ENGAGEMENT CONTEST ENTRY: Mickey S.

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BunchesDirect is currently 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. Here’s Mickey’s entry. he’s a photographer, and worked to set up this picture-perfect proposal.

 

Mickey Shannon Engagement

I recently proposed to my girlfriend and she said yes!  We wanted to share the story of the proposal, as many have asked us about it as we have been telling people about our engagement. I’m a photographer, so I had to make sure to get a stunning photo of our proposal! I had my remote trigger ready for this event as I wanted to take a shot of my proposing out under the stars! I proposed at Teter Rock out on the Flint Hills near Cassoday, Kansas. This spot was memorable for us. The second time we ever hung out was during a blizzard in February at Teter Rock. That time we spent at least 6 hours shooting photos, talking and becoming friends! She very quickly became my best friend, and on the night of July 26th, 2013 we became officially engaged!

Over the years, I had decided that I had always wanted to propose in Italy at a place called Via dell’Amore in Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean Sea. Having only dated for a shorter period of time, however, meant that a Europe trip wasn’t happening in time for this engagement! As I was thinking of something special to come up with, I remembered the story of the Via dell’Amore. Cinque Terre is a rugged area on the Mediterranean Sea that consists of five beautiful villages. Between two villages is the Via dell’Amore (the Pathway of Love) where in the past, the guys and girls of these two villages would get together to propose or marry. Up until this trail was made, contact outside the villages was rare because of their remoteness and ruggedness of the region. One of the traditions of the Via
dell’Amore is the “Love locks”. A couple will take a padlock and lock it together, then throw the key off the cliff into the Mediterranean Sea, meant to symbolize the locking of their love together. So I bought two locks and had them engraved with our initials. One lock to seal at Teter Rock, a special place for us, and one lock to take to Italy someday and lock at Cinque Terre, as traveling is something we both want to do a lot of!

So last Friday, the weather was showing clear skies and wonderful temperatures for the middle of summer. I picked her up and we grabbed some dinner, along with candles, blankets and such for what she thought was a date night under the stars to watch a meteor shower. When we got to Teter Rock, the last light of the sunset had just faded and the stars were bright and shining! I knew the moon was supposed to come up around 11, which would illuminate the scene, but would dim the stars. So I set the camera up to shoot a scene with the Milky Way in the background that I would layer onto the proposal scene to create the photo this story is attached to. I snapped a few exposures, all the while she’s asking me to come eat with her instead of messing with my camera. She didn’t quite realize I was getting it ready to photograph her proposal.

So after getting the camera ready, I came to sit and eat with her. She was a little cold so we got her wrapped up in the blanket and finished off our food. At this point, a few coyotes decided to howl in the distance. While I know the coyotes out there are more afraid of us than we are of them, that didn’t help her desire to hightail it to the car and camp out to watch the stars in the comfort of safety. I wasn’t sure what to do at this point. I knew I needed to propose, but I didn’t want to do it while she was freaking out.

I considered waiting for another time, but realized it might be a while before I got her out here again. After sitting in the car warming up a bit (and honking the horn and blaring the radio to scare off the coyotes) I talked her into taking the photo. She had calmed down and seemed fine at this point, so I went back out to get the camera settings changed for the new moonlit sky. I had her come out to model the settings, with her totally expecting to get a nice photo of us together. The settings were right. She was happy and not freaking out about coyotes. It was time! The moment had arrived! I walked over to our little romantic candlelit picnic area, and we took a photo together. After taking the photo, I told her “Oh, I want to get one more photo”. She looked at me, and at this point, I dropped to one knee and asked her to be my wife. I’ve never seen so much happiness before, as she was literally shaking and grinning from ear to ear. She said YES! I was also clicking away with my remote, grabbing the proposal scene as I wanted it! Under a nighttime full of stars at a special location!

After we enjoyed the moment for a few minutes, I gave her the locks and explained the story. She already knew of Cinque Terre and the Via dell’Amore as I had told her I wanted to visit it someday. Before we left Teter Rock, we left one of the two locks there, with the promise to lock the other one in Italy someday and throw the key off the cliffs into the sea below.

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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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