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Photoshoot at Oakledge Park

The beach at dusk, a blooming bouquet, and a stunning vintage wedding dress - who could ask for a better combination? We created an arrangement of cream colored roses, wild asters, and dried grasses, which worked perfectly alongside the colors and details of this lovely dress from Barge Canal Market. The dreamy photo shoot was captured on Burlington's waterfront Oakledge Park by the talented Katie Jean Photography

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Cherry Blooms at 7 W. Canal Street

The cherry blossoms were so lovely at the flower market this week, and our new studio had a fresh coat of white paint on the walls, so Katie Jean Photos and I decided to take advantage of the spring light and do some portraits last week. These perfect creamy peonies completed the look, and I threw on my beautiful Elizabeth Suzann artist dress from their wedding collection. I love simple, loose fitting dresses, and silk really dresses up the entire outfit. I hope to hand dye this one with some floral pigments this year to wear it more often. Thanks for taking a peek at the new studio! More to come ...

Laura and Curtis at Trapp Family Lodge

This dress was major inspiration for Laura's wedding and for her bouquet. We loved creating a light and airy, lush design concept for this couple's wedding at Trapp Family Lodge. Laura's key flowers included clematis, jasmine, peonies, and lilacs, as well as vibrant heuchera leaves. Captured by John Anderson.

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Noelle

I come to floral design from a background in studio art, and I'm frequently struck by the beauty of people around me. Noelle worked at my favorite tea house, Dobra Tea in Burlington. Her sweet demeanor and her wanderlust nature is like a breath of flowers. I created a bouquet inspired by her, using boho poppies, bright speckles of orange ranunculus, salvia wildflowers and pungent garden roses. Captured by Jacquelyn Potter

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Photo Shoot for Everthine Boutique's Open House

We were so excited to be a part of Everthine Bridal Boutique's recent open house at their Burlington location (they also have a shop in Madison, CT)! It was so lovely to meet local wedding vendors and chat with some brides, while getting to fawn over Everthine's dreamy bridal collection. The other vendors at the event were Etcetera Event Co., Farmhouse Group Events, Elizabeth England Studios, Jessica Murphy Studios, and Christa Alexandra Designs. And the talented Ashley Largesse snapped some photos of a few bouquets I created for the event! We featured budding branches and local cream-colored tulips picked from the new studio's yard!

Anthropologie & Bhldn Wedding Show

It was truly an honor to be chosen by Anthropologie and Bhldn to take part in a wedding show gathering this past month at their new headquarters in Westport, Connecticut. We created floral arrangements throughout the space and met many amazing couples who are engaged and looking for a floral designer, a beautiful dress, and more. I’m continually inspired by Anthropologie, particularly in the ways that they use color - even bright colors - in nuanced and refreshing ways. We created a station for folks to create their own collages using watercolor paper and pressed flowers. It was so fun!

I love Anthropologie's ability to stage vignettes creatively, and Nectar & Root has stocked up on many of their lanterns, candleholders, and other hardgoods this season to incorporate beautiful tabletop elements as rental items for many of our upcoming weddings. 

We are also a huge fan of Bhldn - and we are fortunate to have many of our clients choosing their wedding dresses, accessories, and bridesmaids’ dresses for their own events. It was a delight to meet some other very talented vendors at the show, and to collaborate with the many talented women at the store. I chose this jumpsuit for the event, and while there I also picked out this wallpaper for our new design studio in Winooski! 

We hope to continue collaborating with Anthropologie and Bhldn in the future, and to book more weddings throughout New England thanks to this wedding show. While we love Vermont, it’s also so fun to explore other venues across New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond. We also hope to work again with some of these amazingly talented fellow artists whom we met at the show, including Ashley Caroline Photography, who took these amazing photographs for us: 

Ashley Caroline Photography
Harper Ink Calligraphy
Allure Traveling Beauty
Lapis Luna Jazz
Kimmy’s Cakes

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Photoshoot at Lake Willoughby

Our photoshoot with Christina BernalesVivian E. Infantino, and The Milkhouse Hair Studio was recently published on Wedding Sparrow! I had so much fun wading through the waters of Lake Willoughby last summer with an armful of the most fragrant flowers from Ardelia Farm & Co. until the stars came out at night. When Christina couldn't find the perfect, unfussy dress for me to wear, she made one by hand. Our second shooter Josh Ben Bernales was wonderful as always. I love the creativity that comes from impromptu photoshoots that allow the space to experiment and enjoy in the moment, some of the bounty this little planet has to offer.

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Twin Farms Estate

One of our highlights of the season, Nectar & Root created stunning florals for a wedding at Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont. Under the direction of NYC event planner Cristina Verger, this couple's tablescapes included jasmine, queen anne's lace, chocolate cosmos, blackberries, cafe au lait dahlias, eucalyptus, chocolate nigella, chocolate karma dahlias, ninebark, and white garden roses in patina silver and brass vases, with tapered candlesticks and low votives sprinkled out. Images by Katie Jean Photography. (And check out our portfolio page to see more photos of this gorgeous wedding!)

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Designing with Marble

The marble trend: it seems to be showing up everywhere – on phone and laptop cases, water bottles, jewelry, and notebooks. This material that’s usually reserved for Greek and Roman statues and countertops is now all the rage. Something about its smooth white surface and its fluid yet crackled looking markings give whatever it is – a beat up phone, a vase, a pair of earrings – a refreshed, sleek, and sophisticated appearance which still feels natural, without being rustic.

