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Summer Wedding: The Flowers

February 11, 2015 (Last Updated: June 24, 2017)

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Summer Wedding

This is Part 4 in a series: The Flowers.

One of the great things about a summer wedding is the abundance of fresh garden and wild flowers available.  For my sister’s

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Sweet Pea Bouquet  Photo by Alisha A. Clark Photography

wedding, she did all the flowers.

 She planned ahead and picked all her favorites.  We have wild sweet peas that grow on the hillsides here.  She also planted several sweet peas (Old Spice variety) from seeds and Dahlias from tubers in her garden.

The stress came leading up to the wedding:  Will my seeds come up? Will they grow? Will they survive the cold?  Will they survive the heat?  Will they survive the epic rain storm?  Will they survive the second epic rain? Can they survive these winds? Will the deer eat them?  Will the chickens eat them?  Will they be blooming in time for the wedding?  Will they still be blooming???  Finally she just had to stop stressing and decided, If I have to buy flowers, then I will just buy flowers.   Luckily, she didn’t have to buy flowers!

The sweet peas were in full swing and beautiful.  She had more than enough to pick for the bouquets.  One tragedy… The dahlias didn’t bloom until about a week after the wedding.  Nobody even knew they were missing.

Sweet Pea Bouquets

Bridesmaids Bouquets

The day before the wedding, Peggy had all her bridesmaids, flower girls, and any friends available over to help.  They picked sweet peas like crazy.  They sorted the colors and made bouquets.  Additional flowers were picked for the tables.  These included Zinnias, Black Eyed Susans, Gladiolas. and more!


The flowers were perfect on the day of the wedding.  There was no wilting or droopy flowers.  Just beautiful colors and flowers.






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Sweet Pea Bouquet


Part 1:  The Details

Part 2: Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

Part 3:  First Look



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    February 14, 2015 at 4:39 am

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    February 12, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    That sure is a whole lot of planning, planting and picking! Totally worth it — they turned out beautiful!

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      February 13, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Thanks Rachelle. It was fun to have all the help, especially since it was something the little ones could help.

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen
    February 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I love that you made your own bouquets – they are absolutely gorgeous!

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    Lori from LL Farm
    February 12, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Beautiful bouquets! I love the colors and the fact that they are hand made!

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      February 12, 2015 at 3:57 am

      My sister was able to get exactly what she wanted and didn’t spend a lot of money on the flowers.

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    February 12, 2015 at 1:35 am

    They came out so pretty!! I don’t think it would have looked anywhere near as good if I attempted to do my own flowers at my wedding! haha

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      February 12, 2015 at 3:33 am

      Thanks, Ashley.

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes
    February 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Wow – these bouquets are gorgeous! They look like they were professionally done!

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