1 These chairs, all wrapped for a safe delivery, were destined for our photo shoot.
2 How pretty is the wood grain on this table from our shoot?
3 It's hard to see in this photo, but these Donna Karan plates have a mix of matte and glossy finishes.
4 Another batch of chairs in their Sunday best.
5 I love these color bars on fabric. It helped us when we were choosing colors for our accent items.
6 The start of our table. We tested a few options for the tabletop pieces and the chair.
7 Our sets converging.
8 Some adorable vases from Middle Kingdom. They come in such great shapes and colors.
9 And here begins my photo shoot of all the beautiful blooms.
10 If only you could smell these roses!
11 I'm such a sucker for ranunculus. I think they're not only pretty but have a lot of character.
12 These flowers are called Nerine.
13 I loved these drippy green blossoms.
14 This leaf felt like a tapestry to me.
15 One of the craziest varieties of roses I've ever seen.
16 This rose was like a sunrise, with it's yellow and pinks fading into one another.
17 A bin of ribbons that we gathered. We get many of our ribbons from Mokuba NY.
18 More Middle Kingdom vases, mixed with some other urn-shaped vases and bowls.
19 Wood plate and bowl options for our "tropical" spread.
20 This is a weird angle of our Marimekko table, but it shows the colors, layout, and style.
21 Here's our inspiration/planning board.
22 A photo Melissa found on Pinterest (btw, are you following us? Pinterest.com/MarthaWeddings) that felt just like the feeling we were going for on the opening spread.
23 A few Liberty of London pattern options. They have such great fabrics!
24 Some chairs from Taylor Creative.
25 I'd never seen this before. It's for stripping the thorns off rose stems.
26 I loved the clover that we had on hand.
27 How nice is this color?
28 A small grouping of bitsy blooms and foliage.
29 A pop of purple and blue.
30 Matthew Robbins, on set, tweaking the bouquet for the shot.
31 Photographer Patrick Farrell, taking a look through the camera.
32 A view of the table on set.
33 Rebecca Thuss focuses with her camera.
34 A closeup of an arrangement for the wildflower page.
35 Here's Melissa on set. She ended up in the shot. Was the floral top planned? Yes, we were getting into the spirit. The skirt though? I whipped that up minutes before (using pins, I'm no seamstress).
36 Doesn't Melissa look like she was meant to be in this setup?
37 Melissa in full flower mode.
38 Matthew prepping our glossary page. These are on the iPad edition of our issue.
39 Some Mokuba ribbons. We love a pleated ribbon!
40 Taping leaves together to add a leaf-shaped shadow.
41 This almost looks like it's painted.
42 I love how the petals of the Clematis flower curled back.
43 Here, Matthew preps our tropical gallery.
44 These are my favorite orchids.
45 These mums were massive!
46 The bouquet, inspired by the Marimekko fabric, in progress.
47 Matthew places the bouquet on set.
48 Sunset-hued ranunculus.
49 A sea of flowers and greenery.
50 Patrick preps the overhead shot of the table.
51 Some options from Mud Australia. These also make great additions to wedding registries.
53 Setting up for another glossary.
54 Here is an opener setup with flowers from each scenario.
55 Our photographers checking out the photos on the screen together. This happily-married duo's wedding ran in our magazine a few years back.