Jessica is an author of several wedding and backyard entertaining books. She was raised on a small farm in Connecticut. She grows many flowers each season for her weddings. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and blogs.
A few years back I got this crazy idea of creating centerpieces that were of a free-standing "tree" almost growing out of the table. Since then, we've critiqued it and come up with many variations of the tree piece. The one above was at Tumblebrook Country Club and we wanted a mix of earthy with a touch of glitz. So, we added lengths of crystals for added sparkle and sophistication and small plants at the base for the touch of nature. A colorful touch of pink delphinium was abundant at the top of this tree along with a few hanging candle luminaries.
For our 2009 Deserving couple wedding they had all low centerpieces in wooden crates. Since the reception was located in a church hall and was very simple, we wanted to create an escort card table that would be the talk of the town. And, boy was it! The tree was composed of birch branches and curly willow branches, then a fabulous twist of 'cool water' roses along with lavender cymbidium orchids around the trunk of the tree. There was an abundance of purple mokara orchids at the top. Delicate paper escort leaves were hung around the tree in alphabetical order. This dramatic entrance piece gathered guests and brought them together as one guest passed along to another how to find their name.