Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Ritz-Carlton affair!

Our favorite thing is getting professional images of the work we have done for weddings. We never post 'un-professional' images, as our basic point and shoot cameras just never do the work justice! :)

With that being said, we just received a couple of images from a wedding we did back in March at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, FL.

This wedding was just stunning and when the ceremony and reception rooms were completely, it looked truly beautiful.

~The Ceremony~

The plan was initally to have the ceremony under a tent on the beach, however, unfortunately due to the weather the ceremony had to be moved inside. Considering the change, we still think it ended up looking beautiful. For the ceremony we created custom handmade, manicured boxwood 'hedges' to create a defined aisle, each boxwood hedge was topped with white hydrangea to create a very structured and manicured look. The boxwood hedges were then connected with white rose petals and hurricanes housing pillar candles.

The ceremony structure was also created out of boxwood with the addition of cherry blossom branches, white phaelenopsis and dendrobium orchids, white hydrangeas, etc. accented with hanging candles.

~The Reception~

The overall color scheme and theme for the wedding can only be described as a beautiful salute to Spring! Pale pink and celery green were the featured colors accented with shades of pink and pale peach. We also punctuated the room with gorgeous 12-15ft. tall palm trees designed with matching floral at the trunks of each tree.

In the centerpices we used beautiful antique green hydrangeas, blush and pale pink peonies, pink garden roses, pink tulips and roses, peach roses, pale peach amaryllis and beautiful pink cherry blossom branches.

We loved the combination of colors and textures as well as the use of natural chivari chairs with matching celery green chair pads and napkins.

Many thanks to Mary and Janet with Mary Kenealy Events for allowing Botanica to be apart of such a fabulous wedding!

Juline and Adam

We had the pleasure of working with a great Canadian Couple, Juline and Adam recently on their June 14th Wedding at The Don CeSar. We always loved our consultations with Juline and Adam when they came in town, they were such a fun and energetic couple! Below are just a couple images from the wonderful Damon Tucci, we also included a sweet note we received from the Bride, Juline.

A fun thing we loved that the Groom did - a costume change! We've all heard of Bride's having a costume change and changing into a new dress for the reception, but in this instance, Adam, our Groom was the one that did the changing! He wore a location appropriate linen suit for the ceremony on the beach and then changed into a black tux with a fuchsia tie for the reception. We LOVED this idea! And of course you know, it's a whole lot cheaper for the Groom to change than it is the Bride! :)

And now, a sweet note from our Bride Juline, that we received shortly after the wedding:

Dear Ian and Zoë,

I wanted to thank you for the absolutely stunning job you did on Sunday. Adam and I and our families and guests were so incredibly thrilled with the flowers! The chuppah was so beautiful. My bouquet and the bridesmaid's bouquets were exactly what I had envisioned. The centerpieces and the flowers on the head table were so gorgeous, I was thrilled.

Thanks again,

Juline and Adam had quite the roster of Vendors including, of course, the beautiful Don CeSar Beach Resort, The fabulous music of The Buzzcatz - who can get anyone on the dance floor, Damon Tucci Photography, Digital Wave Videography and the wonderful coordination and planning services of Mrs. Jennifer Fitzsimmons from A Friend of The Bride.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Andrea and Justin at The Sand Pearl

Not only do we love creative Brides, but when they are creative and have fabulous style, it's the total package. Andrea was such a wonderful Bride to work with! She has experience in the wedding industry and came to us from Orlando. She had a vision, however when it came to the decor she let us take her vision and run with it.

In this instance, the Bride allowed us take care of the concept and decor - soup to nuts! Botanica International Design Studio provided her with ceremony, cocktail hour and reception linens, aisle runner, chivari chairs and matching chair pads, napkins, chargers, lighting, draping, lounge furniture, the covering of her dance floor in vinyl and of course all of the floral!

