A whole lot of pretty to start the weekend with


Clockwise: Blue Nigella with Boissier mint box, Jo Malone orange blossom candle with tuberose, Laduree macron box with lysianthus, preppy wedding cocktail piece of blueberry and yellow peony in stripped ribbon wrapped vase, Japanese lysianthus with lady’s mantle and hyacinth, flowers on tamale at Pure Food and wine, Lady Chapel at Manhattanville College, Foxglove , black and white toile.

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Timing Your Wedding Photos – Before or After the Ceremony?

With Sundays being lazy day…unless you are decorating a wedding I had a thought with a goal of 2 posts per week why not repost some of the wedding experts contributions from last year’s wedding planning series, starting with Danny Weiss our most popular of all of guest bloggers!

Cornucopia of Beautiful Things Blog


Danny Weiss of Danny Weiss Photo is todays guest blogger with tips on timing when to take wedding photos – his thoughts and why

I pulled this quote from Danny’s site I just loved, it’s what you want your photographer to see and capture.

“When I shoot weddings, that alarm goes off all day long. There are 1,000 of these moments – some funny, some joyous some sexy..


Without a doubt, time is your most precious commodity on a wedding day. When you have oodles of it, amazing things can happen, photographically speaking. When you hear the dreaded, “We are behind schedule,” Brides, Grooms, MOB’s—everyone involved—goes into super stress mode. So what’s the secret to cruising through bride and groom portraits, family pictures and bridal party pictures with ease? Communication.

Many months before your wedding day, have a conversation with your photographer. (This should happen before you talk to…

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Now you have the Venue …make it your own for one night



So you have your venue….and you realize not all items you  pinned or pined for are appropriate in the venue . You have started your first edit taking away things not right for your venue,  but there are still so many things you do love and still too many to make sense in one space. You want to make the night your own, put your stamp on the evening  as a couple. So sit back close you eyes and picture your self  in your wedding gown/tuxedo, walk into the room and what do you see. Now go back to your boards, your ideas and take those things that don’t fit into your mind’s eye out. Take what is left to your florist/event designer/ planner.  Now see how they want to edit, how they will make that evening come alive. Share something about yourself with them so they can be inspired by you. Many realities will naturally help be edit like the season, budget, availability of goods, etc . Than take a piece of you and make it original .

The next few posts will show clients who  added parts of their lives to really make it their own. Nancy and Libby,  while American spent many years in  Shanghai and Hong Kong . They married in the US , picked a great venue for a summer wedding on the water at The Lighthouse. They used bright orchids that reflected the season and brought in an Asian influence, Chinese symbol for double happiness on menu cards and napkins made by a fav seamstress in Shanghai ( maybe it was Hong Kong not positive) .  So this wedding really reflected who Nancy and  Libby are as a couple and the life they live together.










Venue The Lighthouse

Caterer Abigail Kirsch 

Event Planning Rena Hecht/Red Letter Events

Flowers Cornucopia Flowers

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Will take a moment out of wedding planning to celebrate spring and all that comes with it!



It doesn’t feel completely like spring just yet but the light has changed and as of 12:57 this afternoon we switched over from winter to spring . I’m fantasicing already! Walks in BBG, NYBG, Central Park, Madison Square Park, Battery Park, Central Park Conservancy Garden, The High line and all the green markets and all those cherry blossom festivals ahead. The moments standing near lilac with the sun on your face, the breeze and taking in that fragrance wanting the moment to last forever. 












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So your engaged! Congratulations ! Over the holiday? Valentines day? and you are furiously collecting photos on Pinterest, and now you have to make it all make sense for one night . SO many things are beautiful not all of them work well together or in every venue! My advise pick your venue first and let the rest follow. Finding the right venue that fits you as a couple, on the dates you want, with the amount of guests you will have can alone be a bit challenging. Once you have the venue let the venue speak to you about the decor. It should steer you in a direction. Yes, there are many ways to decorate one space but you don’t want to put a square peg in a round hole so if you really want a certain look pick a venue that will carry it. If you pick a venue that won’t carry it move to another look, let go of the other and move on to the delicious details. It will start coming together and you will get so excited. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, it is a special day so , keep moving forward and have fun with all the beautiful details  to develop the perfect day!

So many ways decorate it really must be what’s right for you ! Just a tiny drop in the bucket of some of the work we have done, so many looks…most important  HAVE FUN PLANNING enjoy the process!


















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Twice a year the gift show rolls around in NY and with it comes the parties and table scapes I  imagine as I  walk the aisles. I put together a few little scenarios that popped into my head. Some will come true others who knows! But being inspired is the fun here.

ImageLove these black vases and entertaining the idea of a black and white party but a  casual chic vibe using these  vases with matt finish. In another booth I found these great wire drums to hang over the table that hold votive candles, alternate heights and black and white. Maybe all on a raw wood farm table?


All nearly white with shine and glam without going over the top love these pillows…who’s fabric can be made into tablecloths, love these clear taper candles that could float a flower or two midway up the stem, and these solid white glass globe votive holders. Candlelight at different heights with lots of different surfaces for that light to bounce off of.

