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Most couples hire Pretty Flowers in the summer as it’s a popular time to get married. Summer in Maine is arguably the BEST place to be June-October. Generally, the weather is perfect but when we do have heat wave, they always seem to fall on the day of an event. As a wedding florist, the weather (temperature and humidity) can have its challenges. Most dramatic floral displays are designed without water- in a sense, that’s what makes them dramatic. They’re defying what’s natural or common. Amy and I do our best to use biodegradable materials when designing with water, but when a water source isn’t a possibility, we rely on some tried and tested greens that hold up-even on hot days.
1. Southern Smilax (Jackson Vine)
This AMAZING vine grows down South (south of Maine, that is!) Lush with a capital L. It’s become one of our favorite choices for event work on a grand scale. We strung this very forgiving and hardy vine along the entrance to Krista and Victor’s clear top tent from Exeter Tents. Even in the heat of this July wedding, this greenery did not wilt (remember, it’s from the south).
Dress it up, dress it down- this gem does it all. Olive branches can make an event casual, light and airy but can also make a wedding glamorous and sophisticated. Olive has a silvery underside which reflects light-creating depth and interest for great photos. We used cases of Olive branches for Allison and Ben’s wedding at The Black Point Inn in Scarborough, Maine. We created a thick base of Olive on our massive Chuppah and then covered it with gorgeous flowers.
One of Amy’s favorites- Gardenia foliage is a richly colored green and has a glossy finish. This foliage can also have petite leaves- perfect for Boutonnieres and corsage work. If you want a sharp looking bouquet like the one Amy designed below, pair this greenery with crisp white flowers like Sweet Peas, Garden Roses and Peonies.
4. Sea Star & Umbrella Fern
These are some of my personal favorites when it comes to ferns. They are a wonderfully light in form but rich in texture. Sea Star Fern almost reminds me of the skeletal remains of a fern dug up by some archaeologist somewhere. These ferns are the perfect accent when paired with greens with broader leaves like Eucalyptus or Dusty Miller or in this case, some of Amy’s Japanese Maple branches.
5. Salal (Lemon Leaf)
Lemon Leaf is the first green I became familiar with when I started designing 13 years ago. It’s rugged and dark green and has a nice lemon shape (hence the name). It holds its own out of water and makes a wonderfully thick garland as shown below. Brianna and Aaron chose to have us drape the garland over the arbor at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine so that it could be reused after their ceremony. At the reception, they were able to repurpose the garland by laying it out on their long head table with no trouble at all.
6. Eucalyptus, Silver Dollar or Seeded
There’s a reason why this green is everywhere these days. Eucalyptus has gained in popularity for its versatility and form, beautiful blue gray color, its soft fragrance and how well it holds up with event work. Kate and Mitch’s wedding in Portland, Maine had 18 Farm Tables and required at least 150 feet of ‘Silver Dollar’ Eucalyptus garland. Henry + Mac captured the drape of the Eucalyptus perfectly in this image below.
Business in the front. Party in the back. This is a wonderful, thick green, best used for larger pieces, mantles and garlands. Occassionally, you can find smaller leaves at the tips of the branches, that are great for smaller centerpieces. Admittedly, we don’t have enough of an opportunity to use this fine specimen (as evidenced by the random photo I found online) because we book most weddings in the season when Magnolia is not available at the Chelsea Flower Market. However, we do use it in our Thanksgiving floral and winter indoor (and outdoor) decorations.
7. Hanging Amaranthus
I had too many pictures to choose from. All you need to know is that this dramantic “green” is just that. DRAMATIC. Commonly referred to as “Love Lies Bleeding” this plant/flower/accent does the job. It’s best used when it can hang loose. Let gravity do the work! We try and support our local flower farmers as much as we can during the growing season. Lucky for us, Maine is home to…15 flower farms? (Actual statistic pending until I get confirmation from MOFGA).
9. Bay Leaf
The first thing you’ll notice about this green is the earthy, minty scent. This is not the kind for cooking, by the way. This Bay Leaf has long, narrow leaves. A nice alternative to ‘Diamond’ Eucalyptus because it’s more green than gray. I love the structure of this green and how well it holds up out of water. We used Bay Leaf for this little flower girl’s crown. Simple and sweet.
