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Colorado Castle Wedding

Shannon Cockreham (Bride) Sedalia, CO
I am so happy that I used FiftyFlowers to supply my wedding flowers, it was one of the best decisions I made while planning my wedding! I had debated for quite some time before making the decision... should I use a florist? Should I buy bulk flowers from Costco? Or should I use FiftyFlowers for my wedding flowers? I ultimately ended up choosing FiftyFlowers because I love flowers so much and really didn't want Plain Jane, boring flowers for my wedding. I also however did not want to use half my flower budget to pay a florist. It was the right decision! I was nervous at first...could I really pull this off? I was going for an elegant, mountain wild flower look...what does that even mean?? I don't ... know how to put flowers together, I don't know how to add depth, texture ...and whatever else you need to make the kind of stunning wedding bouquets and centerpieces I had always dreamed of. My method may not have been the best or the most efficient but I started off looking at flower arrangements I liked on Pinterest and wedding magazines. I then tried to find the common elements in the arrangements I liked. Next, I went to the FiftyFlowers website and examined all the flowers listed in the wedding colors section of the website, adding my favorites to my cart as I went also incorporating those elements that I had distilled from my previous research on Pinterest. I then would examine my cart and try to distill all the arrangement pieces together, editing the different flower/plant elements together by cost, color and for the overall feel that I wanted. I was pretty much happy with my cart when I reached out for help. That is one of the great things about FiftyFlowers, they are happy to help you create the look you are going for. I made an appointment with the flower concierge, she was invaluable because she has the secret knowledge that a layman doesn't know. She can tell you how to cut costs by substituting a more expensive flower with a less expensive but similar looking flower, whether the flowers you have chosen will hold up in the cold or wilt in the heat, if you have enough texture, greenery etc. So with her help, just like that, I was ready to place my order. If you decide to go this route, just be sure you know generally the look you want, have a budget and come in with an open mind. It is great if you already have a Pinterst board with arrangements that you either really like and that display all the qualities that you are going for or are trying to duplicate so the flower concierge can really get a feel for what you are wanting and be of the most help to you. Then it is a simple as placing the order, at least until the flowers arrive. FiftyFlowers is good about giving you resources to develop a plan to arrange your flowers, tips and tricks as well as detailed instructions as to how to care for your flowers when they arrive. I suggest getting the tall orange buckets from Home Depot for storage of the flowers while they rehydrate, they hold a lot of water and are tall enough to accommodate most if not all the different types of flowers that you may order. It must also be stated that processing the flowers can be quite time consuming so make sure you budget enough time to process the flowers upon their arrival as well as all the time you will need to actually arrange the bouquets , centerpieces etc. a few days later. I was lucky in this part as I had a very talented friend and my aunt who works with flowers to help with putting together the arrangements. You will likely need help, but arranging the flowers can be fun bonding time between you and those assisting. Ultimately everything came together beautifully. There were a few ups and downs with the flowers and it was at times a bit stressful but it was well worth it. I absolutely LOVED my wedding flowers. They were beautiful, unique and somehow, at least in my opinion were able to capture the elegant mountain wild flower look that I was going for. I am so grateful that I was able to get all the flowers that I wanted at a reasonable price, they were unique and exactly what I wanted. So if you are wondering if you can do it without a florist... Yes, you absolutely can! Make sure you have some help, do your homework and have fun, it is a challenge but well worth it. Just a few more words of advise: It seems to be a fairly regular occurrence that one of the elements of your order may go wrong (FiftyFlowers may not be able to fulfill your order exactly as you place it, a particular flower crop may be oversold or blighted, a certain color you were hoping for in a particular flower may be unavailable etc. so don't put all your hopes on any particular flower if possible. Order exactly what you want but have a backup idea for anything you are counting on for your flower look to fully come together.) Also have a plan when going into flower arranging, know what there is to do and who is doing what. Beyond that good luck and I hope this was helpful. P.S. I also ordered some silver brunia balls in a separate order which I also absolutely loved and am so glad I included. Show more
Flowers by Sharon, Stephanie

Arrangements Made

  • 42
    All
  • 12
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 10
    Centerpieces
  • 3
    Corsages
  • 12
    Other

Flowers Used for Shannon Cockreham's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! These were fantastic. I only ordered 40 stems but they puffed out and seemed to go on forever. Though, truth be told I would order more if I could do it all again.These were a gorgeous special touch I am so glad I included them and will be ordering them again for other arrangements. They are at once soft and rustic, unique and beautiful. These were a key element in transforming a boring bouquet into something personalized and unique. LOVE THESE FLOWERS!

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

These were OK. They were pretty sad, wilted and brown when they arrived, some perked up, some did not. I really loved the silver element that they added but unfortunately their condition was also sometimes a detractor.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

I wavered back and forth on whether to include these wax flowers in my order but I am soo glad that I did. The spiny branches added a natural wild flavor, which for me was a magical addition. They also added interest and texture to the arrangements, one of my favorites!

Used for: Other

These sweet peas were the biggest disappointment. First, I got a call a from FiftyFlowers a few days before the wedding (the most stress filled time in a do it yourself bride's life) and was told that they were unable to get the color of sweet peas that I had ordered. As these flowers were a very important part of the overall pallet, I was very disappointed but told them to send the purple that was available as I had incorporated these flowers for my grandmother who had always loved sweet peas. (I wish I had just been refunded) They arrived in terrible condition, wilted and slimey. While most of all the other flowers perked up a came to life...these never did. We ended up throwing 90% or more of them out. As this was one of the pricier flowers choices, I was very disappointed. I do not recommend purchasing these flowers at all, they were a total waste of money.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

These flowers were gorgeous and were just what I was looking for. They opened beautifully showing off their lavender grey center for just the effect I was going for. They are true to the picture on the website, soft, elegant and unique, just gorgeous.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

I had originally wanted to go with the Amnesia Lavender Novelty Rose but was afraid they might be too pinky so ultimately opted for these. They were beautiful, lasted a long time and added the extra bit of lavender that I wanted. Gorgeous, just as pictured!

Silver Brunia Balls ( 5 bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

I love the silvery green element and the velvet softness of dusty miller so I knew I had to include some in my wedding flowers. They are gorgeous and I love them but be warned dusty miller wilts very easily so you must treat it and place it carefully in arrangements for them to look their best.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

The eucalyptus smelled great and provided a bit of an elegant but somewhat woodsey feel which I really loved.

Stock Lavender Purple Flower ( 5 Bunches or 50 Stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

The stock was amazing, they smelled great, added the perfect purple pop and height dimension to the arrangements at an affordable price point. Highly Recommend!!

Stock Lavender Blush Flower ( 10 bunches or 100 Stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

The stock was amazing, they smelled great, added the perfect lavender pop and height dimension to the arrangements at an affordable price point. Highly Recommend!

Dahlia Style Cremon Snowflake ( 9 bunches or 90 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

These are a superb filler flower at an excellent price point. These were reliable and long lasting, definitely worth the price! Not quite as beautiful as real dahlia's in my opinion but still a wonderful filler flower.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

Wonderful spray roses at a great price point. These were great at filling in holes and for balancing out the purple roses. The were long lasting and were the perfect shade of creamy white.

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