By Carolyn

June 16, 2021


When COVID hit in 2020, M&A had to quickly decide how to alter their plans. Half of their family remained in Canada, unable to travel. As a result, they decided to postpone their big wedding, and do a small outdoor wedding in Seattle at the bride’s family’s private estate. Inspired by boho design elements and late summer flowers, we created a lot of beauty in a small space for this incredible couple! We loved helping them get married on their original date in September of 2020 with their closest family and friends. This wedding was also featured in Trends Magazine and Well Wedded

a bride and groom holding hands while the officiant reads from a book

Outdoor wedding in the gardens

M&A challenged all of our assumptions about “backyard weddings” with this intimate outdoor wedding! It helped that we started with a gorgeous stone patio and gardens, surrounded by lush trees and dappled sunlight. You can see what a lovely scene this was for their first look. (And in case you couldn't tell: these two are the sweetest couple!)

a bride approaching a groom from behind for a first look at a private estate wedding
the groom's emotional reaction to seeing his bride for the first time
a black and white image of the bride and groom kissing in the garden

For the outdoor ceremony, the family added a vintage Persian carpet to complete the boho look. We love how the colors and textures of the arrangements complemented this beautiful rug! The carpet mirrored the blue-green tones of the eucalpytus, neutral flowers, and golden vessels with its natural dyes. The family also added outdoor furniture to seat their intimate wedding party. Of course, they also placed a laptop in the “audience” so they could stream the wedding over Zoom. As a result, they were able to include the many family and friends who could not travel.  

an outdoor wedding ceremony setup during covid, with five chairs and a table for streaming the wedding to family
boho wedding ceremony with vintage rug and large floral urns to create an altar
the couple embraces during the ceremony, with the boho floral arrangements in the foreground

After the ceremony, the family enjoyed an intimate dinner reception. For the reception, we particularly loved the refined table settings, vintage silver, and beautifully printed menus. These elegant details paired perfectly with our loose and vibrant boho floral arrangements. We love how the centerpieces contrasted with the sleek neutral table settings.

an overhead shot of a table with boho wedding flowers
an elegant table setting with fine china with grey rim, antique silver, and patterned tablecloth with printed menu
an outdoor wedding reception table on a stone patio with lush boho floral arrangements, fine china, and grey linens

BOHO WEDDING FLOWERS

a boho wedding flower centerpiece with cafe au lait dahlias, rudbeckia, eucalyptus, and amaranth

These intimate outdoor wedding flowers were inspired by the range of warm, earthy colors we see in our local PNW flower fields in early September. We also used olive foliage from California throughout these arrangements, as a tribute to A’s Greek heritage. For the flowers, we started with classic wedding whites and blushes. We complimented these neutral flowers with a range of rusty orange, taupe, and clay tones. We also embraced a more boho style for the floral designs. For example, we used lots of natural textures with more wild, romantic, and loose shapes for the arrangements and bridal bouquet.

a wedding flower centerpiece on a table with fine china and dahlias, cosmos, lisianthius, and rudbeckia
a bride and groom holding hands, walking across grass, bride holding a bouquet of wedding flowers with long silk ribbon
a bride looking behind her shoulder, surrounded by landscaping, holding a bridal bouquet while her groom walks ahead

Some of the botanical elements of these wedding flowers included:

  • Cafe au lait dahlias
  • White dahlias
  • Olive foliage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Dusty miller
  • Rudbeckia (Black-eyed susans) of many different varieties
  • White cosmos
  • Bronze amaranth
  • Blush scabiosa
  • Lisianthius
  • Celosia
  • Love-in-a-puff vines
an outdoor wedding table with fine china, antique silver, and a boho floral centerpiece full of neutral and earthy flowers
the happy couple with a bridal bouquet of dahlias, eucalyptus, love-in-a-puff, lisianthius, celosia, scabiosa, rudbeckia, and other local and seasonal flowers
the bride holding her boho bouquet at a Seattle outdoor wedding

Incredibly, we sourced all of the flowers and foliage from local PNW and California growers. We even custom grew many of these flowers specifically for this wedding! Additionally, we designed all of these wedding flowers without the use of toxic floral foam. Designing foam-free is a routine part of our commitment to sustainable floristry.

the happy couple holding a bouquet at their outdoor seattle wedding, smiling for the camera
the bride holding her bridal bouquet, made of local and seasonal boho wedding flowers

KIND WORDS FROM AN AMAZING couple

Without a doubt, these two were such a delight every step of the way! We're so thrilled they found a way to wed in 2020 - congrats, y'all! We love working with couples who are so hopelessly in love with one another. We were so happy we could help them make their day as perfect as it could be, even when plans changed.

a wedding couple lounging in a clawfoot bathtub, holding champagne flutes and laughing
a bride and groom looking at a laptop and blowing kisses with their family in the background
a wedding dress hanging from the window in a greenhouse room with a chandelier
a black and white image of a couple kissing at their outdoor wedding in Seattle

Ultimately, M&A were thrilled with their tiny wedding, even though it wasn’t what they had originally planned. Here is what they had to say about working with us:

“When we had to change course due to COVID, [Carolyn] made sure to support us and offer encouragement as we had to make some hard decisions about what our wedding would look like. She ended up providing us with *the most* beautiful flowers for our tiny backyard ceremony and I could not be more excited!...There is so much more I could say about her enthusiasm, emotional support, and genuine talent as a florist but I'll leave it at this: do yourself a favor and hire Carolyn, she will help make your wedding the special, perfect day it should be!"

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VENDOR TEAM

Floral Design: Folk Art Flowers | @folkartflowers

Photography: Ariena Photography |  @ariena_photography

Catering: Chef Jason Wilson

Dress: Nordstrom Wedding

Shoes: Nina Shoes | @ninashoesbridal

Groom's Attire: Trillium Tailor | @trilliumtailor

Groom's Shoes: Gucci | @gucci

Bridesmaid's Dress: Anthropologie | @anthropologie

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