Decorating & Design
November 11, 2010
I was lucky enough to head home for a family wedding this past weekend. I usually prefer spring or summer weddings, but there was something magical about this late fall ceremony that has possibly changed my mind.
Upon exiting the highway — I come from a small town near London, Ontario — I was greeted with freshly fallen snow, blue skies and mild +5°C temperatures. Although the snow didn’t last long, it made for a gorgeous start to the day, and the perfect backdrop for photos.
I played double-duty as guest and florist by volunteering my services to create centerpieces. Flower arrangements can be tricky, and even more daunting when you need several arrangements in a short time frame! Thankfully I was able to set up shop at my parents’ kitchen table and pull together the arrangements that same morning.
Using white and ivory roses, along with mums, carnations, and accents of seeded eucalyptus, I created soft, seasonally appropriate arrangements. I used Ikea’s 4” Mandel series pots as vases. I really love the weathered looked of these clay pots.
The key to building these arrangements was layering in the eucalyptus first. This created a base to then add in various blossoms. I opted for more random placement to keep the arrangements light and not too stuffy. Then I filled in any holes with more eucalyptus.
The final product looked great on layers of black and natural burlap.
The reception was held at a blueberry farm in a barn-inspired hall. With vaulted ceilings and gorgeous wraparound windows, guests could really take in the serene location. All in all, it was a great weekend and a beautiful wedding — full of family, flowers and cake!
For more tips, view our Easy Flower Arrangements photo gallery.
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