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Victory #14: The Florist


Martha says you should book your florist six months out, but for some reason, this was the one thing I just could not figure out.  I have no idea about flowers.

(okay maybe there was more than one thing I couldn’t figure out – this one just hung there)

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to DIY or have them made.  Big or small. One bloom or several.

Oh, and don’t get me started on colors. You’d think with only two to choose from (orange and white) the decision would be easy.


Not for me.

After collecting pages and pages of lovely blooms, with no particular cohesiveness, I decided to – in the words of Nike – just do it.  As in, just make an appointment with a florist, then try to figure it out.  I certainly wasn’t getting anywhere with my pretty pictures chillin’ in the book

So, after a few ask-arounds and recommendations, I made an appointment with Melia of Melia’s Floral. Let me just say – good.i.dea.

Whew! She made me feel so much better. 

This is how it went: I took in a stack of pictures. She made sense of them all.

The restult: She helped me just pick.

And I don’t say just pick in a bad way either.  Remember, I haven’t been making decisions easily or quickly through out this wedding ordeal and time is running low.  Melia simply browsed my photos and asked me questions to get a good idea of what I wanted. And guess what, I answered with what I wanted. Pretty quickly, I might add.

Who knew?! She so easily and subtly brought out those little wants and desires  from the dark corners of my mind.  Those dark corners  which are heavily fogged by all the wedding fumes floating around in the www. Time to be cut off. 

{Well, maybe not quite yet. But soon}


Melia’s Floral

Anyway – Melia helped me make decisions and by asking standard questions, led me to my underlying preferences.

Huge relief and just what I needed. I felt so much better walking out those doors, than I did walking in.

Not only was Melia helpful in the decision-making process, but very talented. She brought in plenty of photos from previous events that ranged from traditional, formal and rather full bouquets and centerpieces, to more casual and minimal.

She also had – and this is what I loved the most  – color range. From deep inyourface color to softer versions, to a mix of white and creams. There was no set type  to her work and it was easy to see she had a wide artistic approach and the obvious ability to adapt to the bride’s style.

It was an easy choice to go with Melia.

I have yet to hear a negative or hesitant remark about this modern floral master and am so excited to have her arranging my blooms for the big day.

My mind – for now – is calm. I have handed this bigfat flower task over to the expert. I couldn’t be happier.

I’ll post soon on the pieces and blooms I choose.

For now – some of my favorite florals to leave you with.

Stop and smell the roses,

P.S. check out Melia on my vendor’s page!




garden rose


I don’t know – pretty white ones

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meeting with a florist

I set up a meeting with a florist for the next time I make it to Yakima and found this list of things a bride needs to know/bring to the meeting with their wedding florist. Good stuff to know here.

1. Your folder or binder (the one that’s making your groom shudder!) filled with flower photos and ideas for bouquets, centerpieces, cakes, hair accessories, and boutonnieres

2. Photos of the ceremony and reception locations.

3. Photos and/or swatches of your wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses, or at least the colors you’re considering.

4. A list of the wedding party to determine “who needs what.” Include bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, ushers, parents, etc.

5. A complete sense of yourself and how much you want to spend. Honesty is the best policy, and you will save yourself a lot of grief if you know your bottom line. Not only will it make it easier for the florist to help you, but also by declaring your budget, you signal to them that you’re a girl who knows what she wants and sticks to it.

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Flower Time

Well, maybe not quite yet, but I’ve been checking a lot of vendors off my to-do list in the last few months and florists are one area I still have to look into.  I have no clue where to start with this process but it was perfect timing when I came across this helpful post by Blue Orchid Designs.

Wedding Vendor Hiring Guide :: Wedding Florist

Stone Castle Photography

Wedding flowers can help pull a reception together and help give a cohesive feel to wedding photos. Plus, they’re fun! I mean really, who doesn’t love fresh flowers? Ordering wedding flowers is a little different than ordering a bouquet for your friend’s birthday, so here are some things to keep in mind in your search for your floral designer:

Are any vases or containers needed to create the arrangement included as a rental or sale item?
Some florists will rent the vases needed to create your wedding centerpiece and others will sell them to you and include them in the cost. There are benefits to both the florist and you in both options. If the vases are rented, the florist can reuse them for other clients and you don’t have to keep them. If they are included in the sale price, then the florist doesn’t need to use costly storage space and you can give the entire centerpiece to an honored guest at the end of your wedding reception. The trick is deciding what will work best for your wedding and finding a florist who can accommodate your needs.

Do you use any dyes in the bridal or bridesmaid bouquets?
Artificial coloring is sometimes used to make a floral arrangement pop, but when used in a personal wedding bouquet, those vivid colors can easily transfer to your dress.  While you may have the best intentions of holding your bouquet a little bit away from you throughout the day, it will inevitably brush against your wedding gown.  Ask up front if they use dye in their flowers.

Do your fees include delivery and pick up at the end of the wedding?
Ask ahead of time if the florist will come back at the end of the wedding reception to pick up any rental vases or other decor items used in the floral arrangements.  If not, you may need to arrange for someone to pack all of that up and deliver it back to the florist’s shop.  Also be sure to ask if their floral delivery will be in time to have the flowers for pre-ceremony photos.

