Autumn colors were perfect for Barbara and Jimmy's gorgeous, love-filled wedding shared with so many wonderful family members and friends in early September.
The venue, 26 Bridge Street in Brooklyn, is a
magnificantly-renovated open loft-space in a
former foundry nearly the water. With steel
beams, wood floor, brick walls, glass ceiling
windows and authentic foundry doors,
26 Bridge Street was perfectly prepared for a
ceremony amid the Butternut Gardens' birch
chuppah and family style dining at twenty-six
How often does one chance a glimpse out such a perfectly simple, yet utterly awesome window as this? Each window frame is 1' x 1 1/2' in size!
Such a marvelous backdrop for a light beverage and conversation before the ceremony, and champagne and cocktails following.
If I do say, the Butternut Gardens birch chuppah is in and of itself truly beautiful.
I literally have been known to press my hand against the black-speckled white bark of the birch poles, just because.
Something about it just touches me inside.
On this September afternoon, the chuppah was especially beautiful because we had the wonderful good fortune to drape across it a lace-fringed antique family heirloom from the groom's family. Thank you.
We know that beyond its physical beauty, it was enriched with an entire fabric of memories from others dear to this lovely couple.
Boy, was that ever special. I can't even begin to describe how that made me feel. Humbled and privileged just for starters. (I guess I had to begin somewhere, after all.)
Farm tables seemed to run forever; flowers too.
A sprig of Rosemary graced each place setting.
Such a nice welcoming touch.
I loved using six different colors of raffia to encircle different sprigs.
Most exciting was being given the go-ahead to mix and match the table arrangements and to use herbs, vegetables, and any other fun amenities, as well as flowers.
Mix and match is usually quite welcome, allowing for significant creativity and added interest on the tables.
Vases of deep green and blue colored glass, ivory china, and mercury glass juleps and pedestals worked beautifully together!
One of my favorite clear glass vases is this one.
It seems to offer the stems the perfect angle for repose.
I think what I like most about it is it is a rather thin glass, which, up close, has a slight tinge of green/blue coloration. I think it is its more delicate, thin quality which most appeals. Gives it such a vintage look and feel.
Herbs have universal appeal.
A number of tables paired cut flower arrangements with herbs potted in light terra cotta bowls or rectangle planters. Potted strawberry plants snuck their way in as well! So refreshing.
Fall is a great time of year to incorporate a whole bounty of lush botanicals.
Cabbages and kales come in so many varieties. Do you want flat or rippled leaves? Soft green leaves? Or bicolor white and green or pink and green?
Once I opted for this oversized ornamental kale, how could I say no to the white dinner plate dahlia? Broom corn, arching Baptisia foliage and aster accents completed this particular design.
Also showcasing seasonal vegetables were a series of hurricane lanterns.
Around the base sat kale, peppers, tomatillas, green beans and more amidst our mixture of blooms.
What glowed from within the lanterns? Sprigs of cut herbs, of course!
An extra special member of the wedding party made my day as he showed off his floral attire.
Throughout the design process, my underlying thought was, "How will this color bloom match his natural color?" I couldn't wait to see.
Thank you, Barbara and Jimmy, for allowing me to be part of this beautiful day. The love of family and friends was all-encompassing. 26 Bridge Street is awesome. Thank you to Yne Leal Still Photography in Brooklyn, NY for sharing such lovely photos of the day. Thank you also to KanKan Yu, of Washington, D.C., for her spectacular photographic skills. I loved working with my New York-based team of "family" - Emily, Dorothy, Kristen and KanKan - who made it all sparkle, and brought the vision to fruition. Love to all. A special day it was.