Lakeside & Lovely

Kate Preftakes took such lovely photos of our Sunset Lake wedding this September and had such wonderful things to say about the event. Right back at you Kate. We loved working with you. Your photos are beautiful in and of themselves; they are a true testament to the spirit of the day and really captured the aesthetic of the event. Let's work together again soon! 

Kate's wonderful posting can be viewed here.  To read the entire blog posting and see her beautiful photographs of this event and many others visit her website. Scroll down for a few great shots from the Sunset Lake wedding. 

Sunset Lake Wedding

A very happy couple was blessed with a beautiful NH day this past weekend. After months and months of planning, designing and creating we were thrilled that everything went off without a hitch. Our fingers are still blue from the indigo dye! We can't wait to get the photos in from the professionals. . hand dyed napkins, trail markers, massive tassels and more to come! For now here are some quick iPhone shots. Congratulations to Anna & Felix! 

Design Table Series @ Peterson

The photos have been released! The table is open to the public. More to come on the creation of this gorgeous table --from the creative brainstorming session, to the detailed design of the Style Portfolio, to gold leafed invitations and custom made leather glassware wraps. We are very proud of our work and super thankful to all of our partners. Detailed list below of the great collaborators who helped in the execution of this beautiful tablescape. 

Thanks AGAIN to all of our amazing collaborators. Abby Lorenz for her photography, enthusiasm and creativity, Aran of Saltbox Kitchen for his beautiful food and inspired menu, Jennifer Eaton at Copper Penny Flowers for her spot on florals, Chris Saia at West Concord Wine and Spirits for his perfect pairings and finally Cathy at bowerbird & friends for the use of their cowhide rug and vintage pieces.

The table is at Peterson Party Center. Head into their showroom and take a peak yourself! 

editorial table design

We spent the last month developing the design sensibility for an editorial shoot for the Design Table Series at Peterson. The Style Portfolio is printed and bound, the gilded orb is installed, the table has been set. We can't release the photos yet but are anxious to share them with the world. The photos look amazing. Here is a sneak preview of Xa at work. Stop by the Peterson showroom and see the table in person it is featured throughout the month of August. Thanks to all of our amazing collaborators. Abby Lorenz for her photography, enthusiasm and creativity, Aran of Saltbox Kitchen for his beautiful food and inspired menu, Jennifer Eaton at Copper Penny Flowers for her spot on florals, Chris Saia at West Concord Wine and Spirits for his perfect pairings and finally Cathy at bowerbird & friends for the use of their cowhide rug and vintage pieces. More to come once images are released to the public. 

Big Brother is Watching (and so are we!)

At Blossom we pride ourselves on designing events that are truly reflective of our clients. When doing events for corporations or non-profits a lot of the work has already been done for us as they have established brand identities but when it comes to individuals and couples we are basically starting from scratch. So we are left with only one choice--- comprehensive background checks, in-depth interviews with friends, family, enemies and first grade teachers as well as a detailed logging of daily activity and the contents of their trash---in short it’s full blown stalker or bust. 

OR we could just have our clients do this lil’ activity that we created…you know for those folks who actually value their privacy. We use this tool to better understand what colors, textures, and patterns people are drawn to as well as what they can’t stand (which can be just as valuable). Watching couples go about the selection process also tells us a lot about them as individuals and how they interact within their relationship. So while you’re busy selecting fabrics and materials, we will just be on the other side of this one-way glass with our FBI profiler. Have fun! 

the goddess of chocolate

We believe we have found the mecca of chocolate making.  Completely rich, decadent and delicious and all the good things too...sustainably sourced, locally made, hand-crafted.  The proprietor is a goddess of chocolate.  Founder Neely Cohen has worked as a pastry chef, chocolatier, and bean-to-bar chocolate maker in the United States, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. She has harvested and roasted cacao in the Amazon jungle and taught thousands how to make chocolate from scratch.  

