Romantic Washington, D.C. Garden Wedding
Monica Sledjeski (Bride) WASHINGTON, DC
There isn't a day that goes by that Gaetan, my husband, doesn't compliment me about the way I look, my style, or something I've decorated. I am so grateful to have someone as sweet and supportive as him in my life. For our wedding I had decided that I wanted to do most of the design details myself, to include the flowers. I have always loved flowers - I think it is because when I was a baby my mother always used to put a bouquet of flowers near me. She wanted me to be surrounded by beautiful things, and so it meant a lot to me to have beautiful flowers at our wedding in her honor since she is no longer with us. I spent a lot of time researching what type of flowers I wanted and ultimately
selected four that I thought would look nice together and match the theme of our garden wedding. The flowers arrived two days before our wedding and they were gorgeous and exactly what I had hoped for! But I soon realized while doing all the prep work that making all the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres was going to be a lot of work! And as anyone who has gotten married knows, the few days before the wedding are the most stressful. That whole day Gaetan kept commenting about how amazing the flowers were and kept asking me how I had figured out which ones to pick. That evening after a long and busy day, I made a sample bouquet and decided that it was probably a good idea to start putting the rest together, even though I was exhausted. Gaetan made me a cocktail, told me not to stress and asked how he could help. We ended up staying up until 1:00 a.m. to finish all the flowers, which actually turned out to be a lot of fun. Gaetan kept taking photos of the whole process and even made a video tutorial of me putting a centerpiece together. It was so sweet of him to help me and tell me how impressed he was by me. It was in that moment, 36 hours before our wedding that I realized all over again just how lucky I am to be marrying him. And then at our wedding during his toast he said this and my heart melted all over again: "Everyone, take a look at the flower arrangements on your table. My bride, my wife!, designed these herself. She ordered each flower individually, without ever seeing them together, and could envision how beautiful they would look right now. Monica, every time I think I have you figured out you find a way to blow me away." The flowers were one of my favorite parts of the wedding --thank you Fifty Flowers for your great customer service and beautiful, beautiful flowers!
Flowers by Monica Sledjeski