December 30, 2011

"Masquerade" & "Mermaids"

We were thrilled to get a call from Wrightsville Beach Magazine asking us to do the Floral & Event Design for a photo shoot for their December issue article on decorating mantels for the Holiday Season!

 We began our day of Floral & Event Design for the WBM photo shoot
at a beautiful home on Figure 8 Island.
The fact that the weather, on that November day, was almost hot, didn't
daunt our enthusiasm for creating a romantic 
winter New Year's Eve scene around the magnificent fireplace!

When asked to choose a design theme for our mantel decor, we chose 
"At Home After the New Year's Eve Party!"
The look we wanted for the mantel, ottoman, and cabinets was
New Year's festive, thus the name
We wanted to create the look of  a couple having been to a New Year's
Eve party and coming home just in time for the clock to strike midnight!
(maybe they wanted their kiss at midnight to be private!!!)

When we think of New Year's, we Divas think of silver and gold,
touches of black, sparkle and candle light!
We have a collection of mercury glass 
we thought would compliment our New Year's theme.
We chose to anchor the mantel with a black clock and hour glass,
both from Pottery Barn.
We filled the mantel with candles in 
our mercury glass globes of varying heights.
We created the floral arrangments from Picasso calla lilies, 
ivory roses, alstromeria, and seeded eucalyptus.
We accented them with peacock feathers 
and arranged them in our mercury glass vases 
decorated with a black medallion.
We added hand-painted porcelain masks 
& vintage masquerade dolls from a friend's collection,
and decorative pillows and other accessories from Pottery Barn.


And for this "after-party" theme, we put the "wife's" vintage coat 
and holiday accented shoes on the ottoman, 
and set out the silver tray with glass espresso coffee cups, 
a lotus bowl of whipped cream, 
and "His & Her" cakes made with our signature Italian buttercream 
and decorated with ivory sugarpaste flowers.

And now on to Wrightsville Beach for Mantel # 2...

"Holiday Mermaids"

From the moment we walked into this Wrightsville Beach home, 
the feel was warm, inviting and family friendly. 
So, for our theme, we imagined a family with children and grandchildren 
gathering together for the week after Christmas,
snuggling into the oversized sofas to watch "It's A Wonderful Life!"

We Divas are a family with a sense of humor
and we always like to include something 
in our design elements that reflect our belief that
beautiful things can also incorporate a sense of
lightness and happiness and laughter! 
So for the event design for this "fun family gathering," 
we wanted an ocean inspired decor
that had sophisticated sparkle as well as a sense of humor!
Having found this whimsical mermaid bust
along with a sequined starfish, globe, and
glittered turquoise sea grass at New River Pottery, 
we found our theme - Holiday Mermaids!!!
We then went to Fisherman's Wife to find the beautiful ornaments,
silk greenery & florals for the mantel, and pottery for the ottoman decor.

Because of the warmth of the stone of the mantel,
we chose the complimentary cool colors of turquoise and aqua.
For the mantel, we first laid a silk pine garland and
intertwined it with the glittered turquoise sea grass.
Then on it we placed all of the beautiful mermaid
and ocean inspired glass and glittery ornaments.
In the alcoves, to compliment our holiday theme
and the warm color of the stone mantel,
we created arrangements of silk red succulent flowers and berries.

On the ottoman, we used a beautiful collection of Vietri pottery
that included a wonderful "reindeer" bowl 
we filled with popcorn, and from the same collection, 
we had trays and mugs in shades of ivory and turquoise 
for the hot cocoa and the Chocolate Praline Ganache cake bites
(by The Three Divas, of course!!!)

For a "behind the scenes" look at The Divas decorating process,
and the photo shoot with the Wrightsville Beach Magazine crew,
Click the photo below to watch our video -

Two mantels decorated and photographed in two minutes!!! ;) ;) :)

Thank you to
Fisherman's Wife
Pottery Barn
 Pam Macior -our new friend and brilliant architect
of these fabulous mantels!
Photos by Joshua Curry
and to the Wrightsville Beach Magazine staff for a wonderful day!
(910) 399-6276

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October 28, 2011

Art Deco Wedding!!!

Art Deco inspired event design with red tulips, pink roses, black/white anemones and plumosa fern
in a Draper inspired vase with mercury glass accents, 
silver chargers, and black napkins in a classic "cardinal" fold!

                                       All photos by Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography

Art Deco inspired cake design with black fondant ribbons,
red tulips and white anemones,
frosted in our signature Italian Buttercream!

Shepherds Hook Design for Ceremony Site

Floral & Event Design 
and Cake

October 1, 2011

The Ultimate Southern Wedding at The City Club

                                 all photos by Bella Rose Photography

It was our privilege to be asked to do
Cake, Floral & Event Design, Directing & Videography
for the wedding of Laura, the sister of our good friend and photographer,
Lisa Brown, who also acted as Maid of Honor,
Wedding Planner, and Stylist for the Bridal Party!
We were one busy team!!!

    The reception was held at the historic mansion, City Club at de Rosset.


The reception was filled with tablescapes and mantle arrangements 
created with lush champagne garden roses, 
light pink Aphrodite garden roses, 
white anemones, cream & blush roses, cream & pink spray roses, 
light pink larkspur, white snapdragons, 
white ranunculus, white freesia, and pink French tulips
arranged in mercury glass vases, 
and accented with crystal candelabras, 
birdcage candle holders and porcelain bird vases.

The Bridal flowers were created with champagne garden roses,
light pink Aphrodite garden roses, white anemones with black centers,
cream and blush roses, white ranunculus, white freesia,
and pink French tulips!

The wedding ceremony was held at Kenan Chapel of Landfall.

The reception was held at City Club at de Rosset
in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

We created the wedding cake with a 
large sugarpaste rose with large flowing petals 
to compliment the Bride's silk rose head piece.

  The cake, frosted in Italian buttercream,
was sprayed in edible gold luster dust.

Behind the scenes with sister of the Bride,
fab photographer Lisa...

...and Rebekah on video!!!               

And now it is time to PARTY!!!

Fireworks were the Grand Finale!!!...

All photos copyrighted by Lisa Brown of Bella Rose Photography

...BUT the day before...

...our home/office was filled with 1200 stems of flowers!

Some arrangements were so large, only the
outdoors would do for designing them...


and some arrangements were as tall as our Divette, Eve!!!

Things get really busy in "Divadom" but we always take time 
to stop and smell the roses!!!

to watch our VIDEO "Highlight Reel" of what we now refer to as
 the wedding of our "Estee Lauder" Bride!!! 


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