We are tremendously excited to work together on an event in September.  Her chocolate will be the welcome gift giveaways for a very special and personal wedding we are designing.  We could not be happier to work with such a beautiful craftswoman.  Check out her site and drop in the Vicuna Chocolate Factory in Peterborough, NH to meet the lovely Neely.  

garden wedding invitations

We just recently finished designing and producing invitations for a July wedding to be held at the Blithewold Mansion, Garden & Arboretum. The Groom is Irish and wanted to honor his heritage by featuring a crest in the invitation design. The Bride, inspired by the wedding venue requested a floral pattern. We custom designed four different invitation options. Each with an enclosure that featured the wedding invitation itself as well as rehearsal dinner and brunch invitations, rsvp and information cards. Thanks Matt & Jen for a great project and we wish you a beautiful wedding day!

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open please. . .

Opening water lilies in New England in the dead of winter is perhaps best left to the professionals. . . For the past two days we've been attempting to gently coax open beautiful pink waterlilies for an upcoming 40th birthday event. Warm water baths, humidifiers blasting, heat on high --the studio feels like we've taken a trip to the tropics. 

Will they ever open? Warm water bath in action. . . 

Will they ever open? Warm water bath in action. . . 

addition of humidity and artificial lighting. . . 

addition of humidity and artificial lighting. . . 



Bundle Up

While not the most economical option, an enclosure escort card can be one of the prettiest ways to corral lots of paper pieces in one place. Whether you are having a bilingual ceremony, need cultural traditions explained or just have a lot of details for what the evening holds, an embellished packet can be a beautiful and multi-purpose bet. 

In this example we used a very simple pocket enclosure and gussied it up with a little embroidery floss and some transfer lettering. Inside we mounted an explanation of the Korean wedding ceremony as well as instructions and paper for creating an origami duck--a traditional symbol of lasting marriage. 


pretty little present

We had a request the other day for some present packaging advice. A friend of a friend wanted to know what to do when you are sick of buying overpriced wrapping paper and simply out of ideas on how to make your presents pop? Craft paper can be considered old hat by many; but we still have some tricks up our sleeve as to how to put this economical, simple and multipurpose paper to use over the holidays. 

We shared three quick ideas with our friend on the craftiness of craft.

ONE - make it FUN, FUN, FUN. Pair it with ONE great paper and use materials you have hanging around the house to embellish the heck out of it. Old embroidery thread wrapped multiple times gave these gifts some color. We even wrapped some presents using rainbow loom elastics. If you have a child under the age of 12 at home you are sure to have plenty of these rubber bands stuffed into a drawer.

TWO - Glam it up. We love GOLD, GOLD, GOLD and more GOLD, especially around the holidays. Again, buy one fun paper and use it to add to the simple craft. Finish with cooking twine or some great glitter twine and you are done! 

THREE - Wrap it in ribbons. If you are like us we have tons of old ribbons left over. We horde them after each season. Our studio has a huge bag of scraps shoved in a closet just waiting for an occasion to be put to use. Craft and ribbon. Rustic, elegant and with endless in possibilities. Don't have enough to wrap the entire present with a big bow. Just go around once -- a little bit of color and texture goes a long way.

However you decide to wrap your gifts for the season our recommendation is to pick one idea and stick to it. It means less materials and less time trying to match what ribbon to what paper to which present to who. . . Plus a pile of coordinated gifts looks great!

Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy from Blossom Partners & The Fifth Bridesmaid. Whatever you celebrate we hope you have a great season!

as seen in Southern New England Weddings

We are THRILLED to be featured in Southern New England Wedding Magazine. Thank you Caroline and Pedro for being such a beautiful couple. You made our work easy and special and perfect and it showed. . . 

Thank you for your kind words and genuine pleasure with our work. SEE PRAISE FOR COMMENTS FROM CAROLINE & PEDRO.

