DIY: Winter Floral Centerpiece with pops of Marsala

DIY Winter Floral Centerpiece with Marsala

If you liked our Winter Flower Guide on Wednesday, today we’re sharing how to use all those pretty florals to create a gorgeous Winter floral centerpiece with pops of Marsala – the Pantone 2015 color of the year! Putting together centerpieces seems daunting, but you’ll see in our easy 4 step process that when broken down, it’s actually pretty simple! Here’s how to make your own show stopping centerpiece:

winter floral centerpiece

What You’ll Need:
• Vase of choice (we used a vintage one we had on hand)
Floral foam
Floral scissors
• Flowers. Here’s what we used for this centerpiece: 1 hanging amaranthus, 4 burgundy peonies, 5 cymbidium burgundy orchids, 4 patience garden roses, 4 champagne roses, 3 magenta tulips, 3 anemones, 1 white hyacinth, 3 sprigs of lemon leaf and cedar, 1 bunch of tallow berry and 3 bunches of brazilia berry.

*Flower Tip: If you don’t have all these flowers available, Trader Joe’s or your local Whole Foods would be a good place to start. And depending where you live, you can also search your backyard to snip a few leaves or take a sprig from your Christmas tree!

winter floral centerpiece

Before beginning, soak your floral foam so that it retains water and feeds your flowers over time. Cut your foam down to fit your vase (see first step above for reference).

Step 1: Start with your green and fillers (like amaranthus and lemon leaf) to shape your piece together. This will help you get an idea of the overall shape of the piece. We wanted a swooping + loose piece so we went farther down the sides.

Step 2: Next, take your small focal flowers (like tulips, champagne roses and anemones) and place in your foam. Space them out as you go, you can always change their placement after.

Step 3: Then, take the big focal flowers (like peonies, garden roses and orchids) and place between your smaller focals and fillers.

Step 4: Last, add in your berries and any other last fillers to spruce up your piece. Change flowers around if you don’t like them, or fluff to finish!

winter floral centerpiece

winter floral centerpiece

winter floral centerpiece

winter floral centerpiece

winter floral centerpiece

Love it! If you do create your own winter floral centerpiece, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much to Katie Pritchard for the photos.

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Edwardian-Inspired Wedding in a Historic Gold Mining Town: Alexandra + William

Edwardian inspired wedding

We’re sure you can already tell that Alexandra + William’s wedding, captured beautifully by Hazelwood Photo, isn’t traditional in any sense of the word. And we have to say, that’s exactly why we love it so much! These two were wed at Alexandra’s family home which just so happens to be a colonial farmhouse built in the mid-1800s and located in the historic gold mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Pretty unreal, right? And not only was the location ultra amazing, but they encouraged their guests to join in on the fun + dress with Edwardian-era (~1900-1910) fashion in mind. This helped create an environment that really felt true to the time period + gave the wedding a unique sense of history.

vintage leaf invitation

Edwardian feather bride

vintage ring

Edwardian vintage dress

We HAD to know more about Alexandra’s amazing, unique dress. And Sarah from Hazelwood Photo had all the deets, Alexandra wore an Edwardian-inspired custom gown designed and created by her aunt who sourced vintage fabric and lace as she traveled the world. She spent years traveling the globe sourcing vintage lace, buttons and fabrics from various countries in order to create the gown and it was made entirely by hand.

Edwardian vintage dress

Edwardian groom

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian vintage dress

Edwardian bridesmaids

vintage key scissor necklace

Edwardian groomsmen

Edwardian groomsmen

Sarah also spills, Apparently, during the Edwardian era the bride’s bouquet was more akin to a bush than floral buds, it was also quite large. Hence the large (and lovely) assortment of greenery Alexandra carried thanks to Penny & LuLu.

