Backyard DIY Wedding In 6 Months

Valerie Castillo (Bride) CLOVIS, CA
I moved to Fresno, California with a job transfer 4 years ago. I met my now husband, Patrick, two weeks before I was considering moving back home to Texas. Boy, am I glad I didn't take another job transfer! After dating for only 4 months, my Love proposed, and we embarked on a 6-month engagement. Neither of us are from Fresno so planning a wedding was quite the adventure - and in 6 months! Our bridal party traveled from 5 states and 1 overseas country. My parents came from Texas and Patrick's family came from Los Angeles. During the evenings, I crafted almost everything for our wedding. We had so many wonderful families from Fresno that offered their help as well. We were blessed by some dear ... friends that hosted our wedding at their home and another dear friend took my vision of mountain arbors and built them by hand for us as a wedding gift! When it came to flowers, I researched local florists as well as the flower districts in San Francisco and LA. None of those options fit our wedding budget. I'm so glad I came across FiftyFlowers! I was instantly intrigued by how beautiful the floral options were! And of course, the prices! Another thing that I loved was I could add favorites to my account and then share them with my Mom in Texas so I could help her feel like she was here with me planning our wedding! It was amazing when the flowers began to arrive on Wednesday and then continued to come on Thursday and Friday! To see them all in person was quite the vision! On Friday, my Mom, her BFF, my MIL, 2 Sis-in-Laws, 3 bridesmaids and 3 friends who all flew in from out of state gathered together to try our hand at DIY bouquets and arrangements. Spending our afternoon together learning something we all had never done before was such a fun reunion time! We had moments filled with nerves, giggles, and oohing and ahhing! We used a few of the DIY articles from FiftyFlowers' blog and YouTube channel - so very helpful! It took us around 3 hours to create our bouquets, table arrangements and ceremony aisle flowers that were hung on shepherds’ hooks. My Maid of Honor took the challenge to create the floral arrangements for our wedding mountain arbors! She did such a fabulous job! All our guests complimented us on the florals and asked who the florist was! They were shocked that we DIY'd the flowers! We left for our honeymoon a day after our wedding and because many of our family/guests flew to California for our wedding, I decided to donate our centerpieces to a local Senior Home for Memory Loss. Delivering our beautiful flowers to the residents and seeing their expressions was the most heartwarming feeling ever! I'm so glad we were able to bless so many people with them after our big day! FiftyFlowers - ya'll are absolutely incredible! Your flowers are gorgeous, your prices are so remarkable, and your customer service is impeccable! Thank you so much for making Patrick & my special day a dream come true! Show more
Flowers by Bride (me), Mom, MIL, Sis-in-Laws, Bridesmaids & Friends

Arrangements Made

  • 61
  • 8
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 3
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 26
  • 8
  • 15

Flowers Used for Valerie Castillo's Arrangements

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

This greenery has quite the story! I almost didn't receive it due to a shipping hiccup with FedEx but Celine was incredible and located it! The greenery was absolutely beautiful and complimented our arrangements wonderfully!

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

These blooms were my absolute favorite! They were absolutely stunning! These roses are my dream roses and it was amazing to have them for my special day! And they photographed beautifully so I'll be able to look at my photo memories forever!

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

These blooms were so massive! They were incredible and I'm so glad I added them to my floral selection!

Seeded Eucalyptus Garland ( 25 Foot Garland )

Used for: Other

This garland was magnificent! I used this on our head table. We had 3 farm tables where we sat our entire bridal party and their spouses/significant others. 25 feet of this gorgeous garland was perfect! I left this as a gift to the gracious family who offered their home as our wedding venue. It dried beautifully and is still on display in their backyard!

Cabbage Rose Shell Pink ( 36 Garden Roses )

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

The Cabbage Roses were the perfect compliment to the David Austin Rose Peach Juliet Ausgamesons! They added such a sweet/soft blush pink to our arrangements.

Classic Ivory Rose Boutonniere and Corsage Pack ( 16 Piece Boutonniere & Corsage )

Used for: Corsages, Boutonnieres

As a DIY Bride, I wanted my Mom, bridesmaids, and family to spend more time putting together bouquets, arbor arrangements and table arrangements - this Boutonniere & Corsage package was perfect! They were packaged carefully and smelled amazing!

Used for: Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

This was the prettiest and fluffiest Baby's Breath I've ever seen! It was so pretty in my bridesmaid's bouquets, centerpieces and my wedding aisle shepherd's hooks.

Enchanted Centerpiece ( 10 Medium Centerpieces )

Used for: Centerpieces

These centerpieces were beautiful! Due to some weather storms the week of my wedding, two of the flowers that are apart of the flower recipe were unavailable. But, guess what?! Celine again came to the rescue and offered 2 alternative florals that worked out beautifully! FiftyFlowers' customer service is top notch!


Danielle Wraith Photography
BHLDN (Tadashi Shoji Perdita Gown)
Taquizas Rios de Aqua Viva (taco vendor)
DIY Bride
Macy's Alfani Mens Suits
DJ Nick Obregon (bride's godfather)