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?


Mandy and Nolan

Mandy and Nolan were married on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Four ‘O Three North Lake, in Lexington, SC. Mandy was a pleasure to work with. She has such a great personality and is a lot of fun to be around! Even a big rainstorm on her wedding day couldn’t wipe the smile off her face!

For her bouquet she chose blue hydrangeas, orange lilies, iris and white roses. We wrapped lace from her dress around the stems for the finishing touch. The bridesmaids were Mandy’s two sisters and they carried  blue hydrangeas and orange lilies.

For the reception, we added a few flowers around the lanterns that Mandy provided for each guest table. We also added flowers to the cake and made a large arrangement for the food table in the wedding colors.

Corey Potter was their photographer and I’ve included  a few of the great photos he shared with us!

We were so happy to be a part of their wedding day! Best wishes to the happy couple!



Susan and Jonathan

Susan and Jonathan were married on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Hard to believe it’s already been a year! I so enjoyed working with Susan and her Mom, Carol.  They are such sweet people and after our first meeting I felt like I had known them a long time. I was thrilled to be a part of Susan and Jonathan’s special day!

The ceremony was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in West Columbia. This is one of my favorite churches In Lexington County as it is so pretty to look at as you are driving down Emmanuel Church Rd. It also has a beautiful altar area and I love that we get to make altar flowers there often for Sunday services! Susan chose all white for the ceremony flowers and we also attached bows to the pews.

The reception was held at Lexington County Municipal Center and catered by Rusty’s Catering.  Susan chose bright colors for the reception flowers. We made guest table centerpieces and a large buffet table centerpiece in oranges, yellows, purples and hot pinks.

Clark and Becki Berry photographed the big day and took amazing pictures, as always. James and Marianna Player of Absolute Wedding Films did the videography. They always do an awesome job too and I love watching their wedding films!

Happy 1st Anniversary, Susan and Jonathan!

Blair and Britt

Blair and Britt were married on Saturday, September 18, 2010. As they celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary I wanted to share some of the details of their special day! The ceremony took place at Red Bank United Methodist Church and the reception was held at Country Club of Lexington.

I so enjoyed working with Blair and her Mom Sheila throughout the planning process! What a treat to work with such nice people! For Blair’s bouquet she selected white hydrangea, white roses and white calla lilies. We wrapped  her bouquet stems with lace from her gorgeous dress! The ten bridesmaids wore “Expresso” (brown) dresses and carried mango callas lilies.

For the church, we used white flowers such as lilies, roses, hydrangea and calla lilies. We created “Entrance Wreaths” for the front doors, placed a garland on the guestbook table and a large arrangement for the table in the narthex. In the sanctuary, we designed the altar arrangements and flowers for the candelabras and clustered roses with satin ribbon to mark the pews.  We also added a vase of white roses in memory of loved ones.

For the reception, we used flowers in rich fall tones such as roses, mango calla lilies, mokara orchids, brown gerbera daisies and more. We created “Entrance Swags” and attached them to the front railings. Then in the foyer we added a vase of flowers as guests entered the reception. We also designed a large vase arrangement for the food table  as well as centerpieces for the guest tables. On the mantle at the country club, Blair’s gorgeous bridal portrait was displayed and we added a few vases of flowers to the mantle.

Clark Berry Photography did a wonderful job and captured beautiful shots and as always they were very kind to share several of them with us! I’ve included a few, to see more click here.

I was honored to be the florist for their wedding! Happy Anniversary, Blair and Britt!

Sarah and Corey

As they celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary, I wanted to tell you about Sarah and Corey’s wedding that was held on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The ceremony took place at Lexington United Methodist Church and the reception was  held at Palmetto Collegiate Institute.

I LOVED working with Sarah. She has great style and knew exactly what she wanted! She was so organized and provided me with lots of pictures and inspiration to work from! Her vision was “Fun, Casual, Antique, Garden Tea Party“.

For Sarah’s bouquet as well as the bridesmaids and flower girl bouquets,  we used ivory dahlias and roses, pink lisianthus, pink astilbe and veronica accented with seeded eucalyptus and lotus pods. The stems were wrapped in lace and placed in mason jars, provided by the Bride.

For the boutonnieres, we used lavender and rosemary and wrapped them with twine. They smelled wonderful! The corsages were made with ivory roses. For the reception we used the Bride’s collection of assorted vases and jars and filled with the same flowers as the bouquets as well as hydrangea, baby’s breath, queen anne’s lace and miniature pink roses.

We were honored to be a part of their special day! Word of mouth is our best advertising and we appreciate Sarah’s Mom referring another Bride to us! You can read about their wedding here – Kayla and James

Happy 1st Anniversary to Sarah and Corey!

Caterer – Simply Delicious

Cake – Vintage Bakery

Photographer – Caroline Ghetes  – To see more pictures from their wedding click here.

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



Ashton and Rusty

Ashton and Rusty were married on Saturday, May 12th at Corley Mill House & Garden, a popular venue located in Lexington, SC. I have known the owner, Sheila for many years as I used to work for her when she owned a florist on Main St. in Lexington. Ashton met with Janie last fall to discuss the flowers for her special day and Janie really enjoyed working with her during the planning process. Ashton chose a beautiful, vibrant color scheme of  hot pink, orange and green which worked really well with the bridesmaids “Watermelon” colored dresses. For the bouquets we used a combination of “Milano” hot pink roses, orange lilies, green hypericum berries and white waxflower for the bouquets. Ashton’s bouquet was wrapped with white satin ribbon and the Bridesmaids bouquets were wrapped with green satin ribbon. The two flower girls carried pretty baskets provided by Ashton and we filled them with hot pink rose petals. Roses and hypericum berries were used to make the corsages and boutonnieres. Ashton provided the mason jars and we filled them with hot pink roses and green hypericum berries for the aisle decorations (attached to shepherds hooks) as well as the guest tables centerpieces at the reception. Roses and greenery were also used to decorate the beautiful cake made by Adrienne at Tastee Creations. Shane Jackson Photography took some great photos that you can see here. We were so happy to be a part of Ashton and Rusty’s special day and to get this message from the bride today – “Thank you so much! The flowers were amazing by White House Florist! Yall did an excellent job and matched my colors perfectly! Thanks for everything! Yall certainly helped make my wedding day more beautiful than I could have imagined! ”

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.