I must have flowers always and always

July 9, 2018

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!


I want to start this week off writing about one of my favorite aspects of event design - florals! If you know me, you know I stop in awe anytime I see beautiful flowers and plants. They seriously make me smile and warm my heart. Sounds cheesy but it's the truth. My home doesn't feel complete without vases full of flowers and greenery everywhere. There's no such thing as having too many flowers around, right? That's why I love the quote by artist Claude Monet, "I must have flowers always and always." He got it.

Today, I want to focus on my very own wedding florals. I happened to get married the day before Mother's Day, so florists were few and far between that weekend. I ended up working with Fifty Flowers and ordering everything through them. My fabulous day-of planner, Caroline, also happens to double as an event florist, so everything ended up falling right into place.  

When I started planning my wedding, I knew I wanted to incorporate my mom and sister's collection of blue and white chinoiserie into the decor. Narrowing in on florals was especially difficult for me since I couldn't just have all the flowers. I ended up choosing a combination of greenery, white and light pink flowers to compliment the blue and white ginger jar vases. 

For the bouquets, we used beautiful hand dyed raw silk ribbon from Adorn Company to tie around the stems. I loved the soft, delicate feel of these ribbons. The bouquets were loose and a little wild, which is the look I wanted to achieve.

For the boutonniere's, I found vintage French velvet ribbon from the 1920's from an Etsy shop named FiniRibbon. I absolutely love mixing textures, velvet being one of my favorites. Since it was May, I felt velvet read a little fall/winter, so the small ribbon around the boutonniere's were the perfect amount. 

We had a mixture of round and rectangular tables. On the round tables, we used clusters of porcelain ginger jar vases for the centerpieces. On the wooden farm tables, I wanted a greenery runner with flowers mixed in throughout. Given that our venue was outside and on the water, those Gulf of Mexico winds didn't work in our favor for the added florals to the garland. We ended up just having the greenery in the middle of the tables with votives and it worked out beautifully. 

I love adding greenery or florals to elements of the decor where you wouldn't necessarily expect it. We did this in a few ways at our wedding. First was our cake table where we added a garland of greenery around the perimeter of the round table. Next was greenery tied around the cocktail table linens. This was a detail I was adamant about having from the very beginning planning stages. Lastly, and probably my favorite detail, was our seating chart. We put green moss in gold vintage frames and used gold thumb tacks to secure hand painted calligraphy escort cards adorned with blue tassels to it. 

Those are some highlights of the flowers and foliage at our wedding. If you want to know exactly what we ordered from Fifty Flowers, click here. If you have any questions regarding wedding or event florals, I would love to hear and answer them! 

 Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!





All photos are by Shannon Kirsten Photography

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