toile ribbon bouquet wrap

Elements of Inspiration   


 Have you ever wandered through a fabric store admiring all of the colors, patterns and textures of textiles? Or walked through a craft store to spot beads of all colors and values of light? Perhaps you wandered through a garden center and mused over the beautiful shapes and forms of leaves, the immense and varied color palette of roses in bloom or the textures of succulents.

September bride Amy Hawley did just that when she mused and dreamed of flowers for her wedding day. Amy was married on Saturday, September 5, 2009, to Brandon Heydt. The wedding ceremony was held at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception at Pine Island Club.  

When I first met Amy she had a specific vision of colors, pattern and elements she wanted to incorporate in her floral designs. She was assisted by her dear friend Beth Austin who introduced Amy to me. I love referrals! I designed wedding flowers for Beth’s daughter Leslie approximately two years ago. How time flies! We had such a wonderful time planning Leslie’s wedding and now we were together again to help Amy’s wedding dreams come true.  

First element: Ribbon – Amy loved black and white toile pattern. She located a # 40 (2 ½” width) ribbon with a beautiful black and white toile pattern to be used to wrap around the bridesmaids bouquets.

The bridesmaid dresses were a solid black colored tea length gown. 

*Note: The colors black, espresso brown and sage green are all considered neutrals and are a perfect building block when working with wedding colors.


Second element: Feathers – Black and red feathers were used to create unique boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party and were incorporated in the bridesmaids’ bouquets and Amy’s bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were designed in a classic hand-tied bouquet style and created with ‘Black Magic’ red roses and red and black feathers. ‘Black Magic’ roses are a rich, deep, velvety colored rose with 30-40 petals per bloom. The color symbolizes “passion and love.”

Third element: Crystals – Amy’s beautiful bridal gown was accented with iridescent crystals and silver beading. The fresh ‘Akito’ white roses in her hand-tied bouquet were intermingled with white, black, and red feathers and beautiful clear crystals that captured the light both in the church and outside for exterior photos. ‘Akito’ is a beautiful white rose that has 30-40 petals per bloom and symbolizes “innocence & purity.” Photographers Josh & Aaron Moore, captured the magic of Amy and Brandon’s day with beautiful, professional photography.

Wedding Cake by Charlotte Rhett.