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Green Wedding Design at Songbirds Consignment

Songbirds Consignment held their Wedding Show April 2 and DianaDigsDirt provided a wedding arbor to greet guests and brides with the “Green” theme.

Color palette of red, white and a hint of pink. The main flower swag was designed using actual plants to later be used in the landscape or pots. Red petunias and carnation annuals provided color with apple blossom and dogwood branches filling in the bare spaces. Just packed with flower power!

Magnolia and Cytisus branches added horizontal form to the swag.

 

Outdoor pots, hanging ivy and a bucket of freshly cut greenery finished off the design.

“Green” wedding designs by DianaDigsDirt

 

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Magnolia Leaves within Wedding Flower Design

Magnolia foliage provides many design opportunities like; centerpieces, decor, corsages, boutonniere’s and more. Above, a magnolia leaf serves as the background for lavender and indian hawthorn berries.

Here is a Helleborus bloom held by a magnolia leaf.

This design element can be utilized in a number of ways. Individual magnolia leaves were inserted into an orange and filled with Helleborus flowers. If used as a centerpiece, this element could be grouped on a table and layered at various heights, hung from the ceiling with tea lights, or individually placed on event tables. Using a larger fruit like a cantaloupe would provide enough space to insert an actual flowering plant. Fill with bird sees and a tea light and give away to your guests at the end of your party.

   Magnolia branches make excellent decor for any party or wedding by gathering plant material with assorted textures to hang on chairs, columns or doors. Very affordable and easy to assemble.

A Saucer magnolia bloom was used as a boutonniere along with a dried grass plume from the landscape and a sprig of Scotch Broom.

The coconut here was unfinished, but magnolia leaves would have been placed at the base of the Amazon Mist grass to hide the soil and add coarse texture.

  Topiary is an expensive event decor, but could easily be created from your landscape foliage.

Schedule a consultation and let’s look at what your landscape could provide fjor “green” design.

DianaDigsDirt of Cornerstone Garden

 

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Triad Wedding Planning/Design Services

DianaDigsDirt is a landscape design/build company assisting recently engaged couples with “GREEN” solutions for their wedding day. “Green” does not mean cheap, granola or tacky, simply, you are demonstrating a conscious effort to minimize individual carbon footprints. Fresh flowers can also be incorporated into “Green” Wedding Designs, adding special accents and touches not obtainable due to seasonal restraints.

DianaDigsDirt Wedding Services

  • Consulting-Designing-or Implementing of

Residential Landscape Wedding Ideas, creating an outdoor photogenic vignette for the bride and her maids reflecting colors, style, theme of the ceremony. Diana should be called at least one year prior to wedding date. This service is for those wanting a personalized outdoor scene for wedding photography, usually at the couple’s home or residence where she is preparing for the ceremony with bridesmaids.

  • Consulting-Designing-Implementing of

Green” Wedding Decor, Centerpieces, etc, by analyzing bride and groom residential landscape or those of family members to determine the possibility to create from existing plant material. This would include, plant foliage, berries, blooms, twigs, and grass plumes. If additional “Green” decor is needed, Diana can suggest installing certain plants to later on provide what is needed and what will grow on the property. We can also discuss including actual food within centerpiece design.

   

Fruits, nuts, various leaves and vegetables may add a conversation piece to  your special day

  

 

  • Wedding Venue for Landscape Enhancements

If the Wedding Venue Location is perfect, but could use additional color, with the permission of the venue, additional potted plants could be brought in and later taken home by the couple or whomever makes the purchase. Below are fabulous arrangements for tropical themes. Outdoor pots come in an array of styles, shapes and colors, click here.

  

Attend our free “Green” event and workshop demonstrating centerpiece creations.

   

 

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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue in the Piedmont Triad

Are you newly engaged and looking for the perfect outdoor wedding venue-magical, dreamy, ethereal, fairytale, or the garden of eden? Do these terms reflect how your day should be emulated in your wedding photography?

If you are visiting several wedding venues, ask to see photographs of the gardens about the time of your own wedding. Trees, shrubs, perennials and even grass will look different from your initial visit. Gardens are constantly evolving and completely changing color palettes (even the green family changes).

Many wedding venues provide outdoor structures, gazebos, arbors, pergolas, tents, covered porches (portico) or a veranda for the actual ceremony. Every bride has their own style and entitled to make suggestions by keeping silk flowers in their boxes. Several vines could have been selected to soften the gazebos below adding just green or another color. The silk vine below looks unnatural because vines do not grow perfectly around a column. If a green vine was installed and color was needed, small bouquets or even potted plants could have been attached, good for a “Green” Wedding.

Below is an example of fake flowers strung on a gazebo. Do you like this?

Many wedding venues provide pre-fabricated gazebos, a wonderful structure for wedding themes like, cottage-style or country. Some outdoor structures even have a Victorian feel.

