It’s been a few months since we had the wedding and I realized I have yet to post any pictures on the blog. This may sound cliche but the wedding was really one of the most joyful days of my life. Joining Emma and Caylor in matrimony just makes our family feel that much more complete. I could go on for days on how wonderful it was to watch my sweet girl marry the man of her dreams but I feel like that deserves a post of it’s own.
I can also gush about the photographers and bridal shop and the local grocer who all went into fulfilling Emma and Caylor’s vision of their wedding day. Which I promise to share because, seriously, these women were amazing! But today. I want to gush about flowers. I mean it’s officially spring and there is still snow on the ground and really, aren’t flowers one of the most fun parts of a wedding?
I’m pretty obsessed with gardening and florals in general so it wasn’t really a big surprise that florals would be an important part of the celebration. We wanted loads of fresh flowers and vines but live in a pretty small town away from most of the amenities urban life. So after scouring the internet for talented florists we discovered a floral vendor about an hour and half away that was willing to travel to our little town for Emma and Caylor’s big day.
There aren’t enough words to describe how wonderful it was to work with our florist Sarah Asay, owner of Blushing Rose Floral . Sarah is warm, kind and incredibly generous with her talents.
She made us feel right at home during all of our collaborative visits and immediately was able to create the vision we had for Emma’s special day. In fact she delivered her estimate in the form of a gorgeous 4 page full color spread complete with examples of everything she planned to do and full color floral recipes so we could visualize exactly what she planned for every element of the wedding. Check out her Instagram feed just to see what I mean. Her floral recipes are just gorgeous and so helpful. And boy did she deliver! I literally cried with joy multiple times when I saw what she had done for our wedding! It was just gorgeous!
Blushing Rose florals are lush and huge and gorgeously styled. And the because Emma decided to have her formals taken in Zion National Park on Outlook point… in a snow storm with hurricane force winds… I have empirical data to support that Sarah’s flowers can stand up to any adversity nature can throw at a bride.
Em wanted to keep things simple with a neutral palate of white, blues and greens and pillar candles. I’ve had a long standing love with lanterns and mercury glass so we added those elements to our table scapes. I also like to incorporate seasonal elements into decor whenever I can but prefer to keep it a bit understated. So the Thanksgiving wedding called for dozens of white pumpkins from a local purveyor Beck Family Farms. We then combined all the elements with vines loosely draped along all the tables, bannisters and arches in the old historical Co-op building in our little town. The same building that housed my own wedding reception 24 years ago. Which made for a very special day!
When the day was all over and we sent the newlyweds off on their honeymoon, I gathered all the flowers, passed arrangements out to some of the people who made the day special then took the rest home and let them fill my house with the heady notes of rose and eucalyptus for days. Which felt like a pretty good trade off. My babies might be moving on to bigger things but my arms don’t have to be empty. Maybe I’ll fill them with flowers instead.
XOXO – Kristi