Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Modern and Chic State Room Wedding

This past weekend, I had the honor of attending the wedding of my friends, Robin and Karin. They have been together for the past seven years, and decided to get married at The State Room located in downtown Boston. The Great Room is one of the most stunning venues in the city, with floor to ceiling windows showcasing a tremendous view of the Boston harbor and skyline. During the ceremony, there was a bit of cloud cover, so it looked like the windows were made of frosted glass, which actually fit in really well with their modern theme.

The wedding colors were a mix of orange, white, and gray, with hints of pink flowers in the cocktail hour space. The decor consisted of hundreds of square white candles, large vases filled with long pieces of driftwood, and whole white phalaenopsis orchid plants. The bride wore an absolutely gorgeous Pronovias gown, with a train flowing with delicate ruffles. The bride's bouquet was made of white phalaenopsis orchids, and the bridesmaids carried bouquets of white peonies.

The escort cards were laser etched clear blocks with ribbon matching guests' meal preferences. Favors were French-style jellies, beautifully packaged with their names and wedding date from L.A. Burdick. All of the programs and menu cards were clean-lined and simple, matching their wedding invitations perfectly. The three tiered phalaenopsis orchid decorated square cake was made with a buttercream frosting that looked like it sparkled, and it was placed on a clear block stand filled with smaller branches and more orchids.

The lighting made a really dramatic impact, especially after sunset. There was pin spotting on all of the centerpieces, and up-lighting that changed colors throughout the night behind their nine piece band, and on all of the columns. Everything about this wedding was so modern and chic!

Did you see the bride's unbelievable dress? It really was one of the most gorgeous dresses I've ever seen on a bride. When Karin walked down the staircase and down the aisle for the ceremony, I literally had my hand covering my open mouth in awe of how beautiful she looked. Robin and Karin, congratulations again and I hope you are enjoying your honeymoon in Italy!


Monday, June 29, 2009

Sweet Love Bird Wedding Invitations

I love this invitation set because it's simple, yet filled with sweet details. A pair of love birds are in both the invitation card and the response card, and they are sitting on a whimsical swirl. The cards are made of a pearlescent metallic white cardstock, with a matching outer envelope, and a crimson metallic red invitation backing and response envelope. The meal choice icons were my favorite to design, with the choices of beef, fish, or vegetarian.

If you are interested in these invitations, or would like a custom design for your wedding or event, please contact me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Theresa and Marty's Wedding - Boston Park Plaza Hotel

This past weekend, Fiona and I were the day of coordinators for Theresa and Marty's wedding. After a long week of rainy weather predictions for Saturday, the skies seemed to clear just for them! It didn't rain at all, and it was cool, dry, and beautiful for their big day.

They got married at St. Mary's in Charlestown, and then had a reception for 150 guests at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The Georgian Room was decorated with floral centerpieces of peonies, hydrangeas, and roses, in hues of white, green, and orange. Their favors were sugar cookies placed in heart shaped boxes made by one of the bride's relatives in the Philippines. Instead of a traditional guest book, there was a wishing tree where guests wrote their wishes on cards, and tied them to the tree branches with ribbon.

Their wedding day was filled with so much joy and love. During the toasts, the bride's father brought everyone to tears and even received a standing ovation from all of the guests! Another sweet moment was when everyone cheered when the bride's grandparents were the last couple dancing during the "Anniversary Dance" for being married for 60 years =)

Here's a sneak peek of some wedding details!

When the professional photos arrive, we'll definitely share them with you, and talk about more details from this fabulous wedding! If you're looking for a day of coordinator for your wedding, email us at info@pinkorchidweddings.com.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Menu cards for the guests and the kids!

When it comes to food, some wedding venues definitely rise above others. I was fortunate to have some of the best wedding food I've ever tasted at my venue, Veronique Ballroom. Longwood Events has multiple venues, including Veronique Ballroom and the State Room. I had previously attended weddings at the State Room, and the food was phenomenal, so I knew that since the menus and chefs were the same, the food would be just as good at Veronique!

With great food, comes beautiful menu cards, right? Of course! I was very happy with our hand-picked five course meal, and had to make sure that every guest had their own menu card to read. These menu cards were tucked into each dinner napkin, and were made of a pearlescent metallic white card stock, backed with a metallic crimson card stock. Each menu card had six hand glittered orchids, and was personalized with our names and wedding date.

I also wanted to make sure that all guests took advantage of the full open bar, so at the bottom of the menu card, there was a line that read: All beverages at the bar are complimentary all evening. Please help yourself!

In addition to the menu cards for guests, I wanted to do something special for the kids. I created separate kids menus, that were tucked into the dinner napkin of each kid's place setting, along with a box of crayons, and a coloring book. For these menus, I used a cute handwriting font in multiple colors, and tailored the menu just for the kids!

I think the kids menus were such a cute touch! If you are interested in menus for your wedding or event, please email me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com.


Monday, June 15, 2009

A quick way to find stress relief

Do you ever feel like you just need that moment in the day to breathe and try to relax? Bath & Body Works has a great product called Instant Aromatherapy Stress Relief. Studies have shown Eucalyptus essential oil eases stress and calms the body and mind, while Spearmint essential oil can ease mental fatigue and stress.

This perfect little stress reliever is great for an upcoming bride, or just anyone who wants to feel calm and at ease for a moment in their day. Just roll it on your wrists, rub them together, and then breathe in deeply.

The best thing is that usually the price is $10, but Bath & Body Works is having a semi-annual sale and these are 75% off. So, some stress relief will only cost you $2.50 plus tax.

If you were looking for something to relieve the stress in your day, hopefully this will help a little bit!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Simple and Elegant Chair Reservation Cards

I always love the little touches in weddings. During wedding ceremonies, usually the first row or two are always reserved for relatives of the bride and groom. For my own wedding, I wanted to specifically designate the chairs of our parents and grandparents in the first row. This little touch was probably not necessary since they would have found their way to those seats anyways, but I thought it was nice to acknowledge them in this small way with six chair reservation cards.

The reservation card was personalized with their name and with their relationship to the bride or groom. The pearlescent metallic white card was simple decorated with a single glittered orchid, with a metallic brown card stock backing, and pink satin ribbon in between the two cards. This ribbon was used to tie the card between the rungs of the mahogany Chiavari Chairs in my ceremony.

last two photos by BKB Photography

If you would like to have some chair reservation cards made for your wedding ceremony, please email me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ceremony programs with some double happiness!

I had a lot of fun creating these wedding ceremony programs. There were many design elements that my clients wanted, so I tried to incorporate all of their ideas into the program. This included a damask pattern, vintage flourishes, a cluster of flowers, and even a little double happiness character hidden in those flowers.

The pink and green themed program was one single sheet of champagne colored pearlescent metallic card stock, folded in half with a light pink double-faced satin ribbon bow as a romantic embellishment.

If you have some ideas for your own wedding ceremony programs, email me at info@pinkorchiddesigns.com and we'll work together to make it happen!