The 2013 Color of the Year goes to….

Pantone, “the worldwide standard for color communication and inspiration since 1963” has named “Emerald”  the color of the year for 2013. It is a lovely color and I am excited to see it used in upcoming weddings! There are so many color options for flowers that coordinate with Emerald. Orange, peach or yellow quickly come to mind but shades of pink would be really pretty too! All white would really stand out against Emerald colored dresses as well! Oh my, there are so many different directions you can go! Tell me, what do you think of the color Emerald? What color flowers would you pair with it?

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Brittney and Bryan

Brittney and Bryan were married on Saturday, June 30th in the lovely Caldwell-Boylston Gardens at the Historic South Carolina Lace House. I so enjoyed working with Brittney during the planning process. Such a sweet person and beautiful bride!

Her wedding color scheme was black, white and silver. She chose white hydrangeas and white roses for her bouquet. The five bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried white hydrangeas.  Her two flowers girls carried kissing balls with white carnations accented with black ribbon. White roses were used for the corsages and boutonnieres.

For the ceremony, we made vase arrangements of all white flowers and placed them on pedestals in the beautiful garden.  For the reception, catered by Hudson’s Smokehousewe used small cube vases and filled them with white hydrangeas.

Their talented photographer was Rachael Hughes and she took some amazing photos! I have included a few but to see more, click here.

Who pays for what?

Let me start by saying that every wedding is different and there are no set rules regarding wedding expenses. However,  some people do ask us to break down the expenses between the Bride and Groom when we give them the floral estimate.

So, in case you were wondering, here is the traditional cost breakdown for flowers  –

Bride and family

  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Bridesmaids Bouquets
  • Ceremony and Reception decorations

Groom and family

  • Bride’s Bouquet
  • Boutonnieres
  • Mothers and Grandmothers Corsages

 

 

Kayla and James

Kayla and James were married on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church and the reception was held at Capital City Club. It was a beautiful day and we were so glad to be part of their special day.
Janie met with Kayla and her Mom and enjoyed working with them throughout the planning process. After the initial consultation, Janie realized that she knew the groom’s parents, which made being a part of this wedding even more special! We were happy to also make the centerpieces, food table arrangement and favor table arrangement (see photos) for the rehearsal dinner the night before at City Art.
The wedding color scheme was dark purple and silver. Kayla chose shades of  purple for her bouquet. It included purple stock, lavender roses, purple carnations and purple alstroemeria. The 7 bridesmaids wore “Eggplant” (dark purple) colored dresses and carried bouquets of white flowers accented with purple ribbon.  For the church, we designed altar arrangements in shades of purple for the beautiful sanctuary and attached bows with greenery to the family pews.  The church Wedding Director, Laura was so nice and helpful. She was great to work with!
For the reception we made a head table centerpiece and several guest table centerpieces in shades of purple as well as a large arrangement for the entrance. We also added purple flowers to the gorgeous cake by Vintage Bakery.
We have included some images taken by Clark Berry Photography. To see more photos – click here

Happy Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share a couple photos from my wedding of my Dad and I. It is indeed a special moment when your Dad walks you down the aisle and gives you away.  I realize that not everyone gets to experience that, so it makes me even more appreciative that I did. I had no idea how emotional I would be in that moment, but as soon as I heard “Here comes the Bride” and saw all of the guests, I couldn’t stop the tears! I was so very happy and excited to be getting married! But, I was also very thankful to have my Mom and Dad’s blessing and support, as I started this new chapter of my life!

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.

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.

Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Columbia Marriott & Wintergreen Woods

Weddings by Jennifer had three weddings this past weekend and we thought we would share some of the details with you and a couple pictures we took from each one!

Amy and Matthew were married at the beautiful Riverbanks Botanical Garden on Saturday, April 28th. Amy chose a color scheme of purples, lavenders and greens for her bouquet and also for her bridesmaids. We did mini calla boutonnieres for all of the guys and lavender rose corsages for the ladies.  While we were setting up we saw the beautiful white chair covers with green sashes by Chain of Events in the Magnolia room where the reception was held.

Hana and Michael had their ceremony and reception in the Palmetto Room at the Columbia Marriott on Saturday, April 28th. Hana chose a pink and white color scheme for her bouquet and Michael’s boutonniere was a white rose with pink filler. We also decorated two candelabras with flowers and ribbons in shades of pink and white. While we were there, we met Shannon of  Shannon Baker Weddings & Events. She was installing the beautiful pink and white chair covers.

Mandy and Justin were married on Sunday, April 29th at Wintergreen Woods in Lexington. I loved the yellow color scheme that Mandy picked out to go with the Bridesmaids “Malibu” blue dresses! We did yellow roses and white calla lilies for her bouquet and yellow calla lilies for the Bridesmaids bouquets. The corsages and boutonnieres were done in yellow and white roses.

Side note: Last fall, we had hired Justin (the groom) to install speakers throughout our showroom at White House Florist, as he came highly recommended by a friend. We didn’t know that he was Mandy’s fiance until he came out to give us a quote and said “You guys are doing our wedding flowers next April”. Pretty cool! He did a fantastic job and we would highly recommend him too. He even had to crawl under the 127 year old house to run the speaker wire to the different rooms! Mandy did a great job as his assistant! Our customers love hearing the music as they browse the gift shop and also love the “rock” speaker he installed in the front flower bed! If you need his number, let us know!

Do I need to make an appointment to talk about my Wedding Flowers?

Often times we are asked this question and the simple answer is yes. There are several reasons for this.

1) We want to make sure that we can give you our undivided attention and be able to sit down and discuss your special day without interruptions.

2) We need for you to fill out the Consultation Form on our website. Knowing the details of your wedding helps us prepare for your consultation. .

3) Making an appointment gives you time to prepare and gather the necessary information as discussed in our previous post: What to bring to your Consultation.

4) There are always exceptions and sometimes due to work schedules, etc. it is impossible for someone to come in and meet. If this is your situation and if you are just wanting to get pricing for your wedding flowers, you can email us with the specifics (with pictures of what you like) and we can work up an estimate and email it back to you for review. Our email address is: whitehouseweddingflowers@gmail.com

Each Bride is different and on different timetables but on average I would say we schedule the consultations 4-6 months prior to the weddings. However, depending on how long the engagement period is, sometimes we meet much closer to the wedding date or sometimes up to a year prior to the wedding.

We have had some Brides that wanted to book with us and be sure to save the date, but weren’t ready to schedule an appointment as venues, dresses, colors, etc. have not been picked out yet. If this is the case, you can book your date with a $250 non-refundable deposit which would be applied to your wedding order once finalized.

I hope you have found this information helpful. Any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!