Melissa Adams – A DIY Bride!

When Melissa and her mother, Cindy, reached out to us about Melissa’s wedding day, they were more than thrilled to hear about our “do it yourself” station! When I asked Melissa why she chose to DIY her flowers she said “mainly because of cost but we are a very crafty family!” Melissa requested white hydrangea, green hypericum, ivory garden roses, vendela roses, baby’s breath, daisy poms, spray roses, burgundy garden roses, and white freesia.

IMG_4002Melissa and her crafty family members came in at 9:00 am ready to go! They were creating groom and groomsmen boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets, mother and grandmother corsages, and the bride’s bouquet! They were using the baby’s breath and daisy poms for pew markers and table arrangements.


This is Melissa’s Pinspiration she used to guide her on her bridal bouquet.

Melissa was wed to her fiance Cody Robinson this past weekend at J & D Farms! We can’t wait to see the photos from her photographer and see everything in action!

Don’t forget that we have moved locations to Southside Birmingham! We are now located at 3300 3rd Ave. South, 35222.

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Blair Hayes and Brett Sellers | Historic Rucker Place Ceremony and Reception


Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market had a fantastic time working with Blair for her big day. She has such a radiant personality which made it very easy to design for her wedding and reception. Blair’s bouquet consisted of shades of soft peach, blush, greens, and whites with tulips, peonies, garden roses, and mini callas.

Blair and Brett held their ceremony and reception at the Historic Rucker Place and it was absolutely beautiful! The wonderful Magen Davis Photography was there to capture all the sweet moments. Thank you for letting us share your work, Magen!


Blair’s bridesmaids wore open back champagne colored dresses while carrying bouquets of peach, blush, green, and cream colored flowers to off set Blair’s bouquet.


The groomsmen were all smiles for the groom with their mini white callas for their boutonnieres.




The alter flowers were on top of the arbor with garden roses, tulips, hydrangeas, and spray roses.


The buffet table arrangements were created in Blair’s grandmother’s silver urn.


What better way to send off the bride and groom than with bubbles! Such a great photo opportunity!


Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Brett Sellers!

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Lindsay Kennemer and Mitchell Hackney | Avondale United Methodist Church Ceremony & The Club Reception


Lindsay’s bridesmaids are so excited for her new journey with Mitchell!

Talk about beauty and grace. Lindsay came to Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market to enlist our expertise for her big day. We were more than thrilled to design for her because of her brilliant smile and all her exciting ideas!

Lindsay held her ceremony at Avondale United Methodist Church and the reception took place at the breathtaking The Club. Yellow Daffodils dotted the tables at The Club and in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

David Boyd Photography was so kind to let us use his photos and what a magnificent job he did. He captured the day beautifully and was able to really showcase Lindsay and Mitchell’s excitement and love.


The rings are cushioned by the garden roses.


The bridesmaids’ bouquets were created with white hydrangeas, yellow daffodils, and yellow garden roses.


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Lindsay chose to have two different height centerpieces for her seating table arrangements. 


This was the piece that stunned us all! It was a chandelier of flowers to hang over their cake.

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Michelle + Seena | Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Ross Bridge Resort

Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market loves and remembers concepts from all of our brides. However, every now and then a bride will come along that we will remember forever. Not only was Michelle one of those brides, but she was that bride for several reasons: She was hands down one of the most polite and stunningly gorgeous, but she also brought in a concept for her wedding that we had not only never done before, but we had never seen it done before either.

Michelle wanted to use one flower only for her entire wedding ceremony and reception at Ross Bridge Resort & Spa: hydrangea. More than that, she was okay with a variety of hydrangea including white, antique green, antique blue, and antique pink.

She worked with two of our designers, Alan Townsend and Andy Seale, to create the concept of what would be used and what wouldn’t. The end result is one that we’re still talking about 9 months later.

Angela Karen Photography did an amazing job catching the details and we couldn’t be more grateful to her for sharing them with us!

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Ross Bridge is one of our favorite wedding venues in Birmingham, AL. The staff is not only wonderful, but the location itself is to die over.

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This photo that Angela Karen Photography got of Michelle’s dress gives us goosebumps it’s so beautiful.

