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how to make a beautiful floral arrangement from plants in your garden | myrtie blue | 30a wedding photographer | shannon griffin

I teamed up with the incredible Brian, from Myrtie Blue, to demonstrate how to make a beautiful floral arrangement from plants in your garden. He makes it look so effortless, and honestly, it is pretty easy! Brian's work is truly art, but his goal was to show that you are more than capable of doing some simpler arrangements, yourself. You can see the full write-up on Style Me Pretty

 

Here is a list of materials you will need:

 

Favorite Centerpiece Bowl or Compote

Oasis Floral Foam - alternatively you can use a floral frog and chicken wire

Florist Bowl Tape

Floral Knife

Garden Pruners

Dozen Roses of choice from your grocer

Selection of Garden Clippings. We used:

Heucherella Foliage

Blooming Azalea

Bear Claw Fern

"Lady Banks" Rose

Blooming Spirea

Blooming Vinca Vine

Loropetalum Foliage

Blooming Blueberry

 

Instructions on putting it all together:
 

Buy a dozen roses from your grocer. Choose a color that makes you happy! Keep them in water until you are ready to arrange them.

Then head to the garden in the cool of the morning or evening and forage! Cut from your favorite plants. If you cut in the middle of the day chances are the cuttings will suffer from stress and not survive as long as you might like. Be judicious about where you cut so that your plants remain beautiful and well shaped after cutting.

Choose both blooming and non-blooming plants. The variety is amazing once you really look around your garden. If you don’t have access to a garden, then visit a garden center. There are always plenty of plants to cut and forage from at most garden centers. Plunge the cut ends into cool to tepid water for safe keeping.

 Prepare you container. If using floral foam, float it in water prepared with floral preservative or a little sugary soda water and a tiny bit bleach. Tape the foam into the bowl.

Begin your arrangement. Start by inserting a few stems from the garden that might define the breadth or length of your centerpiece. Make secure and firm insertions into the foam about 12” deep.

Be conscious of how the plants appear in nature or how the stems layer themselves amongst each other. This will help your arrangement to take on that natural garden appeal.

Continue adding your garden cuttings moving back and forth from end to end and side to side; keeping in mind that the core of your arrangement will be a dozen roses and provide real central mass and focus to the finished piece.

Add shorter stems between longer ones to create depth and dimension.

When you have something that looks almost finished, add your roses. Place them mostly in the core of your arrangement, creating focus and mass. You have a dozen at your disposal, so feel free to experiment a little with placement.

Before you know it, you have a gorgeous garden foraged arrangement featuring a dozen roses from the grocer.

Rosemary Beach Wedding Photographer | Brooke and Kevin

Brooke and Kevin had the most gorgeous garden inspired Rosemary Beach Wedding. I could have photographed these two for days. The florals, light, backdrop, and mood were perfection. The two kept it very simple and decided to only have one bridesmaid and one groomsmen, both being their siblings. I love intimate details like this because it kept the day simple and full of connection. 

From Brooke: 

"As a little girl I often envisioned my wedding as the typical princess fairy tale...lavish, large, and complete with my own Prince Charming. When it came time to actually plan my wedding at thirty, my idea of the perfect wedding had entirely shifted. I had already found my best friend and the love of my life in my fiancé and now hoped to have a wedding that would be a personal celebration of our love and commitment surrounded by our closest friends and family. Size and grandeur were replaced by a focus on intimacy and individual style.

With that in mind we searched for a venue in a place that would also serve as a vacation spot for our sixty or so traveling guests. Enter Rosemary Beach, Florida, a beautiful seaside town with quaint cottage rentals, cobblestone roads and a old-world imbibing Town Hall which could double as a ceremony and reception location. The adjacent outdoor grass courtyard was an added bonus and proved to be the perfect spot for a cocktail hour.

With our venue selected we began to focus on the experience and details of the day. I've always valued personal style and decor design and I wanted our wedding to be no exception to that. I envisioned romance, candles, and an elegantly mature bohemian feel. I pictured loads of gorgeous greenery, vibrant peonies and a mix of modern and more traditional elements. On all of these items and much more, Brian at Myrtie Blue delivered.

Food and drink was also at the top of our priority list. Based on recommendations and reviews we selected Townsend Catering, and we were so happy we did. We wanted to serve a hearty meal to our guests, part coastal and part southern comfort so we ended up choosing options like braised short rib with mashed potatoes, pan-seared grouper and jumbo lump crab meat with cheese grits and appetizers including bacon wrapped dates and grilled cheese tomato shooters. We also wanted to personalize our drink options so we opted for a selection of locally brewed beer from the panhandle and where my husband grew up, and a few signature cocktails including my favorite, appropriately named the Rosemary.

The last detail we nailed down was a biggie. We needed to select a photographer who would be able to capture the day in a beautiful, organic and artistic way. Sure we wanted some of the traditional posed photos, but we were more interested in the elusive candid moments, the meaningful glances and unprompted smiles, the details of the day that we could later draw upon to remember how we felt at that instance in time. Shannon was exactly that photographer. She managed to not only capture those aspects but to do so while making us feel entirely comfortable during the process.

There is truly not a single thing I would have changed about that day. Our personal style and touches were reflected in nearly every detail. In focusing on our commitment to one another and how we wanted to share and celebrate that with our closest friends and family we were able avoid the often production type feel weddings can sometimes generate, and we wouldn't have had it any other way."

Check out Brooke and Kevin's wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!

Ceremony // Town Hall
Reception // Town Hall
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Planning // Shelby Peadon Events
Florist // Myrtie Blue
Caterer // Townsend
Bride's Dress // Lea-Ann Belter
Hair // Lanna Bloodworth
Makeup // Lanna Bloodworth
Shoes // Calvin Klein
Invitation Suite // Minted
Cake // Confections on the Coast

 

Carillon Beach Wedding Photographer | Casandra and Andy

Being Casandra and Andy's Carillon Beach wedding photographer is something I'll never forget. It was so full of love, warmth, joy, and dancing. Oh...the dancing! Casandra and Andy met during a night out and are really passionate about music and dancing, so much so that they flew in their own DJ from New York. These two planned their beach wedding all the way from Brooklyn New York. Peach and Pearl Events teamed with Myrtie Blue to create a gorgeous color pallet. Brian, of Myrtie Blue, and his team created a masterpiece of florals. The blush and greens mixed so beautifully with the deep purples. They turned the inside of the reception tent into an elegant reception for Casandra and Andy's closest friends and family. I couldn't keep my eyes off of Casandra's incredible cathedral length veil and metallic Prada shoes.

Casandra and Andy were kind enough to send me a little love:

"In one word – Shannon is PHENOMENAL! I live in NYC and therefore planned my wedding long distance in Panama City, FL. Shannon was very easy to work with and extremely patient with my planning questions. She was also super responsive to all of my needs. The day of the wedding, Shannon showed up early and ready to go! She was very relaxed and therefore made me and my family/friends comfortable in front of the camera. She went out of her way to capture beautiful pictures that I will enjoy for a lifetime. I thoroughly recommend her as a photographer for not just weddings, but any and all events! Loved her!"

Check out their feature on Style Me Pretty!

Ceremony // Meeting House
Reception // The Village Green
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Planning // Peach & Pearl Events
Florist // Myrtie Blue
Caterer // Townsend
Bride's Dress // BCBG
Hair // Dear Bride
Makeup // Dear Bride
Shoes // Prada
Music // DJ Fritz
Invitation Suite // Wedding Paper Divas
Cake // Confections on the Coast