I recently shared the florals that I created for a September wedding held at Lauxmont Farms. Today, I wanted to share some photos from a wedding held one year ago today. It’s the wedding of my middle son, Caleb, and his bride, Elizabeth. Happy First Anniversary! These two were planning a small wedding on a budget, so I told them I would do the flowers for them. To prepare, I signed up for a one day wedding floral design workshop at Flourish Flowers in August of last year. In that workshop I learned the techniques and tools I needed for Liz and Caleb’s October wedding.
October Wedding at Eicher Arts Center
There’s a lot of planning that goes into wedding florals. From, how early you should order flowers before a wedding? How do you keep the flowers fresh for the wedding day? Or, how many flowers do I need for each bouquet? All those questions and more were answered in that workshop! It was so helpful! Liz and Caleb’s ceremony and reception were held at the Eicher Arts Center in Ephrata, PA. The Eicher Arts Center is a historic, colonial style building dating to 1773. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Lancaster County. The ceremony was held outdoors by the Cocalico Creek that runs behind the grounds of the building. This is a great venue for a small wedding.
So, here are some of the photos from the day!
The Bridal Bouquet
Sunflowers are the bride’s favorite flower. And, sunflowers are so perfect for a fall wedding! The bridesmaids dresses were burgundy, so I used burgundy florals of amaranthus caudatus, celosia (cockscomb), and burgundy alstroemeria surrounded by seeded eucalyptus. And, pheasant feathers were the finishing touch to this fall bridal bouquet.
The Bridesmaids Bouquets
The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet with burgundy chrysanthemum and alstroemeria. These are Liz’s sweet sisters who were her maid-of-honour and bridesmaid for her special day!
And, this gorgeous girl is the bride’s niece who served as a junior bridesmaid. You can see more of the flower details in this shot!
the Groom and Groomsmen Boutonniere’s
Caleb’s only request was that the boutonniere’s be super simple. So, I used a single burgundy chrysanthemum with seeds from the seeded eucalyptus and some blue berries from a shrub at a friend’s home! Then, I wrapped each one with jute twine to keep with the rustic fall theme.
the ceremony arbor
The white ceremony arbor featured a eucalyptus garland with sunflowers, autumn sedum, celosia, smokebush branches, and burgundy mums.
And, Mark and I made this fun chalkboard sandwich board sign for the ceremony area. And, I’ll close this post out with my favorite shot from the day!
Even though this is not my usual home decor or DIY post, I hope you enjoyed seeing bits of this special October wedding day! I can’t believe it’s been one year! Happy Anniversary, Liz and Caleb!