Having purchased our first home as newlyweds, my creativity was inevitably inspired by all of the blank canvases. We moved in and right away I knew I needed to make it our own. Besides knowing we needed to make our new space work, something that had also been on my mind was repurposing our wedding décor within our home. I knew some of it would require installation rather than simple placement, my mind directed to my most fragile pieces: the floral.
During my floral selection, I knew I wanted to choose floral that I both loved and that would potentially last a bit longer than others. Cabbage Roses took the place of Peonies when I was reminded they wouldn’t be in season during our ceremony, and fresh Carolina Cotton worked its was into my bouquet to reflect the rustic, yet soft nature of our décor. Grey Brunia Berries and sprigs of babies breath added texture and variation, whereas the yellow Billy Balls and fresh Clovers brought it all to life. My biggest concern after the wedding was how to keep all of my flowers after they’ve served their initial purpose.
I turned to Google, Pinterest, Tumblr and blog after blog, seeking ideas for how to reuse, repurpose, re-anything my floral. What I found were wreathes, flower boxes, pressed petals, etc.. In essence, nothing I was looking to do. After feeling increasingly guilty at the thought of throwing away this beautiful, perfect bouquet and thinking to myself ‘how can I use you?’, it finally hit me: use it how it was made to be used. Why try and repurpose something so lovely into something it wasn’t intended to be?
I rifled through our copious amounts of boxes downstairs until I found a box contained several of the mason jars used throughout our wedding. I gently removed my blooms out of their storage and placed them into their new corresponding homes, setting them on top of our living room bookcase. Furthermore I set them alongside our wedding dictionary in which each of our guests selected a word to represent Pieter and I and placed inside. It was perfect.
I may never be able to relive our wedding day, but I feel like the more hints of wedding that I surround myself with, the more I’m reminded of how perfect our day was. It may not be the most elaborate way to reuse my wedding decor, but it's a way that fits and there's no better way than that. Throughout our ‘nesting’ process, I’ll be sure to elaborate on the ways we reuse our décor and hopefully it will inspire something in all you lovely, newlywed readers.