The Carlyle

Photo by Kate Murphy!
Weddings. We don't talk about them much here, because we try not to do too many of them here. As a florist, it's normal and even expected to book yourself silly every weekend during peak season- to become a wedding factory and arrange flowers machine-gun style. That way of working isn't for me, and I relish staying small so I can do only the jobs that inspire me.

When Jamie Beck emailed me about her wedding at The Carlyle, it was like hearing from Grace Kelly incarnate. She is every florist's dream bride- an incredibly talented photographer with a legendary sense of style and she was hands-off in the best sense. When you trust your clients and they trust you, beautiful things are bound to happen.
Photo by Kate Murphy!
Photo by Kate Murphy!
Photo by Kate Murphy!
The above photos were taken by the eyepoppingly good London based Kate Murphy. The ceremony was in a suite overlooking Central Park and I made a big garland decorated with peonies and roses to frame Jamie and Kevin. Only in very rare occasions do true simplicity and glamour get to meet, and their ceremony was one of those moments. 
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Back on planet earth, if you leave a bucket of priceless garden roses and peonies in the hall outside a hotel room at the Carlyle even for just a few minutes, the supremely attentive housekeeping staff will "tidy" it up for you. That that means your assistant will spend that next 30 minutes digging through garbage cans to salvage what's left of the extra flowers you brought to gussy up the already finished centerpieces for the reception. Deep breaths, everybody- it worked out in the end and I had enough time to take lots of photos of the flowers.
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The only direction Jamie gave me was that she wanted something light for the ceremony and something a bit more colorful for the reception. We used summer fruit as the palette- peach, apricot, plum, raspberry and cherry. I bought baskets of fruit at the farmers market, more than I could carry, and clustered them with the centerpieces to make little dutch paintings for her guests. I kept popping overripe cherries in my mouth and worrying I'd ruin the linens with my cherry-stained fingers.

When it was all said and done, Francecsa and I huddled in the bathroom of the Carlyle, brushing hairs and applying lipstick. We waltzed into the storybook Bemelmans Bar and sipped some champagne cocktails and ordered onion rings. We waltzed out 2 hours later, and went into Central Park to watch the sunset from a hill at 78th street while Jamie and Kevin got married above. 

49 comments:

  1. looks like a beautiful wedding - the photographs you took are beautiful! the last one looks like a painting.

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  2. woah, what a wedding, what flowers, what photographs…SO incredible!

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  3. that last paragraph. that feeling is unsurpassed. so so well done m'dear! trusting clients are worth their weight in gold three times over.

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    1. I was basically on cloud 9 after the wedding. Why oh whyyy can't they all be like that??

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  4. Absolutely amazing! Beautiful flowers, beautiful arrangements, beautiful photos! The palette for the evening looks so succulent. Perfection!

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  5. love everything about this but oh man, that last photo...

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  6. Incredibly beautiful! If I were to ever get married I'd want something as "wild" and creative and baroque painting gorgeous as your creations. Heck, I'd want them all around me right now as the unmarried person that I am!! :D

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  7. It really does look like a story book!

    Fantastic floral arrangements!

    Anna

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  8. These are amazing photos my goodness. You are very talented.

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  9. Such a lovely wedding! I think the fruit touch is genius!

    xoxo Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  10. I have no words. Everything is perfection.

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  11. fruit! and fruit colors! it's absolutely gorgeous! i can't stop looking at it!!

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  12. I love the Dutch painting idea, and the execution rocks!

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  13. Siiiiigh, love love love the photos and your blog.

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  14. this are the most beautiful arrangements I have seen for a wedding. ever. each and everyone of it, is like a painting in itself.

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  15. sooooo beautiful!
    love both themes and the way they work together!
    so tender, soft, decadent, your arrangements look like paintings!

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  16. I love the last paragraph of this post. You gave life to your art and then lived on by way of champagne, onion rings and a sunset. Lovely.

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  17. Wow! I am absolutely stunned by the beauty of this wedding! I love the fruit on the table, and I can't imagine any of the Dutch Masters ever had a more gorgeous ocmposition!
    Perfection!

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  18. Absolutely beautiful wedding and lovely photos. I love the soft lighting.

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  19. Absolutely stunning and timeless. Great job!

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  20. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART (again)! You are so, so flip, flappin' jackin' talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The flowers the photos the everything! The world is a more beautiful place with you in it. Such a huge fan!

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  21. So romantic! Simple but elegant which is the best way to go! I love it from the china, the crystals, the fruits, the flowers and her wedding gown too. Well done!

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  22. Wow. She is Grace Kelly incarnate, just as surely as you are Van Gogh incarnate! What dreamy beauty! But I am glad you have those planet earth moments too. Is that bad of me? (-;

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  23. I definitely admire your stance on weddings. My company is based out of Chicago and it seems all there is for florists here are weddings, and they do book themselves silly! I am trying to stay away from that and am inspired by you feeling the same, though I am sure you have plenty more exciting floral opportunities going on in New York.

    Absolutely beautiful flowers.

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  24. you are an inspiration...too beautiful...x

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  25. Magical. Love the "dutch paintings" centrepieces. The colours are intensely romantic!

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  26. This is exactly how I feel about photographing weddings - only doing the ones that I feel really excited about and feel aligned with my creativity, not doing them fulltime. Because otherwise we might stab our eyes out, no? That shit is stressful!! :) And of course, gorgeous work as usual, lady. Please come to LA and teach a class someday!

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  27. the flower arrangements were really beautiful. the idea to throw in some fruits on the table is brilliant!

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  28. oh what an inspiration, to plunder the Dutch still life theme and pluck a cherry from a table here and there. I sense a bit of the Grace Kelly in you too, the one where she wanders languidly about her garden full of flowers...

    it was particularly inspiring and helpful to read about your philosophy on doing - or not doing - weddings. loved hearing that, the way you stay with what works for you. and how you savored the job well done afterwards too.

    (found you via a link on flowerona btw).

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  30. Amy, beautiful job on the flowers. I am a peony grower located in Michigan. If we can ever provide peonies for your June brides please get in touch with us. http://www.bridgewatergardens.com

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  31. Perfect floral decor...you are most inspiring and I'm not a florist. The dishes...divine.! Love the way entire wedding decor...especially the summer fruit among the floral. That is divine.

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  32. Very beautiful! your arrangements are very distinguished and you definitely have your own look. I love the fruits! Inspiring!

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  33. Perfection. It is just like a painting. The 2 of them are such spectacular people, and not unlike yourself, are talented beyond words. You (and staff) did an outstanding job! Love seeing this kind of beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. These are absolutely beautiful. I love the arrangements for the reception. Wonderful.

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  35. Absolutely stunning decorations! You are so talented.

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  36. Amazing photos! Been following for a couple months now. I am so impressed I just have to ask what kind of camera you're using?

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  37. I've just discovered your blog and it is one of the most beautiful things ever... you are so SO immensely talented!

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  38. Amazing, I especially loved the colourful Dutch painting inspiration :)

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