An International Summer Wedding

Paula Probstfeld (Mom) WHITE LAKE, MI
My daughter first met her now-husband while attending University. He was studying in the USA but came from Hungary. They got engaged while visiting Hallstatt, Austria. Their friend group comes from all parts of the world: Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Australia, Turkey, Costa Rica, and the UK. Because of this, they knew that they wanted their theme to be World Travel. My daughter was the OPPOSITE of a Bridezilla. She left all of the planning up to me with just a few simple requests. She wanted to somehow include her mother-in-law who would be traveling in from Hungary as much as possible, she wanted the color palette for her bouquet to be in white, cream, and pale pinks, ... she wanted the bouquets to be simple with very little greenery, and she wanted to include the favorite flowers of the women who meant the most to her. (Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmothers, and Bridesmaids) I figured one way to meet my daughter's few requests was to do our own flowers with the help of the Bridal Party, both moms, a sister-in-law, an aunt, and a family friend. Although none of us had much experience with fresh cut flowers, we all had a love for beautiful flowers. We knew we could do this! As this was a Sunday Wedding, all of our flowers were delivered on Thursday. It took myself and my daughter's mother-in-law about 1.5 hours to prep all of the flowers. We used about ten - 5 gallon Home Depot buckets with fresh flower food from Floralife. I stored all of the flowers in my finished basement with the AC on. All of our flowers opened beautifully over the next couple of days. On Saturday, the ladies gathered in my basement while the men played games outside and took care of the food. We threw some plastic on the floor, set up a couple of tables and went to work! The bridal party started with their bouquets. They included a favorite flower from each of the Bride's special ladies and then added a few extra of their own personal favorite flower. So each of the bridesmaids' bouquets were similar, yet unique. (Garden rose, Gerbera Daisy, Lilly, Carnation) My daughter did the same for her Bridal bouquet, making it just slightly larger than the Bridesmaids' bouquets. After the bouquets were finished we set to work on the 14 Centerpieces. We used pedestal vases that I had purchased from ETSY with Oasis Floral foam inside. In addition to the flowers that were purchased from Fiftyflowers, we also used about 30 Hydrangeas that we cut that morning from my flower gardens. The hydrangeas that we chose to use were off white Anabelle hydrangeas and Pink Endless Summer hydrangeas. These hydrangeas were rather large and worked perfectly for the base of our arrangements. We had no set rules for the centerpieces, except to not leave any open spaces. Everyone was creative and we ended up with 14 BEAUTIFUL, but different centerpieces. It took the 10 of us ladies about 2 hours to make 6 bouquets and 14 centerpieces. On the morning of the wedding, we transported the flowers to the Wedding location. We used the tip from Fifty Flowers of using the flower boxes to transport. This worked wonderfully! At this time we left a small vase with some flowers in it to be added to our wedding cake. It was a HOT, humid August day in Michigan...but all of our flowers held up so well. The Garden roses smelled wonderful the entire day and night! We got sooooo many compliments on the flowers. People could hardly believe that we did them ourselves. Doing our flowers through Fifty Flowers not only allowed us to stay on budget, but they were absolutely beautiful. We were able to include the people who meant the most to us while having THE BEST time doing so. I would highly recommend FiftyFlowers to anyone who is considering doing their own wedding flowers! Show more
Flowers by Bridal Party and Moms

Arrangements Made

  • 21
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  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 5
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 14
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Flowers Used for Paula Probstfeld's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

Although these were absolutely lovely, they were a much different color than what was pictured. The outside petals were a fushia pink and the inner petals were a pale pink. As our color palate for our bouquets was white, cream, and pale pink...the color was just a little off. Thus, the 4 star rating. However, we didn't mind some brighter pinks for our centerpieces so they worked great there. But...these were absolutely stunning.

True White Garden Roses ( 24 Garden Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

These were lovely and opened up beautifully. They smelled out of this world. If you are looking for flowers with a lovely scent, I definitely recommend Garden Roses.

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

I love this sample pack. You can pick which flowers you would like to have be a part of this pack. I also used this sample pack for the bridal shower. All of the roses that we received with this pack were lovely, opened beautifully, and held up well.

Hint of Blush Gerbera Daisy Flower ( 20 Gerbera Daisies )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

These were beautiful. I love Gerbera Daisies and these were just beautiful. They may have been more on the peach side, however they still looked lovely in our bouquets.

White Carnation Flowers ( 100 stems (Allow 4 business days for delivery) )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

These were a nice size and held up well. For the bouquets we put 3 together to make a bigger statement. In the centerpieces we used them individually.

Enchanted Centerpiece ( 16 Medium Centerpieces )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

We used these as a starting point for our bouquets as well as our center pieces. It was a lovely selection of flowers and I would rate them all well, however, The Star of Bethlehem was truly the STAR performer. These got lovelier as the days went on. I finally threw out the last of them 1 MONTH AFTER our wedding. They just kept blooming. I would definitely order them again.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

My daughter didn't want too much greenery, so these worked perfectly. We added just a touch to her bouquet and the bridal party also used them in the centerpieces.


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