Real Weddings

Tia and Aaron Earthy Blue Ridge Wedding

I love this wedding.
I love these people.

I want more amazing brides and grooms like them.

I. love. it. all.

Now, enjoy it for yourself 

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Tia’s photographer is literally my favorite photographer in the world, Kelsey Schwenk. She gets all the details and she’s fun and kind and just an amazing human being I always want to be around. Here’s a link to more of the photos from this beautiful wedding and where you can see more of Kelsey’s work.

DAY OF COORDINATOR | ASHLEY ESKRIDGE
FLORALS | PETAL FLOWER COMPANY
CAKE AND DESSERTS | MRS. JOY'S ABSOLUTELY FAMOUS TREATS
VENUE | HEARTSTONE LODGE AND RETREAT CENTER
HAIR | JESSICA COMISKEY HAIR DESIGN
MAKEUP | KRISTI TAYLOR
CATERING | CANDACE VINSON FROM CULINARY GROUP
BRIDAL GOWN | MYWONY BRIDAL
BRIDESMAID SKIRTS | DRESSBEAUTIFUL
GROOM | ASOS
INVITES | PIPKIN PAPER CO
CINEMATOGRAPHY | LEVI MOYERS

Burgundy Brewery Casual Winter Wedding

I love winter weddings!  When my friend Alicia asked me to do her bridal party flowers, I jumped at the chance!  They had a suckling pig pull for the reception at a brewery... I wish I was half that cool when I got married 10 years ago.  Their laid back style was such a joy throughout the entire planning process and I loved how the flowers turned out.  The contrast in her color palette and her sweet fur shrug...  She is glowing!  And did I mention we share the same name? We're both "lish".  

Her photographer was Emily Sacra Photography and she did a fab job!  

Please disregard my CHICKEN SCRATCH for handwriting. I had a stencil when I was in 1st grade to help me write, y'all. I still need it.

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Preppy Pastel Vineyard Wedding

Nothing aggravates me more than something that's completely unrealistic.  Which is why I don't trust most eyebrow pencils, robot vacuum cleaners, and dare I say, some wedding magazine shoots. 

I get that sometimes, photo shoots sole purpose is to be inspirational.  We all need to keep thinking forward and away from the mason jar but too much unrealistic can leave me feeling like what I'm going to have will never be good enough- and that's not cool.

So, today, I'm sharing another one of Petal's real life weddings.  Erica and David's wedding was magical, with all the gathered sheer drapery, rolling hills of glistening grape vines, and flowers EVERY WHERE to show you:

  1.  that real life is beautiful
  2.  something realistic and obtainable and not a fancy limitless budget photo shoot
  3.  you don't need to own land with oil on it to be able to afford it

It was put together by a beautiful bride who knows how to pick some of my favorite vendors.  Kim Newton- Wedding planner

 Sam Stroud Photography- Photographer 

Veritas Vineyard- Venue 

Yours truly- Flowers 

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Real-Wedding Inspired by Pinterest

I love finding out from our brides how they heard about Petal.  When I met Kelly, I thought she was too good to be to true.  Her story goes that she, like most brides, spent time pinning photos of what she hoped her wedding day would look like and fell in love with one photo on Pinterest. This one to be exact...

  Photo by Sawyer Baird

Photo by Sawyer Baird

She went about her planning and even started doing a little flower designing on her own for fun because she loved this photo so much. 

Then she came across Petal and learned that I (Elisha) had actually made THIS exact arrangement. Crazy!  This never happens.  Like ever. The stars aligned and we were obviously a match made in heaven just sitting in her own backyard. 

We had the chance to work some flower magic for her wedding day at Oak Ridge and we loved how her garden-inspired wedding flowers looked on her wedding day! She was the sweetest Bride and we wanted to share her flower story of working with Petal and a few photos from her wedding day!

Here is an email we received from Kelly after her wedding:  

We absolutely were thrilled with the flowers you designed for us for our wedding. You perfectly understood our vision. The color palette was stunning, the balance and symmetry of the arrangements, and the variety of the flowers selected was better than we could have imagined. Thank you so much for your thoughtful work and for your professional approach that made us feel comfortable and understood. You clearly approach you work both as a craft and as an art.

