Monday, June 3, 2013

A White Wedding

If you are following along with me on Instagram, you probably got a glimpse of some floral work I did over this past weekend. I thought you guys might want a look at some of the progress shots, plus of course, a peek at the final outcome.

I've done some full scale wedding and event design in the past, but this time, I was charged only with pulling together the floral for this one, which was set in a spanish style Villa. I concepted a few options for the bride who only stipulated that she wanted an all white palette with a few hints of green, which would eventually be installed in the Villa's courtyard amongst dark wood tables and beautiful shade trees overhead.

In the end, we went with an array of peonies, mums, freesia, dahlias, carnations, scotch broom and David Austin roses for the blooms. The green accents were added with dianthus and some tropical foliage. For the bases, we decided to play up the candlelight and backlighting throughout the courtyard and went with mirrored bases. 

While I was able to source the table bases,  we wanted something a little more dramatic and larger scale for the ceremony arrangements. So I enlisted The Mister to help me build out some tall boxes that I later outfitted with some custom mirror pieces the week before the big day.

Saturday morning I was up before the sun, coffee in hand, stereo on and working away at a pretty good clip. The average temperature in our house that day was kept at 68 degrees.

Halfway through the arrangements on Saturday afternoon.
I was able to knock out all of the table and ceremony arrangements the day prior, leaving only the bouquets and wearables for the morning of.

The venue was magical to say the least. Dark wood tables- 16 feet long were waiting for floral upon arrival in the shady courtyard. I was happily surprised to find that the trees had spotlights pointed down above the tables, which I knew would add more even effect to the mirrors in the arrangements.

I loved these arrangements. I already have plans to build out some mirrored boxes for the house. 

Bridesmaid bouquets of peonies, freesia and fragrant David Austin roses.
I personalized all of the handhelds and wearables with hand stamped cards.

Thank goodness the peonies opened that morning! The bride wore an ivory lace dress and family pearls. She gave me free range on the bouquet, only remarking that she loved peonies. I loved the final result, using white peonies and astilbe, which mirrored the lace details in her gown. The stems were also wrapped in lace and pearlized pins to tie into her dress and jewelry.

It was nice to finally grab a few shots on this event. Typically, I get so wrapped up in the detail work and forget to take photos! In the end, I got the nap I was so looking forward to. But I woke up at sunset, and I couldn't help but think of the magic that was surely unfolding back in the courtyard and how beautiful and happy the bride looked that morning while she anticipated the evening to come. 



Ryann Swan {Shades of Chic} said...
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Ryann Swan {Shades of Chic} said...

these are beautiful! I didn't realize you were such a talented floral designer...I would love it if you were able to post some tips on doing home arrangements!

Emily Davis said...

Completely gorgeous! Consider me WOW-ed!!

jackie jade said...

these turned out so beautiful - you did a fantastic job. i'd love all white flowers for my wedding so will have to remember some of the ones you used.
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Albertina M. Cisneros said...

OMG!!! These are so amazing Erin!! You are so talented! You can build anything! Where did you learn all these skills? In love with the mirrored rose boxes....I love that they seem like they are floating on top of all that is reflected. Such a cool effect. I want some mirrorred pedestals now for my living room! Ok I'm keeping this idea in mind for the future.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

You guys are too kind! Thanks for all the positive feedback.

designstiles said...

Oh wow, impressive stuff. I can't believe you did these solo. I've only done a few super simple arrangements and they are always so time consuming.

You're definitely a pro!

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