Yesterday, Mr. Puffer surprised me with roses. You have to love a man who makes a special trip to the store on his way home just because he knows you’ve had a rough day and wants to see you smile. As Thoreau said, “The Earth laughs in flowers,” and those gorgeous blooms definitely put a smile on my face. I took it as a sign that a florist post was definitely long overdue.
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One of the biggest perks of getting married at the Mansion of Valley Country Club is that when it comes to décor, less is more. The mansion itself is beautifully adorned, and the ballroom’s uplighting and drapery means our decorating needs are minimal. My budget loves that.
But I still wanted to add our own touch. The handful of times I’d imagined having a wedding, I pictured standing with my groom under an arch or chuppah.* But the ballroom’s low-hanging drapery means high structures are out. The pictures I’d seen of indoor weddings at the mansion had the couple and officiant standing in front of an ornate gold mirror. It is lovely, but I wanted something more.
Did you know that traditionally corsages and boutonnieres were given to mothers/fathers and grandmothers/grandfathers? Today, it is common to see the entire wedding party and important guests wearing them. Really, who receives them is up to the bride and groom.
Since we weren’t having a wedding party at all, I decided to give them to immediate family members to recognize them. I made each “group” a different type of flower, and each of the flowers were actually used in my bouquet.
My groups were broken down as follows:
- Sisters: received pink plumerias
- Dads: received aqua calla lilies
- Mr. Sea Monkey: received a turquoise calla lily
- Grandma: received a red calla lily
And then each mom got a different corsage.
- My Mom: received a pink orchid and red lily
- Mr. SM’s Mom: received two pink orchids
Ever since my lurking days on the ‘Bee, I have known I was going to go with real touch flowers for my bouquet. I was so amazed by the fact that they both look AND feel real. Sometimes I had a hard time believing some bouquets that I saw weren’t made of fresh flowers.
Real touch flowers are good because you can keep them forever. They do cost almost the same as real flowers, but you don’t have to throw them away in a couple weeks. They won’t shrivel up and die or turn brown.
I talked about not being able to go with the shop I really wanted to, so I just gathered flowers and fillers from a bunch of various shops I found via the ‘Bee, Pinterest, and Etsy. I did this over the course of the entire planning process, so I would say another pro is you can buy them early since they don’t ever die.
Some of the shops even made the flowers scented, so it added to the realness of them. I also bought some lily scented oily to put on a few flowers myself.
Let’s get one thing clear right away. I’m well aware of how crazy this sounds. This part of our wedding planning is our most insane attempt at DIY, but has also been a lot of fun and a great challenge.
We’re growing our own flowers!
I have always dreamed of big luscious gardens on my property, with flowers in bloom from spring until fall, and wedding planning was my opportunity to get things rolling on that.
When we purchased our home at the end of 2013, I knew that an engagement was around the corner, and last summer I dabbled in gardening flowers for the first time. I mainly planted dahlias and ranunculus, and a whole slew of wildflowers. The gardens were a success last summer, and when we got engaged, I knew I wanted to attempt to grow a majority of our flowers for the wedding.
Our spring wildflowers / Personal photo
I’ve been holding out on this topic for a while now, but it’s finally time to talk about flowers. We’ll get to what our plan is in my next post, but today let’s talk about inspiration.
I love a big gorgeous bouquet of flowers, but my heart is set on all things wild. I love the look of messy mishmashes of flowers making up a beautiful bouquet.
I mentioned quite a while ago that our wedding palette really didn’t have a rhyme or reason to it. It was about textures and feelings. I didn’t want to stick myself into a corner where one colour wouldn’t work, because the thing I love about wildflowers is how they all go together. With a neutral backdrop, we were freeing ourselves up for the wild look that the flowers will bring.
And, since this is an inspiration post, I will let the photos do the talking and get into the details next time.
I’m not 100% sure here, but I’d wager that the majority of brides-to-be would not count making the bathroom baskets among the tasks they’re most eager to cross off their wedding to-do lists. But I am. For some reason, it’s been the little things—the welcome bags, gifts to our wedding party, favors—that have excited me the most.