One of my favorite parts of my wedding day was when Jason and I were riding back in the golf cart to go inside after taking our portraits in the rain. I looked down at my bouquet in my lap, and was stunned that this was my life, in full blown technicolor. The flowers were so perfect, I couldn't even fathom it. I memorized the moment and the way the flowers looked. It was surreal.

The day after our wedding, after all our guests were gone, I looked at the arrangement you did for us that was sitting on our kitchen counter, and I cried that I was so lucky and had a better wedding than I could have imagined. I just kept saying, "those flowers are so beautiful, I can't even believe it!" 

Jason and I have reflected that if we won the lottery, we would want our wedding to be exactly, EXACTLY how it was, and we wouldn't change a thing--except we would have ordered more of your flowers. TONS and tons and tons and tons of your flowers! :D

Truly thank you, and I look forward to following all your future work online!  Thank you so much!

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All photos are taken by Perry Vaile Photography

All flower arrangements and designs are by Petal Flower Company except the groom's boutonniere which was a gift from a family friend.  

Romantic Winter Elopement

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When one of your favorite photographer friends asks you to make a bouquet for an elopement, you jump on it!  And that's exactly what I did when Kelsey from the duo, Kelsey & Nate asked me to make a bouquet for a secret elopement.  

There wasn't a lot to choose from locally in the dead of winter, but that didn't hold me back!  Yes, even in the winter you can have beautiful, bold flowers that add texture, color, and interest to your wedding photos!

So here's the question, if you were to elope, do you think splurging on a bouquet like this is a good idea?

Let us know what you think!  

Special thanks to Kelsey & Nate for the amazing photos, as always!

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Wedding Flower Quote Example

 Photo by Zachary Taylor Photography

Photo by Zachary Taylor Photography

WEDDING FLOWER QUOTE EXAMPLE

Unsure about the cost of wedding flowers?  

We understand!  There are a lot of options and the sky is the limit but your budget usually isn't- so that's why we've done everything we can to offer brides a planning tool to make budgeting flowers as painless as possible.

Below we've created a wedding flower quote for an average bride who is getting married in 2017.   This is a general breakdown but it will give you a better idea of the cost per item.  Happy planning! 

 

Bridal Party Flowers: $820

1 Bride's Bouquet- $200

4 Bridesmaid's Bouquets - $400 ($100 each)

1 Toss bouquet- $50 (this price and item can be switched out for a smaller flower crown)

1 Flower Girl rose petals- $10

2 Mother's Corsages- $40 (can choose from: pin-on, wrist, or posy)

1 Groom Boutonniere- $15

4 Groomsmen Boutonnieres- $60 ($15 each)

2 Father's & 1 Officiant Boutonniere- $45

 

Ceremony Flowers: $300

1 Large Altar Arrangement- $300 (Flower Installments begin at $350 and go up from there based on the size of the arch and the amount of time and flowers)

 

Reception Flowers: $1,225

10 Low Centerpieces- $1,200 (These are our signature low, organic, garden-inspired centerpieces full of local, seasonal flowers and fit perfectly on 6ft. round tables and up to 8ft. farmhouse tables)

Cake flowers- $25

 

Local Delivery/Set-up- $75

Subtotal-$2420

Tax- $128.26

TOTAL: $2,548.26

 Photo by Zachary Taylor Photography 

Photo by Zachary Taylor Photography 

Most of our brides spend an average of $2500-$4500 on wedding flowers and we have a $1,000 minimum.  

 

We can also focus on greenery for brides who love the bohemian style and provide a full wedding of flowers for $1500 if you are inspired by this design (like the bouquet seen in this picture).

 

I hope this helps when planning for wedding flowers and sticking to your wedding budget!  The bride in the example above will have plenty of room to include the flowers she wants in her wedding and her flowers will be spectacular within the above budget (like our Fall 2017 Wedding Flower Inspiration).  Just remember, this is only an example, but use it as a guide to plan for your wedding flowers.

