When planning our rustic, lakeside wedding, several guiding themes came through with the choice of flowers. Firstly, I wanted a cascade bouquet of white calla lilies. (I have always preferred callas to roses and found the cascade style, popular in the first half of the twentieth century, to be quite whimsical.) Secondly, I wanted the bridesmaids' and other complimentary ceremonial bouquets to be unfussy and capture the rustic quality of our summer wedding (which was held at a small country parish and the local country club). Thirdly, in keeping with the bird theme present throughout our wedding, I wanted to utilize decorative birdcages as centerpieces. (I had ordered a bunch from an online party wholesaler.)
With such a clear and specific vision, you'd think nothing would surprise me. But it did! Our florist Cathy Chute of Lake Mohawk Flower Company took these basic ideas and far surpassed my wildest imagination! The flowers she put together for each element of our wedding were nothing short of exceptional.
She was a doll to work with and kept within our budget. Her work was like a masterpiece and the flowers held up beautifully throughout the intense August heat. But let me allow her extraordinary work to speak for itself. In these lovely, candid photos taken by family and friends, it's easy to see her gifts: