Friday, November 23, 2012

Think Holiday Décor

It's time to plan your decorations for the holidays!!  Fresh balsam or magnolia wreaths with red, burgundy, lime green or gold bows/ ribbon are perfect for front doors, windows or even mirrors; for mantel decor...instead of using fresh garlands which last for only about 10 days...think about hiring Loretta Stagen Floral Designs to arrange fresh greens (Douglas Fir, pine tips, boxwood, magnolia leaves, grevillia, holly and/or cedar) in "no see" long trays (they last for one month); clients always enjoy decorating railings.  Your best bet is to select magnolia garlands, which last for weeks...or even faux garlands.  For a special party during the holidays, compliment your greens with arrangements featuring flowers or a combination of flowers and fruits. 

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Elegant Country Wedding Staged at a Private Home in Roxbury, Connecticut

Nicole and Allen enjoyed an extraordinary wedding weekend at their county home in Connecticut. The ceremony took place under a canopy created with yards and yards of white organza fabric draped from their  favorite Oak tree to poles  which surrounded this tree.  All of the poles were wrapped with the matching fabric and the two front poles featured garlands of hydrangeas and roses.
Photos by Sara Wight<
The aisle chairs were decorated with pew posies with flowing ribbon streamers.
Hundreds of orchids were flown in from Hawaii to complement the abundance of roses, hydrangeas and lisianthus which were used in the bridal party flowers, the canopy décor as well as in the centerpieces.
Photo of bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets. Photo by Sara Wight
The bride carried a bouquet of Phaleopnosis orchids and Amnesia roses… the Bridesmaids were happy with elegant Hawaiian dendrobium orchids.
After a very special tree planting ceremony…and cocktail hour under very sunny skies, the guests moved into the tent for an amazing evening of dining and dancing.   Flowers were everywhere!!  The tall centerpieces sat atop elegant glass flutes… featuring Hawaiian dendrobium orchids, tuberoses, lisianthus and hydrangeas… and low lush centerpieces showcased similar flowers.  The beautiful table settings enhanced the romantic ambiance.
Shakespeare’s Puck may not have been in evidence to stir up trouble, but the occasion was, by most accounts, a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Backyard Connecticut Wedding from Sara Wight Photography featured on Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Wedding at the Belle Haven Yacht Club, Greenwich, Connecticut

As luck would have it, sparkling blue skies broke through an early morning rain on the day of Katie and Matt’s wedding. They’d chosen to have a late afternoon ceremony and evening reception at The Belle Haven Yacht Club in Greenwich, always a spectacular venue.  The crisp views of water and custom sailboats with the added flowers and foliage in a palette of white and green created a timeless summer’s day tableau worthy of Seurat and Monet. 
photo by Dru Nadler

Katie asked for her favorite white and green Parrot tulips for herself and her attendants, which we imported from Holland.  Custom ribbon matching Katie’s gown completed her bouquet.
Photo by Dru Nadler

Photo by Dru Nadler

After taking their vows, Katie and Matt greeted guests on the lawn for cocktails before moving into a white tent for an evening dinner and dancing.  White linens, sparkling crystal and tall glass centerpieces of green sugar maple leaves, and backlit by votive candles, were fresh as fireflies on a summer’s night. The décor was “simply elegant”.  Katie’s decision to use Lucite chairs further intensified a glistening setting that seemed to mirror the effervescence of the sea itself.

Photo by Dru Nadler

One can imagine the guests, and the family surveying the scene as they looked out over Long Island Sound, agreeing,  this truly is a good life;  it simply can’t  get any better. I was happy to help them transform their ideas into such a memorable occasion.
Photo by Dru Nadler 
A perfect wedding…. From beginning to end… a beautiful way to start Katie and Matt’s life together….

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Wedding at Waveny Mansion, New Canaan, Connecticut

The wedding took place recently at the magnificent Waveny House in New Canaan, a venue, known for its Tudor-style mansion, rose garden, and manicured grounds. Herbs proved to be a subtle, yet moving, way to incorporate the personality of the bride and groom into the festivities of this special occasion. 

Herbs have symbolic meanings that literally go back many centuries; and for Rose Marie and Joshua, they became the connecting link that made their wedding floral decor different and special. When the couple initially approached me, they spoke of their love of cooking and their wish to integrate their passion in an overall wedding theme. Together we worked to develop this nascent idea further: the individual tables were named for different herbs; herb plants (in clear glass cubes) decorated the cocktail tables.
Eventually freshly plucked herbs were integrated into all of the floral arrangements, from the bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, to the centerpieces on all the tables. 
The bridal bouquet was a combination of vendela roses and double white freesia, collared by astrantia, lamb’s ear and several pieces of fresh rosemary. 
The gentlemen’s boutonnières similarly incorporated and rosemary.

All centerpieces included rosemary, with the clear glass containers lined with fresh cabbage leaves.
Nosegays of lamb’s ear, astrantia and rosemary on some of the serving trays finished off the look.
We chose the herbs not only for meaning, but also for stem strength. There was thyme (courage, strength), mint (wisdom, virtue), chives (usefulness), dill (preservation, good spirits), sage (long life, esteem)....with rosemary (love, loyalty and fidelity) tucked into virtually everything.

Wonderful wedding, wonderful memories of a unique theme: the joys of herbs.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top Quality Japanese Flowers Now Available in the New York Floral Market

If you are familiar with my designs, you’ll know that I will always go for fewer flowers, but higher quality, if given a choice. Lately I’ve been incorporating some very special ones to great acclaim in bridal bouquets and centerpieces, all coming by way of Japan. The quality of tweedia, sweet pea, leucocoryne and gloriosa lily is top-rate -- and the fern (asplenium "crispy wave") is sculptural and dramatic. Luckily Japanese growers were unhurt by the tsunami, so I expect their presence in the market to grow.

Here are some examples of how I incorporated these Japanese imports:

This hot-colored centerpiece combined an exuberant mix of flowers including asplenium fern and fiddleheads for a high-end destination wedding in Cape Elizabeth, Me., last July.

Adding this exquisite tweedia to this next centerpiece and to the charming flower girl’s basket added subtle depth and interest for this Greenwich, CT, wedding.

The Japanese sweet peas are every bit as beautiful as the ones my father grew in California. I remember the scent and the lovely wash of color – and of course my father’s generosity. He loved nothing better than growing these special flowers and then giving them away to friends.

On a personal note… In 2004 Yoshi Kohara, president of The Association of Bridal Consultants, Japan, brought me to Hiroshima to help him write a book on American wedding floral design. It took me weeks to prepare for this adventure… deciding which bouquets and arrangements to make, preparing detailed descriptions and how-to instructions, and ordering the flowers. I packed the remaining supplies, down to the fake wedding cake and royal frosting, in my soon-burgeoning suitcase. Then before a select group of Japanese floral designers I created bridal bouquets, bridesmaid’s bouquets, centerpieces, pew posies, wedding cake décor, and large arrangements, which were subsequently photographed. Flower Arrangements for American Weddings, was published in Japanese later that year. It was an honor to teach design in a country that is so steeped in aesthetics, and great fun to test my wings as a writer.