DIY: Wedding/Bachelorette Flowers

July 24, 2014

When I was little, I wanted to be a florist when I grew up. I’ve always loved flowers and I still swoon whenever I go into beautiful flower shops.  I took a floral arrangement course at Michael George Flowers (you can’t even forget the name). His style is really simple and modern. I loved making floral arrangements and obtaining all the knowledge about the seasons, plants, and flowers.  The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was getting up at 5am to hit the flower market. My love of floral arrangement became a coveted skill for my friends and family who have upcoming weddings.

For my sister’s bridal shower, I got thrown into making 14 flower crowns.  The only minor detail was that I have never made them before. Thank goodness for Pinterest and YouTube because I quickly taught myself how to make them.  I went to Ralph’s (supermarket on West Coast) to see what flowers they had.  Yes, it’s possible to make chic boho flower crowns from supermarket flowers!  When I was a teen in Korea, I used to make candy bouquets which became a super handy skill for making flower crowns.  Who knew this random hobby as a teen would come in handy!

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For my sister’s wedding, I was on flower duty again. There were 16 mason jar arrangements, 12 small jar arrangements, 3 boutonnieres, 3 flower crowns, and of course the most important, the bride’s bouquet. My sister got married in Paso Robles, CA which is about a 3 and ½ hour drive from Los Angeles. There are no fancy flower shops in this small town so we put all of our faith in good ole Trader Joe’s. We only spent about $150 for all the flowers and I hate to toot my horn but the results were astonishing. We did a couple of swaps between some of the bouquets to get the perfect flowers for the bride’s bouquet. We bought so many odinflowers that I don’t think the staff cared so much.

My message to all the brides and bridesmaids out there is that you really don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on flower arrangements. Also, making flower crowns and bouquets with the most amazing vineyard as your back drop was definitively one of the highlights from the wedding.

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July 19, 2014

I am not a big fan of following the crowds but for the Fourth of July, I wanted an all American experience with fire works, BBQ, and an outdoor celebration. These festivities have to be planned way in advance since every type of accommodation gets sold out before June. I found a nice place on Airbnb tucked away in East Hampton  I barely spent any time there because I hung out with friends all weekend at their homes.

It was a super fun weekend filled with BBQing (Korean BBQ, had to throw my own spin on the traditional BBQ), watching the World Cup at a cozy bar, eating crabs flown
in from Maryland and going to an amazing party on the 5th of July with Italians in South
Hampton. Oh, last but not the least, surfing in Ditch Plains, Montauk.

Over the weekend, I felt the diversity in America and I felt truly blessed to live in this country.
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