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We were joking in the Southern Weddings office the other day that although our working lives might occasionally look glamorous on Instagram, 99.5% of our jobs is sitting at our desks and answering emails – ha! Last Thursday, however, was the exception to the rule. We got a rare treat when our friend Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers came to our office with gorgeous blooms in tow, and taught us each to make a spring arrangement!

Big hugs to Marcie Meredith for these photos!

We each got to choose from a selection of vessels – low bowls, compotes, and urns. Kelly started by showing us how to use chicken wire to hold the flower stems inside the container, which was super helpful!

Then, we each got to pick our favorite blooms from our personal “flower shop.” There were so many beauties to choose from, including forsythia, Japanese ranunculus, and coral amaryllis! Each SW lady gravitated towards different blooms, which was neat to see. Kelly taught us the basics of constructing an arrangement, then moved from gal to gal consulting and tweaking based on our individual process.

We were all so impressed with how easy Kelly made everything and how wonderful of a natural teacher she is! We were also pretty proud of our finished arrangements :)

Here’s mine – Lara said it looked like something Carmen Miranda would wear, which I took as a compliment and thought was 100% accurate!

Lisa, surprising no one, headed straight for the blush pinks and whites and added delicate movement with ivy. I’m sure Kelly, who is doing Lisa’s wedding flowers, was the least surprised of all!

Lara packed as many blooms as possible into her little urn, including beautiful tall forsythia. Morgan’s was interesting and textural, with a girly flair – just like her!

Finally, Nicole went with an interesting combination of green, kumquat orange, ruby red, and dark blue. She had to play around with the shape of hers for awhile, but I think was really happy with it in the end!

In addition to doing weddings (beautifully!), Kelly runs a comprehensive floral education program called Team Flower, which offers online, in person, group, and individual training and mentoring. If our little workshop was any indication, we can’t recommend it highly enough!

Have y’all ever taken a flower workshop? It was so fun!!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Alyssa Maxwell reply

    You all did a beautiful job! Love all your creations!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    So much fun!! It’s definitely on my to-do list to become much more confident with my floral arranging skills this year. I love the variety of shapes, textures, colors, and flower choices – every arrangement is really beautiful!

  3. avatar Michael and Carina reply

    Love these! Makes us want to join the next floral workshop just for the fun of it!!!

  4. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    These are beautiful and so uniquely reflective of each of you :)

  5. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Amazing! You gals are all so talented on top of being so sweet and lovely! And go Kelly! Xoxo

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Do y’all remember this photo? After a particularly cold winter, the dogwoods that inspired our A New Beginning editorial began to bloom early. While we usually have no complaints about early spring flowers, it caused a bit of a panic for Emily and I as we rescheduled our first V7 shoot of the year four times. Bless our sweet vendor friends’ hearts! Thankfully, it worked out in our favor, and we ended up with the most beautiful spring day…and, the biggest dogwood tree we’ve ever seen, blooms still fully intact. Hooray! We started the day at Emily’s house, styling the invitation suite, prepping details, and doing our best to keep her kitty away from our cake.

Last winter seemed to go on forever, which is one of the reasons we planned this shoot in the first place. We were inspired by the joy and peacefulness of spring finally arriving, and how similar that is to an engagement. Just as the spring brings about an enchanting sense of new life and the promise of new beginnings, a wedding is when a new life together is created, and a bride and groom have a chance to start a whole new chapter of their story. In the shade of a historic home, under the dogwoods that are so beloved in North Carolina, we created this shoot to celebrate bringing together history and heritage in a fresh new way. We were overjoyed to have our dear friends, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob Photography, capture every sweet detail for us!

We loved working with Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers for the first time, and were all head over heels for the way she incorporated our signature bloom into the bouquets and arrangements!

Love these pastel bridesmaid dresses as much as we do? Good news: they’re from Little Borrowed Dress, an amazing bridesmaid dress rental company! Your favorite gals will love having the option to either rent or buy their dresses for your big day.

These sweet little flower girls stole the show! They looked precious in their mix and match BHLDN dresses and The Scalloped Window crowns, and had so much fun with their extra long Hazel Faire ribbon wands, reminiscent of traditional maypoles.

We incorporated verses from Song of Solomon into our paper goods and fabric banners–a Bible verse or prayer that is special to you as a couple is such a meaningful detail you can bring into your wedding day.

Our bride and groom could not have been sweeter! This real couple drove to North Carolina from their home in Alabama to model in this shoot, and they were married in real life just a month later. We all joked that we were relieved Ashley was not wearing this Monique Lhuillier gown for her actual wedding, and we didn’t spoil the surprise for Ryan!

Our friends at Life Stage Films tagged along with us to capture this day on video! Lovely, isn’t it? I can’t stress enough how relieved we were to have such gorgeous weather.

