She Found Joy In Church Boy

Kristen Dillon (Mom) HARTFORD, WI
We celebrated our daughter and son-in-law's wedding on a cool October Fall day in Wisconsin! Everything was perfect about the day! There are so many wonderful memories from the day, but one of my favorite is the flowers!! It all started 4 years ago when our family (living in Minnesota) was visiting my mom and family in my hometown in Wisconsin. That's when my daughter caught the eye of handsome "church boy", who's family regularly sits right behind my mom's pew. Four short years later, Natalie and Curtis were married in the same church. Their reception was held at the Chandelier ballroom, where my 90 year old mother became engaged under the chandelier 70 years ago! Planning a wedding ... with my daughter from 5 hours away had me a bit concerned. My daughter and I are both organized, and we have good family resources in the area. A couple of key priorities at the top of Natalie's and Curtis's list were: beautiful/vibrant flowers, large dance floor with a great DJ to keep it going, top notch photographer to capture all of the cherished moments, and delicious food. We got lucky and had success with all of those items! Natalie and I have always shared a love for flower gardening from the time she was a little girl. She knew that she wanted us to make the flower arrangements for her wedding. We researched and found wonderful reviews for FiftyFlowers. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous...How are flowers going to survive shipment? How are we going to make bouquets and table arrangements for a large bridal party and 300 wedding guests? I recruited the help of 5 sisters, 2 nieces, and even my great nieces (junior bridesmaids). We turned my niece's garage into a bountiful playground of flowers! The flowers started to arrive on Wed, then Thurs, and final shipment on Friday. The flowers were in excellent condition, packaged to perfection. As they arrived, we defoliated the stems and put the flowers into buckets of water. Thursday, we began the arrangements. We had so much fun assembling the bouquets! We started with the bridal bouquet picking the very best flowers! Next, we each assembled a bridesmaid bouquet. It was especially fun to see the excitement on my little great nieces faces when we asked them to make their own (junior bridesmaids) bouquets! So fun to see our little budding florists in action! When it came to doing the table arrangements, which consisted of large blue mason jars and birch log vases, my great nieces were excited to continue their floral creations! After our final shipment arrived on Friday, we assembled the boutonnieres and corsages. Saturday, my family pitched right in to turn the Chandelier Ballroom into a magical, memorable wedding paradise! We had such a wonderful time through this experience! I come from very large family of 13 children. We're excited to reopen our family floral creations for the next (of many) niece's/nephew's weddings! I can't say enough positive things about our experience with FiftyFlowers! My first consult was with Chloe. She was so helpful informing me about the flowers. There were a couple of flower changes from my initial order due to the supplier availability. Dani, Kmani, Micaela, Daisy, Celine were all very helpful and reassuring through the process! My daughter's flowers were breathtaking! She was in tears (of joy) when her bouquet was complete! We received abundant compliments on the flowers from our wedding guests! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Show more
Flowers by Lori Busher (MOB), Natalie (bride), Aunties, cousins

Arrangements Made

  • 67
  • 12
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 9
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 24
  • 13
  • 8

Flowers Used for Kristen Dillon's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces

This was my splurge item! I love the unique blend of colors from blues to greens to muted hues of purple! We used these flowers for the large vases on both sides of the church altar and repurposed at the venue to highlight the head table. These flowers were gorgeous when combined with birch and willow accents!

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

Little did we know that carnations would wind up being one of our fav flowers! Absolutely gorgeous! The rich burgundy tone with the white ruffled edge created such a balance of lacy, feminine and romantic texture! We also used these for the wrist corsages and pin on corsages together with antique spray roses. Beautiful combo!

Pink Passion Spray Rose ( 6 Bunches (Allow 4 Business days for delivery) )

Used for: Corsages, Boutonnieres, Other

The pink passion roses were substituted with antique pink spray roses. They were perfect for boutonnieres and corsages! Very pretty color of pink and blush! They tied in the tones of all of the vibrant colors. These spray roses were easy to work with and held up well...even through all of the hugs :)

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

Seeded Eucalyptus....ahhhhh, so beautiful, romantic, timeless!! We used it in everything, everywhere! It was so beautiful with flowers or alone to add a little "shush" to the cute wedding signs, birch décor, and photos! We received a nice mix of green and some with a hint of burgundy/ pink.

Thistle Blue Flower ( 50 stems )

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

The blue thistle was a splurge item for my daughter. Blue is her favorite color, and it was a perfect way to pull in the teal blue of the bridesmaid's dresses. We weren't sure that we would use 50 stems but I surprised her and ordered it last minute. Wow!! It added the perfect texture, color, and interest to the bouquets! We also used them in the boutonnieres which added such a rustic masculinity with the spray roses and seeded euc!... and yes, we used all 50 stems!

Peachy Pink Fado Rose ( 100 Roses )

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

The Peachy Pink Fado roses were just stunning!! They opened beautifully and added the perfect compliment to the bold Coral Big Fun roses to add a romantic softness to the vibrant coral.

Stock Roseberry Flower ( 3 Bunches or 30 Stems )

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

So pretty! These added a striking pop of color and volume to the bouquets and table arrangements!

Bright Red Gerrondo Daisy Flowers ( 40 Gerrondo Gerberas )

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

These flowers we’re adorable! They were a delightful addition to the junior bridesmaids bouquets to add a playful, youthful touch to their bouquets! We also used these to make flower rings (for all of our awesome flower prep/ decorators/ helping hands) ... so fun!! They held up perfectly!!

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

Can we give this 10 stars!! This was my daughter's "must have" flower to build the bouquets and flower color scheme around. Coral Sherbet stole the show and added such a fun, vibrant vibe to the wedding flowers!!

Stock Pinky Peach Flower ( 10 Bunches or 100 Stems )

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

These flowers were so beautiful and romantic!! They added the perfect filler touch to the bouquets! The peachy pink color really brought out the beautiful blush underlay in my daughter's bridal gown. We also used these tied together with champagne gold ribbon and white tulle on the church pews. This made a very dreamy aisle entrance for the bridal party at the church. We put them in small water tubes to prevent them from wilting.

Dark Orange Spray Bulk Roses ( 6 Bunches (Allow 4 Business days for delivery) )

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

These little beauties added far more to the bouquets than we expected! We wanted a fall, orange splash of color without overtaking the blush and coral tones. These spray roses were not only a beautiful addition to the bouquets, but also were gorgeous cascading down the cake with antique pink spray roses.


Brian Lorrigan
A Savvy Bride Brookfield, WI
Chandelier Ballroom, Michelle Price
Men's Warehouse
Peace Simon