Monday, June 28, 2010

Flauxers First Wedding

I have officially completed my first floral wedding (excluding my own of course). It was so much fun to plan and even more to see my finished product at the wedding and the bride's reaction.

This blog post is dedicated to Rene and John - may you have a wonderful life together, filled with happiness that blossoms every day!

While reading the following post and looking at the photos, please remember that as always with Flauxers, all of the flowers pictured are 100% artificial. (Faux + flowers = Flauxers)

The planning:
After being provided with a list of multiple flowers wanted by the bride (Lisianthus, and Lilacs) and the purple, green and cream color palette, I went to work finding the perfect flowers for their big day. Here's a photo of my first round of flowers I purchased for this event:


First round of Centerpieces:
My next step was to create a mock-up of what a centerpiece would look like for the bride and groom to be.


Making of the actual bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, corsages and bobby pins:
After making the requested updates, I began ordering the remaining flowers and started the process of making the final products... This was the state of my Living Room each night, though I picked them all up each night until they were finished.


Snapshot of the work in progress:
I had to make a few floral substitutions due to a couple of the flowers that I had originally used being back ordered, but I lucked out and the flower substitutions were prettier and more realistic than the ones I had previously purchased. Here's a photo of 6 of the arrangements on my deck about 1.5 weeks before the wedding.


Packaged and Ready:
It's now the night before the wedding, and all of the items are completed and ready to go. And for the sake of documenting the process, I snapped this photo. There were 5 boxes of arrangements that fit into the trunk of my husband's car very nicely.


Set Up:
The wedding and reception both took place outside, at the same location, so I planned on getting there super early. I arrived around 2 hours early to make sure that the flowers were all set up prior to the guests showing up and since I didn't know how long it would take to set up everything. The set up process went really well and everything was unpacked, placed on the tables and ready to go in about 30 minutes. This gave me plenty of time to take photos and get the bouquets/boutonnieres and corsages in a safe place to give to the bridal party once they arrived. Here are a few photos of the set up.
Guest Tables:

Head/Bridal Party Table:


Wedding:
In this photo, you'll see 2 of the 4 bouquets that I created as well as 2 of the bridesmaids. I love how the colors of the dresses looked with the flowers!


First Dance:
This photo is one of my favorites - it's a photo of the newly married couple during their first dance. You can see the hair pieces and the boutonnieres that I made, but more importantly, you can see how truly happy they are! Congrats again to the amazing couple!


Proof of the realism of flowers used by Flauxers:
Now this truly surprised me and quite honestly made my day... I have said many times before that the "Flowers look so real you have to touch them!", but when even when bees are fooled (with out any fragrances added to the arrangements used at the wedding), the truth in that statement really shines through!

Another view of a different bee:


I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed creating the flowers and sharing the photos with you.