Friday, March 8, 2013

Flowa Powa- Wedding Style

It hit me today that Van and I have been married for 9 months already- tomorrow. Whoa. Time flies. Embarrassingly, I still have not done anything with the majority of my professional wedding photos. Fail. There's like 2,000 and I'm a little overwhelmed, ok?! But really, I should make it my goal to create a photo album before June 9th, 2013.

I was reminiscing about my whole wedding experience with a girlfriend yesterday, bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, etc. etc. And wanted to write a little about my wedding flowers experience, and the beautiful Cyin sisters who helped make my dream a reality. I really hope they get a website soon!

Designing my floral bouquets, corsages, wristlets and guestbook center piece was a really cool experience for me, because I was able to be a part of the entire process.  It started with developing a budget, to getting up at 4:30am on a Saturday a couple of weeks before the actual wedding, and picking out the types of flowers and colors that I wanted to work with from the LA Flower Market in downtown LA. If you haven't been yet- I HIGHLY recommend it. The early bird gets the worm in this case, Eunice, Monica and I literally had to leave Orange County at around 5:30am/6:00am to get there very early, before all of the good flowers were taken. :)  The flower market is where a lot of local florists, hotels, caterers get their flowers, wholesale, and they are as fresh and beautiful as can be.

Although the Flower Market can be a little overwhelming if you don't know what you're doing- I was with professionals, and Eunice and Monica knew just where to go to find the best flowers, rhinestones, ribbon, pins, tape, wire and everything else we needed.

I knew that I wanted to go with a red, pink and cream theme and wanted mostly roses with some peonies, (pro tip: peonies are very expensive!) So we scoured the market for bunches that were the right color and size. Below is a pic of some of our haul, (immediately put in water), when we got back to Monica's apartment, and the vase I purchased for my guestbook topiary centerpiece.

Next up was the design process.  I left this to Eunice and Monica, as they are the pros, and Eunice used to work in floral design, but it was really cool to see how the process worked from cutting the stems to wrapping the flowers in wire and then ribbon, and then pinning the ribbon and adding in the rhinestones.  Wow- truly an art form. Below are some finished bouquet ideas- I look a little tired, from getting up so early. :)

And Monica holding a bridal bouquet idea and flower girl bunch.

Finally, we (and when I say "we" I mean Monica and Eunice) worked a bit on the design of the wristlets/corsages, all under Diablo's watchful eye.

So yeah, that was the shortened basic process of my beautiful wedding flowers! Then they did all of this again, the day before my wedding- to make sure all of the flowers were fresh.

And the final result was completely perfect for us. Thank you so much ladies- you truly helped make 06-09-12 special, and I loved being a part of the process from beginning to end.  Now, get yourselves a floral website...Cyin City Designs!


  1. Thanks for the sweet mention! Im glad you liked the flowers!

  2. Loved them! They were perfect. :)

  3. Superb flowers! Your wedding day seems to be a blooming one. My cousin came to know about one fo the best New York venues and immediately hired it for her friend's bridesmaids evening. Dance and fun was on full pace that night. Cup cakes were yummy and food was also of high quality.