So many wonderful couples came my way through two recent wedding expos in Connecticut. The welcoming Fox Hill Inn in Brookfield recently hosted a Wedding Steps Expo and was followed by another Wedding Steps Expo held at the gorgeous Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook. Wedding expos are a great place for couples to meet vendors, get ideas, and begin planning for their wedding day.
I love meeting with couples, often with families and friends, to talk flowers. While I don't have a lot of time to go into all the individual details of each wedding, I am able to answer a number of questions specific to a good number of wedding visions and also to comment on issues which most couples face. In addition, of course, I am able to talk about Butternut Gardens and how my Evelyn Lee Floral Designs often differ a bit from designs of others. I am the only flower farm in Fairfield County. My designs are definitely garden-inspired. They incorporate so much rich material fresh from the field and showcase a wildflower, or simply wild look. While tighter arrangements can be made, the looser, more natural feel is definitely what most brides seek when working with me.
As I design in the late weeks of autumn, I love
working in some of the best of the local vegetable
At both shows I decided to create an interesting
mix of blooms and veggies around a hurricane
lantern. You can see it here in the lower right. Kale,
carrots, peppers and more, including a soft plume
of broom corn sparkle among the mums, dahlias
Here it is closer up.
I was also able to bring a sweet arrangement showcasing a rustic look with zinnias and sweeping Baptisia foliage in a fabulous green vase.
Didn't you know, one of my delphiniums joined in!
It is not unusual for some of the spring-bloomers to send up fall blossoms.
You might notice, in your own landscape, for example, that the azalea near your house offers up a few blooms at this time of year.
Nature has its wonderful own way, and I am absolutely willing to work with it.
Hence, a striking blue accent to this lovely grouping.
Brides dream of their bouquet.
So, how could I go to an expo without some hint of what a bouquet might look like?
For both shows I took a lavender and white combination which popped with dahlias.
Deep purple, ivory and lavender ribbons flowed, and how could I help but sneak in some totally awesome ornamental kale with its soft green and lavender-pink lacy leaves.
To add to the softness of it all, dusty miller nestled in quite nicely as did one of my favorites - the grey-blue ageratum.