Last week I shared with you some of the gorgeous flowers used in the bridal bouquets for my niece’s wedding and, as promised, I have pulled together some photos to give you a brief snapshot of the many beautiful details of the day.
Emily wanted her wedding to have a stylish, modern vibe yet still be soft and romantic. With this in mind, I chose a palette of white with touches of natural elements such as stone, water and wood. To set the mood, soft lighting was key. Paper lanterns and a multitude of votive candles and luminaries keep the celebration going long after sunset.
Family celebrations are always fun, but this one was a hoot with my Dad and his three daughters working together to pull off the wedding. I was busy pointing fingers and snipping and tucking away at the many floral arrangements, Katie was busy behind the lens snapping away, and Kim was busy being mother-of-the-bride. Do their duties ever end? Bless my Dad’s heart, he ran anywhere we told him to and put up with all the clouds of estrogen in that place! Two other precious helpers were Lamar, the father-of-the-bride, and of course, Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder. They worked endlessly stringing lights, setting up tables and helping keep the hen house cool, calm and hydrated. While there were no shortage of hectic moments, we still managed to have a great time and definitely no shortage of good laughs.
Here are the finished bouquets with an ivory, blush and soft green palette.
The bride and her sweet mother, my sister, Kim. Don’t they looks so much alike? I just can’t get over it.
White hydrangeas and bells of Ireland lined the aisle at the ceremony.
The boutonnieres consisted of one white orchid and ranunculus buds. The stems were wrapped with black satin ribbon.
I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of this wedding was the use of succulent plants. These adorable, spunky succulents brought raw, natural beauty to the decor. This photo of the ring within the succulent is one of my favorites from the day.
For centerpieces, I chose white, long-stem dendrobium orchids with the twisted, natural beauty of curly willow. To add a little romance to these dramatic pieces, I hung several hanging votives within the branches.
Continuing with the succulent theme, the place cards for the head table were placed in individually potted succulents.
As the sun set, the glow of the lanterns and the multitude of candles took center stage.
The sparkler exit lit up the night sky and sent the newly married couple off with glowing faces and happy hearts.
Photography: Katie Hollingsworth, assisted by Chris Janos
As with any endeavor, I just wouldn’t feel true to myself to make you all think everything went perfectly. I am a big believer that you learn most from the things that go wrong. And just to prove that I am human, and no wonder woman, I wanted to share some of the behind the scenes lessons learned. This was one of the largest weddings that I have worked on and there were many fun times and also many hectic times. Here are some of the takeaways from the day:
1. Shower first. This may sound odd, but as many times as you tell yourself you’ll have plenty of time, you just won’t. Everything was going smoothly, but as the wedding drew near there seemed to be a multitude of people all needing my advice, direction, etc. There was no way that I could have just left (I’m too much of a control freak, haha.) Sweet Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder ran home and brought my clothes to me. I had to have a quick ‘mentos moment’ in the clubhouse bathroom to ready myself for the wedding. Lots of stress that could have been avoided if I had just showered first.
2. Keep your friends close, your lighters closer. In the the hustle and bustle of last minute details before the wedding lots of guest volunteers started cleaning up miscellaneous stuff. Part of that ‘stuff’ was my box full of long-handled lighters. Trust me, it is no easy task to light hundreds of candles with just one flame.
3. Love thy family. Because you love them, you will do almost anything for family…even attempt the impossible. I have to admit I probably took on a little too much for this wedding. While it all came together beautifully, sadly I didn’t even get to watch the wedding. So, a little silent promise to myself moving forward… if helping out during a family event I will be careful not to take on too much, I want to be able to enjoy and share in their special day as well.
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