I Dream of Peony

Heheh. “Peony” kind of rhymes with “genie,” plus I really do dream of peonies, so it’s, uh, a double entendre, kind of. Anyway.

At the beginning of November, Mr. Panther and I spent a weekend in CT. I was dying to meet with our florist again, so we set up an appointment.

We knew who we’d use as a florist (De Vars-Phillips Florists & Antiques) pretty early on. My mom knows Bill through a mutual friend, and he told her he’d be “creative” with the price. That was enough to seal the deal. At the time, I didn’t know too much about floral design, and I kind of figured, “flowers are flowers, right?” I often joke that it’s easy to tell who picked what vendors because all the vendors chosen by my mom or Mr. Panther’s parents are friends (our reception band, ceremony musicians and potential cake baker are all friends of my FILs) and all the vendors chosen by Mr. Panther and me are Internet superstars. After a lot of research, I’m not going to lie””I started worrying that I’d never seen our florist mentioned on any wedding blogs.

After our first meeting last spring, I wasn’t totally convinced.

I wasn’t in love with any of the ideas or pictures he was showing me, and I was a little worried by that. But as it turns out, this was because he was going off the theme and colors I’d given him (beach theme with blue, lime green and white), and deep down, I didn’t really like them. When Mr. Panther and I returned last month with our new theme and colors, he blew me away!

But honestly, the most important takeaway from this meeting? We can have peonies! I’ve always loved peonies””our thank you cards prominently feature them, as do our wedding invitations (you’ll see!). But I just assumed that they’d be present on paper only, since we have a July wedding. Apparently, not the case. I don’t know how. I asked him if they would be crap quality or really expensive since they’re out of season, and he said he thought they would be fine. I don’t know how this is true. Maybe July 2 is still peony season in Connecticut? Who knows? I’m almost afraid to believe it. But that’s what he said, and somehow, he’ll make it happen. Peonies!

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We can have garden roses, too. I’m insanely pumped, because garden roses, cafe au lait dahlias and peonies make such beautiful friends.

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So, OK. Even though our color palette is already pretty huge (sapphire, deep violet, lavender, golden yellow, aqua and teal), I’m expanding it to allow for peach and blush flowers. They’re not officially part of the color scheme, but I’m considering them our neutrals. Since the rest of the colors are so vibrant, I think that works. Or, as Miss Prairie Dog would say, “it doesn’t match””it GOES.” (I quote Miss PD a lot, don’t I? She’s such an inspiration!)

Other flowers now in our plan are:

Larkspur (they’re the tall ones):

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Purple lisianthus:

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Light purple hydrangea:

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Craspedia:

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Allium:

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Purple anemones:

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”¦ And probably a couple more. But I think that’s enough flowers for one post, don’t you? I’m obsessed! I know a lot of these flowers are pretty trendy right now, but oh, well. I like what I like. Oh, and uh, Mr. Panther likes them, too.

Did you have any pleasant surprises at your first few vendor meetings?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Panther

Location:
Atlanta GA/Westport CT
Wedding Date:
July 2011
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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:48 pm

    Gorgeous flowers.

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    Mustang 60 posts, Worker bee @ 4:49 pm

    Your 3rd centerpiece picture is one of my inspiration pics too!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:00 pm

    I love expanding colour palettes :) And those inspiration pics are gorgeous!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:11 pm

    omg, your flowers are going to be out of this world. you go, panther!

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    jam 310 posts, Helper bee @ 5:25 pm

    Holy killer color palettes abound, I love it!! Your flowers are going to be stellar, and seriously just thinking about all the bright colors is giving me excited jitters : )

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    ogreprincessinpink 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:52 pm

    I LOVE peonies (or as my in-laws call them “pineys”). I’m crossing my fingers that we can get them for April 30… my florist says most likely, yay! I love your unmatchy color palette, so rich and fab.

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    MsBrooklynA 3054 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:53 pm

    As always you have such wonderful taste! I am adoring those Purple lisinathas!! Drool*

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    Minutiae 2416 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:17 pm

    Oh flowers, how I love thee. Peonies aren’t my favorite (ants!), but who doesn’t love how fluffy they are in a bouquet?

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    nmeyer01 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:17 pm

    I AM SO JEALOUS. Peonies are my favorite flower but unfortunately we’re getting married in the fall so I can’t have them. I SO cannot wait to see how everything comes together!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 7:32 pm

    I also have July date and the florist promised me PEONIES! I couldn’t believe it. One of your inspiration pics is mine too. I didn’t know I was that into flowers but she blew me away. I can’t wait to see your invitations :)

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:57 pm

    Gorgeous. If I could do one thing over from my wedding, it would have to be flowers. They were just so much fun! Thanks for the bride porn!

