My Best Friend’s Wedding

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Some of my greatest joys in life are my friendships, especially those that have lasted through the years. I’m talking surviving elementary school, moving, high school, breakups, college roommates and graduating college. A few months ago I had the honor of not only being a bridesmaid (matron?) for such a friend, but also working with her to create her wedding flowers.

When it came to the design, we wanted peach as the main color & garden roses as the most prominent flower, which meant the David Austin Juliet Garden Rose was the perfect fit! This garden rose was a delight to work with and turned out beautifully in pictures!

David Austin Juliet Garden Rose

David Austin Juliet Garden Rose

The next element of design we employed throughout the wedding arrangements was Texture through the use of a large variety of flowers. Some of the main flowers (and most exciting flowers in my opinion) we incorporated included:

Blushing Bride

Blushing Bride

White Anemone with dark center

White Anemone with dark center

White Dalia

White Dalia

Coral Standard Rose

Coral Standard Rose

Ivory Standard Rose

Ivory Standard Rose

Pink Spray Roses

Pink Spray Roses

Peach Double Stock

Peach Double Stock

Coral Hypericum

Coral Hypericum

Additionally we included yellow Billy Balls (they look like yellow balls), white lisianthus, yellow solidago, hot pink ranunculus, blue lotus succulents, seeded eucalyptus, white wax flowers, white Freesia, white hydrangea and fern.

The easiest area to point out the contrast in texture is in the bouquets. By pairing large and small flowers with round and line flowers along with a focal succulent, the bouquets were full of texture (and not to mention color). So here are some pictures of the bouquets. I’m going to switch things up and include the professional pictures mixed in here as well, because they are absolutely breathtaking. Professional pictures by Allison Davis Photography.

Bridesmaid Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquet

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 Now admire the amazing professional pictures NOT taken on a phone:

Bouquet Bouquets

 

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquet, slightly smaller than the bridal bouquet but using the same flowers.

Bridesmaid Bouquet, slightly smaller than the bridal bouquet but using the same flowers.

the 36 stem Bridal Bouquet!

The 36 stem Bridal Bouquet!

When I look at those bouquet pictures I not only see colorful flowers. I see the tight roses compared to the flat dalias. I notice the small hypericum berries and the even smaller seeded eucalyptus sticking out among the flowers. The flat leaves of the succulent compared to the elegant rose petals. The larger flowers drawing your eye from the mass of smaller flowers. The loose and dark center of the anemone flower compared to the compact ranunculus compared to the signature look of that David Austin Juliet Rose.

What made these wedding bouquets gorgeous wasn’t just the color combination. If all of the flowers were monochromatic, the texture would stand out even more to the eye. The different textures complement each other to create an interesting combination of textures for one bouquet. The harmony in the bouquets then carried out to the rest of the wedding flower arrangements, starting with the personal flowers.

The bride chose to have boutonnieres compiled of different flowers with none matching. Not only did this bring variety to the men’s tuxes, but it was super fun to make. No two boutonnieres were the same!

A few boutonnieres

A few boutonnieres

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Groom's Boutonniere, slightly bigger than the others

Groom’s Boutonniere, slightly bigger than the others

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Next up is the mothers’ and grandmothers’ pinned corsages, which is different than my normal wristlet corsages. An important thing to consider when choosing between pins and wristlets is what the women will be wearing. Wristlets are usually easier to remove later during the wedding, and pinned corsages may be difficult to pin on depending on the fabric of the dresses. I always suggest to the bride to ask her mother which she and the other women would prefer!

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The Mother of the Bride modeling a corsage!

The Mother of the Bride modeling a corsage!

Before we move on to the centerpieces, please enjoy the next few pictures of my really, really ridiculously good looking friends with flowers, aka bridal party pictures.

Shouldn't they be models?

Shouldn’t they be models?

P.s. rain on a wedding day is good luck! And cloudy skies still makes for pretty pictures when you have a great photographer!

P.s. rain on a wedding day is good luck! And cloudy skies still makes for pretty pictures when you have a great photographer!

The Bridal Party-what you can't see is that it was a rare SUPER cold weekend in Texas here.

The Bridal Party-what you can’t see is that it was a rare SUPER cold weekend in Texas here.

The ladies!

The ladies!

 

The Bride & her father

The Bride & her father

 

Is it weird to put a picture of myself? No? okay! :)

Is it weird to put a picture of myself? No? okay! :)

So now that you’ve seen the flowers up close and in a more formal setting, let’s talk the rest of the floral decorations.

Upon walking in, we had two arrangements in the foyer:

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Moving into the ceremony, we had double stock hanging on chairs to line the aisle.

Love these little jars!

Love these little jars!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

And of course the professional pictures are AMAZING!

And of course the professional pictures are AMAZING!

We decorated the cake table with her toss bouquet.

Toss Bouquet

 

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Used in her bridals!

The toss bouquet was actually used in her bridals! It was fake! Be honest, could you tell?!

And alas, the centerpieces. The bride painted vases for a gold touch to add into the wedding decor. We used various vases on tables, with not two tables having the same arrangement/flowers/look/etc… This style complemented the varying boutonnieres. Here are a handful of table centerpieces. I apologize in advance that some are a bit blurry; these pictures were taken pre-nice camera and on my phone.

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Now prepare to be blown away by Allison Davis’ photos:

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It was such an honor for a close friend to entrust me with her wedding flowers. The wedding was a blast and the pictures mean so much more to me when they are of a best friend’s wedding!