A roaring fire in the barn added to the "romantic late-fall feeling" Bekah had envisioned for the wedding. "It being mid-to-late fall, I didn't want too many bright colors in the flowers," says Bekah. All of which gave floral designer Mindy Rice an idea. "I have always loved the tones of dried PeeGee hydrangeas—a beautiful tan color," she says. "Nothing fresh gives that same feeling." So, she dried 2,000 stems of the late-summer flowers for months in preparation for the late-November wedding.