Oh why have I been sitting on photos of this happy couple for so long? I’ll tell you why- while the last quarter of 2013 I had fewer weddings on the books than usual, I had a ton of floral parties, fundraisers, and for personal orders. Looking back at the last few months, I have less photos to show of that work because it fell just to me to take the photos and I rarely take/make the time for it. It really makes me appreciate the lovely photos I received from Meredith and Jake’s August wedding from the talented Shelley Dormont of Shelley Elena Photography.

Meredith went to the same high school that I did growing up and she found me through one of my other favorite Westwood High School brides Mandi. The Heritage House, located outside Dripping Springs, was the perfect venue for DIY bride Meredith. It’s simple, a little rustic with all the wood finishing, and it lent itself perfectly to all the personal touches that Meredith, Jake, and their families worked tirelessly on before the wedding. In fact, just a mere hour before the ceremony was to start, I spotted Meredith’s dad hauling potted shrubs and plants around the venue to give it more of a lush feel. It was August! He was committed! It looked lovely. Also, Meredith and Jake apparently are not so crazy about cake for dessert. No problem- their families and friends pitched in and hand-made at least a dozen huge fruit cobblers. It was all the self restraint I could muster not to dive into those warm, delicious cobblers while I was setting up. Meredith and Jake donned adorable aprons and actually served the cobbler to their guests themselves. So sweet!

Meredith loves garden roses, but garden roses are expensive! So to keep the coral-colored flowers in budget for her ten bridesmaids, we kept the bouquets petite and I added accents of flowering jasmine vine, fresh blackberries, and greenery from my personal garden.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Meredith wanted her bouquet to have more white than her maids so I used white football mums, white ranunculus, flowering jasmine vine, white majolica spray roses, and 3 different kinds of coral colored garden roses: peach campanella (so so pretty!! They look ruffly), free spirit, and David Austin Juliet.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Meredith and a few of her bridesmaids:

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Moms’ and grandmother’s corsages (pin). I’m so glad there’s a photo of this because I always forget to ask photographers for one. One garden rose, flowering jasmine vine, white majolica spray roses, and greenery from my garden.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Jake’s boutonniere was made of white wax flower, a sprig of (unripe) fresh blackberries, and greenery from my garden:

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Ladies, I’m sorry to inform you that such a kind and thoughtful soul like Jake is now spoken for by beautiful Meredith because he is a renaissance man. When Meredith and I first met, she told me she really wanted a bouquet of Lily of the Valley. I’d never worked with Lily of the Valley so I told her I would check with my wholesaler on availability. So I checked, and while my wholesaler could get me LoV, it’s really really expensive. Like $80 for a bunch smaller than your fist expensive. Plus LoV requires a lot of wiring work and that takes a lot of time and labor. Meredith was of course bummed about it, but we just couldn’t budget for a LoV bouquet. So Jake, being wonderful, contacted me secretly and put in an order for Lily of the Valley that I put in a vase and left for her on her dressing table at the Heritage House. It may be small, but the scent is absolutely divine.

 

IMG_1506One more shot of the happy couple. Congratulations Meredith and Jake!

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Elena Photography.