My friend Claire was married in mid-September. Claire and I met when she joined my small group about 2 years ago. Getting to know her and call her my friend has meant so much to me. Last spring Claire and I talked about wedding flowers and when she asked me to do them, without hesitation I said yes! I haven't done wedding flowers in a while, I was excited to get my hand in the floral game again.
Claire's theme was country chic. Her venue was the lovely Khimaira Farm in Luray, Virginia. The colors were mainly neutrals so I played the flowers off of the bridesmaids dresses- hot pink and bright coral pink.
Previously when I've worked with brides they can be very specific about the kinds of flowers they want. Claire and I spent a happy hour at a local wine bar looking at different pictures of bouquets and talking about what she would like the flowers to look like and the feel of them over all.
This project was not without it's hiccups. While cleaning and prepping the flowers I began to see that a few things would have to change. The three packs of garden roses were mostly bruised and rotting. Not at all what you want to see from your most expensive flower purchase. Beautiful coral roses, meant to act as an almost neutral color wouldn't hold it's petals. I used a few, but very sparingly. In a panic before leaving the wholesalers I grabbed a pack of dark pink roses to add to the mix, and I'm so glad so these setbacks didn't affect the project as much.
A few other slight adjustments weren't as panic inducing but did cause me to rethink the bouquet plan. Hot pink mini carnations you ordered, turned out to be regular size carnations. I used these only in the bridesmaids bouquets, tightly packed in so they looked more textural pops of bright pink.
The shape of the bouquets would be round. The bridesmaids (left) would be heavier on the white roses to contrast their colored dresses; and the bride's (right) would use mostly the color roses, heavy on garden roses.
My table while building a bridesmaid's bouquet. Each bouquet had 6 white roses, 4-5 stems of white lisianthus, 5-6 bright pink carnations, 2 stems coral hypericum berries and 2 stems of bright orange garden roses.
The finished product was spectacular. The bride's bouquet was too large for a vase so I found a small bucket that fit it perfectly.
The event went off without a hitch, except for Claire and Jeff getting hitched that is! I'm sad I only have one photo from that night but she hired an amazing photographer- so you should just check our her Facebook page to see amazing shots of the wedding and the flowers!