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Southern Stems: Gardenias

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With the promise of a sweet Southern spring around the corner, we thought it was time to dust off our Southern Stems column! So far we’ve covered south of the Mason-Dixon Line favorites camellias, wisterias, and Texas blue bonnets, and today, it’s the gardenia’s turn.

Though I have many loves, gardenias are without a doubt my favorite Southern flower. Aside from their gorgeous looks, their smell is absolutely divine. (Strong, but divine.) I also love how something so precious is at the same time so common, at least in the South. Almost every house in my neighborhood has a bush, and I snapped this perfect bloom — one of many we passed! — on a walk one evening last June.

Elizabeth Messina via Mindy Weiss, Martha Stewart Weddings, Beaux Arts Photographie

The most common variety of gardenias, gardenia jasminoides, is native to Southern China and Japan, but has found a happy home in the American South. No surprise, since they are a majorly heat-loving plant! Gardenias are also known as Cape Jasmine.

Elizabeth Scott Photography via Southern Weddings, Eric Kelley via Wedding Chicks

Another reason gardenias are perfect for the South? They represent grace and hospitality — perfect for planting beside your front porch! Gardenias are actually a species of evergreen, so they keep their gorgeous glossy dark green leaves all winter. The leaves are beautiful to include in wedding arrangements, too!

Kallie Brynn via Southern Weddings, Kate Harrison via Style Me Pretty, Simple Color via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Brookelyn Photography via The Bride’s Cafe

Gardenias were particularly popular in weddings in the ’60s and ’70s, and are still a favorite with classic brides today. A few tips if you’re planning on using them in your own celebration: Make sure you like the smell! As noted above, gardenias have a strong scent, so even one bloom in a bouquet can make an impact.

Ashley McCormick via Southern Weddings, Eclectic Images, Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty, Laura Gordon via Southern Weddings

Also, while gardenias’ petals are delightfully creamy, they’re also exceptionally fragile, and too much handling can cause the petals to turn brown quickly. If you’re planning to pin a bloom in your hair, reserve two blossoms with your florist — that way, you can change it out post-ceremony to keep things fresh for the reception. Or, opt for a faux version — DK Designs makes a clay beauty we love!

Nancy Ray via Southern Weddings, White Loft Photographie via Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart Weddings

Speaking of faux gardenias, sugar flowers are a perfect option on a wedding cake!

A Bryan Photo via Martha Stewart Weddings and unknown

Do you love gardenias as much as I do? Anyone out there who can’t stand the smell? Will y’all incorporate them into your wedding? I’d love to hear!

Nancy Ray is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I love Gardenias! We always had them in the yard growing up and the smell instantly brings me back to my grandmothers yard! I plan on using them in my wedding but not too much because I’m sure not everyone loves the smell like I do!

  2. avatar Jessica B reply

    Gardenias and magnolias both will having starring roles at my wedding! They are so undeniably Southern. Delicate looking, elegant, but both make an impact! Gardenias with their smell and magnolias with their size.

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    Love the idea of handwritten notes for family members at their seats!

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Savannah + Henry met at a conference in Arizona, and through he lived in Boston and she lived in Atlanta, they started dating after their business relationship took a romantic turn. Long-distance dating may be hard, but S + H made it work! They flew to see each other every single week. “If we missed each other on a weekend, Henry would fly down mid-week to have dinner and fly out on the 7AM flight the next morning,” said Savannah. Now that’s love and dedication! We’re happy that Savannah, who was tired of the travel, made the move to Boston to be with Henry because as these images from Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay show us, they are a beautiful couple!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My mom and two close girlfriends came down to Charleston with me. Our wedding planner’s roommate worked at a small wedding dress boutique on Daniel Island and she was able to see us after hours. We drank wine and I only tried on 7-8 dresses and was torn between two very different dresses. I slept on it and woke up the next morning knowing which was the best fit. We went back later that day to put down the deposit.

I love peonies but they were out of season, so we went with a combination of peony-like flowers that were cream-colored with a hint of blush. We wanted a lot of greenery so we also used magnolia leaves in the chandeliers at the ceremony.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did not do a first look. Henry didn’t know anything about my dress and we wanted the moment we first saw each other to be when I walked down the aisle. It was a very special moment.

