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.

 

Fall Mood

My favorite month, October, much like this entire  year, is FLYING by so fast, that I can hardly catch up! I really need pause for a moment to indulge in the beauty and bounty of this colorful season. To feel the chill in the air, sip on PSL (pumpkin spiced lattes), collect fallen leaves, decorate with cozy furry throws, make soup….
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What do you most love about #Fall?

images: pinterest, west elm. last three images by me on a recent trip to WV.