What do weddings look like during a pandemic?

What do weddings look like during a pandemic? They look different and yet they look the same. We are celebrating love which is always beautiful! This was the first wedding I did during the pandemic. We had custom masks, practiced social distancing, and created a magical night completely outdoors!

Making social distancing intimate is more challenging than one might think. Creating spaces that invite people to sit and enjoy each others company while least six feet apart takes some planning. Fortunately we had a pool as part of the landscape which allowed us to space guests without making it look planned.

Thankfully certain things remain the same…Dad’s still walk their daughters down the aisle. With proper planning it is easy seat families or pods together, if you have been isolating together you can be seated together! Do not mix groups that is a thing of the past for now.

The most important part of the wedding is the couple, keeping them safe and happy is my biggest goal! This couple was great they kept their guest list to under the CDC guidelines and all of the vendors followed the rules. We had a safe and wonderful event!

I learned with the proper team, and preparation a COVID-19 wedding is not only possible but can be fabulous! Thank you Whitney Fox for these amazing images.

Thank you to everyone involved. The family was wonderful, Churchill Catering (Portland ME), Griffin & Griffin Lighting (Scarborough ME), Whitney Fox Photography (Portland ME), & My Celia Bedilia team all made the event seamless.

Thank you for stopping by! If you like my post let me know by liking it or commenting.

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Happy Father’s Day to all

XO,

Celia

SERENE DINING

As many of you know, I have added meditation to my daily routine. It has brought clarity to every aspect of my life. I am a happier and more present person. 

I realize that my new calmer personality has worked its way into my design aesthetic. Here is a vision board for a coastal dining room, it is a very peaceful space. I used to feel like my work was just about designing beautiful spaces, I now see that I have the honor of creating retreats for my clients. I can give them homes where they can entertain family, decompress from their lives and recharge their batteries.

I am so looking forward to 2019. I am wrapping up several amazing projects, starting new projects, and we will be offering classes and tours in late 2019…stay tuned!

I hope you are enjoying the start of 2019, I am off to meditate and start my day!

Best,

Celia

The 5 MUST HAVES, for a successful Wedding or Event

What makes a great party? Family, friends, food, flowers, and music.

I am working on, several weddings this summer, and as I sit at my desk procrastinating, I begin to break down what it is that makes a great party or wedding.

  1. Family: The gathering of the family to celebrate a birthday, wedding or even dinner can be both stressful and meaningful. We would not want to celebrate certain milestones without our families, but they do add to the stress of the day.  Some people feel stress when entertaining family, they think everything must be perfect for their families, other people simply feel stressed having family attend events. I am fortunate to have a wonderful and very large family. We just like being together, but I must admit I still like things to be perfect for them.

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This is my niece’s birthday party this Christmas day in Rome. We had family, flowers from the flower stand at the end of our road, amazing locally sourced food and great music!
  • Food: Food is extremely important to me. I went to culinary school, and although I no longer work as a chef, I do cook daily. To me good food is simple, fresh, whole ingredients made with love or passion. When I was head chef at a small Inn in Cambridge MA in the mid-nineties, I was shocked to learn that not everyone loved food. Some people just eat to live, rather than live to eat. No matter what category you fit into, you must have good food at your celebration. So pick your caterer well, ask them questions about food, what inspires them? Where do they purchase their produce, do they source items locally? What was their most memorable event and why?

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    I love a good farm stand, this is one I love to revisit. Everything is so beautifully displayed,  you can feel the owners love of food and pride of product.
  • Friends: Whether you are the host, bride, or guest of honor, having friends attend your event will make it unforgettable. Think about your guest list, who must come, who would you like to come, and who are you inviting because you feel like you have to include them? I would drop the last group and stick to the core group, but I am not in a social tier where this exists. More and more, dogs are making the wedding scene these days. Man’s best friend, I guess it makes sense, yet let me be clear, I am against this idea.

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  • Flowers: Please if you know anything about me, it is that flowers and candles are everything to me. Beautiful arrangements, and table-scapes tell a story.  The story can be rustic, elegant, formal or casual. Just please don’t forget the flowers. I like to do my own arrangements, but if you are not a flower person, go to your local farm, florist or Wholefoods and hire them. A lot of farms in Maine do wedding flowers.
  • Music: Now listen up…music creates the vibe of the party. I like live music, but I also like DJ’s, Ipod sets, Spotify, etc. Do yourself a favor, think your music choices through, who is attending your event? Plan to play something for everyone. I hosted a birthday party for a friend last year, and we went with a Spotify Jazz dinner set. It was perfect, it was just enough music in the background to keep the party going.
  • Alright guys thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe New Year. May all your dreams come true in 2019. I feel very fortunate to have you all in my life.

    Best,

    Celia

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    The Making of a Maine Wedding

    This weekend, I had the pleasure of putting together a fantastic Maine wedding. It was at The Dockside Grill at Handy Boat Marina, in Falmouth. We built the tent on the dock of the boat yard…it was so cool!

    I had the arbor below, built for the ceremony. I used vintage Indian security gates, and then stained and aged the spruce frame to finish the look. Then, I added plants, vines and roses to complete my vision!

