chose Radiant Orchid
as color of the year, I'm fairly certain that most floral designers were like, "Whhhhatt?". If you asked around, I'm fairly certain most professionals in the design field would say that the color of the year should be MINT GREEN.
Amber and Robby's Ocean City, MD wedding was marked by a mint green and white color scheme accented by pastel peach. It was every bit classic and romantic as it was beachy. Perfect for a summertime wedding in OCMD.
Amber and Robby are truly one of the nicest couples I have ever met. For reals. And their parents, too. From my initial consultation with Amber, her mother & future mother-in-law, I knew that this wedding would be absolutely dreamy and filled with love. Amber has an understated style and a great sense of what she likes and doesn't like - and it showed throughout her and Robby's wedding day. She had everything planned out so perfectly and all of the details coordinated perfectly.
The couple was wed at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church
in downtown Ocean City. St Mary's was founded in 1877 and is one of the prettiest churches in OC. I loved the stained glass windows and lead piped details.
I decorated the wrought iron front gates at the entry of the church with moss-covered initials. Above the double doors a garland of thick ferns and baby's breath welcomed guests.
The interior of the church was filled with intricately carved wooden antiques, large solid pews, and a huge white alter. On either side of the alter were two tin pales filled with baby's breath, pitt greens and curly walking stick branches covered in strands of pearls and rhinestones. The reserved pews up front had thick bows made of burlap, ivory tulle, mint ribbon, and silvery strands of satin wrapped around bunches of baby's breath. I know its hard to think of a bow as beautiful, but these were no regular pew bows - they were beautiful.
The bride's bouquet was a mixture of green and white florals. White tulips - the bride's favorite flowers - are completely out of season right now but I pulled some strings and had 150 stems shipped in from California 3 days prior to the event and Amber excitedly freaked out as soon as she found out. It was a pretty awesome reaction and made me so happy to know that this bride appreciated my extra effort to make her wedding day everything she had imagines.
White hydrangeas, peonies, tulips, queen anne's lace and baby's breath paired nicely with green hypercium berries, eucalyptus & a few different varieties of ferns.
Pinned to the ivory stem wrap was something super special - a white embroidered hankie that belonged to Amber's grandmother who was unable to travel to their wedding in Ocean City. A few weeks in advance, Amber's mother had mailed the hankie to me and asked me to include it in her daughter's bouquet as a surprise. Amber's eyes filled with tears as soon as she saw this detail.
The team of 5 bridesmaids carried full bouquets of baby's breath and greenery. The bouquets were wrapped in burlap ribbon. A strand of mint green ribbon hung down the stems.
The toss bouquet was a smaller version of the bride's bouquet. It was wrapped in burlap ribbon with ivory ribbon to exaggerate the bouquet's movement as it flew through the air at the reception.
Amber's hair was incredible. She wore a cascading waterfall braid pinned back with a clip of baby's breath and pearls. It matched her silver beaded bridal belt perfectly.
Robby wore a white tulip and baby's breath boutonniere.
Robby's groomsmen wore boutonnieres of baby's breath wrapped in twine.
And so did the little ring bearers. One wore a small pinned baby's breath bout, the other wore a clipped boutonniere.
The mother of the bride and mother of the groom wore pearl wrist corsages. The corsages featured white tulips and freesia.
The fathers matched their mothers and had corsages of white freesia and baby's breath.
As a special gift, the bride have their photographer a wrist corsage, too. It was made of white freesia and white stock with tiffany blue/mint green and burlap ribbons.
The couple's reception was held at The Sunset Room
next to the Ocean City Convention Center on 42nd Street. The bayside reception hall is one of the more popular wedding venues in Ocean City and I was super excited to decorate it. The space is aging a bit, but looks gorgeous when decorated... and with Amber and Robby's color scheme, decorating choices, and awesome planning it looked marvelous!
Guests were welcomed to the reception with a few chalk board signs and a flower pot filled by Little Miss Lovely.
Twinkle lights, cafe lights, chinese lanterns, and tons of candles made the space feel magical. The white linens, chair covers & mint bows made the reception feel open and airy.
Amber and Robby created a seating chart revolving around numbered streets in Ocean City that held importance to them. The tables were marked by tiny chalk boards reading different street names.
The gift table, entry table, escort card table and one-of-a-kind 'game table' filled with madlibs and games featured fresh flower arrangements of different sizes.
The 12 tables had clusters of soft, romantic flower arrangements in hobnail jars, mason jars, bud vases, vintage bottles and white lanterns. The high cocktail tables had bud vases of single blooms, pillar candles, and empty vases with marbles for which the bridesmaid bouquets were placed during the reception.
White peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, freesia & baby's breath paired nicely with peach stock and geraldine garden roses. I loved the simple small arrangements of minty lambs ear and baby's breath.
The couple had activities at select place settings for the kids to entertain themselves with during dinner.
Each table centerpiece included stunning tulips placed in garden-style arrangements.
The sunset room overlooks the bay. Amber and Robby hung a vintagey gold picture frame from the porch overhang for their guests to use as a photo booth. A great was to encourage guests to take photos with the dreamy sunset! The gold frame was flanked by two hanging baskets with hanging ribbon tassels. I loved creating these potted arrangements knowing that the couple could hang them at their home afterwards.
Use #szymanski2014 to see photos of this amazing couple's special day on Instagram!
Kirsten Smith Photography
shared a few sneak peaks of A & R's wedding on Instagram... I am SO excited to see all of the photos she snapped throughout the day! It was awesome to see her snapping photos of all the little details and lovely interactions.
Thank you for choosing Little Miss Lovely as your wedding florist, Amber! You were absolutely fantastic to work with and I am so happy that you enjoyed how everything turned out. Have fun honeymooning in Costa Rica, Amber & Robby!!