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A Floral Extravaganza

vase

For her wedding, Mary chose two beautiful flowers, baby’s breath and roses (we were too late in the season for peonies,) in a gorgeous peach shade, to match her bridesmaid’s dresses. To pretty up the rooms inside of the house, we ordered several bunches of matching flowers, in both long and short stems, so once the flowers that had decorated the marquees were brought inside and placed in various vases around the house, my home has been transformed into an exquisite floral paradise.

button hole roses

The two single roses in the foreground, above, were saved from a couple of men’s jackets, which were discarded once the ceremony formalities were over and the party had begun.

corsage 5

I, however, placed my beautiful corsage in a small vase on the table at the reception. These flowers are so pretty, I want to savour their beauty for as long as possible.

fishbowl flowers

Each table at the wedding reception had a lovely display of baby’s breath and roses inside a fishbowl……

roses & doiley

….which, when brought inside the house the next day, look just as stunning in a tiny vase on one of my coffee tables.

lotsa flowers

I really love to see several vases placed together on a table, in a mass display of white, cream and peach colourings, and isn’t the wedding candle just beautiful? I’ll tell you more about the candle shortly. Right now, it’s all about the flowers!

corsage & candle 2

Here’s my corsage again, looking lovely amid the peach roses. I must find out what type of flowers are in my corsage, as I’d really love to have these in my garden.

phlox

I’m quite sure that the flowers toward the centre and left of the photo above are called phlox. They have such delicate white petals and looked so pretty in small vases next to the vanity basin in the bathroom.

candle 2 (2)

Here’s the candle again, beside a floral display of whites and greens, which were a part of the decorations on the arbour, beneath which Adam and Mary exchanged their wedding vows.

roses

Aren’t the roses stunning? I have vases of roses everywhere, and have decided that you can never have too many roses in the house. 🙂

white flowers

The “ball” of baby’s breath (also known as gypsophilia) to the right of the candle, is one of the bridesmaid’s bouquets. Mary’s bouquet also contained roses, and she wore a simple baby’s breath headpiece in her hair. I’ll show you how beautiful she looked in a day or two.

corsage & roses

Here is another photo of all the shades of white, cream and peach together. I think I missed my calling in life, I should have been a florist! How I love these flowers. ❤

candle & base

And now to the story of the candle, a gift from our wonderful friend, Therese, who also happens to be a Marriage Celebrant, has known Adam all of his life, and officiated at the ceremony on Saturday. The candle represents new beginnings, and Therese has asked Adam and Mary to light the candle each year, on their Wedding Anniversary, to welcome another year of their married life together. And can you see the tiny glass bead in the base of the candle, with the letter “S” on it?

S

Here’s a closer look. Therese added the S for Samuel, Adam and Mary’s precious baby boy, stillborn just a month ago. The wedding ceremony began with mention of baby Sam, at which point several members of the wedding party, including the men, (and Mary’s mum and myself) became quite choked up with tears in our eyes, which were carefully dabbed away so as not to ruin our makeup. My precious little grandson will always be remembered.

arbour flowers

Next time, I will share a few photos of the wedding ceremony, in which you will see the arbour in all of its glory, but for now I hope you enjoy seeing a closeup of the crowning glory of the display, resting beautifully now upon my dinner table.

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18 thoughts on “A Floral Extravaganza

  1. How beautiful, Joanne.. I do believe you when you say you may have missed your calling to be a florist! But none the less, what enjoyment for you, for the wedding and now for your readers. Absolutely stunning. I too, love the colours and the unusual flowers in your corsage. Wedding flowers can be very special -these certainly are! And I remember the flowers from Steve & my wedding 10 years ago . . . . I had a small comb for my hair that I loved and I saved my bouquet, brought it to wolfe island for our honeymoon! Actually, I hung it and dried it and saved it for many years! xo

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    1. I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the flowers, Lenna! They were just so incredibly beautiful and I wanted to hold onto the memory of them forever, as well as share them with my friends. 🙂

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  2. The flowers are exquisite – delicate, gentle, romantic. All the things wedding flowers should be. How wonderful that they can linger on in your home, reminders of a beautiful time in your family’s life.

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    1. That’s exactly the way I see them too Carol, so delicate and romantic, and I had so much fun arranging them all for photos. I had to have the photo session straight away as well, to catch them at their best, and to hold onto the memories of what they represented, long after the blooms are gone.

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  3. Such beautiful flowers! The white scented flowers are ‘stock’ (not phlox) but the ones in your corsage must be native as I don’t recognize them. A shrub perhaps?
    The ceremony sounded beautiful and poignant. The candle was a great idea. I like it better than eating old cake that has freezer burn! I recently read of a couple that has been married over 60 years and still eat a bit of their wedding fruit cake every year! It is more brandy than cake at this point by the sound of it!

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    1. That’s an amazing cake story! I don’t think I’d be game enough to eat anything that old, even if it was well preserved. My mother-in-law told me that the flowers were called phlox, so I’ll have to set her straight when I see her, won’t I? 😉 As for the mystery flowers, I think it would be a good idea for me to call in to see the very talented florist who set up the floral displays around the wedding marquee and over the arbour, and I’ll ask her what they are. 🙂

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  4. The ball of baby’s breath is so lovely, simple and sweet. What a stunning floral extravaganza you have there to savor for a while after the wedding! The wedding candle with the “S” bead for Samuel is a wonderful keepsake, to be treasured for many many years to come. Blessings to all of you and especially to Adam & Mary.

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  5. The flowers are all so beautiful, and I bet it smells wonderful in your home with so many flowers decorating it. I teared up when you explained about the S in the candle. What a wonderful way to remember Samuel.

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