ImageMaybe an fun afternoon lunch..Outdoor Oh I long for that day… Honeycomb textured glass vases filled with chamomile on a burlap cloth.


Little Nautical love here… marine colored glass vases, shades of blue with more green flowers, mixed with rope vases ( was loving these) and some patterned clothes for a change (well a change for me)

Since I am clearly craving green with most of the flower suggestions being green and I did promise in my last blog..here is a great green juice and for me the original green juice recipe from Joe Cross who’s movie I am thankful for everyday!

Link to a bunch more http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/about-the-film/learn-more/recipes/


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the only good thing about winter

I interrupt my flower posts with this repost by The Paris Apartment…I hope these photos feel as good to you as they did to me! I loved looking at ALL of these photos. ENJOY!

the paris apartment



wait, is there anything good about winter? oh yes, right…shots of paris all wrapped up in sleet and snow! bonjour dear friends. it’s even cold here in miami so i thought we could share some gorgeous pictures of our favorite city when she’s chilly and imagine the roaring fires, the scents wafting through the apartments and the happiness it is to arrive home after trudging through a long day!



sorry i’m a day late for yesterday’s giveaway but joseph convinced me to play hooky and since my new motto is why postpone joy? i was obligated to take a mini road trip and enjoy the day.


(not sure what the credit is for this one, it looks super old and is one of my eternal faves)


christophejacrot.com (if you love wintery paris photos check out this site)

everything else took a back seat.


Robert Doisneau-La tour Eiffel sous…

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Happy New DOWNTOWN ABBEY Year! *The flowers of Downtown Abbey

Well Happy New Year! A time we all start again and I am back to blogging by desire and request! 

I will be working on another series of wedding blogs as we are in full wedding planning season but interjecting with a home renovation  project and maybe even some health related blogs…I ‘ve become a full on juicer and am so excited about it I love to share the joy! ( an the colors are so pretty) 

BUT until I really get started I thought I would kick off with flowers of Downtown with tonight being the US season 4 premiere. I watched the last two episodes of season 3 recently to “refresh” my brain and be ready for season 4 and once again was drooling over the flowers and greens in those gorgeous settings in just 2 episodes. Of course I didn’t capture all in just the two episodes but this is all lovely . 












Off we go !



All photos Screen shots from watching show.

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Sunday In the Park with Flowers

ImageI hope everyone had a great long Memorial Day weekend. Was able to relax enjoy some nice weather and think about what the day is meant to be for.

Since the weather in New York has been so chilly this spring we are seeing some things blooming late and combinations we don’t always see together in Central Park.ImageImageImageImage




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Diamonds! and How to Pick them




I didn’t think we could discuss wedding planning without discussing the diamonds and the rings so I asked Katrina to talk about her gorgeous rings and how to pick a diamond. If I had too I wouldn’t know where to begin and thought might be great help for others as well. I love love Katrina’s seven layers each and ever layer…If only I had the long enough fingers to wear them all!

Here’s what Katrina writes: 

Dorothy and I met on the plane a few years ago. We had both been visiting Paris, and were on our way back home to New York City. She was at a flower show, and I at a jewelry show-being inspired, of course. Perhaps sadden by our realization that we were “not in Paris anymore” we did not strike up conversation until we were approaching the city. I think we were both intrigued by each others design and travel sensibilities. So much so that we shared a cab, became fellow book club members, trekked to upstate NY for a weekend of perpetual modern ballet concerts, enjoyed many superb NYC culinary experiences, and entered a lifelong collaborative and mutual friendship that often celebrates our mutual love of “all things beautiful”. We also happen to both be Libras…


Dorothy asked me to shed some jewelry light, and jewelry sparkle to her blog. I also, have weddings on my mind. Coming from the jewelry world, I have been busy with orders from my 7 Layers of Love® Ring collection. A line meant to mix, match, customize, and personalize. The question I get asked the most, is about diamond quality and size. The answers are endless, and multi-faceted, thus I will touch on 2 points that I feel are interesting and important, yet entirely subjective as well. GIA certification, & the celebrated 4 C’s.


My GIA Cert answer is entirely subjective:: get one for a diamond at least over ½ carat. Here is where you can find out how. (Also note that some large jewelry retailers, like Tiffany, have their own diamond grading system, so make sure to compare apples to apples.)


Most everyone has heard of the 4 C’s, a global standard for evaluating diamond quality, that began in the 40’s by the GIA; Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat.  After taking diamond-grading classes with the GIA, I learned that there really is no right or wrong combination. Simply buy what you find mesmerizing and absolutely stunning. You may have a stone with a lower color grade, an amazing cut, with a few inclusions-if the prong hides those inclusions, and a brilliant cut brings out the color, you might have the perception of a million dollar diamond. Thus, know you have some compensating factors, and get what speaks to your soul and heart. That said, I like a lot of fire.


May you all find your own 7 Layers of Love®

Katrina Kelly, Jewelry Designer





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Mark Welford Bloomsbury Flowers

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Elise Rosenblum Pronovias

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