Real Wedding: Tina & Sean

Tina was very sure about what she wanted, she just needed help fleshing it all out.  The couple was getting married at the beautiful and tropical Flamingo Gardens and she wanted a bohemian/vintage feel with this bold color palette that she found on the Knot.


I loved that she wanted to go with a bold color palette.  Tina and Sean are unique individuals that walk to their own beat and it was a joy to have a couple that wanted to break out of the safe though gorgeous and on-trend blushes and whites!  The blue in the palette was a challenge floral wise.  There are no flowers in nature that are that color. So the color would be brought into the mix in different elements throughout the décor.

Then there was a curve ball.  The bhldn dresses Tina picked for the bridesmaids was a gorgeous ethereal muted lilac.  Thoughtfully, she wanted her bridesmaids to have a dress that might be useful to them after the wedding and the she didn’t feel right making them buy a bright pink, orange, yellow or aqua dress.  I needed to figure out a way to meld these dresses into the color palette so that the bridesmaids didn’t look like they showed up at the wrong wedding!  So I tweaked the color palette to be a little more earthy…


This kept the bright and bold colors that Tina wanted, but respected the muted tone of the bridesmaids dresses.  I designed two different versions of bouquet for the bridesmaids.  One pink, which would have been the safer choice, and one in the orange tones.  Guess which one Tina picked?  I think she made the right decision.


I used an orange colored bougainvillea that echoed the softness of the dresses and had a gradation in color that picked up the tone of the dress.  I used four different types of bougainvillea for this wedding.  They were chosen for their variety in color and for their ability to tie in to the sub-tropical garden nature of the venue.  Putting lots of roses, ranunculus, tulips and poppies into a place filled with palms, and broad-leafed tropicals can look off.  A person may not be able to put their finger on it when the flowers look so pretty, but there’s something in our brains that tells us that’s something is wrong.    The bougainvillea acted as the bridge to connect all the various flowers to the environment.


Tina was interested in including peonies in her bouquet.  Unfortunately they are not available in February.  So we substituted with amaryllis to provide an impressive focal flower in her cascading bouquet.


Flamingo Gardens has two spots where couples get married, one at a white gazebo, which is usually used.  And the other at an arbor in front of an amazing Banyan Tree.  I was secretly hoping for the tree.  That spot really lent itself better to the bohemian feel.  When she told me they picked the tree, I think I yelped with excitement!  She wanted the flowers on the arbor to have a more loose and natural feel and I was quite happy to oblige.

I wanted to come up with something for the escort cards that tied everything together.  (There’s hint in that sentence!)  Tina had mentioned that Sean was a boy scout.  And that got me thinking about knots and “tying the knot” and with a bohemian theme, macramé seemed like a perfect choice!  I created a large macramé backdrop with square knots and wove ribbon with all the colors of the wedding through the piece and attached the escort cards.  The beautiful water-colored and hand-calligraphed cards were created by Julia Rohde Designs.  Tina picked the hashtag #sttieknots for quests to use on their IG pics of the event to round everything out.

For the reception tables I suggested a collection of vintage looking amber and clear glass bud vases in varying sizes color-blocked with groups of flowers in the various hues.  The blue was brought in with blue doilies and blue glass votives as well as agate table numbers.

The welcome table arrangement in our vintage copper pitcher was a favorite of mine from the event too.

Wedding Nature Photography took amazing photos of the couple, capturing their love and happiness, all the details and the unique venue.  This is my favorite shot.  Such love and happiness!  It was an honor to serve these two souls! <3