When I think about Caitlin and Christopher’s wedding day, it makes me smile. Caitlin and I met for our initial consultation at Starbucks, and we had an instant connection! She explained her vision to me, and I knew that I could make her dream wedding designs a reality. We kept in touch throughout her planning process, and we still keep in touch today. 🙂
Christoper and Caitlin met in August 2014 through mutual friends. Caitlin says that their first date was the most fun, unique first date that will forever be a great story to share. Christopher took her to a Drake and Lil Wayne concert with some of his close friends…. from that date on the two have been inseparable. The engagement happened on February 24, 2017 in the charming Rittenhouse Park that sits in the middle of downtown Philadelphia. The two were there to celebrate Christopher’s birthday, or so Caitlin thought…
Caitlin told me in our first meeting how much she loved flowers, so I wanted to make sure to pull in some really fun and unique items for her! She wanted her designs to be slightly inspired by the tropics, full of color and texture, bright, and bold – so that’s exactly what we created! We used a wide variety of blooms including ginger, poppies (seriously huge and amazing…not a common occurrence in the flower world!), peonies, ranunculus, monstera, roses, anemones, and so much more. The flowers could not have come together more perfectly!
We started the day by splitting up the team – half went to work on the hanging installation, while I worked on the ceremony installation. It was the most gorgeous spring day, sun shining…and butterflies everywhere! I had so much fun creating the ceremony design, I mean – an 8′ hoop covered in floral? Can’t go wrong! The aisle covered in fresh rose petals was just the right compliment to the arch.
While I was working on the ceremony, the rest of the team was working on the hanging installation under the tent in the reception space. Another 8′ hoop, covered with heavy greenery, a few pops of floral, and clear glass orbs with twinkling led lights. This is one of my favorite designs to create, especially when it’s centered over the dance floor…hello perfect photo op!
Once we finished these two installations, we moved on to placing the rest of the reception and cocktail hour designs. After we had completed everything, I remember standing back and looking from a distance and thinking…”Wow, they are going to love this!”. <3
I wanted the bridal party bouquets to be full of depth, dimension, texture, and color…and they were! Don’t you love the way they pop in these photos?! The boutonnieres were complimentary to the bouquets, and everything flowed together nicely.
Upon arrival, the guests were escorted to the ceremony space, where a string trio was playing soft and beautiful music. It really set the tone!
Once the ceremony concluded, guests went to cocktail hour where the mingled and enjoyed some delicious appetizers! We teamed up with Boarding School Collective to pull together this beautiful seating display…love the bold colors so much!
After enjoying cocktail hour, the guests made their way to the tented reception space. We created a few different styles of centerpieces for the guest tables to really add dimension to the space. We also had fun with the bars! We placed two potted palms on each side, a hand-made garland swag along the front, and pops of floral throughout. They really turned out beautiful, and were one of my favorite parts of the day! The dessert display was another neat feature!
As day turned to night, the tent just became more magical!
I asked Caitlin what her favorite part of the wedding day was, and she said, “Christopher tells our friends and family his favorite part of the wedding was seeing me walk down the aisle. I would say that my favorite part of the wedding was finally getting to be with him as well and enjoy the absolutely magical day that the best wedding team put together. When I got to the end of the aisle, our officiant had us take some time to look around, feel the love and take in the moment. It still brings me to tears to re-feel that moment. The stunning, colorful, eclectic flowers that accented the already natural beauty of The Greenhouse at Driftwood left both of us speechless. We look at the pictures and literally, we would do it all over again tomorrow.”
Caitlin and Chris, thank you so much for asking me to create your wedding floral designs! You were an absolute dream, and I appreciate you trusting me to bring your vision to life. Your wedding was truly magical, and I am so thankful to have been a part of it!
To read Caitlin’s thoughts on working with a wedding florist, please click here.
Venue: The Greenhouse at Driftwood
Planner: Westcott Weddings – Meredith Reyes
Photographer: Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons
Videographer: David Zacek
Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige
MUAH: LoLa Beauty
Furniture Rentals: Loot
Hoop Rentals: Mancino Iron
Tent + Lighting: Whim Hospitality
Signage + Paper Goods: Boarding School Collective
Napkins: La Tavola
Ceremony String Trio: Terra Vista Strings
Reception Music: ATX DJ
Wedding Date: 3.24.18