Today I celebrate my first wedding anniversary. In honor of that incredible day, I’ve put together a flower heavy post to share with you. My wedding day was all about the beautiful natural surroundings, color, ease and elegance. I felt that it reflected my personality at it’s best; classic yet quirky. Peonies, bunny tail and strawberries anyone?
Seth standing tall in his Black Fleece Brooks Brother’s seersucker and This Humble Abode custom tie holding my bouquet. I spent a small fortune on ribbon at The Ribbonerie where I opted for yards of vintage lace and antique silk hemming ribbon. I was also honored to include a wax flower heirloom that have been in every wedding bouquet on my husbands side for over one hundred years!
One thing I knew from the beginning of the planning process was that I wanted Seth to walk me down the aisle, I didn’t want a bridal party and I wanted flower children. Lots of flowers children. Nine in fact. The boys in matching seersucker suits waived ribbon wands and the girls carried wooden baskets filled with rosemary and peonies…and flower crowns on their heads, of course.
My father made a very special swing that we hung from the Walnut Tree that my sister got married under eight years earlier. When it came time for the reception, we opted for casual seating and food satins. Our friends love to eat, drink and socialize, so we didn’t want to stop the flow by asking them to sit in one spot.
The grounds were full with alyssum and poppies. Seth and I had a vision of having a field of wildflowers and started planting them eight months before the wedding. Spending time with him creating that field of flowers was one of the unexpected highlights of the prep process.
When it came to the flowers, I really didn’t know what exactly the vision was until my assistants arrived with a car full of flowers the day before. Our color palate was bright, happy and orange heavy. We used lots of soft peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and poppies accented by textural scabiosa, poppy pods, mint, alium, bunny tail and countless other blooms.
The location we got married in is a family home located in Alexander Valley outside of Healdsburg. My Grandmother Lucile moved there in 1956 and adored the valley and all the natural beauty surrounding it. It meant so much to me to be married there. It also meant that we didn’t have a strict California fire code to adhere to, so…bring on the sparklers!!