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Wedding Bouquet Keepsake

I think it’s common for us former brides to wonder what to do with our bouquets after our big day. I loved my bouquet so much. It was exactly what I asked for, which was for it to mirror the flower arrangement John had sent to our table when he proposed to me.

The flower arrangement John got for me when he proposed! (color is a little off)

My wedding bouquet!

There are some pricey options out there to preserve your bouquet right away in its fresh state, but most of us don’t have $200 to do so. I’ve also seen other cute ideas such as displaying your dried bouquet petals/flowers in a shadow box which displays a photo of your flowers from your wedding day. While I liked this idea, I already have enough things on our walls, so I didn’t want to do this.

A few weeks ago I saw a mason jar at a friend’s house filled with potpourri flowers and tied off with some twine. It was super cute, and a light bulb went off–get a large mason jar to store my dried bouquet!

I took my dried bouquet (note: I hung my bouquet upside down for two weeks after the wedding.) and trimmed the stems down so they would fit inside the jar. I arranged the flowers to my liking and popped the lid back on. I took the ivory ribbon which my bouquet was wrapped in and wrapped it around the top. I secured the ribbon with the same three pins that were used in my bouquet originally! You could also use twine, ribbon, or really anything your heart desires.

On display with one of our engagement photos!

I really loved doing it this way, because I got to use every part of my bouquet, and let’s be serious, who doesn’t love a mason jar? 😉

Did you keep your wedding bouquet? How did you preserve yours? Let me know if you’ll be using this idea and share your photos!




Oh, hello again!

It’s been a while since my last post. I try to only post when I have something worthwhile to post about or when I want to. A blog shouldn’t be a chore, right?

So what has been going on? Well, for one, I’m married now! Our wedding and honeymoon were both amazing and everything I wanted. Here are two photos from a friend. We are waiting for our professional shots.

We got married at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, Florida. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most beautiful place in Florida to get married. It was exactly our style and what we wanted.

We spent two weeks in London, Paris, and Barcelona for our honeymoon. We had never been to Europe before so it was a very exciting trip for both of us. I’ve told John I feel a little snooty when I tell people about our honeymoon, because it was a little fancy pants, but we planned and saved for it for a long time. 🙂

We returned back to the states and two days later it was my 27th birthday! It’s crazy to me to not only be married now, but 27. I feel young at heart. The good thing is, I am often told I don’t look 27 (the consensus seems to be that I look 23) so I guess everything is okay?

On top of all of that, a week after we got back I started my new job! It’s been a whirlwind of a month for sure. My first week at the new job was great. Everyone there is very friendly and I see lots of opportunities for myself. I’m in a marketing/business development role at a company in the fitness industry.

While I may not be at my goal weight, or be a marathoner, I think if you know me, you know health and fitness are very important to me. I’m thrilled to be working for a cause that I really believe in.

So this is my “Welcome Back!” post to myself and if all goes as planned, I’ll have a really cool upcycling project to post about next week that John and I are doing. Stay tuned!

What have you been up to? Did you miss me? 🙂

No turning back now.

When John and I first got engaged we talked about doing something small. We talked about getting married in New York City, which is where we got engaged last December.

NYC has always had a special place in our hearts. It’s where John told me he loved me on New Years Eve in 2007 and it’s where he asked me to be his wife in 2010.

We thought of having a small ceremony somewhere in the city with only our families and a few close friends and doing dinner at Mesa Grill (which is our favorite restaurant in the city and where John proposed).

When push came to shove we decided to do a more traditional wedding in Florida. We’ll still only have around 65 guests but we’ll have the comfort of knowing everyone we wish could be there, will be there.

We would rather regret not doing something smaller, than regret not doing it up the more traditional way. I never went to my high school prom and it’s something I feel as though I missed out on. I didn’t want that for my wedding.

With that being said, we have 173 days to go (just under six months)! I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. Before I know it I’ll be Mrs. Rutherford.