I Dream of Flowers, Part 1

I love flowers. I love the way they look, the way they smell, and the emotions they can evoke. I like them on trees, in bushes, in vases, and even as decoration on my sushi platter. Mr. Latte took note of this love early on and won many points by sending me lots of flowers during our dating relationship. My coworkers still joke that he must have stock in proflowers.com.

Not surprisingly, I was super excited to start thinking and planning out the flowers for the wedding. I opened up my “wedding ideas” folder (both on my computer and in my wedding binder) and uncovered files upon files (and magazine cutouts upon cutouts) of bouquet and centerpiece ideas. Pretty overwhelming… except that they were all pictures of pretty much the same flowers. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here’s the inspiration board I created for our wedding party newsletter:

(sources for all pictures here)

Note that this is an inspiration board for the wedding… not just for flowers. But see how 80% of the pictures are of flowers??? And not just any flowers. Peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses galore! Sure, there’s a tulip, some puny branches, and a random rose thrown in here and there, but you get the picture. This is a pretty good representation of the pictures I have been collecting for the past year… or two. 😉

Our venue requires that we use a floral vendor from their list of preferred vendors. I am OK with this and figure that these designers will not only know the space very well, but they’ll also be familiar with the staff. And more importantly, they’ll know how to get there so I won’t have to worry about my flowers being late or lost on the wedding day. Again, I was excited to get started, so I contacted two on the list and set up meetings with them. In the meantime, I printed out some of my favorite floral inspiration pictures and scoured the web and lots of wedding magazines for more. I also made a list of all the flower bouquets, arrangements, corsages and boutonnieres we would need, and came up with an estimated budget for everything.

Just because they’re pretty, here are some of the pictures I brought with me that day:







Lots of pink, lots of petals, and lots of fluffiness. I thought the meetings with our potential floral designers would be easy peasy. In my dream world, the meetings went something like this: I would proudly show the florist my picture collage and she (yes, in my dream the florist was a she) would smile, nod and write “peonies, ranunculus and garden roses”. I would whip out my organized list of all the flowers we would need, and she would pat me on the back and award me a gold star for being the most prepared bride ever. I would tell her my budget, and within our hour meeting, the contract would be signed and I would be out the door dreaming of my pretty pink and white bouquets. Uh… not so much. Not even close.

Unfortunately, the meetings didn’t go as planned, and the road to the Latte wedding flowers was longer and more tumultuous than I had dreamed up.

Stay tuned to find out why…

Did you dream of (very specific) flowers for your wedding day?


Mrs. Latte

Wedding Date:
July 2009
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  1. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:30 pm

    Props for your organizational skills! I was NOWHERE near this together for my first floral consultation.

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    mariahjane20 59 posts, Worker bee @ 1:31 pm

    I’m DYING to hear part II to this story!! I had an identical vision to yours for my wedding flowers and am having a hard time making it a reality!!!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:33 pm

    Ditto to Miss Bruschetta! I’m going to meet (hopefully) with my florist this month and I need to get my stuff TOGETHER!

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    ggsb 1245 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:34 pm

    As someone who is standing in the middle of bumpy floral road at the moment….I can’t wait to hear how this turned out for you!!

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    Miss Popcorn 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:39 pm

    I’m right there with you! I went to go have a florist meeting with pictures and an idea of what I wanted and it took forever and I don’t think we both saw eye to eye. I ended up finding a picture on Flicker of exactly what I’d like and brought it somewhere else and they’re doing it for much less money! Good luck with everything! :)

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    your inspiration pictures are great! i love the white peonies bouquet! i’ve having white roses instead, because they will be much cheaper…

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    Tstew 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:42 pm

    I didn’t think that I would be soooo obsessed with the flowers, but I am. My florist calls me one of the CRAZY purple brides. I fell in LOVE with the flowers and every time I meet with my florist, he has something new. Gorgeous flowers….

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    Yelena, Guest @ 1:50 pm

    I love flowers too! I also love your ideas..hope everything turn out well with your flowers :)

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:52 pm

    i just want slightly structured yet fluffy. is that even possible?

