Friday, January 11, 2013

Our Wedding: The Flowers

My good friend and old roommate Katie, who now is a professional floral designer with the most beautiful logo, did the flowers for our wedding. She was AMAZING because when I sat down with her for our planning talk, I had only a very vague idea of what I wanted. She showed me a bunch of inspiration photos and made different flower suggestions, then came up with the perfect arrangements, both for the bouquets and the reception centerpieces. She's a floral genius, I'm pretty sure. 

Our main flowers were cotton bolls (to honor our great state of Alabama), pale pink garden roses, baby's breath, freesia, and silver brunia berries.

My favorite antique store is on I-65, exit 361, and is called Candlelight Antiques. It's a giant building overflowing with any old stuff you could imagine from multiple vendors. My guess is there are at least 50 different booths there, all packed to the gills with amazing vintage finds. One vendor always seems to have an abundance of blue Ball jars at astounding prices. Usually I see these jars selling for at least $10 each for pint size, but here I was able to buy about 20 of them for $3 to $3.50 each. 

Stacy and Tyler (my wedding coordinators - blog post to come about those lovely ladies) artfully arranged the blue Ball jars and clear mason jars of varying sizes into centerpieces, which Katie then filled with an array of beautiful flowers. I think my favorite flowers were the pale pink garden roses, but the tall sprays of white flowers (freesia maybe?) were gorgeous as well. Vintage doilies graced the burlap tablecloths that Josh's mom helped me sew together.

My bride's bouquet was a particular example of Katie's floral genius. I gave her a general idea of what I wanted but nothing specific, and she came back with this beauty of a bouquet. Pink garden roses, freesia, silver brunia berries, dusty miller, cotton bolls, and hanging white lilac, which was my unexpected favorite. I loved how it gave gentle movement to the bouquet, plus had an incredible fragrance.

The bridesmaid bouquets were similar, but with white roses rather than pink. 


  1. Love how you took your home favorites and made the pieces so elegant. Cotton boles?? Wow! Cute idea