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 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.
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.”
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.
'Sarah Bernhardt' is a beloved Peony with large double flowers in fresh, pastel pink. Introduced in 1906, this longtime favorite blooms dependably year after year and presents a healthy amount of emerald green foliage to add interest to the garden throughout the season. Also known for its fragrance, 'Sarah Bernhardt' makes a great cut flower - try it in arrangements or float it all by itself in a simple bowl. Like all peonies, this one is deer resistant, cold hardy and extremely long-lived. (Paeonia lactiflora)
Extend your Lilac season with this easy-to-grow variety. Miss Kim blooms later than other Lilacs and ignites the senses with an abundance of highly-fragrant, lavender blooms. (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula)
Plant a Beautiful Cut Flower Garden and enjoy vase after vase of fresh flowers all season long! Our designer owned her own flower shop for years, and smartly selected plants that produce more blooms whenever cuttings are taken. Create striking, long-lasting bouquets from right outside your door!
'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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.
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.
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.
Have you had experience growing flowers for your DIY fall wedding or know someone who has? Please share in the comments below!
The Spring Into Summer Wildflower Seed Mix (formerly known as Summer Splash) offers up some of the biggest color of any mixture we carry! With 44 easy-to-grow species, this is a great choice for new garden beds, replacing part of your lawn, or creating a naturalized meadow. Packed with heat-tolerant quick bloomers, this mix can be planted well into the summer for color in the first season. An easy, rewarding mix for those new to wildflowers and experts alike.
Dahlia-Flowered Zinnias produce semi-double and double blooms that create a grand statement throughout the summer season. Like all Zinnias, this variety is extremely easy to grow, deer resistant, and attractive to pollinators. Growing to be about 30-40” tall, Dahlia-Flowered Zinnias are perfect for the back border of the garden, meadow, or cutting bed. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
Blooming from mid-summer until frost, Zinnias are some of the easiest wildflowers to grow, adding their bright, cheerful color to any sunny spot with enthusiasm. These beloved annuals are deer resistant, long blooming and very prolific - the more you cut for bouquets, the more flowers your plants will produce. Best of all, they are a monarch butterfly magnet! All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow.
Autumn Beauty Sunflower steals the show in the late-season garden with a mixture of warm oranges, reds and yellows. This variety is easy to grow and flowers from late summer all the way into fall, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar-rich blooms. With sturdy stems and striking petal colors, Autumn Beauty is exceptional in bouquets and makes a great addition to the cutting garden. Can be grown in any zone. All of the seed we carry at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.