If you have been following my blog for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard me mention on many occasions how wonderful Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers is to work with. Wonderful enough that she designed the florals for my own wedding earlier this year.
I will never forget.. I had just gotten back from having my wedding day hair and makeup done, arriving to our backyard wedding area and for the first time seeing the breathtaking transformation that Sybil had created in our very plain backyard and garage. I had tears streaming down my fresh makeup and we hadn’t even said our vows yet!
For months, I had consulted with Sybil and threw out ideas and pinterest pins of what I had dreamed my wedding might look like. She took those dreams and made them dreamier. I couldn’t believe this fairytale was my wedding!
I always recommend brides looking for a floral designer who can make their wedding dreams dreamier, to visit Sybil’s Flower Patch on the Yeopim river, have some tea and talk about her wedding designs.. I promise you that it is worth every penny to have a professional like Sybil design your wedding day florals. Not just so that it will be lovely, but because a professional knows the in’s and out’s and the capabilities and limitations of flowers. They know the proper season for flowers, what flowers compliment others, how these flowers need to be prepped and which ones will give you the most longevity for your long wedding day. Sadly, I have seen DIY florals go awry and wilt after an hour in the heat because they weren’t prepped properly or because those flowers simply don’t hold up for the climate. Use a professional floral designer if you can!
… However, I know that some couples choose not to include a budget for custom floral design .. And this blog post is crafted just for those couples! If you don’t have a budget for floral design, that’s ok!! .. But guess what – you still need to visit Sybil’s Flower Patch.
Why? Because she sells Buckets of Fresh Flowers. Straight from her garden.
They are called “Buckets of Poises” and they include about 60 fresh stems of whatever is beautiful and in bloom in her garden at the moment. So even if you don’t have a budget for floral design, at minimum you can purchase beautiful, quality fresh flowers, stick them into some thrift store glass vases or coffee cans down your reception tables and voila! You have a seriously sweet, rustic, and most importantly, unique table scape. Buckets of Poises begin at $25 each for mixed Zinnias and pricing options will vary according to what type of flowers or colors you may prefer.
Sybil even provides an option for Market Bouquets – Fresh blossoms from her flower patch that she bands together with a bit of greenery and textures, all collected from right there on the farm. Market bouquets can be used as Bride’s bouquets or Bridesmaid and flower girl bouquets!
Earlier this summer, Sybil and I put our heads together to figure out some ways that we could show off the versatility, simplicity (and let’s face it, the adorableness!) of her Market Flowers. We decided it doesn’t get much cuter than 17 of Sybil’s nieces and nephews getting together to frolick through the garden, selecting stems, and with Sybil’s help, arranging them into some perfect little vases.
We had the best time and I think you will be just smitten with the endless possibilities her Market Flowers provide.
Part TWO of our Market Flower Project is going to be released soon! We are so excited to be collaborating together on a Wedding Styled Shoot happening this weekend! We’ve got the plans all laid out and we are so crazy excited about seeing it come to life!
Until we can release the wedding gorgeousness, have a look at these beautiful kiddos showing off the Market Flowers at the Yeopim Flower Patch and read some excerpts from Sybil herself about her Flowers:
“In my life journey I worked as a visual merchandiser for many years. I was trained to make things look good, irresistible, and to know the market I am trying to sell to. This sounds unromantic but when you are planning your wedding you need to consider how to make people’s eyes focus on what you are selling…in other words make your floral pieces work for your style and taste and overall feel of your day.”
“Weddings do get expensive and there are many areas of the wedding day that brides evaluate to cut cost but I always have to advise to be careful on deciding whether to cut flowers from the budget because the flowers at a wedding are what sets the mood, pulls in your color pallet and ties everything together. I want to help educate brides on choosing florals sensibly and planning their floral presentations to get the most bang for their buck!”
“One way I advise to cut cost is to only use flowers that are in season. For example, if you know you have to have Peonies in your wedding, you should plan for a May wedding! Ordering flowers outside of their local blooming season is costly, and not to mention much poorer quality than the same flower in it’s natural blooming season.”
“We raise a lot of different flowers – We’ve actually been told before that we raise only “country flowers!” That may be true but only because our farm is definitely in the country! The flowers we grow range from peony, snapdragons, lisianthus, hellebores, dahlia, sedum, hydrangea, zinnia, just to name a few… All of which are found in mainstream wedding publications. Using farm grown flowers instead of florist flowers is just like eating a tomato that was picked off the vine in your backyard rather than one that has been in transit for weeks!”
“Another area that I educate brides on sensibly planning a floral budget is to not cut cost on your bouquet and your grooms boutonnière. These are the most photographed floral pieces! They need to be constructed to hold for a minimum of 6 hours without water and designed to compliment your dress, not distract from it. These two flower pieces set the mood of your wedding and need to be fresh and professionally constructed. I can suggest cutting cost in other areas of your floral budget if need be, but I recommend spending the most important portion of your floral budget on your personal flowers.”
“Another way in which I see brides cutting cost is in using silk flowers. While there may be some silk flowers out there that look close to real, most inexpensive silk flowers end up looking like just that… cheap silk flowers, no matter what you do to them. And no one really keeps them!”
“I am all about family when it comes to weddings! And if you do not have a designer handling the the reception florals, this is a fun area to for family to be involved in helping you. If purchasing our Bucket of Poises of single stems for your reception, here’s what I suggest to do it yourself: Select three or five appropriate vases per table with small necks. Cut and place five flowers of various heights in each vase. This will fill the center of a sixty-inch table nicely. Place a piece of wood or mirror under the vases to give added height and texture. If you are having a very classic wedding make sure the vase and flowers look the part! Add a label and give these as the favors…your guests will love them!”
“But when planning on your flower crew be realistic on how much time and energy actually goes into doing your flowers. Over burdening your family can cause for some major stress on wedding day. Keep your designs simple if asking family and friends to be a part…go for fail proof flowers and see them glow!”