Journal

Rachel & Mitchell

This past July we were graced with the most beautiful of summer weekends...the kind that sparkles with the sunshine, yet somehow still remains breezy and cool.  It was on one of these treasured weekends that Rachel and her family welcomed me into their home for a most special day.

Understated elegance was a reoccurring theme of the day, something that comes naturally to Rachel.  We used local textures and greens with eucalyptus for a neo-traditional look. While another designer took care of the reception arrangements, we focused on the bouquets, crowns, boutonnières, not to mention the church wreaths and pew "posies." 

Please enjoy this glimpse of the newly wedded Mays! 

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Photography: Adams Photography

Venue: home of bride's family

Dana McDowellComment
Audrey & Michael

In April we had the pleasure of creating wedding florals for our favorite antiques shop owner, Audrey. She has a golden spirit and perfectly curated shop, celebrating the quirky alongside the classic.

Her whitewashed shop was the inspiration for the wedding, as well as the flowers. We couldn't help swooning over all the sumptuous roses, fluffy peonies and precious astilbe. Pampas grass, autumn olive, and dusty miller cushioned the flowers with their silvery foliage.  With the petite bouquets wrapped in blush-colored silk, we journeyed to Paducah, Kentucky, a touch starry-eyed.

When we arrived, we discovered the venue decorated with pieces from Audrey's shop, Time's Designs.  Our romantic florals in her neutral palette complemented the charmingly tarnished silver and architectural columns.  Our only regret was not staying for the ceremony to catch a glimpse of Audrey in her wondrous dress, fashioned from antique petticoats.

Without further ado, the Wynns!

Abby & Michael

Last October we piled into the car and headed east across the river to a hilltop bed and breakfast.  The drive was damp and foggy, with moody gray clouds hovering on the horizon.  By the time we turned onto the private lane of Historic Bell Hill, the sun began to shine for our first Clementine bride.

The sprawling main house was surrounded by barns, outbuildings and ancient trees.  A breathtaking vista was the stage for the ceremony, with an antique iron arch framing the idyllic Illinois countryside.  I could not have dreamt up a more fitting venue for Abby and her groom.

The scheme was natural, foraged, imperfection.  Texture abounded, with marsala details in the way of dahlias.  Native grasses, sedum, and celosia provided even more character.

Introducing, the Eppenbergers!

Dana McDowell