Brigid and Richard

Classic Hollywood glamour infused with natural enchantment was the inspiration for Brigid and Richard’s October wedding. We played off the lush foliage and lovely backdrop of the Clifton Inn to create the illusion of a luxurious garden party in a magical forest. An elegant, soft mix of florals in ivory and blue and textured greenery was used by our team to reflect the theme.

The stunning bride wore a Lela Rose gown and epitomized old Hollywood charm. We created an understated, loose, and flowing bouquet. Ivory florals in the form of David Austin garden roses, Majolica spray roses, and cream lisianthus were accented with blue tweedia and periwinkle hydrangea. To continue the theme, there was a heavy play on greenery in the bouquet. We chose to add Umbrella fern, jasmine vine, Italian ruskus, and Dusty Miller. The flowers were tied with a slate grey ribbon and pinned with a line of seed pearls.

For the reception, garland and magnolia branches, intertwined with twinkle lights, climbed the central poles of the tent. These organic arrangements sprouted from a base of fern, camellia leaf, and magnolia leaf. The tent poles thus disappeared and became the desired setting of a magical forest.

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The head table, placed in the center of the tent, was the focal point. A delicate and lovely green garland of camellia leaf, seeded eucalyptus, and salal ran down the length of the table and spilled out over the center, in front of the bride and groom’s seats. Nestled in the garland, we placed a mix of vintage French glass vases in different heights and sizes. These contained loose arrangements of garden roses, lisianthus, antiqued hydrangeas, ferns, and other greenery. Poured glass votives were also scattered throughout the tables to enhance the magical feeling.

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Thank you to the amazing vendors who made this day possible, and to Annie O’Neill Photography, who captured the day so beautifully. To see more images, visit our Weddings page or browse the gallery below.

Event Planning: Colleen Miller Events

Lighting: Skyline Tent Company

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Melanie and Doug

Melanie and Doug had an intimate winter wedding in the Jefferson Room at Farmington Country Club. An elegant and understated evening, the reception room had a soft ambience with colors and textures that were rich and reflective of the season. Colors of sage green, deep burgundy, and creams were accented with warm gold tones.

On the long dinner table, loose floral centerpieces with roses, hydrangea, astilbe, ranunculus, and golden preserved oak leaves sat upon tall, gold candelabras. At the center of the table, we placed a low, elongated arrangement in a brushed gold container. Gold mercury votive candles were included to add some sparkle.

Images from this beautiful, winter celebration can be seen below, or on our Weddings page. Thank you to Jennifer Byrne Photography  for sharing.

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Floralscapes 2016

We very much enjoyed designing table arrangements for Caspari‘s Floralscapes event this year, celebrating Historic Garden Week. Our arrangements were made to complement the ‘Culiko’ design, which features succulents and cacti. Bright and exotic florals were arranged in teal oxidized metal containers. ‘Free Spirit’ and ‘Wimbledon’ roses were mixed with poppy pods, protea, and staghorn fern. Equisetum added height and a unique detail to the grouping. View the beautiful tablescape below!

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Rebecca and Matt

Rebecca and Matt’s relaxed, vintage style wedding took place at Castle Hill Cider in October of 2015. The couple chose vibrant colors for their wedding party, which allowed us to integrate an interesting mix of bright and romantic florals.

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The bride’s bouquet was soft and fulsome in colors of pink and purple. Cascading greenery, orchids, dendrobiums, calla lilies, spray roses, camellia leaves, hydrangeas, and freesia came together to create a textured and asymmetric composition. The bouquet was tied with a purple satin ribbon and pinned with a line of pearls.

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The bridesmaids, wearing plum, carried bouquets of purple hydrangea with “Purple Rain” roses, dendrobiums, camelia leaves, and seeded eucalyptus. These bouquets were tied in teal satin ribbon to complement the groomsmen’s ties.

