Kelly Brown and Brandon Coward

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Kelly Brown and Brandon Coward’s Wedding

The Cotton Room, Durham, NC

Brandon’s mother and I have been best friends since I met her in high school many moons ago. It always amazes me how one day a child is born and in a blink they are all grown up and ready to be married. When my friend Lynne called me to ask if I would design Kelly and Brandon’s wedding flowers I was honored and thrilled to be part of their special day. I might add that Brandon is her only child and there was NO room for error on this special day.

The venue they selected for the wedding ceremony and reception was the historic Cotton Room in Durham, NC. Located in the “Golden Belt” part of Durham, this historic  building was built in 1900 and originally used as a cotton textile mill that once created cotton pouches for Bull Durham tobacco. It is a gold certified LEED historic campus.


Kelly Brown and Brandon Coward Wedding, The Cotton Room, Durham, NC

Decorative columns hold crystal glass cylinders filled with artificial ‘Granny Smith’ apples (fresh apples emit too much ethylene gas and would cloud the glass), topped with fresh floral designs of Bells of Ireland, hydrangeas, ‘Circus’ and ‘Freedom’ roses, seeded eucalyptus and orange safflower. Flowers by Think Floral –

Kelly & Brandon at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC

Kelly & Brandon met while attending school at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC so of course a photo to document that special part of their history was captured. Kelly’s bridal bouquet was designed with hydrangea’s and ‘Circus’ roses  – a bicolor rose of yellow and red colors.

Photography by Jenny Tenney –

Here is a closeup photo of her bouquet:

White hydrangea & 'Circus' bicolor rose bouquet

White hydrangea & 'Circus' bicolor rose bouquet

A tender mother and son moment

Lynne is carrying a very contemporary flower that mother’s of the bride and groom carry now, which is a tussy mussy arranged with hydrangeas and ‘Circus’ roses. Brandon’s boutonniere is designed with a calla lily and a section of a hydrangea bloom. Happy memories!

Cotton wreath & column vase with cymbidium orchids

After the wedding ceremony was over the room was quickly converted to a reception area. I love how the light shines through these tall brick windows and lights up the cymbidium orchid spray in this column vase. At the base of the vase design is a wreath made of REAL cotton blooms.

A real field of cotton growing in NC

Being a city girl and a curious sort I contacted a friend whose family has grown and farmed cotton since the late 1700’s. I wanted to see “real” cotton growing and harvest some cotton myself to create cotton wreaths. As you can see, visiting a field of cotton is nothing like visiting a garden in London, England but it was interesting and I am glad I had an opportunity to check it out. Thanks Jean! Cotton isn’t a particularly pretty plant and when it rains the orange-colored clay soil splashes onto the open cotton blooms and stains them. Still, it does make a very pretty wreath.

I love making and decorating with fresh floral pomander balls. They are such cheery, happy floral accents. Pictured are pomander balls created with hydrangeas and ‘circus’ roses.

Wedding Guest Check in table

When arriving to the Cotton Room a cheerful bouquet of mango miniature callas, bells of Ireland, ‘Circus’ roses, fuji chrysanthemum, Ti leaves and bear grass adorn the top of crystal glass column vases filled with ‘Granny Smith’ apples. Guest pick up their wedding program and table cards here.


Crystal glass cube fresh floral designs

Large crystal glass cube vases filled with hydrangea, pincushion protea, orange safflower, ‘Circus’ roses and Ti leaves. I love the sage green and mango color scheme for an autumn wedding. So cool and inviting!

Hi Boy table accents were 6" column vases sprinkled with 'Freedom' and 'Circus' rose petals, arranged with 'Freedom' and 'Circus' roses, pincushion protea, green button poms and orange safflower.


Cake designed by Ambrosia Cake Designs

Ambrosia Cake Designs created this gorgeous square stacked cake. I accented it with cymbidium orchids, roses and mini calla lilies. So pretty and so delicious!