“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love…”

As I mentioned in my last post, summer was BUSY. Birthdays, goodbyes, vacations and engagements packed the calendar full, but let’s not forget about the weddings! I was lucky enough to celebrate the weddings of not one, but two friends this summer. The first wedding was back home in Montana where one of my dearest friends from college married her equally-as-awesome college sweetheart. It was a picture perfect Montana wedding, from the mountainous background to the cowgirl boots we bridesmaids wore with our dresses. (For the record, I had to borrow my sister’s boots. Anyone who knows me can tell you that while I may be from Big Sky country, I will never be country enough for cowgirl boots.)

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Montana Wedding, Photo Credit: Tori Pintar

The second wedding was for one of the first Boston-based friends I made when I moved here. Christina and I grew very close in the two years we’ve known each other. Shortly after meeting at church, we realized that we worked in the same neighborhood and decided to eat lunch together the following week. We got along so well that we planned a lunch date for the next week, and then the next, and then the next… and we’ve been close friends (and still lunch buddies!) ever since. We’ve walked through many happy, sad, frustrating, and challenging things together, and our mutual love of brunch food quickly had us testing the mid-morning fare at restaurants all over Boston. I was so excited when she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! So of course, pre-wedding festivities + brunch = a bridal shower fit for the fabulous foodie that she is!

One of our favorite brunch spots is a little gem in the South End called Gaslight, so we took cues from their Parisian palette to set the stage for the shower. Over the course of two or three movie marathons, Esther and I made strings of paper heart garlands, gift bags, and other décor items to give our apartment a little European charm. And somewhere between the fresh white flowers and the spread of delicious brunch bites, I think we found a little bit of the French countryside in our house that morning.

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The wedding weekend finally arrived a couple months later, and Christina very graciously (and excitedly) let me try my hand at an entirely new floral endeavor – flower crowns. A few weeks prior, I made a practice crown of white spray roses and baby’s breath (modeled here by my lovely roommate Esther) to test the various methods of flower crown construction that I found through my research.

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Yes, there are a few different methods to make a flower crown, but I learned that floral tape and wire are your best friends no matter how you put it together. When it came time to make the actual wedding crown, I used a mix of zinnias, baby’s breath, and a few other flowers from a local farmer’s market bouquet. To make the crown adjustable, I used an open crown method tied in the back with ribbons.

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Photo Credit: Abigail Lee

It fit Christina’s bright and cheery personality perfectly, and the bride loved having it as a way to mix up her look for the reception. The groom even loved it, shouting “YESSSS!! That’s perfect!!” when we did a quick accessories change during the pre-ceremony pictures. It was a beautiful wedding for a fantastic couple. So congrats to the newlyweds and thanks for letting me a part of your big day in more ways than one!

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Want to see more pictures of the flower crowns? Check out @twostemsofjoy on Instagram for more pictures!

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