Monday, June 16, 2014

Josie and Shawn's Flowers

We provided flowers for our first big wedding this past weekend.  It turned out to be a gorgeous day and a fantastic wedding, as we had the pleasure of attending the festivities as well.
The week leading up to the wedding was stormy and windy a lot of the time.  The annual flowers I had planted in the field weren't ready yet.  Josie had specified that she wanted a lot of unique foliage and berries, and mainly white flowers.
Hydrangeas were in full glory around here, and I had made a special effort to 'hold' white peonies to be used mainly for her bouquet.  Holding flowers involves dry packing them in a ziplock bag and storing them in the refrigerator.  They'll hold for at least 3 weeks this way.
The bride's bouquet
These focal flowers, combined with a lot of beautiful shrubs like smoke bush, viburnum and raspberry made for beautiful and unique table arrangements.  My dad's handmade cedar boxes added a lot to the look as well.

It all worked out beautifully and gave me a lot of confidence in local-only flowers.  There is always something beautiful blooming locally during the growing season and it's a great challenge to grow, harvest and then design arrangements.  I was certainly ready for this glass of wine when everything was in place though!
Cocktail table & small arrangement
Cheers to you, Josie and Shawn, two of my favorite people!  It was a pleasure to do flowers for your lovely wedding!

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