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I loved the couple that these flowers were for! They were both extremely smart (the Bride was getting her PHD for crying out loud!) and you could tell that were SO in love. I met the bride at a bridal fair and she stuck in my mind. If you have not been to a bridal show in southern California you may not realize that some of them can have over 1000 brides come through in a 4 hour period! But I remembered this bride so well because she LOVED a protea bouquet that I had on the table AND she ACTUALLY knew the name! So when it came time to plan her wedding flowers we made them very fun, bright and a celebration of spring. Typically I like to provide all the flowers used for the wedding so I can comtrol the quality and ensure they will be properly hydrated for the entire celebration but the Groom’s family had such a beautiful garden that we went through and picked most of the flowers for the centerpieces. This added a wonderful sentimental element that I know the Groom’s family as well as the couple will always remember.
I only have a few pictures to share since wedding was last year and I have not quite figured that I needed to take tons of pictures…. Which I totally regret since the flowers turned out SO fun!
First up are some of the boutonnieres:
The corsages were very colorful pin on corsages.
The centerpieces were created in some ceramics that I painted cream with touches of gold and black spots. I am not the most talented painter but I was very proud of how they turned out! Most of the flowers in the centerpieces were from the Groom’s Family garden with a few additional blooms added in. Each of the centerpieces had some unique accents including sisal or bullion wire wrapped around.
For the head table a very colorful mix of rose petals was designed in a serpent pattern.
I wish the happy could a very wonderful happily-ever-after!
Purple is always a very popular color for wedding flowers. I like it, it has a regal elegant feel and can have a very elegant touch. This wedding was a more rustic inspiration with the use of vines and very textural flowers and even foliage!
The bride carried a hand tied bouquet created from various colors of stock, Picasso mini calla lilies, open roses with touches of fillers such as statice, misty blue and seeded eucalyptus. The handle was covered in a grey ribbon and accented with vines and paper covered bind wire for a very textural woodsy feel. I really liked the stem treatment! It added a lot of depth, texture and movement which enhanced the whole feel!
The groom wore a Picasso mini calla lily while the rest of the men in the bridal party wore the deep plum (or black) mini calla lilies.
The Mothers also wore black mini calla lilies on purple bracelets.
The bridesmaids carried a bouquet similar to the brides without the calla lilies and smaller in size. The same stem treatment was applied.
For the head table a low cascade arrangement was created on site to focus on the bride and groom. (we created prior to the room being decorated but it still looked beautiful!
Two weeks ago I had a small event in Dana Point. On each of the tables we had a green urn filled with red and burgundy flowers. Gerbera daisies spray roses, alstromeria, touches of sweet William and peach statice for a pop. I always love using vases that are unconventional or ceramics (like this urn). It is a look that is definitely underrated! It is always a great feeling to deliver flowers for an event and see how everything has come together. The room was pretty plain but the pop of the red really added a lot!
Last week I got a shipment of new ceramics from one of my favorite wholesalers. They are located on the east coast so I do not order for them a lot. I found the perfect excuse when I was on the hunt for some copper colored vases for a very special wedding in July. WELL I found some AWESOME vases for their wedding and I also purchased a couple hundred vases for the studio. The vase that I used for the arrangement below was a last minute splurge. They retail for $8 each and a mainly for a small arrangement but they pack so much style and spunk, I HAD to get them!
Here is one of my first arrangements with the vase. I love the colors and textures! Pretty happy with it!
I had a great surprise yesterday when I woke up to a wonderful email from one of my brides from last year! She sent me some of the pictures from her wedding last August which was photographed by Chad of http://www.chadscottphotography.com/index2.php#/home/
You can just see the love from the couple and their bridal party! It always make me SO happy when I see that!! 🙂
Here was the link to the pictures I always shared from this wedding:
At the last bridal fair I participated in I was asked a unique question. One of the Dad’s that was walking through with his daughter asked me what my approach to DIY brides was. To be honest I have never received a question like that before so I was not entirely sure on how to answer it. The more that I have thought about it the more I feel it is a topic that is ignored by a lot people. Especially being in Southern California, since the Flower Market is available for non-trade shoppers there are many brides who choice to do DIY flowers.
