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2015 Most Memorable: Bouquets

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For a minute there, the other day, I thought to myself, why is it, again, that we carry bouquets on our wedding days? I’m sure there’s some historical significance, but for me, flowers represent the beauty, hope, and tender nature of a marriage. There are few things more beautiful than a bride on her wedding day, and choosing to carry flowers that, yes, will wilt, means we’re saying we believe in beauty, we believe in extravagant displays of affection, and we believe that not everything in this world needs to be practical. Here are 11 of our most memorable examples from 2015.

Ashlyn’s rose, hydrangea, peony, Queen Anne’s Lace, and magnolia leaf bouquet by Melissa Kendall (photo by Holland Williams)

Brittany’s dahlia, astilbe, succulent, and rose bouquet by Holly Heider Chapple (photo by Katelyn James).

Ellen’s lavender, lilac, pale pink garden roses, blush astilbe, white lisianthus, light blue delphinium, dusty miller, and light pink ranunculus bouquet by Enchanted Florist (photo by Mary Rosenbaum)

Katie’s sunflower, zinnia, succulent, fiddlehead, and hypericum berry bouquet by Boulevard Flower Gardens (photo by Sarah Der)

Lina’s peach garden rose, zinnia, spray rose, hydrangea, ranunculus, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus bouquet by Riverside Flowers and Events (photo by J. Layne Photography)

Rebecca’s dahlia, zinnia, rose, berry, and vine bouquet by Nature Composed (photo by Sera Petras)

Pamela’s dahlia, poppy, peony, garden rose, clematis, and sweet pea bouquet by The Southern Table (photo by Feather & Twine)

Lauren’s peony, rose, scabiosa, jasmine vine, lambs ear, sweet pea, and baby’s breath bouquet by Legacy Events (photo by Amy Arrington)

Kristina’s peony, coxcomb, fern, protea, and ranunculus bouquet by Anthology Floristry. (photo by Elaine Palladino)

Kristan’s coral charm peony and eucalyptus bouquet by Maxit Flower Design (photo by Sarah McKenzie)

Kristin’s oversize dahlia, garden rose, gardenia, astilbe, and freesia bouquet Palette of Petals by (photo by Shannon Moffit)

Holly Chapple, Katelyn James, Amy Arrington, Elaine Palladino, and Sarah McKenzie are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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Friends! If you’re the celebrating type, we want to wish you the most merry and peaceful Christmas. We’ll be spending the next few days with our families, soaking up some of the best things in life, and we hope the same for you.

We’ll see you here next week for a look back at some of our favorite wedding moments from 2015, and a little year in review.

With so much love,
Lara, Emily, Nicole, Marissa, Kristin, and Lisa

P.S. Thank you to everyone who shared their #SouthernHoliday moment on Instagram with us! Above are a few favorite moments from our own team :)

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  1. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Merry Christmas, y’all! :)

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A few weeks ago, we gathered at the beautiful Carolina Inn to enjoy one of our favorite Southern Weddings Christmas traditions–our annual Gingerbread Barn Building Competition! It’s the perfect way to kick off the festive season, and we’re always impressed with the creations y’all devise. (In fact, I’m kind of glad my role as judge keeps me out of the competition!)

Big hugs to Taylor Lovette of Blue Barn Photography, who captured every graham cracker roof, pretzel path, and animal cracker reindeer!

With Lisa home with flu-like symptoms and Kristin at home in Florida, it was just Nicole, Lara, and I on duty to greet our largest crowd ever! We were so glad that many friends joined us in donning festive aprons – a Gingerbread Barns staple.

As construction got underway, it was so fun to see blueprints and napkin sketches come to life. Inspiration ranged from a family farm, to the retirement dream of two friends, to the Biltmore Estate, to a favorite flea market!

Yes, that’s what the creators dubbed a “barñata”!

After some impromptu caroling by our youngest guests (that’s Lara’s daughter Grace up there on the right!) and lots of deliberation between Nicole and myself, we handed out the grand prize and honorable mentions, including Most Architecturally Creative, Most Structurally Sound, and Best Story. The competition is fierce for every category!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at this year’s competition, and to The Carolina Inn for hosting us all–we can’t wait to see what y’all come up with next year!

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  1. avatar Nikki reply

    We had so much fun! Thanks for having us :-)

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