When one of my dear friends came to me seeking assistance in proposing to his girlfriend, I immediately agreed to help! There isn't another relationship, beside my own, that I've thought about and prayed about more than theirs! They are two of the sweetest people, who have tackled a lot of life obstacles, to finally get to this amazing moment in their lives!
When we began brainstorming ideas for the engagement, I got a sudden spark of enthusiasm when I recalled her love for flowers. Over the years, he has talked to us on multiple occasions about her love for fresh flowers and how he is so thankful for Trader Joe's because they make it affordable to shower her in flowers each week!
As we discussed the plans (our recess crew as we call ourselves) came up with the conclusion that we would fill her apartment with flowers to create a lush and romantic location for him to finally propose to the love of his life!
Filling a home with flowers is a great thought, but a very lofty goal. Daley, one of the recess crew, was quick to point out the error in the planning as was elaborated on in behind the scenes footage of filming Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life. Lorelai said she wanted to be proposed to surrounded by 1,000 daisies, which they recounted didn't do a whole lot for filling a space! They ended up having to use 4x that amount, but on a hollywood budget, that is doable. On our budget, not so much!
We needed to think of creative solutions for filling the space. We decided that we would forage through our own yards and cut greenery and branches to serve as filler in the bouquets we would create, but that wasn't going to be enough.
I suggested that we create a few soft "watercolor" backdrops that could be positioned behind arrangements and around the space to add additional color and fill. I also suggested making white paper flowers that we could place around the space as well to add additional texture and fill. We decided to go with both ideas. The groom-to-be asked a friend who has a lettering company, Scribbles Lettering, to make a sign and a few quotes to be framed and positioned around the flowers. The bride-to-be's roommate was in charge of candles and photos.
The plan was set, now we only needed to execute the plan!
Yesterday morning, before school, my coworker and I headed to Trader Joes as soon as it opened to buy flowers. We had a $200.00 budget. Y'all, first of all, the selection that they have is amazing, and second, the price cannot be beat!! We filled two whole carts with flowers! The sweet employees even gave us buckets from the back to carry them home in!!
We kept them on water and created the arrangements once we were done with students! We were able to create 13 large floral arrangements out of our haul!! They were so beautiful! We focused on our watercolor pallet and pulled in shades of pink, coral, yellow, white, green, and cream! The photos truly don't do them justice! They were so unbelievably beautiful!!
That evening we eagerly waited in the parking lot as we watched him arrive and depart her apartment building. Once they were gone, we quickly went to work with the help of her roommate! We placed all of the flowers and accessories around the apartment and added special touches he requested such as prints of their favorite sayings, handwritten cards, and photos of the two of them! We were all so giddy the entire time knowing that she had absolutely no idea what she would be coming home to!
Once we were done we snuck out and waited for the news! He said that she absolutely loved everything! Looking at the pictures now, they seriously don't do justice to the space at all! It was so beautiful!! My heart is so full for these two!!! A beautiful engagement for a beautiful couple!! I can't wait for the wedding!!!
If you're interested in creating the watercolor backdrops or the paper flowers, I will be posting DIY tutorials soon! I'll also be talking flower arranging in an upcoming post on potting flowers!! Be sure to check all of them out for some easy DIY tips!