Wednesday, October 27, 2010


jane recently did the flowers for jenna von oy's wedding. you may remember jenna as "six" from the tv show blossom. well jenna is all growed up now and she looks the same as she did years ago.  her wedding was held on one of the most gorgeous fall days i have ever seen, bright crisp sunshine, golds and reds bursting from the trees.  honestly, she couldn't have ordered it better. the wedding and reception were held at a quaint bed and breakfast in newtown, ct. an added bonus to the flowers turning out so lovely was people magazine doing a short piece on the wedding and mentioning just for you! you can check out the link by clicking here.

i'm excited to share the photographs of  jenna and brad's wedding day with you, when, you guessed it, they come from the photographer. for now a sneak peek at jenna's bouquet will have to do. (jubilee events coordinated the wedding so you know it's one you'll want to see!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

sassy mouth photography

with winter lurking just around the corner, i wanted to share these beautiful photographs from the lyman property in middlefield which were taken by marisa balletti aka sassymouth. they are gorgeous landscapes, but luckily marisa doesn't stop with nature photography. she is also a talented wedding photographer with whom we have had the pleasure of working with on a few weddings. her enthusiasm for what she does is contagious, and aren't those just the type of people you like to work with in life?

Friday, October 22, 2010

why we do what we do

when someone does their job right, they make it look very easy. case in point: the beautiful bouquets and arrangements for jane's weddings are, almost without exception, exactly what the bride had pictured in her mind. but i'll let you in on a little secret: getting to that finished product, creating that picture if you will, can often be a crazy, maddening process. whenever you work with natural materials you can never count on mother nature providing exactly what you want. she's not a factory and she'll give you what she wants in the end. colors can vary, sometimes greatly, even if you have specified, checked with the growers, and accounted for the season. extremes in temperature can affect the flowers and their transport and sometimes flowers can be way smaller than you wanted or hugely bigger than you aimed for. and don't even get me started on deliveries on wedding days! but there are moments, happily many of them, that remind us why we do what we do. the look on our brides faces when they see their bouquets for the first time is a look and feeling that if i could bottle, would make me a very wealthy woman. we also have the pleasure of working with brides, like ismini, a recent bride of ours, who make us feel good about what we do and they pay it forward in a touching way. i'll share a little excerpt of her thank-you note to jane:

Everything was stunning!

I must also say that my bouquet left me completely breathless! I absolutely cannot tell you how much I loved it! Thank you soo sooo much! We received so many compliments, and I have friends that cannot keep mentioning the bouquet. J I, myself cannot keep thinking about it! J

The day after the wedding, we actually dropped off the remaining flowers (we kept a number of the arrangements ourselves) to a nursing home nearby….so they continued to make people happy. Thank you sincerely- your arrangements really added so much to the day.

i don't think it gets too much better than that. here are some photos of ismini and her (now!) husband jerry's wedding day. (professional shots to come at a later date)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

cute find of the week

more cute stuff from etsy. you know, the "key to my heart" and all that.  i can think of a million different ways i'd use these in a wedding...incorporated into the napkin rings, into the centerpieces, as the cake topper...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

ashley's spring mix

we're slowly getting caught up with the professional photography from some weddings from earlier in the season, and this one was one of our favorites. it's funny, this wedding was at the start of our busy season just when we were gearing up for weddings, weddings, weddings. it seems like it was just yesterday. then you sneeze and fall has arrived. why is it that with each passing year time just seems to move faster than the last? 

our bride ashley's may wedding was held in the mystic/groton area and the weather was custom ordered sunshine, a beautiful spring day. the flowers were naturally styled with astilbe,  fressia,  peonies, and dahlias all in white with purple sweetpea for lovely contrast.  a sweet mix for an equally sweet bride. 

thank you to joseph's photography for these adorable photos!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

must have make-up

so this is a bit of a shameless plug, but this is a product worth sharing. and let's be honest, aren't the best beauty secrets passed on word-of-mouth from friends?

my sister-in-law nicole and her partner robin have over 40 years combined experience in the beauty/cosmetics world (and they are not even that old!). the first item from their new beauty line, a mascara called panthera was just released and is available at sephora. without even talking about the magic inside, the mascara container itself is a super sleek black tube with a panther head at the end. MEE-OW! the mascara formula itself was born from these two cosmetics queens' desire to create the kind of beautiful-long-lasting-deliver-results-as-promised-products that they themselves would wear. and they are no easy customers.

this long wearing mascara is just the thing you ladies need for celebrating your wedding day all the way til you board that plane for your honeymoon.

stay tuned for the rest of the ultraflesh line coming to a beauty store near you.

is it too early to share this?