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.  



Sunday, February 26, 2012

The "Orchids Team" is Back, and This Time, for Good!

After a lengthy hiatus from proper blogging, we are back with a fresh outlook for the 2012 wedding season.  Our design assistant and new blog author, Raisa, will be keeping the blog updated and keeping you all at the forefront of what's happening.   With a plethora of avant garde events, photo shoots, and galas on the horizon, we are making it a priority to document and write about as much of them possible.

That being said, you are probably wondering what we have been up to these past 8 months.  For this reason, we thought it would be nice to rehash some of the highlights and  best memories of our last season.  2012 is gearing up to be our best year ever, by the way. 
So please rest assured that we are back and (above all things) here to stay…
                                                                                                                  Erica J., Owner & Lead Designer
P.S.  It makes us smile to think of all the team's adventures of 2011.  Below is a hodge podge of our top 11 feats (in no particular order)...



I.  ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS WE FOUND OURSELVES MAKING LETTERS OUT OF FLOWERS…


Although an extremely painstaking process (from a design standpoint), fresh floral letters can make for fabulous wedding décor (as we will next see)...


II. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WE SUSPENDED “LOVE” FROM THE CEILING...

Forty feet above Olivia’s dance floor and guest tables were fabulous floral (carnation) letters that spelled the word:  “LOVE”.  To this day we are not sure how the letters got down, or where they wound up (post-event), but they will forever go down in the team's history as being part of our craziest design stunt to date.


 III. WE HELPED GIVE BACK TO THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN OURSELVES…

Our studio had the honor of participating as Wish Granters for the first couple of Wish Upon a Wedding (Boston & New England).   Pictured below are our  assistant designers holding the bridal party flowers for Joe & Joanne’s Larz Anderson Museum Wedding.  The other is couple's swwetheart table, with the infamous moss letters in the background.
Although the client (Joanne), has since passed away, the memories of that day will be with our team forever.  We are more than honored to have been part of this amazing and special event.

IV. WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH SOME TRULY AWESOME CLIENTS…

Designing flora solely for weddings and events isn’t always the easiest job.  However working with clients who are good-natured, easy-going (and downright friendly!), helps to make each project worthwhile.

One bride in particular, stood out above the rest for her kind heart and refreshingly warm spirit. Therefore I’m sharing my utmost FAVORITE image from Zana's special day back in November. The look of happiness on her (and her daddy’s) faces are absolutely priceless. 

Oh, and her bouquet (and corresponding bridal table) weren’t too shabby either. ;o) 



V. WE LEARNED THAT DESTINATION WEDDINGS ARE SOME OF THE BEST EVENTS TO DESIGN FOR…
Oh Southern Florida (Boca Raton specifically), how we do miss thee!!!   And we miss the strikingly hot color (yellow & black) color palette for this destination event, one that we rarely (okay, never) get to play with this far North.
Shown below is the very grand “show piece” that sat on the couple’s gift table.  The arrangement boasted yellow roses, spider mums, oncidium orchids, tulips (and black feathers!).  Per the couple's report, guests are still raving about it and the rest of the tres fab décor.
We could certainly use some of that warm Florida weather right now, but alas our turn in New England will come.  Until then we will just reflect on the sunny, vibrant, and bright décor that Rashida & Jon’s wedding brought us.


  
VI.        THE TEAM REALIZED THAT WINTER WEDDINGS HELP BREAK UP THE DECEMBER THROUGH MARCH MONOTONY...

Look at how nicely the blue & white flora looks pops against the snowy backdrop!

{Photo Below Courtesy of Melissa Coe Photography}



VII.  WE’LL NEVER FORGET THE ONE EVENT THAT EPITOMIZED WHAT A COASTAL NEW ENGLAND WEDDING SHOULD LOOK LIKE…

VENUE:  The Towers (Narragansett, RI) 

BRIDAL PARTY PHOTO (Below):  Courtesy of Molly Bergeron - Molly Anne Photograpy

BRIDAL STYLIST:  By Caitlin Murphy
 
Katie & Andrew’s wedding was both Seaside and Country Chic.  Everything from the bouquets, to the table décor, to the wreath on the chapel door were simply charming.



VIII.  It is our belief that some best bouquets (of yesteryear) came in PINK!

Photo (Above) Courtesy of AMW Studios Photography



 IX.       We learned that a designer should never be shocked by a client’s request, even if that request involves designing a bouquet with bats (and other winged creatures) in it…
This bride was a self-declared bat expert and enthusiast...need we say more?



X. We endeavored to teach couples that the best approach to successful Floral & Event Design is through a Trifecta of rich flora, luxe table linens, and upscale professional lighting. 

Steffany's wedding had all three components and on the day of, the client and staff alike marveled at how well all decor elements complemented one another.

VENUE:  The Villa at Ridder Country Club (East Bridgewater)







XI.  The mother of all church aisle runners can also be known as:  our team making excellent use of 20,000+ Rose Petals...

What's to be done when the client requests a fresh floral aisle runner to span the 200 foot church aisle?  You design one of course!

Thanks to our assistant designer Elizabeth B., Olivia's decorative scroll-work aisle runner was completed in 2.5 hours and with twenty thousand rose petals to boot.  A lot of painstaking, precise work, but well worth it for the photo op that such decor affords.

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Kate Photography

Conclusion? The 2011 season was slammin for sure, but the Orchids Team is on a mission to outdo themselves during the upcoming year. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the studio's projects and floral capers.  :o)