First I would like to give a little insight to what goes into “wedding flowers”. Flowers are a living thing and they do have a proper way to care and handle them. Each type of flower has a specific life length and it is the job of the florist to know exactly how long it takes each type of flower to open and when the best day to get them is. This may sound strange however I will get some flowers the Monday prior to a wedding if they need that long to open. Lilies are a perfect example! Depending on the weather, if it is sunny I will get them on a Tuesday prior to the wedding, process them (clean the leaves off, cut at a sharp angle, hydrate them) and baby them for the entire week! Multiple times a day I clean of any pollen as each bloom opens, I change the water every two days or so and give them a fresh cut and I move them multiple times a day to prevent them from sitting in the sun. Not all flowers need to be babied like lilies but how long does it take for a rose to open? Okay, that is a trick question! Voodoo roses (an amazing orange rose) opens very quickly but a Freedom rose (my favorite bright red rose) takes an extra day or two to open.
Let’s take a step back, the months and weeks prior to a wedding also bring a lot of work for a florist. There is more planning then you would think that goes into purchasing the flowers. For each type of arrangement (centerpiece, arch piece, aisle décor, bridesmaid bouquet) a recipe is created. This helps to determine how many bunches of flowers you need to purchase. BUT not all flower varieties come in the same size bunch. For instance, roses come packed 25 (in most cases, specialty colors sometimes come in 20 stems) while calla lilies come packed with 10 stems. This is a very important piece of info since you do not want to under order or over order any flowers.
There are also many small things to consider, do you know the best way to use floral tape for when making boutonnieres and corsages? This REALLY is something people do not consider, it takes getting used to and it look really bad if it is not done right! Do you know what type of flowers work well for flowers to wear? Not all flowers can be used as boutonnieres since some will wilt very quickly without a water source. What about all the random tools and supplies you need? Do you need a bridal bouquet holder for the flowers you are going to use? Or do you have the wire, container tape, floral tape, floral foam, floral glue or “glue dots” used behind the scenes? Also what about set-up? Will you have to place all the centerpieces, decorate an arch AND don’t forget most venues do have a limited time that they allow people to use the area. I really do not want to scare any brides but these are all stresses that can come up while getting your flowers the days leading up to your wedding.
So what is my advice? Make a sample a few months prior to your wedding. This is a great way to see if you want to invest the time in making 15 centerpieces or 5 bridesmaid bouquets. Be sure to make a sample of the centerpiece, one bouquet (to see how large it will be and if it looks like you want it to), and don’t forget the boutonniere. You may think all this is overkill BUT it will take the pressure off you the days prior to your wedding. This also allows for time to consider hiring a florist to make your vision come to life. If you still want to create your own centerpieces consider ordering your personal flowers from a florist. The bouquets and boutonnieres are in most of the pictures and nobody wants them to be an eyesore! You will have many last minute things to do the days leading up to your wedding and do you really want to stress about the flowers or have them appear the day of all perfect and ready to be enjoyed?
Really quickly… I am a trained floral designer, have worked on countless weddings, worked many valentines days and other holidays and I am also a newlywed (okay, not quite still a newlywed since I just had my 1 year anniversary, but still!). I DID MY OWN WEDDING FLOWERS AND I WAS STRESSED ABOUT IT! I have all the supplies, know how long flowers take to open, knew what to order and still the day before the wedding came and I had SO much work to do… thankfully I had some amazing helpers otherwise I do not know how I would have pulled it off! Luckily our reception was at our home so I was able to set up the day prior but this also meant the house need to be cleaned, my “floral mess” I created had to be cleaned very well AND I have to sleep at least a little right?! It was a lot of work and I had my dream wedding.
This was my “sample” centerpiece…
And what I did after deciding to make a few changes…. at the end of the night the tables were messy, but in a great way!
Sorry for the long post! 🙂
Earlier this week I read a blog by a fellow florist (one who I truly enjoy looking at their work, reading her blog and following on facebook) about the “dreaded Budget”! (You can read her blog here: http://valleyflowercompany.blogspot.com/2012/03/dreaded-budget.html) I thought it was really informative and I agree with most of her points and I love how frank she is! I decided to come up with my own blog on this topic because my prices do vary from hers (mainly because I am pretty spoiled to be close to one of the largest fresh flower markets in the world as well as all the AMAZING California Grown flowers! Many things need to be taken into account as far as the cost of flowers.
Talking about bouquets:
• The labor involved- a more involved piece such as a corsage or funky boutonniere will have a higher labor cost than a traditionally designed centerpiece. This also applies to cascade bouquets vs. hand tied bouquets.
• Not all flowers cost the same; a peony does have a higher price tag then a rose. Now peonies are larger than roses and you do not need as many to fill the space. For instance, using 3 or 5 peonies in a bouquet will take up as much room as about 12 roses. SO if you love them, use them! Maybe same the pricier flowers for special pieces (Bride’s bouquet, sweetheart table, etc.)
