Leigh and Grant

I am excited to write a blog post about one of my favorite Brides! We have been doing flowers for Leigh and her family for over 10 years and have provided flowers for many special occasions in Leigh’s life –  Birthdays, Proms, High School and College graduation parties and more! It has been fun to watch Leigh grow up and see what a beautiful young woman she has become!

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We were very excited to get the call that Leigh and Grant were engaged and a date had been set – March 16, 2013! Before we even met Grant, we figured he must be a pretty special guy, and of course he is! It is neat to see how much they love each other and we wish them much happiness in their future together!

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Ok, so let me tell you about the wedding! The ceremony took place at St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington and the reception was held at 701 Whaley in Columbia. This wedding was a LOT of fun for me – A bride that loves flowers, a bride that I have a history with and know her style and taste and a bride that trusts me and lets me take her ideas and vision and run with it!

Orchids are Leigh’s favorite flower and the wedding color scheme was orange, green and navy – beautiful! For the church, we hung wreaths on the doors and garlands on the front railings. We also made an arrangement for the narthex and a garland to go on the guestbook stand. Along the aisle, we added bells of ireland, roses and lilies tied with navy ribbon to the pews and we made arrangements to go on either side of the altar.

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Leigh carried green cymbidium orchids, orange “chilis” roses, protea, “flame” calla lilies and green hypericum berries. Her bouquet was wrapped with a piece of her Mother’s wedding dress. How special!

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Leigh’s nine bridesmaids carried orchids and roses. As a special touch we added a rhinestone initial to the ribbon for each Bridesmaid!

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The boutonnieres were made with orange ranunculus and green hypericum berries. We added an orchid to Grant’s boutonniere, of course!

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Okay, on to the reception! We made two different style arrangements for the guest tables. One was a trio of cylinder vases with green cymbidium orchid stems and orange  gems at the bottom of the vase. The other style was a tall arrangement on a cylinder vase, that included bells of ireland, cymbidium orchids, roses, green fugi mums, protea and green hanging amaranthus. We added orchid blooms to the glass cake stand that held the gorgeous cake made by Parkland Cakes. We also made an arrangement to go in the bar area, pieces to hang on the staircase and last but not least we made an arrangement that was attached to a column and served as the centerpiece for the food table.

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We absolutely loved working with Melanie of By Invitation…Only Event Planning & Design throughout the planning process. It was so awesome to see everything come together that morning at 701 Whaley. Wow, great teamwork!!

Clark Berry Photography shared so many beautiful images with me and it was really hard to pick just a few but I’ve included most of my favorites!

Congratulations again to Leigh and Grant! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!

Jessica and Brad

Jessica and Brad are celebrating their 2nd anniversary today and I thought I would tell you a little bit about their wedding flowers and a few other details from their special day!

This was a very special wedding for me since I was the sister of the bride! I had the privilege of being the Matron of Honor as well as the wedding florist! The location for the ceremony and reception was also very special since it was our parents house on Lake Murray.  There were so many personal touches incorporated in this wedding and I’m honored to have been a part of it along with our very special family & friends and some great wedding professionals too!

Jessica and Brad worked with Beth DeRidder (Columbia Printing & Graphics) and created some of the coolest invitations and programs I have ever seen! The invitation was actually a CD that included some of their favorite songs and the program was like a playbill with production and set design credits, etc. Very creative and unique!

Jessica found her gorgeous dress at BellaVista. I had the pleasure of dress shopping with her and our Mom and you should have seen her face light up when she found “THE DRESS”.

Their photographer was Renee Ittner McManus and she took some amazing photos! Simply Delicious did the catering and also made the yummy cake!

Their wedding color scheme was chocolate brown and ivory. We mixed in dark orange with some of the flowers for a little punch of color! Jessica carried ivory roses, calla lilies and white oriental lilies in her bouquet and I carried white calla lilies in mine. All of the corsages and boutonnieres were made out of white calla lilies, as well.

We constructed an arch for the ceremony on the wedding day (with a little assistance from the Groom), made of birch branches and added stems of white dendrobium orchids.  We draped a greenery garland all the way down the aisle and added orchid blooms for a finishing touch. We also placed ivory rose petals down the aisle.  When weddings take place at a home you are able to incorporate flowers in unique places such as a bird bath, where we added a ring of flowers in rich fall tones.  We designed vases of mango calla lilies and greenery and placed on the food tables. There was also a vase of white calla lilies in memory of each of the Grandparents that had passed away.

For the reception we made centerpieces for the guest tables in cube vases with river rock and accented with brown ribbon. They included mango calla lilies, leonidas roses, dahlias, orange mokara orchids, seeded eucalyptus and hypericum berries.

Brad also surprised Jessica with a bouquet of roses  in a special hand-blown vase he had made for her at Disney World.  We delivered the bouquet to her while she was getting ready and she loved it!  Grooms – this is a great idea for you to keep in mind for your wedding! Such a sweet gesture!

Well, I think that about covers it. I have included a few photos from their big day! Enjoy!

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Jessica and Brad!