A couple of months ago my college friend, Christine, was looking for a wedding florist. After seeing some floral arrangements on my Instagram, she asked if I would consider making her wedding flowers. I was hesitant at first because the only experience I have with flowers is buying them from Trader Joe’s and arranging them in a vase. However, Christine had complete faith in me and wanted to give me the opportunity to try something new. I must say she was a dream bride to work with. She trusted my vision and really allowed me to design the flowers as I pleased.
I had planned on purchasing flowers in bulk through Costco, but then found out about the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart. One word…HEAVEN.
Mel and I went at 10AM on Saturday when it was open to the public and after 3 hours, we left with a car full of flowers. I’m sure it could’ve been done in an hour, but I kept walking around and around…and around.
It was worth it because we left with enough flowers for 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 flower girl bouquets, 2 ceremony arrangements, 2 parent bouquets, and 30 centerpieces.
White bouquets with splashes of burgundy, pink, and greenery contrasted with the burgundy bridesmaid dresses. The bouquets were delivered and kept in mason jars to make sure they got as much water as possible.
[roses, antique roses, spray roses, carnations, calla lilies, tulips, ranunculus, freesia, dusty miller, berzelia…and one lucky bridesmaid got a peony that was left over]
I chose burgundy bouquets for the flower girls and their white dresses.
[carnations, freesia, calla lilies, tulips]
At the ceremony, two low arrangements were placed on the alter table next to the unity candles.
[hydrangeas, spray roses, peonies, ranunculus, tulips, roses, hypericum]
During the ceremony, the bride and groom wanted to present their parents with a bouquet. The two parent bouquets were also placed on the alter table.
[wax flower, baby’s breath, orchids, white and purple freesia, calla lilies, roses, spray roses]
Ceremony floral arrangements and parent bouquets. As you can see, one of the bride and groom’s friend was setting up a painting in the background. I’m interested in seeing what the finished painting looks like. =)
Three inch wooden circles (Michaels) were used for the table numbers. A hole was drilled in the top of the circle and then it was spraypainted with chalkboard paint (Michaels).
Instead of messy chalk, I used Craft Smart Chalk Markers (Michaels; next to the dry erase markers).
Instead of numbers, each table was named after a city the couple has visited.
[roses, Queen Anne’s lace, wax flower, baby breath]
This opportunity was wonderful because I was able to be a part of someone’s wedding day and to try something I’ve never done. Although I had a couple of bad dreams (flowers dying and missing bouquets), the experience was so much fun.
One of the best parts was my support system. My mom came over to help and we worked, talked, and laughed all day. Mel was amazing and was my right-hand man. He carried a ton of flowers, filled buckets with water, cleaned puddles of water from leaky buckets (yikes), prepped 150+ flowers, cleaned, calmed me down when I panicked, didn’t complain when I blasted the air conditioning at 65 degrees to keep the flowers cool, delivered, and set-up the flowers. And every single time I thanked him, he said, “We’re a team.”
Congratulations Christine and Wade!! Thank you for the great opportunity.