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Meeting Jess and Patrick was like a breath of fresh air. They came to our studio at the recommendation of their planner, Kelli from Swank Events . We met in May to talk flowers for their August wedding at Gore Place, in Waltham.
Jess, Patrick and Jess’s mom (who was in from Cali) came to the studio. We instantly loved their laid back vibe. Patrick was such a great sport too, making jokes and sweetly teasing the girls. (Or wait, were we teasing him?) That particular day our studio was s filled with flowers for a wedding, so we “oohed” and “ahhed” over the blooms. The couple wasn’t sure what they wanted for flowers, but they knew they wanted something simple, rustic and fun. They liked the look of Lindsey & Brian’s wedding, with a bit more color. Their ceremony was in a huge field, with cocktail hour in the garden, and reception at the carriage house. And here’s what we loved most – they worked with Kelli to plan alfresco dining outside the carriage house…with a food truck. Moira instantly knew we had to do market lights around the tables and a variety of beautiful garden flowers. Moira took Jess and her mom to the market in July. They had a blast!
Jess and Patrick are such genuine people. A few days before the wedding, Patrick called to ask for another pin-on. At the end of the call, he asked: “Will we get to see you at the wedding? We definitely want you guys to stay for cocktail hour!” On the big day, Moira and I were hesitant to grab a drink in the middle of the party. Until we saw Jess’s mom, who hugged us and said, “Get in there! Get a drink! Jess and Patrick want to see you!” That settled it. We grabbed a drink, not really expecting the couple to have a moment to say hi to us. As soon we walked in, they came over to us as relaxed as ever, gave us big hugs and said,”Thank you so much for coming. And thank you for everything. It is exactly what we wanted!!” Ahh…a breath of fresh air.
We were just going through the archives, and realized..WHAT? We never blogged about Alyssa and Andy’s wedding at the Taj?! Granted, this wedding happened when Whim was just a wee baby in our first year. We probably didn’t even know how to blog back then. Better late than never, right?
Alyssa and Andy’s wedding was planned by our gal Kelli at Swank Events. and Moira handled the floral design. The bride knew she didn’t want a heavy floral wedding, so Moira suggested going with a more candle heavy look, to create a soft glow without going over the top. She worked with Kelli to come up with the perfect candles/flowers to compliment the style elements Kelli was incorporating. Some tables featured candle centerpieces, others featured smaller centerpieces with bright pops of pink and green. And our personal fav? Moira was able to hang candles from the rafters, which glowed softly as the sun went down in the city. Ahh…perfection.
A big thanks to Kelli at Swank for asking us to be a part of Alyssa & Andy’s big day! We adore these photos by Joe Prezioso Photography
Oh, how we love fall weddings in New England. Especially when the couple is as awesome as Megan and Jeff.
We met Megan and Jeff last year in a coffee shop in Inman Square, and loved their laid back vibe. Megan is a food writer/blogger, so she brought us tons of photos of her favorite floral elements. We learned she adored flowers that appeared organic, textured and harvest-like for their October nuptials at Moraine Farm. They liked the idea of using bright oranges, deep reds & purples, chocolate browns, thistle, pomegranate, eggplants, cranberries, etc. We left the meeting feeling refreshed.
The big day came quickly and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Megan chose fall details to brighten up the tent and Moira’s flowers seemed to fit in perfectly. Megan looked amazing and Jeff looked so happy to see her for their first looks. What we loved the most? Even though the clouds tried threatening the day, the couple didn’t let that stop them from getting married outside among the beautiful bright autumn trees. Congrats Megan and Jeff!!
Photography by Kevin Jacobus Photography
Missy and Matt are such a great couple. We met with them on a super snowy day back in March at a cozy restaurant in Cambridge to chat about their September wedding. Missy is charismatic and funny…Matt is one of those quiet guys who throws a one liner into the conversation that leaves everyone in stitches. We loved their energy immediately.
