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Well, the Laguna Beach weddings have continued! Last month Lauren Conrad got married in a romantic mountainside vineyard in Santa Ynes, California. Now her fellow Laguna Beach alum Alex Murrell has followed her own path down the wedding aisle and was married last Saturday, October 25, at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

Alex, 27, married Kyle Mark Johnson in a beautiful rustic outdoor ceremony. The ceremony was conducted under a trellis draped with an elegant fabric backdrop edged with floral garlands and clusters of flowers, framed by amazing curly willow branches. Alex and Kyle were engaged in July 2013 during a trip to Thailand.

Alex has revealed some sweet insider details to their love story: apparently she first met Kyle when he stayed briefly with her family.

She was 12 and he was 19.  She developed a crush on him and told her family how much she wanted to marry him. Apparently Kyle thought this was funny and told her perhaps they would date when she was older. He left that summer and she didn’t see or hear from him for 10 years.

When she was 22, she and a friend were having dinner in Laguna when Alex came across Kyle’s Facebook page. On impulse, she posted a message, and he replied (see conversation above)…the rest is history!

 

 

They were an official couple within a week after reuniting. Some things are meant to be, I guess.

 

 

 

For their wedding, Alex went sexy in a form fitting Berta Bridal gown that featured a plunging neckline and lace bodice, as well as a low back. Her hair was worn in loose waves, with a simple veil attached at the crown. Kyle wore a classic black tux and looked very much the happy groom.

Her BFF’s and former Laguna co-stars Alex Hooser and Taylor Cole were both bridesmaids in the wedding, looking amazing in floor-length maroon gowns. All the guests and attendants enjoyed the photo booth, as show in some of the Instagram postings.

The flowers suited the rustic outdoor venue, and were beautifully accented by romantic candles, curly willow branches, and other earthy wooden details.

If you love Alex’s wedding decorations, you can achieve a similar look (at a fraction of the cost) by buying bulk wedding flowers and creating your own tablescapes and garlands based on her decor ideas. Choose dahlias, hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, baby’s breath, limonium, spray roses, garden roses, rose petals, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and assorted greenery. All the following bulk flowers can be found at Bunches Direct and will help you pull together a similar look, or let us do it for you, at a fraction of the cost of traditional florists. As always, our talented floral consultants are available to help you…at NO charge!

Feel free to send questions to [email protected] In the meantime, enjoy your own love story!

Dahlias

 

White Hydrangea

 

Spray Roses

Seeded Eucalyptus

Garden Rose

Baby’s Breath

 

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Announcing our search for the next “Bunches Bride!”

At BunchesDirect we love all our brides, and we are honored whenever we are chosen to be part of your very special day. We love hearing about the way things turned out and seeing the wedding photos with all your creative choices. Everyone enjoys the real life glimpse into someone’s unique celebration, whether to gain inspiration and ideas or simply to celebrate seeing happy couples joining their lives in one of life’s most treasured moments.

If you used BunchesDirect for your wedding flowers, we would love to hear more about your wedding. If you are willing to share some details with other brides, as well as a few of your wedding photos, let us know! Your wedding could be chosen to be featured in our blog or on our social media pages! What a fun way to remember and share your special day with friends and family.

Send a short note to [email protected] outlining why you think you make a great “Bunches Bride”. Let us know wedding date, location, number of guests and a bit about your theme and venue or other interesting facts. Please include at least four photos of your event.

The winner we select this month will receive a $100 credit to their credit card, as a special thank you!

If chosen, we will get in touch by email to for a fun “interview” and may ask for a few more photos, if you have them, so that we can put together the best recap for our Real Weddings post.

(Please note that by submitting your photos and information, you understand that this authorizes BunchesDirect to post them on its company sites, including but not limited to the company website, the company blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Pinterest page.)

A big thank you to all the brides who are willing to share their day with others!

We can’t wait to hear from you

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The beautiful Candice Accola from the hit show Vampire Diaries married rock star musician Joe King of the Fray last Saturday October 18. We thought we’d share some details since the wedding photos and video were so gorgeous!

