Friday, May 8, 2009

Lovely Things

The parents of a good friend of mine were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, so I offered to do the flowers for their party. I love an excuse to get my hands on big bunches of flowers. We filled my friend's garage with buckets of flowers and turned it into a flower shop for a day. Petals were flying! Unfortunately, I forgot my camera at home. Rats.

I did have the chance to snap a few pictures at the party. Here's one of the table centerpieces:

The theme was black, white and gold. I used a mix of white flowers, curls of black ti leaves and some swirls of gold painted bear grass. Here's a close-up:

My friend decorated the room with white tulle and butterflies. Here's a fuzzy shot (yep, a good camera is still on my wish list):

There were enough flowers to make a couple of arrangements for the buffet tables:

Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera to the ladies room to take a picture of the fun arrangements I made for the bathrooms with leftover flowers. You'll have to take my word for it, they were inspired...

My friend's mom told the story of how on their wedding day, the photographer showed up hopelessly drunk. He snapped a picture of their wedding cake and then disappeared. Shortly after that, the elaborate cake fell to the floor. So the one and only picture they had of their wedding was of a cake that no one got to taste.

My friend decided to recreate the top of their wedding cake for the party:

After 50 years, they finally got to have their cake and eat it, too.

Also on the subject of lovely things, Kelly has nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award. Thanks, Kelly!

You are supposed to pass it on to some lovely blogs that you've discovered recently.
Here are a few blogs I've found more recently, which I find lovely for one reason or another - humor, warmth, family spirit, creativity...definitely worth a visit:

Anne Spollen
Debbie at Suburb Sanity
K at Interstitial Life
Donna at Looking Forward and Back
Mary at Resident Alien

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!


ICQB said...

Great flowers! My parents owned a flower shop. When I tried my hand at arranging, my mom said, "I think Dad needs help with the books."

PJ Hoover said...

Wow! I am impressed and amazed once again!

Bish Denham said...

Beautiful, beautiful flowers. You are very talented!

Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

You are welcome!
The floral arrangements are gorgeous!! Enjoy your mother's day weekend!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh wow. I am speechless. Those are positively amazing.

Rena said...

Beautiful work, Adrienne. I love how high the centerpieces are. There's nothing worse than sitting at a table and not being able to see your guests. You did an awesome job! Very cool story about the cake too.

Congrats on the blog award!

Debbie said...

Awwww. Aren't you sweet! Thanks for the award. It really means a lot to me that you thought of passing it along to me.
Your flowers are incredible. What talent.
And the story of the drunk photographer and crashed cake? Now that is a sad thing indeed.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a talented lady you are. So impressive.

Happy Mother's Day, Adrienne!

LW said...

What stunning flowers…..
You did a wonderful job…..

Congrats on the blog award!
And have a wonderful Mother’s day….


Anne Spollen said...

Gorgeous job with the flowers - you are so creative!

And thanks for saying that about my blog.

Have a great Mothers' Day! : )

Angela said...

Wow...amazing flowers and I love the height. Perfect and unique.

Great story about the cake!

Vodka Mom said...

Just stopped to say Happy Mother's day!!!

sruble said...

The flower arrangements are gorgeous! I love how you've mixed the flowers and greens and ribbon together. Wish you could do the ones for my mom and dad's 50th this summer :)

The cake looks beautiful too, and delicate. Glad they got to eat it this time!

BTW, wedding photos 50 years ago must have a curse on them. My parents lost all their photos and only have a couple now, from family members that have passed on.

adrienne said...

Sruble - Thanks, and congrats on your parents' upcoming 50th!
The ribbons in the arrangements are curled leaves - a trick I like.

How strange and sad about the pictures - I'm glad they have a few at least!

sruble said...

Curled leaves? Cool!

Maybe I can ask people to bring old pictures or wedding pictures to the anniversary party. That way they'll have a couple more :)

adrienne said...

Sruble - Excellent idea!