Real Wedding: Jillian and Eric

As a flower farmer, it goes without saying that I absolutely love a garden-inspired wedding. Jillian and Eric’s ceremony and reception here on the farm was a perfect example of garden style, and it all started with this gorgeous watercolor invitation suite by Shutterfly:


That deep, smoky blue was echoed in the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties, and really allowed the soft pinks, peaches, and whites in the flowers to shine. And that fun, spiky blue flower (Eryngium, which we love using in bouquets!) ties it all together.


Even the color of the bridal party robes was perfect! The smallest details can make a big impact…did you notice that the bride’s gorgeous earrings also add a subtle touch of blue? And the guest favors were jars of rare purple honey, which was such a deep purple, that it looked—you guessed it—blue!


Two years ago, I planted a bunch of wildflower seeds from American Meadows with the hope that I could start a wildflower meadow just behind the barn. And this year, they’ve (finally!) started to bloom! These first look photos in the wildflower meadow are gorgeous, and I’m going to continue to expand the meadow with more seeds this year and next.


Garden-inspired florals are lush, romantic, and very unstructured and natural. The ceremony backdrop that Jenn created for Jillian and Eric is a perfect example of how we create garden-style weddings here on the farm. The fabric she draped across the pergola was very soft and billowy, and the flowers and greenery looked as if they were naturally growing up and through the pergola.


Below are a few more images from the day; for the guest tables, we always love to mix low-in-lush centerpieces with elevated pieces to add visual depth and interest. Hanging greenery from the chandeliers is one of the best ways to bring a very garden-like feel to the inside of the barn.


To see more photos from this wedding, visit our gallery, and if you are interested in finding out which particular wedding style would work best for you (Garden, Classic, Boho or Modern), take our style quiz!

Venue and Florals: The Barn of Chapel Hill at Wild Flora Farm
Photographer: Kasey Smith Creative
Planner: C&D Events
Caterer: Cook Shack
HMU: Wedded Kiss
Video: Epoch Visuals
Dj: Bunn DJ
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
Cake: Daisy Magnolia Bakery

Kara Brewer