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Simple And Natural

Taylor Sullivan (Bride) ASHLAND, WI
If you have a few hours the days leading up to your wedding, and 1-2 trusty helpers, you CAN do your own flowers! From the beginning, I just made my life easier by going with a casual, simple, natural vibe. Toss some stems in there. A bloom or two in here. Beautiful and earthy. I think one of my favorite parts of my look was the moss that I also ordered through FiftyFlowers. One box of Fresh Sheet Moss was more than enough to have 1-2 palm-sized pieces of moss on each centerpiece. We had about 1/3 of a box left. And I thought for sure there would be some creepy bugs in the moss, but we never saw any! After decorating 35-40 tables similar to the centerpieces shown (all a little different) we had ... about 20 ranunculus, 10 hydrangea, and two 5 gallon pails mostly full of greens remaining. We just didn't need all of it. It was a very large room and looking out across it was so beautiful. I highly recommend Italian Ruscus. Even though we ordered Nagi and the Ruscus was sent by mistake, it turned out to be such an important part of the arrangements. You can't beat the way the stems flow/drape. For trimming flowers, I recommend you use pruning shears and not just household scissors. Maybe that's obvious, but they just work so much better! And I should reiterate how much you will want those helpers. The day before your wedding everyone needs to ask you a thousand things. Once your helpers (in my case, my mom and one of my amazing bridesmaids - new sister-in-law) knows what you want the arrangements to look like, they'll be able to keep going even if you get pulled away. Couldn't have done it without them! I did most of the trimming when the flowers first arrived and it only took about 2-3 hours total. Although my mom had to step in when I decided to make 25 dozen soft pretzels for a late night snack at the reception. #worthit Note - I couldn't select a higher amount for how many centerpieces we made with the flowers. It was actually more like 45-50 centerpieces. Loose, simple arrangements (see photos). Show more
Flowers by Taylor Sullivan

Arrangements Made

  • 44
    All
  • 8
    Boutonnieres
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 5
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 30
    Centerpieces
  • 0
    Corsages
  • 0
    Other

Flowers Used for Taylor Sullivan's Arrangements

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

So white! It made all of my other white flowers look a little yellow at first (looking at you, garden roses) but once the other flowers opened up they looked more white and everything was beautiful together. Only a few had brown petals, and I could easily trim those out. We used just one stem for each bouquet, plus some greens, and they were big without being unmanageable to carry. Easy bouquets! One thing is they are large so you need a sturdy vase to hold them up. We had 35-40 tables to decorate and didn't use all of the hydrangea because of how heavy they are. Our smallish vases (assorted jars) just didn't hold them up well.

Italian Ruscus Greenery ( 15 bunches )

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

Order Nagi but I actually ended up receiving Italian Ruscus by surprise instead of Nagi, but the Ruscus was beautiful and "draped" out of the centerpieces in a really beautiful way.

True White Garden Roses ( 36 Garden Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces

Beauty. I was worried when they first arrived because they were so tight and looked more yellow. Looked like traditional roses, which is not a look I was going for. But once they opened up fully - perfectly for the wedding day - they looked more white and were lovely. A few didn't open up huge, but they were still pretty! The leaves on the stems were really nice too, and the ones we had to trim off could be used in smaller bud vases. Not a lot of thorns. Only one rose fell apart overnight the night before the wedding (dropped its petals on the table). Don't worry, I had a million ranunculus blooms ready to take its place.

Used for: Centerpieces , Boutonnieres

Mmmm I LOVE ranunculus. They did not disappoint. Sturdy stems, beautiful white blooms, adorable little buds coming off most of the stems. I almost didn't go for it because they aren't the cheapest per bloom, but it was so worth it. Ended up over-ordering and having probably 20 extra blooms just sitting in our basement (sad). We were going for a very natural, loosey look so we had about two ranunculus on every other table (same for all the other white flowers) across 35-40 tables. For boutonnieres, we had a few sprigs of boxwood plus one little ranunculus bud, wrapped in green floral tape. Easy and I thought they looked so nice. Groom had a ranunculus bloom instead of a bud, which got crushed by all of his loved ones hugging him too tightly at the reception! But I just ripped - I mean gently removed the bloom, and the boxwood still looked good the rest of the night.

Stock White Flower ( 5 Bunches or 50 Stems )

Used for: Centerpieces

Also very white! Not my favorite of all of my flowers but I do think they rounded out the selection well. Super tall stems are nice because you can cut them down quite short if needed or leave them long for taller vases. We didn't like the look of the stock flowers with just boxwood (too tall and stiff looking when alone together) so we had to add a flowing bit of ruscus to those vases too. These were the first to droop out of all our flowers (not until very late the night of the wedding though, so not a huge deal).

Boxwood Greenery ( 5 bunches )

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

Loved the Boxwood. Held up great and I was able to trim many sprigs off of the main stem for so many different uses (so one stem could be used in like 5 bud vases or all of the boutonnieres, for example). Great durability, great height, great color. True love.

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