DIY: Farmer’s Market Bouquet

DIY farmer's market bouquet

The lovely Janie from The Bride’s Cafe is back today and she is sharing tips for all you DIY brides thinking of creating your bouquets from flowers found at the Farmer’s Market. Such a great way to save on your budget and totally doable with this tips from Janie! Thanks Janie, your flowers always look so gorgeous! And big thanks also to Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography for the lovely photos.

One of my favorite things to do in Virginia in the summer time is visit the Farmer’s Market early on Saturday mornings. I love the atmosphere and chatting with the vendors and you guessed it, most of all, I love the flowers. So, I thought it would be a fun post to chat a little about the beautiful Farmer’s Market flowers. Nnow, you have to get there early because they are truly a hot commodity!

For all the DIY brides, this post is dedicated to you. I arrived at the market at 7:30 am Saturday morning with $50.00 cash. My goal was not to spend over $50.00. I purchased a bouquet of the most vibrant and oh-so-pretty zinnias (an assortment of the most vibrant colors ranging from pinks, to burgundy, to chartreuse), a bouquet of lisianthus (solid white and white with purple tips), for texture I added a bouquet of coxcomb (the colors were OMG gorgeous…red, burgundy, pink, yellow, chartreuse) , a bouquet of mimosa (needed this golden yellow flower for a pop of color) and one of my favorite flowers of all time to use as a filler, snow on the mountain. I really can’t explain to you how much I love this flower! Each bunch cost $10.00. Total cost $50.00 – I met my budget!!

DIY flowers used

DIY flowers used


The next day, I made a bridal bouquet, a bridesmaid bouquet, a posy for the mother-of-the-bride, a pin-on corsage for the grandmother and a bout for the groom – and I still had a few blooms left! I could have easily made two more bouts or another corsage or posy. I wanted the bouquets to have the look and feel as though I “hand-picked” them from the garden. I wrapped each bouquet with fabric swatches that I had saved from a few years ago and I ripped the material instead of cutting it to give it a “vintage” feel. The bouquets would be so perfect for a backyard wedding and the flowers would also be perfect to add as single stems in clusters of vases for the reception.

DIY Farmers Market Bouquet

DIY farmer's market bouquet

DIY farmer's market bridesmaid bouquet

DIY Mother of bride/groom posy

DIY bout

bouquets made from farmer's market flowers

ribbons for bouquets


Thinking of using flowers from the Farmer’s Market for your wedding day?

Here are a few things to consider:
1. Find out what flower vendors will be at the market and what types of flowers they will be selling.
2. Depending on the travel distance, you may need to bring a couple of buckets of water to place the flowers in for the drive home.
3. Remember to get to the market early. I’ve noticed that the flowers seem to sell out fast.
4. Be willing to have a change of heart if there are specific flowers that you want for your wedding; the market may not carry what you initially wanted.
5. If you can, contact the flower vendor ahead of time and ask if you can purchase flowers directly from them at their farm; this way, you can get the flowers for your wedding ahead of time.
6. Don’t try to DIY your wedding flowers yourself. The ideal person/people would be someone who is not attending your wedding!

wedding flowers from farmer's market


Thanks so much to Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography for the photos. All the flowers are from Amy’s Garden, a vendor at the Farmer’s Market. And thanks again to Janie with The Bride’s Cafe for the lovely floral DIY today! Be sure to check out The Bride’s Cafe for lots more gorgeous florals and pretty weddings!

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Alabama Farm Wedding: Kelly + Colton

bride and groom

Kelly + Colton love being outdoors so they decided to get married under a big tree on Colton’s family farm in Montgomery, Alabama. They also love playing music with their friends, so Colton and his friends formed a little marching band to enter the wedding – and their friends also left the wedding jamming in a parade! So, so fun! They also incorporated lots of personal touches to their wedding since family is so important to them. One of my favorites is a photo of Kelly being driven to the ceremony in an antique checker cab that was owned by Colton’s late grandfather – how special! Love that Kelly + Colton really just did what they wanted for their wedding day and thanks so much to One Love Photo for the gorgeous photos!

bride with lace veil

bride with lace veil


Gets me every time! Such a sweet first look!!

