A few weeks ago, Tara, Jorjanne and I had the pleasure of decorating one of our local country churches for a very sweet summer wedding. Our client was an adorable southern gal whose mother grew up here in Irwin County. Her grandparents and various other family members still live here so it made perfect sense for her to have the wedding at her family’s home church. The reception was hosted just down the road at her family’s farm. The intimate ceremony began at 10:30 in the morning, which was perfect to avoid the afternoon August heat.
The colors she chose were shades of blush and cream accompanied by lots of natural greenery. To dress up the church a little and to change things up a bit, the girls and I adorned the porch with lots of natural, southern greenery cut from the yard and a mix of roses and hydrangeas. What a wonderful way to welcome guests and set the tone for the day! I won’t go in to the process we went through of figuring out how to rig those up but I will say that no damage was done to the building and most importantly…. zip ties are amazing!
As guests entered the church they were greeted by another swag of greenery, roses and hydrangeas over the doorway into the sanctuary. This really brightened up the small entry way and framed the picturesque scene in the most perfect way.
The bride’s fiancé built a beautiful cross that they would stand in front of to be married. We dressed up the cross just a little with greenery and hydrangeas. Two urns were placed on each side and were filled with the flowers of the day. Pew markers were kept very simple with just natural greenery and blush satin ribbon.
The bouquets and boutonnieres were a mix of blush roses, greenery and astilbe. The corsages for the mothers and grandmothers were kept very simply with roses and satin ribbon. Honorary bridesmaids wore wrap around wrist corsages, similar to one that we found on Pinterest.
Weddings don’t have to be huge and fancy to be beautiful. This simple country wedding couldn’t have turned out prettier, and it perfectly complimented the theme of the day: the sweet commitment made between the bride and groom. Don’t be afraid to let your wedding décor reflect the scenery around you. What could have been more appropriate than using things that grow naturally here like camellia leaves, pitosporum, ivy, fern and hydrangeas? When thinking about your church décor, don’t get stuck in the traditional box when it comes to your arrangements, pew markers and bouquets. Let your flowers speak to your personality and help set the tone that you want for your special day!