Deborah Kuhny (Friend) Goshen, IN
I am a close friend of the family on the bride's side. Decorating the venue was my gift to the couple. The wedding was in late October in the midwest. When Rylee, the bride, told me the date I got so excited with the natural color possibilities. Then she told me her girls were wearing champagne colored dresses and the guys were wearing gray/green suits. I called it a colorless wedding. I really wanted the decor to have some Fall elements. That's when I decided we could do white/cream pumpkins, green gourds, and I added some metallic gold here and there. I used three different types of eucalyptus, similar to the color the guys wore, spray roses were the only flower. At the last minute, I ordered
some baby's breath which I used mostly to surround the roses. I knew I'd be working alone and thought it best to keep things simple. I used live and faux painted pumpkins and gourds all over the place. Lots of tea light candles and stringed bulbs made everything look soft and romantic. I think I received more compliments in one night than I have in my whole life!!! I totally over ordered. I spoke with Violet, the FiftyFlowers in-house florist, and she created a shopping cart for me based on the hour-long conversation we had. I ended up adding more to the order than she recommended...just to be safe. BIG mistake. I had enough flowers and greens to do two weddings! I made 20 decent sized centerpieces for the dining tables, 8 mini arrangements for the cocktail tables, two giant urns we used in area where the ceremony took place and then we moved them to each side of the head table after the ceremony, a very large arrangement for the head table, and several other arrangements for the vignettes I made around the space. I did everything myself except for the 8 cocktail table arrangements. I didn't realize there would be cocktail tables until the morning of the wedding when I walked into the bar area at the venue. Luckily, the groom's mom brought 8 volunteers and I had extra flowers with me. Several of them worked on those arrangements while the rest of us set up. I don't recommend working alone. I worked for two very long and exhausting days. If you have no floral arranging background I highly suggest you do your homework. Watch lots of videos, read blogs and floral arranging articles, and make sketches. I felt really good about tackling the job. I bought 6" plastic florist bowls, oasis, waterproof floral tape, and Crown Glory. I made my own flower food with lemon juice, bleach, and sugar. I did not get involved with the personal arrangements, the girls got their own flowers and made their own bouquets. They had no idea what they were doing and it showed in the final products. They bought their own flowers from somewhere else but I more than enough and could have easily provided them. My experience with FiftyFlowers was amazing. When the flowers were due to be delivered I received emails informing me of when they would come and how to handle them. The day they were to be delivered I received a text with information for each item. After they were delivered I received an auto phone call telling me my order was delivered. At one point I received the auto call that several things were delivered when, in fact, they were not. I called FiftyFlowers and they got on it right away. It turned out that FedEx delivered them to the wrong address! The FedEx guy came back to my neighborhood and brought them to me.
Flowers by Deborah Kuhny