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Jones/Bath Wedding 11.03.18


Camile first reached out to us in May of 2018 regarding her early November wedding. A Mississippi State grad who had recently moved back to her hometown of Iuka, Mississippi, Camile and her fiance Eric Bath were planning their ceremony and reception at Franklin Courtyard here in Corinth.

We were excited to hear that Camile & Eric had chosen our friend Lauren Whitmore of Lauren Wood Photography to capture their wedding day. Lauren is laid back and professional and can put anyone at ease in front of her camera. She has an artful eye and once again photographed our florals — as well as Eric and Camile’s whole day — beautifully. Thanks, Lauren!

Upon meeting the bride and her mother in our loft for our initial (and singular!) in-person meeting, my mom and I immediately connected with Camile’s style. Her inspiration photos showed colors, textures, and flowers we weren’t familiar with using. That excited us! But she was very easy-going as well, letting us have creative license and remaining very trusting of our abilities. It is a joy to work with clients like Camile!

Photo cred: Pinterest

Photo cred: Pinterest

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Camile gravitated to proteas and other architectural flowers with deep color. She wanted to use blue velvet ribbon, rosemary in the boutonnieres, and her mother’s collection of lanterns as centerpieces at her reception.

To achieve the look Camile wanted, we needed a specifically taupey-peachy colored rose. Having never worked with one before, we turned to Google to find the right variety. The “cappuccino” rose seemed to be exactly the shade we needed. Those, two types of proteas, kangaroo paw, eucalyptus, hypericum berries, carnations, amaranthus, and astilbe made up the bulk of our flower order. Our wholesaler had never ordered cappuccino roses before, so we crossed our fingers that she would be able to track them down.


We were so pleased not only when MS/TN Wholesale secured the roses for us but when we first unpacked and conditioned them in our loft — the color was unusual and PERFECT!

Because Camile and Eric were having a smaller wedding (she only had three bridesmaids), our work the weekend of was pretty straightforward. We began by making the “people flowers” (bouquets, boutonnieres, nosegays, greenery crowns and corsages) in our loft on Friday night.


We bought this blue velvet ribbon in two different widths. With the narrow, we made boutonnieres and nosegays for the flower girls. The bouts consisted of sprigs of rosemary, seeded eucalyptus, and white spray roses. Eric’s also had a touch of burgundy kangaroo paw. (You may be thinking, “Kangaroo paw??” Yes. It’s the red stuff in the boutonniere above. It’s native to Australia — could you have guessed? — and comes in this and other colors including my favorite, a golden yellow. It has dense hairs that resemble velvet, and I loooove using it for fall and winter weddings.) The sweet flower girls’ nosegays were teensy tiny versions of the big girls’ bouquets. My mom thought they were so cute that she snapped this picture of me making them. I’ve always loved miniature things! The girls also wore greenery crowns that my mom fashioned out of ivy.

To Camile’s bouquet, we added a single king protea and several of the smaller, darker pink variety. The proteas ended up being the stars of the floral show. Countless people — guests, family, even the groom himself — asked us what they were. They are very tropical looking — for sure unlike anything you see around here! They’re actually South African and symbolize hope and change, two appropriate themes for a wedding.

The bridesmaids’ bouquets were smaller versions of Camile’s minus the king protea. At about four to seven inches in diameter, those can quickly overwhelm a small bouquet!

Above: a bridesmaid’s bouquet versus the bridal bouquet.

On the morning of the wedding, we got to work at Franklin Courtyard. We added greenery to the entrance and curtains to the pergola in the courtyard. Then we started adding the main ceremony arrangement to the center column of the pergola. We attached an Oasis cage, and my mom got to work. Watch the time lapse below to see how it came together. (The groom makes a few very quick appearances!)

The finished product:


We tied simple and elegant bundles of greenery with double faced satin ribbon to act as pew markers.

Inside, Camile requested greenery and florals for garnish on her cake by Karen’s Cake Shoppe as well as around her mother’s beautiful lanterns which were centered on the 60-inch-round guest tables. For the rectangular sweetheart table, she wanted greenery and a few flowers running down the center. The three bridesmaids’ bouquets were placed in rose bowls from SoCo Event Rentals on bistro tables. We made arrangements similar to the bouquets for the remaining three bistros.

Camile and Eric were a joy to work with and be around on their wedding day. They exuded happiness, and their reception lasted well into the night — a sign of a fun time had by all. We were honored to do flowers for their sweet wedding and hope to get to know them better into the future. Congratulations and best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Bath!

“It was such a pleasure to work with you and your mom. I always felt like you both completely understood my vision and were capable of making it even better. Our wedding would not have been the same without all of your help. And those proteas!! Even now, I am dreaming of my bouquet. I have become quite obsessed with them. Ha!”

-Camile Bath

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