40th Wedding Anniversary!

In honor of my parents upcoming 40th Wedding Anniversary (yes I said 40th, isn’t that awesome?!?!), I thought I would tell you a little bit about their wedding and some of the floral trends of the 70’s. At the age of 20, they were married on May 20, 1972 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC with the reception following in Satterlee Hall. Thanks to my Grandmother and Mother saving the “Wedding Flower Order“, I have a wonderful keepsake to remember the flowers that were used for my parents special day.

Their wedding florist was Mrs. Salter. My Mom spoke very highly of her and said, “I remember feeling really special cause she focused on ME and seemed genuinely interested in what I wanted for my flowers.”  I also have a sweet note they kept from Mrs. Salter that says, “Janie, I am looking forward to this wedding with delight. Check over the list carefully and correct any mistakes I have made. Be sure to talk with me no later than Tuesday. Don’t forget to bring me your bible. Mrs. Salter”.

My Mom carried a “Prayer Book Bridal Bouquet” using a White Cattleya Orchid with a yellow throat placed on my Grandmother’s prayer book.  My Mom described to me the wedding colors she chose, Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were the popular colors back then- so we did the baskets green (Mama spray painted them) and the flowers in yellow. I thought they were so pretty!” The Matron of Honor (my Aunt Nancy) and the 4 Bridesmaids each carried the green baskets with yellow carnations and yellow & white daisies that complimented their lovely yellow dresses .

The boutonnieres were made with Carnations for my Dad, the Groomsmen and the Fathers. On the wedding order next to the Groom’s boutonniere it says “make special“. Aww!  The corsages for the Mothers and three Grandmothers were made with Orchids. The altar flowers were made with White Mums and Yellow Carnations and white satin Bows were attached to the Pews.

Sounds like a lovely wedding, doesn’t it?! I’ve included a few of their wedding pictures. Enjoy!

Oh and Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! I sure am glad you got married! ~ Jennifer

Carrie and Sean

Carrie and Sean will be celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary tomorrow! They were married on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Pine Island Club on Lake Murray. As you might remember from my previous post Our Wedding – this is also where our wedding was held 13 years ago. We were happy to be part of Carrie and Sean’s special day last year and we thought we would share some of the floral details with you!

Carrie chose a beautiful purple color scheme of purple and lime green for her wedding. The ceremony was held lakeside and the reception was inside the clubhouse which has beautiful views of the lake. Carrie’s bouquet was made with purple lisianthus and purple carnations. For the aisle we made floral pomander balls in alternating colors using purple carnations and green fugi mums and attached them to shepherds hooks along the aisle. They had a beautiful arch set up for the ceremony and we attached a large swag in shades of purple, green and white using roses, lilies, lisianthus, green button mums, larkpsur and greenery. The arch and lake sure made for a beautiful back-drop! The Mothers corsages were made with purple lisianthus and green button mums and the grandmothers were made with white roses and green button mums. All of the boutonnieres were made with white roses.

For the reception decorations we made the guest tables centerpieces with white hydrangea and greenery. We also made a head table centerpiece as well as a large food table arrangement in shades of purple and green using lisianthus, larkspur, stock, bells of ireland and greenery.

Mary with Callan Tinsley Photography was their photographer and she shared some great photos with us (see below)! To see some other photos we took, click here.

Our Wedding

Since my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary recently, I thought I would share some of the details of my own wedding with you!

We were married on April 17, 1999 at Pine Island Club on beautiful Lake Murray. This facility is owned by SCE&G and because my Grandfather worked there for many years, we were able to book that venue for our special day. I’m pretty sure April 17th was the windiest day of that year! But, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day!

