November Winery Wedding
Sara Charbonneau-Sider (Mom) ASHBURN, VA
When my daughter got engaged and started wedding planning, she knew right away that she wanted a fall wedding, and she wanted her wedding held at beautiful Breaux Vineyards. During the planning process, we decided to DIY her flowers to keep costs down, and she asked if I would be in charge of the whole flower process. Before this, I had no flower arranging experience, but I love fresh flowers and always would have some in the house. I started stalking Pinterest and flower wholesale websites to get ideas of colors, varieties, prices, and seasonal availabilities. I also got on youtube to watch "how-to" videos of flower and bouquet arranging. Lucky for me, my daughter didn't have any specific flowers
she wanted, just an idea of the "look" she was going for- which was deep, rich, autumnal hues for her bouquet and the centerpieces, with more neutral hues for the bridesmaids (since their dresses were burgundy floral), and lots of texture. I think I was on the FiftyFlowers website daily learning about flowers, reading flower stories and reviews, and going back and forth trying to come up with a list of things to order! I used the chat function multiple times and had a phone consultation with Violet as well. Violet even sends you supplemental emails with really thorough instructions. Finally, I placed my floral order and waited patiently...and then despite all the wonderful help from the floral team, I had a panic attack that I wouldn't have enough flowers and placed a supplemental order of Country Copper Wedding flowers, LOL (they aren't on this review but were FABULOUS!!). A few months before the order arrived, I purchased the Abby clear compote vases (which we painted gold) and the pillow floral design tools to start practicing with. Since the wedding was at a winery, my husband also cut and sanded multiple wine bottles into various heights to be used as vases as well. A week before the order was due to arrive, I was notified that the chocolate ranunculus we wanted were not available. The FiftyFlower team immediately offered recommendations for substitutions and worked patientlycom with me to find something that I liked. I chose the Antique Burgundy Hypericum berries and was refunded the cost difference. Arrival day went smoothly- FiftyFlowers notified me the days that everything shipped, and sent texts and emails confirming both shipping and arrival. I was super impressed with how organized, professional and helpful the FiftyFlowers team was, and even more impressed with the quality of flowers that arrived! Everything surpassed my expectations. I started making the centerpieces the day before the wedding, and I made the bouquets the morning of. I also took the advice I had heard and saved the boxes the flowers came in to use to transport all the arrangements to the venue. All in all, everything turned out beautiful, and the process was so much easier than expected. Thank You, FiftyFlowers!
Flowers by Sara Charbonneau-Sider