Two years ago, Paeonia Pines didn’t quite exist. I had been doing flowers for fun or for friends and the occasional planning client, a couple weddings a year. But by no means did I call myself a florist. Meredith was one of those clients who needed a florist and was trying to make a vision happen on a budget, so I offered to do it for her.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little anxious when I brought her bouquet to her on her wedding day. I was nervous I didn’t get the colors or the style exactly how she described. I was hesitant that I may not have the eye or the skills for design and that there would be just one little thing I did wrong that would ruin it all. But it was the exact opposite. Meredith loved it and expressed her joy. I was ecstatic!
To say she was the catapult that launched Paeonia Pines into existence would be an understatement. Meredith’s complete faith in my artistic talents and pure joy at receiving them was the reason I gained confidence in my design work. I realized that if I put my own joy in creating something I loved, then I would have brides who hired me because they love what I make. I still get a little jolt of anxiety when I deliver flowers. But I am so much more confident that my couples have hired me because they like my work, and the design process I use now is so thorough that I know exactly what they are looking for.
Scroll through to see more of the florals from Meredith’s Twin Willow Gardens wedding, and read a note from her at the end!
A Note from the Bride:
Hiring Emily as my wedding coordinator was the easiest decision I made throughout the wedding planning process. When she offered a floral consultation as well, I jumped at the opportunity. She already knew my wedding vision and was immersed in the details, so I had a feeling she would create beautiful floral arrangements for me.
I didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty of our venue, and hoped the florals would effortlessly complement the lush greenery of the forest and the dreamy vibes I wanted for my wedding. I didn’t envision a specific flower or variety of greenery for my bouquet and arrangements, I only knew how I wanted to feel when I looked at them.
Emily took my abstract descriptions and my scatterbrained Pinterest board and brought my vision to life in a way that was far dreamier and more romantic than I could have imagined. Her use of soft blush tones paired with fresh eucalyptus was a revelation for my décor and genuinely elevated the entire look of my wedding.
The tall wood arbor was the focal point of our ceremony, but the look of it initially felt industrial and overbearing to me. I had been drawn to the tall trees and organic feel to the cedar grove, and wanted that to be the focus instead. Emily created a floral installation that tied the two together beautifully; it felt natural and ethereal.
I am forever grateful to Emily for making my wedding vision a reality.
Venue Twin Willow Gardens
Coordination & Planning Prudence & Sage
Photography Tonie Christine Photography
Caterer Maverick Catering
Florist & Decor Paeonia Pines
Bride's Hair Jen Lagers