Thursday, May 15, 2014

The ONB Studio's International Print Media Debut: Harper's Bazaar

When the ONB Team first met Keerthi and Peter, we knew right away that their late summer Indian Pond Country Club wedding would be beyond fabulous.  What we didn't know was that the beauty and style of the event would catch the eye of international wedding magazine Harper's Bazaar Bride, the ultimate guide for luxury Indian weddings and international bridal couture.

Of course much of the credit is owed to the uber-talented Nicole Chan of Nicole Chan Photography for her flawless documentation of the event.  Not one single aspect of the style, ambiance, or emotion of the day was missed.  All of the rich colors of Keerthi's flora, fashion, and decor were captured flawlessly and we are excited to share the images with you.

Our most favorite pieces of the day were the intricate tablescapes, bridal bouquet, and mandap.  Did we mention the color?  Super rich hues of violet, fuchsias, and green made for a stunning amount of wedding eye candy.




And what was the decor showpiece of the night?  Why Melvin the Peacock of course!  This faux bird was truly something to behold once we finished bedazzling him (and his "stage") with what seemed like endless amounts of rose petals and violet Phalaenopsis orchid blooms. Melvin proved to be quite the conversation piece, as guests admired his grandeur throughout the evening (image below courtesy of Orchids N' Blooms).

All in all Keerthi and Peter's wedding was epically beautiful - an event we will certainly never forget. Not to be overlooked is the special thanks we owe to Rentals Unlimited for their high-end table linens and chargers, which added to the overall sparkle and glam of the day.

It is not everyday that our work is featured in International Media.  Therefore we are beyond grateful to have our designs grace the pages of this "go-to" guide of international wedding style.




Friday, February 8, 2013

Orchids N' Blooms Joins Boston Bridal Lounge

It's not every day that we get to share news as exciting as this!!  Orchids N' Blooms Floral & Event Design Studio has recently been asked to join the Boston Bridal Lounge, the city's elite and highly regarded one-stop wedding planning sanctuary.  The Bridal Lounge is THE place where engaged couples can go and receive professional guidance for the oh-so-daunting task of planning a Boston (or beyond!) wedding.  The Lounge's wedding experts Kerri & Eleni provide couples with exclusive access to New England's finest wedding professionals and we are beyond honored to be part of this endeavor.

For those clients who work with us, we look forward to meeting and brainstorming with you there (by appointment only) to help you develop design concepts for the big day.  It's in an amazing location 125 Newbury Street (Boston) and there are also amazing resources there that can help you achieve wedding day perfection.  If you are looking to be connected with Boston's finest venues and companies, be sure to check it out.




Monday, August 20, 2012

Colorful Fetes: April & Jeff's Wedding @ Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

"Always, always, always err on the side of color...."

That is the motto we live by and one we aim to instill in all of our event clients.  However in April's case, color (and lots of it!) was one prerequisite she held on her own from the very beginning.  By the final planning phases it was clear (much to our delight) that trendy arrangements bursting with color would be present throughout the wedding day (photos courtesy of Simi Rabinowitz Photography).




Bouquets and personal flowers were no exception.  Lush violet European Hydrangea, mango Mini Callas, and Thai Mokara Orchids were the base flora for the "people flowers".  All ladies (bride, bridesmaids, jr. bridesmaid, and mothers) carried to-die-for orchid bouquets that were dotted with violet Iris' and yellow Crespedia blooms.  The gentlemen wore orchid boutonnieres which complemented their crisp, grey suiting.





Ceremony and Reception spaces (both held at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, MA) were handled in the same manner, with decor in vibrant hues of violet, orange, and yellow.  Outdoor arrangements were colorful, but kept natural in dark bamboo and wood-toned vessels.  Even the staircase railing did not escape handiwork!



Indoors, table linens (courtesy of Rentals Unlimited) glistened in turqoise blue and provided the perfect contrast against the white glass vessels of the table flowers.  Even the cake (kudos to Dessertworks of Norwood!) was treated accordingly, but kept just slightly simpler than the rest of the space decor.



All in a while a wonderful wedding with a color palette that we will continue to look back on with the fondest of feelings. 

