Picking the Flours

OK, I lied, we’re not pulling a Stranger Than Fiction at our wedding.


Via I Waste So Much Time (preach)

Mr. Hammer would love that, since he generally doesn’t believe in plants you can’t eat, but it doesn’t quite jive with our decor. So, he’s resigned himself to having flowers at our wedding. Such a drag.

Picking our florist, Fancy Flowers by Meredith, was maybe the easiest part of our wedding planning so far. FMIL highly recommended the florist they’d used for FSIL’s wedding a few years back, both for her price and for her quality. Mr. Hammer, Mama Hammer, and I went to visit her back in early 2014, and she was a sweet lady with multiple four-inch binders full of photos of flowers. We were sold. (OK, I don’t think Mr. Hammer cared at all about this one, but Mama Hammer and I were sold, anyway.)

Picking the actual flowers, though, has been trickier. You may have noticed that I describe our wedding as “colorful,” but I’m forcing both the bridesmaids and the groomsmen into grey. So by “colorful” I really mean “the flowers better bring it.” My original color inspiration flowed from this photo, which definitely brings it:



Via Housemartin Inspired Home & Floral

But while I used to think that I’d only be happy if I carried THAT EXACT BOUQUET DOWN THE AISLE and that I 100% NEEDED RANUNCULUS (yikes), now I’m not so sure. Don’t get me wrong, I still loooove the punchy colors and the variety of textures. But then we (okay, I) added coral-peach-whatever-pink to the mix, and then our florist showed us a photo of Juliet roses at our meeting and I became newly fixated on their ruffly, petaly goodness. And now, I’ve started to lean more towards bouquets like this:


Ruby Reds Florals & Garden / Photo by Erin Nicole Photography / Via Every Last Detail
This one’s got a little too much white and not enough yellow for me, but I loooove the slight messiness, the textures, the flowy satin ribbon, and the soft pinks.

And maybe something simple and punchier for the bridesmaids, like these:


Ruby Reds Floral & Garden (wow, weird, I didn’t notice until now that these are both by the same florist) / Photo by Mary G Photography

Add in the pink with MOH A’s bouquet, to set her apart a little bit?


Zinnia Floral Designs / Photo by Jessica Shaver Photography

For the groomsmen, we’re (and I do mean “we,” this time) pushing for hops in the boutonnieres. For those of you who don’t drink beer and/or aren’t surrounded by beer snobs like I am, hops are these little, green, succulent-type pineconey things that they use to make beer. Mr. Hammer tells me they smell like the most delicious beer ever, but I’m more of a rum girl, myself, so I just take his word for it.


DIY flowers / Via Wedding Chicks / Photos by Tara Francis Photography

I’m excessively excited by this idea, because it (1) meets Mr. Hammer’s criteria of edible plants (well, sort of), (2) is a nod to Mr. Hammer’s straight-up obsession with beer, and (3) makes use of the hops from the massive plant Mr. Hammer and his BIL planted in the lawn of his parents’ house last summer.

The centerpieces, though, are where I’m really conflicted. I want something that’ll contrast nicely with my grey-and-white-striped table toppers, but I’m not sure if I should go bright and playful:


Blossom & Branch / Photo by Maggie Harkov / Via Style Me Pretty

Or romantic and muted:

GAC-2 Juliet


Blush Floral Design I freakin’ love the Meyer lemons in this one. Plus, hey Mr. Hammer, they’re edible! (And I do mean that literally-Mr. Hammer eats lemon slices straight off the edge of water glasses.)

What do you guys think? Should I go punchy or pastel?

And yes, I know I’ll shake my head at the fact that I cared enough to be conflicted about such a minor difference in a year, when all I remember is that everything was beautiful and we got married. But for now, I’m stuck in tunnel vision!


Mrs. Hammerhead

Classifieds: May 6, 2015
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    Mellybobelly 674 posts, Busy bee @ 7:08 am

    I vote for the pastels myself, so beautiful, timeless and romantic! Love the idea of hops in the bouts, and the nod to Mr. Hammer’s love of beer!

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    Mrs. Walrus 187 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:55 am

    They are all beautiful choices. I love the centerpieces that are on the table. Im not really a flower connoisseur, but i’m sure whichever look you go with will be really pretty with all the pops of yellow!

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    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:43 am

    hmm I really like the pinks that are in that brighter centerpiece picture. It just looks really peachy and pretty. But the lemons would be really cool to work in with that as well. All your flower inspiration looks so lovely! Please tell me you’re going to do the ribbon on your bouquet like that picture – it’s gorg!

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    Mrs. Squid 49 posts, Newbee @ 1:23 pm

    I kinda like the pastels with the punches of yellow meyer lemons. The yellow seems to pop a bit more against the muted colors. But really, you can’t go wrong with either – they’re both gorgeous!

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    Lalavla 992 posts, Busy bee @ 2:05 pm

    I’m 110% for all pops of color. My vision for our wedding was lots of bright color and I’m so happy I stayed with that everyone loved it. So far the colors of the flowers and centerpieces is actually one of the things I’ve heard about the most!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:13 am

    So pretty, love your inspiration! I’d go for bolder colors, because they seem to suit your personality, and I think they’re less played out. Definitely include Meyer lemons – yum!

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    Mrs. Tractor 32 posts, Newbee @ 9:26 am

    I think you should pump up the color! I too am drawn to soft, muted colors, but I think in the big picture (and in actual pictures), bright is always better! Beautiful inspiration, HH!

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    Mrs. Hammerhead 0 posts, Wannabee @ 6:54 pm

    @Mellybobelly, @mssquid, and @walrus, thank you! I had a lot of fun on Pinterest for this wedding task!

    @pyramid I am definitely pro-ribbon and will be taking that photo to my next appointment with the florist! Also planning on seeing if thinks adding lemons to the brighter arrangement would work, hmmm…

    @Lalavla, yay, thanks for the positive color reinforcement! It’s nice to hear that your guests noticed yours 🙂

    @mswallaby, you know, I think you’re right. The softer colors are everywhere on Pinterest–and with good reason, coz they’re gorgeous!–but I do lean more toward bright colors in my day-to-day. Why mess with it for our wedding? And @tractor, that’s a great point about the photography! Sort of the same theory as pumping up your normal makeup, right?

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