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Henry’s cousin Johnny read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 that was probably most favorite piece from the ceremony. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Other ceremony songs we included were both Beatles songs, “Here Comes the Sun” and “All you need is Love.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My husband, Henry, is from New York and it was very important for us to show his family why we love the South. I’d say the food was the biggest Southern influence which included fried chicken, duck buns with coleslaw, shrimp and grits and more.

Y’all, I seriously love these magnolia leaf chandeliers! What a great way to add some Southern greenery to the room.

Our cake was amazing. Once again, we wanted something simple. It was a round, three-tiered vanilla cream cake with buttercream icing. The middle tier was red velvet. The cake was covered with beige polka dots.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We originally met at an industry conference in Scottsdale, AZ. What started as a business relationship turned to friendship and eventually dating. We dated long distance for 9-10 months and saw each other literally every single week from Atlanta to Boston. If we missed each other on a weekend, Henry would fly down mid-week to have dinner and fly out on the 7AM flight the next morning. Eventually, we got tired of the travel so I moved to Boston.
Describe the proposal. On the one year anniversary of me moving to Boston, we decided to head out of work early on a Monday night and head down to our house on Nantucket. We opened a good bottle of wine and packed up some snacks, music and our dog, Roscoe, to head down to the beach to watch the sunset. As the sun set over the horizon, Henry suggested we stand up to get a better view and he took a knee and asked me to marry him.
In what month did you get married? September
How many guests attended your wedding? 200
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite detail was the café lighting by the water. The lights looked amazing and carried a romantic atmosphere out from the tent to the sitting area by the water.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We honestly had it pretty easy. Our wedding planner, Lindsey, was amazing and I think she handled any foreseen issues before they got to us. I’m sure every bride and groom deal with the struggle of trying to please everyone but eventually we just decided we were going to do everything like we wanted it done.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The band! Our vision of our wedding was a beautiful ceremony by the water and a HUGE party. Our band was truly amazing and we danced all night!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? It’s hard to pick just one. I think finalizing our vows and being announced as husband and wife was a pretty fantastic moment. I think dancing with my dad was a pretty memorable moment. He kept my jitters at bay by making me laugh most of the way down the aisle.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Relax. It’s such a fun day and you should really enjoy the process of planning if you don’t stress and just trust that it’ll all work out.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? My wedding gift from Henry was a second puppy, so we now have two long haired dachshunds. The puppy is a girl and we named her Mal’e after visiting the Maldives for our honeymoon (the capital is Mal’e). We’re not ready for kids yet, so I think our immediate focus is spending time together and with the pups. We’re looking forward to continuing life together and seeing where that takes us.

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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    This might be my new favorite SW wedding! All of the flowers are so perfect, her dress is stunning, and that cake is divine!

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    What a beautiful ceremony under the trees. And that cake! Gorgeous!!! :]

  3. avatar Lauren Stefanski reply

    Who designs this dress? I LOVE it! She looks gorgeous!

  4. avatar Emily Ewing reply

    Who is her dress designer! Please let us know! I’m going dress shopping very soon and would love to know!

  5. avatar Anna reply

    I need to know who the designer of her dress is!!!

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Y’all are going to love this film. Though its settings are rather grand, they certainly don’t overshadow the love that fills every corner of these six and a half minutes. The love starts with the groom’s sweet, sweet words that open the film, continues through the emotion while the gals are getting ready, and is capped off by the bride’s energetic dancing at the reception! Of course, I’m sure y’all will also love Kit’s gorgeous fit and flare gown and her lace-edged veil, but really, it’s the love you’ll remember.

From the bride:

The conversion of close friends and family in my hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri produced a magical moment, and thanks to Wirken Films, it is a moment that we will cherish forever. Our family cannot thank Brandon and Tyler enough. Every time I watch this video, I am transported back to the day, and I feel every moment, emotion and tear all over again. They captured the essence of our families’ joy and celebration, and for that we are most grateful.

A big thank you to Wirken Films for sharing!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Emily reply

    What a radiant and joyful bride!! She literally lit up that entire dance floor! Awesome video, so much love :)

  2. avatar Kat reply

    Beautiful video! Loved the bride’s veil and the fun energy at the reception :)

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