BOUQUET LOVE | a meaningful wedding | A simple gathering of flowers can transport you to another time in your life.

Isn’t it amazing, how one look at something, or one whiff, can transport you back to a previous time or event in your life?  There was a time, waaaay waaaay back when I was a wee babe, and I got into an accident.  I won’t go into the details here, but for some reason, lilacs are what I remember from that time.  They’re comforting to me, and I’m sure that fact is related to that event when I was a child.  Lilacs and, of course, the Care Bear Cousin Swift Heart Rabbit my parents gave me while I was in the hospital.

So.  I love this bouquet more than I typically love bouquets.  Which means I love it a LOT.  It’s incredibly meaningful, which is a great way to approach your wedding and the details therein.

Photograph: Elizabeth Messina via her incredible blog, Kiss the Groom

Are you planning to work meaningful items and rituals into your wedding?

Or, if that’s too heavy… ya like the bouquet?  (;

xoxo!  – Alison

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  1. Jennifer on September 14, 2010

    Love that bouquet too! So pretty!
    We are incorporating celtic tradition into our ceremony. We are doing the hand tying ceremony instead of the candles or sand that most people do.

  2. Kim @BrideGoggles on September 14, 2010

    Absolutely adore the lavender bouquet – as well as the holder its in. Plus, I was a carebear fan as well :)

  3. Anonymous on September 14, 2010

    This bouquet is gorgeous!! Fell in love with it the first time i saw it!!! ;)))

  4. Natalie on September 14, 2010

    I love this bouquet! I never even thought of lilacs until seeing this. It’s gorgeous!

  5. Dawn on September 14, 2010

    I’m planning on going with calla lilies, but these lilacs are absolute perfection in bouquet form. Hard to decide!

  6. Jenna on September 14, 2010

    My bouquet is totally meaningful; it’s the same flowers my mom had, and her mother had! I’m so excited, it actually makes me happy cry.

  7. @jennamacmorton on September 14, 2010

    Love the bouquet & the story. I created my bouquet out of brooches sent by friends & family & documented the pieces on a blog. It was an incredible way to involve everyone in our day – and, if I do say so myself, it looked gorgeous!

  8. Aleah + Nick Valley on September 14, 2010

    Oh, Care Bears! Now that brings me back! :) Bouquets are such a great way to nod to your past. Whether it’s with a scent or flower that brings you back in time, a brooch from grandma, or your mom’s hankie, any or all of the above will make a statement and will be captured in time.

  9. TheDemoiselle on September 14, 2010

    It’s amazing how a scent can take us back in time… Love both the bouquet and your words! ;~) Gr8 post Alison!

  10. Alison on September 14, 2010

    What an amazingly meaningful bouquet you created! I’m a big fan of this approach. Brilliant!

  11. Naomi on September 14, 2010

    So simple yet true. Isn’t amazing how the human brain can remember smells? I love the bouquet and I am glad you are still here to have memories and to make more! xoxo

  12. Alison on September 14, 2010

    So true. Love all of those simple, meaningful touches, Aleah. As always, you’re batting 1000 with the ideas! :)

  13. Hindsight Bride on September 14, 2010

    I love lilacs too. And I would have had them in my bouquet of my mom weren’t allergic. Perhaps that’s why I like them so much. They were the forbidden flower growing up. We could never have sweet-smelling fresh cut lilacs in the house.

  14. lunaandchloeweddings on September 14, 2010

    Oh I had this bouquet saved to post too…because I LOVE it soooo much! Lilacs remind me of when I lived in Iowa…they were at the back of the property line, but on a warm spring day with the windows open and a light breeze I could smell there scent throughout the house! It was just such a wonderful time in my life…easy, simple, small town Iowa with great neighbors and a lovely little farmers market in the town square! Yes, lilacs bring back lots of memories for me too!
    xoxo kristi

  15. Kate Holland on September 14, 2010

    This is simply perfection. So so pretty! We don’t get lilacs much here unfortunately! And Kristi now I want to visit small town Iowa!!

  16. app on September 14, 2010

    I’m having irises, which my dad gave my mom when I was born, basil, which symbolizes love, and rosemary for rememberance. I’m also wearing my great grandmothers aquamarine bracelet, my grandmother’s aquamarine ring will be on the bouquet, and my mom is buying me new aquamarine earrings (we’re getting married in march). The whole wedding is rife with meaningful details, some of which will not be shared with the guests…like the fact that the lemon pie we’re serving I once caught my fiance eating straight out of the fridge naked at 3 am… :)

  17. Floral at Russia on September 15, 2010

    Beautifull! Ver very jucy!

  18. medical Technologist on September 27, 2010

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!


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