Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Something Different- Vegetables and Herbs for Wedding Flowers

Something Different...
There was no doubt about it! When I first met with Lauren and her sister, Meredith, and mom, Tamara, I knew we were definitely talking about something very different for wedding flowers! This 2012 September wedding would feature designs that reflected Lauren's love of baking and cooking, so the focus would be on fresh herbs and vegetables and fruit, oh yeah, and a few flowers too...
 So in July I started some veggie seeds in the garden- things I had checked on at the Farmer's Market and thought might not be available in September-purple hulled okra and patty pan squash to be exact. The okra did GREAT, the patty pan squash- not so well... But the Raleigh Farmer's Market came through at wedding time. I not only found Patty Pan squash, but several varieties of petite eggplants and peppers.

Then back to my garden beds for LOTS of herbs like Rosemary and African Blue Basil, Scented Geraniums and Garlic Chives flowers and frilly dark Perilla, and  flowers such as yellow Butterfly bush, purple gomphrena, and Opopeo amaranth, and purple pods from hyacinth bean vines.
Other floral elements like Queen Ann's Lace, green millet, yellow freesia and kangaroo paws came from the wholesaler... oh yes, and lemons for the bridesmaids bouquets.
It was so exciting to see the look come together!
Below are some beautiful pictures taken at the wedding by Erica Serrano. Be sure to visit her blog at Erica Serrano Photography to see more pics- especially some great shots of the fabulous desserts created by the bride herself the day before the wedding!!!

Lauren and Chris, I am so happy for you both!!!

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