Morale of this story?  Be inspired by color and don't be afraid to let your designer use it.  When done properly, colorful flora can take your wedding decor to an aesthetic level that you never thought possible.
Best wishes and lasting, colorful memories for our happy couple! 

WEDDING PROS

Floral Designer:  Orchids N' Blooms
Photography:  Simi Rabinowitz Photography
Event Planner:  Gracie Lou Events
Table Linen & Rentals:  Rentals Unlimited
Venue:  Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Cake:  Dessertworks of Norwood

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lindsey & Michael's Fairmont Copley Wedding - April 2012


While beauty is often “in the eye of the beholder,” there was no mistaking the beauty of both the bride and her wedding décor last April at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in downtown Boston.   An icon of hotel luxury (in the city) for the past 100 years, the hotel’s Venetian room was the backdrop for Lindsey’s luxe wedding reception. 

Prior to the festivities kicking off, the Orchids N’ Blooms team arrived during the pre-ceremony photo shoot to present Miss Lindsey with her bridal party and personal flowers.  The look on her face when she first saw her bridal bouquet was, by far, second-to-none.   An arrangement of white Hydrangea, Mini Calla Lilies and Phalaenopsis Orchids was fashioned into a stunning, modern take on the classic cascade bouquet.  The stem of the bouquet was also adorned with just the right amount of crystal bling - an accent found throughout the wedding venue as well.
We are not sure which item was more fab: the bride's bouquet or her shoes?!!!

Cascade bouquets are just as classy now as ever!
An almost exact replica of the main bouquet (image immediately below) was designed so that it could be thrown during the reception.  Such a shame to have to toss this beauty...;o)

The studio designed attendant bouquets that came as close to the wedding colors (black and white) as possible; simple Mini Callas in “black” (technically a very deep violet) and white provided the perfect contrast against one another.  The mothers’ posey bouquets (not shown) mirrored the main bouquets in simplicity and style.



The pre-function and dinner spaces were the absolute highlight of the evening!  The ornately gilded walls and crystal chandeliers set the stage for sheer grandiosity, so the challenge was to create table décor that did not compete with the spaces’ already lavish charm.  Coincidentally, Lyndsey was able to find the perfect cracked glass vessels for us to design her centerpieces in.  We used the same flora as in the personal flowers, however the addition of Peach Blossom branches brought in a slight hue of pink – in other words:  Perfection.


To sum it all up, aren’t Boston weddings (in the Springtime!) just the best ever?  ;o)

A special thanks goes out to the Stewart Smith Photography team for their expert documentation and for giving us permission to share some of their beautiful images with you.  Photos without credit/watermark are courtesy of Orchids N' Blooms.

Best wishes Lindsey and Michael!

VENUEFairmont Copley Hotel (Boston)  617-267-5300

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Stewart Smith Photography     207-939-6834

FLORAL DECOR:  Orchids N' Blooms  617-395-8545

Friday, March 30, 2012

Springtime Wedding Design at The Villa (East Bridgewater) - 3/25/12

Although the temperature outside may not be to our particular liking, Spring has officially arrived and with it, comes a plethora of pretty spring wedding flora that we will be sharing with you.  The first of these was Oneda and Tim’s wedding, held last Sunday at The Villa in East Bridgewater. 

With a palette of soft pinks, fuchsias, and whites, Oneda asked to have the look and feel of Spring at her indoor wedding & reception.  This we accomplished through the use of Peonies (imported from Israel!), Dutch Tulips, and Ranunculus (to name a few) – all of which were available in the most stunning shades of pink.
The multi-textured bridesmaid poseys burst with vibrant color, while Oneda’s bouquet was kept very traditional in all white and just a touch of bling (sparkle). 
Hot Pink Ranunculus, Mini Cymbidiums, and Brunia Berries all contribute to this posey's splendor.

Table Décor really shined against the slate gray and fuchsia "confetti" table linens (courtesy of Rentals Unlimited).  For every “low” table arrangement, there was a corresponding taller one of Hydrangea, Peonies, Tulips, and Molucella (Bells of Ireland).  From reports that have come through since the event, guests were delighted to take the arrangements home and not a one was left behind!


