Local Wedding Flowers and DIY Gifts for West Virginia Wedding

First off, big thanks to Manvi for letting me blog on Mochatini!

Last May, I got married at the lovely Cacapon State Park, outside of Washington DC. One thing I knew I wanted was local flowers. Transporting flowers from all over the country to Washington DC would have been unnecessarily carbon-heavy and clouded our happiness with thoughts of the child labor, damaging pesticides and significant costs. Luckily, I found a local florist, Garden By the Woods, in Martinsburg, WV, through Local Harvest. Owner Patricia Corona overwhelmed us with flowers from her property and made our lilac bouquets and arrangements herself.

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Since our wedding was in May in West Virginia, Mother Nature significantly contributed to our blooms with her own lush dogwood and redbud background.

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We also used dogwood stems in vases both at the ceremony and the reception. Notoriously short lived, the stems had to be cut and arranged just before guests arrived, and were tossed once the evening festivities were over.

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Patricia brought us buckets and buckets of local wildflowers, which we arranged into a variety of bottles I had collected over the year. We arranged them throughout the reception hall, with mini lights under them.

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Finally, we used flowers to decorate our amazing and beautiful cake by Keshia’s Kakes in Berkeley Springs, WV, which had a custom bike topper with our names in it.

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As a thank you for our gifts, we made Limoncelo and Rose Bitters for them to enjoy or take home with custom labels.

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Needless to say, we were overjoyed with what Patricia, Keshia and everyone at the Cacapon State Park helped us achieve for our special day.

 

Ombre Ornament Centerpiece

DIY this delicate and show stopping #holiday #centerpiece for under $25 by filling inexpensive glass ornaments with ombre paint. I used the multi-surface satin acrylics from Deco Art. Suspend ornaments using fishing wire alongside strings of sequins above the table.

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From our 5 centerpieces under $25 for hgtv.com. Styling and decoration by Manvi Drona. Photography by lovely Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography

 

love is in the air | Valentine’s Day Inspired Wedding Themes

Happy New Year to all you Mochatinians, Jessica here.  Today I took down the majority of my Christmas decorations and I have to say that I didn’t like it…not one bit.
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I love transforming my house and Christmas time gives me an excuse to do so.  So I started thinking of the next holiday up, Valentine’s Day.
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My Valentine’s Day decor is lacking (to say the least) but writing this post gave me a ton of great ideas on how to fill the void left by all those twinkling lights and tinsel.  Enjoy these fresh V-Day wedding themes!
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Ladies, did any of your beaus propose over the holidays?  I would love to hear about it!  Email me at mochatiniblog@gmail.com. {jessica}
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ps. I LOVE this ombre cake.  If I could go back in time to my wedding this would be my cake!