Friday, July 25, 2014

Lantern Centerpiece for Winter and Spring

Last post about lantern centerpiece designs featured this lantern and this box with summertime flowers.
But lanerns are great for any season. For late winter and early spring, the wooden tray can be filled with cool season flowers such as pansies, hellebore, Winter Daphne, daffodils and anemones. These flowers are available (depending on the weather in the South) from mid February through April.
And for year round interest consider using lanterns with flower strewn wreaths.
This wreath was created with loosely woven of curly willow branches, then twined with mixed foliage such as Love-in-a-Puff vine, Dusty Miller, and a light scattering of peach colored spray roses. Other material can be used according to the seasons.
I love how versatile lanterns are, and so do many of my brides!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lantern Centerpiece Design for All Seasons

Lanterns continue to be a great design feature for wedding receptions. There are lots of ways to dress them up with and without flowers.  Here is one of my takes on lantern centerpiece designs.
It features a low wooden box in which the lantern is centered, then surrounded by seasonal flowers, foliage material and moss.
It's a great design that sits low enough on the table for guests to enjoy one another's company without the centerpiece blocking their view.
Flower choices change with the seasons. This design features summer flowers such as monarda, gomphrena, feverfew, zinnias, and succulents.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chantilly Snapdragons and Zinnia Bouquet for Early Summer Weddings

The garden beds continue to change as the summer season moves forward. It's time to say goodbye to Chantilly Snapdragons (for awhile)
They starting blooming in April and continued for a solid two months. This fall I will do two plantings about four weeks apart to see if I can get some later blooms.
They looked great with spring blooms like ranunculus and anemones, but they also work well with summer flowers.
The bouquet below features a pastel palette of Chantilly snapdragons with zinnias, feverfew, and laceflower (orlaya), and yarrow.
It's great to have flowers that transition from one season to another. I have several brides who are looking forward to seeing these blooms in their spring and summer wedding designs!