The Big Floral & Design Wedding WOW’s from the Long’s Magical Wedding

If you’re looking to be inspired by a timeless wedding design concept, get ready to curl up in front of this blog post, because I’m detailing out every romantic floral & design WOW from The Long’s Wedding Day.

And, it’s spectacular. ;)

I’m grateful to be able to serve so many AMAZING people with meaningful wedding & event designs, so it’s only natural that “Pinch me. Is this real life?” is an everyday expression for me.

Let’s just say, I never get tired of it.

ESPECIALLY, when I’m given the opportunity to design a wedding for Sydney Bruton (Now, “Long”) who is a dear, dear friend of mine & an extraordinaire wedding photographer who has a bright, gracious & loving personality.

While designing every inch of her romantic wedding, think of the biggest fan girl you can imagine... YEPP… that was pretty much me.

And, the loud cheers are still going strong every time I revisit their beautiful wedding through photos or reliving it with her over a cup of coffee.

Not only does my beautiful friend - brilliant, talented photographer - gorgeous, southern bride have STUNNING taste that’s electrifying, but the love Sydney & Mitch embody is absolutely contagious & extremely infectious.

The way they value love was extremely apparent on their Big Day.

The moment I stepped out of my designer role & into the ceremony seats as their wedding guest, I couldn’t help but feel the rush of happiness & love radiating from every smile in attendance.

It was clear that everyone there had an overflowing affection for Sydney & Mitch & it was reciprocated with absolute care. I was truly honored to be a part of their special day & lucky to experience such an intimate connection with their love story.

Here are the BIG floral & design wedding WOW’s from the Long’s Wedding Day:

Floral & Design Wedding WOW #1 :

A Moody & Bright Color Palette

The bride’s creative eye for color & vision resulted in one of the most complementing color mixes I have designed.

When we met for our first design meeting, Sydney had one clear vision for her wedding: She wanted the theme to be simple, modern & classic. Together, we united her vision by anchoring it through the complementing magic of moody & bright colors. We learned that opposites can definitely attract!

Transforming her genius vision into a reality was like striking gold in my own backyard (pun intended from this California girl).

I believe that their wedding color palette is proof that there is an effective solution for the most common problem my wedding couples have… & it sounds a lot like this:

“I want moody colors, but I’m getting married in summer.”

“I want bright colors, but I’m getting married in fall.”

This moody & bright color palette we created can absolutely function for ANY type of wedding season. Let the Long’s wedding be your design muse & keep calm knowing moody & bright can dance together all summer/fall/winter/spring long.

What’s really neat, is that the moody & bright color mix didn’t just play within the flower family. There were decor color compliments throughout the whole design concept. For instance, black tapered candles were placed against light toned linens so that they would POP instantly.

Floral & Design Wedding WOW #2 :

Mini Bloom & Decor Details Turned Into Mighty Statements

My favorite mini detail we weaved effortlessly throughout the entire day was their special connection to magnolias. We used them in the ceremony half arch, tablescape place settings, welcome sign, arrangements & more!

Sydney says on her Instagram:

“Magnolia leaves were a huge part & theme throughout our wedding day (and love story). Mitch asked me to be his girlfriend at a restaurant in Auburn off of Magnolia Street. He proposed at Magnolia Plantation followed by dinner at Magnolia’s. AND I found my dress at @whitemagnoliabridal! God’s little way of telling us that magnolias should always be important to us!” - Sydney Long

Can it get any sweeter than that?

Floral & Design Wedding WOW #3 :

Sydney’s Bridal Bouquet

HOLY bouquet!

I don’t even know where to begin: The organic mixture of moody & bright colors, the fluffy textures, the unique blend of peonies, dahlias, scabiosas, ranunculus, blushing bride proteas & more!

Sweet words from Sydney on her Instagram:

“I actually cried when I saw my bouquet for the first time because Jackie took every idea that I had and made it A MILLION TIMES BETTER!! It was amazing to see something we had dreamed about come to life, and it made it that much sweeter that my friend made it for me! When it came to my flowers I definitely had a vision. Bold, bright colors, lots of texture, Magnolia leaves and all the fluffy flowers Jackie could fit in there! And beautiful, flowy ribbon :) I wanted my flowers to be a reflection of me and my personality, and they could not have been more perfect!” - Sydney Long

Floral & Design Wedding WOW #4 :

The Ceremony Half Arch

Sydney & Mitch’s wedding ceremony half arch is insanely romantic & a huge heart throb. What I love most about this beauty is all the little meticulous details that went into this design.

We incorporated the couple’s special connection to magnolias as the foundation. The neutral & bold bloom mix twinkled brightly from weaving two color tones of the magnolia leaves throughout the design.

The two variations bounced between the leaf’s dark green topping & the leaf’s brown underbrush. Every greenery & bloom detail had an immense purpose & not an ounce of greenery was wasted in this ceremony masterpiece.

Floral & Design Wedding WOW #5:

The Estate Table

Their love for magnolias & a moody & bright color combo served as the inspiration to this heavenly estate tablescape. A gold Harlow Pedestal stand held up a beautiful magnolia inspired centerpiece giving an illusion of floating greenery & blooms.

The tablescape had a mixture of black, gray & gold plates, napkins & flatware which captured the modern style perfectly & each place setting had a magnolia leaf with gold lettering to sprinkle in their unique love story emblem.

Decor Takeaway: If you want your centerpiece arrangements or garland to stand out, add a separate color (within your palette) underneath your garland or arrangements. This is a great place that allows you to incorporate your favorite colors (like black, mustard yellow, dusty blue) that are rare & difficult to include in your florals.

There aren’t enough words to sum up the magic of Sydney & Mitch’s wedding day.

Sharing these 5 beautiful floral & design WOW’s is only just the beginning. Syd & Mitch, thank you for giving me the opportunity to design and connect your guests (and now the world) to your special love story through romantic combo color mixes and dreamy blooms.


Do you want to express your love story with a moody & bright wedding design concept (no matter which season you’re getting married in)? I can help make that happen - Let’s chat!

Keep Blooming,


The Amazingly Talented Vendor List

[Long Wedding 10.19.18]


Justin & Mary Marantz

Planning + Design:

Molly McKinley Designs


The Stables at Foxhall Resort


Blooming Hites


Megan Quintana Artistry


Chelsie Rodden Hair


The Impressionist

Wedding Dress:

Hayley Paige purchased from The White Magnolia

Bridesmaids Dresses:

Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids Earrings:

T Marie Designs

Rentals/Place Settings:

The Prissy Plate Company


Cakes By Carissa


Mac The Cheese


The Plan B Band

Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes:

The Black Tux

String Trio:

Bellissima Strings

Watercolor guest book:

Kate Turner Studio

In case you skimmed up top, here’s your recap:

  • I had the opportunity to design florals for my dearest friend, extraordinaire wedding photographer- Sydney Bruton (Now, Long). Sydney & Mitch got married on 10.19.18 at The Stables at Foxhall Resort and it was absolutely magical!

  • Their moody & bright color palette is proof that this beautiful combo can work for ANY wedding season.

  • The 5 big floral & design WOW’s from their wedding day are: The Moody & Bright Color Palette; Mini Bloom & Decor Details Turned Into Mighty Statements; Sydney’s Bridal Bouquet, The Ceremony Half Arch; The Estate Table.