Now for one of our favorite parts of sharing our editorials with y’all online: a giveaway! Sibo Designs generously sent us the bride’s veil all the way from The Netherlands, and we’re thrilled to give it away to one of our lucky readers. The veil is impossibly light and dreamy, and it would look so gorgeous with a huge variety of gowns! You can read more about it here, and then enter in a variety of ways below. Good luck!

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The deadline to enter is November 20!

Photographer: Landon Jacob / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Florals: Philosophy Flowers / Tables, China, Flatware, and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Vintage Furniture: Simply Put Vintage Rentals / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Banners: Lionheart Prints / Paper Goods: Alisa Bobzien / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Bride’s Gown: “Esme” by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Sibo Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress / Flower Girl Dresses: BHLDN / Flower Crowns: The Scalloped Window / Ribbon Wands: Hazel Faire / Hair and Makeup: Lula Hair and Makeup / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Beau Ties Ltd of Vermont / Cake Stand: The TomKat Studio / Sugar Flowers: Bouquet of Cakes

Landon Jacob, Simply Put Vintage Rentals, and Life Stage Films are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Janna reply

    Those Song of Solomon banners are amazing- what an amazing way to incorporate a song or prayer that are important! Love!!

  2. avatar Jamie Kever reply

    That cake is so sweet!

  3. avatar Stacey reply

    Her gown and veil are gorgeous!

  4. avatar Dana reply

    LOVE this shoot! One of my favorites!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    I love the Magnolia cake! So precious!

  6. avatar Taylor reply

    Love those adorable flower girls! Their smiles are absolutely infectious!

  7. avatar Anna reply

    I love the invitation suite! The dogwood accents and the white lettering on craft paper are so fresh and elegant.

  8. avatar Emily reply

    Love all of the lace detailing!!!

  9. avatar Gabrielle Railey reply

    I loved how the flowers in the bridesmaid bouquets were also in the flowers place on the cake and the inspiration in the invitations. Absolutely beautiful .

  10. avatar Ebony reply

    I love the flower girls’ precious dresses!

  11. avatar Natalie W reply

    simply southern in every way, love love love it!!! and the bridesmaids dresses were fantastic!

  12. avatar Kathleen reply

    I love the beautiful lace detailing along the edges. It’s the perfect touch.

  13. avatar Sam Handel reply

    I love the dreamy calligraphy on the banners! Perfect!

  14. avatar Courtney reply

    My favorite detail is the banners with Song of Solomon written on them!

  15. avatar Madison reply

    The Song of Solomon banners are my favorite detail. Double meaning for such a sacred day in a couple’s life!

  16. avatar Kat reply

    It’s STUNNING!!! Great job, ladies!!! Your hard work paid off:) It’s soft, feminine & full of spring!

  17. avatar Jenna Maddox reply

    Those little flower girls are just precious, along with their ribbon wands and cute little dresses!

  18. avatar Loverly reply

    This is one of our absolute favorite shoots from V7- so fun to hear the story behind these gorgeous images. This color palette is just stunning!

  19. avatar Laura Feezor reply

    I love the romance captured in these photographs! Gorgeous wedding.

  20. avatar Bridget reply

    I couldn’t love the dogwood any more. These photos are exquisite!

  21. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the three flower girls in different white dresses! Precious!

  22. avatar Karen reply

    Everything was simply gorgeous. The pastel bridesmaid dresses are so lovely!

  23. avatar Heather Morgan reply

    Love the lace on the veil! would go great with my dress!

  24. avatar Kelly Perry reply

    Such sweet memories!

  25. avatar Angela Alpaugh reply

    My favorite detail is the Song of Solomon banner.

  26. avatar Lesley reply

    I love that cake! The detail on each flower is gorgeous!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    The lace veil and that dress…beautiful! I want that breathtaking, awe-inspiring feel for my wedding.

  28. avatar LKinney reply

    Oh I LOVE this editorial!!! The paper, colors, and flowers are all just so lovely! I cannot get over the dogwood. Perfect!

  29. avatar Tiffany Ha reply

    I am absolutely in love with all the dresses in this photoshoot. The bride’s dress is stunning, the bridesmaids dresses are cute and classy, and the flower girls dresses are so adorable!!! I love pretty much everything about this shoot! The flowers are simple and breathtaking and so are all the decorations

  30. avatar Stephanie P reply

    I love the fabric banners with the verses written in the gorgeous font!!!

  31. avatar Raquel Mohr reply

    I love the look of the bridemaids, and am doing the little borrowed dress for them. My question is which color blue is this? I have samples of the mint, and then the powder and sea glass. I know the green is the mint but not sure on the blue. The sea glass sample I have is more tiffany colored than whats shown here so I want to double check :)

  32. avatar Amanda reply

    What color green and blue is used in this shoot? I’m using the same company for my BM’s and wanna make sure I order the right colors.

