by Amanda

DIY fall wedding, bridal bouquet
Amy used Zinnia, Dahlias and Sunflowers from her garden for the wedding bouquets.

Amy grew her own flowers for her DIY fall wedding and the results were spectacular. She let me sneak into her venue a few hours before the festivities began to snap some photos of the potted Dahlias and wildflower bouquets she grew this summer in her colorful Vermont gardens. 

DIY fall wedding, potted Dahlias
Potted Dahlias were scattered throughout the venue.

Potted Dahlias

Each entrance to the country club where she got married welcomed guests with a colorful mix of Dahlias, Zinnias, Sunflowers and fall decorations. Pots of blooming Dahlias were scattered throughout the space, bringing the outdoors in and adding showy elegance to the reception area.

DIY fall wedding, white potted Dahlias

DIY Fall Wedding Favors

The fall-themed place settings for the wedding were topped off with our “Forget-Us-Not” packets and a small pot of local honey as favors.

DIY fall wedding, place settings

These adorable favors were also practical; giving guests something they can eat right away (the honey) and something to plant this fall (the seeds). Each packet had a label on it that read, “Watch our love grow. Amy & Tom September 24, 2016.”

DIY fall wedding, seed packet favors
Amy and Tom gave away local honey and seed packets as favors.

The Colorful Bouquets

Once I finished walking through the reception area, taking in all of the charming little touches here and there, they brought out the hand-made bouquets and boutonnieres.

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DIY fall wedding, bouquet

An elegant mix of Dahlias, Zinnias, Sunflowers, the pink, orange and yellow bouquets were almost too perfect to touch. The boutonnieres were simple but striking – I’m sure they popped against the men’s suits.

DIY fall wedding, boutonnieres

It was fun being able to observe the process from middle to end. It was amazing to walk through Amy’s gardens a few weeks ago and see her point out the perfect-looking blooms she was eyeing to cut for the wedding, then see everything come together on the big day.

DIY fall wedding, bouquet

It was a big undertaking – growing her own flowers for her DIY fall wedding – but Amy undoubtedly succeeded and the floral touches added elegant, bright color to the celebration.   

DIY fall wedding, sweet pea
DIY fall wedding, seed packet favors

Have you had experience growing flowers for your DIY fall wedding or know someone who has? Please share in the comments below!

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