Mother-of-the-Bride Performs Magic Trick

Anne Larson (Mom) Winona, MN
What’s a wedding without vibrant, aromatic flowers? Like little sentinels assigned to accompany the bride and all her party throughout the day, they carry beauty in symbol and in form, and they are deceptively important to the tenor of the event and all its meaning. My job as Mother-of-the-Bride was to order and arrange all the flowers for our daughter's "Burgundy, Navy, and Champagne" wedding in late September. With so many other details to take care of, our daughter was more than willing to delegate the job to me. She had read about FiftyFlowers and suggested that I start there. I gulped and made the phone call which resulted in a 45-minute consultation with Violet, who helped me pick ... the right flowers for our color scheme and our budget. She was extremely knowledgeable and quickly grasped the style and tone we were hoping to achieve. She reviewed photos of bouquets that my daughter had collected on a Pinterest Board and knew just what I meant by “elegant with a touch of vintage.” She began describing various flowers and their personalities as if she were speaking of dear friends. I was intimidated by the four large altar vases that would need arrangements, but Violet suggested that we use large Cranberry Antique Enhanced Hydrangeas. They were absolutely stunning and created the size and fullness we needed without being too expensive. She also explained how to use clear waterproof tape to create a grid on the top of the vases to support the flowers and further create a sense of fullness. On Violet’s advice, I even used one of the hydrangeas as the base of the bridal bouquet. It worked like a charm! One of our biggest challenges was finding a navy blue flower, but the thistles Violet suggested turned out to be both beautiful and original—and my personal favorite (though I never would have thought of it, myself). Once we finalized our order, Violet sent a chart that showed the quantity of each flower to use in each of the bouquets and arrangements. With so many beauties, a few tricks of the trade, and my sister’s help, the whole thing came together almost like magic. The flowers were delivered right on time. I received email and text updates from FedEx, so I knew exactly when they would arrive, and once they were delivered, I also received a follow-up phone call from FiftyFlowers with care instructions. Every mother-of-the-bride knows that weddings are stressful. It’s hard to say goodbye. And you want everything to be perfect. Weddings are also beautiful. They can symbolize just about everything that life holds in store. And the humble flower’s place in that mystery is steadfast and unassailable. Show more
Flowers by Anne Larson and her sister Kay Bahnson

Arrangements Made

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    Bridal Bouquet
  • 4
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 17
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Flowers Used for Anne Larson's Arrangements

Blue Thistle Wedding Flowers Close up

Thistle Blue Flower ( 50 stems )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Used in all the bridal bouquet and in the bridal party bouquets. Who knew thistles were so beautiful! The perfect touch of navy blue, and so unique.

Zurigo Burgundy Wholesale Carnations Up close
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Used them in all of the bouquets. Perfect shade of burgundy. Lots of color for a great price.

Cranberry Antique Enhanced Hydrangea Up Close
Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Other

Used as a base for the bridal bouquet and for the altar vases. Absolutely stunning! A rich burgundy with a hit of green. A dramatic statement.

Burgundy Blush DIY Flower Kit Up Close
Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

Sweet blush and pink roses for the perfect touch of vintage. The foundation for our wedding party bouquets.

Classic Wedding Greenery DIY Flower Kit Up Close

Classic Wedding Greenery Combo Box ( Small Pack 13 Bunches )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

Great variety of color and texture, with plenty of stems to fill out all of our flower creations.


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