    Thank you, to my BFF Anne Sowles, who took these fabulous pictures of the set-up. When the professional pictures are done, I will post them too!

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    The tent was spectacular no poles, clear sides and glorious views! We filled it with fragrant flowers, candles and rustic touches.

    The head table, made up of two wood harvest tables, had a table runner of greens and flowers and floating candles.

    My assistant Lindsey seen below helped pull the entire concept together for me!

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    The photos below show the process, cylinder vases, greens, then flowers, bear grass, water and floating candles.

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    The other tables had white linens, burlap runners and European vases filled with huge pale yellow, white and blush roses, green hydrangeas, and white peony’s.

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    I am so proud of the way this wedding turned out. The flowers were so stunning, they practically arranged themselves. I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peak at my weekend!

    Thank you for stopping by. Let me know your thoughts on my wedding flowers and decor.

    Best,

    Celia

    Winter wedding hearkens spring

    Last weekend, I had the pleasure of doing a winter wedding, with the addition of spring elements. I wanted to create a natural wonderland. The bride is a very attractive, simple, outdoors type, I wanted to reflect this in my design.

    In the foyer, I greeted guests with two orchid displays.

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    The bridal bouquet was packed with orchids, David Austin roses, seeded eucalyptus, and peacock feathers.

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    I set the scene for the ceremony space with Quince and Curly Willow branches. I also used two of my antique columns, topped with candles and surrounded by urns filled with lavender & Ivy.

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    In the cocktail space I used bird & rock vases. I divided the dinner space from the cocktail space with 48″ vases full of grass, reeds, and peacock feathers.

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    For the dining room, I used french mason jars filled with beautiful fresh flower terrariums and finished with a shelter of reeds. I completed my vision by surrounding the jars with three mini vases, moss and birds nests.

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    Lastly, I decorated the buffets with urns filled with cascading flowers.

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    I hope you liked seeing my wedding decor, as much as I enjoy creating it. I adore weddings. I will even travel across the country to do weddings.

    Let me know your thoughts, through comments or by liking the post.

    Thank you for stopping by.

    Best,

    Celia

    PS Thank you Anne Sowles for taking these pictures for me!

    Calm, Tonal, Coastal Dining Room

    I was asked to put together a dream board for a monochromatic coastal dining room.

    As you know gray is still trending, so that is where I started. I love these Benjamin Moore paint colors. I selected this Etsy table because it is long and narrow and great for conversation. The Restoration Hardware chairs are fantastic, they are comfortable, and they tuck into the table which is unusual. I used the painted antique barn doors to add depth to the space, and I thought this Suyra rug tied the tonal look together.

    This is such a relaxing place to dine!

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    I really had fun with this request, if you have a room you are struggling with let me know and I will weigh in with my feedback. Let me know what you thin of this post by commenting or liking it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Best,

    Celia

    Rustic Winter Wedding

    I have made a new friend through my gym, and her daughter is getting married in February. Naturally I am helping with the wedding. You know I can’t pass up an event full of details…I live for the little the details.

    Here are some of the ideas I am hoping to incorporate into her wedding.

    1. Bird vases, I am obsessed with these I have used them several times and they are magical, and cool! _mg_1160-edit
    2. White, Gray, Purple and Green are the colors we are thinking for the flowers.The bride wanted to incorporate peacock feathers…I can’t wait that will be fun!

       

    3. Herbs and Moss will most definitely be a part of our rustic winter decor. I think herbs bring life to an event.

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    4. Since we are using the bird vases, and the peacock feathers why not add nests!

    4. You must have mood lighting for a wedding, candles are a must. Mason jars are great candle holders!

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    5. The bride likes the idea of hanging arrangements. We are doing the event at a location that where hanging things might be tough but we could do these in the windows! We can have moss and candles in some of the globes and flowers in the others.

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    6. I am thinking the ceremony space will have these urns filled with flower, curly willow and peacock feathers. Something like the ones I did below.

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    7. The bride and groom would like to incorporate some personal items like a date board that records, first date, proposal and wedding.

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    8. Lastly the bride wants to incorporate loved ones who have passed away as part of the decor. This is the idea she sent from Pinterest, I was thinking of expanding on this idea by using a long wooden tray filled with green and Spanish moss, pillar candles, mini herbs and nests.

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    I think this wedding will be spectacular! I promise to take pictures and share them with you.

    Best,

    Celia

     

    Decorating For Fall…Before it is Too Late

    Decorate for fall…before it is too late. I wish we could slow down this season. When did we start Christmas in October? Most of us enjoy celebrating the holidays. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, as I love to cook and entertain. I thought I better do my fall post quickly before it is too late!

    1. Keep your front door simple like this one from Pinterest.com

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    I love this fall planter photo by Liz Donnelly

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    2. Feathers are great accents in fall decorating. These arrangements came from HouseBeautiful.com and CelebrateandDecotate.com

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    3. Don’t be afraid to add vegetables to your tablescapes. Artichokes are a wonderfully architectural vegetable they add a lot of depth to this centerpiece from serendipitysocial.com

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    4. Succulents are still is vogue, and I love this wreath from the Etsy site The Little Succulent Shoppe.

