Monday, June 28, 2010

Wed-cap: Flower Power and Sweet Treats

In addition to our photographers whom we loved, we also had a really great florist and baker. We hired Hilary from Fleurtations to make our bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony arrangement and flowers for the cake (my mother-in-law took care of the reception flowers...more on that later).

When I met with her last fall, I showed her a few inspiration photos and told her that my three favorite flowers are roses, peonies and hydrangeas. I wanted an all white bouquet for myself and for the bridesmaids I wanted bouquets with various shades of light and dark pink. The bridesmaid's bouquets were a mix of roses and peonies and for the jr. bridesmaid she used just three pink roses which turned out to be the perfect size for the girls. For the ceremony, I wanted one large, all white arrangement using hydrangeas as the primary flower.

I must say that Hilary did an AMAZING job! When the bouquets arrived I literally jumped up and down and clapped my hands with excitement. They were EXACTLY what I wanted. I was so happy that Hilary really listened to my ideas and not only met but exceeded my expectations. I loved the bouquets! I also thought the ceremony arrangement was really beautiful and has really added to the ceremony photos.

*my bouquet- roses and peonies*

*It was the perfect size for my small frame*

*The Bridesmaid bouquets*


*The jr. bridesmaid bouquets in comparison to the bridesmaid bouquets*

*The ceremony arrangement*

For the cake we hired Shawna from Sweet Creations Cakes. I loved working with Shawna, she was always incredibly responsive to my emails and when we had our tasting with her last fall we immediately liked her. Her flavors were delicious and she helped us come up with the perfect design. We went with 3 square shaped tiers with a different flavor for each tier. The bottom was vanilla with strawberry filling, the middle was chocolate with raspberry filling (I didn't get to taste the middle layer so I'm assuming it was actually chocolate) and the top was carrot cake (we ate the top tier after the honeymoon). She used buttercream icing with a black fondant ribbon around the bottom of each layer.

Hilary provided the flowers and Shawna placed the flowers on the cake. I really wanted a simple flower cake topper with a few flowers on each layer. I was so excited when I saw the cake after the ceremony, once again it was exactly what I had wanted. I thought it looked beautiful and tasted wonderful.





12 comments:

Chocolate Lover said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love peonies!

Ailish said...

It's all so pretty! I want a chocolate fudge cake for my wedding cake though :D

bananas. said...

Looks fabulous...yet again! You did a great job picking vendors. I'm telling you....you need to write a book. Or change careers to a wedding planner. No? Well alright. Lol.

april said...

Very pretty! The bridesmaid flowers look light and that's very nice. I carried hydrangeas in a wedding I was in and they were so heavy. I nearly broke my arm carrying my sister's during her ceremony. Who knew flowers could be so heavy? I love all the pinks.

The cake looks delicious. I think I had the same cake knife (and server). Still have it, but I'm too lazy to polish it.

KLaw said...

Gorgeous! Making me hungry too :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

All the flowers turned out so pretty! I love peonies :)

Marian said...

Your flowers are gorgeous. I love them so much I actually think I may steal some of your photos and share them with our florist for ideas. Seriously, they are perfect!

Bicoastal Bride said...

The bouquets look gorgeous, as do all the rest of the flowers! I was also so excited and impressed when I saw my flowers, especially since they were an area where we tried to save. Our florist really went above and beyond for us.

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

Everything looks amazing! I think your bouquets are the perfect size and that is something I wish I had clarified more with my florist. My bouquet was way too big (beautiful, but too big) which made it a pain in the rear to try to carry around all day as you'll see in my future recap :)

And that cake not only looks great but sounds delicious...you lucked out on those details lady!

amber said...

The flowers look gorgeous. The cake too! I have my heart set on buttercream frosting, but I'd heard that it's more difficult to work with than fondant. But the detail on yours proves it CAN be done, so I'll bring that photo with me when I meet with bakers :)

Gaynor said...

Everything looks great; the flowers are beautiful.

Mrs T said...

Your flowers are so pretty! So glad you were thrilled with them.