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First of all, on the heels of my last Lisa’s Southern Wedding post, I’m overjoyed and delighted to let y’all know that I found a wedding dress!!!! I was pretty nervous beforehand (I knew I was going to be incredibly picky, and I only had one weekend to shop with both my mom and my two sisters), but I ended up having a wonderful experience and found something that I absolutely love. Yay!! :)

Moving on from dresses to my other very favorite wedding topic, let’s talk about flowers! As you can probably tell on my Pinterest, flowers are a soft spot of mine–I love them, and they are the first thing I notice about any wedding, so it’s no surprise that they were one of the first details I started thinking about. Dave and I actually have two florists who will be working their magic at our big day. One is the very talented Mary Stevens at Fearrington, who will be creating our reception arrangements–a topic for another day. Mary is lovely and I’m excited to work with her!

While I love so many bouquets, I have never seen one that is perfectly on-point with what I want for myself. I searched high and low for a florist who I thought would totally get me and turn my mismatched “almost the right color palette,” “pretty texture,” “love this shape”-captioned pins into something magical. Then, Emily stumbled upon Kelly of Philosophy Flowers, who lives just a few hours away in Boone, and passed her website on to me–I could hardly email Kelly quickly enough! Here’s a peek at her beautiful portfolio:

Shortly after Dave and I booked Kelly for our wedding, the SW gals and I also recruited her for a V7 editorial! It was so much fun to meet her in person and see her in action–not to mention, it was the perfect confirmation that I made the right choice.

Without giving away too much of my floral inspiration, here are just a few images showcasing some of the flowers and styles that I love–I have had some of these pictures saved on my computer for years! Overall, I’m dreaming of super romantic bouquets featuring Southern blooms that have deep sentimental meaning to me.

Clockwise from top left: Eric Kelley via V5’s Love in Bloom, Jose Villa via V3’s Something Blue, Melissa Schollaert via V5’s Honey and Pecan, Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Brides

As well as my bouquet, Kelly will be creating two simple and elegant altar arrangements for our ceremony and bouquets for my eight lovely bridesmaids. I’m having a hard enough time narrowing down my bouquet inspiration, so I hardly have a clue of what I want the bridesmaid bouquets to look like! I’d love to know, were your bridesmaid bouquets similar to yours, or were they totally different? And if you’re wedding planning like me, what are you thinking for yours? I’d love any ideas!

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Alana reply

    Oh my! Kelly’s work is gorgeous!! I do love mismatched bouquets : ) Each one just a little different, with it’s own beautiful personality just like all the lovely bridesmaids!!

  2. avatar Anna reply

    Hi Lisa! I just got married last month and I had the HARDEST time deciding about flowers. My Bridesmaids dresses were a orange/red so I didnt want things too be too busy. I ended up mirroring the girls flowers to mine but smaller and loved it the result. Here are a few of the pictures if you still need some inspiration :) http://www.allisonelizabethphoto.com/blog/?p=6801

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Awww, congratulations!! You’re right, they looked beautiful! :)

  3. avatar Julie reply

    These are such beautiful flowers Lisa! I too am planning my wedding (it’s in December). I decided to have the bridesmaid’s bouquets mirror mine with color scheme and flower types but gave the florist the freedom to arrange each a little differently to make them unique. Since my bridesmaids will have matching dresses, I thought this would be a good way to showcase some contrast!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thanks Julie! My girls will be in matching dresses too, so I’ll definitely have to consider that! :)

  4. avatar lena reply

    What swoon-worthy inspiration–I can’t wait to see the bouquets!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you, friend! So much of my floral inspiration comes from your perfectly-curated Pinterest! :)

  5. avatar Emily reply

    My bridesmaid bouquets were a bit more pink/blush than mine (which had more white in it). Mine also had white and black anemones, which theirs did not, and a bit more greenery. And mine was bigger :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      I don’t know if I’ve ever seen pictures of just your bridesmaid bouquets! At our next planning meeting, I might need to see your wedding photos in their entirety :)

  6. avatar Anna reply

    These pictures are swoon-worthy, you found an awesome florist! I just got married a few weeks ago and went with different flowers for my bridesmaid bouquets. I had always wanted a fluffy all-white bouquet of my own, while I dreamed of my girls bringing out more colors in their flowers.

    It worked out perfectly, my girls wore navy dresses and carried bouquets that were full of bright colors: pinks, oranges, yellows, and coral while I had an all white bouquet wrapped with navy and white striped ribbon. It all tied together so nicely. I also love when the groom has a boutonniere with a similar flower as the bride’s bouquet to distinguish him from the rest of the groomsmen!

  7. avatar Corinna reply

    Love the simplicity and beauty of all these arrangements!

  8. avatar Kat reply

    Oh, so fun!!!! Flowers are a favorite of mine!!! I had a bright bouquet & my bridesmaid’s bouquets all had white. All of them were textured and gorgeous, just different colors. I loved the contrast of my white gown with a bright bouquet & their bright gowns with white! Can’t WAIT to see what you decide!!!

  9. avatar Molly reply

    Ah wedding flowers! My favorite! I can’t wait to see what you’ll choose! I was obsessed with mine and sent no fewer than 4 pinterest BOARDS to my florist! Ha!

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