Here is a smaller version located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Outdoor pergolas and structures will be included in your photographs, make sure every plant enveloping the site is blooming a neutral color so your photographs are in the same color palette.

Outdoor structures are built from various materials including, stone, wood, brick, wrought iron, PVC pipe or steel (like the one at Biltmore Estates).

  

Make sure you and your husband-to-be choose the perfect outdoor wedding venue for your special day. Think about structures, colors, materials, your color palette, plants on site and if sunlight may be an issue. You deserve your cinderella wedding!

 

DianaDigsDirt-Landscape Designer of Weddings “Green” in Nature
Providing Landscape Consultations, Plans, Installations and Speaker
Diana@justacloudaway.com
Join Diana for a brief talk regarding Wedding Landscapes-Open to All
February 24th, 2011    12-1:30
Asiano Bistro
2618 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 288-8883
 

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Dried Flower Design Wedding Bouquets-Personalizing

Adding personal touches to your wedding is highly encouraged in your flowers, favors, overall theme, or some other element, to impress your guests. Dried wedding flower bouquets were utilized in this Buffalo, NY wedding, not because of budget, but because of the reminder of how thoughtful her groom had been during courtship.

During the dating period, this bride-to be received fresh flower bouquets from her fiance and had hung them upside down to dry, after enjoying for a few days. During the courtship, enough flower arrangements were delivered to make beautiful wedding bouquets. They were used as the Bridal bouquet and bouquets for the bridesmaids too. this out-of-the box and “green’ idea was very intriguing for the guests with many inquiries.

The bridesmaids and bride-to-be gathered before the wedding to assemble with ribbons. this option provided additional money to be spent elsewhere within the wedding ceremony.

The bride was a designer, creative, and ingenious-also reflecting her personality.

This wedding bouquet alternative is not for everyone, but think about how you can add personality and personalization to your wedding ceremonies to create a day never to forget. With your creativity (or maybe with the help of a wedding planner) your day can be just as unique with the personal touches from the past.

join us at a free local event, “Celebrating Mother Earth in  Southeast Guilford” where vendors will be plentiful, helping you plan what “You” and your husband-to-be embrace in life. Also come to meet Divine WEddings and Beyond for all your wedding day needs.

Heppy Planning!

Diana Digs Dirt, your source for “Green” Wedding flower design

 

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Reusable-Recycled-Ravishing Wedding Centerpieces

“Green” wedding centerpieces are gaining popularity because of dual purpose, looking fantastic on tabletops and either giving plants away to guests or bride and groom keeping them for planting within their residential landscapes.

Colors for the wedding were red, black, and white. Green is almost always included because of plant foliage. Most of the terrace tables were square, so while working on the tabletop prototype, white craft paper was utilized, red crayons and a personalized stamp was created to decorate paper.

Annuals used in the centerpieces including, begonias, impatiens, diamond frost, and periwinkle. Perennials used were caladium, ferns, liriope, creeping jenny and hardy begonia.

 

English ivy was a ground cover used in the centerpieces and at the base of the brides bouquet, cut from the landscape.

The brides maids bouquet and groomsmen boutonnières were unified by incorporating southern magnolia foliage pruned from the landscape.

     

Sweet pea tendrils were also designed into the boutonnières, adding unique texture (cut from the landscape).

What a beautiful venue for a wedding! Thank you for including me Tonya and Jeff

 

Memories are treasured and are always with us………

 

There are many ways to “think green” and personalize when planning a wedding! Call me for a consultation today.

 

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Early Winter Landscape Flower Centerpieces

 Your landscapes are probably still filled with flowers, foliage and berries to incorporate into your table top centerpieces.  The centerpiece below was arranged in late November.

Mums, dried grasses, southern magnolia leaves, amber-colored bald cypress and scotch broom.

Take 3 different vases, containers, bowls or anything really and stack them together. This will create a layered look.

Fill with water and go out into the cold and collect your plants.

Remember when pruning to remove the lower leaves. Your centerpieces will last longe, not turn the water brown or smell.

Don’t fool yourself. An abundant supply of flowers and foliage were needed to fill up these containers. If this is too large, start small. The tiny vase below was filled with over 25 stems.

The centerpiece is still gorgeous after 2 weeks.

Knock roses could be still blooming in the landscape.

Sage was also used to add a contrasting green and rough texture.

Rose hips also add color. Marigolds were still in bloom and the foliage on the perennial, yarrow was beautiful and feathery.

The thick, shiny dark green magnolia leaves provide a nice backdrop.

Think about all the possibilities for a wedding. Centerpieces can be cut from your own landscapes and save an incredible amount of money. Give a call to hear more.

 

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DianaDigsDirt for LIFESPAN

Donations from Landscape Consultations, Master Landscape Plans and Landscape Installation projects will go directly to LIFESPAN’S Horticulture Department between the months of December and March, 2010-2011. Services from DianaDigsDirt includes residential and institutional needs.

