Bride: Stephanie Location: Brooklyn, NY Date: December 31st, 2017
Here’s what the beautiful couple ordered to create these lush winter arrangements: Crimson Rust Gerrondo Gerbera Daisies (80 stems), Red Ranunculus (100 stems), Burgundy Wine Ranunculus (100 stems), and Blackberry Malima Scabiosa (100 stems). They also ordered Burgundy Berry Dahlia Flower (80 stems), Dahlia Burgundy Black Flower (80 stems), Burgundy Snapdragons (100 stems), Burgundy Moonlight Carnations, and Purpleberry Carnations (100 stems). For added lush and texture they used Italian Ruscus Greenery (20 bunches), Thistle Blue Flower (100 stems), Seeded Eucalyptus Greenery (10 bunches), Red Hanging Amaranthus Fresh Autumn Greens (15 bunches), and Salal and Ruscus Greens Garland (5 foot).
What they created: 2 bridal bouquets, 5 bridesmaids’ bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 4 corsages 18 centerpieces, and 8 other arrangements!
Scroll on for some beautiful shots of the event from Hallie Kohler Photography, a questionnaire from the Stephanie, and their full vendor list!
A: I would have to say our ceremony. We did traditional vows but also wrote personal remarks that we did not share with each other in advance of the wedding. Also, we asked two sets of our closest couple friends to be a part of the ceremony and gave them free reign on what they wanted to say. They both gave very heartfelt remarks about us each individually and as a couple. Also, our venue is an industrial space and when I walked in the first time to see it all put together after months of planning it was more beautiful than I could have imagined. It was really magical! Because it was NYE we had our venue until 2 AM and at about 1:45 AM we had an epic dance party to Total Eclipse of the Heart that I will never forget!
A: I love color so I knew off the bat that I wanted a colorful palette to contrast with our very industrial wedding venue. Given our wedding was in the winter, it seemed perfect to have a rich palette of jewel-toned flowers.
Q: What do you wish you would have known prior to DIYing your wedding flowers?
Q: Do you have any advice for a bride-to-be who is interested in DIYing their wedding flowers?
A: Make sure you have ample space to process and put the flowers together. I also recommend practicing beforehand how to make a hand-tied bouquet. It took a few tries for me to get a hang of making the bridesmaids bouquets. If you have a team of helpers, it really is possible to DIY your flowers. We had a 160 person wedding and were able to process the flowers with a small team (3-5 people), and then arrange with a larger team (10) the day before. Make sure everyone has a job and for those who may not have an eye for flower arranging, show them an example of what you’re looking for. I would suggest making one example of each type of arrangement, which makes it easier for everyone (including yourself) so people won’t have tons of questions and they feel empowered to be helpful even if they aren’t experienced in flower arranging. This was an incredible help as well, but my wife’s Aunt Patty is a professional florist so having her around was a godsend. She did our incredible bridal bouquets that were stunning.
Q: Anything else you’d love to share about your wedding day?
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