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

banjo

Edwardian ring bearer

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

Alexandra tells us about the unique rings she + William exchanged during their ceremony, My ring belonged to Will’s great-great grandmother, Hilde Sandberg. Will’s ring, on the other hand, is made from raccoon bone (skull and bacculum), ground into a powder and cast in resin. It bears his initials, painted with ink made from my blood. Courtesy of our friends at Custom Cranium

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian ring bearer

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

Edwardian inspired wedding

Oregon wedding

vintage globe guest book

Oregon wedding

drink menu

cocktail in beaker

The reception was, of course, also filled with all things unique! There was a cake parade, taxidermy, and an absinthe fountain. And since Alexandra + William are both neuroscientists, they incorporated items you would find in the lab throughout their wedding– test tubes for escort cards and beakers for their signature cocktails!

pheasant table decor

fruits

herb decor

fruit table decor

pheasant table decor

Edwardian wedding

candlabras

cake serving

sparkler exit

Thanks so much, Alexandra + William, for sharing your amazing day with us!

photography: Hazelwood Photo // venue: Family Home builted in the mid 1800’s in Jacksonville, Oregon // event planning: An Inspired Affair // florals + taxidermy: Penny & LuLu // wedding dress: Made entirely by hand, Designed and Created by the bride’s Aunt (She spent years traveling the globe sourcing vintage lace, buttons and fabrics from various countries in order to create the gown) // hairpieces + boutonnieres: Made frantically by the bride, the afternoon-of // groom’s shoes: Gasolina // bride’s shoes: thrifted // bridesmaid dresses: Skirts – Aunt Leslie; Blouses – thrifted // hair: Salon Vivid // makeup: bride // groom’s suit: Vest – Aunt Leslie // paper goods: Designed by bride, printed at UPrinting // catering: Chef Doug Todd of Wine Country Catering // cake: Aunt Leslie // rentals: Party Place Rentals // officiant: Uncle Wayne (Husband of Aunt Leslie) // dj: Sights and Sounds // vintage rentals: Rosewood Vintage Rentals // bride’s ring: Heirloom // groom’s ring: Made from raccoon skull and bacculum (the raccoon penis bone) — the raccoon is Will’s spirit animal :)

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Green Wedding Shoes Tastemaker Collection with Zola Registry

Zola Tastemaker Collection with Green Wedding Shoes

It seems like the wedding registry can sometimes be one of the most daunting pieces of wedding planning when, really, it should be one of the most fun! Luckily, times are a-changing and ZOLA is one of trailblazers in making registries so much better! We have shared ZOLA with you before – their beautifully designed registries are totally customizable + ensure you’ll get great wedding gifts (or unforgettable experiences) that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. And today we’re extra excited because we have created a ZOLA Tastemaker Collection just for you! Filled with some of our most fave products – like stylish home decor, amazing cookware + fun bar accessories – it’s sure to be the perfect start to your personal wedding registry!

So, be sure to check out our Tastemaker page to see the full collection we’ve curated + check out a quick glimpse of our absolute faves below. And don’t miss a special discount from ZOLA at the very end of the post!

Zola Green Wedding Shoes Tastemaker

Zola Green Wedding Shoes Tastemaker

One of the best things about ZOLA is that the two of you can curate your own mix of gifts, experiences, honeymoon/cash funds, and products from anywhere on the web, all with a single checkout. You can blend essentials from classic brands (like Kitchenaid, Le Creuset, and All Clad) with individual style from emerging designers (like Billy Cotton and Nine Space). And their group gifting option lets multiple friends contribute to a gift, so you don’t have to feel price-conscious about bigger-ticket items. Pretty key for couples these days.

Zola Registry

Be sure to check out some of their other starter collections with more great finds :)

Zola Registry Starter Collections

Ready to start your registry? We’re excited to share that Green Wedding Shoes readers will receive $25 in ZOLA credits when they set up their wedding registry on Zola! New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between December 11th, 2014 and March 11th, 2015.

* Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

And be sure to check out Jen’s interview with ZOLA, sharing registry insight, ideas for dressing your home as a couple, and more!

Top photo of Jen + Jason thanks to Sara Hasstadt.

* This post is sponsored by ZOLA. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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