July 16, 2013

Brianne and Kyriakos’ classically romantic wedding at The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca

Behind the scenes


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The Wedding of Brianne and Kyriakos helped me set many personal career records.  The shortest planning time period in which I planned full event flowers- a little under one month.  The most orchids I have ever used at a single event- over 1000 stems. The most kisses on the cheek I have ever received from family members at an event (They are Greek, I expected to get smooched a lot.  I moisturized.)- I lost count. The biggest set up crew I have ever brought with me for a delivery- 15 people.  The heaviest centerpieces we have ever made- each weighing about 35 lbs.


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Brianne’s bouquet was a lovely mix of orchids, roses, sweet peas, hydrangeas and lily of the valley.


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Kyriakos’ boutonniere was a simple cluster of lily of the valley.


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Boutonniere of orchids, japonica and gilded ivy leaves.



The front the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was all decked out in Springtime glory.


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Large urns of hydrangea, roses, orchids and cherry blossom branches flanked the front door.


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I love fresh flower wreaths!  The ones above the doors to the church boasted about 40 hydrangeas each!


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The paper products were all designed by KME Paperie featured Brianne and Kyriakos’ custom monogram letter pressed with gold ink.


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When the aisle was all draped with ivory taffeta fabric and clusters of fresh flowers it was turned into quite the romantic walkway.


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My friend, Denise from Flowers by Denise came up from San Luis Obispo area to help me design this beautiful wedding.  All the aisle flowers were her handiwork.  Didn’t she do an amazing job?

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The interior doors of the church also were decorated with fresh flower wreaths.



The altar arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, orchids, gilded manzanita branches and cherry blossom branches were total show stoppers.


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I loved the way Kate of Kate Miller Events displayed the table assignments for the reception at The Crocker Art Museum.  These gilded frames were about 5 feet tall and lined the entrance hallway to the reception tent.


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Cocktail hour was held in the new wing of the museum.


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The bars were so beautiful.  I just loved the classic touch they add to the cocktail hour.


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The reception tent, when it was all done, took my breath away.  It had been a HUGE undertaking but standing back and seeing it all come together made all the hard work totally worth it.  The approximately 9300 square foot reception tent was built from the ground up in the old courtyard at The Crocker Art Museum.



What can I say about the centerpieces?  They were each designed with 45-55 stems of orchids, grown in Watsonville and delivered to us two days before the event, plus hydrangea and gilded manzanita branches and ivy.


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The menu cards were so romantic and classically designed.



Outside the tent, guests could relax and enjoy the warm spring weather under market lights.





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The cake was a marvel of hand made and gilded sugar flowers and lace.





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Thank you to everyone who helped Flourish produce a magical environment for Brianne and Kyriakos’ wedding.

Photos by:  Sarah Maren Photographers


Coordination, design and planning by: Kate Miller Events


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