wedding contest winners

picture-perfect weddings

by Kelsey E. Smith and Erin C. Wisdom

Since Florists’ Review’s premiere Picture-Perfect Weddings Contest in 1999, more than 400 weddings have graced the pages of our March issues. This year, our much-anticipated annual contest drew more response than ever as florists across the country submitted their best wedding work of 2005. Notable trends include larger bouquets, pomander bouquets, red roses, lots of color, personalization/monograms, themed events, celebrations of ethnicity and heritage, aisle décor doubling as table centerpieces, tiered cupcakes in lieu of traditional cake, special activities for children and décor for children’s tables. We present our winners and offer a taste of the 208 weddings submitted this year below.

Best Wedding

Scott’s Floral, Gift, and Greenhouses
Scott Edwards, AIFD, AAF
Danville, PA
Date: May 28, 2005
Ceremony site: The Presbyterian Church; Eagles Mere, Pa.
Reception site: bride’s family home; Eagles Mere, Pa.
Number in wedding party: 14
Number of guests: 175
Approximate retail floral bill: $75,000

Photos by Gordon Wenzel of Impressions; Danville, Pa.

The national historic district of Eagles Mere, Pa., provided a backdrop of natural beauty for this wedding, which was a family affair for florist Scott Edwards, AIFD, AAF. The bride, his daughter Holly, manages the Lewisburg, Pa., location of Scott’s Floral, Gift, and Greenhouses, and her attendants included her two sisters, one of whom is Holly’s twin and
the business’s marketing coordinator, Heather Edwards.
Mr. Edwards called on friends Alan Parkhurst, AIFD; Christine Fink, AIFD; and Gerard Pfeiffer, AIFD, as well as full-time Scott’s Floral designer Sheila Giglio, to help with his daughter’s special day. All flowers, including Hydrangeas, roses, tulips, Stephanotises and Dendrobium orchids, were in varying hues of white, making a simple yet elegant statement throughout the entire event. The wedding colors, ivory and champagne, enhanced the natural setting of the church as well as the walkway to the Edwards residence, which is named “Wildflowers” in lieu of a street address (a standard practice for homes in Eagles Mere). Because the two venues are only one block apart, a white rose petal path and lanterns guided the guests from the church to the reception. Despite a light rain during this short walk, a true downpour waited until the guests were safely inside the beautifully decorated reception tent.
Mr. Edwards says the day—nearly a year after he received a call from Holly with her engagement news while at the 2004 AIFD National Symposium in New York City—was a total success, from initial floral decisions to the culmination of the ceremony and reception. “It was lots of fun, and that was the goal from the beginning to the end,” he says.

Best Ceremony Setting

Colony Florist
Ken Norman Jr., AIFD
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Date: Sept. 17, 2005
Ceremony site: St. John the Baptist; Piermont, N.Y.
Reception site: New York Country Club, New Hempstead, N.Y.
Number in wedding party: 23
Number of guests: 265
Approximate retail floral bill: $15,000

Carnation spheres and cascading smilax created the playful, fun atmosphere the bride and groom (brother to the florist) desired for their wedding. Each colorful sphere contained about 50 pink, purple and coral carnations and rested atop a fabric-wrapped cone. Inside the church, each pew was draped with two garlands of smilax, and every other pew was topped with a sphere. Nearly 30 spheres, along with smilax garlands, lined the path into the church.

Best Reception Decorations

Floral Poetry Designs
Linda Seeger
Oceanside, CA.
Date: July 16, 2005
Ceremony site: Darlington House; La Jolla, Calif.
Reception site: Darlington House Rose Garden; La Jolla, Calif.
Number in wedding party: 12
Number of guests: 100
Approximate retail floral bill: $2,500

Photos by Corey Wright

Because the bride and groom met in Mexico, they wanted their wedding and reception to exude a Mexican character and radiance. Reception arrangements were vibrant with the colors and textures of Gerberas and bells-of-Ireland. Lemons, limes and peppers filled the vases, and pink and green ribbons graced tables and pillars for additional festive flair.

Best Bouquets

On Occasions of Atlanta
Carla Duncan
Atlanta, GA.
Date: July 30, 2005
Ceremony site: Peachtree Road Baptist Church; Atlanta, Ga.
Reception site: Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta, Ga.
Number in wedding party: 23
Number of guests: 340
Approximate retail floral bill: $5,100

A simple bouquet of ‘Pekcoubo’ roses was the bride’s initial preference, but the florist believed she would look striking with callas. The combination of these ideas, in addition to the variegated Pittosporum and green Hypericum berries at the arrangement’s base, resulted in this Biedermeier-style bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids’ bouquets featured the same roses as the bride’s and complemented the pink color scheme used throughout the wedding.

Best Cake Decorations

Shirley’s Flowers and Gifts Inc.
Jo Buttram, AMF
Rogers, AR.
Date: July 2, 2005
Ceremony and reception site: Victory Theater, Rogers, AR.
Number in wedding party: 13
Number of guests: 250
Approximate retail floral bill: $39,500

Photo by Shawna Dotson Schreckhise

Nestled between the layers of this 3-foot-tall wedding cake were 250 red roses. Strings of rhinestones wrapped each layer and complemented the silver rhinestone monogram on top. The cake sat on the theater’s stage, concealed behind the curtain until the time came for it to be revealed. At this time the bride, who is the florist’s daughter, and the groom cut the cake on stage, then received a toast there from the two best men and maid of honor.

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