Monday, November 21, 2011

Autumn Wedding at Belle Haven Yacht Club, Greenwich, CT

Marianne and Bob were happily married at the beautiful Belle Haven Yacht Club, overlooking Long Island Sound. Classical music was in the air and colorful floral designs were in clear view.

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The Bride selected bright colors: orange, hot pink and lime green. It was a perfect combination.

Photo by feteaccompli

Photo by feteaccompli

Photo by feteaccompli

After the Ceremony the guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn and were then invited to the Ballroom for the Reception. The spectacular sunset, the amazing music, delicious food, gorgeous flowers all added up to a very very special occasion.

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Marianne, carrying white calla lilies as her bouquet, was indeed a happy bride.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Washington Connecticut Antique Show

Loretta Stagen Floral Designs showcased floral designs, paintings and antiques in the recent 25th Anniversary Washington Connecticut Antiques Show, benefiting the Gunn Memorial Library and Museum.

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In the foreground, custom made metal tuteurs (by Battle Hill Forge ) were decorated with an abundance of green hydrangeas, magenta phaleonopsis orchids and succulents. In the background: oil paintings created by Dutch Touch

The set of 4 antique metal chairs: early 20th century American, available at R.T. Facts, Kent, CT

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Rich Pomerantz www.

The centerpiece featured green hydrangeas, burgundy mini calla lilies, deep plum dahlias, fiddle neck ferns, scabiosa pods and succulents which are so popular this year.

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Green crocodile ferns, imported from Japan, and decorated each napkin.

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A tall floral arrangement sat atop a shelf…featuring plum colored dendrobium orchids, deep burgundy dahlias, steel grass and crocodile ferns, created in an antique metal container.

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The exhibit was very popular…both at the preview party and during the two-day show.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Elegant Country Wedding at Reinmaker Farm, New York State

Jonathan and Meegan enjoyed a dream wedding at Reinmaker Farm. At the top of a long driveway (with signs indicating “wedding this way”) guests were overwhelmed with the beauty of this horse farm which overlooks hilltops covered with acres of trees.

The Ceremonial area featured an antique wagon decorated with saddles, and bridles…. bales of hay for the seating of the guests and a Chuppah created by Jonathan.

The Bridal Bouquet included succulents, white roses, scabiosa pods and chocolate brown cosmos and yellow billy balls:

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

The Bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to the Bride:

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

Nosegays including billy balls and fresh wheat were carried by the Junior Bridesmaids:

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

The boutonnieres featured scarbiosa pod and billy ball, hand wired with a sprig of rosemary

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

Cocktails were served in the field…and then guests were invited to the tent for a delicious sit down dinner.

The tables were decorated with centerpieces created in wooden boxes that Meegan had specially ordered. Plant materials included succulents, eucalyptus, wheat, white dahlias, protea and bittersweet vines.

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck

It was a fabulous wedding! Congratulations Jonathan and Meegan.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Summer Wedding in Greenwich, Connecticut

Greenwich, Connecticut is the perfect location for an August wedding. After Jocelyn and Jason’s wedding ceremony at Christ Church, all of the guests traveled a short distance to L’Escale, the most sophisticated French restaurant in Greenwich, located adjacent to the harbor.

The Bride carried an all white bouquet of flowers including roses, freesia, mini calla lilies and stephanotis, but all of the other flowers in the bridal party and at the reception were hot raspberry and shades of purple. What a great contract. The Maid of Honor’s bouquet featured roses, gerber daisies, hydrangea, scabiosa and lisianthus.

photo by Kathy Di Giovanna

photo by Kathy Di Giovanna

photo by Kathy Di Giovanna

Cocktails were enjoyed on the terrace, followed by a sumptuous meal, toasts, dancing and an evening of merriment in the grand ballroom.

The centerpieces were lush and colorful. Raspberry colored roses were artistically arranged with purple and white flowers: hydrangeas, lisianthus, phlox and freesia. Three bamboo sticks gave the arrangements an oriental touch.

What a special wedding celebration it was!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Destination Wedding...Rehearsal Dinner, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Destination weddings are usually a three-day event. Part I of this weekend was at the incredible rehearsal dinner held at Hidden Court, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Guests were escorted through the courtyard to the room overlooking the Koi pond. There they found the escort table…where they looked for their seating cards which rested atop a bed of wheat grass:

In the living room, this dramatic arrangement of roses and scabiosa pods sat on a sideboard. It was created in a large square glass container, lined with ti leaves. Bright oranges and shocking pinks were featured both in the house and in the tent.