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Michelle’s something blue was her beautiful blue heels.

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The bridesmaids help fan out Michelle’s elaborate veil for photos around the grounds at Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, AL.

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The bridesmaids wore vibrant blue gowns and carried some of the most gorgeous bouquets we’ve ever seen. Each bouquet was made up of a few antique blue and antique green hydrangea then wrapped in a navy satin ribbon.

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The flower girl wore a hair wreath made up entirely of antique blue and antique green hydrangea. Her white basket was adorned with hydrangea accents, and she even tossed hydrangea stems when she made her way down the aisle.

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Seena and his groomsmen wore antique blue hydrangea boutonnieres wrapped in navy satin.

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Ross Bridge Resort and Spa certainly has plenty of gorgeous places around its grounds for photos.

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We can’t begin to describe how gorgeous the ceremony flowers were. Michelle chose to use one of our iron gates covered in hydrangea blooms. The altar was then flanked with huge mounds of antique green, antique blue, white and even pink hydrangea.

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Michelle’s bouquet had softer tones of the same hydrangea. Her lace dress was jaw dropping!

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Each aisle was also decorated in antique blue hydrangea.

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Michelle and Seena had guests shower them in white flutter fetti for their exit. This is still one of our favorite ways for a bride and groom to depart their wedding reception!

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Kolson + Jason | Wedding & Reception at Faucett Brothers Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market was contacted last summer by one of our favorite Birmingham wedding planners, Meghan Cease, of M. Elizabeth Events, to do the flowers for Kolson and Jason’s wedding and reception at Faucett Brothers Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Kolson and Jason are both into fitness and the venue was the perfect fit for both of them!

Mark Broadway Photography from Dothan, Alabama was very gracious by sharing the photos with us and we hope that you’ll check out his website because his work is amazing. The wonderful tree trunk cake was done by Barb’s Cakes. Our favorite detail of this wedding is definitely the live artist, Joy Varnell, who painted the wedding ceremony live on site. She has worked with several of our brides and is very very talented.

For us, Kolson’s wedding was unique in one particular way: we never met the bride! Meghan contacted us prior to Kolson’s bridal portrait session because she needed a bouquet for the photographs. After the session, Kolson loved the bouquet and wanted it duplicated for her wedding. The bride’s family were constructing the ceremony décor as well as reception decorations, and all that would be needed were personal flowers.

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Kolson’s bouquet was made up entirely of white peonies and was then wrapped in a single layer of burlap, leaving the stems exposed.

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The bride’s hair wreath was created with white hydrangea and cream spray roses. Long cream ribbons of different textures trailed down the back of her long, dark hair. Stunning!

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Jason nervously waiting to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day.

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Kolson and Jason were both all smiles during their first look.

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Floral décor by Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market

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Photo by Mark Broadway Photography

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Kolson’s sisters served as bridesmaids and also carried all white peony bouquets.

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These wood discs, engraved with the Bible verse Joshua 24:15, were wonderful favors for guests to take with them.

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A woodsy feel was incorporated into many details throughout the wedding by Kolson’s wonderful family.

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A beautiful portrait of Kolson greeted guests near the guest book when they arrived for the wedding and reception at Faucett Brothers Activity Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Cylinder vases with floating candles and a wrap of raffia created a very romantic aisle.

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Kolson’s family built an amazing wooden arbor to be the focal point of the wedding ceremony. It was gorgeous!

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Live artist Joy Varnell worked throughout the ceremony to capture the wedding and reception on canvas. Her work always amazes us.

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Barb Sullivan of Barb’s Cakes did a wonderful job on this tree trunk cake with Kolson and Jason’s monogram.

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The bride and her crew did a fabulous job pulling together their centerpieces for the wedding reception.

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Even the couple’s flutes were etched with their monogram. How awesome is that?

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The lighting was absolutely perfect at Faucett Brothers Activity Center where tree silhouettes were projected on the drapery throughout the room.

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Long ago M. Elizabeth Events got us hooked on Flutter Fetti – a biodegradable confetti that guests can toss easily at your during the sendoff from your wedding reception. Kolson and Jason used a variety of colors for theirs.

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The beaming couple also left in one of the coolest ways we’ve seen in a long time — by rickshaw!