10. Italian Ruscus
The LBD in everyone’s closet. Cost effective. Glossy. Richly colored. Pointed leaves. Holds up without water. Ruscus is versatile. Wonderful for boutonniere and corsage work but also perfect for large designs. Ruscus also makes a great, simple garland*. A few bunches of the long stuff laid along the centerline of your table will create an easy tablescape. *Weight that lightweight Ruscus down- with candles, flowers…something. If the slightest breeze comes through your tent, Ruscus will not stay put.
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We had the pleasure of providing the flowers for Tara + James’ wedding on September 29th at The Stone Barn. The Stone Barn is a part of St. Joseph’s College and is situated at Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine. She of the Woods & Malorrie Ann Photography photographed the day.
Tara’s bouquet was wild and textural with rich, varying tones of yellow, tan, taupe and chocolate. We incorporated Crocosmia pods, Miscanthus grass, Seeded Eucalyptus and Copper Beech leaves to give Tara’s bouquet volume and interest.
Karina is an identical twin. I didn’t know this until I arrived on site at Live Well Farm and handed the bridal bouquet to the her, only to see (who I thought was) her again a few hours later holding a Bridesmaid bouquet and wearing a white gown. Their resemblance was incredible!
Karina + Seth met in College at Northeastern and moved to Cambridge. Karina grew up in Spruce Head, Maine and still returns to visit friends and family. Choosing Maine as a destination for their wedding seemed to be a no brainer. Live Well Farm is located in Harpswell, Maine- just a short drive from the town of Brunswick, where Bowdoin College is.
Karina and Seth pose by the water in Harpswell, Maine
Karina opted for subdued colors; muted shades of mauve, taupe and sand. We used ‘Amnesia’, ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Sahara’ Roses with accents of wine colored Ranunculus and Sarracenia orchids.
Tori + Steve were referred to us by Emily Hricko of Emily Elizabeth Events, who also happens to be Tori’s older sister.
Lindsay Hackney Photography of Derry, New Hampshire photographed their wedding.
Their 3-tiered cake was provided by Let Them Eat Cake, out of Kennebunk, Maine.
We added flowers to the top and alternating tiers.
Pictured here are ‘Juliet’ Garden Roses, (watch the video link to learn all about this amazing flower), orange Ranunculus and cream Lisianthus.
Krista + Victor married on Friday, July 6, 2018 at a private, oceanfront home in Freeport, Maine.
Heidi Brisette, owner of SHE Luxe Weddings was the mastermind behind this wedding. The design was all about romantic white flowers and dripping, vining, greenery.
The clear top tent had hanging structures with draping greenery and Hanging Amaranthus.
Krista and her wedding party embodied casual sophistication. We paired crisp white flowers against rich greenery for contrast.
Jaimee Morse Photography captured this day and night perfectly.
A customer called us the other day to order flowers. While I took her order, she recalled how she used to buy Delphinium from Amy for $1/ stem many years ago. This was the first I'd heard of it.
Amy grew up in California where she experienced the magic of flowers in bloom year round but it wasn't until after she had gone to college (where she studied Art Education), then worked as a boat broker, got married and settled down before she revisited her love of flowers and plants.
She got her start when she bought 700 Hybrid Delphinium plants from Ball Seed (their minimum at the time) and planted them in a 800 square foot garden beside her garage. She grew the cut flowers and sold them to neighbors and Skillin's Greenhouses.
It was from then that Amy got attention for her gardening and floral design talents. Not long after, she booked her first wedding and garden design client and the rest is history.
Valentine's Day is an exciting time in the world of retail. In preparation, Amy will head to the market to hand-pick the prettiest flowers she can find. What's nice about February is that spring flowers are just starting to become available in the North East (Daffodils...Tulips...Hyacinth... Lilac...) And, of course we'll have roses-even garden roses.
We'll be delivering all day and are willing to travel all over the mid coast and even down to Portland.
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This styled shoot was a collaboration between Amy, her eldest daughter, Jacqueline Maloney of Asheville, NC, local sculptor, Susan Perrine and Jennifer Battis Photography. Together these women wove a story of how Maine's waters and deep woods lend themselves to the joy of art and romance with a bit of whimsy thrown in.
Homage was paid to the natural world through the hand dyed and sewn cloth and fibers used by costumer, Vanya on Jackie's gown to the bold, twisted and intertwined branches and twigs of Susan Perrine's sculptures and through the lens of Jennifer Battis' camera.