Tuesday, February 24, 2009


We just can't wait till SPRING!!!
It won't be long till we'll be working again with that can't-be-beat, gorgeous, fragrant, textural, delicate, luscious gift that are the flowers of spring!
This unique, casually elegant wedding showcases the best of the season.

Scented geranium enhanced the already heady fragrance of our Stoneblossom bouquets. We slipped in a few purple mokara orchids. The color was perfect.

Bridesmaids' bouquets were all unique.

This charming soiree took place at the historic Smith Abbleby House and Museum, a colonial RI gem built in 1696. We loved the rough-around the edges colonial look!

Wedding This Way!

Luminarias accented the New England stone walls. Magical after dark!

Angelic glamour against the rough-hewn backdrop!

Tulip and scented geranium boutonniere.

If only those fluffy peonies were available year round!!!

This shot on the little dock by the pond says it all....

Placecards set into wheatgrass with Olde English calligraphy

Classical music the perfect enhancement to the casual setting. Bass against Barn...

The Stoneblossom creative team was totally inspired by the venue and Bride's vision. Some creative chainsaw details:

The informality of Ball Jars overflowing with peonies, spirea and viburnum

And they were the perfect vessel for hanging votives in the tent and trees all around. 

The final memorable detail - hand-carved twiggy pencils in a bushel basket!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hot Summer Color at the New York Yacht Club!

Harbor Court is the summer digs of the New York Yacht Club and a fabulous venue it is! The grand Manor House is set atop a steep hill with the most amazing panoramic view of Newport Harbor and the Bridge.
This festive tented wedding was full of great detail and surprises at every turn!
Following the waterside ceremony we kicked things right into high gear with this decadent lounge area. Our color story of hot pink, orange and apple green begins here!

Bronze elephants with fez-capped monkeys and green cymbidium orchids were just one of the many cocktail table accents. The green wire-trimmed votives were a great match.

Plush custom seating with matching pillows made for the most popular seats in the house!

What's better than a pair of lovey-dovey love birds chirping in the lounge. Surprises like these are what makes events unforgettable!

Hanging votives and topiaries outside the entrance.

A peaked century tent is basically a huge white room. We always encourage clients not to be afraid of colorful linen. Imagine how drab this glama tent would be with all white tablecloths! Each round cloth takes an average of 8 yards of fabric. With 20 tables that's 160 yards of delicious color....
Check out the sexy two-toned color of the custom iridescent taffeta linens we made:

Love this shot. Our low glass compote bowls were chock full of pink and orange roses with green cymbidiums and sweet potato vine leaves for pop. Tent poles were softened with white gathered fabric for a finished look.
Unique container shapes and square glass votives provided variety.

Our flowers dappled with late afternoon sunlight... You can see just how close to the water the tent is staged - with Newport Bridge beyond. It's just as magical after dark!

A quick shower left us with a very special backdrop and amazing sunset.

Monday, February 16, 2009

One of our Favorites!

This gorgeous canopy is a Stoneblossom exclusive - the timeless, romantic image one of our all time fav's. 
Our natural, twiggy canopy is laden with early summer fare. We started with armloads of freshly cut local pickings like tendrilly bittersweet vine and weeping beech. Plenty of white hydrangea added the fullness and density. Mature white viburnum (looks like mini hydrangea), Tibet roses and Queen Anne's lace completed this unforgettable setting!

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Wedding Cake Buildings and the Stoneblossom Connection!

Check out this fantasmagoric Wedding Cake House in Kennebunk Maine!

Stoneblossom owners Joyce and Steve couldn't help but stop and grab shots of "the most photographed building in Maine" en route to grab tasty lobster rolls!!!

The romantic legend has it that a newly married Sea Captain did the carving during long, lonely hours aboard ship - having to leave for sea before even having time to eat his wedding cake!
In actuality the plaque on the side door tells us that "In 1825 the shipbuilder George Washington Bourne brought his bride, Jane, to this new brick Federal-style house. Inspired by Milan's Gothic Cathedral, Bourne started the house decorations in 1852, using only hand tools.
He completed the work shortly before his death. By century's close, the name "Wedding Cake House" was widely applied. It was completely refurbished in 1983-1984 by Mary and Anne Burnett, first owners of the house not in the family"
It's an amazing gem - imagine - completely carved by hand!!!!

