Monday, December 20, 2010

A White Christmas Wedding Reception

  Rebecca and Oscar met with me in the summer of  '09 to talk about their vision for their December wedding.  After attending the  'Best of Weddings' show at the Lancaster Convention Center they hired our entire design team! It was great working together on that show, and so fun working together again on Oscar and Rebecca's wedding.
  The ceremony took place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  A truly beautiful historic landmark church in downtown Lancaster. 
  The bride's bouquet was all white Siberian Lilies, and the bridesmaids carried blue Hydrangeas with white Dendrobium Orchids. 
  The pew markers were white Orchids and Italian Ruscus which was later taken to the reception and made into a large hanging snowflake for over the center of the dance floor. Large white Poinsettias surrounded the altar.  (Sorry- I have no images of any of the above described.)

Vendor team was:  Shumaker, pdt. for lighting,  Special Occasions for linens,  Renee Connors of Designs by Renee for their stationary, Kris and John McElligott of KMPhotography, Derek Dienner of Lavon Films, Martine Cajas of House of Clarendon for their wedding cake,  DJFreez for the music, and ATB for the flowers and decor. What a treat to also be included as guests.  We had a great time enjoying all our labors of love throughout the evening.

Silver trees were the centerpieces for the 3 round bridal party tables.  The bases were embellished with glass bead garlands and snow.

The beautiful pipe and drape with blue lights and garlands twinkled behind the Bride and Groom's elevated sweetheart table.
Glass bead garlands with white Spider Mums created an icy-snowy sparkle effect to their table.  Silvery white linens draped to the floor was done by Claudia of Special Occassions.
Crushed ice in footed cylinder vases with White Birch Branches, Baby's Breath and crystals for some of the guest tables.

All guest tables had cylinder vases in various sizes with snowflakes inside and floating candles.

Personalized stemless wine glasses filled with kisses for every guest.

Lights and crystals on beautiful silver trees.

Eiffel Tower vases with snowy clouds of Baby's Breath for some guest tables were lit with blue lights as well as pin- spot lighting by Shumaker, pdt.
The atmosphere was magical. Eden Resort did a first class job serving delicious wedding fare. 
 DJFreez kept the dance floor packed all night long. 
What an awesome celebration of love on a very cold, rainy, windy winter night.
Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness to Oscar and Rebecca.  Thank you for the privilege of being a part of your beautiful  'First Day' of marriage.
Special thanks to my wonderful 'Team Beautiful' for an outstanding job, and to Jessie for taking pictures for this blog post.
Merry, Merry Christmas to all!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

One Last 2010 Fall Wedding

Thank you to Radiant Images and Kristen, the bride for these pictures.
Two Doctors getting married this weekend at Cork Factory.  Gotta get back to work!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart

Thank you to Thomas Beaman photography for these images.
Time again to ponder all the things that I'm thankful for.  My list is very long, so if you don't like 'reading' blogs (like me), then you won't like this post.  There is only one picture this time.
   First of all, I'm thankful for the great life I have.  The gifts of my supportive and loving husband, 3 wonderful daughters, my 3 sons in law, and my  little guys Hudson and Kole. And my loving parents.  My dear friend just had to say "See you later, Dad"  this week and that makes my parents even more cherished right now. 
  To be chosen and trusted  by dozens and dozens of couples to be a part of their wedding day is something I am truly grateful for.  Not only is it a career that I have, but every week I am able to work with the most incredible wonders and beauty of nature.  I'm blessed with very talented and hard working staff that do everything they can to follow the motto on my shop's chalkboard:  "Make it Beautiful!"  
  My fellow florist friends. We help each other with resources for products,  share our inventory when needed, , go on field trips, have lunch to "talk shop", and even send clients to each other.  Six of us enjoyed having a group photo shoot together for  Lancaster Magazine.  Thanks to Martine of House of Clarendon for making it all happen at Cork Factory.  It was the first time I met the owners of Flowers by Paulette, Splints and Daisies, and Country Flowers.  And it was great to see the owner of Petals With Style and Flowers of Mount Joy.  We're all in this together and there is so much to gain by being friends.  No need to feel competitive or jealous over each other's successes.  We all work very, very hard to be the very best we can.  We all know what it's like to pull all-nighters, and how it feels to be at the end of wedding season.  
 I'm thankful for the kindness of Mari Beth (Flowers by Paulette).  She went right to her shop after the photo shoot and handmade a ribbon banner for me for my  friend's dad's funeral.  No charge, just a random act of kindness.  In these days  of worrying about the economy and the competition it is just so good to be a part of a group of  'wedding people' who march to the beat of a different drummer. 
  One more thing I'm thankful for is my blog readers.  Thank you for taking an interest in what we're doing at All Things Beautiful.  For making the time and effort it takes to blog worth it.  I hope you take the time to make your 'Thankful List" too.  Happy Thanksgiving.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Designer's Choice

Purple Anemone

The Bride's Bouquet- white Dahlias, Freesia, Roses and Buplurem

Bridesmaids wore brown and carried bouquets of  Amber and Circus Roses, Hypericum, Kangaroo Paws, Anemones, Mini Gerbera and Dusty Miller
Boutts. were Safari Sunset Leucadendron and Seeded Eucalyptus

