Back in May, FiftyFlowers launched our exclusive line of premium Wedding Collections. It has been so exciting as a designer to see just how well received this line has been, making it even more affordable and easy to have the freshest flowers possible for any wedding. So when I was looking through the stunning Flower Story of Diana and Alexander, I was elated to see some of the first pictures of our Bordeaux Elopement collection being used in their stunning Tahoe Elopement. But not everything went according to plan, and I want to share with you some tips and tricks to getting your flowers to look the best for your special day.
Keep scrolling to see the breathtaking Emerald Bay elopement!
Our flowers come in second best to the smiles between these two. There’s no better accessory when you’re walking down the aisle than a person who has already adored you your whole life.
We loved this shot of Alexander waiting for his bride, and the excitement of those behind him. His boutonniere is from the Bordeaux Collection.
Congrats to the happy couple! I’m sure their wedding wasn’t exactly as planned, but I wouldn’t be upset with this detour. Surrounded by their parents, and thousands of trees on the scenic cliffs of Emerald Bay, their bouquet and boutonniere look picture perfect!
And check out these wedding adorable wedding face masks! I love that Diana’s matches her dress. And as you could see in the banner photo the families have their own, satin masks for themselves, all matching the stunning burgundy and pink wedding flowers in the bouquet and boutonniere of Diana and Alexander.
When your flowers aren’t quite what you expected…
I was over the moon to watch the Wedding Collections launch and see such stunning pictures come back so quickly. While I was talking with Diana about her wedding and gushing over these stunning pictures, I learned of a slight problem she and her husband ran into with their flowers, and I am motivated to share with all of you as a way to educate others, in case they run into a similar problem.
Diana and Alexander are not from Tahoe, they had flown across the country to have the wedding of their dreams, and their flowers were scheduled for delivery two days before their nuptials. For those of us in the floral industry, we know that 99% of the time, your flowers will go off without a hitch. Everything will arrive on time, in beautiful condition, and there is nothing to complain about. But, the problem that our couple ran into is one we see occasionally. They experienced a shipping delay, an unfortunate event that is an aspect of life that is out of our control. But, due to the delay, they only had one day to rehydrate the flowers and get to a fully bloomed state.
From the pictures, I am actually impressed by the size of the blooms after learning about Diana’s troubles. She did an incredible job of opening the roses in such a small time frame. And you can tell that she was on the right track when you read her Flower Story. By using warm water and light, they were able to manipulate the flowers to their pictured bloom state. Diana also writes that her scabiosa’s necks were a little weak and that the protea did not open as large as expected. I can tell that part of their problem, and Diana says it so, is that the bouquet is already wrapped. This bouquet could have opened properly in the wrap, but with the time crunch, this worked against them.
It could be an intimidating task to take on, but if I could have strategized with Diana in those hours, I would have 100% told her to break the bouquet free. Getting some space in-between the flowers would have enabled them to bloom more, but as a DIY bride, I can understand why this option did not come to her mind. My tips to walk you through this are as follows:
- Un-pin the ribbon from the stems and then either unravel or CAREFULLY slice the tape and remove from the stems.
- Delicately pull the bouquet apart, trying to keep some of the same design intact, but enough to give each section of flowers breathing room in its vase. Place each section in a vase filled with warm water. Slightly cooler than you would wash dishes with.
- Do not put the flowers in direct sunlight, as this could rapidly accelerate their bloom state to a point of no return. Leave the flowers in a room, like a kitchen or living room, nothing colder than 60 degrees if possible.
- Allow them to sit in the warm water until they are bloomed to your liking.
It is encouraging to see customers like our bride be so resourceful and quick on her toes when it came to managing her wedding flowers. At the end of the day, they photographed beautifully, and her and her spouse were able to have the wedding of their dreams in such a year as 2020. I was motivated by her ingenuity to share her story and share my knowledge to better help others who could possibly run into the same problem. It’s important to remember that nothing will go according to plan 100% of the time, so it’s important to share our problems and the solution to prevent others from running into the same situation. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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