After enjoying cocktails on the back terrace … overlooking the endless meadow and the Atlantic ocean …on a “perfect” weather day….the guests walked to the tent where they were awed by the decorations on the French farm tables and the spectacular buffet table. The long centerpieces, which included an abundance of unique ferns and flowers: crocodile ferns, fiddle neck ferns, mini calla lilies, cock’s comb, pin cushion flowers, poppy pods, gerber daisies, roses, asclepia and kangaroo paws, artistically arranged in rectangular glass containers. On either side of the centerpieces the décor included very long bird nest ferns and votive candles. For a special effect, each centerpiece was “pin spotted”.

The “Barbeque Chic” menu included shelled lobster on a bed of lettuce, pork ribs, corn, baked beans, grilled vegetables, jalapeno corn bread and much more. Churchill Caterers provided the most delicious food and impeccable service.

An arrangement of vegetables and flowers sat atop a small table in front of the buffet table.

What a fabulous evening at this magical estate: happy guests, delicious food, beautiful flowers, perfect weather…and yes, a full moon!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Danbury News Time: Flower arranger divulges trends for weddings

"Wedding season is here again, and Loretta Stagen, a transplant from the state's Gold Coast happily acclimated to western Connecticut, is fired up with enthusiasm and ideas.

Yes, the recent royal wedding and the U.S. Color Council's 2011 palette can't help but influence choices in style and color, and the average spending for one family's personal extravaganza could easily buy a mid-size car.

Stagen has overseen flowers at weddings over the top as well as modest, and she believes beautiful bouquets and arrangements can go a very long way to setting a tone.

On a recent Friday at her studio in New Preston, she was working on a wedding for a bride with only $1,400 to spend on flowers.

The solution? A large arrangement that would be mounted on a pedestal for the service and a bouquet of double white freesia, snowy sweet peas, and purple lianthus and anemones.

"This is going to be elegant and gorgeous," she declared, "and well within her budget."

After more than 20 years of enhancing brides and tables in Fairfield County, and now Litchfield County, Stagen has learned to deflect any practical problems that might come her way.

The week leading up to such occasions has been whittled to a science -- whether it's ordering and fetching flowers from her favorite vendors in the New York flower district, to conditioning them and saving the very best to arrange on the wedding day.

Stagen gets her ideas from upscale designers and from shops, from her travels, and sometimes from museum exhibitions. She has done ethnic weddings and theme weddings, weddings with orchids and roses. as well as with sunflowers.

She has done glorious weddings at the ocean and in the country, and weddings for a succession of a client's daughters and cousins.

Receptions these days are a far cry from ones many aging boomers remember -- at the church hall after the service or the potluck celebration in a field.

And the flower budget, once about 10 percent of the total cost of the wedding, must now often compete with spending for lighting. For the average wedding with 150 guests, Stagen said, the flower tab now runs about $5,000.

Tastes are formed not only by British royalty, but by what the stars are decked out in at the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

The colors are already shifting from Sandra Bullock blush to Angelina Jolie's emerald green, and mixes like hot orange and pink (think of Sasha Obama's dress at the presidential inauguration) are gaining popularity.

Stagen was among the 28 vendors displaying their wares recently at the Washington Club, where a modest smattering of brides-to-be strolled from table to table.

The young women seemed cagier --or was it better informed? -- than in previous generations. They were taking samples and looking through portfolios, but not necessarily committing to anyone or anything.

Stagen had set up two tables that showed the sweep of this season's fashion, one a serene and elegant table with modern square plates on a celadon-colored cloth.

A centerpiece of Dutch white hydrangeas in a cube-shaped glass container lined with leaves and sliced limes made a refreshing focal point, while matching celadon napkins and satin ribbons with individual sprays of verbena finished off the look.

At table No. 2, for contrast, she showcased the new melon-color "Free Spirit" rose in an arrangement set in a strikingly tall glass vase. Wire reminiscent of Alexander Calder's circus creations added to a look that was color-popping and contemporary.

Taking in the room of caterers, photographers, travel planners, wedding stationers and booking agents, it was clear it easily can take a village, or an ample assortment of local merchants, to get a wedding day up and running.

During the planning, Stagen said, she makes a point of steering clear of family dynamics.

"Right off the bat I want to find out who is in charge of the decision making," she said, having dealt with some "bridezillas" in her day. Because so many brides and bridegrooms are marrying late, they may want to micromanage, even if the bride's parents are picking up the check, she added.

" I make a point of being kind to the mothers," she said, who are not only giving up a child but paying for it -- big time, in a myriad of ways."

Published 06:07 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Dream Wedding at Winvian, Morris, Connecticut

Nestled in the Litchfield Hills, Winvian is the perfect location for a sophisticated country wedding! Alicia and Tim were married there in the gardens under a spectacular wooden arch, covered with an abundance of white bridal spirea and white mock orange branches. The cedar arch had a special meaning since it had been custom made by the bride’s father.

