Behind the Scenes – Botanical Greenhouse Wedding Lunch in Utterly Engaged Magazine

I remember the sun trickling in early that morning.  It’s hard to not get good light in a greenhouse but that cold December morning seemed like perfection.  Dew on the window panes with succulents and ferns at every turn, the room came alive.   Every year I celebrate with the team…offering up an amazing meal, in a wow place, making each detail sing their praises for incredible  year of  work well done.  The Vintage Greenhouse at Hillside Farms in Dallas, PA seemed magical to me, so I inquired about cleaning up the space and taking over for a day…the rest, well, look on…


Maggie and Jason from Maggpie Vintage Rentals partnered with me to clear, clean up and style this space.  Early morning coffees and warms clothes got us through as we set table, swept the floors and tossed ropes up and over plumbing to hang the evergreen filled baskets.  Then load in of their gorgeous collection of gold, ivory and green settees began.  I knew quickly this lunch would be one we’d all remember for a very long time.


Leafy greens , feathery petaled blooms and berries were sketched into an intricate yet delicate pattern to adorn each invitation.  Each was individually watercolored with teals, emeralds and white against a saturated grassy green stock.  I just love this shot against the damask pattern of Maggie’s settee!


Every bit of glass in the place would come alive with sparkle as the sun peeked in and out of the soft clouds that day.

Sullivan Owen created our florals with a combination of white peonies, ranunculus, spray roses plus berries and pussy willow.


Menus took their leafy, botanical cues from the invitation but in softer tones overall.  And yes, that is my handwriting on each!


Maggie created a master composition with cut glass plates, bowls, milk glass details and the sweet tied up flatware in vintage embroidered napkins.  Love the white on white here….

Each girl received a painted canvas with personal note on the back.   Admittedly I should do this more – and tell this team more often how much they mean to me.

Pat Greenfield of the newly re-opened Grico’s restaurant locally always handles my food!  She is a true artist and always envisions the most inventive and visually stunning menu.



There’s nothing I love more than an amazing top down shot of everyone enjoying….Amanda at Swoon Over It knows my obsession with these style of images and has no problem hopping on a ladder mid-meal to make it happen!  Love her!


Jasmine at The Couture Cakery blew us away yet again. You may remember her sweets for my employee Jess’s Bridal Shower?  I asked Jasmine to vision a dark chocolate feast of sweets to contrast the almost all white lunch…Just look at what she imagined….


This sugar rose…is beyond. especially against the rich brown backdrop.



Possibly my favorite shot of the day and because it seems to capture the sparkle and emotion we all experienced within the glass walls of our greenhouse home for a day.


Thank you to this incredible team of creatives that brought this vision together and thank you to the Momental Girls for giving us a reason to celebrate!

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Styling, Stationery, DesignMomental Designs    ::  Vintage Rentals and StylingMaggpie Vintage  ::  Venue – The Greenhouse at Hillside Farms  ::  PhotographySwoon Over It  ::  FloralSullivan Owen  ::  SweetsThe Couture Cakery  ::  FoodGrico’s