My Saturday afternoon was spent at the Clarion Resort & Hotel in Ocean City, MD celebrating the marriage of Hope & Jason. The weather was perfect, the winds were calm, the setting was nice, the bride looked absolutely stunning, and everyone in attendance had a fabulous time celebrating with the newlyweds. It was an honor to be able to stay through this couple's ceremony. I always love seeing the groom shed a few tears when his bride walks down the aisle towards him. The facial expressions of these two when they saw each other for the first time were incredible.
Hope & Jason were one of my first couples to book a 2014 wedding with me. Hope knew exactly what she wanted... shades of purple, some pink and yellow accents mixed in, gerber daisies, baby's breath, starfish and sand dollars, and Jason went right along with everything his bride had envisioned. Based on one primary photo and a few other Pinterest pins belonging to the bride, I created full bouquets of gerber daisies, baby's breath, purple peonies, yellow freesia & purple stock.
This couple had lots of family members in attendance and involved during their ceremony. The couple chose to make each member feel a little special by outfitting them with fresh flowers.
The mothers and grandmothers all wore wrist corsages of fresh white freesia, stock and larkspur blooms. The wristlets were attached to silver elastic bracelets... a keepsake for them to keep as a momento of the wedding.
The fathers and grandfathers wore pinned boutonnieres that matched their spouses. White freesia, larkspur & ferns were tied with thin white ribbons.
The groomsmen wore purple mini gerber daisies accented with yellow solidago and baby's breath.
The groom's boutonniere featured a dark purple mini gerber and a yellow freesia stem.
The bridesmaid's carried bouquets of yellow, pink, and purple gerber daisies. The daisies were accented with baby's breath, yellow solidago, purple stock, purple peonies, yellow freesia & greens. The bridesmaid's bouquets were wrapped in a shade of medium purple ribbon marked with a silver sand dollar charm. The Maid of Honor carried a slightly larger bouquet wrapped in light lavender ribbon.
The bride's bouquet was wrapped in dark purple ribbon, pinned with rhinestones, and featured a gold starfish charm.
There were 175 chairs set up in rows on the bottom patio at the Clarion Hotel & Resort, right next to the ocean and the sand dunes. The entry was marked with large ferns. All other exit rows were marked with trios of pillar vases; one filled with all white blooms, one filled with baby's breath, and the third filled with a blend of colorful blooms.
The pew arrangement vases had a mix of sand, river pebbles, sand dollars & seashells in the bottoms.
The ceremony aisle was covered in an ombre steam of rose petals and daisy petals; from white to dark purple. Purple ribbons at the end of the aisle meant that only the bride was to walk through the petals on her way to the outdoor alter. All other guests entered from the side of the rows.
The ceremony backdrop consisted of the Clarion's planted tropicals, a tall centerpiece of gerber daisies and other flowers placed in a tall wrought-iron and grapevine pedestal and shepherd hooks with hanging arrangements.
The reception took place inside of the Clarion's Crystal Ballroom. The room was outfitted in ivory linens. I transported all of the ceremony flowers upstairs to the ballroom while the guests were participating in a cocktail hour. How's that for dual purposing?
The arrangements were placed upon the bar, cocktail tables, gift table, cake table, dessert table, sweetheart table, coffee table, and the ice sculpture table... yes, the ice sculpture table!
I am so happy for Hope & Jason! I wish you endless years of happiness! It was a pleasure working with both of you! If you're in the Ocean City area in the near future and want to have another coffee date at Starbucks in West OC, I will be more than happy to show up with my folders, iPad & enjoy a hot coffee! You two are the best. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.