Wedding Florals

Sarah & Pat: a real full-service wedding

Ida Blooms Wedding Florist

Photos: Azar Photography // Florals: Ida Blooms // Ceremony: Xavier University's Bellarmine Chapel // Reception: The Grand Ballroom



Sarah and Pat got married on May 5th, 2018 – two days after I quit my corporate product marketing job to pursue Ida Blooms full time. In fact, these dear souls were my first wedding gig.

Ida Blooms Wedding

Months prior to that day, when we first began discussions around the floral plan, Sarah said she wanted something "romantic, traditional, and garden-y"..... but definitely not "southern or rustic."

With that in mind, we kept the palette mostly white with roses, hydrangea, spray roses, hypericum berry, ranunculus, and some assorted greens, and filler. We did decide, however, to work in special pops of a dreamy muted blush.

Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
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Not wanting a corsage to get in the way of dancing, Sarah elected to have her mother and mother-in-law carry very elegant, minimal bouquets down the aisle. 

Her bridesmaids held with lovely, white hand-ties, dramatic seeded eucalyptus spilling off the sides.

Sarah's bridal bouquet consisted of both the florals her mother(s) held, and those her bridesmaids carried, with the addition of a dreamy rose quicksand. Though subtle, the muted blush color distinguished her bouquet wonderfully.

Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
Ida Blooms Wedding Florist

Pat, a no-nonsense groom, requested simple boutonnieres for his boys. They featured seeded eucalyptus, buds of spray rose, and hypericum berries wrapped in green floral tape.

Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
Ida blooms wedding florist

At the reception, we made Sarah's vision come to life with nineteen tables adorned in simple, modern centerpieces – crazy curly willow branches stealing the show. Bridesmaids re-purposed their bouquets at the head table, and a beautiful cake brought the floral story full circle, featuring buds from nearly every stem on our order.

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It was such a true honor to be part of Pat and Sarah's amazing day. Honestly, I can't imagine a better way to enter into the wedding business!

Witnessing their love shine so brightly through a rainy, spring day is something I truly will never forget.

Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
Ida Blooms Wedding Florist
Ida Blooms Wedding Florist


Affordable DIY Boutonniere (with flowers from the grocery store!)

Ida Blooms DIY Boutonniere

It's Father's Day Weekend! Every year, I go on the hunt for a unique way to make my dad feel loved. Granted, I live 2,396 miles away from my dad. So, I'm usually limited to a hand-crafted card.

BUT, if I lived closer, you better believe I would make my dad a Father's Day Boutonniere!

Boutonnieres are a very manageable Flower DIY and the easiest way to start flower arranging. Not only is it kid-friendly, but it requires very few stems. So, you get a lot bang for your buck. For example, the $14 of flower supplies I picked up for this DIY at Trader Joe's could have made 20 boutonnieres! But, I just used the extra stems to spruce up my kitchen table ;) 

So, first thing is first. I built a detailed eight minute video tutorial to walk you step-by-step through this process. It will show you eVeRyThiNg you need to know. Access  it for free by signing up for my mailing list here.

Meanwhile, here are the highlights:

You will need

DIY Boutonniere Supplies



  • Green sturdy back like eucalyptus // $5 at Trader Joe's
  • Focal flower like a spray rose // $5 at Trader Joe's 
  • Filler flowers like chamomile // $4 at Trader Joe's 


  • Optional: Ribbon and hot glue

Cut your stems

Ida Blooms DIY Boutonniere

Ok, so we're going to be working with one stem of each of your fillers, focal flowers, and sturdy green back. You really don't need much. Just cut a few little pieces to two inches long and remove any extra leaves from the bottom of the stems. This will help later when we start to wrap the stems together.

In the end, you'll have a little collection like this vvvv.


Arrange your boutonniere


Use your fingers to arrange the boutonniere. We'll start with the sturdy back – in this case, eucalyptus silver dollar. Hold the stems together with two fingers, then add your focal flower – in this case, a spray rose. Lastly, surround the focal flower with filler stems – in this case, that is chamomile and tiny bits of eucalyptus baby blue.

Tape it together


Cut a piece of floral tape, and activate it by gently pulling it taught. Then wrap the stems of your boutonniere. Once your boutonniere is wrapped, snip the stems to the same length.

You can be done here, if you want!


Adorn it


If you want to add ribbon, now's the time! Wrap the ribbon around the stems, right on top of the the floral tape.  Secure the ribbon with a small dot of hot glue on the back of the stems.



That's it! It's so easy! Use two floral pins – like an "x" through the stems – to secure your boutonniere to your dad's lapel. It will make him feel too legit to quit. Guaranteed.