Thursday, April 23, 2009

Helleborus - A Spring Gem

As the season gets underway, we thought you'd enjoy the inside scoop - seeing our bouquets as we make them! Eventually the images will be consolidated to create a fabulous new section of our website highlighting bouquets by season!
Our bouquet stylist, Naomi Garcia created this luscious pastel bouquet that showcases one of our favorite spring gifts - the unique Helleborus, an ornamental perennial that's quite easy to grow - good soil and afternoon sun to shady conditions all that's required!

Check out the gorgeous subtlety of color:

Be on the lookout for upcoming classes in bouquet design by Naomi taught here at Stoneblossom through RI School of Design!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Jill Ortelt becomes Mrs Rob Fortunato

We LOVE this couple!!! This talented pair meticulously restored their former pond-side colonial Town Hall and companion Ice House into a welcoming home and photo studio on their own. The results are nothing short of spectacular! So much so that there was no question their intimate wedding of 8 guests should take place here!
Jill is a former professional figure skater turned lawyer currently with a prestigious Boston Firm.  Rob is an Emmy award winning director of photography, creating television programming since 1995. He works internationally -  but of late he is devoting more time to his first passion - still photography. Rob's studio was an absolutely magical setting for their exchange of vows!
Here's Stoneblossom owner Joyce Holland putting finishing touches on the ceremony florals...

Meanwhile, the family and friends have gathered in the house. Here's Jill, all done up in the perfect gown. Great shot. Love the hair flying!!!

Our pal Ben Verley - actually M. Benedicte Verley - shot all of these great photos. You know she's pretty special when the photographer groom has photographed President Clinton and Obama and he chooses MBV Photography to snag the shots!

Rob gets pinned...

Rob's Nonni giving the bouquet her blessing!

Off to the Studio. Love those glam shoes on gravel.

Buddha and candlelight hold court.

Vines and branches were harvested from the property and unsuspecting neighboring surrounds. Suspended from the studio beams - and dripping with Stoneblossom's hanging votives - they created an amazing, romantic, organic canopy.

The couple borrowed a pair of antique doors - suspended and beautifully back-lit for the ceremony spot.

Stoneblossom's bouquet stylist Naomi Garcia fashioned a classic bouquet of white posey callas and fragrant stephanotis accented with pearls.

Sweet small buckets of roses, tulips and stock with luxe ribbons detailed the chairs

Add a talented trio and we're ready to go!

How perfect is this???

Yep, it's official!

Life is good. We even have our own pond....!!!!

Let's get this party started! We switched up the studio for the cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed champagne and beautiful wine - and check out that antipasti!

The groom's grandfather, a talented artist in his own right, checks out the festivities...

Behind the scenes, up at the house, guests are in for an unforgettable spread. Affectionately known as "The Tall Guy and The Handsome Guy", personal chefs are preparing an artisanal Italian meal with great love and personal attention. John Scott and father-in-law Arnie Vecchione, with an intimate Stoneblossom connection, are busy making homemade gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce and roasted chicken to die for! The couple's well equipped kitchen provides the perfect "la famiglia" atmosphere.

Rob and Jill's farm table was set for dinner off of the kitchen. Stoneblossom made a custom runner, napkins and chair pad covers from luscious aubergine silk.

Our tablescape featured jewel tones of purple, apple green and red - with sultry frosted purple votives.

Casual kitchen bouquet
Leveled candlelight enhances our designs.

The filigreed cake by JamesKennedy of Confections, as always, was just the thing.

Jill's smile says it all! Congratulations to you both from all of your pals at Stoneblossom!!!

Event Design, Linen and Florals: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design
Photography:  M. Benedicte Verley -
Check out Rob's website - an amazing body of work!:
Personal Chef's like no other: The Tall Guy and The Handsome Guy Catering - 401-808-7136

Friday, April 3, 2009

Morgan and Michael at Oceancliff

Luscious, good enough to eat color!!!! What's not to love in this
Stoneblossom classic design with it's focal point coral peony, parrot tulips, viburnum and clusters of roses. Swirled bear grass anchors the piece and our leveled candlelight add the shimmery, romantic finishing touch!

The vibrant palette reminded us one of our featured weddings - the beautiful nuptuals of Morgan and Michael at Oceancliff. Check out these "papaya" dresses and bouquets that beautifully contrast against them. This angelic flower girl had piercing blue eyes and those great corkscrew ringlets!

Love this shot from Kristen Spencer! The Bridesmaids Strut! Glama!!!

The pink, white, apricot and apple green bouquets were just right against the fashion forward dress color.
Here's the gang on the Newport shore.... Anyone ready for a cocktail?

The bride's color sense was great! The apple green favors tied with cerise ribbons made for a great pop on the place card table.

Let them eat cake!!! Congratulations you guys! We love brides that lead us on color adventures!