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

yellow bridal heels

bride and groom

bridesmaids in mis matched dresses

groomsmen

bridal party

musical entrance


The processional (Sun it Rises by Fleet Foxes, and Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles) was definitely one of the highlights of the ceremony – Emily and Garrett started out playing ukelele and classical guitar, then Colton came in on his electric and led the bridal party in. They had a couple of guitars, a mandolin, crash cymbals, ride cymbal, tambourine, cow bell, snare drum, triangle, bell kit, and a big tom, all of which we grabbed from Colton’s house on the way to the wedding. So much fun! The recessional was Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, performed by Emily and Garrett Blaising and the wedding party.

musical entrance

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony with frames

outdoor ceremony

There are so many special and funny memories from our wedding day. We did all the decorating together in the morning, then we got ourselves ready, and finally the ceremony and reception were in the evening. I remember my friend Kate being lifted in the bucket of a Bobcat to hang the candles and frames on high branches of the big tree; Colton and the guys stringing up lights all over the reception area; our cousins driving everyone around the lake in limousine-golfcarts; decorating the tables, then madly dashing around un-decorating because of a sudden rain shower, then decorating them again; my mom zipping up my dress and putting on my veil; laughing with my friends in the rain; seeing Colton for the first time, looking so handsome in his suit (I believe that's the first and only time I've ever seen him wear a suit); my mother-in-law directing the speed of my approach via walkie-talkie; my Greek professor reading us the vows; singing Home to each other at the end of the ceremony; and stuffing ourselves with barbecue at the end of the day. It was incredible.

bride and groom

lake wedding

bride and groom

polaroid guest book


My sister-in-law, Alexandra, took a collage of Polaroids which, when pieced together, form a huge picture of Colton and I at the farm. One of these Polaroids was sent to each guest in their invitation, and they pinned them onto a board as they entered the wedding.

polaroid guest book

bride and groom

string lights reception

sparkler wedding exit


I’d like to thank our great photographers, Heather and Jon Almeda, from One Love Photo. They flew all the way to Alabama from Seattle to photograph our wedding, braving the heat and rain and obviously working hard to find images that inspired them. I felt so comfortable knowing that we were in good hands. They pay close attention to composition and light, and they used a lot of 35mm and medium format film for us! (Colton is a cinematographer and photographer, and I’m a photographer too. We’re pretty choosy, and spend a lot of time looking for the right photographer.) We appreciate it, you two! I couldn’t be happier with the images from our wedding.

Don't stress! Nobody wants to be a Bridezilla. Remember that it's your opportunity to throw a celebration big or small; rustic or glamorous; quirky or traditional - do whatever you want! I made all the decorations myself, because I felt like it. (I remember sitting in my mom's bedroom gluing paper flowers, watching Jurassic Park on tv.) But if the thought of crafting freaks you out, then have someone else do it! Your wedding doesn't have to meet anyone's expectations but your own. If you do find yourself falling into panic, just take a breather. It'll all fall into place. And besides, even if the wedding is a complete disaster, you'll still get to ride off into the sunset wed to your sweetheart, which makes it a perfect day by default!

photography: Heather and Jon of One Love Photo // venue: Colton’s family farm in Montgomery, AL // floral design: Perky Long, our wedding coordinator, picked up daises and helped me arrange them in jars the morning of the wedding! // wedding dress: Casablanca Bridal, purchased at Monica’s Bridal in Chattanooga, TN. I made the sash from some upholstery material // shoes: Miss L Fire // bridesmaid jewelry: made by Kelly – her etsy store is Whisper Will // groom suit: Brooks Brothers // cinematography: Brandon McGuire // invitations + paper goods: Colton // catering: Smokin S Bar-B-Cue in Wetumpka, AL // cake: Cookies courtesy of Mrs. Fields // music: Emily and Garrett Blaising

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Cocktails for Your Wedding Events

This morning we are talking cocktails! Since there are so many events surrounding your wedding that may require you to provide drinks, we used Daily’s Cocktails to put together a collection of four fabulous cocktails to liven up your festivities. Below we found the perfect mix for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding and after wedding brunch. If you choose to forgo the alcohol, you can still enjoy the tasty virgin version of each.

Which sounds most up your alley?

bridal-shower-cocktail


For a bridal shower, making a punch is a great way to have plenty of drinks for your gals and not have to worry about someone tending bar. This is a great punch with pomegranate and pears incorporating Daily’s Pomegranate Mix. {photo and recipe adapted from Martha Stewart}

watermelon mojito

I think the watermelon mojito is a perfect summer cocktail for the rehearsal dinner. This one uses Daily’s Mojito Mix to make it even easier and I love serving it with a cube of fresh watermelon! {photo by pickles & honey}

wedding-cocktail

For a backyard or barn wedding, the strawberry fizzle will hit the spot. You can make it ahead of time as a punch, so guests can help themselves to their own drink. I love adding the striped straws to the cocktails too! Such a fun detail. :) {photo by Michael & Anna Costa}

bacon bloody mary

Bacon combined with a Bloody Mary? Sounds like my perfect brunch companion and it’s all possible with Bacon Flavored Vodka! Mix it with Daily’s Original Bloody Mary Mix, garnish with a piece of bacon and/or olives and you are set for the wedding after brunch! {photo via Blackberry Farm}

If you are looking for more cocktail ideas, be sure to check out Daily’s Cocktails recipes. You can even sort through all their options by color, spirit, glass type, season and more. And I’d love to hear if you are planning on incorporating any special wedding cocktails! Are you? And if so, what cocktail will be your wedding cocktail!

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