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Jessie & Tim - October 13, 2018

Jessie Leukuma (Bride) CHASSELL, MI
Tim and I met, through our close friend Brent, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula during winter break in 2016. I was living in Portland, Oregon working for Nike in Apparel Development at the time, and was visiting my hometown in Michigan for Christmas and New Year’s. Tim was just finishing up his Mechanical Engineering degree at Michigan Tech University that month and was roommates with Brent, who ended up being an usher at our wedding. That winter break we spent most of our time hanging out at the boys’ college house, playing boot hockey, skiing at Mount Bohemia and ice skating with our friends. Even though Tim was three years younger than me, we got to know each other fairly quickly, ... because of all our shared connections through our church. Finally, after a week of hanging out with our mutual friends, Tim asked me out on our first date, two days before I flew back to Portland. We ended up hitting it off right away and decided that long distance dating would be worth a shot. The year 2017 consisted of endless red-eye flights every 2-3weeks, long phone calls, FaceTime, and exciting adventures all over the USA. By the time 2017 was coming to a close, we were exhausted from all the travel and decided that we would get engaged before moving me back home to Michigan. Tim and I were engaged on December 23, 2017, right before Christmas. The wedding planning started shortly afterward, and we decide to have an outdoor wedding in the fall at my parents' house, with high hopes for a gorgeous fall day. The next big decisions we had to make were my dress and wedding theme. I grew up in my mom’s sewing shop and attended school in Chicago for fashion design, so it was only natural that I would be designing and creating my own wedding dress, veil, cape, wedding decorations, and floral arrangements. As for the wedding theme, Tim and I are from large families with children and wanted to have a theme that catered to both adults and children. We decided that our theme would be a formal fall festival! I come from a long line of talented people, so almost everyone in my family had a hand in the creation of our dream wedding. Tim made the wooden box for our altar arrangement and helped to glitter all the pampas grass, that went in the back of the alter box, gold. My cousins helped to create the velvet pumpkins that were used around the entire venue, they also helped fold all the silverware in napkins with a ribbon and feather on each one. My dad found a local farmer to rent the hay bales from for the ceremony, and my aunt Eva helped me in the creation of the flower arrangements, with some assistance of friends and cousins. My Grandpa even got involved in the wedding creation and made 60 wooden chargers that were placed under our floral centerpieces and at the bridal tables place settings. My close friend Jamie made the wedding cake, and last, but definitely not least, my cousin Anders offered to catered smoked pulled pork for the event. Anders pulled two all-nighters before our wedding to prep and smoke all the meat for 300+ guests. The smoked pork was served with potatoes, salad, apple cider, cinnamon doughnuts, and coffee. To say the whole event was it was phenomenal is simply an understatement. The day of our wedding flew by quickly, but because we were all involved so much in the preparation, it felt like we were able to enjoy it before and after the wedding as well. All of our wedding helpers were gifted a gorgeous floral arrangement with flowers from FiftyFlowers, which I’m told lasted for weeks after our wedding! Thank you, FiftyFlowers for the amazing flowers and forgetting all the flowers delivered to our door seamlessly! You made our wedding prep easy by being great partners to work with, and you helped us to make our day unique and special. Show more
Flowers by Jessie Leukuma

Arrangements Made

  • 80
    All
  • 21
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 1
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 15
    Centerpieces
  • 21
    Corsages
  • 21
    Other

Flowers Used for Jessie Leukuma's Arrangements

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

This orange orchid looked great in the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages! The groom and best man picked this orchid out to go in their boutonnieres. We also used it in our alter box arrangement as an accent flower.

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

I love the Burgundy Berry Celosia Brain Flower. The texture and color of this flower is incredible. It looked amazing in all the arrangements, and matched the texture of all the velvet pumpkins I made perfectly. The stem is a little weak, but we were able to keep them functioning by putting a strip of fabric around the stems while they soaked in the bucket. Once they were in the floral arrangements, they held up great.

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

This flower was incredible. Easy to work with, great texture, great color, and it lasted forever! We used this in everything.

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

Who knew Smoke Bush could be so awesome in a bouquet. The structure this greenery provided for our bouquets was great. We also used this heavily in our large alter box arrangement, and it looked fantastic in front of the gold glittered pampas grass and behind the floral arrangements.

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

The David Austin Tess Velvet Cherry Peony Rose is amazing. This was my mother's favorite flower, so she used this for her corsage. The rose looked amazing on her emerald green dress. The rest of the flowers were used in the centerpieces, bouquets and our large alter box arrangement.

Used for: Other

This flower wasn't available on our wedding day. FiftyFlowers provided red hanging amaranthus fresh autumn greens as a substitute flower, which was very beautiful.

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

I adore the Mulberry Velvet Celosia Flower. The texture and color of this flower is incredible. It looked amazing in all the arrangements, and matched the texture of all the velvet pumpkins I made perfectly. Love, love, love.

Pink Antique Garden Rose ( 24 Garden Roses )

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

I just love the Pink Antique Garden Roses we received for our wedding. They opened up nice and big on our wedding day and the detail of the roses was incredible.

Coral Quartz Bulk Garden Rose ( 36 Garden Roses )

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

Great rose for Boutonnieres! Easy to work with and very stabile for a rose flower. We used the extras left over from the boutonnieres for adding pops of color to the centerpieces, bouquets and the alter box arrangement.

Wholesale Cymbidium Orchids Orange ( 6 Cymbidium Orchid Stems )

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

This orange orchid looked fantastic in all our arrangements and bouquets, but it really stood out in the boutonnieres for our ushers and family members! We used it in our alter box arrangement as a small accent color.

Pink Ice Protea Flower ( 35 Protea Stems )

Used for: Other

The Protea Fresh Tropical Flower flower wasn't available on our wedding day. FiftyFlowers provided us with pink ice protea as a substitute flower, which was very similar in size and color.

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

The safari Sunset Leucadendron was a nice greenery to have in all the centerpieces/floral arrangements. I loved the purple/red tint to this greenery, as it added a nice depth to all our arrangements.

Vendors

Brita Caroline Photography
Jessie Leukuma (Custom Made/Designed by the Bride)
Anders Kangas (Brides Cousin)
Jessie Leukuma
Lord & Taylor - Laboratory
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