written by Janet Lee Harrold
Over the course of the 13 or 14 years that I have been working here at Cedar Grove Gardens, I have had many of opportunities to view, design, set up, break down and post about the hundreds, no actually thousands of beautiful wedding flowers that we create for newly married couples on a weekly basis. It’s not everyday that I get the opportunity to be invited and actually see the fruits of our labor throughout the entire day and blog about it on a personal level. This past fall I was able to attend as a guest- the beautiful bride Arianne is the daughter of one of Cedar Grove Gardens finest. Growing up as a teenager, Arianne also worked here at the shop for a couple of years to earn a bit of spending money so we like to think we watched her grow up. Needless to say I was honored to be invited.
On a typical day Arianne is a beautiful young woman inside and out, but on her wedding day-she was absolutely stunning. Her dress was breathtaking designed by Rosa Clara with lace and seeded pearls. The beauty that no one could see was the thoughtful sentiment that her mother had sewn in for her, it was to be her something blue. A remnant of her junior high school uniform where she met her first crush and now love of her life Mike. The blue plaid swatch with I love you embroidered in red also held her grandfathers wedding band close to her heart even if just for that afternoon.
Her bouquet was one of my personal favorites.
The Landscape outside of The Red Lion Inn was bursting with rich autumnal hues. Arianne and Mike’s first look photos were taken beneath a gorgeous red Japanese Maple surrounded by a warm golden and neutral backdrop that complimented the colors of the bridesmaids dresses and garnet colored calla lily’s, antique hydrangea , seeded eucalyptus, sweet pea and dusty miller that made up their lovely bouquets.
The Ceremony was to take place at the end of the enchanted staircase, lined with candle lit antiqued lanterns and flanked with floral accents that included O’hara garden roses, sprigs of lisianthus and green moss. The ambiance in the room was incredible. Below the staircase they stood underneath the amazing crystal chandelier where they recited their wedding vows and brought the entire room to tears. After the ceremony the guests were directed to the upstairs loft to enjoy the cocktail reception while the downstairs was transformed into a stunning ballroom like atmosphere for an evening of dinner and dancing. The table arrangements were quite fitting as garden roses, lisianthus calla lilies. sweet pea and textural greens encompassed a candle lit lantern, the fragrance of the flowers permeated the room and the guests were anxiously awaiting to see who the lucky person was that would get to take home the centerpiece.
The evening was certainly one to be remembered, but could not have been possible without the hard work of all the qualified vendors.
For starters. the beautiful images that you see above and so many more where taken by the fabulous Ali Rosa Photography, this was not our first experience with Ali, she also did the photos for another one of our co- workers weddings…we love how amazing, thoughtful and in- tune she was to everything important that day.
The D.J. was Nu Image Entertainment
The Cake was from Montilio’s Baking Co.
The venue was the Red Lion Inn in Cohassett
Flowers of course… who else but Cedar Grove Gardens
Hair Amanda Crocc AC Styles
Make up Heather Conley Make up Artist