Rustic Chic Flowers

Okay, let's talk flowers.  I have to admit I've gone a littler flower crazy in the planning process. I even brought a large binder (divided into sections for centerpiece, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc) to my initial meeting with our florist, the talented Jennie Love of Love n Fresh Flowers.  What can I say, I'm a little obsessive!  Jennie was able to look at all my pictures, and see the theme that was tying everything together; texture.  I love succulents, dust miller, baby's breath, dahlias, and anemones to name a few.

We're going to use 3 old antique doors as our ceremony backdrop  (two pale yellow & one white) and place two tall free-standing bundles of pussy willows on each end.  Baby's breath filled mason jars will hang off every other row of chairs for the ceremony, and later be repurposed as decoration along the bars.  Twine, burlap, and buttons will be used on the 'handle' part of my bridal bouquet & the bridesmaids bouquets.

The main colors we are using are grey, light yellow, ivory, and sage green.  Although we're mostly just going with a soft romantic colors - and not ruling any colors out.  I think we can stay true to an overall theme better than a strict color scheme.

For the boutonnieres, I wanted succulents mixed with something different, nothing overly flowery.  I think we can incorporate a more masculine look,  like wheat or cotton.

I'm hoping our centerpieces come out something like this gorgeous centerpiece below- since we plan to use old cheese board boxes (some we are renting, and some we have collected) as well as mason jars/bottles we have been picking up at antique stores and flea markets.

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I'm surprised at how important flowers have been to me in the whole planning process, my parents (both avid gardeners) must be so proud (and surprised!)  What flowers are you planning to use for your wedding?  I would love to hear what other brides are planning!

{Real Brides} Taylor :: The Backyard Bride

Name:  Taylor Chatfield (will be Taylor Martin)
 Location:  Fort Worth, Texas
 Age:  21 years old
 Occupation:  I work at Texas Christian University as the Assistant Director of E-Stewardship in the Office of Donor Relations.
 Wedding Date:  June 16, 2012
 Venue:  My parents beautiful home in Grapevine, Texas (a suburb right between Dallas and Fort Worth)
 Planner: My parents, myself, JB (my fiancé) and all my wonderful friends
 Photographer:  Braeden Rogers at Ambient 11 (he's pretty amazing)

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About Me: JB and I began dating after a lengthy AIM courtship during our sophomore year of high school. From riding in the backseat of our parents' cars (we were only 15), to high school graduation, two trips to Guatemala, college life at TCU and six months apart while I studied in Spain and he studied in New Zealand, to finally being able to call each other fiancé, we can't wait to be married (and I can't wait to throw this massive shindig).

Wedding Style: I've always had a slightly quirky sense of style, I love things that are handmade, unique and in every sense of the word, flawed. I'm very decisive about what I like and dislike (or should I say adore and opinions are pretty strong), even if my decisiveness seems to be without rhyme or reason. I want our wedding to not take itself too seriously (eek..I hope by giving it a persona it didn't just take itself too seriously). It's a party...a BIG party and I don't want to play it off as something it's not, which is why I plan to intersperse relaxed and fun classic party decor done in a modern way throughout the event. For example, I'm planning on having people throw confetti...true paper confetti as we recess back down the aisle, however I want it to be GIANT, chic, slightly ridiculous confetti. I am very excited about all of the handmade details that I get to add to the event  and I am ready to do as much by myself (and by that I mean with the help of my family and friends) as I can. I simply want people to leave our wedding with a renewed, dreamy, whimsical love for each other...the kind JB and I share.

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Check you next Monday!

P.S. I love talking weddings, so feel free to email me with ideas, questions, inspiration, or if you just want to chat. If you're in DFW, maybe we could even grab some chips and salsa (I'm not a coffee girl).