     

LIFESPAN  transforms the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities by providing education, employment, and enrichment programs that promote inclusion, choice, family supports, and other best practices. Read President/CEO, Leigh Derby’s message.

For 1 hour Landscape Consultations-value-$100, with LIFESPAN receiving 50%

  • General landscape issues- a questionnaire with approximately 25 questions are to be answered and returned prior to appointment. Diana will then gather appropriate color pictures and ideas to present at the meeting. For example; pets, style of home, maintenance, deer, drought, orientation of home

 Before-After

  • Wedding consultations (residential)-  a separate list of questions is to be answered and returned prior to the appointment. These types of hourly consultations are perfect for brides wishing to create  outdoor scenes the day of the wedding within the landscape where wedding party is preparing for the ceremony reflecting heritage, personality, or style. Also for Budget Brides, Green Weddings or Do-It-Yourselfer’s (DIYer’s). Grow your own greenery, bouquets, and outdoor ornamentation

   

  • Wedding consultations (wedding venues) a separate list of questions would need to answered and returned  prior to appointment. Consultations will include areas needing improvement, creating year round interest of neutral color as a backdrop for any wedding ,underdeveloped areas, increasing the number of wedding bookings and suggesting ideas to compliment the existing structure.

 

  • Memory garden- a separate list of questions to be answered and returned before consultation, including residential and institutional. Memory gardens don’t necessarily contain ashes of the loved ones, but provides a special place for reflection on one’s property, school, church, etc.

 Master Landscape Plans/Recipes-range from $450 and up with LIFESPAN receiving a percentage

  • Landscape Plans/Recipes are required for large properties where DianaDigsDirt will install the plan
  • Landscape Plans/Recipes are the perfect gift for Do-It-Yourselfer’s (DIYer’s) and will save money in the long run. Most landscape designers are hired after a “Landscaper” installed a property for the “Cheap” several years prior.

Landscape Installation-LIFESPAN will receive a percentage of all phases taking place between the months of December 2010-March 2011, this could include

   

  • Plantings
  • Hardscape-stone, brick, pea gravel, boulders
  • Woodwork-fences, pergolas, arbors, trelliswork, gazebos, decks
  • Water Features-fountains, ponds, streams, pools

Detail is the 4th D of DianaDigsDirt with a love of Detail

Hope to hear from you  -Diana@justacloudaway.com

 

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Green Weddings are Gorgeous & Reusable

“Green Weddings” are much more than Bohemian, budget friendly, or tree hugging styles, which may be associated with the term. Green Weddings can easily add elements to a wedding where meaning, style, color, ethnicity can be incorporated into the event and be reused or have been recycled from somewhere else.

The existing Magnolia Tree growing at the bride’s parents home can provide much of the greenery needed for the ceremony.

I had the pleasure of speaking at The Perfect Wedding Guide Luncheon November 3rd in Winston-Salem, NC-Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and also created “Green Centerpieces” with colors of red, white, black and green.

Perfect Wedding Guide is the resource forthe  newly engaged, those renewing vows or second marriages.

Other wedding vendors were also represented at the luncheon.

One easy and quick centerpiece starts with a large white pillar candle. Take a strand of your English Ivy and use hot glue to adhere. This will keep for several days without wilting.

If kept outside, it will last for 2 weeks

The candle was placed in a white bowl with sea shells (the couple may have met at the beach) and red foliage from Nandina shrubs placed around shells. Magnolia greenery was placed around bowl to soften the edges and more shells were scattered on the table. Click here to make Chocolate Treats using Magnolia Leaves.

Red begonia plants were placed in black bags and more Nandina foliage was inserted. The coarse texture of the begonia combined with the finer texture of the Nandina is a great contrast. English Ivy was wrapped around the bag.

A chili pepper plant serves as the centerpiece here. White mums growing in the landscape were cut and placed into the soil within the pot.

The pot was placed in a black bag and wrapped with English Ivy.

Elizabeth Larson loved the centerpieces and could not go home without photographing them for her clients:)

 

Here is a hanging basket created in the spring and used for a November wedding. Yes, that is real moss.

The chain was detached and the pot was placed in a pretty glass bowl. We used dogwood berries attached to floral wire,  adding  red accents

The hanging basket was brought indoors after the wedding and placed in a warm bathroom

Artist’s Way Creation’s Catering and Bakery provided a delicious meal and several desserts

 

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts is a modern and cutting edge venue for that metropolitan woman and bridal party

 

Recently engaged gals, contact me regarding your centerpieces at Diana@justacloudaway.com. Let’s see what plant resources you have to create your one of a kind tabletops!

Reserve a spot at our wedding workshop today and hear more about Green Weddings.

Happy Planting! DianaDigsDirt

 

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