Meredith Sledge Photography captured the wedding in gorgeous detail. Each image manages to highlight the vibrancy and texture of each flower. Explore the gallery below, or visit our Weddings page.

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Madison and Scott

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In October of this past year, we had the honor of working with Madison and Scott to add vibrant florals and exquisite decor to their autumnal nuptials. The two were married at St. Paul’s Memorial Church near the University of Virginia Corner, and their reception was held in the gorgeous Verulam Farm‘s Cider Barn. The event was photographed by the talented Jen Fariello Photography. Classic and vintage elements combined with loose, “from the garden” florals to create a feeling of southern elegance with rustic charm.

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Rain came on the wedding day, but it did not dampen the spirits of the bride and her wedding party. All smiles, Madison and her bridesmaids posed for pictures in their fall-colored Hunter boots and patterned umbrellas.

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The bride’s bouquet was romantic and natural. Cream and white garden roses, dahlias, freesia, and hydrangea served as the base. Colors of plum, peach, mint, and orange were integrated with the addition of ranunculus, garden roses, silver brunia berries, and dusty miller. The bouquet was tied with a cream satin ribbon and pinned with a line of seed pearls.

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The intimate ceremony was touching and full of laughter. The adorable flower girls, crowned with twisting stems of heather, wax flower, and spray roses, prefaced the joy and excitement of the ceremony as they walked down the aisle. The altar was framed by two arrangements in classic urns. Hydrangea, white roses, and delphinium added color and delicacy, while magnolia branches and fern added texture and volume.

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For the reception, tables were designed to reflect the charm of the Verulam Cider Barn. A vintage collection of vessels and gold mercury votives were scattered down the length of the long farm tables. Loose and elegant arrangements of hydrangea, ferns, roses, astrantia and other elements in colors of oranges, peaches, and creams were arranged in wooden boxes. Some of the tables also had a garland runner of salal and seeded eucalyptus, interspersed with hydrangea to add color.

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The most interesting and unique element of the reception was the hanging wagon wheel chandelier. We embellished the wheel with grapevine, seeded eucalyptus, moss, and hydrangea and hung tear drop votive candles to add interest. It was a beautiful and charming accessory to the dance floor!

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Madison and Scott’s wedding was full of happiness and joy. The bride exuded radiance on the dreary day, and the couple’s love warmed all who attended. It was a wonderful experience for us to be a part of such an eventful day. All of our best to Madison and Scott!

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For more images, explore our gallery below, or visit our Weddings page.

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Happy Easter

We wish you all a joyous and peaceful Easter weekend.

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We love having this little Frenchie, Winston, in our Easter basket!

Happy Easter from Tourterelle.

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Kristen and Kevin

Kristen and Kevin’s wedding was a gorgeous occasion that was infused with a casual feel, but a sophisticated style. The lovely pair was married on October 10, 2015 at Verulam Farm. The location complemented and enhanced the theme of Southern elegance with a rustic charm. The wedding was planned by Verulam’s very talented Kennon Ibbeken and photographed by the exceptional William Walker Photography.

Kristen & Kevin were married at Verulam Farm in Charlottesville, VA on October 10, 2015

Kristen & Kevin were married at Verulam Farm in Charlottesville, VA on October 10, 2015

Kristen was the epitome of bridal elegance. She wore a champagne colored gown, and carried a unique and romantic bouquet of succulents, white freesia, ranunculus, hydrangea, and white garden roses. Seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, silver brunia berries, and privet berries added texture and volume. The bouquet was tied together with a cream satin ribbon and pinned with a line of seed pearls. The bride added a personal touch to her ensemble with colorful cowboy boots.

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The ceremony was held in the field of Verulam, facing the mountains, with the backdrop of the main house. Our birch arch was used for the altar. Organically arranged magnolia leaf, hydrangea, and roses cascaded from the arch and framed the altar. Clear jars of blue, white, and green florals dangled from shepherd’s hooks along the aisle. The highlights of the ceremony were the adorable flower girls, wearing white dresses and cowboy boots. Of course, the pure happiness on the bride and groom’s faces could not be matched.

