Amanda and Matt

Amanda and Matt were married on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Pine Island Club on beautiful Lake Murray. Of course any wedding at this venue will be extra special to me since it is where I got married 15 years ago! We have also known Amanda’s family for many years as they have been long time customers of our florist, all the way back to when we were in Topspin Plaza.

Amanda chose a white and ivory mixture of flowers that included hydrangeas, roses, oriental lilies, calla lilies and orchids. This combination complimented the gray and navy wedding party attire very nicely.

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of the great team of wedding vendors (listed below) that worked together on Amanda and Matt’s special day! Take a look at the gorgeous images below by Travis Bell.

Dreamy Affairs Signature Events

Carolina Event Services

Big Time Entertainment

Carrier Cakes

Capital City Catering

Travis Bell Photographers – (If you’re interested in seeing some of Travis’ sports images, you can visit www.travisbellphotography.com)

Weddings by Jennifer

 

 

 

 

Great gifts for the Bride & Groom!

With lots of bridal showers and spring weddings coming up, I wanted to show you some of the new items we have at Winston’s Gift Shop! Perfect for the new bride & groom!

Brittany and Mark

I have known the Halfacre family for many years. I first met Randy (the Dad) when we opened our business in 2000 and he and I were in a BNI (networking) group together. I was honored to do the flowers for their daughter Hope’s wedding back in 2009 and thrilled when they asked us to do the flowers for their youngest daughter Brittany’s wedding. The Halfacres are very family oriented, which is something that I can relate to and also admire. I am glad to know them and thankful for the work they all do for our community in their many capacities.

Brittany and Mark were married on Saturday, June 15th at a private home on Lake Murray. It was truly a beautiful setting for this sweet, southern wedding. When I met with Brittany and Angela (the Mom), we discussed the details and I was so impressed with how relaxed and laid-back Brittany was. I love it when a Bride lets me know what she wants and describes her vision for the flowers and then trusts me to make it happen! A trait that both she and her sister had!

Brittany carried an all white bouquet of hydrangeas, ranunculus and lisianthus and looked stunning in her gorgeous wedding gown! Her twelve bridesmaids carried white hydrangeas, wrapped with burlap. I loved their tan seersucker dresses with monogrammed sashes.  For the guys, we made the boutonnieres with cotton, which they wore on their seersucker suits. I don’t think it can get any more southern than that! 🙂

For the ceremony, we added white hydrangeas to their mason jars that hung on shepherd’s hooks along the aisle. Angela made a beautiful aisle runner, which was truly a labor of love when you saw how long that aisle actually was!! We also made a wreath of all white flowers, to hang on the beautiful wooden cross made by the Bride and Groom.

For the reception, catered by Hudson’s Classic Catering, we made a large arrangement for the main food table. It included Hydrangeas, of course and Bells of Ireland, roses, carnations, stock and assorted greenery. There were also mason jars with hydrangeas added to the various food stations. For the cake, we added hydrangea blooms and pale green carnations around the bottom. Lee with Event Management did a great job with the tents and overall set-up.

It was a beautiful wedding and I am so glad that we got to be a part of it! Congratulations, Brittany and Mark! I wish you many, many years of happiness together!

I have included a few beautiful photos taken by Ash Little Photography that show the floral details.

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!

Shelby and Zeb

I met Shelby and Zeb last fall when they came in for a consultation to talk about their wedding flowers. They were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed our meeting. I was so excited when I got a text from Shelby a few weeks later saying she wanted me to do the flowers! Shelby knew exactly what she wanted and what she liked and that happened to be SUNFLOWERS! I love taking the Bride’s vision and ideas and bringing them to life!

Their wedding & reception took place at the beautiful 701 Whaley and was photographed by Clark Berry Photography.  The videography was done by Absolute Wedding Films and the lighting was done by Big Time Entertainment. The beautiful cake and cupcakes were made by Vicki at Vintage Bakery.

Shelby and Zeb are a special couple! I am happy to know them and thrilled that we got to be a part of their big day!

Take a look at some of the beautiful images that Clark and Becki captured!

 

Jennifer’s Traditions

I wanted to share a couple of traditions I have when it comes to our weddings.

1) When I go to set up a wedding, I like to wear something in the wedding color scheme. I don’t always have something in the right color but when I do, I make sure I coordinate! In case someone takes my picture, it’s nice to blend in. I think I got that idea from a show on HGTV. When the  interior designer was showing the completed project to her client, she always wore something that coordinated with the colors of the newly designed room.

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2) I also like to wear the necklace that I wore on my own wedding day. It was my Grandmother’s necklace that she passed on to me as a wedding present.

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3) When we deliver the wedding flowers to the ceremony site, my tradition is to hold the bride’s bouquet while we are in route. Of course we are very careful with all of the flowers while they are in transport but the bride’s bouquet gets special treatment and stays in my hands for the trip.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this. I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more traditions over the years!

Shannon and Brian

Shannon and Brian were married on Saturday, December 15, 2012. The ceremony took place at Trinity United Methodist Church and the reception was held at Riverbanks Botanical Gardens. I was thrilled to be a part of their “Winter Wonderland” themed wedding, complete with snow, crystals and branches! I have to say the centerpieces were a lot of fun to make!

We so enjoyed working with Melanie of By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design and seeing everything come together for their special day! Take a look at some of the great images of the floral details by Clark Berry Photography!