I don’t know about you but the winter blues have sure set in for me. With all of these chilly, grey days my home needed a spot of color to pick me up. Today’s winter flower recipe is the perfect bit of sunshine to brighten up your winter home and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner this simple DIY is the perfect centerpiece for all of your parties and themed wedding showers. Step One: When designing your centerpiece pick vases in different sizes and colors to add character. These light pink mercury vessels and lavender themed nightfall votives from BHLDN are a perfect choice as their different shades add dimension. By using vessels of different colors you can use less florals, keeping your centerpiece budget-friendly. You can even leave some of them empty like I did, letting the beauty of the votives stand-alone. Step Two: Fill the vases with greenery. I used flat fern, seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus. To create this textured look use a minimum of 3 types of greenery. Step Three: Add in your main flowers keeping the boldest color in the center. Arrange the flowers low and close together to allow the greenery to fan out, creating a looser look. I used peonies, lisianthus and spray roses for my main flowers. Step Four: Fill in any gaps with another, smaller bud. I added in a bit of waxflower at this stage. And there you have it! As you can see the BHLDN vessels look just as nice with flowers in them or empty supporting the main floral piece.
With Valentine’s this week I thought I would do something a little different. I asked a few of my favorite wedding professionals and two bride’s to be to write something short and sweet about love. Their words of wisdom, thoughtful advice and sweet anecdotes speak to the true beauty that is love. So without further ado I am turning over my blog to these professionals and their words of wisdom below! “Love, for me, is a constant state of evolution. It begins with that pitter-patter of the heart. It grows into I care about your well-being. It slides into comfort and care-taking. Then, it rolls gently back into pitter-patter and What-would-I-be-without-You.” Pamela Lesch, Pamela Lesch Makeup
“To love someone is to see all of their magic and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.” Dee Ruel Jewelry“Love is admiration and completion, it is to discover a new piece of yourself you never knew existed, the one that makes you better, smarter and stronger.” Morgan Harris, Bride “Love is giggling together. Telling your loved one, repeatedly, “Thank you” for the life you have given me! Don’t forget date night, or a simple gesture of a single bloom, placed where she will find it. Knowing her favorite flower and surprising her with it! Or better yet, the flower she used on your wedding day!!” Gayla Harvey, Tiger Lily“Love can make you do really stupid things, but it is worth taking the risk. You learn from past breakups, and strengthen your heart from these experiences. With patience, you will find the ONE that you chose to share your strong heart with, and in return, they will love doing stupid things with you.” Berna Ivy Mazon, Bride“If you aren’t growing together, you are growing apart!” Lindsey Shanks, A Charleston Bride
“New love is shiny, its easy to see yourself with this person…lasting love is being there even when that person is a bit tarnished. Being a good partner means you pull out the silver polished and shine them back up.” Lizz Akerman, Southern Protocol
“Love is the most wonderful and essential part of life and should be celebrated, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year! Valentine’s is a wonderful opportunity to send a card, share a meal, give a small gift and remind those around you that you love them. Enjoy this Valentine’s and carry over the celebration of love throughout 2014!” Emilie Dulles, Dulles Designs
Photography credits Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Top images both Jen Huang Photography // Katelyn James Photography via Southern Weddings // via Pinterest // via Camille Styles // O’Malley Photographers via 100 Layer Cake // Adam Barnes via Grey Likes Weddings // Jessica Lorren via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Erich McVey via Once Wed // O’Malley Photographers via 100 Layer Cake // Harwell Photography via 100 Layer Cake // Delbarr Moradi Photography via 100 Layer Cake // Jessica Loren via Snippet & Ink // The Nichols via Style Me Pretty // Amanda McMahon Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Jen Huang Photography via Poppies & Posies // Steve Steinhardt Photography via Southern Weddings // via Dreamy Wedding Ideas // Lee Bird Photography via Little Big Company // via Craftberry Bush