Journal

Lisa & Kyle

September is for dahlias.  

In the summer months before Lisa and Kyle's big day, Lisa and I dreamt up lush florals in shades of blush and burgundy. Together with an array of roses, these lovelies were cushioned by feathery astilbe, celosia and amaranth. We tucked locally grown herbs within layers of eucalyptus for a healthy dose of greenery. For the church, pew posies lining the aisle were just the right touch...and one of my favorite details. Lisa's graceful vision carried through to her reception, complete with gold accents, softened lighting, and elevated arrangements on every table. How lovely is that cake?

Introducing the Kuehns--on the first day of the rest of their lives. 

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CAKE: Hoeckele's Bakery

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alex Nardulli

VENUES: Saint Vincent de Paul Church and the American Legion in Perryville, Missouri

Dana McDowell
Alli & Kris

From the moment Alli reached out to me with news of her engagement to Kris, I could hardly stop myself from dreaming of all the textures they wanted for their wedding. Bohemian. Autumnal. Foraged. Truly, October will always have my heart. And Alli and Kris' wedding was a true celebration of my favorite month.

We lined the aisle with dahlia-topped pumpkins and filled the blue jars in the barn with sweet Annie and autumn sedum. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of herbs wrapped in long tails of silk ribbon. Alli's crown of astilbe, celosia, and strawflower was the pièce de résistance. And Kris' boutonniere is everlasting with dried bits of sumac and blanket flower.

Lastly, we cannot imagine a more perfect photographer to capture all the beauty than Laura of Laura Mae Photography. Such an incredible visual journal of a most gorgeous day.

Feast your eyes--here are the Metjes!

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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

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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!