Including the table numbers. Why this is, I have no idea, but I was itching to get started on my semi-DIY table numbers. Our venue offered use of their simple silver table numbers, but I envisioned fancy antique frames that would match the ornate décor of the Mansion at Valley Country Club.
Unfortunately, fancy frames come with fancy price tags. Back to Google I went in search of affordable, antique-looking frames I could employ as table numbers. The closest thing I found was at Wrap with Us. They were the wrong color and, at $5 each, a little more than I’d hoped to spend, but I thought the baroque style would fit the mansion perfectly.
Image via Wrap with Us
Our colors are pewter with pops of plum and silver. That bronze/gold just wasn’t going to cut it. The manufacturer’s details said the frames were made of “sturdy poly resin,” which I read as “can be spray-painted.” After a quick discussion with a knowledgeable Home Depot worker, I chose Rust-Oleum’s metallic paint and primer in Oil Rubbed Bronze (which is nearly black) to match the finish of the centerpiece lanterns. (From here on out, all photos are mine.)
As a wedding photographer, the wedding flowers are one of my favorite details of the day to capture. From traditional, compact bouquets to towering floral centerpieces, I love me some pretty wedding flowers. This being said, it may come as a surprise when I say that on Mr. C’s and my list of wedding “priorities,” the flowers were pretty dang low on the list. Since we’ve been planning our wedding on a smaller budget, and paying for a lot of it ourselves, we knew we had to make some sacrifices when it comes to how we plan on using/displaying flowers on our wedding day.
I knew from the beginning that while I definitely wanted to have flowers, we had to be strategic and make our smaller floral budget stretch as much as possible. While I’m ALL for DIYing, I knew there was no way I would be doing my own wedding flowers. The idea crossed my mind early on in the planning process, but as soon as I realized just how much effort/time would be involved, I opted to let a professional handle it. Best. Decision. Ever. We were saving so much money in other areas (my dress, the invitations, etc.) that I knew we would be able to hire a florist as long as we kept our blooms relatively simple and as inexpensive as possible.
Since getting engaged, I had been pinning some “inspiration bouquets” on my wedding board and gathering some ideas of the colors and kinds of flowers that I liked. I knew right away that I didn’t want lilies, and didn’t want any bold colors or textures. I loved the softer colors, and I wanted to stick with flowers that fit into our color palette. Basically, pinks and creams. Oh, and a small side note: Mr. C totally let me handle this aspect of the wedding and fully supported me/trusted me in picking out our wedding flowers. As a man who doesn’t know the different between a peony and a poppy, he didn’t have much to contribute to the wedding-flower discussions, and he totally let me take the lead on this one.
When I was looking for some floral inspiration, I felt myself continuously being drawn to fuller, lush bouquets filled with babies breath, pink and cream roses, and peonies…
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.
I have a vivid childhood memory of attempting to make a flower crown out of dandelions. The idea of putting flowers in my hair was the coolest thing ever. The problem with dandelions is the weedy glue-like juices (getting technical here) that drip out of the stem stain. I remember things taking a turn for the worse when my grandmother got mad at me for completely ruining my white shirt. Flower crown fail.
As I have been focusing on pulling together my bridal look, the one thing I am continuously drawn to is flower crowns (big surprise there, I’m sure). I have this weird pull to them and extreme admiration. I also had another sense of apprehension and uncertainty over whether a flower crown was the right choice for me on our wedding day. If I’m being completely honest, I had this fear that I couldn’t pull it off. Mr. Narwhal doesn’t know whether or not I will have one; however, he has predicted that I will.
So, that apprehension eventually led to the decision to let go and just commit to it. I knew that if I didn’t go for it, I would always wonder “what if” and regret my decision to play it safe. So, flower crown it is, and inspiration was needed. There are so many different beautiful options out there, so indulge me while I share some of my favourite bridal eye candy.
Image by The Robertson’s Photography