A Modern, Garden-Styled Wedding at The Columbus Museum of Art
As I begin this post, I find myself sitting and staring at these photos trying to image the appropriate adjectives and flowery wording that might match up to such beauty, but I truly am at a loss for the right words. This was one of those once-in-a-blue-moon opportunities that I and our designers will never forget, and I will be forever grateful to have been a part of the creation of such fleeting beauty. Thankfully, the talented photographers, The Brauns, have captured this glorious moment in time forever through their work. We have so many to thank for this day, first and foremost, our customers, Chelsea and Michael who entrusted us with the magnitude of these designs, the Columbus Museum of Art for accommodating our early arrival and very long, late departure with such grace and flexibility, our team who worked like a well-oiled machine to bring this all together, and of course the photographers for capturing this so beautifully. Many other vendors were involved to bring this special day to fruition, but I have only listed the ones who I personally interacted with through the process. If you are a vendor involved in this day, and I haven't mentioned you, please give me a shout out, and I'll be happy to credit you.
Chelsea and Michael's wedding in August of 2021 was nothing short of breathtaking and luxurious. What began as a dream of dancing amidst the flowers became a reality for our sweet couple, and we were honored to be entrusted to bring this vision to life! With hopes of an outdoor reception, we were so grateful that the museum had their beautiful ballroom available for a back-up plan, as thunderstorms began to roll in during set up.
I couldn't have image a more sophisticated, perfect dress for Chelsea than this, and the sage tones of these bridesmaids' gowns were so natural with their white, classy bouquets.
Chelsea and Michael chose the timeless beauty of white florals with textured greens. We also added in a very subtle touch of mauve tones which you'll see in a few of the photos below. A variety of ferns, eucalyptus, herbs from the garden and other foraged foliages offered so much texture and softness among the wide variety of white florals utilized. Michael's boutonniere consisted of star dianthus, pieris foliage, delphinium, and chasmanthium.
Chelsea's chic, trailing bouquet had so much interest and detail, including subtle touches of eucalyptus, flat fern, and sea star fern. The fragrant florals consisted of white garden roses, ranunculus, garden spray roses, oregano, triteleia, star of bethlehem, and vining clematis.
The Columbus Museum of Art's Derby Court offers the best of both worlds, as it has wonderful natural lighting via the glass roof, and air conditioning, which is always a plus for an August wedding.
A few close-ups of the level of detail that went into these back-of-the-aisle pieces...
One of the most unique designs we've created for a ceremony space, these layered pieces were made of anything but baby's breath. We often have requests for baby's breath, and I'm sure it's because it's a well known option, but I love to stretch the imagination and reach for something a little more underutilized.
The escort card tablescape shown below was full of movement and unusual components, providing a warm welcome for guests as they entered the ballroom and signed the guest book. Sanguisorba dancing with pokeweed, strawflower, gooseberry from the garden, pennycress, nigella, and more gave the look. Many of the flowers used throughout the wedding came from the wonderful Dutch floral market, while several others came from our gardens and/or local growers.
Another glimpse of that luscious dance floor -- so intricate, yet so cozy and warm
This cake's simple block colors so perfectly coordinated with the color scheme. The addition of umbrella fern, ruscus, clematis, spray roses, and ranunculus only added to its' beauty. The cake took center stage for the earlier part of the reception until it was time for dancing. I also wanted to mention how much I loved these toile linens that Chelsea chose.
White roses of several varieties, larkspur, delphinium, cosmos, globe amaranth, veronica, stock, queen anne's lace, calcynia, campanula, strawflower, lisianthus, giant white allium were some of the flowers used, but this small list barely scratches the surface of the floral list in its' entirety.
White vessels of many shapes and sizes which we provided were scattered down the tuscan head table with an ombre of florals from dark green to bright white.
A collection of brown vintage bottles from our rental offerings were placed on some of the guest tables, creating a striking contrast against all of the white in the room.
While some guests enjoyed florals in various brown, vintage bottles mentioned above, others were presented with a low, modern compote bursting with delicate blooms or a minimalistic look of dainty double tulips dancing in a low cement bowl. These many variations flowed beautifully with the aesthetic of the room and provided something fresh for the eye in every direction.
Another special touch that we should mention is the clipping of fresh eucalyptus presented on each of the guests' place settings aside their menu.
From the look of these dancing photos, I'd say the guests loved their time among the flowers with the special couple. And look at mom with her modern corsage! Thank you very much for tuning into our blog. Although our posts are extremely sporadic and infrequent, you can always keep up with us better on our instagram at "madisonhouseflowers".