Monday, July 5, 2010

Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Here's my floral inspiration board. As you can tell, I wanted something really simple. When I was in high school, I worked at Porterfield's Flowers and the owner David has been a friend of my family so it was without question that he would do our wedding flowers. 

I was so pleased with how my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets turned out. My bouquet was mostly made of cream vendela roses and white hydrangeas. My bridesmaids each carried a bouquet that added a fun pop of color that had different shades of pink peonies, yellow roses, white carnations, and hydrangeas. Brian, groomsmen, and dads had a rose boutonniere and the ushers had a boutonniere with a tuft of millionstar. 

At one point, I was tempted to buy some handcrafted boutonnieres from sellers on Etsy, without having real flowers. Here's one that I really liked:

I really liked the guinea hen feather (black feather with polkadots) as an accent so I ordered some in hopes that we could add them to real flower boutonnieres. I should have ordered the longer feathers because I was almost sure that they would be too small for the florist to put in the arrangements and didn't even bother bringing them up to Kansas with me. 

If my wedding wouldn't have been in Kansas, I would have gone the wholesale route and would have crafted my own reception pieces (scary, I know). For as simple as my vision was for these pieces, I could have totally put the task for wedding flowers in the hands of a aesthetically with-it person and could have crafted something beautiful. I love the understated look of flowers in old mason jars. 

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