Although summer is the height of wedding season, more and more brides are choosing a spring wedding for their nuptials. If you’re wondering which flowers are best for your big day, here are a few suggestions: Ranunculus: These blooms are … Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post about some of our weddings due to issues I was having with our site. Ugh. But now that it is resolved I am back to highlighting some incredible couples and their joyous nuptials!
I was honored to create the floral designs for Lisa and Mark back in March at Lewis and Clark Catering here in Eugene. I get to gab with Lisa every 6-8 weeks since she is my hairstylist so it was fun to hear all about the wedding planning from the time of engagement up until THE DAY. Lisa and Mark are a laid-back and fun couple and wanted their wedding to feel intimate and sophisticated without being too hoighty-toity (is that a real word?) or stuffy.
The day was perfect and it even managed to stay dry which is a small miracle for a March wedding in Eugene, OR. It rains a lot here. The colors were simple with a black and white theme and a punch of turquoise to add a little life. The bride was beautiful, the wedding was sweet and the reception (so I heard) was fun, fun, fun! These gorgeous images were captured by MJ’s Photography here in Eugene- thank you for sharing! If you haven’t met Michelle of MJ’s Photography…she’s awesome. Fun, professional and talented. Now to the wedding!
Lisa’s bouquet was an array of white garden roses, clematis, ranunculus, sweet peas, jasmine buds, piers japonica and trailing greenery with a sheer, ruffled ribbon.
The groom, Mark, puts the final touches to his attire
Instead of a traditional arch, Lisa wanted something more elegant and modern to designate the ceremony area. Sleek white pillars held tall flower arrangements of white blooms including snapdragons, hydrangea, trailing clematis and white Tibet roses. Post-ceremony they were transferred indoors to decorate the reception area.
Each reception centerpiece differed slightly but all were white flowers with either black or white rocks in the bottom or square vases. The couple’s sweetheart table flowers was a trio of vases including the white anemones with black centers that Lisa loved.
Mark’s niece, a Junior Bridesmaid, gets a little extra love from the bride!
We often get requests from brides for peonies throughout the year. Unfortunately, peonies have a short growing season locally. The season is extended slightly through farms that grow peonies in Alaska and South America. So for the bride who wants a peony look but can’t afford the $15-$30 a stem price of off-season peonies, garden roses provide an excellent alternative.
This wedding had a very pink theme! The bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets were pink and white and the flower girls carried sweet pink pomanders. Helga Piaget garden roses, Mariatheresa garden spray roses and blush pink ranunculus created a soft pink look. The bridal bouquet was collared with silver dusty miller. and had locket pictures attached to the stem wrap. Very pretty and feminine!
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.
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!
This stunning wedding from last April was fun to do and I was so pleased with the final result. These photos from Wendy Gregory Photography highlight some of my favorite images captured from the day. The bride, Liz, utilized flowers and decor to create a stunning backdrop for the ceremony from a space that was otherwise dark and bare. Shimmering candles, mercury glass and fluffy white hydrangeas made a spectacular setting.
Liz’s bridal bouquet was a mixture of hydrangea, freesia, coral David Austin roses, ranunculus and lots of rhinestones. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets that were color grouped with purple, coral and green. The coral gerondo gerberas added fun texture and were just the right shade! At the reception (40 tables!!) Liz purchased bulk hydrangeas and vases and submerged single white hydrangea blossoms in large cylinders for a simple and elegant DIY centerpiece.
This was such a fun wedding! Working with the bride, Mindi, was a treat and all of the special touches made the event top notch. Mindi chose the best of the best for her vendors including Essig Entertainment and Moxie Events. Her groom, Nick, was also very involved with the wedding planning which was sweet that it meant so much to him.
The wedding and the reception were held at Smith Oaks Ranch on Lorane Hwy in Eugene. Nick built the ceremony arbor himself and guests were seated on covered straw bales. The reception was in another cleared field area and the rectangular tables were a fresh alternative to the traditional rounds. The burlap table runners were hand-made as well as the burlap “Just Married” banner. We added simple milkglass budvases to each table, wine barrels and buffet tables. The overall look of the centerpieces was cohesive but each table had a different combination of flowers.
For Mindi’s bridal bouquet in shades of yellow and white I used “Alexandra” roses, “Butterscotch” roses, freesia, yellow-green cockscomb, hydrangea, stock, “Helga Piaget” garden roses and “Moonstruck” spray roses. Lots of jewels were added for plenty of sparkle.
These pictures were taken by Dandelions but if you want to see more of the wedding, check out Erika Nicole who photographed the event.
Since Matt from Matt Emrich Photography provided us with all of these beautiful pictures from the Rager-Pappel wedding I decided to make it its own post! Chelsea and Jim are such a fun couple and Matt did an amazing job of capturing their personalities and spirit on their wedding day!
Chelsea worked her entire wedding around the polka dot theme she fell in love with. We used black/white polka dot ribbon for the stem wrap for all of the bouquets as well as the corsages & mini gerb boutonnieres. Her invitations featured hot pink gerbera daisies and we carried those throughout the entire wedding decoration.
The bridal bouquet was made of white Polar Star roses, Stargazer Lilies, and 3 shades of gerbera daisies. Chelsea wanted it “huge”…so we made it big. The bridesmaids carried bouquets made of different shades of pink gerbera daisies.
Here is Jim with his pink mini gerb boutonniere. I added black beaded wire to tie in with the polka dot theme. (The guys even wore hot pink shoe laces and the bridesmaids had polka dot shoe laces!!) Even the 2 dogs had flower collars!
Originally Chelsea planned on DIY reception centerpieces but the wind proved to be a bit of a challenge so I added the 3 tones of pink gerbera daisies to the clear rectangular vases with clear stones. These were put on mirrored tiles which enlarges the look of the centerpiece. The head table also held tiered vases with pink gerbs.
Another last minute addition was a few stems of flowers on the gazebo where the ceremony took place. It added a bit of color to the all-white gazebo.
We placed tall glass cylinders in the reception with pink and white arrangements that “floated” on top.
Couple: Chelsea Rager and Jim Pappel
Location: Whisper N Oaks Junction City, OR
Photography: Matt Emrich Photography
DJ: Bass Is Loaded
Another week was packed with weddings! We had a total of 5 weddings over the course of the week including a ceremony on both Wednesday and Friday and each wedding had its own, unique look. I made 2 trips out to the gorgeous Whisper N Oaks outside of Junction City where I was very impressed with the grounds. I had never been out there before and it far exceeded my expectations! Here are some shots from last weeks weddings…Milina Jensen Wednesday, July 27 Location: somewhere in the Oregon woods Whisper N Oaks, Junction City, OR Click here to see more of this wedding with pictures by Matt Emrich Photography… The Country Inn Whisper-N-Oaks, Junction City Photographer: Darby Brooks True Essence Photography Darby did a great job capturing the free spirit of this couple. Laura was effervescent the day of her wedding and we were honored to be a part. Click here to view more photos by True Essence. Colors: Purple & Green
If you’re planning a fall wedding the season is quickly approaching. The colors in autumn are so gorgeous and September/October weddings here in Oregon tend to be fantastic. Yes, the weather in October is a bit dicey…but the leaves!! So pretty. Here are some ideas and inspiration for wedding bouquets if you are exchanging vows this fall.