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It’s always a joy having our friend and Blue Ribbon Vendor Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events in our office, especially when it means we’re making something pretty together for the next issue! Rhi, Nancy Ray, Lisa, and I are in the wilds of North Carolina under a beautiful blue sky today creating our third editorial for Southern Weddings V8, and we couldn’t be more excited! (And I think you should be, too, if you saw yesterday’s flower peek on instagram!) Stay tuned to our account for more #MakingSouthernWeddings peeks throughout the day.

In the meantime, feast your ideas on these four gorgeous bouquets Rhi put together – if they don’t make you happy spring is here, I don’t know what will!

Bouquet includes: white sweet pea, green eye anemone, Duchesse De Nemour peonies, Patience garden roses, white ranuncula, bay leaves, white Majolika spray rose, and black privet berry

This sweet and feminine bouquet includes Kiera garden roses, Sarah Bernhart and Jules Elie peonies, pink Majolika spray roses, right pink ranuncula, white lilacs, and jasmine vine.

Rhi’s whimsical orange bouquet includes Icelandic poppies, scented geranium leaves, yellow ranuncula, orange ranuncula, Campanella garden roses, white veronica, white anemones with black eye, dahlias, peach finess roses, and Sarah Bernhart peonies.

Rhi’s final bouquet is bold and glam. It includes Red Charm peony, King protea, Echeveria Colorata succulent (pink lavender), Echeveria Agavoides succulent (green), purple clematis, poppy pods, purple anemone, and Moody Blues roses.

Thanks so much to Rhi for sharing, and to the other talented vendors who made this shoot happen!

Styling, concept and florals: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Bradley James Photography | Gowns, accessories and styling: Stacy Fork, The Gown Shop Ann Arbor | Make Up: Alexandra Nicole Make Up | Hair: Jillian’s Salon

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    The gown, with the pink hued train, my I ask who the designer is? That’s very pretty! The flowers are also beautiful!

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Thank you gals for the sweet feature! We loved this project and love seeing it here even more :)

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  4. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

    LOVE LOVE you featured a model with tattoos! That’s what I’m talking about!!

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From bright and overflowing to elegant and simple, we featured some beautiful flowers this year. Here are a few of the most memorable bouquets!

Elizabeth’s bouquet of peonies, tree peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, dusty miller, and craspedia pods by Branch Design Studio (photo by Amelia + Dan)

Becca’s bouquet of eucalyptus, dusty miller, brasilia berries, peach astible, peach roses, and white hydrangeas by Dyson Designs (photo by Britt Croft)

Lindsay’s bouquet of deep red dinner plate dahlias, coral amaryllis, deep red clematis, Romantic Antik garden roses, Cinnamon garden roses, red astilbe, gold amaranthus, pokeberries, and smokebush foliage by Southern Blooms (photo by Jen Fariello)

Heather’s single magnolia bouquet by Southern Posies (photo by Caroline Joy)

Jessica’s bouquet of ivory and blush peonies with dusty miller by The Plantation Florist (photo by Leslie Hollingsworth)

Sara’s bouquet of garden roses, sweetheart roses, ranunculus, stock, sweet pea, and jasmine vine by Hey Gorgeous Events (photo by Love, The Nelsons)

Rachel’s bouquet of ranunculus, garden roses, stock, and feverfew by Tulip Blooming Creations (photo by Melissa Schollaert)

Courtney’s bouquet of peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley, and ranunculus by The Southern Table (photo by Matt and Julie)

Victoria’s bouquet of garden roses, tweedia, seed pods, and greenery by In Bloom Again (photo by Whitney Neal)

Laura’s bouquet of garden roses, raspberry clematis, ranunculus, dahlias, smoke bush and maple foliage, and seeded eucalyptus by TULIP (photo by Paige Reaux)

Leslie Hollingsworth and Hey Gorgeous Events are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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  1. avatar mexican wedding traditions reply

    what a marvelous theme, i fall in love with it

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We’re talking about one of my very favorite topics today: flowers! For most people, a wedding day is the only opportunity they have to work with a florist on such a large scale, so it’s no wonder that the floral industry can be a bit confusing to navigate during wedding planning. With the help of some florist friends, we’ve compiled our tips for making the most of your floral budget and your working relationship.

Set your budget first. Even though it’s difficult to guess how much the flowers you want will cost, you can still set a floral budget that makes sense within your overall budget. Knowing your budget will help your florist recommend flowers and styles within your price range. It’s also helpful to have a general idea of numbers, like how many reception tables and how many bridesmaids you’re having, before your first meeting, as most proposals are priced per piece. Since flowers are often much more expensive than brides expect, if your heart is set on a certain type of arrangement or pricey bloom, know in advance what other costs you’re willing to cut back on in order to make your floral dreams come true.

Rachel + Daniel‘s wedding by Tim Will, bouquets by Martha Kern

Be flexible about specifics. So many factors go into beautiful blooms–season, weather, location, and so on and so forth–making it hard for a florist to make any guarantees about what will be available and in good condition on your wedding day. As well as communicating your favorite flowers to your florist, discuss the colors and feel you’re going for. They will make their best effort to get you the blooms you want, but if anything goes wrong, they can use their expertise to find substitutes that will fit the overall look you’re going for and look great, instead of using a sad-looking flower because it’s one you HAD to have. To improve your chances of getting your must-have flower, find out when it’s in season in your area and set your wedding date accordingly. We love using our flower chart on page 65 of V6 as a reference!

From Rachel + Zack‘s wedding by Kristin Vining, bouquets by The Bloom Room

Organize your inspiration. Florists are visual people, so lots of picture inspiration is helpful IF it’s well organized. Instead of general captions like “love this” on your Pinterest board, identify WHAT you love about different arrangements and bouquets. Is it the shape? The texture? The colors? The specific flowers? Making a note of what specifically draws you to the picture will help you communicate your vision and style much more effectively.

From Tami + James‘ wedding, by Adam Barnes, flowers by Holly Heider Chapple

Be realistic. One of the biggest pet peeves we’ve heard from florists is when brides bring in pictures of grand arrangements or pricey blooms, and ask for something similar on a minimal budget. Keep in mind that floral arrangements in magazines and on Pinterest are often the most unique and expensive in a florist’s portfolio. Instead of asking for an exact replica of an arrangement you love, bring your inspiration photos to your florist and have a conversation about what you like about them. Love the large scale of an arrangement? Use lower-cost greenery to get the same big impact. Love the fullness of a big peony bouquet? Create the same lush effect with different flowers that fit into your budget.

From Kelly + Marvin‘s wedding, by Katie Stoops, flowers by Growing Wild Floral Company

BYOA: Bring your own accents. Supplementing your florist with vessels and bouquet wraps is a great way to save money, because you won’t be paying for the time they spend searching for something perfect for you. Just be sure you’re willing to do the work and have the resources to do so before adding this task to your to-do list, and be aware that wide and intricate ribbons come with their own price tag – often upwards of $15/yard.

From Samantha + Micah‘s wedding by Amy Arrington Photography, bouquets by The Flower Garden

Is there anything else y’all would add to our list? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Holly Heider Chapple and Amy Arrington Photography are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Sarah reply

    Great tips!! Another bonus of BYOA is that you get to keep everything afterwards! We’re purchasing a few of the vases and planters ourselves, so we’re choosing things that work for the wedding and our home.

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