An Autumnal Bohemian Dream
Elizabeth Hartman (Bride) PETERSBURG, IL
My love of flowers began with my mother, a gardener who instilled her passion for floriculture in me at a very young age. My dream job as a child was a florist, and I used to spend hours daydreaming about my wedding flowers, particularly my bouquet. Once I got engaged, I knew immediately I wanted to do my own flowers. Having no experience with wedding flowers, I knew it would be a challenge, but it also seemed like fun. I did a lot of research and had a vision for how I wanted my arrangements to look, and Violet helped me narrow down my choices and create a plan to achieve what I wanted. Having an entire room full of buckets of beautiful flowers was definitely a dream come true! We had a huge
number of arrangements to make and needed more people than I had originally planned. Thankfully, I had many family members volunteer to help. None of us had any experience, so there was a little bit of a learning curve, but it didn’t take long to get the process down. We started off using the flower recipes provided by Violet, but ultimately found it more enjoyable to be creative and do our own thing. It ended up being a wonderful bonding experience for my family, and several told me it was their happiest memory from the wedding! As the bride, I was unfortunately too busy to be as involved as I wanted, though I was still able to do my own bouquet and my husband’s boutonnière. It rained during our ceremony, so we needed some last-minute changes to make our wedding arch work indoors, but it was still beautiful. My flowers turned out absolutely gorgeous and totally made my wedding! Every arrangement was different as it was a reflection of the individual who made it, which made the centerpieces so much more meaningful. We had a lot of extra flowers, and I would have liked to have made more arrangements, we just simply ran out of time to do so. Instead of discarding them at the end of the night, we encouraged guests to take home arrangements, and we took our extra flowers to a local nursing home the next day. We were even able to dry some of them for use on future projects. It makes me delighted to know I was able to spread joy to so many through my flowers. Choosing to use FiftyFlowers was the best decision I could have made. No florist could have carried out my vision better, and I saved money too! I only wish I had the opportunity to do it all again!
Flowers by Bride with help from her family