Being able to design for a family member can be a little more challenging because you have the whole family there seeing your designs. Alex was so easy to work with. She had a definite look she wanted but also gave me design freedom to bring that look to life. When I delivered the bouquets to her at City Flats Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids, I was struck at how the young girl that had grown up with one of my daughters had grown and matured into such a beautiful, sweet young woman. She radiated with the joy that every woman should have on her wedding day.
Her bouquet was a soft palette of pinks and whites with a collar of subtle foliage around the bouquet. I also surprised her by adding a few blossoms from her grandma’s and great-grandma’s gardens. Giving her attendants a bouquet with similar design but smaller in size, created a gorgeous appearance. Peonies, fully blossomed roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and a hint of eucalyptus were used to create their bouquets.
Selecting a flower from the bride’s bouquet for her soon-to-be-groom and his groomsmen made for continuity throughout the whole wedding party.
As guests arrived, the gorgeous stairway of City Flats was enhanced with a variety of candles and flowers in glass bowls of various sizes. These little touches were a beautiful way to greet the guests and introduce the vibe of the wedding.
Adding two bountiful bouquets to their ceremony using larkspur, stock, snap dragons, hydrangeas, roses, peonies and carnations set atop white grecian pillars helped to create the area where they exchanges their vows.
For their reception, we utilized a combination of tall, elevated arrangements using pilsner vases that contained floating crystals. By carrying the crystals into the flowers, we draped garlands from the arrangements that integrated many of the same flowers as the girls carried. For the alternate arrangements, low glass pedestal vases filled with lush flowers and accents of diamond gems were added to complete the evenings festivities.