Oh, man. After trying to be one of those relaxed go-with-the-flow brides – and repeating over and over again that I don’t care about the flowers – I realized something yesterday…I do care about the flowers.
Not that I’m saying it’s a bad thing, it was just something I didn’t realize I had in me. I’ve never cared about flowers before – I told Derek when we first started dating not to waste his money on them, if he wanted to buy me something pretty, buy me something pretty that I can eat (like edible arrangements – yum!). But the more into wedding planning I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized how a beautiful bouquet can be the perfect accent to a gorgeous wedding ensemble and, now, when somebody asks if I prefer “this flower” or “that flower” I’ve realized that I actually have an answer and a genuine opinion – who knew?
My aunt and I have been emailing back and forth on wedding flowers (she’s helping us go the DIY route – more information HERE) and I think she’s the one that’s been gently pushing the flower lover out of me. Her passion for flowers is inspiring and her love is rubbing off. After a few back and forths over email, some heavy pinning, and a face-to-face meeting back in July, we were able to narrow it down to a couple of inspirational bouquets.
Here’s what I love: anemones (the white flowers with the dark centers), dusty miller (the grey leaves), and baby’s breath. It’s been challenging picking flowers that work for a rustic winter theme, but I think we’ve stumbled upon a combo that works well together.
I’m especially obsessed with the anemones.
When your wedding colors are navy and grey, it’s hard to find a flower the works. I’ve discovered that when you ask for “blue flowers” they’re either going to be light blue or more of a purple (navy is TOUGH). The anemones are actually a white flower with a black center, but the black almost looks navy in photos. Basically every bouquet that I’ve fallen in love with have anemones in it, it’s my new favorite flower (well, my first favorite flower – can’t say I really had one before).
The anemones, dusty miller, and baby’s breath are a must, everything else is fair game in the flower department as far as i’m concerned.
After doing some research – and getting a grasp on what I like and don’t like – my aunt and I headed to the wholesale flower shop yesterday to see what they have in stock, what they will have in stock in January, and to actually see some flowers in person (up until this point it was all photos).
The wholesale flower shop was fun. They basically have two large refrigerated rooms that are filled with wall-to-wall flowers. There were so many beautiful flowers in almost every color imaginable. All the colors were so beautiful, vibrant, and rich, that I almost wished I was having a summer wedding just so I could have has many colorful flowers as possible in my bouquet and arrangements.
Unfortunately most of the flowers I’ve been eyeing aren’t in season yet (well, duh – it’s only September!), but my aunt was curious to see if I was drawn to anything else once I saw all the flowers in person.
I found myself drawn to the creamier flowers over the white
I was really digging the eucalyptus (though if did look a bit grayer when in a bunch)
And I preferred the “flatter” flowers over the open ones.
Other than that, it was tough to find anything that could really work based off of what they had on hand. Still, we wanted to have some fun, so we purchased all of our favorites to see if any of the flowers could work.
Prepped and ready for assembling!
My aunt used her super-flower powers and worked some magic.
10 minutes later (I told you my aunt had super-flower powers!) we had a beautiful bouquet.
It was gorgeous, but unfortunately not the look we wanted. Sigh.
Don’t worry – I would still consider this a positive experience. It made us both realize that “tall” flowers aren’t going to work for our vision, the creamy flowers photograph with a yellowish tint, and the eucalyptus is too green for our liking (we’re trying to stay away from the green since it is a January wedding).
A beautiful bouquet, but not the bouquet for me.
Oh! I do have some good news!
After falling in love with baby’s breath bouquets in photos, I can officially say I’ve fallen in love with the idea in person as well.
The bridesmaid will have baby’s breath bouquets with some dusty miller to accent on the outside.
We combined two different genres of baby’s breath to make the bouquet and discovered we’ll be able to create 4 bouquets out of roughly three batches of baby’s breath – good to know!
The team at the flower place (Florida Wholesale Florist <- for any Orlandolocals!) was amazing. They let us use their space, let us borrow a pair of scissors, and even wrote out what flowers we’ll need as an unofficial pre-order (we’ll call back with our official order in December once we know the final flower counts, we just need to give them two weeks notice). The good news is that they should have anemones in January (whoop! whoop!), as well as the rest of the flowers we’re after. However, they will not have dusty miller or the succulents, which isn’t that big of a deal since we can pick those up locally at Lowe’s or another retail garden center.
For someone who once didn’t care anything about the flowers, I’m very excited about them now! I can’t wait to see them all come together in January!
What flowers did you have at your wedding?