Wedding Flowers from Springwell

Friday, November 28, 2014

Weddings: In Search of Fabulous Fall Colors

October is the first month that comes to mind when you think of peak fall colors, but it really depends on what part of the country you live in.
Here in North Carolina, fall colors start in early to mid October in the mountains, and work their way into our area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC) a few weeks later. Which put the peak colors more into November. In fact some of the most spectacular colors for autumn for our area often occur between November 7th and November 15th.
So if you are planning a wedding in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area, and you really want those fabulous fall colors, think November!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Flowers that Embrace the Season

Katie and Jon wanted a softer color palette for their November wedding. One that included creams, olive greens, ivories and accents of gold. 
And textural elements that would be nestled within the flowers. Katie wanted cotton bolls. I purchased some through my wholesaler, but the very next day my husband,Wilson, came home from work with gleanings fresh from a farmer friend's field. Katie and Jon were also open to adding some everlasting elements to their designs as well.
Green Nigella pods from late spring had been gathered and dried over the summer, and creamy beige stems of Sweet Everlasting (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium) were harvested from a vacant lot in September. A collar of rich, dark leaves from Fragrant Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) encircled her bouquet and provided a delicate scent.
Boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen featured versions of these elements as well as white gomphrena blooms, (picked just before our first frost).
Since gold was an accent color for the wedding,  I called Katie at the last moment to see about adding some to her flowers...
She thought that would be fine. So Gingko leaves picked earlier in the week from a nearby tree were gilded and placed into her bouquet.
Sometimes the garden gatherings are not abundant, but that makes them even more special. I would love to help Katie learn to grow some of these flowers some day... And show Jon the perfect spot to plant a Fragrant Tea Olive of their own!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

First Frost

Our first frost has finally made its appearance. We had a close call a few weeks back, but last night it really hit.
And while it's hard to see the flower season come to a close.
I can't help but look back and be thankful. 2014 has been a great year for growing flowers and I have enjoyed it immensely!
And I am so thankful for each time I have been able to take those flowers and work them into wedding designs for some very special couples!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Bridal Bouquet....

It's exciting each time I put the finishing touches on a bride's bouquet, turn it around to inspect it to make sure it's just what she wanted, and when it is, to let out that grateful sigh....
Each bouquet is so different from all the others, because each bouquet is for that one special bride.
It starts with that first meeting where we talk flowers and styles and what she likes and what she doesn't, and little touches that will make that bouquet HER bouquet.
It's really great when I am growing flowers for her. Sometimes actually starting the seeds or planting the bulbs with her wedding day in mind. Or maybe it's a special flower or vine we discover together when we step outside to view the gardens.
It's a privilege and it's so rewarding, and I am so thankful for each woman who asks me to make her bridal bouquet!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pansies for Winter and Springtime Weddings!

Pansies have been at one of my favorite garden centers in Raleigh, NC for a few weeks now. It's Campbell Road Nursery, just off Tryon Road.  Their selection is incredible, from the large flowered varieties to my favorites- the violas and pannolas in all kinds of delicious colors. 
And now is a great time to get them planted in the garden!
I plan to have a nice selection of colors- plums, purples, lavenders, and rosy pinks. There will also be some blues and yellows as well.
As this year's growing season winds down, the garden beds at Springwell will made ready for winter and early spring blooming plants such as anemones and ranunculus, and I plan to have lots of pockets saved for pansies too!
They really make a lovely statement in bouquets and centerpiece designs!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wooden Boxes for Centerpiece Designs

My husband Wilson made some wooden boxes a couple of years ago for our daughter's wedding, and I have loved designing with them ever since.
So whenever I see boxes at a thrift shop or flea market, I grab them up. They are the perfect containers for couples who want to bring a rustic elegance to their reception designs. 
These centerpiece arrangements created for a summer bridal shower were filled with flowers from the garden such as Queen Ann's Lace, Lamb's Ear, Love-in-a-Puff vine, Mountain Mint, zinnias, dahlias and more.
Below is a sewing machine box filled with zinnias and black-eye Susans for an inspiration shoot by Blest Photography.
And for the foodie- kale, purple hull crowder peas, and pattypan squash add a playful touch to this fall design.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More Love-In-A-Puff Wedding Designs

The Love-In-Puff vines at Springwell Gardens will continue to produce lots of lovely tendrils and balloon-like puffs until frost. They are slated to make an appearance at several weddings in October.
They are lovely for bouquet work, but they work great in centerpiece designs. 
Delicate vines swirling in and around flowers with the  glowing green puffs hovering about.
And what happens when you open up one of those little puffs- It's fun to watch the look on a bride's face when she realizes what she sees- The little black seeds say it all....