Lucy and Sharkey wed at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in the heart of South Tampa on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. The bride carried a mostly white with a touch of blush coral bouquet of hydrangea, roses, spray roses, football mums, astilbe and hellobores, which we wrapped with natural burlap with a lace overlay and a vintage crystal brooch. The adorable flower girl wore a fresh floral crown we created with spray roses and variegated pittosporum. We added wreaths of variegated pittosporum tied to the church pews with turquoise satin ribbons. On the alter we placed two large vases filled with birch branches and topped with a bushel of white and lime green hydrangea, shades of coral roses, and green hanging amaranthys. We moved the wreaths and the the alter arrangements to the reception afterward.
The wedding guests were shuttled via trolley to the water front reception at the Davis Islands Garden Club. We created three different centerpiece designs. For the first, the bride asked us to use her antiqued glass lanterns. We created a ring around the lantern of white and lime green hydrangea, shades of coral roses, variegated pittosporum and touches of light blue tweedia. The second design was built in wooden crates the bride stained herself. We lined them with sheet moss and built a full arrangement using the same flowers from the lantern centerpiece with few pieces of hanging amaranthys for whimsy. We added several bud vases and mercury glass votives to finish the tablescape. The final design was the same as the crate, but we used a chicken wire basket instead. These three centerpiece designs came together, with the addition of more bud vases we scattered throughout the reception space, to create a welcoming, homey, fun environment.
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. - ~ Luther Burbank ~