Tuesday, July 13, 2010
our diy bouquets
The DIY flower thing was a HUGE project. We ended up ordering from 50 Flowers. Which was great....the flowers were BEAUTIFUL! Thankfully, as I had no idea what to expect with ordering the flowers online! For the bouquets, I ordered yellow garden roses, yellow ranunculus, and asters.
The really COOL elements of the flowers were a spur of the moment idea...my Aunt brought hemlock bundles from her yard in Seattle (the boys boutonnieres were made using hemlock cones from her yard too - so this was a really nice touch.)
The flowers were shipped to Flagstaff, where my aunt (a Flagstaff local) put them in big paint buckets of water and placed them in the cold dark garage.
Once the truck was loaded, I hauled everything over to the vacation home that Tommy's family was renting out for the week. (Holy amazing....AMAZING!) My mom, sister, and two of my wonderful Aunts met us at the house and we set to work.
I put on garden gloves and stripped the thorns off of the roses. A local Flagstaff florist was gracious enough to let us borrow her rose stripper (a metal contraption that worked like a charm.)
My dear Aunt Clare helped me with the bouquet arranging...ummm....well....to be honest I helped her with the bouquet arranging. First, we laid them out...to make sure the bouquets are even. Then we started forming the bouquets. She taught me to start in the middle and build the bouquet around that.
My bouquet!!! My aunt arranged it and it was sooooooooo beautiful....this was taken before she put the "petticoat" of asters around the base. She wrapped the stems in an embroidered hanky of my great-grandmothers the afternoon of the wedding....a sweet touch for a lovely bouquet.
The diy flower route worked out nicely for me - only because of the generosity of help from our mothers, aunts, and my sister!! I could not have done this on my own!! It was a big project...and I didn't even HELP put it all together at the wedding site. So I don't know if I can even adequately portray the depth of this project!
*pictures thanks to Auntie Pol!