Your vibrancy and passion as individuals and as a couple was reflected in every detail of your wedding. We enjoyed creating an environment at the deCordova that truly felt unique to you both. Every extra special piece that we were able to create whether it was the hand-dipped water glasses, the paint-chip escort cards, the modern rope-wrapped trees felt bright and beautiful, just like the two of you. Thank you to you both and thank you to all of our partners who helped make this day truly special. See below for wedding details as well as a list of those individuals and companies who contributed to this amazing wedding. 

The Details

The wedding couple are bright, vibrant and passionate about each other and life in general. The color palette for the wedding reflected this vibrancy. We used a range of bright hues rather any single color combination. This freeform prism of color was reflected in the custom invitations and stationary suite and throughout the wedding with colorful pillows, hand-dipped water glasses, paint chip escort cards, mood lighting and more. 

{ Ceremony }
Ribbon wrapped bridesmaids bouquets (different color velvet ribbon for each attendant)

{ Cocktail Hour }
Rope wrapped trees to tie in with the Orly Genger Red, Yellow and Blue sculpture
Cushions for outdoor chairs in the “color palette” of wedding
Terrarium-style florals
Vibrant colored hors d'oeuvres

{ Reception }
Hand-dipped water glasses & vases
(a different color for each table rather than table numbers)
Escort card paint chips on easels
Blueprint of deCordova Dewey gallery seating chart
(a nod to the Bride who is an architect by trade)
Guest book on color blocks with colored pens
Time lapse video of the beach in Rio de Janeiro
Reception lighting that shifted throughout the evening
Custom cake platter coordinating with invitation envelope liners

{ Invitations + Paper Products } 
Graphic design direction by Bride & Groom
Custom & Crafted materials created and/or produced
by Blossom Partners & The 5th Bridesmaid included:
Invitations with custom liners, envelopes & mailing labels
Ceremony programs
Translation cards
Guest transportation/directions and information
Wedding party programs & itineraries for day-of, rehearsal, ceremony and reception

{ Favors }
Guests were invited to take their hand-dipped water glasses home

Our Partners

{ Ceremony & Reception Venue }  deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, MA 
{ Photographer } Lisa Rigby
{ Caterer } Saltbox Farm, Chef Ben Elliott
{ Florist } Karla Cassidy Designs
{ Ceremony Music } Occasional Brass & Strings 
{ Rev. Tony Buquor, Rector } The Trinity Church, Concord, MA 
{ Reception Entertainment: DJ + Lighting } C-Zone DJ & Lighting / Greg Capozzi
{ Linen & Rentals } Peterson Party Center
{ Cake / Dessert } Sweet Tooth Bakery
{ Bridal Gown: Designer + Retail Store } Amsale dresses from Allegria Brial, Belmont, MA
{ Bride & Bridesmaids Accessories } PradaDavid YurmanBlue Nile & Etsy 
{ Groomsmen Attire } The Black Tux
{ Hair Stylist } Janelle Parker
{ Makeup Stylist } Monica Salipante
{ Transportation } Corporate limousine Service Inc.
and First Student Charter School Bus for Guest Transportation 
{ Rehearsal Dinner Catering } Ipswich Clambake Seafood & Catering Company 
{ Wine & Liquor } West Concord Liquors
{ Stationary Printing } Lexington Graphics

deCordova delight

What a memorable Memorial Day weekend we had! The Blossom Partners' team was busy from dawn 'till dusk all weekend. The tired feet and late nights were SO worth it. We had an amazing time and our Clients. . . well let's just say they couldn't be happier and we couldn't be happier for them.

Pedro & Caroline are SO IN LOVE. It was an honor and privilege to help them celebrate that love over the course of their wedding weekend. From farm tours and cooking classes to personal chef services for family dinners, to a welcome party, rehearsal and the Wedding --it was a busy time and we had a hand in it all. Such fun and such a great group of people and needless to say so very beautiful.

A beautiful day and beautiful photography (as always) thanks to Lisa Rigby Photography.

