You Can Use Pinecones in a Bouquet??? / by Vanessa Larkey

Ahh... the holidays. They were fun, weren't they? Cheese, alcohol, family, answering questions about the wedding, more cheese, more alcohol, binge watching Making a Murder... I could go on, but I won't.

What I WILL go on about is my incredibly talented soon to be sister-in-law. Linda is an artist/florist/all around kind and generous human being (check out her Etsy store here), and over the Christmas break, she had some pretty rad suggestions for my bouquet, and our general wedding decor. 

Did I give any thought to wedding flowers or decor before I spoke with Linda? Kinda. I figured fresh and locally sourced flowers were going to be hard/impossible to source for a November wedding, and gave up. That's when Linda stepped in with some life changing (okay, maybe not life changing, but you get the point) advice. 

"You don't have to use fresh flowers, you know. You can use bark, branches, pinecones, or anything else." 

I had what Oprah describes as an "A-Ha" moment. Me? I describe it as a, "DUUUH LARKEY -- WHY HAVEN'T YOU FIGURED THAT OUT YET" moment. Semantics.

Anyway, with that empowering revelation, Linda encouraged me to make it rain 'pins' on my Pinterest page to see what I like and what I don't. I've posted what I've come up with below. What do you think? I won't bias you with my opinion until the end of the post. 

My personal fave? The third bouquet from the top (I was having formatting issues, which is why it wasn't at the top of the list). As for my bridesmaids, I'm a fan of the wheat bouquets. Both my Grandma and Grandpa Larkey were born and raised in Saskatchewan -- I think wheat makes for a sentimental nod to the Larkey prairie past. 

As for decor, I'm a fan of branches and lights. Obviously Peter and I still have to give it some thought, but I think we're on the right track.