Candice, 27, and Joe, 34, met at Direct TV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl in 2012 and were engaged in Florence in May 2013. Their wedding took place in New Orleans with friends and family in attendance, including Joe’s two daughters from his previous marriage. Candice plays vampire Caroline Forbes on the CW television series, and several of her vamp costars joined her for the wedding, including Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Kat Graham, Claire Holt, Nina Dobrev, and bridesmaid Kayla Ewell. Ian Somerhalder couldn’t make it, but Ian sent a message via Instagram from the Atlanta set where he was shooting:

““Candace and Joe- my brother, my sister. What a magical day this is for both of you. From the eye of the storm I am still with you in spirit! I am missing my home state of Louisiana and my city, the great city of New Orleans. Sending you so much love from my shoot in ATL- i’m working hard & I wish I could be there physically, but we have the rest of our lives to celebrate. I love you guys! So. Much.”

Candice was stunning in a lovely strapless Monique Lhuillier wedding gown with an asymmetrical skirt, while Joe looked magazine-worthy in a Tom Ford tuxedo. The wedding took place at Montegut House in a romantic garden setting. Their reception was a dreamy affair with music and dancing. Love the trees, the vintage chandeliers, and all the candles– the whole New Orleans setting was perfect for a “vampire” wedding. (Think Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise, Interview with a Vampire). Love the black and white photos that the couple released also!

 

The happy pair also enjoyed a line parade along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, a century old tradition in New Orleans. Candice held a pretty parasol and she and Joe were followed by happy guests and accompanied by a brass band.

Everyone clearly had a fantastic time at the wedding.”Officially Mr. and Mrs. King! Best night ever!” Candice gushed on her Instagram page.

The pair released a sweet wedding video put together by Valare Imaginarium that shows more of the celebration, the wedding flowers, and Candice’s dress. It captures the couple’s wedding day from before to after the big event. Check it out here: Candice & Joe Wedding Video

Now for the wedding flowers! In a clip from the video, we can see the lovely Candice in her veil and gown, holding a generous bouquet made up of mixed greenery and white roses. (When more photos are released hopefully we can get a better view of it!). If you love this look, here are some suggestions from Bunches Direct. Remember that all our bouquets can be customized! You can start with something like the Pure White, or Pure Passion bridal bouquets, then ask for more greenery, such as Seeded Eucalyptus, Leucadendron, or Ferns to create a more full look. You could also add some Queen Anne’s Lace and white Allium to add to the natural effect. You will have a “vampire-worthy” wedding bouquet in no time!

We wish Candice and her rock star husband years of happiness together! (And we look forward to watching her on Vampire Diaries for many more seasons…)

Pure Passion Bridal Bouquet

Pure White Bridal Bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeded Eucalyptus

 

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Well, it’s time for another BunchesDirect Real Wedding! This month we feature the beautiful wedding of Becky and Cameron, who married on a warm Saturday in August 2014.

For their wedding, the couple went with a “country rustic” theme that is popular with many brides today (including Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert). Becky and Cam’s wedding is also a great example of some inspiring DIY wedding tips that show how much you can do yourself, for awesome results at big savings.

Becky & Cam married just outside Ottawa, Canada with approximately 150 friends and family in attendance. The entire wedding party (bride included) sported cowboy boots. The five bridesmaids wore amazing blush peach dresses with irregular ruffled hemlines. The ladies incorporated crown braids into their hairstyles, Becky included, for a beautiful, romantic look (Ashley Tisdale’s bridesmaids wore similar hairstyles in September).

Cam and the groomsmen wore a handsome modern county combo of dark blue denim, white shirts, brown ties and brown vests (similar to country superstar Blake Shelton’s wedding day look).

The wedding was lighthearted and fun, which also suited the rustic theme. (Don’t you love the cowboy boots?)

The wedding flowers were custom created by Bunches Direct (www.bunchesdirect.ca), in a classic but natural look that would be in keeping with the country theme. Becky supplied some burlap that she wanted tied around all the bouquets to finish them off with a more “rustic” effect. For the bridal bouquet, Becky requested white hydrangeas, a few light pink roses and some baby’s breath scattered through the bouquet to match the bridesmaids’ bouquets. A bit more greenery was added to round out the look; salal leaf was chosen because it is similar to the hydrangea leaves.