A beautiful day and beautiful photography (as always) thanks to Lisa Rigby Photography.

A very very special thanks to all of the individuals and companies that played a part in making this a great weekend. We couldn't have done it without you! Karla Cassidy DesignsLisa Rigby PhotographyGreg from C-zone EntertainmentChef Ben Elliott and his team at Saltbox FarmSweet Tooth BakeryCopper Penney FlowersSarah O'Keefe of OkeefeOrganicsPeterson Party Center, Monica & Janelle make up & hair, Occasional Brass & StringsWest Concord Liquors, , Corporate Limousine Service and First Student Charter and of course the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum. It takes a village! Thank you all!

More photos to come soon! We just can't wait!

Xa tackles lettering

College wasn't really my thing. Between mandatory "core curriculum" classes at 8am and professors who had so much knowledge and yet so little ability to communicate it didn't add up to me being an enthusiastically committed scholar. That said, these pitfalls were exactly what made continuing education so appealing. You're saying I pick my topic, my schedule and my teacher? Where do I sign up? 

First on my list of creative self-improvement goals was to grow my handwriting repertoire for the last-minute sign making, card writing, and chalkboard menu-ing that inevitably occurs in this line of work. So in a shockingly expeditious fashion I find myself at South Station, clad in inexpensive, dark-colored clothing, walking to the Lettering by Liz studio. The fabulous Liz Roessler is a self-taught master of her craft which is the beautiful world of 'lettering." Liz takes classic lettering and breathes new life into it. All of her styles have a vitality and lightness that make a traditional script or modern print equally dynamic. In other words: this ain't your grandma's calligraphy. 

Not only is Liz a great talent but she is also a great teacher. She is patient and encouraging, with the ideal balance of "here's how to do it" and "find your own style." Oh and she provides snacks (along with all the other necessary tools and materials) which pretty much spells winner in my book. 

So jump on the back-to-school bandwagon …Take a class, pick up an old hobby, do a keg-stand (but do be careful -- you're not 19 anymore).

where does the fork go again?

We have a lot of people ask us this time of year how to set a table the "right way." In our opinion these days there really isn't a right way. Though we imagine the lovely people at Downton might have something to say about that.

Seriously though, there aren't very many circumstances where a truly formal table is required. But when you do see a table perfectly turned out it is breathtaking and typically makes us want to sit down to enjoy whatever fantastic meal the five star chef is prepping that night.

However you set your table this holiday season, we hope that you enjoy yourself. Because while a perfectly turned out table is a sight to be seen, it is the company you keep that truly makes the meal. 

Charts like this one can help you out no matter how formal or informal you are looking to make your table. Because sometimes you really do need to know where that little extra fork goes again. .

flowers by semia. . . need we say more?

Look, there are things that I do quite well… I make a rocking oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookie, I wrap a mean birthday present and not to toot my own horn, but I kind of kick ass at assembling IKEA furniture…just saying. But I am no professional photographer and there are times that I really, really wish I was. Case in point: the recent celebration over at Flowers by Semia in Providence, RI. Do yourself a solid and check out the Flowers by Semia facebook page for proper photos of the fete as well as your daily dose of gorgeous.

We were there to toast a year of remarkable success for the Flowers by Semia team (Martha Stewart Weddings anyone?) as well as a much-needed move to a bigger and completely fantastic new space. The new studio is in an industrial complex of artists and artisans (no joke we stumbled upon a welding class while in search of the valet) that oozes creativity. Best of all, the new space has a workshop where Semia runs a variety of classes for the novice and expert alike---materials, inspiration and experienced knowledge provided. 

We couldn't be happier that Flowers by Semia has found a home befitting the team’s remarkable passion and talent and can't wait to see what they have in store for us next…in the meantime a package of particleboard, miniature allen wrench and wordless instructions is calling my name. Wish me 'lycka till'.  