• The amount of flowers needed for a desired look. Consider adding foliage! Yes, I said it! Bouquets do not need to be a large mass of flowers, by adding just a touch of foliage such as dusty miller, Galax leaves or even seeded eucalyptus the overall bouquet will be larger. This allows for the flowers to “breathe” and allow then space to be scene. If calla lilies are your desired look, the bride can carry a bouquet with all mini calla lilies while the bridesmaids have a bouquet with foliage mixed between the calla lilies. This does not have to have the garden feel, it can still have the modern feel by using a sleeker foliage such as Galax leaves.
• So what does a bridal bouquet cost? I tend to be on the lower end of wedding florist so my bridesmaid bouquets start at $40 each and my bride’s bouquets start at $75. Most of my brides spend $100-$150 on their bouquet and they tend to go for the small bridesmaids bouquets at $40 each.
Thinking about Centerpieces:
• Simple does not always mean inexpensive. This oh so popular look of various budvases adds up very quickly! For each budvase you will need at 1-5 flowers per vase and each flower starts at $2.00. Depending on the size of the table, you will need at least 5 vases per table to fill the center and to have it be visible in pictures. Sad to say, I have seen weddings were they only have one or two budvases were placed among candle and other items in the center of the table and you could not even see it in pictures. So to recap, you need at least 5 vases (whether you go to thrift stores and collect vintage mismatched vases/tins or purchase them through your florist) picture spending at least $2.00 each and some up to $5 or $7 each; plus an average of $8 of flowers each vase(some mixes of $2 each flower and some higher) you will spend about $65 and depending on the flowers (if you want peonies, mini calla lilies or other premium flowers) if could be $85 or higher. Then you now have 75-100 budvase after the wedding!
Each of these budvase designs cost $10
• Consider the style of vase. Colored glass vases are so beautiful and popular right and they have a high price tag to match. Consider using a black ti leaf wrapped inside a clear glass vase or a box covered in a fabric. This will dramatically change the look of the container without adding a huge price increase. Another look I LOVE, consider using a ceramic vase instead of glad. Some ceramics are very cost effective and will have a much more unique look then a glass vase. For tall centerpieces, ask about renting the vases!
• So what does a centerpiece cost? A table that seats 6 people the centerpieces start at $40 and which is typically what I suggest as not to overwhelm the table. The most popular table size is the 60 inch round table seating either 8 or 10 guest. Centerpieces start at $40 but it really is to small for the table. I typically suggest $65 and higher with the what I feel the best size is $85 or so. The way the table is set really does determine the size of the centerpiece need, be sure to ask the caterer how your table will be set.
Are you tired of reading yet?! Just a few more ideas to think about:
• Ways to stretch the budget: reuse the ceremony flowers (only if there is a cocktail hour to allow for replacement), if you choice smaller centerpieces add candles, reuse the bouquets for the head table/sweetheart table.
• Don’t forget to gather info: how are the tables set? This will affect the size of the centerpiece need.
• Consider your options: If you have your heart set on a specific flower, remember that seasons also affect the cost. If the flower has a limited availability it will cost more than if it is readily available.
• And of course, ask your florist if there are flowers that look similar but are more cost effective or for additional cost saving ideas!
I had a great surprise earlier this year! Randomly in my inbox were these AMAZING pictures from Jenny at Alders Photography ( http://www.aldersphotography.com/ ). I had saw her blog after when she posted these pictures on her blog months ago (the wedding was last July!) and time just got away from me, BUT I just had to share theses!
This was a very beautiful wedding that was such a happy color theme and just a cheery day! The day could have gone very wrong because it was “carmagerdon”. For those who do not live in southern California; the 405 freeway was shut down for a whole weekend. The 405 is a MAJOR highway and closing it down could have been a huge deal. We all thought that there was going to be hours and hours of backed up traffic and since the wedding was off the 405 (in fact the exit right past the closure) we rented a larger van and left 6 hours earlier then we needed to. Of course the media had hyped the closure and there was NOBODY on the freeway. I think we saw less than 10 cars on the entire drive!! Needless to say we were 6 hours or so early, but better be safe than sorry.
It was a beautiful day and a wonderful day! Wishing them both a wonderful life together!
Some favorites of the Bridal party and their flowers”
The decor was amazing! AND Jenny did a great job capturing it!