Happy Wednesday! Shannon here :) And since it's Wednesday, that means it's time for another post about mine and Brentley's July wedding. Today I'm going to spill a little about our flowers for the wedding and the florist we ended up choosing.
I'm a sucker for flowers. I LOVE getting flowers at any time of the year for any reason. I love growing flowers in my own yard. And I love flowers on a wedding day. But I don't just love any flowers...I love all kinds of flowers. Sure, I love peonies, roses, ranunculus, dahlias (which are my absolute favorite), and gardenias (that sweet, sweet smell)...but I also love the more non-traditional flowers...the unique flowers... like dogwoods, poppies, hellebores, and little touches of tiny little flowers that I don't even know what their names are.
I love tons of greenery. Eucalyptus, lamb's ear, rosemary, dusty miller, huckleberry, olive tree greenery, and on and on.
To top it all off, I'm not a "traditional" bride in the sense that my particular style isn't drawn towards perfectly sculpted and tight, round bouquets. I like wild. I like unexpected. But I also like for flowers to stay a little refined. So it was super important to me that we find a florist that would be able to understand my style while working into our design.
And here's the thing... like the photographer situation... I adore MANY florists in this area. I'm friends with several of them, and if I could have all of them work on my wedding, I would. But I ultimately had to choose one. And we ended up choosing Kate Asire :) I couldn't be more happy with her... we've worked on many weddings together, and she ALWAYS does a phenomenal job. We met over coffee (well, tea... since we both laughed and said we couldn't handle that amount of caffeine that late in the day), and I explained some of my vision for the wedding. Kate totally got it. She was able to put together a proposal that spoke perfectly to what we're going for as far as our design goes for our wedding.
And to be honest, because I trust Kate so much, I didn't even have to specify too much with her. I knew she would completely understand the look we're going for and would run with it. You can see some of the inspiration throughout this post, but the final details and final arrangements will be decided by Kate.
And for those of you who are trying to decide on a florist, here are my best tips:
- Ask for recommendations from your wedding planner. Your wedding planner has worked with several florists, and will be able to tell you who is trustworthy and who will go above and beyond.
- Let them do their thing. If you are a traditional bride looking for that tight, round style of bouquet, then don't ask a florist who typically designs airy, garden-like bouquets to create something that's not really her style. If you don't like the style of arrangements you see in a florist's portfolio, blog, or Instagram, then you probably won't like what he/she designs for your wedding. Choose a florist whose design mimics your vision.
- Be realistic about your budget. Many florists will post a minimum on their website or tell you their minimum in their initial email to you. If their minimum doesn't fit your budget, then move on... please don't ask them to work around your budget. However, if their minimum is somewhat close to your budget, then respectfully ask what he/she can do to accommodate your budget. But realize in the end, that the florist may not be able to give you exactly what you want if it doesn't fit your budget.
Be sure to check in next week for more details about our baker... and if you missed a previous post, check them all out here: