When my husband and I got married last summer, we had our wedding at my mother’s house. My mom and her best friend got together and did all the flowers themselves. They are both very talented in this area and did a wonderful job, utilizing mostly flowers from their respective gardens (white hydrangea, played a large role), but also several dozen purchased white roses, and some wild Queen Anne’s Lace gathered from roadsides. My only request was that the flowers somehow involve gardenias, my favorite flower. Mom came through and supplied a few for the arrangements, and many for my lovely bouquet that she made for me.
What makes this especially special and romantic for us, is that a few months later, my mom came to visit us and gave us the gardenia bush from her yard where she gathered the flowers for my bouquet. We planted the bush in our front yard, and plan to take it with us when we upgrade to the next house, and any subsequent dwelling. My husband pointed out our first bloom two days ago!