Real Bride: Melanie

Read a real bride's story of DIY wedding flowers. You can do it too!

This past June my cousin, Caleb, got married to a sweet young woman who we love dearly, and I had the honor of DIYing their wedding flowers.  What a treat!  Melanie was a such a flexible bride and open to lots of ideas and suggestions.  She wanted a relaxed vintage aura with a nod to good ole fashion country style.  I think she rocked out her vision!

After sharing some pinspiration, I knew her colors were purple and blue, with an emphasis on purple.  We liked the options for purple flowers better and settled on white roses with baby’s breath for the bridesmaids bouquet and deep purple carnations with white and lavender roses for hers.

There were quite a few boutonnieres to be made, so we chose a simple but classic white rose, and lavender roses for the corsages.  For the centerpieces Melanie wanted mason jars filled with baby’s breath.

We ordered all the flowers from Sam’s Club, except our garden roses, and the total came to under $600, which is pretty incredible for a wedding of 300+ people and over 9 bouquets!!  When it came time for the flowers to arrive, everything didn’t exactly go smoothly.

First, the garden roses arrived a day early and only half were delivered!  I started panicking and calling the company trying to figure out what happened.  Although they apologized and refunded the money, we were still out the flowers.  So, to make do we added some of the leftover lavender roses into the bridesmaids bouquets.

Thank goodness Melanie was such an understanding bride!  And in the end, I just loved the bouquets.  The baby’s breath mixed with the pop of lavender looks lovely against their dresses, doesn’t it?

On top of that little hiccup, it turned out I hadn’t ordered enough baby’s breath to fill all the mason jars.  I’d never worked with it in that kind of way before and I way underestimated the amount we would need.  Thankfully my aunt and grandma saved the day!

We cut dozens of hydrangeas from my grandma’s flower beds to fill out the rest of the centerpieces.  And my aunt went driving in the country and brought back buckets and buckets of wildflowers. The wildflowers really helped filled out the baby’s breath.

In all it was a beautiful wedding and had many other special details beyond the flowers.  Melanie wore my mother’s wedding dress and it looked breathtakingly beautiful on her.  I cannot help but keep picturing her in one of the Band Perry’s music videos, it just has that quintessential look!  Am I right?

My father officiated the ceremony, and Caleb even wrote a song to play especially for Melanie. The reception was held in my cousin’s back yard (or the pasture, as they called it).  And it was so special to see the gorgeous set up in a place I grew up loving so dearly.

Caleb’s family is extremely musically talented and graced their guests with fun and lively band performance.  The evening ended with spirited dancing and a sparkler farewell.  These pictures capture the day so well.


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Photography Credit: Photographs by Sierra

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