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Dreamy Handmade Wedding!

Kari Crimmins (Bride) Skaneateles Falls, NY
I've always dreamt of bride, what girl hasn't? I knew, when the big day came I wanted to have a hand in as much as possible... And my dream came true! I'm a very creative and artsy person so I had a CLEAR vision of how I wanted the decor to look... but also, a budget. I'm always looking for ways to make something my own, or finding inspiration and recreating something. Looking back on my wedding day, I am so proud that everything was so personal to my husband and me. My sister-in-law did my hair, my maid of honor made our cake topper (little cork versions of us!), my father's band played our reception... everyone's talents were utilized! I designed and printed the invitations, handcrafted, ... stained and lettered all the signage, folded 1,000 paper cranes into a display, and created my seating chart from my husbands grandfathers suitcase among other projects... so, to me doing my own floral arranging wasn't even a question... it was just something that was going to happen. I did a ton of research, watched a LOT of YouTube tutorials and felt VERY confident in my abilities to make this fairytale flower dream a reality! For our centerpieces my stepfather helped me spray paint mason jars a beautiful metallic gold which we placed on rounds from a tree that was cut down in our backyard. (Don't worry, the tree had to come down...being able to use the wood slices was a happy accident!) Our Venue, The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, NY has a HUGE fireplace about three stories tall and a sprawling huge dining room with Floor to ceiling windows. The venue itself had the rustic feel I wanted, but I knew we would need a ton of florals to bring in a soft, cozy feel to the day that I really wanted. My husband trusted me the whole way. I had two calls with Violet who truly guided me and helped me make my vision a reality. She nicknamed me the "Texture Bomb" Bride. I was so drawn to soft, feminine fluffy blooms (especially garden roses) in contrast with cool unique textures like thistle, astrantia and the GORGEOUS Evening Sun Dahlias. I was very thankful that she steered me away from the anemones, which I had originally planned on having as my focal flower. When the flowers arrived, we turned my mother's basement into a full-fledged nursery. My stepfather and I sprayed the dahlias (who were already full and beautiful) nightly with crowning glory and kept all the flowers hydrated and with fresh flower food. I loved looking after the blooms, watching them open up and preparing them for the big day - arrangement day! My maid of honor helped me turn the boxes the flowers were shipped in into transportation for the vessels on the big day. Everyone stepped up to help! We all had gloves and a pair of shears. We had so much fun creating the bouquets and centerpieces! It was a LOT of work but paid off in a big way! We had SO much filler left over I sent my brother to the dollar store- he came back with more tall vases and we used as much as we could transport. These arrangements ended up on the entry tables, fireplaces, you name it! Any blank space with filled in with beautiful blooms!. I even started wiring together eucalyptus garlands last minute with all the leftovers- this was my favorite because they fit perfectly on the fireplace where we ended up doing our "First Look" photos due to bad weather... and it looked perfect! I felt like a real live Disney Princess walking down the aisle. If anyone tells you you're crazy for wanting to do you're own flowers- you're not! I wouldn't change a thing and I would absolutely use FiftyFlowers again, probably sooner rather than later since I'm now the honorary florist amongst my friends, and my maid of honor is tying the knot next year! The quality of the flowers was top notch and the selection was unbelievable. Grab your creative friends and family members and have fun! Show more
Flowers by Kari Crimmins

Arrangements Made

  • 53
    All
  • 11
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 11
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 24
    Centerpieces
  • 0
    Corsages
  • 6
    Other

Flowers Used for Kari Crimmins's Arrangements

White Football Mum Flower ( 6 bunches or 60 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces

These were so GORGEOUS! One of my favorites. They were so large, and hearty, they stayed looking fresh LONG after the event was over.

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

Perfect filler. Again I used this everywhere- in my hair, bouquets and on the cake. So lovely and the woody stem made them very hearty.

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

Astrantias are such a cool flower! I was so drawn to how beautiful they are, and the subtle hint of purple in the ivory. They are so soft looking and unique. They did wilt a bit in boutonnieres.

English Lavender Flower ( 10 Bunches Lavender )

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

I really wanted elements that felt wild so lavender was perfect and the smell was just amazing. Added that freshly picked look and height in my bouquet.

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

Obsessed with these. They are HUGE. Enourmous flowers! They were so perfect right from the get-go I was worried and paid extra attention to them. I had so many I made two large ceremony arrangements with these as well!

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

The large box was A LOT. The silver dollar and seeded were my favorites. I decieded against the baby blue in bouquets. I had SOOO much Euc i made some huge garlands and 4-6 extra tall arrangements that we spread around the venue with the remaining roses and filler.

Thistle Blue Flower ( 5 bunches or 50 stems )

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

I'm all about color and texture! Another hearty choice with multiple heads... these went a long way and were perfect for adding texture to centerpieces and bouquets. They brought out the lovely dusty blue in my bridesmaids gowns.

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

Soft, feminine and fluffy with a kiss of pink. Went so nicely with my other feminine blooms. I put these on the cake, in my hair, in the bouquets and boutonnieres... multiple heads make them go a long way.... even the buds were beautiful and added a pretty texture!

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Boutonnieres, Other

Amazing selection. I doubled up on the Miso Pretty, Creamy Ivory Peony, Blush Pink and White Blush. LOVED these.

Used for: Centerpieces

These were my biggest (and only) disappointment. Extremely fragile... most of the blooms did not survive delivery. The very few (maybe 10) that we salvaged were stuck in odd centerpieces. The few that bloomed were lovely, but not worth the hassle or price sadly.

Pink Antique Garden Rose ( 36 Garden Roses )

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Gorgeous gorgeous! The SMELL of these! The color! Just perfect. fluffy as can be. These were a favorite of mine and my bridesmaids.

Vendors

Rut Photography
Kleinfeld Bridal - Watters Gown, Bridesmaids - Coralie Beatrix on Etsy
The Lodge at Welch Allyn
Bride
Mens Warehouse - Vera Wang
Showtime The Band