To say Miracle and Jimmy Rabon have deep agricultural roots is an understatement. Each of these sweet, hard-working farmers come from multi-generational farming families, so it only made sense they would host an idyllic wedding day at their homestead in Loris, SC.
Miracle gravitated towards sunflowers, baby's breath, and pops of wildflower color for her floral palette. Her bridal bouquet featured purple cockscomb, peach roses, orange chrysanthemums, dried lavender, and cheery billy balls, to set it apart from her maids' bouquets, while Viking mum boutonnieres mimicked the look of the sunflowers! The bride and groom incorporated countless personal touches on their wedding day. A "Generations of Love" table honored the adults that helped shape Miracle and Jimmy's lives, while her grandmother's pie safe offered up delicious, locally made cherry pies to wedding guests.
Guests were then ushered to a festive outdoor reception, serving up an incredible menu of Southern soul food, sweet tea, vintage Cokes, biscuit bar and wedding cake. The meal was enjoyed on thoughtfully collected antique China. String lights hung over long farm tables that showcased local white pumpkin centerpieces with colorful arrangements perched on top. How's THAT for a unique container?
Congratulations, Miracle and Jimmy! Like a well-planted tree, may your marriage grow and prosper.
All images courtesy of Loris, SC-based Stephanie Gore
I've known Lindsay and her big, lively, wonderfully inclusive family for years, and I was truly touched when she requested my floral designs for her big day. She and her beau Drew decided on a traditional wedding in his childhood church, which featured stunning windows and a grand organ. After exchanging their vows, guests were invited to relax with a cocktail at a nearby hotel before being chauffeured to breathtaking Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens for a garden chic reception.
An exquisite dinner, tearful toasts, and special first dances were followed with a raucous party. An absolutely delicious buttercream cake was passed, along with coffee and platters of chocolate dipped strawberries. (My kinda wedding!)
Guests were invited to take home potted succulents (for locals and folks in cars) or "grow your own basil" kits (for faraway friends who needed a suitcase-friendly gift for the plane!) One of my favorite aspects of the entire event was when the couple enjoyed a final dance in the ballroom, just the two of them together, while guests prepared sparklers outside. After sharing a kiss in the twinkling lights, Lindsay and Drew were whisked off to their honeymoon in Bermuda. Happy Life, friends!
Photographs thanks to the absurdly talented, Charlotte-based Julia Tinajero
I was smitten with this venue from the jump. When bride Corrie contacted me about furnishing elegant florals for this classic Columbia venue, I was excited! She wed her longtime beau, Phillip, on Memorial Day weekend. Theirs was a truly unique wedding, filled with prayer, laughter, a thunderstorm (that quickly passed, thank goodness!) an appearance by the Clemson tiger, and a gourmet doughnut truck!
Corrie chose a romantic palette of peach carnations, white hydrangeas, hypericum berries and eucalyptus. Wired succulents added a blue-grey note and cheery magenta celosia gave the bouquets a fun pop of color!
What an honor it was to create the floral elements for this special day.
Congratulations Corrie and Phillip - Happy Life!
All photos used with permission from the gracious, Mauldin, SC-based Jessi Nichols
When my dear friend and coworker Leanne asked me to provide the florals for her mother Maria's November wedding, I was honored! The catch? The nuptials would be held at the groom's pepper plantation in South Florida and there was no way I could deliver in person. The solution? Preserved florals, succulents and sturdy magnolia foliage (which holds up, unhydrated, for weeks after cutting!)
Maria was excited about the idea, as it would fit the wedding's casual rustic motif. I selected wheat, millet, cotton, purple strawflower, rosy amaranth, craspedia balls, sola flowers and gold skeleton leaves.
The ceremony was intimate with only immediate family and close friends in attendance. The bride and groom elected not to have attendants, but chose bouquets and wristlets for the daughters and boutonnieres for the sons (and handsome little grandson!)
Congratulations, Maria and Lynn - The best is yet to come!
Photos kindly permitted by South Florida-based phenom Shaye Babb
Deciding to go into the floral industry was easy; I'd been obsessing over flowers my entire adult life. The difficult part was deciding on a company name! After brainstorming dozens of ideas, I was struck with Katalina. This was the pet name my mom would call me when I was a child and it brings me happy memories of that house, garden, and season of my life.
My mom has always been a powerful role model for self-determination and owned a successful fused glass jewelry business for years. I hope to emulate her hard work and creativity in my own venture. My deepest desire is for this business to bring joy to clients on life's most important days. I strive to impart beauty, modernity, and authenticity into each piece.
"Everything has been laid out before you. You only need to manage your blessings."