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Peach And Apricot Summer Mountain Wedding

Jackque Sheppard (Bride) SALT LAKE CITY, UT
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to attempt to do my own wedding flowers, but it was definitely the DIY project I was the most nervous about, as I had no experience whatsoever. Things that really helped me feel more prepared were: watching many YouTube videos, finding pictures that had both the style and specific flowers that I wanted to use in my wedding (or the closest possible), practicing with bunches from the grocery store, reading lots of flower stories here on FiftyFlowers, and speaking with Violet (FiftyFlowers' floral specialist). The hardest part for me was probably determining the quantity of each type of flower/greens I would need for all the arrangements and decor I wanted ... to do. I was so worried I wouldn't have enough flowers, but that was definitely not the case, I had plenty! Reading the flower stories and chatting with Violet was helpful in figuring out what quantities I needed. I began receiving my flowers on the Wednesday before my Saturday wedding. The flowers came in two shipments, some on Wednesday and some Thursday. As they arrived I unpacked, trimmed, and got all of the flowers in water. I ended up using about 25 five gal. buckets from Home Depot to keep all of the flowers in (I definitely could've gotten away with fewer buckets, but I didn't want to overcrowd). This part took the longest, but I actually really enjoyed it! All of the flowers came with specific directions in their packaging. I also referred to the directions given in each flower's details on the website. I kept the buckets of flowers in my basement as it is cooler than other parts of my house. This seemed to work great, none of my flowers died before the event! I completed my 18 centerpieces with the help of a friend on Thursday night. This took about 3 hours for the two of us. I used 6-inch terracotta pots for my centerpiece containers. Because the terracotta pots sweat water, I placed a plastic container inside the pot for the flowers. This enabled me to use wet floral foam inside the plastic, which helped keep the flowers hydrated and perfectly in place throughout the next two days and transportation. They continued to look great the day after the wedding, we just added more water to the foam. Friday afternoon my mother in law and I made all of the bouquets and kept them in vases of water. Friday evening I had a group of friends assist me in making boutonnieres and we kept them in the refrigerator. Later that night I made the archway decoration with a wet floral foam cage I ordered on Amazon. We attached it at the venue with zip ties - easy! I had a cousin prep the bud vases that night as well. My goal was to have all of the flowers done on Friday so that I wouldn't have to worry about anything flower related on the wedding day. The only things that I ended up saving for Saturday morning were the decorations that required the flowers to be out of the water - the welcome sign and the aisle decorations (which were not something I was set on doing, just a project we ended up having extra flowers and time for). My godmother completed both of these things while I was getting ready. Overall, I had so much fun doing my own flowers, I got to make them exactly how I envisioned for my wedding, I saved so much money, and I received tons of compliments! I would do it again in a heartbeat! Show more
Flowers by Jackque Sheppard

Arrangements Made

  • 54
    All
  • 15
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 18
    Centerpieces
  • 0
    Corsages
  • 16
    Other

Flowers Used for Jackque Sheppard's Arrangements

Garden Rose Apricot Blend ( 36 Garden Roses )

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

Purchased 36 stems and used every single one. If I was to do this again, I'd buy a few more since these were the main source of vibrant color in arrangements and bouquets. Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, a huge archway decoration, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. These roses are beautiful!

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

Purchased 100 stems. Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, a huge archway decoration, welcome sign, cake decoration, bridal hair piece, 18 bud vases, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. I love carnations! These smelled so nice and lasted a very long time after the wedding. Only thing to be careful of with these is that the stems break easily. Any that broke off I just kept to use in bud vases.

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

Purchased 10 bunches, which was plenty. I had lots left over. Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, 15+ boutonnieres, a huge archway decoration, welcome sign, cake decoration, bridal hair piece, 18 bud vases, 10 aisle chair ties, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. I wanted lots of greenery in my wedding and so I ordered many variations of eucalyptus. I was glad to have different textures of eucalyptus to work with, the gunnii was my favorite.

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

Purchased the extra large pack. I had tons left over. Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, 15+ boutonnieres, a huge archway decoration, welcome sign, cake decoration, bridal hair piece, 18 bud vases, 10 aisle chair ties, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. I loved the variety in this pack and it all smelled amazing!

Deep Peach Garden Rose ( 36 Garden Roses )

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

Purchased 36 stems and used every single one. If I was to do this again, I'd buy a few more because I loved them so much and they provided a main source of color. Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, a huge archway decoration, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. These were my favorite out of everything I bought. They didn't open to their fullest extent until the day after the wedding. You can gently put your fingers inside and spread open the blooms, however, which I wish I would've thought to do day of.

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

Purchased 12 bunches. I had tons left over and they looked great for weeks! Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, a huge archway decoration, welcome sign, cake decoration, bridal hair piece, 18 bud vases, 10 aisle chair ties, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. These were so versatile and made for a nice filler.

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

Purchased 10 bunches and had some left over! Able to use in 18 centerpieces, 1 bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid's bouquets, 15+ boutonnieres, a huge archway decoration, welcome sign, cake decoration, bridal hair piece, 18 bud vases, and 1 "flower ceremony" arrangement. These roses were lovely. Many had a light pinkish hue.

Vendors

Casey McFarland Photography
Designed by the bride & hand made by mother of the bride!
Millcreek Inn
Men's Wearhouse
John Kimball