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Erin + Matt | St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Wedding & Ross Bridge Resort Reception

Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market absolutely loved working with Erin and her mother to create a beautiful concept for a summer wedding. Erin and Matt were married this past June at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

One of our favorite photography duos, Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography, captured the day and we’re always grateful to them for sharing their work! The day was expertly planned by Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events.

Erin was a classic, stunningly gorgeous bride and carried a traditional handheld bouquet of white roses, hydrangea, scented geranium leaves, dusty miller, and fresh lavender. The stems were wrapped in a white satin ribbon and completed with white crystals.

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Erin’s bridesmaids wore vibrant blue dresses and carried clutch bouquets of bold pastel flowers including Amsterdam and cool water roses, antique green hydrangea, green hypericum berry, dusty miller, rice flower, soft pink calla lilies, and fresh lavender.

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Matt’s boutonniere was a single white mini calla lily with a backing of dusty miller and a sprig of rosemary.

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Erin and Matt’s mothers each carried tussie mussies in traditional silver holders. The tussie mussies were made of antique green hydrangea, green hypericum berry, and Amsterdam roses.

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The favorite flower of many Southern brides is hydrangea and we love to incorporate it anywhere we can. Antique green hydrangea is a hearty variety and holds up well for long periods of time. For Erin’s pew markers we used a single stem of antique green hydrangea.

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Upon arrival at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, guests were greeted by a large arrangement in bold colors. The flowers in the arrangement included Amsterdam and cool water roses, blue delphinium, a mixture of herbs, antique green hydrangea, green hypericum berry, peach stock, soft pink mini calla lilies, Bells of Ireland, pink snap dragons and fresh lavender.

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Two large arrangements flanked the altar. These arrangements were composed of many of the same flowers used throughout the wedding.

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The precious flower girl wore a halo of antique green hydrangea and soft pink spray roses. She also carried a pomander of the same blooms.

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Ross Bridge Resort and Spa is one of our favorite wedding venues in Birmingham for many reasons. It’s natural beauty is one of the main ones.

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Erin and her mother did a great job with details and incorporated the main wedding color, blue, into many different ways. These included William Arthur wedding invitations, koozies, menu cards, escort cards, etc.

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We also love that the couple used their engagement photos to create a unique guest book for their guests to sign.

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Guest table centerpieces alternated between low mounded arrangements of antique green hydrangea and taller arrangements of the same flower incorporated with silver candelabras.

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Congratulations again to the happy couple and thank you for choosing Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market!

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2013 SoHo Bridal Show by Perfect Wedding Guide |Homewood, Alabama

If you’re engaged in Alabama then you know where to be on the first Sunday in August – the Perfect Wedding Guide SoHo Bridal Show. Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market is always thrilled to participate in this bridal show and 2013 was possibly the best yet!

This unique bridal show is put on each year by the ladies at Engaged! A Wedding Library in Homewood, Alabama. Rosewood Hall is an event venue in Birmingham that is wonderful because it lends itself perfectly to be divided into five different “weddings”. Each room {including the building’s entryway} is sponsored by a florist and caterer in order to provide brides with a full wedding experience.

We had the luxury of sponsoring the center room so we felt we needed to go big or go home. We went big of course! Thank you, thank you, thank you, to Arden and Mo of Arden Photography for getting these awesome shots of our décor. Without you guys we would have nothing to show off.

When brides entered our space at Rosewood Hall the first thing they saw was our huge, 8′ birch tree which served as the centerpiece for the food table. The tree was decorated with smoky amethyst and clear crystals draped from the top to the bottom. Rustic-chic iron birdcages also hung in the tree with beautiful, soft-toned arrangements in them.

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The arrangements included mounded and cascading blooms of green hanging amaranthus, femma roses, white hydrangea, Choco cymbidium orchids, cherry brandy roses, variegated pittosporum, vendela roses, and succulents.

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Andy Tolar of Design Productions did an amazing job hanging two of his Edison bulb chandeliers from the ceiling to create a romantic atmosphere. Did we mention that our space also won best booth?

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We also had a variety of bridal bouquets that brides could hold, take photos of, and generally get a feel of what they liked best.

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We’ll be there again this year and hope to see you as well!

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