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The Cider Barn on the property housed the reception. The florals were loose and elegant, with a “from the garden” feel. Birch and wood accents, along with lanterns and mason jars, completed the decor. The head table, a vintage farm table, was framed by a garland of greenery. Two low, rustic iron troughs were filled with moss and placed on the table. Votives were nestled in the moss running down the length of the trough, adding a romantic feel. Small floral arrangements in mixed, delicate, and vintage vases were placed on each table. The reception was catered by A Pimento, and the delicious cake was created by Cakes by Rachel.

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It was an honor to be a part of this stunning wedding. We are so overwhelmed by the beautiful setting, design, and people. Congratulations to Kristen and Kevin!

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For more images of the wedding, please browse through the gallery below, or visit our Weddings page.

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Trish and Alex

On September 26, 2015, Trish and Alex became man and wife among the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Their classic and simple vineyard wedding took place at Afton Mountain Vineyards. A cloudy sky and the threat of rain did not dull the brilliance and beauty of this day!

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The wedding concept was rustic, modern elegance with a sophisticated country feeling. Colors of navy, champagne, ivory, and grey were complemented with accents of blue. The bridal party’s bouquets and boutonnieres were wrapped in blue ribbons, and the ceremony space was framed by blue and cream arrangements mounted on cedar barrels.

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The bride carried a loose and unstructured bouquet of ivory and blush garden roses, cream lisianthus, veronica, spray roses, and dahlias. The flowers were tied in an ivory, satin ribbon and pinned with pearls.

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Thank you so much to Trish and Alex for allowing us to be a part of their special day! Also, thank you to The Mallorys for sharing their beautiful images with us. For a more detailed look of the wedding, explore the gallery below or visit our Weddings page.

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Erin and Jesse

Erin and Jesse were married at Castle Hill Cider on a beautiful, September 2015 day. Their wedding was planned by the talented Logan Powell at Real Southern Accents.

Erin & Jesse were married September 26, 2015 at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, VA

Erin & Jesse were married September 26, 2015 at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick, VA


The wedding was infused with a simple, rustic elegance. A color palette of navy, pale yellow, and grey was chosen, and we integrated these colors into our designs.

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The bride carried a loose and airy bouquet of “Café au lait” dahlias, freesia, “Quick Sand” roses, “Majolica” spray roses, astrantia, hydrangea, and dusty miller. The flowers were wrapped with a burlap ribbon and a cream collar.

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For the ceremony, we provided two of our Tourterelle birch bark barrels topped with arrangements to mark the altar. The arrangements were full of hydrangea, roses, eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, yellow snap dragons, and dahlias. The aisle was lined by clear hobnail jars holding a loose collection of dahlias, hydrangea, and roses.


For the reception, we continued our floral story in birch containers. The centerpieces were placed on round bark slabs and beds of moss to add dimension and interest to the tables. Interspersed on the slabs was a mix of mercury glass votive candles and dried hydrangea.

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The stunning photographs we have shared documenting this joyous occasion were taken by the wonderful William Walker Photography. View more images in our gallery below, or on our Weddings page.

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McKenna and Alex

McKenna and Alex were married on a sunny July 2015 day at the University of Virginia Chapel. The ceremony was a small and private affair for immediate family and close friends.

The florals were simple and elegant, with a color scheme of blues, creams, and greens. The beautiful bride carried a loose and round bouquet in shades of blue and a touch of cream. The bouquet was composed of garden roses, spray roses, delphinium, tweedia, and astrantia. It was tied with an ivory satin ribbon and pinned with pearls.

The reception was held at the Boar’s Head Inn. Arrangements of hydrangea, delphinium, and greenery were set in urns. The bouquets were repurposed into decor for the tables.

The wedding was captured by the talented M Kropf Photography. You can view these photographs below, or by visiting our Weddings page.

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