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:53 pm

    Flowers always end up being more difficult than you think! Same thing happened to us :(

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    august15bride 1667 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:57 pm

    I dream of anenomes!!! I LOVE them!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:59 pm

    I’m guessing they told you what they told me… In a not so nice way:

    “You can’t get peonies in July”

    “But they are blooming in my garden in July”

    “But we can’t source them in July”

    “But I don’t need them to be all peonies… just a few”

    “I’ll see…” Frownie face… “But you can forget about the ranunculus. There’s no way.”

    Deflated doctor walks away sad faced…

    (At least that’s how it went for me!)

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    JennyBryde 1168 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 pm

    I “knew” I wanted tulips because they are my favorite until I realized that they are totally out of season in September and would cost more and not be as nice as tulips gotten in season. So I’m going with peonies, garden roses, and carnations. I like them too, though….but I’ll always love my spring garden full of beautiful tulips the most…

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    chaikac 127 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:10 pm

    My flower nemesis was Lily of the Valley. I thought it would add a nice spring touch to my bouquet….but almost everyone I talked to said it would cost too much, since their blooming time is so limited. If it’s growing in my backyard on my wedding day – I’m going to pick it and put it in my bouquet~ :)

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    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:16 pm

    Oh I just love seeing all your inspiration pics. It’s going to be beautiful!! I’m not a flower expert by any means so I kind of showed florists what I liked and then saw what they came up with. It was neat seeing each vendors creativity and individuality.

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    BlushingBride530 277 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    We have the same exact taste in flowers! I showed my florist very similiar photos of soft pink and cream peonies, garden roses and tulips. Romantic, fluffy and lush were keywords! Fortunately, he was on the same page as me and understood my vision right away! I’m interested in finding out what happens next…

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    mascara 859 posts, Busy bee @ 2:19 pm

    I really wanted ranunculus to be present in my bouquet. Sadly, they are not in season in September. So sad…

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    MaPo 315 posts, Helper bee @ 2:27 pm

    I love love love Gerber Daisies. I think it’s because they look like cartoon flowers. Didn’t so much fit in with a January wedding, so I opted for something more wintery.

    The apple name cards in the inspiration photo are soooo adorable. I may need to steal that idea for the next time I plan a party!!!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 2:38 pm

    I have my heart set on tulips! I have tons of inspiration pics, and I’ve planned everything with tulip touches (including my STDs and my invites!). But my meeting with the florist is next week and I’m afraid she won’t want to do tulips in July (even though Ice tulips are the same, just shorter!). :-(

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    unicorny, Guest @ 2:48 pm

    Hmm, you will have to search around for different florists. Can you use a vendor not on the preferred list for a fee? I also am getting married in July and am using peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses, as well as dahlias. The first florist I went to said she wouldn’t be able to use peonies or ranunculus because they weren’t in season. I asked where she received her flowers from, and she only receives her flowers from our local (San Antonio) flower company. I went to another florist and he could guarantee me all of those flowers since he uses many different floral companies across the US! Good luck!

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 3:51 pm

    @doctorgirl: Were you at my florist meeting??? :(
    @chaikac: That is a GREAT idea. I wish I had a garden to grow flowers in…

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 6:27 pm

    I love peonies!!!

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    PeachandPearl 278 posts, Helper bee @ 8:48 pm

    Ohhh that first bouquet is GORGEOUS!

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    Miss E from NYC 69 posts, Worker bee @ 9:47 pm

    It’s always upsetting when things don’t go the way you plan. Well I’m hoping Part II has a happier outcome :)

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 11:26 pm

    flowers have been my biggest hurdle in planning. hope you find the best florist for you.

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    s, Guest @ 12:32 am

    helllo bride twin! lovin’ the pics …
    in unrelated news – not your average joe’s bread is the best. 😉
    great post, chica!

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:47 am

    Yay Latte posts. :) So, you’re my inspiration. I bought a binder, and it’s collecting dust as we speak. Flowers? I have my consult tonight and have yet to collect inspirational photos. Your wedding is going to be so purtyyyy.

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:05 pm

    I guess I was… the good news is that I found a florist who is willing to work with peonies from my yard and will work hard to find others. AND(!) she’s very reasonable on the budget.

    If I have a good crop of peonies, maybe I can ship you a few for your wedding too :)

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