For the wedding decor, they liked the idea of bringing some color to the all white tent at the Westford Regency...and although Missy never fashioned herself a “pink” girl, she ended up adoring pink garden roses, pink hydrangea, pink dahlias and daisies! She wanted the space to be soft and romantic..but most of all.. they wanted their wedding to be laid back and FUN. and I can see why. In addition to their sweet candy bar, hilarious tattoos of themselves and a “Fish for a Favor” station (Matt’s an avid fisherman!), these two barely moved off the dance floor at their reception! And neither did their guests! We were lucky enough to do the floral design and day of coordination, so we stayed for all the fun!At one point, I remember looking over at Matt playing the air guitar and Missy jumping around, spinning her dress to the music…and I thought..this is love. <3
Congrats Missy + Matt. We love you! Check out these beautiful shots from Summer Street Photography:
Ok – so we’ve been super behind on the blog. It’s been a CRAZY month. 5 weddings. 2 features. 168 tears of joy cried for our happy couples. You get the gist. =D
We are so lucky to have amazing clients who love us for who we are. And we are so so blessed to work and collaborate with so many creative people every day!
This is the story of how we wooed Matt & Steph with flowers…
By now you know a ton about our design for Matt & Steph’s big day. So, last week, I met with Steph to go over the wedding day timeline. I loved that she was wearing her Radiohead tshirt, and was ready with her notebook and seating plan. She’ll tell you she’s all over the place with the wedding planning, but she’s got her shiz together. We ordered some coffee and got to work on a timeline. Easy breezy. I’m not sure what I love more,that they’re getting married by a great friend and fellow meat lover, that they’re being introduced into the cocktail hour(“Who would want to miss that?!”)…OR that her son is playing a guitar solo in the middle of dinner…or that the cake has figurines of their family in pajamas?!
After the timeline, I oohed and ahhed over their engagement pics for a bit. Seriously, awesome. Yaritza Colon rocks. See more pics here.
Then, a week later, we met Steph, her son Drew and Matt at the flower market so Moira could get a sense of their style. We must say, Matt was officially our first client ever to stretch before hitting the market. He’s a Sports and Conditioning Coach – so it only makes sense he gets psyched up, right?
The flower market conclusions: the deep purple calla lily and burgundy dahlia still reign supreme…Among a few other sweet textures and wine inspired colors.
And get this: Moira’s ordered 95 glass vases for the big day..in a variety of sizes. YES. 95 vases. For a serious glow at the ceremony and reception. We’re pretty sure Florence and the Machine would be jealous of this unplugged show.
In other news, Jen’s working diligently on the Band Poloroid table names. Here’s a teaser.
Oh Oh! And, I ordered the vinyl records for guests to sign, which came in today. There is a bit of a surprise involved, so I won’t give it away, but we can’t wait for Steph and Matt to see.
Other than that, we’ve got T-5 days to go….and we can’t wait for this day. We’re putting in our song request now.
Nat & the Whim Crew
We first talked to Michelle on the phone early last year (when Whim was a wee baby!) from her new home in Tennessee. Phone calls are always interesting in the flower business because flowers are so personal…and we always try to meet our clients in person before their big day. We liked Michelle instantly over the phone though, learning she was Cambridge native and graphic designer. Michelle and Dan’s big day was planned for early June, at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center...and yay! she was using one of our favorite photographers Amie Fedora! We decided on simple calla lilies and hydrangea to match her navy color scheme. But the real fun came when Michelle landed in Cambridge two weeks before the big day…and we took her to the flower market! We instantly knew this girl had style! The vision changed a bit, especially when she mentioned some periwinkle, but we happily kept the budget the same and added some pops of color and texture. Moira even found hydrangea called “You and Me Together”. (Seriously, that was the flower’s name! Can you say adorable?!)
When we walked into her bridal suite on the big day, she gave us a group hug (we love hugsss!). And we were happy.
A huge congrats to Michelle & Dan! A lifetime of hugs to you both!
