Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Junkin Wedding

In November, we had the privilege of designing flowers for the Junkin Wedding at the beautiful Dove Hollow Estate near Longview, Texas.  Lacy chose a fall wedding color scheme and wanted to use lots of pampas grass in the decor. 
The Junkin Wedding - Bride and Groom

Junkin Wedding Bride and Bridesmaids

The pampas grass ring was a unique wedding backdrop / alter for the outdoor wedding. Logs at assorted heights held lanterns and a few fresh flowers and fabric were intertwined, along with the white pumpkins. The bride's family gathered up all of the pampas grass for us to use and we put it all to use! I wish we had counted just how much we used! 
Pampas Grass Ring for wedding alter
They only used a single wedding cake (naked wedding cake by Butcher Shop in Longview, florals added by Sharlette who was helping me with on site wedding set up.) 

Wedding Cake with Fall Florals
Ah, the reception! Dove Hollow has a large modern barn with 33 foot tall ceilings. With the large open space, the use of some tall centerpieces, helps fill the space. We created 8 tall centerpieces with plumes of pampas grass and fall flowers on tall gold risers. This venue is wonderful to give you a floor plan, tailored to your specific numbers (there's no speculating on if you can fit x amount of guest and tables in the barn, they can tell you exactly how many will and still allow guest to walk around.) I knew the exact table layout ahead of time, so I was able to plan where each centerpiece would be placed and allow it to have a well balanced look. This was our second wedding to decorate at Dove Hollow and the ladies at this venue are top notch at handling the details. 
Fall Wedding Reception with tall pampas grass centerpieces

The bridal party was seated at long tables through the center of the barn. One tip we like to pass along to brides is to use their bridesmaid bouquets in their reception. The bridesmaid bouquets are the low flower arrangements on the long tables. The girls were able to pick up the hand tied bouquets out of the mercury glass vases for the ceremony, then when they returned to the reception area, they have designated places to drop their bouquet, which only adds to the decor of the reception. Along with the flowers, there was assorted candles placed throughout the reception. I don't like seeing the bridesmaid bouquets discarded and simply laid in a chair and forgotten during the reception, so this is one option for utilizing them. (Others have chosen to display on the cake or food tables.) 
Bridal party table with tall fall flower arrangements with pampas grass

Fall Barn Wedding Reception with tall centerpieces and lanterns
All the arrangements had not been set up, when the next picture was taken, but it gives you another look at this room. 

fall wedding reception with centerpieces at various heights

All of the above photos were provided by the bride and taken by her wedding photographer, Jamey Smith. 

The following pictures were taken by myself, as we were setting up everything. 

The Junkin Wedding

This ring was an idea the bride brought to me. It was something unique for weddings in our area, although we found several different styles of the pampas rings on Pinterest. 
fall wedding backdrop using pampas grass ring
(Moongate ring belongs to Dove Hollow Estate and we added all the pampas grass.)
Lantern centerpiece with fall flowers
You can see in this picture that we used as assortment of centerpieces, including lanterns and some geometric style vases. This gave some varying heights for the reception 
Wedding reception with fall centerpieces in various heights

wedding reception decor at Dove Hollow Estate
This picture shows the wedding party table, while the bridesmaids were carrying their bouquets, so you can see how we placed the mercury glass vases. Each vase had just enough water for the stems to get a drink. (When removing bouquets to carry, you simply take a paper towel to blot the stems dry. All of my hand tied bouquets are delivered that way, so they have water to stay fresh and hydrated for the wedding.) 

This is a close up of one of the bridesmaid bouquets - fall mums, berries, roses, eucalyptus, and plumes of pampas grass comprised all the bouquets. 

Fall Wedding - Bridesmaid bouquet with pampas grass

Sending our best wishes to Lace and Derek and wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness together! Thank you for letting us have a part of your wonderful day and for sharing your pictures with us!  

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