Sometimes when it is 30 degrees outside the best thing to do is “think spring” right?! Browsing through images of the weddings that we have done and I came across this oh so colorful orange and green wedding with tropical touches at Morais Vineyards & Winery in Bealton, Virginia. The ceremony took place outdoors with the pergola, which was decorated with strands of crystals and orange Mokara orchids. The ballroom looked stunning with orange crush linens that had an iridescent shine and provided just the right contrast to the the arrangements which were mostly green flowers with pops or orange. Last but least, the gorgeous cake! The flowers used included dahlias, Mokara orchids, spray roses, hydrangea, tick dianthus, hypericum berries and amaranthus.
Morais Vineyard & Winery
Wedding Coordination, Flowers & Decor:
Growing wheatgrass for centerpieces or an escort card display, is a great way to incorporate an outdoor feel and touch of nature. It takes approximately 10 to 14 days after planting the seeds before they are ready for display. I recommend starting the process 15 to 20 days before the event (once the grass is 3 weeks old, the blades get so long they start to droop). There are endless possibilities as to the type of container to grow the grass in or flowers to display in the center. I hope to get the chance to make these again, I have lots more ideas that I want to try!
- Potting soil
- Spray Bottle
- Tray / Container
- Large bowl for soaking
- Wheatgrass seeds
- Glass Cylinders
- Mokara Orchids
- Floating Candles – 3″
Step One: Cover the bottom of your tray with a layer of dry wheatgrass seeds. Afterwards, pour the seeds into a measuring cup so you know exactly how many seeds are needed per container.
Step Two: Rinse the seeds in clean water, drain and then soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water (make sure there is plenty of water). Let the seeds soak for about 8-10 hours. Next, drain the water, then soak them again for another 8 hours. Repeat this step a third time. You should start to see little sprouts by this time.
Step Three: If the bottom of your tray has holes, line the bottom of the tray with unbleached
paper towels so that the roots do not protrude. Otherwise, spread a layer of soil that has been premoistened at least a half inch deep.
Step Four: Spread out the germinated seeds evenly and densely on top of the damp soil and then gently press the seeds into the soil.
Step Five: Place the tray under indirect sunlight. I grew the wheatgrass outside under a covered porch, you could also grow them inside near a window. Wheatgrass does not like hot direct sunlight. The young shoots need to be watered at least twice a day. If the soil gets dry, the young shoots may die off before they root.
Step Six: Once the shoots are taller than one inch, probably about day 5, you can water them once a day (morning is best). You must make sure that there is enough to keep the soil damp all the way to the roots but not overlay saturated.
Step Seven: On the day of the wedding cut mokara orchids to fit inside each cylinder, fill with water and place a floating candle on top. Voilla, your centerpiece is complete!
Sabrina and Rob’s wedding was an experience no one could forget. No matter how creative or organized one is, nobody can stop Mother Nature and illness; a bride’s two worst nightmares. However, not a soul could have handled it better than this loving and relaxed couple. The morning of the wedding, Sabrina fell so ill from food poising that it kept her from having the strength to get ready for her own wedding. To add to the complications, the couple had planned on having their ceremony outside on the beautiful steps of the Jefferson Memorial, but the chance of rain was 100% with no signs of stopping. Her close family and friends were busy by her side coaxing her back to good health. With the help of Rachel Naft of RMN Photography the couple had a beautiful ceremony at Union Station (since they had a D.C. marriage license) and then went back to the Crown Plaza, in Silver Spring, Maryland for the ceremony for their guests and the reception. The impressive flowers were designed by the bride and put together with the help of a volunteer association and Diamond Events. The Groom even set up the lights himself, which were rented from Atmosphere Lighting and really enhanced the room. The DJ, Tony Gaetano of Black Tie DJ’s got the party started with fun music and amusing props for the bridal party to wear. To top the night off, the decorative and delicious candy bar opened for the guest’s to take home a box of their favorite goodies. There was nothing stopping this couple from getting married. They shall love each other in sickness or in health, rain or shine. Sabrina and Rob, you were a true joy to work with.
All Photography by Rachel Naft of RMN Photography
(Rain Plan Location)
Silver Spring, Maryland
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