Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Jody Nay of Wallpaper Photography had a great vision for her garden tea party wedding at Victoria’s Villa Marco Polo Inn last summer. I had never met Jody before and soon after our first meeting I knew she would be a fun bride to work with. I love meeting people who have an equal passion for weddings, and all things beautiful. She knew she wanted air plants, succulents, wrist corsages, flower crowns and a garland for the aisle. She originally wanted to wear a wrist corsage herself, but in the end I convinced her to let me make her a small bouquet using a protea. And I am so glad she went for it because it looked amazing with her soft pink Vera Wang dress. Photography – Georgie Wilson Photography (view link for more amazing photos of this wedding) Venue – Villa Marco Polo Inn Flowers – Tara McHugh Flora China rental – Victoria Vintage China...
DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

It is lilac season!! It doesn’t last long so NOW is the time to make this bouquet. I have mixed $10.00 worth of grocery store flowers that are readily available in spring with some fresh garden lilacs and hosta leaves. What you will need for this arrangement is the following: – one bunch of purple tulips (any shade will work) – one bunch of white alstroemeria (I love when the freckles coordinate with the palette) – 3 to 5 stems of lilacs (depending on how many blooms are on each branch) – 2 hosta leaves (the bright green variegated ones from my garden really pop) After you have chosen a vase, start by placing all the lilacs in first. Next add the hosta leaves. Then two or three alstroemeria stems. There are usually five in a bunch so you will have some left over. Or at the end feel free to add more and make a larger arrangement. And finally the tulips. Here I used a very deep purple parrot tulip which sometimes can cost slightly more than regular tulips but totally worth the splurge! When they open they are magnificent! I find it most effective to clump the tulips in twos and threes instead of as singles which you may be more inclined to do. As soon as I finished this arrangement, I remembered I have a gorgeous purple footed glass vase from my grandmother. I don’t have any purple in my house but I have started to use this vase every spring. I will forever think of my grandmother every spring as I fill it with aromatic...
Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Do you feel like you have been seeing a lot more ranunculus these days? They are giving garden roses a run for their money if you ask me. The size of some of the ranunculus we are seeing from Japan and Italy are incredible! They come in a whole rainbow of beautiful colors. When buying a bunch of ranunculus the exciting thing to me, is that sometimes there is a lot of color variation within the one bunch. And this is what makes a floral arrangement more interesting. So many other flowers come as a solid color, and it is much more restricting design wise. They have a very long vase life and actually get more beautiful as they age. They just keep opening and their ruffled petals are like the finest tissue paper. They are a costly flower compared to more standard grocery store flowers many people are used to seeing. But so worth every dollar!! (all photos by Spark and Whimsy Photography) I haven’t experimented much with growing them yet but this may be my year! If you have any tips about growing ranunculus in your backyard please share in the comments below. We would all love to learn...
Flower Friday – Muscari

Flower Friday – Muscari

Muscari, also commonly known as grape hyacinth is one of my favorite spring flowers in the garden. Like most spring flowering bulbs, the planting time for muscari is fall. Choose a site with avarage soil that drains well. Grape hyacinth bulbs will rot if planted in a site that remains wet. Like most small flowering bulbs they look best if planted in large quantities. (Spark and Whimsy Photography) Unlike many spring blooming bulbs muscari bulbs produce foliage late in the summer, and this foliage stays evergreen until the plants finish blooming in the spring. You must leave this foliage in place to nourish the plant; only during the onset of summer dormancy is it OK to remove muscari leaves. (Tara McHugh Flora) They work best in small arrangements due to their short stem length. And they are just perfect on their own in the tiniest vase you can find! (Tara McHugh...
Simple Spring Flower Crown

Simple Spring Flower Crown

Here is a simple flower crown made from spring blossoms which I sewed together with just a thread and needle. I’ve always loved simplicity and am a strong believer in less is more. Photography: Deanna McCollum Photography Hair and Make up: Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry Dress: Tres Chic Bridal...