A Perfect Wedding Collaboration Between a DIY Mother and The Garden Studio

March 2, 2020

Megan picked out a beautiful rich plum/purple and ivory/champagne color combination for her winter wedding theme. She had visions of incorporating evergreens, unusual flowers and lots of textures into her floral arrangements.  To save some money, Charlotte, the mother of the bride, created silk flower arrangements for the ceremony aisle at the church, for the reception tables at the Country Club of Fairfax, and for the silk toss bouquet (brilliant idea for a wedding keepsake!). Pictures of the silk floral arrangements Charlotte had been creating for months leading up to the wedding, photos of the bridesmaid’s dresses, along with a sample table napkin, made selecting fresh flowers and greenery that complimented the overall wedding theme much easier.



The fresh flowers available at the end of December, even after the holiday rush, resulted in a few floral surprises that were not anticipated.  For the bridal bouquet, I used Picasso calla lilies, soft plum Amnesia roses, ivory milky way roses, eggplant toned ranunculus, and light silver roses with ivory French tulips, plum astrantia and purple tipped alliums with mixed evergreens, ming fern, and a variety of eucalyptus for greenery.

Bridal theme flowers including ivory queen Anne’s lace and white lisianthus were used for the compliment for the bridesmaid’s bouquets.


The deep plum ranunculus was perfect for the groom’s boutonniere and majolica spray roses were perfect for the groomsmen.

The welcome table arrangement included bridal theme flowers and greenery in a large gold urn, as well as tillandsia for additional textural and soft grey-green tones. It served as a lovely backdrop for the photo albums of the bride and groom and Mr. & Mrs. sign.

The cocktail tables featured the eggplant carnations, deep burgundy scabiosas, and ivory spray roses — giving each flower a chance in the limelight.

Reception décor included a sweetheart table arrangement with fresh bridal theme flowers and greenery.

The wedding reception also featured mantel décor with branches with dried autumn leaves, champagne silk flowers and ribbon attached to the existing faux greenery.  Many fresh flowers were water-tubed and inserted to stay alive for the evening in the existing faux greenery and fresh evergreens incorporated throughout to bring the décor to life.

The cake table at the other end of the room, showcased Charlotte’s handmade bridal cake decorated with silk flowers and greenery. It seemed that there was nothing that this Mother-of the bride couldn’t do and her love for daughter and contribution to the day was unmistakable.

The sparkling bridal shoes and jewelry for the start of the day reflected the overall excitement of the holiday season. A sparkler send-off was the perfect end for the perfect wedding day.


After all the festivities, both the bride and mother of the bride could not have been more gracious.   I received a lovely “thank you” photo from the bride and groom:

The mother of the bride shared her perspective – a huge compliment from one artist to another – “Kim is a floral artist, not an ordinary florist. Her floral designs in arrangements, bouquets, and mantel decor for my daughter’s wedding were absolutely beautiful and beyond expectation.”


Venue: The Country Club of Fairfax, Fairfax, VA

Photos: Roman Grinev Photography

Cake design: Charlotte Berry, Mother of the Bride

Table centerpieces: Charlotte Berry, Mother of the Bride

Fresh floral designs: Kim Helfgott, The Garden Studio





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