I’ve been waiting for these photos to come in and they’re every bit as dreamy as I hoped the would be! This breezy October evening was filled with the sweetest moments between friends and family celebrating the love of one of my favorite bride and grooms, Baili and Seth. They’re so smitten with each other it’s contagious and they had a beautiful ceremony in a large open field with nothing but a cross and the support of their loved ones behind them. And a tree. There was tree.
David and Sarah did just a flat out amazing job with these photos so you have to check out their work if you’re on the photographer hunt. And the venue was spacious and the perfect blend of an outdoor tent meets barn vibe, so check out Summerfield Farms.
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
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
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:
- that real life is beautiful
- something realistic and obtainable and not a fancy limitless budget photo shoot
- 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
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...
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!)
Romantic Wedding Flowers in Central Virginia
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!