Blushy Summer Romance

Kelly & Pat's Fourth of July wedding at Jay Peak Resort brought elements of shabby chic, summer whimsy, and romantic elegance together in a way that was a true reflection of Kelly's personality. The bride made the bridesmaid dresses and collected countless vessels, candelabras, vintage books, and eclectic decor items for the reception.  We brought her vision together with a palette of blush, soft blues and greens, white, and ivory.  Featured flowers and botanicals included roses, peonies, ranunculus, tweedia, amaranthus, astilbe, nigella, and sea star fern.

Enjoy these sweet images by Grace Photography, courtesy of Kelly Cross.

Creatively Yours,
Sarah Jo

Why I Love April

There are many reasons why I love the month of April...
It's my birthday monthIt really starts to feel like Spring in Northern VermontMigrating birds come back and fill the previously empty winter air with songThe evening chorus of spring peepers DaffodilsCool damp earthWaking up to the sun through my east-facing bedroom windowFuzzy gray pussy willowsTaking my '62 Chrysler Newport out of winter storageWatching my son jump in puddlesDigging out the little stream that runs across the side hill Morning coffee on the deckThe feeling of rebirth and rising up that comes after a long northern winter Do you love April, too?  I'd love to hear why!
Creatively Yours, SJ

Farmhouse Estate Styled Shoot

There's nothing quite like mid-June when the peonies are all in bloom to take me back to the generational family farms of my roots.  I can taste my grandmother's jellies and sweets, hear the melodic chirping of meadow birds, and smell the first cut hay drying in billowing rows.  So, it seemed right to stage this wedding inspired shoot at the Barlow House, a quintessential Vermont farm estate, and bring all of these memories together.
I selected a focal palette of pinks and violets and filled in with lots of accent colors inspired by vintage china passed down to me from my Great Grandmother, Georgianna Farnham Willey.

Fragrant blooms from early Vermont gardens, including my own, filled the air with the sweet perfume of peonies and tea roses, and the peppery tickle of lupines.

Vintage lace, antique botanical prints, fresh sangria, berry pies, a sense of place...what's not to love?


Creatively Yours, Sarah Jo
-Vendor Love-
Photographer: The Light + Color Gown by Lilli…

Summer Wedding on the Lake

July 30th was a perfect summer day.   The sun was shining, the air was warm,  a light breeze moved across the lake... and Carolyn & Fergal tied the knot!   I loved bringing their alfresco summer vision to life.  
Thanks to Jaclyn Schmitz Photography for these stunning photos!

Carolyn wanted local flowers featuring bright, bold colors and textures.    I harvested buckets of fresh blooms from our favorite local grower and assembled carefree arrangements in an assortment of glass and ceramic vessels.

The ceremony and celebration took place on the shores of Lake Champlain at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont.   The setting was pastoral and serene, Vermont summer at it's finest!

Carolyn's bouquet featured an assortment of blooms and textures including zinnias, dahlias, ranunculus, snapdragons, astilbe, veronica,  scabiosa pods, tweedia, bachelor buttons, and grasses.

We love a good summer wedding, how about you?

"Natural Elegance" in Stowe, Vermont

I've been waiting all summer for this wedding!  
Merrill & Ryan tied the knot at a favorite family spot where Merrill has been vacationing since she was a child--the Stoweflake.  The ceremony was in the field behind the family's townhouse, followed by a reception under a sailcloth tent next to the Stoweflake's renowned garden labyrinth.  
When we were planning, Merrill described a "natural elegance" vision that would feature blush and peach, with pops of coral and mixed metallics.  We opted for big, blousy blossoms including hydrangea, dahlias and roses.  Miraculously, we even managed to include a few "Coral Sunset" peonies for the arbor (yes, on August 20th!)  
The roses were my favorites: en masse when I was processing them earlier in the week... and even better after they had a chance to open in the summer heat yesterday!

Merrill wanted a bouquet with some horizontal movement, unevenly trimmed stems and a blousy bow.   We poured over many inspir…

A Few of My Favorite Things

I was inspired by a friend to get back to blogging on a regular basis.  Since it's been seven months (oops!) since my last post, it's long overdue.  I'm jumping back in with a few of my favorite things from this wedding season...

Favorite bouquet

Favorite Wedding Venue

Favorite Wedding Photo

Favorite Gown

Favorite Design from a Fellow Designer

Favorite Color Palette
Favorite Adornment

Favorite Ring

What about you?  What are some of your favorites of the season?
Creatively Yours,
Sarah Jo

Welcome 2016 with Four Ways to Blush!

I suppose it is a sign of being busy when I haven't posted a musing since last January!  It is true that 2015 was full of amazing adventures, personally and professionally...perhaps some of those stories on another day.  Suffice it to say that we're welcoming 2016 with open arms and weddings we can't wait to celebrate in flowers!

Would you be surprised if I told you that "blush" is still trending here in Vermont?  Three years and still going strong.  This palette seems to be here to stay for at least another season.  Here are my thoughts on how to make it fresh.  What do you think?  What is your favorite way to "blush"?

Creatively Yours,

A few blushy favorites from 2015: