An Engagement Celebration

The month of June has long been associated with wedding and engagement celebrations.  Although the wedding of  Lynsey Gulledge and  John Griffin is several months away,  a gorgeous country retreat was the perfect setting to honor this lovely couple over the weekend.

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The Mother of the bride created an artistic sign to welcome guests  at the entryway…

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My friend, Vicki Harris, and I have just launched a new business called Garden Gate.  We specialize in floral design for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, luncheons, corporate events, and special celebrations.  Another Garden Gate service is creating small arrangements for gift giving.  That being said, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to create floral arrangements in such a picturesque setting for the engagement party.  We gathered fresh greenery from sweet friends who have given us “cutting rights”,  and placed it in water several days prior to the party to ensure that it was adequately conditioned for our arrangements.  A couple of car and truck loads later, and the fun started.

 

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Sunflowers, white hydrangea, curly willow, Dianthus, and button mums were ordered and delivered from the wholesale florist . . .

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In addition to being very creative and fun to work with, Vicki is extremely organized and methodical.  From start to finish, she kept my stress level to a minimum!

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Topiaries in galvanized containers were  designed for individual tables consisting of sunflowers, green button mums,  hydrangea, yarrow,  variegated Pittosporum, and fresh eucalyptus.

 

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A moss covered basket of white hydrangea, maidenhair fern, and variegated creeping fig was the centerpiece on a decorative painted sideboard.

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Two simple urn arrangements of roses, variegated Pittosporum, eucalyptus, and Cryptomeria were the focal point over the fireplace.  At the base, a rustic, iron container held a display of oakleaf hydrangea, ornamental grass,  and magnolia pods.

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Mtizi Gulledge, the bride’s Mother, provided decorative signs to add to the celebration.

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An urn held white hydrangea, oakleaf hydrangea, roses,  sunflowers, yarrow, variegated Pittosporum Loquat foliage, Cryptomeria, and cascading strands of cross vine on the serving table.

 

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The sideboard flower arrangement for a dessert display is shown below.

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Colorful annuals were planted by the hosts on the back patio in cast iron urns.

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A tree stump fabricated container gave a rustic, casual feel to the beverage table.

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Two rustic urns, filled with Winged Elm branches, magnolia, Loquat tree foliage, variegated Pittosporum, hydrangea, and Cryptomeria, flanked the side entrance that led to a terrace where tables were set up for the guests.  Galvanized letters, “L” for Lynsey and “J” for John, were the focal point of the baker’s rack in the area.  A ceramic cowboy boot was filled with sunflowers, Confederate Jasmine, and curly willow.

 

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A local businessman salvaged these two official stadium seats from a renovation at Jordan- Hare Stadium.  Incidentally, the couple’s alma mater is Auburn University!  War Eagle!!

 

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The arrangement for the head table featured succulents,  pink roses, variegated Pittosporum, and eucalyptus in a contemporary, fluted copper piece from Copperworx of Clinton, MS.

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Many friends and relatives joined in the engagement celebration . . .

 

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The wedding journey begins . . . .Congratulations, Lynsey and John!

 

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9 thoughts on “An Engagement Celebration

  1. I am sooooo excited for you and your new business. You will be a great success with your wonderful talents. These arrangements were stunning. Thanks for sharing!

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