A Few Favorite Bridal Bouquets by Colonial House

the chapel designers have posed a challenge to share favorite bridal bouquets for a progressive post.

similar to a traveling dinner party that visits homes, a progressive post is interesting, captivating, fulfilling, and lively as it moves around.  new places & new faces from all over the world.

 savor morsels, bites, slices and delicacies  at each web address while you sip, converse, or leave a note.

honored that colonial house is on route, i am delighted you’ve made it to our place.


let me be your host as i share a few treasures. 


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[thank you to rylee hitchner for sharing this picture]
location: serenbe


fig, olive branches, blackberries, among other pretty things like david austin roses, lissanthus, rununculus, stocks.

of all bouquets, this one is the most authentic, and genuine to me. respecting  different stages of life with some things broken, beginning to dull, while others are fruiting, branching, opening bloom, & in seed is one of my values.

joy thigpen is one of the most passionate, naturally pure & perfect designer’s, to me. i think she is powerfully amazing.

this bouquet was gathered while meeting her for a creative styling workshop. it resonates the unfeigned light & love of that moment, that season.

it is properly, unquestionably a reflection of who i am. my heart in that little moment.

it’s not perfect. it’s free. it’s raw. it’s real. it felt right. it moves.

my all time favorite bouquet.

And, another darling:

[photo from style me pretty /photography: odalys mendez photography / creative styling: adorned event design ]

venue: meadowlark gardensgriffin, ga

simple. fresh. understated. charming. elegant.

dinner plate dahlia’s, hydrangea, and imported ribbon.

this bridesmaid bouquet says everything about the unique southern soiree it appeared. i think that is why it’s so special.

it looks exactly like the couple it celebrates while it blends with the venue.

the georgia garden wedding flowers of this event were drenched in style. you can see more, here.

this bouquet is thumb-tacked to the cork board of my mind as a reminder:  less is sometimes more. bigger isn’t always better.

it tells me to rein things in. edit. edit. edit. it teaches to listen to the person before me and be true to her day.

this unique bouquet looks hand picked, garden-glam. i just, love it.

and, my last favor today is inspired by christmas in the south.

Low Country Christmas

photo from jason hurst photography

simple. elegant. traditional. red & white for lots of south georgia, low country christmas charm.

tightly wound garnet garden roses. topped with pearls.

so, there are three of my favorite bridal bouquets by colonial house. viola! challenge met.

glad you joined the progressive post as i hope you relish the serving here.

please join me. let’s see the other picks on the circuit. 



bon appetit!

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD

Celebration Florals

Gertie Maes

Soiree Floral

Colonial House

Stacy K Floral

Wild Bunch Studio


Alicia Jayne Florals

Goodness-Gracious! Florals

Urban Petals


On Butterfly Wings


Alluring Blooms

Posh Floral Designs

Francoise Weeks

Exquisite Designs 

Sherwood Design and Events

Courtenay Lambert Florals, Weddings, and Events

Daevid’s of Norfolk


Legend of the Dogwood Tree


photo from pinterest
The Legend of the Dogwood Trees

Many years ago, a dogwood tree grew on a hill outside Jerusalem. In those days, the dogwood tree was as tall and mighty as an oak, and this tree was the tallest of all the dogwoods, and extremely proud of its strength.

“Something wonderful is going to happen to me,” it said to anyone who would listen. “I’ll probably become the mast that holds the big sail on a grand ship, or the main timber supporting a great house.”

Unfortunately, the huge old dogwood was cut down to become the cross to which Jesus was nailed. The tree was horrified. All its dreams of glory were smashed, and it groaned in agony as two boards from its trunk were nailed together.

Jesus took pity on the tree, even as he carried it to Calvary. “You will never be put to such use again,” He told it. “From this day on, your shape will change, even as will the world. You will become slender and sway easily with the breeze. And instead of acorns, you will bear flowers in the shape of a cross… with two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal, there will be nail prints… brown with rust and red with bloodstains to show the world how you have suffered.”

“Last of all, the center of your flowers will be marked as though with a crown of thorns to remind people forevermore, that you and I spent our last moments together.” And so it was. And so it is.

If you see a fresh clipping of a Dogwood Tree peeping through an arrangement with the bleeding petals of it’s bloom, you’ll know exactly what it means and the inspiration behind its incorporation into your bouquet.

Flowers at the Masters

According to Golf.com, “all roads lead to Augusta.” At this time of year, we whole-heartily concur.  Without an inkling of how you are getting there, unknowing of your route, there’s one thing for certain:  the drive will. be. absolutely. captivating.

Better, so will the course.

Finer than the pimento cheese sandwiches, the blossoms and blooms are one grand show.

Did you know that every hole at Augusta National Golf Club are named after flowering and/or aromatic trees or shrubs. LOVE THIS!

Here they are:

  •  No. 1 – Tea Olive
  • No. 2 – Pink Dogwood
  • No. 3 – Flowering Peach
  • No. 4 – Flowering Crab Apple
  • No. 5 – Magnolia
  • No. 6 – Juniper
  • No. 7 – Pampas
  • No. 8 – Yellow Jasmine
  • No. 9 – Carolina Cherry
  • No. 10 – Camellia
  • No. 11 – White Dogwood
  • No. 12 – Golden Bell
  • No. 13 – Azalea
  • No. 14 – Chinese Fir
  • No. 15 – Firethorn
  • No. 16 – Redbud
  • No. 17 – Nandina
  • No. 18 – Holly

Before becoming a golf course the property was a 365-acre plant nursery.  It’s no surprise that as we cheer on Bubba Watson with a short round of soft golf clapping hands, we can’t help but applaud the fresh floral spray that the Masters Tournament is famous.