Spring Blooms

 

Spring floral design using spirea, ranunculus, butterfly ranunculus, lilacs, hellebore, and fritillaria in shades of purple and blush pink.  Photos taken by Sarah Jayne Photography at Salt & Grove, a natural light studio, located in Newburyport, MA.

Kristtyn & Colin’s Woodstock Inn Wedding

Vermont…arguably one of my favorite places on earth and the location of Kristtyn & Colin’s Woodstock Inn wedding.  If you’ve never visited this quintessential, darling New England inn, you must go.  Nestled in the heart of Woodstock, the inn is equal parts grand and cozy, managing to make you feel both pampered and “at home”, simultaneously.  Around each bend is another inviting nook, perfect for the relaxation we could all use a bit more of.

And then there is Woodstock in the fall, another level of gorgeousness.  Surround by the amber tones of fall, and you’ll have no choice but to put on some flannel and immerse yourself into the Vermont lifestyle, which in my opinion, is oh so relaxed and cool.

OK, enough about my love affair with Vermont.  This blog post is about Kristtyn and Colin and the beautiful wedding they had there last fall.  Like several other clients I have worked with, Kristtyn grew up in California, so for many of their guests, this was a destination wedding, and what better New England spot to show your guests than this sweet little town and this gorgeous inn.

Their day started with a sweet first look in one of the inn’s courtyards and moved on to their ceremony, which was held at a quaint little church down the road.  After saying “I do”, back to the inn they went to party and dance with their closest family and friends in tow.

Design-wise, I love how Kristtyn and Colin brought a natural and organic feel to their wedding, very representative of Vermont.  We used lots of textural greens in their floral designs and even repurposed their greenery swags from the ceremony at the reception by creating a cool backdrop behind the head table.  Their color palette was also fitting for the season.  We used lots of natural, muted tones and paired them with deeper tones, like red, burgundy, and plum.

While it’s true that Kristtyn and Colin did have to dance in between rain drops on their wedding day, from what I saw, nothing got in the way of these two enjoying their day to the absolute fullest.  Their wedding was captured so perfectly by Chad from First Mate Photography, one of my favorite photographers to work with.  This wedding was absolutely one of the highlights from my 2016 season…it all rounded up to be a great experience, and I look forward to doing more floral design in Vermont and at the Woodstock Inn…did I mention I lOVE it there?!

 

Spring Floral Design Workshops at Salt & Grove

With the days getting a bit brighter, longer, warmer (ish), New Englanders everywhere are itching for Spring, myself included.  I decided this was the perfect time of year to kick off hosting some floral design workshops at my shared studio space, Salt & Grove.  Located in the heart of Newburyport, our studio is the perfect spot for having a group of people gathered to delve into something creative.  For many people, Spring means spending more time outside, gardening, and flowers, and let’s be honest, flowers just make you happier, something we all need after a long, dark winter!  Hosting Spring floral design workshops has been a great way to get people excited about one of our favorite New England seasons.

As you may have obviously guessed, I love flowers, and I actually have fallen deeper in love with them more recently.  When I originally started Sweet Annie, I loved flowers because I appreciated how they allowed me to showcase my creativity.  As I spend more time with them, I actually just really love flowers for what they are… for their differences, their shapes, the shape and movement they can bring to an arrangement, and for their color.  Really, I have become color obsessed lately…the blending of color, the gradation of it in an arrangement, and color variation, even within one single stem.

Something I love possibly even more than working with flowers is teaching others about them and how to work with them to create something unique and beautiful.  Hosting workshops is honestly one of my favorite things to do.  Having people gathered around, willing to try something they have possibly never tried, and having fun doing it is enlightening and good for my soul.  Our first workshop was this month, and it was such a success.  An awesome group of creative girls made their way to the studio on a cold (still winter-feeling) Saturday morning, we mingled over mimosas and Lil’s Cafe’s famous donuts (seriously, if you have never experienced one of these, you MUST make a trip up to Kittery to grab yourself one, or two, because honestly one is not enough), and then we dove into the flowers.  To honor spring, I decided on a soft, pastel based color palette and chose some of my favorite spring blooms, including hellebore, ranunculus, parrot tulips, and hyacinth.  After a brief demonstration, the girls got to work on creating their own arrangements.  I loved watching each arrangement come to life and how each one (though made up of all the same ingredients) came out completely different than anyone else’s.

This month’s workshop, shown here by the photography of Emily Theresa, left me feeling invigorated and inspired for Spring, the wedding season ahead, and to do more workshops.  I am so excited to announce that in addition to a sold out April workshop, I will be hosting two more Spring Floral Design Workshops in May and one in June!  Here are the Details:

Mother’s Day Floral Design Workshop at Salt & Grove

Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 am-1:00

A great way to spend the day with or celebrate any Mom in your life!

Mimosas and light breakfast refreshments included.

*Note: You do not have to be a mom or give this as a gift to a mom to attend 🙂

 

Peony-Focused Floral Design Workshop at Salt & Grove

Saturday, May 20th from 10:00 am-1:00

A workshop centered around everyone’s favorite spring bloom, the peony!  We will talk about and use several different peony varieties in our designs, as well as many other lush Spring blooms.

Mimosas and light breakfast refreshments included.

 

Garden-Inspired Floral Design Workshop at Salt & Grove

Thursday, June 8th from 6:00 pm-9:00

We will use ingredients that can be grown and used from your very own garden to create our arrangements, including herbs, like mint, lavender, and sage!

Mojitos and light cocktail hour appetizers included.

All workshops are $125.00 and include all supplies needed.  You can sign up by emailing Katie at hello@sweetanniefloraldesign.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian & Jason’s Misselwood Estate Wedding

We kicked wedding season 2016 off with some pretty gorgeous weddings, including Jillian & Jason’s Misselwood Estate wedding at Endicott College.  The backdrop of this New England venue is like no other, with the ocean meeting the rolling hills of the estate grounds.  Jill & Jason were lucky enough to have a picture perfect day, and that was just the beginning of the gorgeousness that was this wedding.  Jill hoped for a clean and classic look for the overall aesthetic.  Throughout our planning process, we talked a great deal about how to achieve this look through their florals, and we ultimately decided on designing a natural, lush, and clean look.  With a neutral color palette, we used lots of beautiful “fluffy” blooms, such as peonies, the bride’s favorite.  Knowing that the couple was headed off to Italy for their honeymoon, we also infused a bit of a tuscan-inspired aesthetic into their designs by using lots of textural greenery (including mint, sage and rosemary!) and olive branch garlands to adorn their tables during the reception.  The day was captured so beautifully by their photographer, Cambria Grace.  As always, I felt incredibly lucky to get to know this beautiful couple and to be a part of their wedding day!

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Floral Design Workshops at Salt & Grove, Newburyport

Upcoming workshops

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Fall-Inspired Floral Design

We are excited to be hosting two fall-inspired floral design workshops at our Newburyport studio, Salt & Grove.  For each workshop, we will create lush and organic centerpieces using the best and most beautiful blooms that fall has to offer.  After a short demonstration, you will create your own design to take home with you.  Light snacks and drinks will be served.

Please join us for a fun & creative experience!

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

6:00-9:00 PM

Workshop price: $119.00/person {includes all materials}

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Workshop price: $119.00/person {includes all materials}

Please email Katie at hello@sweetanniefloraldesign.com to register or to receive more information.

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