From a Bride’s Lens
Choosing your wedding flowers

Oh my goodness! Our wedding is in exactly one month from today! It’s been quite the adventure, and I’m excited for September 28th, 2014!

Sometimes it feels like wedding planning is an all-consuming never ending to-do list! I had no idea how layered it was; figuring transportation, hotels, family coordination, table seating, ceremony readings, and all the other 38290684 details. However, It’s been amazing (and quite handy) to photograph all of the incredible weddings that I’ve documented throughout the years. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t and there are so many inspiring ideas from my 2014 brides that I’m seeing weddings in a whole new way! Vintage furniture lounges have been so cool, that we decided to add it to the budget!

I LOVE flowers! From the time I was a little girl, I’ve always loved gardens, trees, flowers and the woods. I have a magnolia blossom tattooed on my shoulder, inspired by the tree in front of my childhood home. Making small gift bouquets for friends is one of my pastimes and have taken classes in flower arranging. I see flowers as natures art.

Flowers and weddings go hand in hand and I always anticipate the bouquet of each bride, what color, what type of flowers, what shape… The bridal bouquet is always my favorite detail to photograph. Since we are getting married in late September, I’m going for an elegant, organic theme that hints at autumn, without being too Thanksgiving-y. A lot of these weddings have influenced me and I hope you’re inspired too! Please click on each image to see the full blog post and check out my inspiration board!

In love with the vintage tray Margaret and Drake used to display the boutineers. I think boutineers are an often overlooked wedding detail.

Organic, free form flowers in a gold compote make me swoon. LOVE!

Love the variety of blush tones and deeper earth tones. Such a pretty bundle.

Ted and Tresa had a gorgeous autumn wedding and used a lot of oranges and earth tones, along with wildflowers. It’s so earthy and inspiring!

Whenever there are berries in a bouquet I smile! The textures and colors are dreamy and happy!

The vintage doily and the deep blue lace dresses complete an elegant and timeless look with a little vintage flair.

This creamy and beautiful bouquet was made of of english garden roses and it smelled incredible! It’s classically beautiful and traditional.

Adding pinecones into winter bouquets is a great way to make it feel like winter, without being Christmas-y.

These ferns make me think of fairies and elves for some reason. Love them! Not too heavy, but so very whimsical!

A cool boutineer from my favorite mid-century modern wedding. We are adding our color (teals) into the wrapping ribbon, but in velvet.

Such great colors! Sadly, it’s not peony season in September- one of my favorites!

The dusty miller and eucalyptus leaves add a woodsy element that I like.

Adding hops into a bouquet is a fun idea for a brewery wedding! Love the textures here.

Dahlias! Yes please- so big and fun looking. I never knew dahlias could be so big until I moved to Portland! Love the oranges in there.

Vintage brooches on the stems of a bouquet makes it a little more meaningful. I’ve seen beautiful memorial lockets and small photos as well. Such a small, yet thoughtful detail.

Succulents in a bouquet are so incredible, as they can be replanted so you will always have a little part of your wedding bouquet.

Cute and rustic idea for a ring pillow- a wood section with a bow looks way better than those cheap white silk things.

Medicine bottles are the new mason jars.

Hand picked bouquet for a picnic wedding in the woods. Daisies and dahlia’s make a cute combo.

um. could this be any cuter? Hand picked bouquets in vintage vases and table names of their pets, painted by the couple! Remember to click on any of the pics in this post to see more from that wedding!

Lavender and roses for a provincial inspired wedding at Portland Art Museum. All the guests left with a sachet of dried lavender for a bath or a drawer.

Succulents as favors are a darling table addition and will last a long time, once replanted. Sadly, not so great for destination weddings.



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