On another continent, we did a party a few summers back at what's fondly nicknamed the Wedding Cake Building in Rome.

It's the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument built by Guiseppe Sacconi beginning in 1895. Its all pure white marble and this Corinthian-columned structure can be seen from almost anywhere in Rome.
There is no elevator and of course our event was on the top of the monument so guests could enjoy the amazing 360 degree view of the city!
The "Kafeteria" on top is what you might expect - a spot where tourists grab a burger - except we were creating an exclusive dinner for 200 guests there! Think lots of draping and fabulous plants - not to mention great party lighting to achieve total transformation!
We needed to deliver everything - draping, flowers, the works - by 7:00 am, and then arranged the florals on site. Honest to gawd the sun on the marble was a good 115 degrees.
By party time things had cooled down and Dennis and John had totally glammed it up thanks to a great support crew.
Leaving the breakdown staff in place they ran down the steps one last time - and hopped a flight to Venice to get a party done next night at La Fenice - the Venice Opera!

And that's a whole blog of its own!!!

Obsessed with MARTHA!

Stoneblossom pal Helene Shapiro simply can't get enough! She's been to the Martha Stewart Show 12 times - now on a first name basis with the whole Martha gang! She and her friends get tickets online and invite each other as they snag them. Here she is with Stoneblossom Lead Designer Dennis Delsignore back in NY last week for one more round!!!

The wacky bunch took the Amtrack in and were blown away by the new Shrek the Musical on Broadway. In the know with a cast member, they even caught a backstage tour! The temptation to try on the racks of costumes must have been tough!

Next day they were off to the Martha Studio on W. 26th. An hour and a half in frigid temps in line - but they snagged first row seats. Here's Dennis with Joey Kola. He's a terrific stand up comedian in his own right. For Martha, as he also did for Rosie, he gets the crowd organized and all fired up - and makes sure everyone oohs and ahhs on cue!

Here's MARTHA!

The rest of the gang - Michael, Sandra and Paolo

Now to fully understand the depth of the obsession, Helene had noted that the previous week's show featured great eats at recession prices in the East Village. She convinced the gang to check it out on Martha's authority and ended up at Porchetta on E 7th Street for tasty, tasty roast pork sandwiches. And of course the whirlwind NY junket wouldn't have been complete without a bit of sweetness to cap it off at a Martha-must-go dessert place.

If you'd like to follow in Helene's footsteps click here to register online for show tix!

We love you Helene!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Nicole and Chris- Tuscan Rhapsody at Blithewold

This wedding was very very special. Nicole and Chris wanted a casually elegant party with an Italian roots flair and we were thrilled to oblige. 
The day was magic, with perfect weather. We set up the ceremony in Blithewold's garden, adding great details like these smilax and rose covered aisle markers with lanterns. 

Stoneblossom's Farm Table with gorgeous floral ready for the Antipasto display.
Handsome bubble master:
Here comes the Bride with her gorgeous Stoneblossom bouquet!
Love the way Nicole's train is mixed with the rose petals that lined the aisle
We're married!!!!
The flower girls love those fairy wands!!!
The tent was breathtaking! Matrix Productions did a beautiful job creating a dappled moonlight effect on the lush dinner tables. Half were long Tuscan we draped in fern green fabric topped with custom runners. Our rambling tablescapes included multiple mossy pots filled with unique offerings such as club moss and hens and chicks mixed with garden roses, fiddlehead ferns and grasses. Lanterns and amber votives added further dimension.
Tall birch softened the tent poles. Guests enjoyed a true al fresco experience, dining under table-mounted canopies laced with vines and supporting  a central candlelit iron chandelier and hanging votives.
Ceremony lanterns created a romantic pathway to the tent
Chris and Nicole really inspired us with their vision. It was an evening we're sure their guests will never forget! 
It's also a featured wedding on our website. Click here to check it out!