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    5. I like to add new house plants to my home when I move inside for fall. I will be cursing my need for this plants in a month when I am trying to find a spot for them when I decorate for Christmas. These topiary’s  from Snug Harbor Farm.

    Here are some of Snug Harbor Farms beautiful plants on my dining table.

     

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    So today I am getting down to business and decorating for fall!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Best,

    Celia

    PS Here are my girls decorating for fall!

     

    To me details are everything!

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    In my life details are everything. In both parts of my business, I pay attention to the littlest detail. I want a wedding to look and feel a certain way and the same is true for a home.

    Bridal and Baby showers can be ho-hum, if you don’t dress the space correctly. This baby shower was at Dockside Grill, Falmouth, ME. A gift table must have flowers, these mini arrangements were tucked between the gifts, so as not to over shadow them.

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    I also added a self serve candy bar, you need sugar to get you through the gift opening…which takes altogether too long in my opinion!

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    We created a comfortable area to open the gifts too, Mom to be, BFF, and two grandmothers to be can all sit together.

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    I love adding unexpected vignettes to weddings too. It allows me to bring more of the bride and groom into the event. Here we used a dingy for a self serve water and soda station. The bride managed a marina so this was a nod to her.Marr_Wedding2

     

    In interior design, it is imperative that you add a level of detail that reflects the home owner. I love this photograph of a kitchen I did in Harpswell, ME the pottery is so soft and sweet just like the owner!

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    I love this home and the homeowners. They did not want to see the TV and so we hid it behind barn-doors, that side over the shelves when opened. The result is a lovely built in, sometimes the biggest feature in a space is part of the build out.

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    You do not need to overpower a space in order to add character to it, here we used white elements to finish our look.

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    In this home we choose the curved arch as the attribute to focus on. We picked the pendant and sconce to mimic the flow of the arch. This space was made perfect with the addition of the home owners fantastic art collection!

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    No one does details like Italians ! You know I am obsessed! look at these three water features in Tivoli (photos below I took, I don’t want you to think Liz did them)

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    I love layers in a home, or in event design. I think people really appreciate the collected look and attention to detail.

    What matters to you when designing a room or event? I you enjoyed my little tour of details.

    Best, Celia

     

     

    Ten Floral Ideas for under $25

    Hello All,

    One of my readers Lisa asked me to give them ten ideas for floral arrangements for under $25.

    I made all of these arrangements, and Liz Donnelly photograpred them for me

    1. Succulents& moss in a tree root. This can be done any time of the year.Marr_Wedding72. I love this bird vase but any bud vase will do. I filled this with curly willow, seeded eucalyptus, and a few flowers.

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    3. Herbs wrapped in burlap…pretty about $12 total

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    4. Mason Jar of farm stand flowers. So simple and classic.

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    5. Spanish moss and seedlings.

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    6. Orchids…If you know anything about me you know I love orchids. Trader Joe’s has a great selection for under $20.

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    7. Market bouquet…yes you can go to your grocery store and spend $20 and make a beautiful arrangement.

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    8. Bulbs are well priced and readily available in the spring.

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    9. Grass, slabs of wood, candles and crocuses make this tablescape shine. Most of it was free!dockside196

    10. At Christmas I like evergreens and white flowers. Roses from Trader Joe’s are perfect!

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    Ok Lisa thank you for your question I hope this gives you some direction!

    Best,

    Celia

    Decorating with plants

    Decorating with plants is an inexpensive way to add style and art to your home. We often overlook the importance of plants in a beautifully designed house. They not only add color and texture, they actually make our homes healthier. Taking care of house plants can also be very rewarding, I always love it when my orchids re-bloom.

    As many of you know, I adore orchids. They are so versatile, and can work in any style home. The shape of an orchid is so sculptural, when you use an unusual container, moss and willow, you can create a very artistic and long lasting arrangement.

    I also use a lot of herbs in my interior design, they smell good, look better and can be used in cooking! Lavender, thyme, rosemary and oregano are my favorites, they are the most durable. I can be rough when I am rushing…which is most of the time. I like pairing them with other natural elements like slabs of wood, birds nests, moss and branches.

    Bulbs can be fun to use in your home too. They are easy to work with and add color, texture and scent to a tablescape or mantel. These arrangements only cost me about $5-7 to make.

    Clustering plants in one container or clustering containers of plants can also be effective in interior design. Succulents are great in clusters and do not need much dirt to survive. I used a tree stump in one of these photos, I just added dirt and mini succulents into the holes. Succulents are interesting because they can look very modern in clean lined vessels and equally wonderful in rustic containers.

    So if you are looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your home…consider plants. They add a great deal of interest to a room.

    I hope you enjoyed this post and that you are surrounded by friends and family during this holiday season.

    Let me know your thoughts, questions and design dilemmas,  by liking or commenting on this post.

    Thank you for stopping by.

    Best,

    Celia

    ALL PHOTOS BY THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED LIZ DONNELLY