I was thrilled to have my only sister Jessica as my Maid of Honor. My step-daughter Jennifer (14 at the time) was a Junior Bridesmaid. Jennifer is now married and became a Mother just recently! The flower girl was my step-daughter, Kristen (6 at the time, now in college). She was the sweetest and prettiest little flower girl! The ring bearer was my step-son, Jeffrey (3 at the time, now in high school). He was the cutest little ring bearer and did a super job that day! From his picture below you might can tell he was a hand full at that age!  Leading up to the wedding we had our flower girl and ring bearer practice “walking up the aisle” together so the ring bearer would know exactly what he was supposed to do, so cute! It was very important to me to include Jimmy’s children in our wedding. I love them dearly. Jimmy’s groomsmen were his brother-in-law, Matt, brother, Woody and my brothers Jason and Jonathan. I do wish we had done a wedding program to pass out to our guests. At the time, I didn’t realize the importance of listing the bridal party and their connection to both of us (as everyone may not have known), and also I needed a way to explain the special song written and sung by my Dad for me (that was played during the ceremony), as well as a place to thank our families for everything and to thank our guests for coming and sharing in our special day. Plus, it would have been a nice memento to have now! So, make sure to have programs printed!

Photography has really changed over the last several years. Now photographers take the pictures in such a way that “tell your wedding story”, as you are getting ready, all of the behind the scenes details, etc. Plus, you get a cd with all of the images so that you can share the photos with your friends and family!  While we enjoy looking at our wedding album from time to time , we wish we had digital images too! Your photos are a lasting memory so be sure to do your research, meet with them and invest in a good photographer, you won’t be sorry! Photographers capture the images that help you remember your wedding like it was yesterday!

Oh, and Videography! Wow, a lot more emphasis is put on that now and I think that is great! We have a VHS tape (I don’t know if we even have a working VCR anymore) of our wedding day. We had an extended family member take the video for us, he was able to catch some really cute moments that we would have never known about but unfortunately I don’t remember the last time we watched it because it is on a video tape.  He did a great job for us but obviously it is unedited, not set to music, taken from one angle, etc. These days you can hire a professional videographer to produce a high quality wedding video to capture all of the special memories of that day. It’s your own wedding movie that you can watch over and over and share with friends and family! Make your wedding video a priority! I say money well spent!

Our color scheme was lavender and white. I loved our invitations, they were on “vellum” paper with a detailed edge and were printed in lavender ink.  I picked lavender roses and white lilies for my bouquet (still two of my favorite flowers). With me being a florist, many people asked me if I was going to make my own flowers. Actually, I don’t think I ever considered that. I guess I figured this was the one time that somebody else would do the work and I could just enjoy the day! I know DIY has become very popular and for some people that works, but I also know from being in the wedding business that we end up helping a lot of brides at the last minute because of issues they have encountered. Such as, the flowers they ordered online didn’t ship, or the flowers weren’t fresh and looked like garbage, or they realized they didn’t have time to make all of the centerpieces or bouquets like they thought they would, or they didn’t have the help they thought they were going to have, or they realized they didn’t have a vehicle large enough to transport everything and on and on. My advice would be to hire a professional florist (we did), so you can relax and enjoy the day and let them deal with the “issues” , if there are any. In the end, I promise it will be money well spent. Call me! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading! Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!

Here are a few photos from our wedding day!

Dee and Wesley

We are coming up on Dee and Wesley’s 1 year wedding anniversary and we thought we would share a few of the floral details and pics with you! Their wedding was on May 7th, which happened to be Mother’s Day weekend and the ceremony and reception were held at The River Road and Jasmine Houses & Gardens. A beautiful venue located near the Lake Murray Dam in Irmo. Dee chose a color scheme of purple, lavender and white for her bouquet, the ceremony decorations and the cake flowers. The corsages and boutonnieres were made with ivory roses. Their photographer was Renee Ittner McManus. A big thank you to Shirley and Frani for delivering and setting up the flowers on the day of the wedding. They made a great team!

We have made many arrangements over the years for the Hazelrigg family and we were so pleased to be a part of Dee and Wesley’s special day! We received this sweet email from the Bride after the wedding. ~ “Thanks so much.  The flowers were beautiful, we couldn’t have been happier with them, and our day was perfect.”

We’ve included a few pics taken by Renee, to see others that we took click here.