Our Colorful & Bright Wedding

Lisa Hoelle (Bride) LA SALLE, IL
After ten years of dating, we got married in my childhood backyard in the Illinois countryside. We could not have done it without the help of our family and friends, and what I will remember forever is that every action -- every table set up and ribbon tied on a bouquet -- was an act of love. Each of those flowers represents an aunt, a cousin, a bridesmaid, a mother saying "I love you." FiftyFlowers contacted me with each step, so I never had to worry, and the flowers arrived absolutely perfect and on time. Processing them a few days before the wedding was a welcome break from the other tasks on my to-do list, and the day before the wedding I really appreciated spending time with my aunts, ... cousins, and bridesmaids as they created the most beautiful bouquets and centerpieces imaginable. I have never seen such gorgeous, lush arrangements before, and our guests could not stop talking about them. My bridesmaids wore dresses of their choosing, so ordering from FiftyFlowers also allowed us to create bouquets and corsages that perfectly complemented each member of the wedding party, and the bridesmaids had fun choosing their favorite flowers to add to the bouquets before the centerpieces were created with what remained. The flowers were still gorgeous for days after, so we reused the centerpieces at a few more events. I can only hope our marriage is blessed with many joyous events over the years that call for a celebration with flowers like these! Show more
Flowers by Cindy Ludford, Ginger Ludford, & Lindsey Baskerville (my aunts and cousin)

Arrangements Made

  • 43
  • 0
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 8
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 25
  • 5
  • 4

Flowers Used for Lisa Hoelle's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridesmaid's Bouquets

These were lovely, filled in everything nicely, and smelled so fresh.

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

The astilbe made its way into almost everything, from the bouquets to the centerpieces and the huppah. It was a rich, dark red as pictured and had a lovely feathery texture. It held up well, with no sign of wilting. I didn't know what astilbe was before the wedding, and now I want to plant it in my garden - it's so lovely.

Used for: Other

This was lovely and full and very easy to work with. We attached it to our birch huppah (Jewish wedding canopy) and added flowers to one corner. (I didn't attach it, but I bought floral glue, wire, and zip-ties for the job, if you're wondering.)

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

I was on the fence about buying these and am so glad I did. They added such a fun pop of color and a needed textural element to the bouquets and centerpieces.

Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack ( Whimsical Sample Pack )

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

The garden roses were lush, beautiful, and smelled heavenly. We began building bouquets by choosing which peonies and garden roses we wanted and built around them, and they could not have turned out better. I loved how the colors played off of each other as well. I would buy these again in a heartbeat, for any occasion.

Orange Pin Cushion Flower ( 20 Protea Stems )

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

The pin cushion flower is such an amazing textural piece. We used it in all of the bouquets as well as on our huppah, and it was a showstopper. FiftyFlowers was thoughtful enough to include a few extras, knowing that a few might lose some pins or get crushed in shipping. Because of that, we received all 20 in perfect condition plus a few extra that ended up a little battered on one side (but still workable).

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages

These were beautiful, but very delicate and tiny. They didn't hold up quite as robustly as some of the other flowers. They were still lovely though!


Make Your Own Flower Centerpieces Combo Box ( Make Your Own Flower Centerpieces Combo Box )

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

This box was our wedding workhorse. We used these flowers in everything, and they were all gorgeous and exceeded our expectations. The spray roses went in everything from the bouquets to my hair. Everyone was asking about the hypericum berries, which were so unexpectedly pretty. We also used them in just about everything, including on our huppah. The ruscus was bright, hardy, and held its shape well, making it ideal for the bouquets.

Bright Sorbet Fresh Rose Petals ( 6,000 Rose Petals )

Used for: Other

The rose petals came in great shape and nice bright colors! We intended to make a patterned design on the aisle, but it was windy so we scattered them down the aisle and on the dessert table. My usher surprised us by giving handfuls to guests to shower us with as we came down the aisle, which was beautiful and made me smile even more! We had a lot of extra, so we used them on poolside tables the next day at our brunch.

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

I can't stress how lovely these were. I grew up with peonies in our yard, and having them at my wedding made the day feel even more special. Some were more open than others when they arrived, which FiftyFlowers advised us about. Having some fully open, some slightly balled up, and most with lush blooms added variety to the bouquets and looked so, so beautiful.


Adam Biba & Matt Allen of Tuan B & Co.
Watters gown from Anna Be Bridal
Ken Gluckman of Paella Party
Suit from Indochino, bow tie from Brackish, pocket square from Nordstrom
DJ Max at StyleMatters