For the bridesmaid bouquets, Becky wanted clusters of baby’s breath to keep things simple. A little less than a full bunch of baby’s breath was needed for each bouquet, finished off with burlap around the stems. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen were done up with little clusters of baby’s breath and a touch of greenery. Again, this provided a very natural look and a bit of twine was tied around the stems to coordinate with the burlap. It’s a good idea to make the groom stand out a little while still coordinating with the wedding party, so his boutonniere was done up in a light pink rose (to match the bridal bouquet) with some baby’s breath, greenery and twine added to match the groomsmen.

Becky and Cam bought bulk flowers and created their own centerpieces with the help of friends and family. To do this they purchased 80 pink mini carnations, 9 bunches of babys breath and 75 light pink roses. They used mason jars and painted white wine bottles wrapped with burlap and lace as the flower vases—what an awesome country look. This is a fantastic way to save on your wedding flowers and as you can see, you can still achieve a gorgeous result!

In keeping with the rustic theme, their table decor also featured several wooden accents. Becky had envisioned wooden candle holders as well as wooden “trays” to support the cake and flowers. She wasn’t able to find exactly what she wanted, so she and Cam decided to make their own by cutting local trees from their rural property. For an added bonus, based on inquiries from other brides they have since sold some of these creative and beautiful wooden creations to other couples, which also helped with their wedding budget. (Way to go, Becky & Cam!)

 

Becky also made these decorative letters herself by wrapping twine around the forms—another very creative DIY project!

The wedding included a photo booth, with fun props and accessories that Becky and Cam put together from the local Dollar and craft store. Obviously, this was a hit with the guests!

Another awesome DIY creation was this beautiful wooden wedding sign, which Becky made using peel and stick letters (amazing!).

 

Mason jars were provided for glasses, along with this cute idea to allow guests to customize (and thereby identify) their glass for use during the reception.

Family and friends enjoyed a fun party at the local Canoe Club with great food and great company. The bouquet toss was another popular event of the evening.

Congratulations to Becky and Cam! Not only did you have a lovely wedding, you did it on a fantastic budget, and it’s obvious that you found a lot of joy in each other. Thank you for sharing your special day with us. We wish you years of health and happiness!

Do you have your own fantastic DIY wedding projects? We’d love to see them! Feel free to email them to [email protected]

 

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There is little that is more romantic for a wedding than a beautiful floral crown for the bridesmaids or flower girls. For years this was a traditional and very feminine hair adornment with a long history of use for special occasions such as pageants and ceremonies. Today, floral crowns are still a popular wedding flower accessory that have seen even more resurgence recently.

Celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst have rocked floral crowns for varied occasions.

 

More recently, both Ashley Tisdale and Audrey Roloff both wore beautiful floral crowns in their own celebrity weddings. This is an ultra-feminine look that suits a variety of venues and themes, that can work with “bohemian chic,” as well as “fairy tale romantic.”

If you want to use floral crowns in your own wedding, they are an easy DIY project using a variety of gorgeous bulk wedding flowers and basic floral supplies.

You will need: Thin green florist wire, thicker grapevine wire, sharp scissors or wire cutters, green or brown florist tape, greenery of choice, flowers of choice.

Fresh flowers look amazing in floral crowns, and your wedding is a special day. You can find a variety of wholesale bulk flowers plus excellent and low priced floral supplies at Bunches Direct. Many varieties of flowers will work, but we especially love roses, spray roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, daisies, lilies and baby’s breath for wedding flower crowns.

1. Wrap a section of the thicker grapevine wire around your head, and allow for an added two inches. Cut the wire and then twist the extra wire back onto the main circle to secure it. Use some floral tape to cover the ends and prevent any scratching or loosening. This is now the circlet base for the flowers.

2. Lay your circlet on a table and start planning your crown. You might want the larger flowers all at the front, with sizes of flowers tapering away on either side, a mix of large, small and medium, or an evenly staggered arrangement of blooms. Decide on an approximate “look” for your crown by setting various flowers and fillers out now, to save you time and frustration later.

