{ adele + john | wooded “perfect pear” theme | frenchman’s reserve wedding }

On November 26, 2011, after an 18 year engagement, my in-laws officially tied the knot, in an intimate ceremony at Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club, in Palm Beach Gardens.

I styled and threw together, this post-Thanksgiving affair, in only a few weeks time.

Incorporating rustic/woodsy textures {burlap, twine, moss and bark} centered around a palette of {brown, sage, green + champagne}, I was inspired by {branches + pears}.

A very happy “First Anniversary” to them both. Here is a trip down memory lane.

Our graphics team designed the linen invite ensemble, which arrived boxed + wrapped in burlap and twine.

This moss + twine ring bearer heart was created by Desiree Dawn Events, along with the petal-toss cones.

The fan programs, were displayed in a wire + branch caddy of triple mason jars.

The all green bridal bouquet, was simply elegant, and beautifully designed by Cary for Camden Gardens Floral Designs + Decor.

The “pear fruit butter” spread table favors, the first of many in the “perfect pear theme,” were top-wrapped in burlap, and tied in twine.

Atop the jar, sat a small golden pear, and a custom monogrammed linen leaf encouraging, “spread the love.”

I really like how the green shades graduate, and that the stems, wrapped in brown burlap and fastened with pearl pins, were kept long.

The bride’s decadent jewelry, was on loan from Bacio Bacio Bridal’s Luxe Jewel collection.

The golden placecard pears, later doubled as holiday tree ornaments.

The triple- tiered “white macadamia nut” fondant cake incorporated chocolate branches to keep with the woodsy theme, and was wrapped in sage ribbon, with one eye-popping gold sugar-flower. Notice, the center tier, was double thick, and the top layer was tufted.

Burlap wrapped “thank you” favors of Pear + Almond room spray were gifted to guests.

And yes, there were actual people at this event, not just details. The flower girl and ring bearer were cute as buttons, and oddly cooperative.

The blue-eyed ring bearer, Nicholas, was dressed in suspenders, bow tie, knickers, and a newsboy hat.. the look was oh, so vintage.

The flower girl, my daughter Kierra, wore a handmade earthtone tutu gown, with a woodland fairy vibe.

As much as these two munchkins acted like they were the ones being wed…

Here is the real-groom, waiting to present his bride-to-be with her bouquet.

Together they were all smiles, as the little one’s looked on.

In no time, my daughter discovered the spa fountain…

So, of course, she went to get her partner in crime, and the twosome engaged in some water play, “Here, let me show you…” as she guided his hand into the fountain.

These are my favorite shots of the soon to be newlyweds, right before they headed for the alter.

While I was off taking pictures, Desiree + Cary, of Desiree Dawn Events + Camden Gardens respectively, brought the ceremony site on the veranda to life. The “At Last” aisle banner, created by Desiree, was a great touch.

The burlap aisle runner was lined with cylinders with floating candles, and at the end, two branched arrangements in rustic containers, w. bursts of rust colored calah lilies.

The flower girl grabbed her basket, made of branches, and the ring bearer, his moss pillow and they readied for the big moment.

As darkness fell, the candles were lit, the music queued, and the procession began.

The over-ambitious flower girl, was told to “throw the petals” as she walked. And as you can see…that she did!!!

The bride was escorted by her son down the candlelit aisle.

My mother read the classic “Love is patient, Love is kind” passage from Corinthians.

Rings were exchanged.

Followed by a sand ceremony.

Then the couple emerged all smiles, as husband and wife.

Cocktails were served and guests wrote their wishes and hung them on an orchid tree. How cool are these pencils made from real raw tree branches?

The couples signature drink, the “Perfect Pear-tini,” was made from Absolute Pears, with a sugared rim, and garnished with a slice of fresh pear.

On the back of John + Adele’s Chairs hung mossy covered letters with their initials.

Each place setting had a gold charger, brown napkin, with a beige burlap and sage ribbon wrap, and a golden pear place card in the center.

Later, the burlap and ribbon were used to transform the table arrangements into wrapped take-home bouquets for all the female guests.

The cake was set on a glass pedestal on a credenza flanked w. greens, stacks of brown paper and twine wrapped books and votive candles.

The menu, designed to match the invitation set, listed all the pear inspired cuisine to come.

The gourmet salad, was amazing… the chef created a pear and almond brie in a phyla pastry, over mixed greens, with goat cheese, candied walnuts and baked pears, drizzled w. a pear champagne vinagrette dressing.

Upon entering, the couple waltzed to “You’re The Inspiration,” by Chicago.

But in no time, they were joined by their granddaughter, who refused to miss out on the dancing fun.

After a delicious surf + turf dinner, the beautiful cake was cut.

And yet another Pear-creation was served. Flourless chocolate torte, with raspberry infused pears, garnished with white & dark chocolate mousse.

As the night came to a close, the two stole away for a quiet moment.

They truly are the “perfect pear.”


venue: frenchman’s reserve country club, palm beach gardens
catering director: pat saylor for frenchman’s reserve
florals + decor: camden gardens floral design + decor
event styling: joriann maye
event planning: desiree dawn, for desiree dawn events
jewelry: bacio bacio bridal, wellington, fl
cake: frenchman’s reserve pastry chef
invitations, menu, place card pears: time to fly designs, palm beach
moss chair letters, “at last” banner, moss/burlap ring pillow: desiree dawn events

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