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Autumnal Wedding on the Water

Alex and Billy's wedding day was surrounded by natural beauty, from the rippling waters of Maryland's North Beach to the lush plants and vegetation all around the venue.

For personal flowers, we designed lush, relaxed designs in soft autumnal colors and -- to coordinate with the bridesmaid gowns in the bride's favorite color -- added velvety blue elements to pull it all together.

The ceremony was initially set outdoors beneath a Polynesian-inspired arbor -- a beautiful location framed by trees and just a few steps from the edge of the bay. But when rain started to come down just moments before the ceremony was set to start, the wedding party and guests were all forced to run for cover into the nearby reception venue.

We, on the other hand, headed into the rain, discussing our back-up plan as we raced back to the van to grab the ladders. We hastily begin undoing the arbor installations and other ceremony florals, bringing everything into the reception tent, where a small garden arbor was being erected to serve as the ceremony backdrop. With large statement arrangements on pedestals and smaller floral accents on the backup arbor, the new ceremony site -- while indoors, instead of on the bay -- was beautifully appointed.

The reception venue decor -- in keeping with the bayside location -- evoked the decadence of a luxury yacht's formal dining room. The florals were designed with autumnal versions of the personal flowers: deep reds and oranges, corals and burgundy. Tablescapes were styled with vintage decor from our collection, flickering candles of various heights -- each ensconced in a glass hurricane -- and lush, aromatic fruit. The colors of the tangerines and pomegranates that were split open and displayed among the other items echoed the hues of the abundant floral arrangements.

The feature flowers of Alex and Billy's designs were dahlias -- some the size of dinner plates! Other ingredients you'll see in their gallery below include delphinium, lisianthus, cosmos, celosia, tweedia, strawflower, viburnum berries, jasmine vine, geranium, papyrus, and mint. All of the floral ingredients (with the exception of the delphinium and tweedia) were grown with love on our sustainable flower farm right here in Waterford, Virginia.

Photography: Laura's Focus

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