Our “Behind The Bloom” series gives our customers a chance to share their special stories and DIY experiences. Today’s Behind The Bloom is Ashley, who had her rustic romance wedding at Turtle River State Park in North Dakota. Her wedding featured rustic bottle centerpieces filled with burgundy carnations and limonium, while her romantic bouquets bloomed with cream roses, asters, and eucalyptus.

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“Our wedding was a camp-themed, outdoor affair at a local state park. I loved the look of loose, casual wildflower bouquets with lots of colors and I knew that I wanted to wear a flower crown. We kept the table arrangements super simple with just a few stems in recycled brown bottles.”






















“Pinterest is full of floral “recipes” that break down the main, secondary, and filler flowers needed to achieve a balanced arrangement. Browse your color scheme for recipes that fit your theme and research the costs involved – keeping in mind potential substitutions for pricier flowers. Carnations are a great swap-out for fancier flowers and can save you a ton.”




















“Whether you are in the planning stages, ready for flower care, or actually making the arrangements, always ask for help! When you order bulk flowers, they typically arrive 2-3 days before your wedding and require some love to make them camera ready.”




















“When it comes to designing your arrangements, chances are somebody in your circle of friends or family has some experience working with flowers. I was super lucky to have a cousin, my mother-in-law, and my bridesmaids help out on our big day- all of whom had experience in floral arrangements. Ask around to see if perhaps Aunt Sharon worked at a floral shop or if your cousin took a floral class once in college. If you don’t have anyone with hands-on experience assign somebody to binge watch the zillions of Youtube videos that can help you make gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.”






















“All in all I easily spent less than $500 on a crapload of wedding flowers that I feel rivaled the pros. If you kept your style more simple and focused on the main elements (bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and boutonnieres), you can easily keep your floral costs even lower.”

Read all about Ashley’s experience and see more photos on her blog “My Actual Brand.”

Photos: Kaytlin Dargen Photography

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