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    octopus 1439 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:26 pm

    DROOOOOOOOOOL.

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:37 pm

    @Mustang: I love that whole wedding!
    @Miss Earrings: Yesss, my expansion is going a lot like yours!
    @Miss Jam: Show us yours, show us yours, show us yours! (I’m chanting.)
    @ogreprincessinpink: Heheh, pineys? Good luck with yours! I bet they’re gorgeous that time of year!
    @MsBrooklynA: Awww, thank you! Aren’t the lisianthus gorgeous?
    @Minutiae: Waaiiit, what about the ants??
    @nmeyer01: You can have fluffy dahlias and fluffy mums! :)
    @bRooklynRocks: I didn’t know I was into flowers either, but now I’m obsessed! Wedding planning is so weird sometimes.
    @Mrs. Glasses: Yours were beautiful! Pink flowers in aqua mason jars make me weak in the knees.

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:44 pm

    @Mrs. Octopus: My thoughts exactly!

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    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 10:15 pm

    thanks for the shout-out, woman. PS- you have your invites done…? FML

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:23 pm

    @Miss Prairie Dog: Oh god, no, they’re not done! I designed them in a frenzy of motivation after we finished the save the dates, so the invitations themselves are in production now, but we’ve barely started any of the inserts or assembly or blah blah blah. I’m sure you’re right on schedule. :)

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    nmenedy 16 posts, Newbee @ 11:00 pm

    I LOVE this entire post! I too am obsessed with flowers! Unfortunately I will probably not be able to have peonies at the end of September when we get married, boo! But I have since fallen in love with garden roses also so it’s all good. One flower I didn’t see that you might also like are ranunculus, check ‘em out!

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:08 pm

    @nmenedy: Yay for garden roses! I love ranunculus — no dice in July, though. :(

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    linz1231 6052 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:30 pm

    @Miss Panther – You can totally have peonies in July. I am the wedding director for a florist, and most florists use several different distributors – somehow, I am getting peonies in DECEMBER! Woo-hoo!

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    cheetah 1192 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:30 am

    Our similar tastes strikes again, Panther! I have had that 1st bouquet image saved in my inspiration folder forever!

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    DC Hats, Guest @ 4:26 am

    DC HatsFantastic Read! Looking forward to more! Bookmarked the site and will be back again!

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    KTwed09, Guest @ 11:03 am

    Peonies are my favorite flower too, and I had a florist tell me I absolutely could not have them for my July 2 (2009) wedding because they are only available through June, and that if I was to have them, they would die. I thought this was kind of funny since July 2 is actually quite close to June, haha! Two other florists told me that I could have peonies and they would be fine. I decided to trust them, and I had gorgeous peonies in my bouquet on July 2, in NY. So, don’t worry!

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:10 am

    @Lindsay12.31.2010, @KTwed09: Wahoooooooo!
    @Ms Cheetah: I looooove it! The sheer ribbon and the dusty miller/lamb’s ear/whatever it is totally make it, don’t they??

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    dovelovesfalcon 419 posts, Helper bee @ 11:26 am

    i LOVE your ever-expanding color palette, panther!

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    mak418 355 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 pm

    Re: ants… A lot of times if you see peonies growing, they have ants crawling all over them… it’s some kind of symbiotic relationship that makes the peonies happy.

    But don’t worry… they’ll shake them off!! (I love that you’re a CT bride. If you ever need an extra pair of hands up here, PM me!)

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    july112010 588 posts, Busy bee @ 2:25 pm

    that is my bouquet! how exciting =)

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:40 pm

    @july112010: Shut up! Which one?!

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    july112010 588 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 pm

    The second and third flower pictures are from my wedding =)

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    july112010 588 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 pm

    Im glad you like them. Peonies, garden roses, and cafe au lait dahilas are my favorite too!

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    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:27 pm

    @july112010: Ahhhhh, you’re kidding! Your wedding is one of my favorite weddings EVER. Your dress, your bouquets, your aisle, your cake, your tea cup tree, your INSANE centerpieces … SO obsessed!

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    july112010 588 posts, Busy bee @ 1:00 am

    Youre so sweet, thank you =). I am so glad you liked it, I spent A LOT of time planning every single detail.

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