Saturday, October 1, 2016

Farmhouse Estate Styled Shoot

There's nothing quite like mid-June when the peonies are all in bloom to take me back to the generational family farms of my roots.  I can taste my grandmother's jellies and sweets, hear the melodic chirping of meadow birds, and smell the first cut hay drying in billowing rows.  So, it seemed right to stage this wedding inspired shoot at the Barlow House, a quintessential Vermont farm estate, and bring all of these memories together.

I selected a focal palette of pinks and violets and filled in with lots of accent colors inspired by vintage china passed down to me from my Great Grandmother, Georgianna Farnham Willey.

Fragrant blooms from early Vermont gardens, including my own, filled the air with the sweet perfume of peonies and tea roses, and the peppery tickle of lupines.

Vintage lace, antique botanical prints, fresh sangria, berry pies, a sense of place...what's not to love?


Creatively Yours,
Sarah Jo

-Vendor Love-

Photographer: The Light + Color
Gown by Lillian West: Fiori Bridal Boutique
Models: Allison Machia, Allison Gervais, Anna Willey, Ella Willey
Styling & Details: Sarah Jo Willey

Summer Wedding on the Lake

July 30th was a perfect summer day.  
The sun was shining, the air was warm, 
a light breeze moved across the lake...
and Carolyn & Fergal tied the knot!  
I loved bringing their alfresco summer vision to life.  

Thanks to Jaclyn Schmitz Photography for these stunning photos!

Carolyn wanted local flowers featuring bright, bold colors and textures.   
I harvested buckets of fresh blooms from our favorite local grower
and assembled carefree arrangements in an assortment of glass and ceramic vessels.

The ceremony and celebration took place on the shores of Lake Champlain at
All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne, Vermont.  
The setting was pastoral and serene, Vermont summer at it's finest!

Carolyn's bouquet featured an assortment of blooms and textures
including zinnias, dahlias, ranunculus, snapdragons, astilbe, veronica, 
scabiosa pods, tweedia, bachelor buttons, and grasses.

We love a good summer wedding, how about you?

Creatively Yours,
Sarah Jo

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Natural Elelgance" in Stowe, Vermont

I've been waiting all summer for this wedding!  

Merrill & Ryan tied the knot at a favorite family spot where Merrill has been vacationing since she was a child--the Stoweflake.  The ceremony was in the field behind the family's townhouse, followed by a reception under a sailcloth tent next to the Stoweflake's renowned garden labyrinth.  

When we were planning, Merrill described a "natural elegance" vision that would feature blush and peach, with pops of coral and mixed metallics.  We opted for big, blousy blossoms including hydrangea, dahlias and roses.  Miraculously, we even managed to include a few "Coral Sunset" peonies for the arbor (yes, on August 20th!)  

The roses were my favorites: en masse when I was processing them earlier in the week...
and even better after they had a chance to open in the summer heat yesterday!

Merrill wanted a bouquet with some horizontal movement, unevenly trimmed stems and a blousy bow.  
We poured over many inspiration pictures and discussed the perfect balance neutrals, pops of color, and foliage.  
What's not to love about this bouquet?  "Cafe au lait" dinnerplate dahlias, roses, lisianthus, scabiosa pods, 
and tiny succulents nestled in Italian ruscus, eucalyptus, and pepperberry!

Merrill had ten bridesmaids who all wore sage green JCrew dresses.  
I loved designing each of their unique bouquets!

We placed three small arrangements on each table along with 
mercury glass votive candles and Vermont maple table numbers. 

Here are a couple other takes from the studio...

The bright summer sun made the colors in the arbor flowers pop!  Check out those peonies!

A simple garland of seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus for the bride and groom's chairs.

Merrill & Ryan were the sweetest...and a stunning couple. 
The whole day was about as close to perfect as you can get.

 I can't wait to do a follow-up post with their photographer's pictures.  Stay tuned!

Creatively Yours, 
Sarah Jo

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things

I was inspired by a friend to get back to blogging on a regular basis.  Since it's been seven months (oops!) since my last post, it's long overdue.  I'm jumping back in with a few of my favorite things from this wedding season...

Favorite bouquet

Summer Garden Bouquet featuring locally grown flowers and botanicals.

Favorite Wedding Venue

What's not to love?  1824 House, Waitsfield, VT | Photo by Carlos Castillo

Favorite Wedding Photo

 Ellen Ross of The Light + Color captures magic!

Favorite Gown

Who knew a tank top could be so ethereal?
'Asha' top, 'Priya' skirt by Watters

Favorite Design from a Fellow Designer

This!  Holy Smokes!  Group design, including the talent of my friend,
Jayson Munn, with The Chapel Designers

Favorite Color Palette

My new love of purple meets my old love of orange in this beauty!

Favorite Adornment

'Isla' Hair Vine by Violette & Iris

Favorite Ring

'Brianne' by Ken & Dana Design

What about you?  What are some of your favorites of the season?

Creatively Yours,

Sarah Jo

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome 2016 with Four Ways to Blush!

I suppose it is a sign of being busy when I haven't posted a musing since last January!  It is true that 2015 was full of amazing adventures, personally and professionally...perhaps some of those stories on another day.  Suffice it to say that we're welcoming 2016 with open arms and weddings we can't wait to celebrate in flowers!

Would you be surprised if I told you that "blush" is still trending here in Vermont?  Three years and still going strong.  This palette seems to be here to stay for at least another season.  Here are my thoughts on how to make it fresh.  What do you think?  What is your favorite way to "blush"?

Creatively Yours,

A few blushy favorites from 2015:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winter Wonderland

Is "winter wonderland" cliche?  Yeah, it may be...but this wedding sure felt like one.  Ashley & Frank said "I do" in Stowe just in time for the first snowfall of the year.  Rustic chic tablescapes were our favorite part of the design.  They featured layers of birch, ice flocked branches, and timber vases accented with roses, dahlias, seeded eucalyptus, and reindeer moss.  Woodland owls and birds perched inconspicuously...all under complete the whimsical look.  Enjoy a peek at their day as captured by Hannah Weddings.

Vendor Love

Venue: Stowe Mountain Lodge
Rentals: Vermont Tent Co.
Photography: Hannah Weddings
Floral Design: Creative Muse Floral Design