Long time no blog! In spite of how it may seem, I have been very busy. A. I got really pregnant there for a while and then B. became a mom on Memorial Day (which is awesome, by the way). But before that I was doing what I love so much – C. beautifying weddings and brides with floral creations!
To make up for the lost time, I’m going to unload several posts over the next few days showing off events I’ve recently flowered. And who knows, maybe I’ll also even introduce you to my beautiful one month baby boy… stay tuned!
To kick things off, here is my beautiful niece Leslie. Before her wedding, my husband Stephen shot her amazing bridal portraits at an incredible private residence in the hills of Little Rock, Arkansas. It was like something out of an Anthropologie catalog. The property had a high class, outdoor dining room overlooking the pool and gorgeous private chapel (I want to design and build my own private chapel!). Quick side note: bridal portraits – if the bride so chooses to have them made – are a perfect time for me to present a ‘trial run’ bouquet. From there, I get her feedback and see to it that all her wedding day floral dreams come true.
Leslie gave me total artistic say on her bouquet, which was music to my ears. Because I was only making one bouquet for her portraits, I decided to let what was available at the flower shop inspire me. When I arrived, the most gorgeous pink variegated ranunculus, white hydrangea, jasmine and a variety of tropical leaves were all calling my name. Although her most favorite flower (the ever-lovely peony) wasn’t available, she genuinely loved the bouquet. And speaking of peonies, I promised her we would use loads of them at her wedding in May (the perfect month for that bloom).
Bridal Portraits and Bouquet:
The Real Deal Wedding Day:
As you compare the two bouquets, you can see they are quite different. For the wedding I used white and pale pink peonies, pink ranunculus, astilbe, dusty miller, eucalyptus, tea leaves and ferns. Yeah, that probably sounds like a lot of elements, but they all came together to create a refined-yet-undone look. The bridesmaids bouquets consisted of similar elements but on a smaller scale.
Leslie’s wedding was at the remarkable Quapaw Quarter United Methodist, a historic church in a beautiful historic neighborhood in the South Main St. area of Little Rock. The reception was just down the road at the ballroom of the Peabody Hotel, overlooking the Arkansas River. Walking bridges, riverboats and a beautiful sunset made for an delightful, beauty-filled night. I’m a proud auntie!
Photos by Stephen Jerkins Photography