A farewell to summer as we start to embrace the cooler months.
Imagine the wind on your back and the sun on your face, allowing nature to pass through you. Plants can be quietly assuring and offer a feeling of respite. Absorbed by bountiful landscapes, nature’s silence speaks volumes.
Public gardens are an affordable way to sight-see and delight in life. There are so many lovely gardens to visit in the Northeast. Our hometown favorite is Creekside Gardens in Tunkhannock. Owned by the Kukuchka family, Creekside Gardens consists of a butterfly house, two greenhouses open to the public, and various gardens to stroll through with an array of blooms and foliage. Offering a rich source of inspiration, Creekside Gardens let our senses show so eloquently, combining our vision alongside a dream team of creatives. Together, we conceptualized a botanical bridal shower.
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Inside a greenhouse where plants flourish are strange, earthly scents and riots of colors shimmering through the paned glass. The visual impact of natural tones and organic textures is quite stunning. Hothouses are growing in popularity as a multifunctional space, extending the sense of being outdoors. The setting was a fun way to diversify our design skills and express our inner flower-child.
There is no such thing as too many plants; there was an abundance of hothouse blooms to decorate the vibrant, unique escape. The sportive sun gave natural light to layered fresh, leafy greens in a variety of shapes and sizes. Possibilities were endless as we choreographed table stations and furniture capturing boho garden magic. We listened to our environment and emphasized the interplay of raw, eclectic elements and vintage pieces.
Signage made by Chippy Chick Julie completed the homespun look. Her hand-lettering displayed on an antique framed chalkboard and a mirror that reflected rows of botanicals—personalized touches like name placards for place settings and "thank yous" tucked into potted air plants. A singular, whole experience tied together the consistency of nature.
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Botanical style can apply to a range of themes, from modern to vintage. We worked within the greenhouse's frame, to imbue a sense of wild beauty and bohemian dreaminess. Stella chose plates printed with classic flora and fauna and two-tone, fuchsia goblets. Ferns and paper medallions wove a tapestry around elegant teacups and saucers. With dinnerware chosen, we set the table for other decisions.
We used colors and textures to delight; they crafted a language that spoke to the heart of our zen hen’s playful soiree. Sally's green upholstery consonant of a lush meadow and heirloom dinnerware harmonized a mix of eras for eclectic entertaining.
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Our home-grown goddesses celebrated natural beauty. The dresses from Seneca’s Bridal & Dress Boutique were indulgent of full-on blooms. Fresh and wild accessories complemented the effervescent fabric. Foliage is more than filler. Halos of green are a fresh approach to favorited flower crowns. Woven succulent and hypericum rings, cuffs, and necklaces beautifully crafted by Monzie’s Floral Design added natural texture.
Click on right photo to view more. Hair and makeup provided by Melissa from Shabby Shek Salon & Pebble Hair Designs.
Beautiful, glowing makeup to match the ladies bright dresses. The bride, our bohemian muse, looked as radiant as she felt inside.
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Edible flowers are in revival. Flower cookery is seen throughout history; popular in Roman, Chinese, Middle Eastern cultures, and hitting its peak of culinary fashion during the Victorian Era. The practice has recently emerged again, growing in favor with epicures. Some of our favorite, innovative recipes for edible flowers are hibiscus made into an exotic tea, substituting saffron with marigold to add citrus flavor, and sunflower buds steamed and eaten like artichokes.
Family style kale salad mixed with bright bell peppers prepared by Chippy Chick Julie.
Gastronomica is a way to indulge our senses and delight in prettily made food. An impressive tower of deliciousness baked by The Epicurean Delight made the perfect sweet statement. Julie decorated the naked cake with ferns, pansies, and citruses to create a visual link between food and environment.
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For a warm day, water was essential to keep cool. Drink stations offset the traditional bar and can wow guests with something fun and unexpected. Infused fruits and blooms taste wonderful and customize libations. Mason jar dispensers and arranged crystal flutes with golden straws, perfect for the laid-back aesthetic allowed our bridal party to serve themselves and quickly return to celebrate.
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At Creekside Gardens, wild hearts run free. The greenhouse offered a creative space for the bridal party to get their hands dirty. Patrons can make terrariums any day of the week at Creekside. The planned activity provided a sentimental gesture amongst guests. The terrariums were a treasure to commemorate a gorgeous day spent honoring the bride and enjoying nature.