Laura & Eli - Mazel Tov in the Garden!

So, this wedding story starts with my friend, Lyn.  That's her on the right.  Her son, Lucas, and my son, Boyd are good friends that went through middle and high school together.  They are great fishing buddies. Lyn and her husband own a lodge in Alaska where you can see bears, whales, bald eagles, glaciers, king salmon, and huge halibut.  It is completely remote - as in you have to take a float plane from a small town nearby to get to the lodge.  I have been there and can vouch that it is supremely beautiful. If you ever want to adventure in Alaska (perhaps for your honeymoon!), I can provide their information.

So.... Lyn's niece, Laura was getting married in Atlanta and we met in January for her October wedding.  She had some great ideas for her ceremony and reception at The Cator Woolford Gardens.
I've done many weddings at this naturally beautiful venue.  

Laura is extremely photogenic!

Laura and her sweet mom, Carol.

Laura's grandmother, Gami, attaches a handkerchief that was HER grandmother's to Laura's bouquet. She also attached a photo of Paul, Laura's stepfather, who had passed away a few years prior. 

Bouquets of calla lilies, polo roses, astilbe, godetia, hypericum berries, stock, and freesia in a sweet combination of ivory and pinks.

Love the braid.

Tucked amongst the flowers above, you can see the spectacular engagement ring.  An oval-cut emerald surrounded by diamonds.  The emerald and diamonds were from Laura's mom's engagement ring from Paul which Eli recreated for Laura's "princess ring".  A simple platinum wedding band completes the set.

Bridesmaids dresses were, of course, emerald green!  Perfect in the garden.

Eli is quite the fine young fellow and wore a boutonniere of calla lily and hypericum berries.

Theirs was a Reform Jewish ceremony held under a birch tree chuppah draped with jessamine vine.  The fabric for the chuppah was handsewn by Eli's mother, Nora, and represents the new couple's future home.

And success!

The newly married couple.  

Now, my favorite photo from the wedding is this photoshopped gem of the wedding party running from Laura's cat, Balthazar, with laser eyes.  Too funny!

The reception centerpieces were collections of emerald green glass vases and vessels filled with blooms in ivory and shades of pink.  

The party moved upstairs to the Atrium after dinner for dancing and dessert.

The band - Moody.

In lieu of a wedding cake, Laura and Eli served Eli's mom's famous trifle.  

Two Aunts and a Mom.  (The sisters!)

And, to top it off - the horah!  Hold on Laura!

A sparkly bubble exit and they are off to begin their marriage journey.  
I wish them all the best.

All photos courtesy of Brandi Sisson Photography.


Jessica & William - Classically elegant

Jessica and William's wedding was an elegant, organic, classic beauty.  Just like Jessica!

Take a look at these photos from The Glenn Memorial Chapel and The Old Courthouse on the Square, Decatur.  I have worked with Jessica's mother in the wedding industry and was excited to be able to provide fresh, summery florals for her June wedding.

 Cream and silver bouquets of peonies, stock, dahlias, astilbe, ranunculus, dusty miller and eucalyptus.


Jessica and William embraced all their nieces and nephews and had a total of 7 children in the wedding party!  

And each flower girl wore a halo of white tea rose and boxwood.

They also carried sweet little wands that said "hooray"!

Floral clusters of eucalyptus, stock, babies breath and roses tied with cream ribbon beautifully lined the aisle.  I love the checkerboard floor in the Chapel.

Who doesn't love bagpipes at weddings!

Off to the Courthouse in style!

I love the simple niche decor of a eucalyptus and lemonleaf garland and candles.

Table centerpieces were collections of clear glass vessels which held pastel summer blooms.

A nice selection of spirits was available.

Guests names were written on wooden disks nestled in moss for a simple, yet elegant escort plan.

Sweet tiny cupcake desserts.

Love their cake topper with two kitties!

Here's to happily every after!

All images courtesy of Heidi at Our Labor of Love.


Kristin, Peter and Hurricane Matthew

So, it's a Wednesday afternoon and I'm waiting for my son to get home because he's been evacuated from The College of Charleston due to Hurricane Matthew.  There went our Freshman Family Weekend visit to the Holy City.  Instead of going there to visit him, he's coming home.  Then, the phone rings and it's a neighbor, saying her niece was supposed to get married in Savannah but due to the hurricane they may move it up to Atlanta and would I be available to do flowers?  Well, since I thought I was going to be in Charleston, I was open.  She said she would call me back when it was confirmed.    
The boy comes home, visits for a night and heads back out to FSU to visit friends and cousins. The neighbor calls on Thursday afternoon and says the wedding is a go.  So - pretty much a day and a half to pull this one off.  (Note: usually you order wedding flowers two weeks in advance!).
I think it turned out pretty well - take a look! The photos are amazing and this couple couldn't be any cuter.

Kristin's dress was gorgeous.  Simple but stunning.

She requested a flower crown for herself and her six bridesmaids.  Hers consisted of burgundy solidago, peach hypericum berries, pink spray roses, deep red ranunculus, sea thistle and eucalyptus.

The Park Tavern at Piedmont was available last minute because the previous bride had cancelled her date there due to it being Gay Pride Weekend.  For Kristin, that just seemed to add a little more color to a crazy hurricane wedding!  

It was super windy (hmm. wonder why...) so the swaying willow tree in the background was a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.  

Kristin's bouquet was almost exactly what she had contracted with her floral designer in Savannah.  I was lucky to be able to pull that off with only 24 hours notice.

Seeded eucalyptus, astilbe, king protea, peach roses, celosia, sea thistle, solidago, hypericum berries, ranunculus, queen anne's lace, and knife blade eucalyptus, 

Her girls wore dresses of dusty blue with matching bouquets and eucalyptus flower crowns.  

Fun shots of the bridesmaids...

Peter is quite the handsome groom...

Mom and Dad seemed to go with the flow pretty well.

A few more of the ceremony...

The wedding box.  I've had another couple do this.  A visual symbol of your commitment and wedding bonds, the bride and groom write letters to each other and are placed in the box.  It is then nailed shut to be opened on your 10th anniversary.  Sometimes you put a bottle of wine in the box too.

Because of the time constraints, it was decided that simple yet elegant centerpieces of candles/lanterns and three varieties of eucalyptus with sea thistle would adorn the tables.

The was a small wedding cake and lots of different pies!

Not sure when this was taken but she's my kinda girl.

Kristin changed into a romper to toss the bouquet, dance the night away and make a sparkler exit.

Here are few more shots that I absolutely love...

It was a pleasure to be able to step up and help keep this day going as planned for this sweet couple.

Hurricane Who?

All photos courtesy of  M. Newsom Photography.