Moxie Spotlight: Melissa and Ethan
Join us as we delve into Melissa's celebration, where her floral vision became the dreamiest of garden settings with the help of Flower Moxie's custom design services!
With a palette that mirrored the hues of a blooming garden—white, cream, peach, and green—featuring blooms like White Queen Anne's Lace, Peach Ranunculus, Peach Shimmer Roses, Cream Playa Blanca Roses, White Delphinium, Pennycress, and Sword Fern, Melissa curated a floral symphony that told her unique love story.
Follow along as we peep the details of Melissa's DIY wedding experience, where her collaboration with one of our expert custom designers resulted in the perfect flower recipe!. From initial inspiration to the final breathtaking arrangements, Melissa's journey serves as a testament to the magic that unfolds when creativity meets gorgeous blooms.
So, pour yourself a cup of floral tea and prepare to be inspired by Melissa's Flower Moxie wedding garden. Let the blossoms unfold as we step Let’s dive into the world of Melissa's garden-inspired wedding wonderland!
What was your favorite part about DIYing?
My "Petal Party" where I had all the women who were in town early come and help put together my arrangements. It was so sweet getting to have that extra time with them and having lots of people become involved. For my bouquet I had my maid of honor print out cards with individual flowers from my bouquet recipe and hand them to everyone as they entered the party. We got started off and had everyone grab the prettiest bloom of the flower on their card and come hand it to me. This gave me a special moment wit
Why did you choose to DIY your flowers?
Cost and priority. We focused our money on some other bigger expenses like our venue and food, and then realized that florals fell a little farther to the bottom of our priority list. We wanted our wedding to be elegant and beautiful but didn't want to spend our life savings on it. DIYing was perfect because it allowed us to still have a solid floral design (shout out Custom Designs) while not breaking the bank. I also was such a type A bride who loved getting to put a lot of personality into my wedding. In the end having a creative outlet days before the wedding was super fun for me as well!
Who did you have help from?
My bridesmaids were superstars, and then everyone else who came to my Petal Party (design day). Also as always my dad was absolute king who helped me pick up the flowers at the wholesaler and prep the flowers (this was a super sweet time that I got to spend with him before the wedding as well that I wouldn't have gotten other wise). In the end my right hand woman Maddy, one of my bridesmaids, was the person who helped most. I assigned her as my "designated floral woman" and she took on that role incredibly. I sent her the design package a few days before, sent her a few Flower Moxie videos, and asked her to help guide people during the design portion and she rocked it. We both send each other pictures of Trader Joe's flowers saying "lets do it again sometime" because we loved the experience together.
Where did you get married and why did you choose this location?
We got married at Parker Manor and the Spring in Weatherford, Texas. This was the one and only venue we visited because it checked off our needs immediately and we didn't want to waste time! We loved that we could bring in our own vendors, it was available on Labor Day weekend which was great considering our guest list was 80% out of town guests, and it was very pretty as-is and we didn't feel like we had to do a lot with "dressing it up."
Was it a destination wedding?
Nope! Unless to call the middle of Texas a destination!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
So many things. Starting a covenant with someone who I can't wait to live the rest of my life with, obviously. BUT on the topic of DIY, I loved seeing all the details that I had done myself like the flowers, the signage and custom menus, the guestbook, all of that finally coming to life together was so exciting. I felt so loved by all the people who helped in all those aspects and very supported by the most important people in mine and Ethan's life.
In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?
We bought table clothes to save money since we could resell them after. Never again. This tactic worked GREAT with more common things like candles and charger plates (we bought all for $800 and sold them for $600), but with the tablecloths we not as lucky and would have been worth the extra $200 to just rent them.
Tips for future DIYers?
Practice!! Make a little date out of it! I practiced a few times on my own and then once with my mother which was a very sweet time and it helped me practice my "instructor voice" for when it was the real thing. Biggest thing I learned is that some people who will be helping you might be super nervous because they want your day to be "perfect" too! So encourage everyone and let them know that it is really hard to make something like florals look that bad.
Also!! Custom Design Package! I got the $35 package (smallest one) and it was a game changer. I went from trying to calculate what I would need to add in and stress about if it would actually look good to a perfect design for my wedding that took all the guess work out if it. They work so hard to make a great design with your budget. It also is incredibly helpful if you have any special conditions for your wedding like weather. For me, my wedding day was 100 degrees hot Texas day and I didn't want any blooms that couldn't stand the heat!
Were there any funny or strange mishaps you can share?
I had ordered some gold stands for our ceremony arrangements to sit on at the top of the aisle. Long story short they ended up breaking and we just decided to go with a more inspired grounded floral look lol. It looked gorgeous. Right after my dad gave me away he turned around in tears and accidentally tripped on both my cathedral length veil and then punt kicked the flowers in the floral foam cage. He didn't fall all the way, just a little stumble, and it ended up being a light hearted and funny moment where we both could laugh at ourselves. One of my favorite things about my dad is how he can find the fun in any situation and it actually calmed my nerves a lot to get a little laugh out before saying I do. The flowers survived and the ceremony still went seamlessly.
How did you add personalized touches to your day?
My grandma was the flower girl! She was the only living grandparent at the wedding and it was one of the most precious things to me. When I asked her at my bridal shower her face lit up and she said "I've never gotten to be in a wedding!" since during the time she got married it wasn't as popular to do large wedding parties. She ROCKED it and looked so beautiful walking down the aisle before me and I couldn't have been more happy with her being a part of my day in that way.
Which part of your wedding are you most proud of?
There is nothing more rewarding than being intentional with the way you structure your wedding. We wanted to be able to spend time with the people we love and I couldn't be more thankful for all the people who came around and supported us in every little detail. I am extremely proud of the relationships that both ethan and I have made and how we got to see them show up for us at our wedding and during the entire season. Also of course the flowers, I love telling people "we DIYed our flowers!".
Anything else you would like to add?
Just like anything, you have to put in the work! It is a big task to be your own florist and you'll learn why full time florists charge the amounts they do. You also might question afterwards if... you want to be a full time florist? Just kidding... kinda (because working with flowers is truly that much fun). If you are unsure of if you really want to DIY your own flowers or, try just investing the $35 in the custom design and if you still don't feel like you can take on the project, then that is okay! You've only then spent $35 to learn that it might or might not be the route for you and can figure something else out! And you can come out with a really good idea of want you might want otherwise!
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