The bride is a Doctor, the groom is a renown Chef.  They came all the way from Colorado to be married at the Casa di Fiori near their families.  When I met with the bride she said ...." Make my bouquet all white. To the Groom's boutt.  add chili peppers. Use  fruits and vegetables in the centerpieces, and make it bright colors- "Designer's Choice"!   So the colors at the venue work perfectly for this wedding.  Special Occasions Linens dressed the tables beautifully.
We added artichokes, kale, peaches, plums and white pumpkins with Sunflowers, Roses, Hypericum, Parrot Tulips, Mini Gerbera, Lilies, Hydrangea, Curly Willow, Esclepias, Anemones to name just about half of it.
  What a pleasure working with a bride that gives us design liberties. Thank you Dr. Thomas ,and may God bless you with a very happy marriage ( and a lifetime of having your husband making you fabulous dinners!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gorgeous, Classy ,Spooky & Fun

It's a Halloween wedding done in a classy, yet fun way.  Melissa, a nurse and Justin, a teacher planned a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony with a fun Halloween reception at Casa di Fiori at Leola Village Inn.  The ceremony took place in front of the fireplace.
Candy Corn Topiaries, made by Amy,  for the Escort Card Table. 
Later, Jasmine Clouser of Couture Cakery would come to transform this table into an amazing dessert and candy buffet.

Beautifully decorated lighted pumpkins line the aisle.
The bride carried a bouquet of deep dark purple Swartzwalder mini Callas, Uluhe Fern Shoots with sparkling accents, Moon Shade and Moon Vista Carnations and Cymbidium Orchids.
Bridesmaids wore beautiful gray dresses and carried bouquets of Mini Callas, Stock, mini Cymbidium Orchids, Italian Ruscus, and  a collar of Mini Hearts Monstera leaves.
  The bride wanted something 'different' than the traditional round bouquet.
Flower Girls carried spheres of green Poms and Tissue Statice.

Sparklers even look great before it's dark!
Justin carefully lifts all the layers of Melissa's beautiful gown into the limo.
Then after the sparkler exit, the guests exit and returned in costumes to celebrate the rest of the evening.
When Justin and Melissa made their grand entrance they were wearing crowns with Shrek ears.  So fun!
You'll definitely love the images that Jeremy Hess Photographers will be posting!!!
A few centerpieces were little lanterns with moss, candles and floating Dendrobium Orchids.
The rest of the centerpieces were large silver candelabra from Eagle Rentals wrapped with a garland of Amnesia and Black Bacarra Roses, Green Mini Hydrangea, Antique Hydrangea and Orchids.  The table numbers were uniquely made with cut-outs and a purple light inside to make it glow.
The gift card 'Coffin'. ..... "Deposit Souls Here", it says.
A shower gift from the Groom's Mother.  The groom is putting a spider ring on the bride's finger.

Byers Butterflake Bakery-mmmmm!

Sweets and Treats by Jasmine Clouser of Couture Cakery.
Great working with you on this, Jasmine!
And thank you to Team Beautiful:  Amy, Lynne, Jesssie, Joyce, and Rose Marie -3 big weddings this weekend with energy to spare! 
Best wishes to Melissa and Justin.
The other 2 weddings will be posted in the coming weeks.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Brilliance describes these fall colors. Circus Roses, Red Mikado Spray Roses, Shiny Red Hypericum, orange Mokara orchids, Green Mini Hydrangea for the Bride.
The ceremony took place between the pine trees on the lawn at Cameron Estate.  Lots of orange and yellow rose petals line the aisle and a bed of petals for the Bride and Groom to stand in.

Curly Willow and orange Gladiolas.
Hydrangeas and roses in mason jars hang from the shepherd hooks.

Bridesmaids wore green dresses and carried Mango Callas tied with satin ribbon and twine.
Guest tables

Sweetheart Table
In place of a guest book- a good wishes box.

Caramel Apple Favors
Adding our good wishes to Brian and Kathy for a great life together. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Autumn's Warm Colors

Time to get back to blogging.  So many weddings, so little time to blog.
Here are the pictures, not too much time to write. 
Oregonia, white Lisianthus and white Freesia~ this bouquet looks like a hand-full, but is very lightweight and smells like heaven.  One bridesmaid told me that Kelly was holding it so she could savor it's fragrance during the ceremony.  When I went back that night, she was still holding it. (smile)  Warmed my heart.  No way was this pretty bride tossing her bouquet!
Bridesmaids carried Lisianthus, roses, Kangaroo Paws, Spider Mums, China berries & mini Gerbs.

       Reese's Pieces are the perfect fall colored candy.  I loved these clear leaf -shaped favor boxes.  
                                ...............and white mini pumpkin place card holders
                       Pottery Barn lanterns with Wheat Grass, candles and fall flowers. 

Head table with Cocoa Silk Runner from Special Occasions
                                          Wedding Cake by Byers Butterflake Bakery