An Arizona Garden Wedding
Erin Hugus (Mom) CHANDLER, AZ
My daughter was married at a garden-themed venue on a sunny December day in Mesa, Arizona. We knew when planning the wedding that we had to have fresh flowers to accentuate the natural setting. I have never arranged flowers before, so I was a little hesitant. I researched different wedding florist options, and I came across this wonderful website. After reading the wedding stories and seeing the beautiful arrangements and bouquets, I was confident that I had found the right floral partner for my daughter’s wedding. I sent my daughter links to the website pages with the different event themes. She was immediately drawn to the Rustic Blush and Burgundy Wedding photos, with the mix of dark
burgundy carnations, fresh hypericum berries, and soft eucalyptus. I discovered that the Burgundy Blush DIY pack had most of the same flowers and greenery: white blush garden and secret garden roses, burgundy carnations, and silver dollar eucalyptus. The addition of the Eucalyptus Wedding DIY Greenery Box and the Antique Burgundy Designer Hypericum Berries would provide all the colors and textures she had envisioned for her floral displays. I wrote out a “recipe” for each of the floral elements so that I knew how many to order. When I began to submit my order online, I realized that I could not select a delivery date before the wedding. Luckily, I was able to connect with a customer service representative through the web page chat feature. She quickly researched the availability of the items and was able to change the delivery date to the Thursday and Friday before the wedding. We received everything as promised, with the greenery arriving on Thursday and the flowers on Friday. I followed the flower care instructions by trimming the stems and placing them in large buckets with the flower food and water. I prepared the ribbons, tape, and other supplies to create the arrangements and bouquets on Saturday, the morning of the wedding. I printed out the “recipes” for each of the floral elements, indicating how many of each flower and/or greenery was to be used in each arrangement, bouquet, and boutonniere. I made a separate list of floral elements to set aside for other uses at the venue. The morning of the wedding, my house was a flutter of activity; we set up hair-styling and make-up stations in the house and a floral station in the garage. My daughter, her two bridesmaids, my sister, and I rotated among the three stations, each of us participating in the creation of the arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. It was amazing to witness the joy and excitement everyone had in creating the beautiful floral displays. It was a beautiful way to begin the celebration of my daughter’s big day. When we arrived at the venue, we placed the arrangements on the tall pillars to accent the ceremony space, adorned the head table with the fragrant eucalyptus mix, introduced a pop of color to the cupcake display, and added a natural element to the lighted cylinders along the wedding aisle with the burgundy carnations, hypericum berries, and the white blush and secret garden roses. The beautiful flowers and greenery added a natural element that was appreciated by the guests. I received many compliments on the beauty of the flowers and the wonderful aroma of the eucalyptus. Everyone was amazed to hear that we did everything ourselves. If you are hesitant in designing your wedding floral arrangements, have confidence in knowing that FiftyFlowers can help make your floral vision a reality. The flowers and greenery were fresh and vibrant, and they arrived on time. I will gladly order from FiftyFlowers in the future.
Flowers by Bride (Michelle), Bridesmaids (Avery and Charlotte), Mom (Erin), and Aunt (Heather)