Rustic Chic at Stevenson's Ridge

by Jane

What a fun "Rustic Chic" wedding I did today at Stevenson's Ridge. What a darling bride, what adorable friends, what a great venue, what a fun, fun day!!! I just had to blog about this cute, special wedding!

Now, I have to say that I have lost sleep over this wedding, specifically over the burlap curtains that the bride wanted hung from the wooden pergola at Stevenson's Ridge. Of course, when we were talking about the idea, it seemed like it would be a "piece of cake." As the day got closer, I began to fret. I went to the venue several days ago to closely examine the pergola. Now mind you, I have decorated this pergola several times in the past, but I have never had to engineer any of my arrangements, and I never closely examined the structure. Long story short, I could now build that exact pergola - I know all the measurements and the complete design. See the very cute result of all of my worry and engineering knowledge. This is the side of floral design that goes unnoticed - the mechanics that are involved.


The bride's dad made wonderful rustic boxes for the centerpieces. I know he must have loved doing this for his "little girl". See the results of his labor of love.

I have to tell you that this little vase of September Whites caused me to lose sleep as well...really. The bride loved chamomile, but we can't get that right now. I used September Whites, which has a completely different growing style, but it has a similar bloom. The first design attempt, albeit on the right track, was not it. The second attempt was not it. I thought about it all night, and when I walked into the shop the next morning, I immediately knew how to achieve the look the bride wanted! That is the amazing thing about floral design...the final look sometimes just evolves through trial and error (and lost sleep)!!

The bride loves dahlias and ranunculus. (See the ranunculus on the Sweetheart table above.) The ranunculus are just coming in again, but we were lucky to get what we wanted for the sweetheart table. The dahlias were phenominal. See her bouquet below.


The maids bouquets' were lovely pink and yellow roses with seeded eucalyptus and Italian varigated pittosporum.




The boutonnieres were precious. 


I'll post the photograher's pictures at a later date, but see the bridal party below.

Happy married life Shannon and Ryan! You dodged the rain showers, thank goodness, and I know you will live happily ever after!!!!!!!!