Rachel Prater and Ryan McRoberts

Rachel Prater and Ryan McRoberts

Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC

Reception: 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC

When I met with Rachel and her mother Dell to discuss her June wedding and vision for her special day I knew I had met a fellow artist and lover of color.

The wedding was held at Washington United Methodist Church in Columbia, SC. Beautiful fresh wreaths designed with gypsophilia (aka, babies breath) adorned the front doors.

Floral Tip: Babies breath air dries beautifully. After the wedding, place the wreath in a room with good air flow and let it dry completely 2-4 weeks. After it is dry, take outdoors and mist with a clear acrylic spray to help preserve the blooms. Use it on the table with a pretty candle in the center or hang on the wall.

Babies Breath wreaths

Rachel’s bridesmaids wore a spa blue colored bridesmaid dress. Fresh floral bouquets created with white hydrangeas and white Matsumoto asters with yellow centers were a fresh, light, and cool color combination that accented their dresses beautifully.

Bridal bouquet includes fresh vibernum, hydrangeas, miniature carnations, 'Sarah Bernhardt' peony's and white Matsumoto asters.

For a fresh, contemporary flower girl idea consider a “flower wand”. A baton wrapped in wedding colored ribbons and topped with a bouquet of flowers. Little girls love the romance of being in a wedding and carrying a flower wand. Afterwards, just let the flowers air-dry and place in a vase in their bedroom to enjoy happy memories.

Monogrammed silver Tussy Mussy flowers

What is a “Tussy Mussy”? In Victorian days a beau would go to the local florist (a real florist, not a Big Box store) and ask for professional advice on the language of flowers. The gifted florist would ask questions and help the gentleman to select specific flowers that had a specific message he wished to convey to the young lady who had stolen his heart. Horse & carriage were the means of travel in that period of time and refined ladies would sniff a fresh flower bouquet or a tin of perfume to avoid the horse deposit odor. Today’s current wedding trend is something special for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom to carry. A tussy mussy may have stems wrapped in satin ribbon or placed in a monogrammed traditional tussy mussy holder. After the wedding the flowers can be air-dried, sprayed outdoors with clear acrylic spray to preserve the flowers and enjoyed as a floral decoration indoors for up to a year.

Interior view of Washington Street Methodist Church

Photography by Brantley Freeman, All Dressed Up Photography, www.AllDressedUpPhotography.com. This photo shows an interior view of Washington Street United Methodist Church.


Beautiful white glads and Italian ruscus foliages are used for the altar vase. Italian ruscus foliage accents are used on the aisle candelabras as well.

Matsumoto asters and hydrangea bouquet

Photography by Brantley Freeman, All Dressed Up Photography.

Art glass reception table designs with glads, roses, dahlias

Rachel and her mother Dell had a wonderful time shopping and collecting beautiful colored vases at various heights to use at the reception. The light from the 12-ft windows at 701 Whaley – http://www.701whaley.com/

really shone through the colored vases. Three various heights were used on each table and each vase had a contrasting colored flower. Fresh flower blooms were sprinkled around the base of the vases to infuse additional color. The party spirit was on!

Decorated antique staircase at 701 Whaley

How will you make your grand entrance? Rachel and Ryan made theirs down the antique staircase at 701 Whaley that was decorated with white swagged fabric and accented with citrus colored carnation orbs. These flower orb/polka dots added a fun burst of color and style to the Grand Hall.