A quick little geology lesson to introduce this rock star of the moment: marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when heat and pressure is applied to limestone at (typically) convergent plate boundaries. The primary mineral it contains is calcite – this is where the crystals come from; and the longer the metamorphism process, the larger the crystals become. However, the swirls in marble are actually a result of mineral impurities like clay, sand and iron oxides.

The word marble comes from the Greek word marmaros meaning ‘shining stone’. Marble is believed to aid in recalling dreams and finding clarity, especially during meditation. It’s the material in several major structures from ancient times and throughout history – the Parthenon, the Taj Mahal, and the Palace at Versailles to name a few. And of course, it has been used as the medium of countless sculptures (see Michaelangelo’s David above). With marble’s minimalist, clean, polished finish and unique design, it’s easy to see why it has made a comeback.   

Aside from the iPhone cases and accessories adorned with marble’s characteristic streaks and swirls, here are some other ways to incorporate this gorgeous material at home, an event or a wedding…  

-       Vases or a box with herbs or flowers
-       A statement sink (we have a vintage one at the studio :)
-       Stationery details; envelope liners, paper coasters
-       Place settings; plates, name card holders
-       Table centerpieces; flower arrangements atop marble slabs
-       Icing or frosting on cookies or cakes

So whenever you’re looking for a way to add some fancy to your life, think marble: the polish, the shine, and the timeless design can dress up pretty much anything. It’s like a blank canvas; have some fun with this new trend, and of course, adding flowers and plants into the mix is always a good idea.

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Daffodils at Trapp Family Lodge

Although the lingering inches of snow on the ground here in Vermont suggest otherwise, it is in fact, officially spring! As the sun sets increasingly later and we begin shedding our winter layers, flowers will soon peek up through the thawing soil – a little earthly celebration signaling that warmer weather is on its way. Some of the first bulbs to sprout are daffodils; these perennial blossoms are quite tolerant of the cold. Most fitting, daffodils symbolize new beginnings. With their happy yellow blooms, daffodils are the perfect flower to greet spring – their trumpet shaped heads seem to announce its arrival. And the best part: daffodils are hearty flowers (withstanding Vermont winters!), and they ‘re really easy to grow.

Some tips on growing daffodils:
Plant bulbs in the fall – about 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes. Choose a well-drained spot that gets lots of sun. Using mulch is also a good idea; it helps conserve moisture for the flowers (daffodils need lots of water while they are growing). Plant the bulbs deep into the ground in order to protect the stems from breaking or bending as they grow. For larger bulbs, they should typically have a depth of 6-8 inches, and for smaller ones, about 2-3 inches.  

Though we don’t typically use daffodils in our bouquets (wedding season begins just as daffodil season ends) we used a variety of white daffodils in a recent photo shoot at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. 

These flowers help kick off spring and just make us extra excited for the other beautiful blooms to come. A bunch of freshly cut daffodils is like a little piece of sunshine. Of course, these beauties have been the subjects of countless works of art; so we’ll conclude with a daffodil lovin’ poem by William Wordsworth.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Now, let’s go outside, smell the daffodils and say hello to spring.

Event Planning & Design: Megan Leonard Productions | Photography: Ashley Largess | Styling & Florals: Nectar & Root | Stationery & Local Details: Forest and Fern | Venue: Trapp Family Lodge | Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Rentals: Vermont Tent Company | Hair & Makeup: Salon Cruz | Cake: Eleventh Hour Bakery | Jewelers: Ferro Jewelers  

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Winter Elopement at The Grafton Inn

It was an honor to be a part of this couple's elopement at The Grafton Inn this winter. Inspired by some of my favorite February blooms, I wove plum hellebores, black and white anemones, and spirea into a leafy bouquet of pieris japonica branches. The Grafton Inn was a quintessential romantic location for this Vermont festivity. Location: The Grafton Inn, Dress: Anthropologie, Shoes: Vince Camuto, Photography: Christina Bernales

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Fall Wedding at The Brick House

The Brick House is one of the most magical venues I've come across in Vermont. A tree-lined winding lane brings visitors to a historic Victorian home laden with rich wallpaper, a winding staircase and a setting that feels as if it's a step back in time.

We had so much fun creating a crisp fall palette for Lydia and Alex's wedding here, using hops, dahlias, rose hips, and garden roses in a variety of design elements throughout the space. Lydia's modern, clean aesthetic was a nice contrast to the space. Images by Barrie Fischer Photography.

Team Flower Workshop

Every year once my wedding season slows down, I love taking time to learn new things and gather fresh inspiration. This April I attended the Team Flower Workshop at the North Carolina Arboretum led by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers. I incorporated spring poppies, peonies, ferns, orchids, dogwood, daffodils, fritillaria, hellebores, garden roses, and other textural materials for the centerpiece, boutonniere, bouquet, and flower crown that I created. Images by  Elizabeth Marx of Almond Leaf.  

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Lily + Pat

Lily and Pat’s August wedding at The Notch House in Vermont was focused on the bride’s love of calico fabric and daisies for a homespun, fun lovefest vibe. Our floral designs featured chamomile, echinacea, organic roses, queen anne’s lace and wildflowers. Highlight: we created an installation spanning the entire front of the couple’s guest cottage! Muted, tea-stained inspired colors included mauve, yellow, and cream. Vintage plates and overhead balloon installations completed the look.