Real Weddings | A Classic White and Green Wedding at Fogarty Winery by Vero Suh

Every year we do a handful of white and green neutral weddings. White flowers with hints of natural greens translates quite easily from classic to modern to grand to simple to garden to whimsical. It’s a neutral palette that works well metallics. White and green and Black. That’s so fabulous. White and green and gold. Another wonderful combination. White and green and hints of greys. No brainer —- that’s a great palette too. So when Frances Liu of Charmed Events asked me to help on this wedding for Angie and Ben that included greenery chandelier, garlands with white flowers, grey and black pattern linens, I said “sign me up”! This is right up my alley and wonderful composed and told through imagery by my darling good friend and collaborator, Vero Suh. Sit back and enjoy!

Love of Flowers | Peonies

It's May so it's the perfect time to talk Peonies.  They range from white, creamy almost with a hint of butter, yellow, blush, soft pink, coral, medium bubble gum pink, deeper pink, magenta, red, dark burgundy. You will find 

SINGLE petal peonies are composed of a single row of broad and wide petals which surrounds a large center of "pollen-bearing" stamens and see-bearing carpels.

Types of peonies that are Single peonies include 'Athena', 'Dad', 'Krinkled White(pictured on the right)', 'Scarlet O’Hara;,

Another variety are the JAPANESE-type blooms where you see the doubling of the petals has begun.  In this group area also Lotus or Anemone Peonies.  The filaments of the stamens have broadened and the anthers have become extremely large.

Examples: 'Nippon Beauty, 'Madame Butterfly'(pictured on the right), 'Lotus'(on the left).

 

SEMI-DOUBLE flowers contain filaments which have widened irregularly, making petaloids of varying widths throughout which stamens are mixed. The guard petals may or may not be clearly differentiated.

Examples: 'Paula Fay', 'Coral Charm'(pictured on the left), 'Miss America'(on the right), 'Buckeye Belle'.

 

The BOMB-type bloom is a large and full peony with petaloids derived from both carpels and stamens with are much broader, without any crown, but still are clearly differentiated from the guard petals. It reminds me of a large pom pom with guard petals.

Examples: 'Red Charm'(Pictured on the top row, far left), 'Raspberry Sundae', 'Monsieur Jules Elie'(top row, on the right).

The FULL DOUBLE bloom completes the process of doubling. All the stamens and carpels have developed into petals resembling the guard petals. This is a grand peonies. It's big, it's fluffy.  This is my favorite blooms. 

Examples: 'Ann Cousins'(Pictured on the left), Gardenia, Kansas, Paul M. Wild(pictured on the right), Tourangelle.