Among the grandest arrangements were the ceremony and Escort Card Table Displays, both of which were designed with the same flora as above (and orchids too!), but differently. 

And when all was said and done, where would we have been without a Moss “O” and “T” to signify the initials of the bride and groom’s first names?
Beautiful couple, beautiful venue, beautiful wedding…best wishes to Oneda and Tim!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Grand Re-Opening of Saphire Estate!

What better way to beat the winter blahs, than for the Orchids N’ Blooms team to participate in a milestone (event) of one of our favorite venues?   Recently we were honored to have been given the opportunity to assist with the grand reopening of Saphire Estate in Sharon, MA.

Beginning in November of 2011,  Saphire Event Group (SEG) began extensive renovations of its lakeside venue, all of which were completed in February 2012. The changes included expansion of the ballroom space, heightened ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring, and additions of upscale event furniture.

In collaboration with Rentals Unlimited and Groove Entertainment, both powerhouses of the Boston “event design” scene, it was our job to design floral decor for a three day series of photo shoots.  The goal was for all of the selected event décor (linens, flowers, and lighting) to tastefully augment the venue’s new enhancements.
Photo Courtesy  (Above) of Groove Entertainment



 For the first two days, floral arrangements dazzled each table with one “set” for winter and another for spring.  Each table overflowed with satin and damask coverings that provided the perfect contrast to the flowers.  Even the newly groomed mantle did not escape adornment, as garlands of roses, petals, and submerged flowering twigs were used and made for some of the most romantic décor of the whole project. 






Then on day three, the team was able to reconfigure existing décor for the Grand Reopening party, where Saphire’s doors were reopened to select invitees.  Among our favorite décor highlights of that evening were the two topiaries that towered over the grand appetizer station.  Uplighting done by the Groove Entertainment team provided the perfect finishing touches for the whole space. 
 
Oh and, while not a true part of the décor, the flavored popcorn station (a reception enhancement provided by the venue) was a deliciously amazing hit. 




All in all, the Grand Reopening of Sapphire Estate was a successful event thanks to their amazing staff and the collaborative efforts of all involved.  What made it especially nice, was how well treated and welcome the Saphire folks made us feel (a typical occurrence with both of their venues).  In the end, we were thrilled to have played such a major role in their milestone event and we wish the whole Saphire Event Group continued success for the future.  



Friday, March 2, 2012

What better way to beat the winter blahs, than for the Orchids N’ Blooms team to participate in a milestone (event) of one of our favorite venues?   Recently we were honored to have been given the opportunity to assist with the grand reopening festivities of Sapphire Estate in Sharon, MA.

Beginning in November of 2011 the lakeside venue began extensive renovations, which were completed in February 2012. The changes included expansion of the ballroom space, heightened ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring, and additions of upscale event furniture.

In collaboration with Rentals Unlimited and Groove Entertainment, both powerhouses of the Boston “event design” scene, it was our job to design foral decor for a three day series of photo shoots.  The goal was for all of the selected event décor (linens, flowers, and lighting) to tastefully augment the venue’s new enhancements.
 For the first two days, floral arrangements dazzled each table with a “set” for winter and another for spring.  Each table overflowed with satin and damask coverings that provided the perfect contrast to the flowers.  Even the newly groomed mantle did not escape adornment, as garlands of roses, petals, and submerged flowering twigs were used and made for some of the most romantic décor of the whole project. 
Then on day three, the team was able to reconfigure existing décor for the Grand Reopening party, where Saphire’s doors were reopened to select invitees.  Among our favorite décor highlights of that evening were the two topiaries that towered over the grand appetizer station.  Uplighting done by the Groove Entertainment team provided the perfect finishing touches for the whole space. 
 
Oh and, while not a true part of the décor, the flavored popcorn station (a reception enhancement provided by the venue) was a deliciously amazing hit. 

All in all, the Grand Reopening of Sapphire Estate was a successful event thanks to their amazing staff and the collaborative efforts of all involved.  What made it especially nice, was how well treated and welcome the Saphire folks made us feel (a typical occurrence with both of their venues).  In the end, we were thrilled to have played such a major role in this milestone event and we wish the whole Saphire Event Group continued success for the future.