So Brides out there, keep in mind - we can be your "one stop shop" in regards to providing all aspects of your wedding decor or even something as simple as just a wedding bouquet. We're here for all of your needs. :)

Below are some images from this FAB wedding!

The Bridal Bouquet

Andrea's bouquet consisted of several varieties of orchids, including ruffeled tulips and sweet peas.

The Groom's Boutioneere

Dorotonopsis Orchid - (try saying that 5 times fast) :)

The ceremony "altar"

When we get pictures of the aisle we'll post them, as it was such unique ceremony decor and we LOVE weddings that are out of the box. For Andrea's "altar table" we covered the table in wheat grass and loaded it with different heights of candles. It was so beautiful.

The Aisle Decor

We had two of these pieces on either side of her "altar table" and two at the back of the aisle. Something to note, as much as we love to make the "altar" area of your ceremony beautiful, it's also important not to forget about the back of aisle. A lot of your photos taken, are of people walking down the aisle, including one of the most memorable moments of when the Bride takes that first step and the guests and the groom see how amazing she looks for the first time. So why not create a beautiful backdrop that will make pictures that much spectacular?!

The Escort Card Table

The days of having a standard arrangement in the middle of a round table are now gone! Well, maybe they aren't quite gone yet, but it's always fun to present your escort cards in a unique way - a way that hasn't been seen by your average wedding goer - think outside the box ladies, the small details like this is what makes your wedding unique to you and your new groom. Here we used assorted plexiglass boxes accented with candles, wheatgrass and the same brillant flowers used throughout Andrea's entire wedding.

The Bride and her Maids

Andrea wanted her Bridesmaids to carry the same bouquet, however in order for them to be slightly different, we increased the concentration of magenta and hot pinks.

The Reception

Her table decor consisted of copper containers filled with lush arrangements and candles. We continued her color scheme by introducing copper crinkle taffeta linens, copper chairs with mando orange square chargers and chocolate napkins. Just stunning.

Dance Floor and Lighting

The best way to creat ambiance is with lighting and candles. A fun thing to notice about Andrea's lighting is we created custom gobos. Rather than your standard monogram gobo we took the design used in all of Andrea's paper materials, save the date, invites, escort cards, etc. and created custom gobos and projected them on the dance floor and splashed the walls and ceilings with it. Because of this, we covered her dance floor in a white vinyl. We explored the idea of covering it in copper, which would have looked amazing, however, when having extensive lighting, the white dance floor allows you to project images, etc. really featuring the lighting and gobos - so we decided to use the white as oppose to the copper.

The Dessert Lounge

With an oversize ballroom, a great use of space is to break the room up into smaller rooms and/or area with draping. In this case, Andrea's ceremony room was deadspace after the ceremony was over. Instead of letting it go to waste, we flipped the room during cocktail hour, transforming it into a dessert lounge. We used all chocolate furniture and accented it with mango orange and magenta pillows. It created interest and conversation with guests while at the same time continuing her color scheme and proved to be the perfect example of how decor can really 'transform' a space.

A HUGE Thanks to Debbie Glancy at The SandPearl Resort who was so amazing to work with and of course Garrett Nudd for perfectly capturing and providing us with such stunning images.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wedding Season in FULL Bloom!

Pardon the pun! But May was quite the popular and busy wedding month! We had several beautiful weddings all over Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando and Sarasota! Stay tuned as we will continue to post more pictures from these fabulous weddings as we get them in!

The wedding below was at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. It was our first time working with Nicole Kaney from NK Productions www.nkproductions.net and it was such a wonderful experience, she was amazing to work with! Below are a couple "sneak peak" shots taken by Jennifer Angeloro Photography. www.JenniferAngeloro.com

The wedding consisted of all coral flowers consisting of only roses and peonies. The bride's vision included all monochromatic arrangements, (pictured below) utilizing all roses for the large centerpieces and arrangements of peonies and roses for her low table arrangements. Her cake was a combination of both peonies and roses.