Special thanks to Semia for the beautiful arrangement featured in this blog photograph. Our table on WBZ this Sunday morning wouldn't have been what it was if not for you.

culinary journey at the little house

The other night, I ventured into The Little House on Saltbox Farm in Concord, Massachusetts. It is owned by Ben Elliott, a professionally trained chef, come farmer and local food advocate.  Through the meaningful blend of food, friends, family and community, Ben creates new culinary and agricultural traditions as well as honoring those of the past.   As event designers, we are always looking for wonderful ways to integrate food into the experience.  We believe that food is not just something that tastes good, but also something that feels good and and that is savored.  Ben's approach certainly fits the bill.

Ben is a true professional.  He was trained as a chef and has worked in some of the country's finest restaurants.  On the land his grandfather owned, Ben has brought the farm back to life growing seasonal vegetables and fruit, raising sheep, cows and chickens and is now sharing it all with the rest of us.  He offers a CSA as well as cooking classes in his cozy and friendly "Little House."  So last night, I was not only walking into a beautiful building, in some ways I was walking back in time, to where food was grown and prepared with care.  There were several of us making both savory and sweet pies often using ingredients from the farm.  The atmosphere was casual but we learned a great deal and in the meantime had wonderful conversation about cooking, keeping animals, holidays and family traditions. Capping off the evening, we sampled the pies and even had some left over to take home.  Delicious and special evening.  We highly recommend the experience to anyone who already loves food or is still learning to love it.     

about a barn

The other week the three of us walked into a classic old 3-story barn in a charming town somewhere west of Boston.   The barn is on a beautiful property next to a lovely 200 year old Colonial that is owned by a wonderful family.  The couple were hosting a charity dinner for ten people that would be catered by chef Ben Elliott of Salt Box Farm.  Ben owns and operates a local farm so his food is truly 'farm to table'.  Therefore, having the dinner in the barn was the perfect fit.  With that said, we had some serious work to do to get it ready ... and in 10 days. The barn, while beautiful and relatively neat still had the typical clutter including paint cans, kids toys and bikes, farm equipment and other furniture. 

A very special thank you to photographer Krys Streeter for her wonderful shots.

A very special thank you to photographer Krys Streeter for her wonderful shots.

Our task was two-fold.  
1.  Create an elegant and intimate space within the barn
2.  Wall off or hide the "stuff' that needed to stay in the barn during the dinner

We went away and thought and sketched and thought and planned.  We wanted to use materials that are both elegant and appropriate for the barn.  Our host's style is classic, tailored and neutral in color.  Autumn luxury was the design and styling theme with earthy and textural burlap and wood mixed with gold (china, decor, rimmed-glasses, etc).  The blend of the natural with the high luxury was magical.

And once we started with burlap, we did not stop.  We set out to tent the barn with strips of gorgeous white burlap hung from the highest center beam.  In between the panels were Edison lights strung in single strands, again honoring the openness and structure of the barn.  We used painter drop cloths that were folded into a box pattern affixed to the beams to hide anything we did not want in the entertaining space.  We created a natural- colored burlap curtain that separated the dining from the cocktail seating area.

Mixing fabrics and textures is always our favorite way to decorate and design.  We were able to rent some gold pieces that anchored the table while bringing in heirloom china and silver from the home of our host.  Monogrammed french linen napkins on top of simple burlap table cloths.  Rented gold-rimmed glasses next to antique cut crystal goblets.  Sterling vases mixed with store-bought gold votive holders.  The effect was timeless and elegant, traditional yet modern and relevant.

For the cocktail space, we brought rustic, yet elegant pieces of furniture and decor from her home to the cocktail/seating area.  We draped the couches in sheep's wool blankets and filled the seating with comfortable throw pillows.  Branches added height and lanterns added warmth of light.  Who says you should not be cozy and rugged up in a barn?

We risked life and limb on those ladders, but at the end of the day, it was well worth it.  Our host and their guests were surprised and  thrilled and the food of course was fabulous.  A perfect way to welcome in the harvest season.