All About (Real) Flowers

If you’ve been following along, you know my mom is being her awesome self, and making all my flowers from paper. And they’re super gorgeous, but paper flowers are not for everyone. Real flowers are always going to be the favored option among brides, so I thought I’d help my real flower brides save money and pick out some awesome flowers for your wedding!

I’m not super educated on real flower costs, so I didn’t realize that all the flowers can cost over $1000! However, it’s not exactly a little-known fact that picking flowers in season saves you money. But what flowers are in season when? Sometimes it’s hard to know, and those of you that want to feature a specific flower, you might want to pick the season in order to have a specific flower

Spring:

Calla lilies, Zinnias, the Dahlia, and the Amaryllis make gorgeous bouquet flowers. Cherry blossoms definitely make stunning center pieces! These are just a few of the options because spring (of course) is the blooming time for most flowers. If you want lots of different flowers, have a spring wedding. It could be the reason why most weddings are in June, late spring early summer allows for warm weather and gorgeous flowers!

Summer:

I saw Kangaroo Paw and had to go find pictures of it! It’s a really cool looking flower, that would be great in boutineers! Hydrangea can look beautiful in any part of a wedding because it’s such a full flower. Heather has a great “wild” look. My favorite flower here is Baby’s Breath. People use it as an accent a lot, but it looks gorgeous as a stand alone flower!

Fall:

My favorite flower is in this bunch! I love the Gerbera Daisies! They come in so many colors and they are just so big and fun! Speaking of big flowers, Sunflowers are a great fall flower. You can always tell the end of summer when the Sunflowers bloom. Irises make great bouquets and are another flower with a wide variety of colors. Queen Anne’s lace is everywhere, and I think it may even be considered a weed. It’s another great example of a rustic wildflower look!

Last but not least, Winter:

Winter may be sparse when it comes to flowers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have gorgeous greenery! Holly berries and different evergreens look great in bouquets. I’d be curious to know if using only evergreens is cheaper than regular flowers. Any thoughts? If its the beginning of winter you can sneak in some mums and pansies too!

I hope this helps categorize what’s in season for you! Enjoy picking out your flowers! And get yourself something special, order your bouquet in whatever flower you want!

Pumpkin Season!

I have been pumpkin carving forever. Halloween was a pretty big deal in our household growing up. Not in any sort of religious capacity, just that it’s a super fun holiday and right around my birthday so my family always made a big deal. I love a good pumpkin carving session ESPECIALLY when you pop in “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” I think I know all the words to “This Is Halloween.”

Every year, it’s super important to me that I do a pumpkin. It’s almost like it’s not October without pumpkin carving and delicious pumpkin seeds to eat!

Some of my Pumpkin creations!

I know that if I was going to have a fall wedding, it would absolutely include some awesome pumpkin carves! But there is so much more that you can do with pumpkins! Here are a few ideas for a pumpkin themed wedding:

Pumpkins, especially the glowing ones, make great decor for your wedding day!

Or try serving some delicious pumpkin treats!

This is just the most wonderful season! I hope to see all the fall weddings have at least ONE jack-o-lantern!

 

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

I felt it a few weeks ago, that familiar snap of cold in the air that says that it’s time for fall! One of the perks of living in New England is getting a front row seat to the fall foliage show! You have seriously not experienced fall until you’ve experienced it in New England. The most wonderful and vibrant colors come out and paint Maine up and down. It’s as if to say, “Enjoy it now! The horrible dead of winter is coming!”

I have always loved fall, even when I wasn’t living in New England. In fact, when I was planning a wedding as a small child, I wanted a fall wedding. Ever see that Robin Hood movie, with Kevin Costner? The end of that movie has this gorgeous fall wedding scene in the woods, yeah, I wanted that. If you live in New England though, fall weddings can be a double-edged sword, it can be horrible and cold in the height of leaf season. So, when faced with the choice, we wanted the outdoor party instead of being indoors with a fall theme.

I still have a special place in my heart for fall weddings though, so I thought I would devote a post to pay homage to a wedding that will never be for me. But first, some more gorgeous New England leaves!

First thing’s first, I think everyone has seen these photos…I’ve at least seen it multiple times on Pinterest, but if you haven’t seen it, I promise, you will fall in love!

Photos By: Ciara Richardson

This is an AWESOME styled shoot, but I’m surprised I haven’t seen more plaid brides! This has got to be the most ingenious, and adorable idea I have ever seen. It almost made me drop the whole summer wedding idea when I saw it. You can see the whole styled shoot here! I want to see more plaid brides in the future! I need to live vicariously through you guys!

The fall color palette is another one of my favorites. After all, nothing says warm and inviting like fall colors! Try decorating the ceremony with some of the flowers still in bloom around fall time, like sunflowers! You can add a bit of rustic with some wheat, which will also help round everything out.

A great fall DIY from (who else) Martha Stewart! But don’t worry, this seems super simple and the end product is pretty adorable! And of course Martha brings us a great fall wedding favor as well, and one of my favorite tasty fall treats!

And because I always have a sweet tooth, think of the fall dessert!

So you have your marching orders! Plan a fall wedding, and send me ALL the pics! Oh, and make sure you get a photo like this: