ENGAGEMENT CONTEST ENTRY: Brittany E.

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BunchesDirect is currently can running a contest for the best engagement story we can find. The winner will receive a $1000 Shopping Spree for Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect!

We’ll be unveiling the entries over the next little while as we receive them. Up first: Brittany E., with a cold-weather proposal that is nonetheless very heartwarming:

 

March 5th, 2013 was a cold and snowy day, here in Wyoming. We had just had a big snow storm, and the whole town was covered in that fluffy, white snowfall. My town is a small town, and we live right next to a mountain. The amount of snow that we were graced with was enough to make our little town look like a picture for a Christmas card. It was beautiful. But it was spring!

My boyfriend, Mike, had been planning to take me on a picnic on the mountain, for the weekend, and the snow was always too cold for me. He drove me up the mountain anyway. On the way up, I kept making suggestions for us to stop at, but he kept turning those down. I was so hungry though! I just wanted to stop anywhere and eat! He could see that I was getting a little frustrated, but he wanted the perfect place to eat, so we could have the perfect view. I thought he was nuts. We are just eating. I hadn’t eaten all day, and I was grouchy, so I finally just made him pull over to a place that most people probably didn’t know was there. It was a small opening, surrounded by trees…and a radio tower. It was the least romantic place on that mountain. But I was so hungry and I didn’t know we needed a romantic place. I had no idea what was about to come.

After we finished eating, Mike suggested that we go on a walk. Again, I refused. “Babe, it’s freezing out there. We also have no idea what is beyond those trees. Let’s just go home,” is what I probably said. I am a big baby when it comes to the cold. However, Mike insisted that we go for a walk, and we made a compromise. We would go for a walk, but in a place that we are both more familiar with.

So, he drove us down to a place that people in our town call “The Falls”. In the summer, and most of spring, it is a small place surrounded by trees that has a little water fall off of the mountain. It is actually beautiful, surrounded by green trees, with a bridge over a small stream that is positioned just in front of the water fall-that is surrounded by rock. It really is a small piece of heaven. We couldn’t drive very close to the place, because it was closed due to the snow. So, we parked the car and got out. Mike wasn’t wearing his coat, so I went to the back seat to get it and he promptly said, “No! I will get it!” I would later find out that that is where he put the ring he proposed to me with.

“Babe, I am right here, it’s fine, I can get you your coat,” I said. He wouldn’t let me get the coat. So he grabbed it himself, and we set off on our small hike to The Falls. On the way, I noticed that Mike was a little quiet, so I tried to see what was going on. He insisted that it was nothing and that he was just thinking. We finally got to the spot. I am very terrified of being on bridges, so Mike had to coax me out to the middle of it, holding my hand the whole way. I felt safe with him though, so when we got to the middle (my least favorite place on a bridge) I was able to relax as he stood there behind me, holding me.

The view that we had was amazing. There was a blanket of snow all around us, covering the trees and the ground. The waterfall was frozen in motion. The only picture that I have of that moment is the one that will be in my mind forever. I turned to Mike and hugged him, and then he took a step back. He started talking about how he wanted me to help him with his plans, and then he got down on one knee. I was like that waterfall, frozen in motion. We both forgot what he said, exactly, except for the ending when he said, “Brittney Elliott, will you marry me?” I grabbed him off the ground and pulled him to me and told him that of course I would.

We didn’t tell very many people right away because I wanted to hold on to that moment, just for myself, for a little bit longer. It was the perfect proposal for me. I am a very private and shy person, so having that intimate moment with just myself and my best friend, and love of my life, was the perfect moment.

- Brittany E.

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Bulk Roses in Various ColorsFor someone buying bulk flowers for the first time, knowing how to care for your flowers might seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of instructions for beginners to help you care fo your flowers when they arrive.

General Flower Care Instructions

When the flowers arrive they will need to be taken out of the box, stems cut on an angle, remove all leaves that will go below water line, and allowed to drink for several hours.  They will be thirsty and this should be done as soon as possible.  This small step will allow your flowers get back to a lush, and beautiful state.

Please Note: Keep flowers in a cool, dark location away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, a hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

Also, it is important to keep flowers away from fruits, vegetables and/or plants which produce ethylene gas which could cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.

Check out our resident floral expert, Bunches Bob unpacking some fresh flowers.

Wedding Flower Care Instructions

Bridal Bouquets/Centerpieces

(1) Remove flowers from box

(2) Remove cellophane wrap

(3) Remove green foam from bottom of stems and rinse thoroughly

(4) Cut stems ¼ inch and place in a container with 1 inch of water

Centerpieces

Most centerpieces are to be placed in the container of your choice. Remove from foam, rinse stems, cut 1” from stems, put in at least 3” of room temperature water.

*Some centerpieces are to remain in plastic container it was shipped in, keep foam moist.

Corsages and Boutonnieres

Place in a covered container, or plastic bag and refrigerate.

Please Note For Bulk Flowers and Wedding Flower Arrangements

Exposing flowers to warm environments (outside, hot room, etc) will help the flowers bloom, and storing your flowers in a cooler environment will slow down the opening process.

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For all of you newly engaged and planning brides, there are a lot of things to consider when getting your big day in order. For the style-conscious among us, we want our celebration to be reflective of our personal taste and ideas. Pantone’s announcement early this year crowned Tangerine Tango as the “it” colour for 2012. Close runners up include Cabaret, Sweet lilac, and Driftwood.  The common theme seems to be bright pops of colour against classic neutrals.

Pantone pulls it’s list from New York fashion week and we’ll be sure to be seeing these colours featured on the runway and in stores soon!

How do these colour announcements affect your planning? Many brides are opting for bright in-your-face blooms in their bouquet to have a noticeable pop of colour against their dress. For those of us that love colour but are afraid to do it on a large scale, adding in items like bright florals or accent textiles can be a great way to have some fun with colour.

Another way to incorporate these trend colours without being too “trendy” is to include them as a nail polish or featured on your stationery. Another great idea is to choose the bright color as a bridesmaid dress and offset it with a traditional white bouquet.  Bright fabrics can really make a traditional choice like white come alive.

Tell us in the comments how you’ll be incorporating colour trends into your wedding plans!

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The Budget Bride

The Budget Bride – tips and tricks to keeping the cost of your big day down without having to compromise on style!

FRIENDORS. This term has been used all over in the wedding industry in the past few years.  What is a friendor and why would you want to employ this strategy in your budget ceremony?Is hiring a friend the right thing for you?A friendor is the balance between a friend and a vendor. You make the decision to hire a talented (professional or amateur) friend to complete services at your wedding or event. The benefit of which usually means less cost than hiring a professional – or no cost if they agree to give the service in lieu of a wedding gift! Choose wisely, know your friendors as well as their limits. As much as you love your cousin’s cooking, and as excited as she may be to cater your wedding, be sure she can handle the task of managing a 4 course meal for a party of 200 if that is what you require before you make your final decision.

Preparing a delicious mealHaving a friend as a vendor may allow you to include someone in significant ways for your wedding, especially if you plan on having a small ceremony and would not otherwise be sending them an invite. Of course, your friendor may complain about not being able to enjoy your wedding because they are too busy working. Be sure to be very clear about their roles and expectations – treat the relationship just as you would for any vendor.

However, since you’re deciding to make it personal, confrontations can escalate quicker than normal, and it’s easy to get uncomfortable being completely honest with them since you don’t want to hurt their feelings. The decision is a tough one —what you trade off in price ends up being bartered for trust and commitment. Also, remember that the services your friendor is offering you cannot really be compared to full cost professional options. You cannot expect a low-paid or volunteer team execute the same level of service as a professional. Make sure you both understand the expectations involved and have fun planning and collaborating together!

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Many brides-to-be, wedding enthusiasts and romantics at heart watched the 2011 Royal wedding of William and Kate in awe. The entire event was a spectacle to be remembered for years to come. While it was easy to be swept away by the grandeur of William and Kate’s nuptials, we cannot forget the other royal weddings from 2011. We’ve complied a list of bridal bouquets from the various royal weddings in 2011 as an inspiration guide.

royal wedding Kate's BouquetComprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, Kate’s bouquet draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family. Kate was also sure to include a flower called “sweet William” in honour of her groom.

Zara Phillips wedding bouquetZara Phillips’ bouquet included white calla lilies, sea holly also known as alpine thistles and Dusty Miller foliage. She also included thistles, the national emblem of Scotland.

Charlene Wittenstock  wedding bouquetCharlene Wittstock’s (princess of Monaco) bouquet included white freesia, white dendrobium orchids combined with pittosporum foliage. The variation in size of blooms created some excellent texture in her bridal bouquet.

Princess Nathalie of Denmark's wedding bouquetPrincess Nathalie of Denmark was famous for forgetting her bouquet upon arrival to the ceremony- the quests patiently waited for it to arrive before her walk down the aisle with white and cream roses!

Princess Sophie's wedding bouquetFor Prince George Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia’s wedding, his bride Princess Sophie carried a bouquet of white orchids, orange blossoms and white roses for an ultra-feminine feel.

Which bouquet was your favourite? Tell us in the comments how each bridal bouquet has influenced your decisons when planning your big day?

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The fall season offers rich, deep colors, beautiful outdoor backdrops and endless wedding decoration possibilities.

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