We met Colleen at a coffee shop to chat about her big day in May. She was a Harvard law student, waiting patiently for her fiance Tristan to return to the states from his home in British Columbia. We instantly loved her witty nature and her wedding organization skills. She adored peonies, roses and hydrangea (I mean really, what more could a girl ask for – love and peonies?!) and wanted a soft and romantic feel at the Lenox. We loved her even more when she told us she had always dreamed of having a huge fluffy bouquet. She and Moira bonded over Pride & Prejudice and all things romantic.
When we took Colleen to the market, she gravitated towards all things fluffy – pale pinks, whites and soft grey dusty miller. And she loved flowering dogwood branches – which we later found out were the official flower of British Columbia! Coincidence? We think not. Using this as inspiration, Moira decided on 3 distinct styles of centerpieces to draw guests attention around the room and match the vibe at the Lenox. One the wedding day, Moira filled her bouquet with peonies from France. It was going to be a great day.
The wedding day was everything and more. Our favorite moment was when Colleen threw her arms around Tristan as they saw each other for the first time. Our second favorite moment? Colleen brought her bouquet on her honeymoon. She just couldn’t bear to leave it behind. =)
Colleen & Tristan..we’re smitten. Congrats!
This is the story of how we proposed to Matt & Steph…
We were pretty darn eager to start brainstorming for Stephanie and Matt’s big day. Moira, Jen, Jenny and I turned on our music and got right to creating a proposal.
Matt and Steph left the design completely up to us. So we kicked off our meeting by reviewing the details. We had a good understanding of their style and what they wanted on their wedding day. Our goal was to cohesively tie together every aspect of their relationship – their love for music, wine, food..and fun. We knew this wedding was going to be something special.
Moira started with her vision. She imagined candles everywhere. Tall glass vases at up to 40” high, staggered at different heights, surrounding the entire room. Almost like piano keys…or flames..or lighters at a concert. Romantic, emotional, magical, intimate, relaxed…and most importantly, musically inspired. We got Moira’s vision right away…and we came to realize, it had that MTV unplugged feel.
THAT WAS IT….MATT AND STEPH..UNPLUGGED.
We nearly fell out of our chairs. It made sense…they’d been to over 47 concerts together..it was edgy, urban…and totally up their alley. From there we built the design. A candlelit ceremony that mimicked Florence and the Machine’s unplugged show… wine colored dahlias…a concert poster seating plan…custom signage..tables named after their favorite bands and a lyric…flowers inspired by each band…a Legend Wall in honor of Steph’s mom…2 guestbook options: a custom made music video or an autographed record. We designed the proposal like a CD cover, with every aspect included in the set list:
We sent the proposal to Steph and Matt with baited breath. We were psyched when our design plan was well received. They were completely open to our ideas and enhanced them with a few more of their own. And with a few minor revisions, we finished up the contract…(with coffee at Bloc 11, obviously).
And now…it’s go time! With a month to go…we’re getting the timeline in place….and a trip to the flower market scheduled in early July! Coming up on the next blog: Steph and Matt’s amazing engagement pics from Yaritza Colon and their quirky cake from Amanda Oakleef!
We were beyond excited to get the news that Style Me Pretty Massachusetts (SMP) wanted to feature Whim’s very own Somerville wedding on their blog! And as many of you know, this wedding has a special place in our hearts…. that’s because it’s my own wedding! Yes, I’ve planned many wedding and events in my day, but honestly, nothing is quite as crazy as planning your own. There was no question in my mind that Moira was going to design my flowers. And in this case, I speak as a client and not as Whim, when I say, WOW. When we walked into our wedding venue and saw beautiful garden flowers all over the room, my husband and I were in awe. It was almost as if Moira had read my mind, got into my brain and handpicked every single flower I loved. She transformed this quirky bowling alley space into something brighter and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I will never forget that. And I am thankful every single day for her awesomeness and intuitive sense of style and design at Whim.
Thank you to SMP, Katie Noble Photography (seriously amazing), my dear friend Jen O’Donnell at Cut Paste Love, Jen L. for your crafty sense and DOC, Flatbread, Cordis Confections and our family and friends who made our day unforgettable. We are enamored with you all!
To see more pics and read SMP’s blog, click here.
Love and hugs,