Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Adriana & Robert: Omni Parker House, Boston, MA

Adriana and Robert had their reception at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA.  The Omni (although one of the more challenging venues to deliver to) is one of my favorite Boston wedding venues, especially since my sister got married there in October 2011.  Their wedding was featured on the Omni Hotels & Resorts website, photos by Heather Parker Photography.  Not only does the Omni have a stunning ballroom, but the event coordinators and hotel staff are always extremely nice and accommodating.  Adriana actually found me through finding pictures of my sisters wedding bouquet online, which is why their bouquets were quite similar!  Got to love those Picasso calla lilies!

Adriana was so easy to work with.  She had a great idea of the colors and details she wanted to make this such an elegant affair.  Along with the flowers, she incorporated crystal and silver candle holders around the reception space.  Adriana was so sweet to post such a kind review on Wedding Wire, especially so soon after her wedding!

"Allison was a complete dream to work with from the beginning of my wedding planning until the day of the wedding. I planned my wedding from Florida, so there was a lot of email communication, and Allison was always quick to respond. I even had other table decor shipped to her and she brought it to our hotel and set it up. I never even saw our flowers until we walked into the reception room and was totally amazed. She has a great eye for floral design, and I would recommend her in a heartbeat. THANK YOU!"

Thank you Adriana, and congratulations to you and Robert!

Bride's bouquet of roses, peonies, ranunculus, and calla lilies

Bride's bouquet of roses, peonies, ranunculus, and calla lilies

Bridesmaid bouquet of roses, lilac, lisianthus, ranunculus and calla lilies

Bridesmaid bouquet of roses, lilac, lisianthus, ranunculus and calla lilies

Low centerpieces of hydrangea, roses, lilac, lisianthus and calla lilies

The low centerpieces were accented with tall crystal candle holders

Tall centerpieces of hydrangea, stock, roses, lisianthus, lilac and accent greens.  The tall centerpieces were accented with crystal votive candles.

Mix of high and low centerpieces in the Omni Parker House Ballroom

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kelly & Brian: Indian Pond Country Club, Kingston, MA

After a week of shocking and heartbreaking events, it was an absolute pleasure to have Kelly and Brian's wedding to focus on.  Kelly and Brian got married at St. Mary's in Plymouth, MA, and the reception was at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA.  Kelly was such a pleasure to work with, and was just so genuinely happy and excited every time I talked to her.  Congrats to Kelly & Brian!

I have to say, Kelly's bouquet was one of my all time favorites!  This bouquet had all the good stuff - peonies, freesia, ranunculus, anemones, hydrangea and stock!  I can't wait to see the amazing pictures of this wedding from Brooke Allison Photography!

Bride's Bouquet - peonies, freesia, ranunculus, anemones, hydrangea, stock and hypericum berries

Bridesmaid Bouquets - blue and green hydrangea with green hypericum berries

Groom's Boutonniere - white freesia boutonniere
Groomsmen Boutonniere - green cymbidium orchid boutonniere
Mother's Wrist Corsage - green cymbidium orchid corsage

Flower Girl Basket - Great alternative if venue doesn't allow rose petals.

Ceremony Flowers - white hydrangea in hanging mason jars

Centerpieces - blue, white and green hydrangea with bear grass accents

Boston, You're My Home.

I don't usually share personal stories on this blog, but since this business was started in a small Boston apartment, I wanted to share my love for the city of Boston and thank the amazing first responders, law enforcement officers, and hospital staff that helped to save so many lives this past week.  I hope the survivors will find the strength and support they need to move forward, and know that we are thinking of them and wish them a speedy recovery.  The victims of this past week's horrific events and their families will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Boston Public Garden
Boston was my home for over 5 years.  I lived with my best friend and sister in apartments in Brookline  and Beacon Hill, and later lived in the Seaport with my husband.  Before that I lived at Bentley in Waltham, just a town over from Watertown, MA.  I met my husband in a bar in Boston, and every date we had from that point on was somewhere in Boston.  We had our rehearsal dinner out on Boston Harbor, got married at a church in the North End, and had our reception at the Seaport Hotel.  We walked our dog all over the city, either through Southie down to Castle Island, or along the waterfront, letting her run crazy in the grass behind Moakley Courthouse, and stopping at the Aquarium to watch her try to play with the seals through the glass wall.  I worked for State Street in the Financial District and in Copley, and for Boston Beer Co in the Seaport.  While working in the Copley offices, I took classes at night at the Rittners School of Floral Design in the Back Bay, just a few blocks from the attacks.  In between all those moments and milestones, there were games and concerts at Fenway, birthdays in Faneuil Hall, dinners in the North End, skating on Frog Pond, after-work drinks at Tia's and McFadden's, wedding dress shopping, engagement parties, and too-many-to-count girls night outs.  I have endless amazing memories from the time I spent living in Boston, and will always consider Boston my home.
In front of McFadden's - Scooting around the city

Last year on Patriot's Day, like so many other years, my sister and I walked up and down Boylston, Newbury, and Hereford Street, waiting to cheer on the runners at the Boston Marathon.  Both of our husbands, along with my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and several other friends ran last year.  The Boston Marathon is an exciting, inspiring event.  Watching the runners accomplish such a challenging goal that they set for themselves, either to raise money for charity, in honor of a loved one, or just for fun, is an amazing experience.  With my busy spring wedding season starting this past week, I didn't make it in to watch the marathon this year; it was the first marathon Monday I've missed in years.  My husband has already said he wants to run it next year, and when he does, I will be there waiting to cheer him on.

Camped out on Boylston St for the Running of the Brides


Boston Harbor - Rehearsal Dinner
We are one.  We are strong. We are Boston.  We are Boston Strong.
To help the victims of these tragic events, please visit OneFundBoston.org.