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When Kyle and I first started dating it was a long distance relationship. I was going to school at Michigan State University and he was living in Minnesota. One time he flew out to East Lansing to surprise me and had my friend Sarah pick him up at the airport. He didn’t want to waste any time once he got there so he had Sarah pick up a bouquet of flowers for me and he reimbursed her when he landed. That was his thing, every time I got to see him he always had flowers.
That was pretty much my only experience with flowers. After we moved in together, I didn’t want him to get me flowers. That money could have gone toward [insert boring adult expense here]. I have never gardened before and just don’t have that much use for flowers. Until now. I don’t know much about flowers, but I do know that I want to carry a bouquet down the aisle when I get married and I want my bridesmaids to do the same. After figuring out all the centerpieces, I realized that I didn’t need any flowers besides the bouquets and boutonnières. After that was decided I put the flowers out of my mind.
The bridesmaids dresses are a boatneck style dress that have four-inch wide stripes of champagne and black. Since the dresses are neutral colored I really wanted to use the girl’s bouquets and shoes to add pops of color. It just took me awhile to figure out how to make that work without making it too busy. My colors are orange, turquoise, and chartreuse, so I debated several options. Should we have each girl be a separate color? Should we have each girl incorporate all three colors? Can we get turquoise flowers? Should I add in another color? My brain went round and round. Should I get the flowers at the farmers' market and make the bouquets myself? Can I be trusted to keep the flowers alive until the wedding???
Thankfully, my boss Robin has a friend Michele who used to be a florist. Weddings are still her passion so she agreed to help us out. We met with her last week and it was one of my favorite wedding meetings. She took all of my ideas and turned them into something great! I told her everything and slowly we worked through each person that is involved in the wedding and requires flowers.
I love the idea of having monochromatic bouquets and that is what we are doing for all of the girls. We are also going to have each bouquet be made up of only one type of flower. The bouquets are going to be either all orange or all chartreuse. We tossed around the idea of having an all turquoise bouquet, but since that color doesn’t happen in nature we decided against it. Depending on what kind of flowers we can get around the time of the wedding we are going to have one bouquet be all green spider mums, one be all green Kermit mums, one all orange circus roses, and one be all orange tulips. All of the bouquets will be tied with this great pleated turquoise ribbon that we found. To tie it all together, all of the girls will wear turquoise shoes.
The groomsmen’s boutonnières will match the bridesmaid that they walk down the aisle with, and they'll all be wearing khaki suits with turquoise ties. Michele also came up with the fabulous idea of taking some of that pleated ribbon, sewing it on an index card and putting it in the groomsmen’s suits to act as a pocket square. I LOVE IT!
Every time I picture all of my bridesmaids and groomsmen I get so excited. I know they are going to look so fantastic and the bouquets are going to be amazing! I just can’t wait to actually see it all come together!
Carly Reynolds is manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C. See her engagement story.
Molly Mogren is Andrew Zimmern's right-hand lady and founding fraidy cat at heyeleanor.com See her engagement story.
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