By: Sativa Arce Location: Anna Maria Island, FL Date: November 11, 2011
Wholesale Flowers Used: Legend Salmon Sunkissed Coral Rose, Peony Garden Rose Peach Juliet Ausgameson, Polo White Roses, Passion Peach Coral Calla Lily Flower, Snapdragon Orange Sorbet Flower, Bells of Ireland Green Filler Flower, Solid Color Classic Single Strung Lei in White.
Our beautiful Bride, Sativa, didn’t always plan on DIYing her wedding flowers. Originally, she received a few quotes from different florists, but to stay within her budget she would have to limit the type of flowers she could use. She then found out about Fifty Flowers, from Brides Magazine, researched and saw reviews, and said, “If all these other brides can do it, so can I”. And she did!
As she began to shop and decide on which flowers she wanted, she said, “I definitely used the shop by color a lot, then saved the ones I really liked to my cart. Once I had a bunch saved I would try to picture them together and eliminate the ones that didn’t fit my vision. I also called Fifty Flowers and spoke with a rep to get suggestions for greenery and get an idea of how many flowers I would need. She suggested the Bells of Ireland, which I loved, and told me how many flowers to use for my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ as well.”
Sativa said she followed the instructions from FiftyFlowers, “When I received the flowers I cut them and put into buckets of water. It was November in Florida so it was cold enough at night to just leave them in a dark room that was part of the garage.”
“The next morning my bridesmaids and I put together the centerpieces and bouquets (while enjoying mimosas!). For the bouquets I used the floral tape to hold them together and hot glued some pretty fabric to the outside, then I sewed some dangling crystals on to match my dress and that’s it.”
“It was a beach wedding, and I didn’t want the decor to take away from the beauty of the location, so I kept the centerpieces simple. I used 2 different size mason jars, putting the roses in the small jars and snapdragons in the tall jars, which I had already decorated with jute. I made table runners out of burlap and added a couple of votives with some sand and VOILA! Very simple but still very natural and pretty. Guests took home the centerpieces and said the flowers lasted for 2 weeks!”
How cute are those Flower Girls? I love the seashells to hold the rose petals! Perfect for a beach wedding.
A special Thank You to our DIY Bride, Sativa, and Jorge at LifeLongStudios for the gorgeous pictures! 🙂