Vintage White Chapel Wedding

This was a very special wedding for an absolutely adorable couple who could not be any sweeter. Rachael and Jack have known each other since kindergarten and have been in each others lives ever since, although not as a couple until later in life. Having known someone for such an extended period of time certainly seems like a good foundation for a strong marriage. Thank you to Jay Eads Photography for the beautiful images captured here. To see more images visit Jay’s blog at jayeads.com.

wedding photographer eugeneRomantic vintage wedding in Creswell, OR {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael wanted a vintage feel for her wedding. They chose the quaint Creswell Presbyterian Church for the ceremony with the reception following at Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell. Rachael’s dress had custom sleeves added to the already beautiful lace gown and it looked amazing on her petite frame. She gave her bridesmaid free reign to choose their own bridesmaid dress in shades of green which created an eclectic feel. Her nephew ring-bearers even wore little knickers and suspenders! So cute.

lace wedding dressGorgeous lace vintage wedding dress {Jay Eads Photography}

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Don’t they look SO happy? {Jay Eads Photography}

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Exiting the church. Hooray! {Jay Eads Photography}

Rachael knew exactly what she wanted when it came to flowers. She requested a “picked from a field” look that was primarily seasonal greenery and grasses with touches of blooming flowers. In the week leading up to the wedding I spent a lot of time scouring Lane County to find a full assortment of greenery, grasses and herbs to design with. She wanted lavender in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and large arrangements but since the wedding was in August, past lavender season, I babied the lavender plants in our flower fields to make sure I had fresh lavender to use.

purple and green wedding bouquetShades of green bridesmaids dresses with loose, field-inspired bouquets {Jay Eads Photography}

Her inspiration picture for the bridesmaids included crab apples but she wanted something purple. I found these perfect baby crab apples that I tinted purple to create a similar look. For her wedding bouquet, Rachael wanted something the size and style of Kate Middleton’s famous bridal bouquet but with grasses and just touches of delicate white flowers.

petite wedding bouquet green and white bouquetSmall wedding bouquet of seasonal greens and petite white blossoms {Jay Eads Photography}

Shocks of wheat and bundles of lavender (a bridal DIY project) completed the look for the entrance to the church and at the reception. Large, meadow-inspired arrangements were transferred from wicker baskets at the church to wood boxes for buffet table arrangements.

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Bunches of lavender and shocks of wheat at church entrance {Jay Eads Photography}

Some of the other details that made this wedding standout:

  • Bride and groom silhouette images on guest book table, over head table and on ceremony programs

unique vintage wedding detailsHead table with wedding bouquets and DIY silhouette image on fireplace {Jay Eads Photography}

  • Rachael’s grandmother’s dress and antique typewriter on display at the reception with pictures of the weddings of grandparents

reception ideasGrandmother’s wedding dress and pictures made a conversation starter at the entrance to the reception {Jay Eads Photography}

DIY reception ideasFamily photos paired with other antique momentos {Jay Eads Photography}

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  • The vintage burgundy car, owned by Rachael’s father, was the perfect getaway car. Classic and vintage, it couldn’t have been more ideal. (see the first blog picture)

It was such a joy to design the flowers for this wedding for dear friends and turn Rachael’s classic, vintage vision into reality. Congratulations, Rachael and Jackson!emerald valley golf and resort creswell oregon

{Jay Eads Photography}

Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

Colorful August Wedding

Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of setting up the wedding for Jessica Jones out at Deep Woods Events in Elmira, OR. Even though they lost a few trees during the winter wind storms, Deep Woods is still a woodland delight. Owner, Karol, has created a spectacular setting for a wedding during any season. The outdoor area is landscaped with flowers and they have recently built a large, indoor venue which allows them to host weddings and events any month of the year.

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Rustic and colorful wedding bouquet

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Woodsy wedding venue by Fern Ridge Lake

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Seasonal wedding bouquet with burlap and lace stem wrap

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The delivery van is packed FULL

The inspiration for Jessica’s flowers came from a picture of flowers she picked up at the farmers market. Lots of color was the goal with a natural, casual feel. I wanted to incorporate seasonal blossoms throughout the decor and 75% of the flowers were grown locally. Instead of traditional greenery I used rosemary, grasses, oak and maple branches. Some of the other local flowers included zinnias, dahlias, lavender, and sunflowers.

In order to use time efficiently, I will often design arch pieces ahead of time and attach on site but I felt that I needed to design the entire pergola wedding flowers on site. The beams in the pergola would have been in the way and I wanted the design to appear as one fluid design. The pergola there is quite large (12’7″ wide and about 9′ tall).

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Beginning the work on the pergola flowers

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Adding the teddy bear sunflowers

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The final product

The centerpieces were casual mixtures of the same flowers in large 6x6x6 cubes that Karol at Deep Woods wrapped in burlap and ribbon. These are extremely large openings but the use of large blooms like blue hydrangea, zinnias, sunflowers and dahlias helped create a full look. Each of these sat on a wood stump and the tables were preset with canned jam as wedding favors. So sweet! As I left the venue at 1:00 there was thunder and lightning in the sky and it looked ominous for the 3:30 ceremony but I think the rain held off for the most part.

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Woodsy centerpieces on stump bases

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Dahlias, delphinium, craspedia, hydrangea, zinnia and sunflower

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Inside the reception area at Deep Woods Events

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Sweet jam wedding favors

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Locally grown zinnias and teddy bear sunflowers

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Storm clouds approaching

Thank you Jessica for letting me be a part of your special day! I can’t wait to see the pictures from the Vermont-based Sabin Gratz Photography

Local Grower Spotlight: Bare Mountain Farms

Nothing makes a florist happier than having amazing floral products delivered fresh from a local farm. Each week we wait to see what Tony from Bare Mountain Farms brings us and are never disappointed in the varieties, quality and color of his flowers.

Bare Mountain is located in Shedd, Oregon and uses organic and sustainable practices to produce high quality flowers.  They are strictly no-till meaning they don’t till their soil and thus help the soil retain its organic matter. Tony is so knowledgeable about his product and clearly finds joy in sharing his knowledge with those who have a desire to learn. It’s amazing how dedicated these farmers are to growing- especially being organic. It takes a TON of work. We get the most awesome job of crafting designs with the final product of their labor.

Designing with some of Bare Mountain flowers

Beds of sweet peas in the hoop houses

This must smell AMAZING!

Tulips beds beginning to sprout

Tony takes his dedication to a whole new level using a scythe to cut grass

Ready for planting!

They make their own compost tea for fertilizer

Anemones…a bridal favorite

Like I said, we are like children at Christmas when Tony arrives with his weekly choices and all oooh and aaah over them. They grow quite an array of blooms including sweet peas, ranunculus, lilies, anemones, snapdragons, dianthus, zinnias, dahlias and more. I can’t wait to get up to the farm in person and see the process and plantings in person.

Images used by permission from Bare Mountain Farms.