An Autumnal Bohemian Dream

Elizabeth Hartman (Bride) PETERSBURG, IL
My love of flowers began with my mother, a gardener who instilled her passion for floriculture in me at a very young age. My dream job as a child was a florist, and I used to spend hours daydreaming about my wedding flowers, particularly my bouquet. Once I got engaged, I knew immediately I wanted to do my own flowers. Having no experience with wedding flowers, I knew it would be a challenge, but it also seemed like fun. I did a lot of research and had a vision for how I wanted my arrangements to look, and Violet helped me narrow down my choices and create a plan to achieve what I wanted. Having an entire room full of buckets of beautiful flowers was definitely a dream come true! We had a huge ... number of arrangements to make and needed more people than I had originally planned. Thankfully, I had many family members volunteer to help. None of us had any experience, so there was a little bit of a learning curve, but it didn’t take long to get the process down. We started off using the flower recipes provided by Violet, but ultimately found it more enjoyable to be creative and do our own thing. It ended up being a wonderful bonding experience for my family, and several told me it was their happiest memory from the wedding! As the bride, I was unfortunately too busy to be as involved as I wanted, though I was still able to do my own bouquet and my husband’s boutonnière. It rained during our ceremony, so we needed some last-minute changes to make our wedding arch work indoors, but it was still beautiful. My flowers turned out absolutely gorgeous and totally made my wedding! Every arrangement was different as it was a reflection of the individual who made it, which made the centerpieces so much more meaningful. We had a lot of extra flowers, and I would have liked to have made more arrangements, we just simply ran out of time to do so. Instead of discarding them at the end of the night, we encouraged guests to take home arrangements, and we took our extra flowers to a local nursing home the next day. We were even able to dry some of them for use on future projects. It makes me delighted to know I was able to spread joy to so many through my flowers. Choosing to use FiftyFlowers was the best decision I could have made. No florist could have carried out my vision better, and I saved money too! I only wish I had the opportunity to do it all again! Show more
Flowers by Bride with help from her family

Arrangements Made

  • 47
  • 7
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 0
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 30
  • 2
  • 7

Flowers Used for Elizabeth Hartman's Arrangements

Wedding greenery hanging pepperberry bulk fall greens sold near me
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet

Definitely super pretty, but the berries were smaller and less noticeable than I was anticipating, so they didn’t add quite as much dramatic effect as I wanted.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres

I hesitated ordering these due to the cost, but I’m so glad I did. Gorgeous color and texture, they really added something special. They were slightly fragile and did shed if bumped, but still worked well.

OASIS® Jumbo Cage ( 4 OASIS® Jumbo Cages )

Used for: Other

We used these for our ceremony arch, and they worked well.

Agonis greenery DIY wedding flowers
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres

These were so beautiful, added a feathery texture to arrangements and were unbothered by the heat!

Blue Thistle Wedding Flowers Close up

Thistle Blue Flower ( 100 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres

Some of these looked more blue than others, but still amazing. They added great texture and interest, and looked equally awesome in boutonnières. They also dry really well if you have extras you want to save for later.

Silver Brunia Balls ( 5 bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Other

Nothing really wrong with this, was just different than I was expecting. The stems are fairly short, which makes them a little difficult to work into arrangements. The gray color was a little darker than pictured, so they had kind of a creepy look to them. I was picturing something more like a billy ball in size, but these were small, more like berries. They did hold up well in the heat, and they also look nice when dried, but they were definitely my least favorite of what we ordered.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

Added extra drama and interest to everything they were in, a definite must-have!

English Lavender Flowers wholesale

English Lavender Flower ( 10 Bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres, Other

Lavender is basically my favorite, and I knew I had to work it in to my wedding flowers. This was great quality, beautiful and aromatic. I added as much as I could to my bouquet, the calming aroma helped ease my wedding jitters!

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

Such a beautiful rich/deep color, these were definitely some of my favorites!

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

The blooms were smaller than I anticipated, but they were still beautiful and were one of the longest-lasting blooms. Absolutely loved the color!

Wedding greenery bulk pampas grass filler flower sold near me

Bulk Pampas Grass ( 15 bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres, Other

LOVED this! Pampas grass was basically a theme of our wedding, so this was an absolute must. It was definitely one of our most popular choices. I still have a vase (without water) full of them, and they still look as amazing as the day they arrived!

Oxblood and Sage DIY Combo Pack ( Extra Large Pack )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

A lot of the items that came in this pack we also got in other combos, but it was really nice to have the lace flower and spray roses included.

Seeded Eucalyptus Garland ( 5 Foot Garland )

Used for: Other

We used these for our ceremony arch as well as our sweetheart table. They were gorgeous and full, and worked really well.

Golden Apricot Garden Roses up close

Golden Apricot Garden Rose ( 36 Garden Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

These were absolutely exquisite. The blooms were a little smaller than I anticipated, so they tended to work better in centerpieces and smaller arrangements.

Craspedia Yellow Flower
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres, Other

These were definitely the most popular, everyone loved them! All the boutonnières were different, and everyone fought over the one with these. They are super cute and also super cheery, you can’t go wrong. They also dry well if you have extras and want to save them.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres, Other

Love this so much, we added it to everything. We even attached wire to the base of a single leaf so we could wire it in to some of the boutonnières. They looked amazing!

Fresh cut greens plumosa fern filler flower sold near me

Plumosa Fern Greenery ( 10 bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Boutonnieres

These were beautiful, but smaller than I thought. Also, the stems are fairly short and thin/weak, so we found them difficult to add to arrangements.

Zurigo Burgundy Wholesale Carnations Up close
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

These seemed a little brighter red than burgundy, but still worked well. They were a good choice for the flower crowns we made as they hold up well, even being out of water.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Corsages, Boutonnieres, Other

So beautiful, they add a gorgeous texture and soft romantic look. Absolutely one of my favorites. Unfortunately, they are fairly small in size, and the stems are dainty and fragile, so they are difficult to add to larger arrangements without breaking. I would have liked a lot more in my bouquet, but since my bouquet was so huge they just kept getting lost. They worked better for smaller arrangements/centerpieces, corsages, and flower crowns.

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Corsages, Other

Overall, these were very pretty. The colors weren’t exactly what I thought they would be, and didn’t match my theme as well as I had hoped. However, still gorgeous and that wouldn’t be an issue for most.

Eucalyptus Greenery for Weddings
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Other

Some of the eucalyptus we ordered with this arrived moldy/unusable, but the rest was great and worked well. It was nice to have a variety.

Quicksand Cream Rose Up Close

Quicksand Cream Roses ( 100 Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Corsages, Boutonnieres, Other

These were amazing, their unusual neutral hue goes with any color palette. They looked good no matter what we arranged them with!

Antique Green Red Hydrangea Extra Large Flower Up Close
Used for: Other

We used these for our large entrance bouquet, and they were perfect!


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