It's been a busy weekend! I helped with the wedding reception of my friend Fran's daughter on Friday. This "aisle" arrangement that I put together was so pretty in the afternoon sunshine that I had to take some shots of it, despite running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
Then I cut some branches off the tree boughs that had just been trimmed in preparation for the reception and attached it all to the shepard's crook with wire. The greenery added a lovely, organic point of interest amidst all the white.
This was my favorite part of the decorations. Good thing, too, because things got so crazy at the end that I didn't even get a single decent shot of the other parts of it before people arrived in droves.
The shepard's crooks and lanterns were loaned to us from Fran's friend, whose lovely backyard was used for the reception.
The weather, as you can see, was completely and absolutely perfect that evening. Not too windy, muggy, buggy, or rainy. The flowers I was in charge of, well, not so perfect. Those asiatic lilies that I wrote about in the last post didn't budge out of their bud phase despite a full day of warm water and 85 degree full sun exposure. In fact, just 4 out of 100 lilies have decided to open as of today, 5 days after they were shipped to me. So any of you out there who are thinking about ordering asiatic lilies from Costco, make arrangements for them to arrive a week prior to your event or you'll likely be pulling your hair out like I was!
This is Fran with her beautiful daughter. Don't they look gorgeous? And that bouquet is absolutely to die for. They hired a florist to make it, and it was simply stunning. You can see my sorry-looking bouquets in the background on the photo table = all buds, with a few calla lilies mixed in (sigh).
Here's a close-up of the bouquet. LOVE it.
Since the asiatic lilies were being stubborn, I just grouped some callas together in tall vases and added a few daylily leaves from my front yard for a little bit of added (but unobtrusive) interest.
The centerpieces were supposed to consist of asiatic lilies floating in low, squatty bowls with candles floating around them. That didn't materialize, so the sqatty bowls remained flowerless (they were still pretty when lit at night) and at the last minute I put these little arrangements together using some of my own vases for the remaining bistro tables. The tables were quite small so we couldn't do anything sizable for the centerpieces. I was so busy at the end of set-up time that I didn't get a single picture of those tables, but at least I was able to photograph the flowers later here at home. It was a lovely evening, everyone had a great time, and with the backyard being as green and lush as it was, the flower fiasco was probably not noticed by anyone but me. Chalk it up to experience, eh?
So on Sunday I took family photos of some good friends of mine. Don't they have an adorable family? I love those guys. Their youngest son, as you can see, was not exactly into getting his picture taken.
That's okay - I just followed Blake around taking tons of shots until I was able to capture those gorgeous blue eyes of his.
He had a particularly fond attachment to that leaf in his hand, and at that moment I think he was studying an ant crawling on the ground. Too precious!
Oh, look...what a cute couple.
We had a blast doing all these photos - are you gagging right now at how sweet they are? We were all cracking up at these ones - it was like I was taking engagement photos of my friends back in my college days all over again. Too fun!
Like I said, we were having a great time with these shots...
Here's their darling daughter Katie with her mom...
Katie was so fun to take pictures of. Such a cutie, and the most incredible skin and eyes.
Not to mention those dimples!
As you can see, those darling dimples run in the family.
Boys will be boys, and what boys don't like to jump?
Bryce was a real trooper - he loved getting his picture taken, even when the sun came out from behind the clouds and practically blinded the poor kid.
Okay, photo session's over...time to go home.
Those kids were good sports, but they were so glad to be done. So long, photo session! Hello, yummy popsicles/bribery waiting to be eaten for a job well done!
And everyone lived happily ever after.