri and Phil's Wedding

I am in the midst of preparing for a wedding this weekend.  I am doing the flowers for one of my daughter's childhood friends.  It is very exciting!  I will be sharing photos of that wedding soon but, until then, I want to remember the wedding I did about a year ago for the daughter of one of my best friends.

Keri and Phil were married on September 6, 2014 at the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA.  They are a lovely couple and the seaside venue was gorgeous, the perfect backdrop for a late summer wedding.

The whole experience was wonderful for me.  I am so very grateful for the encouragement, my friend, Carolyn, (the mother of the bride) gave me when she asked me to do the flowers for Keri's wedding.  I gained so much confidence as a floral designer through that experience.  Carolyn and Keri are, in large part, the reason for that confidence.  They have always been very special to me for all sorts of reasons but, I will be forever thankful for their unwavering support.

I know I have shared these wedding photos before but, let me bask in the moment more time :).  Plus, there might be a few new pictures you haven't seen yet!

Here is the beautiful couple and their beautiful wedding:

There were two of these "gazebo" arrangements.  I loved making them!  They were so pretty and so fun to design!
Here is the lovely Keri.
Phil, as you can see, is a military guy.
The bride and her bridesmaids
The bouquets
Getting ready for the ceremony.

Cocktail Table Decorations

The Bride's Bouquet
The Wedding Cake

The rings

Thank you for letting me go down Memory Lane.  Now it's on to Jenny and Ben's wedding! 

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Saying Goodbye to a Beautiful Summer

Here it is almost Labor Day and I am so sad to see the summer end.  For me, it has been a wonderful summer.  I feel like God has blessed us with great weather because of the terrible winter we experienced months ago but,...who knows?  I don't know if it works that way but, I am grateful anyhow!

Don't get me wrong, I love fall.  It is my second favorite season but, summer holds the number one spot for me.  I love the weather, the carefree style, the cookouts, the beach, the getting together with friends and family, no school...the whole bit!

So, as I am getting ready to say "goodbye" to summer, I thought I would share some moments from my summer season and cherish them before they are gone.  Perhaps, you have had some special moments you would like to reflect on, as well.  I, certainly, hope you do!

 I don't think summer officially starts for me until the Fourth of July.  We never seem to get our summer act together until then.  This year we spent the Fourth of July evening at a near by beach where we enjoyed private fireworks going off all up and down the beach coastline.  It was a blast!  (I guess literally and figuratively :) )  There were fireworks shooting off on either side of us with people scoring them as they exploded.  We laughed a lot!  My daughter and son-in-law had come for a visit and we enjoyed a great time being together.

 We travel back and forth to our little cottage on the Cape most of the summer.  Cape Cod holds a special place in my heart because that is where I grew up.  Thank you to my husband for making the dream of a summer Cape home a reality :) !!

We loved riding our bikes by this windmill everyday and looking over the river.  It is pure Heaven!

 Of course, the Cape and summer wouldn't be the same without the beach!  I'm going to miss that too.  I always hope to get ONE MORE VISIT in after the Labor Day holiday but, it rarely works out.  Commitments and all, you know :).

More scenery from the Cape.
I told you about our visit to the wine vineyard in Truro.  Definitely a fun trip!

Here is the view from one of our favorite restaurants, Tugboats in Hyannis, MA.  We've had many happy nights sharing a meal with loved ones here.

And, summer wouldn't be the same for me without beautiful flowers. Here is one of my all time favorite summer flowers...blue hydrangea.  This photo was taken from my very own garden.  Such a treat!
Took the fast ferry (that was on our to-do bucket list for this summer) to Nantucket and rented a scooter.  Saw most of the Island but, boy were our butts sore!

Last but not least, we were able to go to Fenway to see our beloved Red Sox play the Yankees.  We were not sure we were going to be able to make a game this year but, my daughter and son-in-law offered us tickets and off to the ballpark we went!  The Sox have had a really lousy season this year.  They are in last place, of all things but, going to Fenway is always a joy.  It's like being part of a Norman Rockwell painting.  It is good old-fashioned Americana!

Well there you have it...part of my summer experience.  You probably can see why I am sad to see summer go.  I am sure you have stories and experiences of your own that you will hold in your heart, as well.  I have friends and family who were able to go to the Zac Brown Band concert at Fenway Park.  They told me it was the highlight of their summer.  Some friends rented cottages in Maine, some joined a local pool.  Whatever your special time was I truly hope you are able to cherish the memories...for a little bit, anyway.  Every year I wish I had kept a summer journal so, I would remember what we did and who we saw.  Maybe next year!

After this weekend, it will be onward to fall with scarecrows, pumpkins cornstalks and apples!  I guess I really can't stay blue for very long.  It is truly wonderful to live in New England with all its changing seasons.  So, that is what I am going to do...look forward to fall!!  I hope you will too!

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