Hello Chapel of the Flowers Blog Readers, my name is Samantha and I have been a wedding coordinator at the chapel for almost two years. However, I just recently have had the pleasure of helping in our Flower Shop. For the last few weeks, I would spend a couple days a week making bouquets and arrangements and then a couple days a week coordinating. At times, it would work out that I had made all the flowers for a ceremony the day before, and then coordinated the wedding the next day!
Working in Floral has given me the opportunity to be really creative and I absolutely love it. It also is a really good feeling when I get to meet the couples and see how happy they become seeing their flowers for the first time. I also consider my style less traditional when it comes to choosing filler flowers and greenery. Unless it specifies what type of filler to use, I very seldom use Baby’s Breath in the bouquets I make, which is one of the most traditional filler flowers you can use. My favorite filler that’s in season right now is Wax Flower but I also love getting to use Hydrangea as filler as well.
When I first started working in Floral and learning how to make bouquets, I started with making single rose presentations, boutonnieres, three-rose poseys and six-rose bouquets. After a few days, I graduated up to 10-rose, 18-rose, 24-rose and 36-rose bouquets. Let me just state now to all future brides reading this, if you are going to have a bouquet larger than a 24-rose bouquet, I suggest weight training for a few months before your ceremony because those bouquets are pretty heavy!
Some of my favorite bouquets I have made since working in Floral include an 18-rose bouquet with white feathers, and a few weeks later, I got to make one with black feathers. I think feathers bring such glamour to a bride’s bouquet and I love that both bride’s receiving these bouquets coordinated their flowers with their style.
I also got to make a Kissing Ball. This is recent trend and a non-traditional bouquet for a bride, but is so beautiful and really fun to make.
I have to admit though, that one flower I am not a fan of is the Stargazer Lilies as they are a very strong-scented flower and not for a bride who may have sensitive allergies. However, I got to make a Rose/Lilly Mixed bouquet for a Valley of Fire ceremony and I really loved the way it turned out. The greenery I used is Lilly Grass and this isn’t the traditional greenery used for this bouquet, but I had envisioned on how I would use it and was so pleased with how it came out.
I also had the pleasure of making a Rose/Calla Lily cascade bouquet with Oceansong Roses, Picasso Calla Lilies and Purple Lisianthus. I used green Hypericum Berries as filler to break up all the purple a little bit.
One thing that I have really enjoyed doing, and some of your may scoff when you read this, but painting flowers is a really nice way to get the color of a certain flower you would like. We generally only offer to paint roses (insert Alice in Wonderland song: “We’re painting the roses red!”), as roses look nice with just the tips lightly painted. Also, Hydrangea and Lisianthus look very natural painted and are very pretty when using more than one paint color to show a variation in color on the white flower. The photo below showcases how well Hydrangea does when painted. On that bouquet, I used a light lavendar paint and a darker violet to give different hues of purple and the bride loved it.
Flowers bring such life and joy wherever they go and I would advise all future brides to be creative and have fun when choosing their flowers. I have had so much fun getting to be creative in our Flower Shop and I definitely recommend investing in beautiful flowers for one’s ceremony.