Lauren and Aaron, who just got married on a beautiful May day, were one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met. Back in the fall, I invited them to attend Get Hitched Give Hope — where Aaron pulled out all the stops by bidding on and winning a special gift for his bride-to-be. (They also bid on and won personal flowers for their wedding from yours truly.) The excitement in his face — and hers, when she knew something sneaky was underfoot — stayed with me through the months of thinking about and then designing their wedding flowers. I wanted to give them that same feeling of joy and excitement on their wedding day!

Their vision for décor came in part from an article on sea-life inspired floral design in Seattle Bride magazine. I had created a centerpiece and some boutonnieres for that shoot, and the talented Alexa Johnson of Fiore Blossoms had designed a gorgeous bridal bouquet. Lauren loved the sea fan and the fully blown spray roses of that bouquet, but wanted lavender tones in her scheme, which we pulled in through freesia and sweet peas.

The table centerpieces balanced their wish for full floral abundance with a quirkier, more beachy look. Half the tables were beachscapes on matte ceramic trays, with driftwood, air plants, succulents, sea fan, beach glass, and simple arrangements in glass bottles and jars. The other half were big lovelies with all our favorite spring flowers (ranunculus, hyacinth, freesia, to name a few).

When I brought Lauren her bouquet that May day, she smile was just as sparkly and contagious as it had been at the prospect of Aaron’s secret surprise. I wish them both a lifetime of that joy!

The reception was held at Seattle Marriott Waterfront, and Jenny GG made great use of the surroundings in her fabulous photographs of the day!