Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wedding Wednesdays

I decided to start this blog to chronicle what was going on in our lives as well as share my thoughts and ideas. Well, since our wedding has basically consumed my life the past year and a half I want to share with you certain aspects of it. So why don't we engage in ... WEDDING WEDNESDAYS! Sound fun? I think so, too!

Let us quickly catch-up. We got married in May on Saint Simons Island ... my favorite place on earth. We were engaged for a year and a half (way too long). Like every other fabulous, preppy bride I wanted a pink and green wedding. I wanted it to be a destination wedding at the beach. I wanted the ceremony in a church and I wanted the reception outside. I wanted every detail to be pink and green. I wanted a live mo-town band. I wanted the boys in navy blazers with pink ties and light linen pants. I wanted the girls in apple green dresses with bright pink tulips. Actually I wanted tulips everywhere. You get the idea! Classic. Southern. Preppy.

Okay, today we will talk about FLOWERS! I feel like my flowers absolutely made my wedding. At the beginning stages of planning I could not have cared less about the flowers. I was focused on the venues, the food, the band, the invitations ... I knew I wanted tulips and didn't care about anything else. Well when we began to meet with the florist I quickly learned that tulips were a hard flower to work with. She warned me that they are very finicky, they have a tendency to droop at any given moment without warning, and they do not tolerate heat well. Awesome, huh. We discussed, debated and deliberated and we all knew that I wasn't going to be satisfied without tulips. She showed me dozens of other options but my heart was with the tulip :) They are really and truly one of the only flowers that I love (actually, even like). She said she would order them and do her best but I had to understand that they may not turn out exactly how I wanted them since it was May and that is not their peak season. I took a leap of faith and told her to do it. Risky business. And oh I am so glad I did because they were absolutely stunning! The arrangements and bouquets were simple, elegant, but at the same time cute, and made me smile all night long!

These are the pictures of the bridesmaids bouquets. I almost cried when I walked in to the brides room at the church and saw them all in vases sitting on the table. They were perfect! **The last one is of my sister-in-law with her bouquet, such a pretty picture of her (and the flowers)**

This is one of my favorite little arrangements. There were 4 of these saving 2 pews on each side for family. So simple and sweet!

As for my bouquet ... I wanted white - white tulips of course. She actually talked me in to incorporating roses to give it a rounder, fuller shape. I was very happy with how it turned out.

I adored the groomsman's boutonnieres. Again, simple and classic. My florist told me that it takes her longer to make bouts than it does any other arrangement. That shocked me!

We only had one arrangement in the church but it was massive. I am disappointed that I don't have a better picture of it. I have never seen such big, tall flowers in my life.

Oh I forgot, I lied. There is one other flower that I LOVE. Orchids! Insanely expensive orchids! Look at how pretty they are on the the cake. PS - I found a cake just like this on the and got the pastry chef to replicate it. So if it was yours ... I love it :)

And now pictures of the arrangements at the reception. I have never been so impressed with somebodies talent in all of my life. My florist was phenomenal! She read my mind. The first picture is of the reception site ... we could not have asked for prettier weather! The other 2 pictures were the 2 different table arrangements.

Thanks for letting me share!!! Next week maybe we can talk about photography!


Oh and speaking of photography all these pictures are copyright of Donna Von Bruening 2008 so please don't "borrow" without permission. Thanks a mill!


Anonymous said...

Hi...I found your blog after you commented on Sashasays. Those pictures are amazing! You had one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! I love all things southern and I am going to love reading your blog!

Thanks so much!

I was laughing reading the post about the conversation you and your husband had about "friends". That same conversation has come up at the dinner table at our house, too!!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Gorgeous!!! We were engaged for over a year too, and so agreed, way too long, haha! Oh my gosh the arrangements were beautiful! I'd love to hear what you are going to post about photography!

Tracy said...

I love tuilips also and those were to die for. Your wedding looks amazing!!! I can't wait to see more pictures.

Muffy said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love it all. I think we have similar taste and I think your taste is fabulous! ;)

Muffy said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love it all. I think we have similar taste and I think your taste is fabulous! ;)

Georgia Girl said...

Girl... you got the knack. Very good post... very good. I am smitten with the your blog for good. Beautiful wedding... bee-you-tea-full... with a capital B!If it were coming up in May... I'd invite myself... stow away in my parent's trunk or something... but since we weren't blog buddies back then I'm happy you're sharing your pics. Continue my dear... it's fantastic!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

your wedding was gorgeous! thank you for starting to share! :)

Petunia said...

Gorgeous pictures and flowers!!

Erica said...

I'm doing the floral spheres too! a la Martha and Country Living. What are the 2 types of pink flowers you used in yours?

Erica said...

Carnations is what we were planning to use too! Perfect!