Real DIY Bride – Kara

By doing my own flowers, my wedding was a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably us.

This sweet Buffalo wedding is full of love and color!  Gorgeous bride, Kara, and her groom, Brice, DIYed their way into wedding bliss.  They used flowers and instructions from Flower Moxie, and the results are stunning.  Captured by Becca Sutherland Photography, this wedding is a picture of how DIY’s can truly personalize your wedding and add that extra special touch. But, why hear it from me, when you can hear it from the talented lady herself…

Related: My DIY Wedding Flower Story

Brice and I were married on June 11, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  We are one of those couples who were “making it official” in that before getting married, we went and had a beautiful son (2 year-old Julian), bought a house, and established careers.  When Brice finally proposed he put the ring on a plate of onion rings, because I had joked for a long time that I’d rather have onion rings than an engagement ring.

Doing my own wedding flowers worked perfectly for us.  I am one of those gals who is not super in to weddings, and I’m not sure I could think of anything worse than meeting with a million vendors and paying a million dollars for dresses, favors, flowers, etc.  More importantly, I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably “us.”  

I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

I started watching videos on DIY wedding flowers on YouTube and I came across a tutorial done by Amy from Flower Moxie.  Amy was bright and cheerful and explained everything so even an idiot like me could understand.  She also advised that wine is very important for flower arranging.  I had found my flower lady.  Amy and I exchanged a few e-mails and had a phone call where I explained what I liked.  I know nothing about flowers (I still don’t), the only thing I really knew was that I wanted jewel tones to match our invitations and I didn’t want anything that looked too manicured.  Amy helped me put together an order and I was on my way!

I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

About a week before the wedding I went to a craft store and bought glass vases for our table centerpieces.  I also bought spray paint and painted them gold.  I was very impressed with myself when these were done, and for 6 centerpieces, I spent around $28 total.

I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

We were married on a Saturday, and the Thursday before the wedding my flowers came in the mail.  I have to admit that when I opened the box I had a moment of absolute panic.  The flowers were bound together and I had no idea what was what.  Pro tip: don’t panic.  There is a Flower Moxie video on YouTube about how to care for and prep the flowers before arranging.  I watched this about 50 times, and I felt like I had a good sense of what I was doing by the end.  Also, it’s very important to have things like flower cutters, a pair of gloves, and lots of big buckets ready to go before you start. Once everything was prepped you can see just how beautiful all the flowers Amy sent to me were!

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Friday morning, the day before the wedding, I arranged and arranged and arranged.  My parents offered to bring the centerpieces to the venue for me that afternoon, so I knew I had a strict 2 p.m. deadline.  Amy sent me some very nice directions of how many flowers to put in each centerpiece, but I have to admit that I sort of just winged it.  I also had to watch more YouTube videos to explain what the heck floral foam was for. 

I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

This was actually a nice pre-wedding activity.  It helped me work the jitters out!  Sadly, I was not able to drink any wine while arranging, which would have been lovely, because by the time our wedding day rolled around I was three months pregnant with our second baby.  I still can’t believe how close the centerpieces matched the vision I had in my mind.

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The Thursday and Friday before the wedding I also made a cocktail sign, put everyone’s names in the little picture frames I purchased off Etsy to serve as a favor/escort card, and made favors using my favorite donuts – Paula’s Donuts – a local chain in Buffalo.  I bought tags from the craft store and wrote “So Sweet of You to Come” on them (my mother’s idea) and Brice helped me stuff the bags and tie the ribbons.

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Rather than table numbers, I had cards made up with the places we are from (Buffalo, NY and Tupelo, MS) and all of the places in New York City where we lived while we were dating (Astoria, Sunset Park, Woodside, and Prospect Park).  

I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us." I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

Instead of a guest book, I bought a canvas with imprints of New York State (where I’m from) and Mississippi (where Brice is from) of Etsy and asked guests to sign that instead.  I knew we’d never open a book collecting dust on a shelf someplace.  I did a similar thing with our wedding cards after the fact.  I cut them all up and made them in to a collage.  Now I get to look at them every day on our wall, and I avoided the inevitable guilt I’d have felt the day I threw them all out.  

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I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."
I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us." I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."
I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."
I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us." I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."I felt that by doing my own flowers, and a few other things as well, the wedding would be a true reflection of our family: imperfect but undeniably "us."

So that was our wedding and those were our flowers.  Making my own bouquet and my centerpieces was honestly one of my favorite things about the whole wedding experience – in some ways I remember making our centerpieces more vividly than I do the wedding itself because the wedding gets so crazy with small talk, nerves, and emotions.  I am so glad that I decided to do it this way, and I’m so proud of them!

Well I for one am super impressed by Kara’s beautiful flower creations and her gorgeous jewel-toned wedding! Thanks so much for sharing, Kara.  Hopefully your DIY wedding flower success story gives another bride the courage to do her own blooms.

Photography Credit: Becca Sutherland Photography
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