Will you stay to pin on any corsages or boutonnières? 
Your wedding planner or day of coordinator should be able to handle this if your florist does not include pinning in their services.

Will you include a physical mock up of our centerpieces for us to see prior to the wedding?
Creating a mock up can be quite costly and some florists include it in their prices while others skip it, thereby passing that savings on to you.  Determine whether or not seeing a mock up of your wedding centerpieces is a priority for you, and then budget accordingly when hiring your florist.

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another bouquet option?

Just when I thought I didn’t like colored bouquets . . . this little pretty walked into my life.

I love how soft the colors are, they’re not loud but they do demand attention in a very different way.

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bouquet uncertainty

I can’t quite decide what to do about a bouquet – do I want all white? Do I want something colorful? A mixture?

To be honest, I always thought I wanted color but lately, I find myself drawn to the classic elegance of a white bouquet against the bride’s dress.  I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s simple.  I like simple. Though I sometimes I forget.

Is white too boring?

Below, some bouquet inspiration.  The top two are strongly my favorites.  Maybe white with a touch of color? 

 Yes, I think I like that.


Lane Dittoe


 100 Layer Cake

 100 Layer Cake

 100 Layer Cake

 100 Layer Cake

Lane Dittoe



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Tidbit Tuesday


After the ceremony and photos, the bridal party’s bouquets often get plunked down and forgotten. Grouped on a side table in vases personalized with charming name tags, they’re showcased for all to enjoy.


Local Gift Resources


Take a snapshot of your look after the makeup trial. The camera picks up what the mirror might not. Looking at your reflection, you may think, “This is beautiful.” But, once the picture is taken, you may think the foundation is too white or something is off. A photo will help you correct that.

Local Hair and Makeup Resources


When you are posing for pictures, cross your legs at your ankles for a more flattering look. Also, to avoid a double-chin effect, turn your neck slightly and lower your chin to create a bit of a camouflaging shadow.



To make sure your engagement ring is at its sparkliest for your big day, clean it with a mixture of six parts water and one part ammonia. Use a soft-bristle brush to make it really shine.



Don’ts the Week Before the Wedding

1. Try a new food (hello allergic reaction)
2. Wax anything you have never waxed before (bumpy red irritated skin… and itching)
3. Cook in the middle of the night (hello second degree burns – on my face!)
4. Overeat (it is a tight white dress after all)
5. Starve (it can be a loose white dress if you are not careful – and you can faint)
6. Do anything too sporty (although the cast is white too – it just doesn’t look so good with the dress)
7. Try new makeup (see number 1 and number 3)
8. Get a hair cut from a new beautician (I think this one is a no brainer)
9. Stay awake and worry (no makeup can hide truly dark circles)
10. Forget that it is just a party (down Brideziila! – down girl!)

The Green Bride Guide


The last thing you want to pack on your honeymoon is a bunch of guide books! Take advantage of free travel podcasts available online, and your MP3 player can become your own personal tour guide.


A list of FREE travel podcasts

Lazaro 3607


Don’t go overboard on your wedding day jewelry. If you are wearing a statement necklace, don’t wear large earrings as well. Making one piece the focal point of your look creates a subtle, sophisticated effect.


Bridal Jewelry


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On a Budget:: Centerpiece Inspiration

Awhile back, one of my fellow Yakima brides, Chelsea, contacted me with the following question:

Hey Kadee! I love reading your blog! I’m getting married 7-10-10 and I cannot for the love of me figure out what to do with our centerpieces. We’re having an outside reception at a winery and are on a budget. Any ideas? I feel like I’m on the verge of a bridal meltdown and need a fellow brides opinion. Let me know if you have any ideas!
P.S I’m a Yakima bride too!

I thought this was a really good question, timely and useful for brides with budgets big and small.  Thank you for posing the question Chelsea, I hope the below resources will help you out a little.  Oh, and if you ever feel on the verge of a bridal meltdown, check out my personal episode here — just wanted to give you someone to sympathize with ;).

1.  Spray paint some branches to include in your wedding arrangement and minimize the use of flowers.

manzanita wedding tree centerpieces crystal tree orchid tree

DIY Instructions + Tutorial

more branch inspiration

2. Utilize candles in the centerpiece arrangements – they’re cheap and beautiful when lit.

varying heights candles

Wedding Candle Centerpiece Ideas here 

and here

3. You can have an arrangement with only a few flowers and decorate the vase with fruit instead.

lemon roses centerpiece

Fruit Centerpiece Ideas here

and here

4. Go with Simple + Sophisticated.  Order your flowers wholesale and keep your centerpieces minimal — more vases, in varying heights and sizes, and less flowers can look very chic and is an inexpensive way to fill space on the table. 

{this is my plan}

Wholesale Flower Info


{look into Costco for wholesale flowers and  local thrift shops for your vases}

5. Get creative with Carnations.

carnation centerpiece ideas

design ideas

 For more ideas, see what other brides are saying , look into DIY alternatives (don’t forget video tutorials), or just keep wading through the mounds of wedding photos  available on Google for inspiration . . . and maybe, just maybe, an idea will spark.






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