Mississippi Outdoor Wedding

Amanda Dew (Bride) OAKLAND, MS
I never really thought about how and where I wanted to get married until I had the who I wanted to be married to in my life. When I met him, my mind began to work out all the details. I've always loved my parents' home--a beautiful, old southern house on lots of land with a pond adjacent, rustic barns, and lots of old trees. Unfortunately a tornado came through in 2011 and took out many of the trees, but the house and old barns remained. I'm a DIY-er for pretty much anything within reason. If I can do it cheaper, chances are I'll do it myself. That was my mentality for the entire wedding. I made the signs, banners, wreaths, guestbook, guestbook pens, arch, entryway, ribbon curtain cake backdrop, ... and even the vases! My husband's contribution to wedding planning was saving all his liquor bottles over the years. I then spray painted them and turned them into small vases for table arrangements to go along with the larger centerpieces. The bottles worked out great because we were able to use so many different arrangements on the tables even if they could only hold a few flowers. Both the flowers and bottles were great pops of color against the white tablecloths and chair covers. Now, while I'm a DIY-er, I've never really done flowers and my thumb isn't exactly green. But I figured, what the heck? I can do that. And we did! Actually it was quite easy. I watched a few YouTube videos and had a few inspiration pictures to go by, and 3 hours later we had all the flowers done! We did them the day before the wedding because I knew the day of the wedding would be chaos. We just kept the bouquets in water and made sure the arrangements had enough water. I did use fake flowers on the arch, boutonnieres, and dog collars, but the flower arrangements and bouquets are all real. I probably had 15 larger centerpieces plus the smaller liquor bottle table arrangements. Pic #1- My bridesmaids and our bouquets Pic #2- larger vase arrangements. We probably had 12-15. Pic #3- one of those arrangements on the groom's cake table. Whiskey barrel cake! Pic #4- Larger arrangements next to the bride's cake and some flowers on the cake. Pic #5- Bridal bouquet. Pic #6- One of the bridesmaids bouquets Pic #7- you can see some arrangements and the flowers in my hair. Pic #8- us arranging the flowers Pic #9- The bouquet shot is great, but the flowers on the arch are fake. I just wanted to brag on the setting! Pic #10- you can see some of the liquor bottle arrangements in the background Pic #11- us and the dogs. The flowers on their collars are also fake, but they made the best little flowergirls, so I had to share their pic. Show more
Flowers by Amanda Dew

Arrangements Made

  • 21
  • 0
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 15
  • 0
  • 1

Flowers Used for Amanda Dew's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

I was so excited about these for the leafy part of the arrangements and bouquets. I love the softness and the mint color and how unique they are. The bridesmaids wore mint dresses. The leaves were beautiful, and i believe if they had shown up when they were supposed to, I would have given them 5 stars. They showed up a day later than expected and didn't get to sit overnight in water before we had to make bouquets and arrangements. I made all the flowers the day before the wedding because I knew I would not have time the day of. If they'd hydrated before being used, they would have been beautiful. Also these go a long way. You don't need as much as you would think, and there are several big leaves on each stem. I believe I only used half of this order. The half that stayed in the buckets of water overnight did turn out beautifully, but i didn't have time to put them in the arrangements. The stems are very thick. I actually ended up cutting leaves off the plants because there are so many leaves on the stems.

White Football Mum Flower ( 6 bunches or 60 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

These flowers were beautiful! I used them in the bouquets and larger centerpieces, and even a few on the cake. I left the netting around the bloom until I made the bouquets and arrangements. Some of the blooms were larger and fuller than others, which is to be expected. Some of them are still alive a week and a half later! I used all of these.

Stock Pinky Peach Flower ( 10 bunches or 100 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

These turned out great! They gave height to the bouquets and centerpieces and a nice pop of color. The pinky-peach color worked so well with the peach daisies for added color. I loved that they were pinker than the daisies but still blended in. They are delicate flowers, but if you're gentle, they're easy to work with. I used almost all of these.

Used for: Centerpieces

I used painted liquor bottles we saved over the years for smaller table arrangements, and i needed a smaller flower to put in those. The roses were perfect for the price. Most of them were not fully open, but they looked fine for the price! I didn't use all of these.


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Cousin's BBQ team
Men's Wearhouse
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