3. Cut the stems of the flowers to approximately two inches. If you want a very “full” look for your crown, it often works best to group small bunches of flowers and filler together to form mini “bouquets”. Use the thin florist wire to wire the elements of the bunches together. Then you can use the wire to start attaching the bunches (or individual flowers, if you prefer) to the grapevine circle.

 

 

 

4. For the heavier flowers, you may want to put a wire through the center of the bloom. Form a small hook, then pull the hook back in to the bloom. This will allow you to attach this flower more securely to the crown.

5. Be sure to use adequate filler (such as greenery or baby’s breath) to fill in gaps. Keep the flowers pointing in the same direction, and facing outwards. Keep working until you have the look you want. Try on the crown frequently to see how things are looking.

 

And that’s it! You can make these the day before, but store in the refrigerator until needed. You will have a stunning crown of fresh, blooming flowers to wear with pride on your big day. This is a beautiful touch for any bride, bridesmaid or flower girl that is sure to be the talk of the guests.

 

 

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If anyone is going to share or possibly steal the spotlight from the bride, it could well be the flower girl or ring bearer. These sweet additions to any wedding party are often the ones the guests talk about after the ceremony. The tradition of flower girls has been around since ancient Rome, when girls carried sheaves of wheat to symbolize fertility for the new couple. Flower girls carried everything from garlic to cups in different eras and different cultures, but during Victorian England the more contemporary tradition of carrying flowers or flower petals was born.

But don’t be limited by traditional thinking. There are many creative ways that still incorporate flowers and will make your flower girl or ring bearer have special impact as a little star in your very personal production.

Have your flower girl carry the petals or flowers, but get creative with the holder. Mason jars with handles, woven baskets, painted wooden baskets, tin pails or buckets can all work beautifully. Bunches Direct also sells bulk rose petals in various colors.

Another amazing DIY idea is to create a flower wand using wedding flowers that coordinate with the ones in the bridal bouquet. (Your little flower girl will feel like a fairy princess.) Purchase the bulk flowers of your choice (check out the amazing variety of bulk flowers at Bunches Direct), a wooden dowel, floral ball, ribbons, and glue gun. Wrap and glue the ribbons to the dowel, and tie added lengths of ribbon to trail off the end of the rod. Affix the dowel into the ball. Glue on the flowers of your choice.

Another idea is to have your flower girls carry pomanders (“kissing balls”) or pretty floral wreaths instead of petals or bouquets. This is another potential DIY project and sometimes the pomander is easier for little hands to hold onto. Check out DIY Pomanders on Youtube from BunchesDirect

Another sweet option is to decorate a pretty parasol with flowers (get out the glue gun again.) Signs, flags, or pennants can also be decorated with flowers and can add a super cute touch. If you have multiple flower girls or ring bearers, you can have them hold individual signs that say “Here” “Comes” “The” and “Bride”, for example. What a nice prelude to the bride’s big entrance!

 

For yet another idea, have the flower girls carry a floral garland as another option. This is an easy DIY option using bulk flowers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course flowers are the ultimate hair accessory for your lovely little flower girls.

The go-to accessory is a gorgeous floral crown, though you can also attach flowers to headbands, bows or barrettes for some unique and memorable touches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are pets going to be part of your wedding ceremony? This is a growing trend, so you can always have the flower girl help out with Fido. Gluing flowers to a leash is an easy way to make it a prettier presentation.

 

 

 

 

There are other creative ways in which your flower girl can help with the ceremony. Perhaps have her carry a special note to the groom, right before the bride comes down the aisle. She could also carry a special box decorated with flowers that contains the vows. Once the wedding is over, the box will become a special keepsake in which to store your vows (in case you need to refer to them later).

If you choose to have flower girls, there is little doubt that they will be a special part of your big day. They will be thrilled to be included in the celebrations and inspired by all the special touches. And the practice they get walking down the aisle might be put to good use one day when it’s their turn to be the bride. Feel free to share some photos of your own flower girls or ring bearers! I’d love to see them at [email protected]