All of the aisle chairs were accented with all white posies (white lisianthus, white bridal spirea and curly willow). These posies were enjoyed a second time at the reception, which was held in The Gordon Brown House, a newly renovated barn on the Winvian property.

The beautiful bride wore a short white gown AND peacock blue shoes. Her white and lime green bouquet featured Polar Star roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, freesia, viburnum and Lady’s Mantle. The handle was wrapped with peacock blue ribbon – an exact color match of her shoes.

After the Ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails in view of many special floral arrangements including this tall one with the amazing blue hybrid delphinium.

When the guests arrived at the reception….they were dazzled by the lush low centerpieces with spring green viburnum and an array of white flowers (hydrangeas, lisianthus, sweet peas, freesia and roses).

What a fabulous wedding it was!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Candlelight Farms, New Milford, CT

An event produced by Elegance in the Country, a special group of talented vendors, on Sunday, April 10, 2011. The newly renovated barn at Candlelight Farms is the perfect party venue for the host/hostess who wants a beautiful country setting… with views of horses, fields, gardens and a lake.

For last Sunday’s party, Sarah Pineault/All Seasons Rentals, selected earthy tones for the tablecloths: terra cotta and lime green. What a perfect palette to work with. To add a little zip, I complemented these colors with bright orange and purple. One of my designs featured orange parrot tulips and purple vanda orchids.

Surprise details… notice the one vanda orchid glued onto the outside of the container.

A second design was created in a “cutting edge” rectangular container and included orange pincushion flowers, fiddle neck ferns and one aubergine mini calla lily.

The polished river stones at the base of the container were an important feature.

Another design incorporated green wire swirls inside the tall clear glass container,

which was used as a base for a dramatic arrangement of yellow arachnea orchids and curly willow.

The food was absolutely amazing!! Event Caterers of CT were tops in both presentation and food quality.

The favorites: the tuna tartare

presented in individual glass cups and procuitto wrapped around a cluster of arugula, topped with crème fraiche and reduced balsamic vinegar. The flavors of the food were so fabulous…. You had to taste Chef Joe Yorio’s food to believe it.

The focal point in the center of the room was Sweet Rewards’ cupcake tower. The pole was covered with birch bark…which matched the trees right outside the windows, and the plates on the tower were a showcase of colorful cupcakes…which were not only a feast for the eyes…but were oh so delicious.

The dessert table featured an abundance of Kelly Linquist’s goodies, including cookies, cake balls and a unique dessert: mini apple pie on a stick.

As you can see, the photos by Valdorama (Val Nanousky) captured the glory of the day….and behind the scenes…playing an important role was make up artist, Kelly Fischer Knisley, Pretty me Artistry.

A great team effort. You can view the websites as follows. (contact: Nancy Saggese) (contact: Kelly Linquist) (contact: Joe Yorio) (contact Sarah Pineault) (contact Val Nanousky) (contact Kelly Fischer Knisley) (contact Loretta Stagen)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BRIDAL SHOW... at the Washington Club, Washington, CT

-- photo by Rich Pomerantz --
Bright colors are very popular this season. A combination
of hot pink, apricot and orange with the textures of tulips and roses is very "cutting edge". Here the flowers are loosely arranged in four 4" glass cubes with swirls of soft stem green wire inside the container... placed .at the base of the tall arrangement (which was created atop a rectangular glass container 4" x 4" x 24". (see next photo)

-- photo by Rich Pomerantz --
Using the same color scheme with tall flowers to create a dramatic centerpiece atop the tall glass containers .included hot pink peonies, orange "Free Spirit" roses, pink hydrangeas, white French
tulips and white dendrobium orchids. The matching spring green wire swirled inside the tall clear glass container. Every bride I talked to at the show was impressed with this color scheme. Note the white damask table cloth (Party Rental Ltd.)

-- photo by Rich Pomerantz --
he Bridal bouquet featured the same colors: including hot pink peonies, Free Spirit roses, and deep pink mini calla lilies....The natural stems were hand tied and wrapped with a ribbon matching the rose.

-- photo by Rich Pomerantz --
In contrast to my above colorful table, my second table featured quiet colors: spring green and white. The floor length table cloth was a "celery" colored bengaline fabric and the table setting featured square white plates, spring green wine glasses and white linen napkins (Party Rental Ltd) decorated with a wired green ribbon and one stem of
green viburnum. The centerpiece was created in a clear glass container 8" in diameter, lined with a wide thai leaf...with lime slices placed between the leaf and the interior of the glass bowl. The white flowers included imported white hydrangeas and mini white calla lilies. It was a very sophisticated look.

-- photo by Rich Pomerantz --
A closeup of the above table.

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