Getting married in Central Virginia?  We'd love to hear about how we can be a part of your special day and make your wedding flowers unique to you!  Contact us here!

To read more about " how much do wedding flowers cost?", visit our blog post to give you all the information you need on spending your flower budget wisely!

Fall Wedding Flower Inspiration for 2017

I know it's a bit premature but... if you're planning your wedding, more than likely, it's still a few months out.  And with October taking the spot as the official busiest month of the year for weddings, beating out the classics like June & May, I thought I would give the Fall brides some planning inspiration!  

This isn't a photo shoot.

 None of that prissy one table stuff that isn't real-life and completely unaffordable.

 This was one of my favorite weddings from this past Fall.  And when you see the attention paid to the details and the moving color palette,  you'll know why!  Not even a little ol' hurricane could stop this wedding from being a day of celebration, joy, a few tears, and a whole lot of love.  You can tell these are good people and I was incredibly fortunate to be able to work with Jeanie (MOB) and Margaux to create garden-inspired, romantic, flower magic.  I can't wait to hear how you take their wedding and use it to inspire your own falltastic wedding ideas!  

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Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Flowers: Petal Flower Company
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Dj:  RSP Entertainment
Makeup: Amanda with Makeup by Ravishing
Hair: Hair By Kia Walters
Dress : Reem Acra by Nitsa's Apparel
Photographer:  Pat Cori Photography
 (who you'd be crazy not hire because look at those photos y'all!)

Fig & Gold Fall Wedding Inspiration

Romantic Wedding Flowers in Central Virginia 

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Hey y'all! It's been a busy year at Petal!  One of our own got married at the end of May and Santara did not disappoint when it was finally her turn!  It was the sweetest wedding and you could tell there was so much love and support in the room.  

She used a rich color palette from a fig including creams, nude, blush, mauve, rich burgundy's and eggplants, with a touch of gold.  I love this versatile color palette because it can be used any time of the year. She used it in the Spring as an unusual twist, but could also be used in the Fall with more focus on the darker and richer colors.

Making Santara and Dwight's flowers was extra special to me but she gave me lots to room to play!  Like the paired down bridesmaid's bouquets consisting of no flowers... you heard me. NO flowers!?! I recovered and I thought there were so unique and really made her bouquet even more of a focal point.  From the simplistically elegant green vines climbing up the drapery that we put on the wooden arch to the vignettes of fruit in wooden compote dishes on each table filled with blackberries, grapes, plums, and blueberries, their wedding was filled with texture, contrast, and lots of beautiful real-life wedding inspiration!

Enjoy these ridiculously lovely photos by the very talented Zack Arp  at one of my favorite venues around, located in Lexington, Virginia, Big Spring Farm.  

 Santara's bouquet was filled with clematis, sahara roses, peonies, lavender, scabiosa, ranunculus, foxglove, hellebore, eucalyptus, and other lovely flowers.

Santara's bouquet was filled with clematis, sahara roses, peonies, lavender, scabiosa, ranunculus, foxglove, hellebore, eucalyptus, and other lovely flowers.

 We always leave a note to the bride thanking her for letting us be a part of her special day, listing all the flowers that are in her bouquet, and we often leave behind a vintage hankie to wipe the stems dry.  

We always leave a note to the bride thanking her for letting us be a part of her special day, listing all the flowers that are in her bouquet, and we often leave behind a vintage hankie to wipe the stems dry.  

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 Dwight and Santara's sweetheart table garland.

Dwight and Santara's sweetheart table garland.

 The Ceremony took place under this rustic wooden arch that we draped light apricot drapery on and tied back with vines running up each side.

The Ceremony took place under this rustic wooden arch that we draped light apricot drapery on and tied back with vines running up each side.

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 The addition of a Rosemary sprig on each napkin brought the flowers to each guest.

The addition of a Rosemary sprig on each napkin brought the flowers to each guest.

 Hellebore, peonies and ranunculus topped this cake.

Hellebore, peonies and ranunculus topped this cake.

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