Flowers, flowers, flowers

I've written multiple times about how my flowers will be very limited...night wedding=candles. However, there are still a few floral things that I want. Side note: if flowers weren't so dang expensive, I'd cover everything in GIGANTIC bright blooms. I'm definitely not the girl who says "I don't care about flowers, they just die," (check my Pinterest for proof) I do in fact love flowers, plants, herbs and most things that grow (I'm including animals in most things that grow, but that's a whole other story...we're getting a puppy soon, right JB?). Here's my checklist of the things I need in terms of flowers and my inspiration for each of them. 1. My bouquet: I have fallen hard for big open king proteas and I want at least one honker in my bouquet! Here's my mini rant about bouquets...I hate it when bouquets are round, hemisphere-shaped (as JB says). I just don't think I can take another round-ish perfectly situated bundle of pink roses.

Clockwise from top left: one, two, three, four, five, six

2. My bridesmaids' bouquets: I want something simple and clean, but still whimsical and fun. Too many adjectives? Maybe.

Clockwise from top left: one, two, three

3. Garland: I am going to enter the ceremony from my front door, so I would love something to frame the door and make it look a bit more festive. However, I absolutely love our door and I would never want to cover it up with a wreath, so a garland seems perfect (plus my favorite decoration that my mom puts up is the garland around our door at Christmas, it is just so welcoming).

Clockwise from top left: one, two, three, four

4. Other randos: I have to have a kissing ball at my wedding AND look at this swag of herbs...oh lord, I gotta have it. My third and final random floral need are those GORGEOUS garlands to hang on the backs of our newlywed dinner chairs. P.S. Both the kissing balls and the herb swag are for sale for $39 each at Pottery Barn and William Sonoma respectively (who knew!).

Kissing balls, herbs, chair garland

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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!

{Florals} A Little DIY Tablescape Inspiration

The fantastic Kia Gregory sent over some images of a little DIY tablescape she did on a whim after picking some gorgeous wildflowers the other day. Now talk about inspiration central! This whole vintage look is so simple, elegant and just all around amazing. Adding a touch of lace to the table and those chic mirrors (not those ugly ones that come with most venues) definitely sets the tone of the overall vintage centerpiece we've got on our hands.

Such a great addition, those teacups are fantastic!

Now that's what I call table love right here!

Check out Kia Gregory for more gorgeous inspiration!