Creating Clusters!

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these awesome flowers go to waste! I  bought these yesterday from a local GROCERY STORE and made these arrangements.  We used them for a project yesterday and I’ll admit it, I was so very proud of my bouquet! I’m no Janie Medley, but I think I have a few floral skills hidden deep within me. I know NOTHING about floral design but I think my grocery store bouquet is pretty cute!! I’m hoping it lives a few more days so I can keep staring at it every time I pass through the kitchen! So today’s WeddingWednesday is more like the good old days when I first started Wedding Wednesday’s and I actually designed wedding ideas.

I had time to do that in college but once I got engaged and had my first real wedding season, my free time slipped away from me. So today I’m talking about DIY wedding arrangements and CLUSTERS! I love CLUSTERS. When I say “Clusters” I am talking about all different sized vases and containers filled with different flowers and then arranged together to make one centerpiece! We had clusters of cabbage, hydrangeas and tulips at our wedding and I loved it! However, there are some tricks to this.  For those of you brides who are collecting your own vases and containers, here’s tip #1:


1. Collect all different HEIGHTS of glassware.  If all of your vases are the same height, you will lose so much dimension in your display. Different sizes and heights make for awesome CLUSTERS! However, if your wedding is coming soon and you don’t have time to buy new glassware at different heights, just find some old books or something else that can work as risers! (SEE BELOW)

2. Don’t be afraid to use TOTALLY DIFFERENT types of flowers! It actually looks better when the flowers aren’t matchy matchy and just coordinate a little.

3. Use your different heights in a way that works together. So you wouldn’t place the TALLEST vase with the little BABY vase… there would be too much space in between the different heights and that would look a little odd and unfinished. Create your clusters in a way that creates a continuous line from vase to vase. Does that make sense? It’s so hard to explain this! Basically, if you have one super tall vase and a baby vase, they are too far a part to create good composition. Group your vases together with other vases that will work well together!

4. After you have some smaller clusters, you can start creating BIGGER clusters!! This is fun!!!!  This is taking it to the next level. If you REALLY want to go the extra mile, add one non-floral piece like this awesome fruit holder I bought it yesterday at HOMEGOODS! Michael saw it and said “Wait, you paid money for that?!!” haha He doesn’t understand that this fruit holder is super photogenic!

Brides!! If you are like me and know nothing about flowers….. start loving ranunculus!! (Purple-ish flower on the right!).  One, you’ll sound cool because “ranunculus” is a big word and two, they are super photogenic flowers!!

My bouquet…. yup, still proud.

I’m pretty sure my neighbors think I’m a nutcase….I was in the front yard at 9:30am in my pajamas taking pictures of in animate objects….yup, they think I’m weird.



xoxo, Katelyn
26 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. sherri lynn reply

    i love this! all of the spring colors are beautiful. and i love ranunculus too! such a sophisticated, feminine flower :)

  2. jenn m reply

    go ahead and let your neighbors think you’re nuts… i think you’re great! and this is awesome! i love those little yellow “ball” flowers :)

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  4. Maria reply

    Who cares what your neighbors think? Look at the great images your got out of it. I think that your work is amazing.

  5. Sarah W. reply

    Ranunculus are my favorite flowers!! I’ve never heard anyone say they liked them before :).

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  7. Aimee reply

    Totally agree about the ranuncs – Where have these flowers been hiding? I’m making my own bridesmaid bouquet for a June wedding – are you going to do a “how to” for those? I am the antithesis of artistic…

  8. Anna Burke reply

    LOVE THIS!!!

  9. Priscilla Joy reply

    “I bought {it} yesterday at HOMEGOODS! Michael saw it and said “Wait, you paid money for that?!! He doesn’t understand that this fruit holder is super photogenic!”

    HAHAHA i love this and totally do the same thing! glad to know my own little quirks are confirmed as NOT crazy :) Lovely job girl! XOXO, PJ

  10. Janie reply

    Katelyn…you made me so proud…the flowers are GORGEOUS and the bouquet is too cute…xoxoxo

  11. Nancy Mitchell reply

    Maybe your neighbors will strike up a conversation with you just because of this shoot! And that is PRICELESS! Beautiful work!

  12. Julianna reply

    SOOOOO pretty!!!!!

  13. Stephanie reply

    Two things I love about this: (1) Ranunculus and (2) that amazing fruit holder. I discovered ranunculus a couple years ago and have adored them ever since! And I’m pretty sure I’m going to go hit up my local HomeGoods and scavenge for the fruit holder!

  14. Alex reply

    Katelyn, you are THE triple threat photographer. These are amazing. The details….love ’em, especially the lace and pearls on the bouquet. Uh and the colors. I just love it all.

  15. Lauren B reply

    oh my goodness. love. it. all! <3

  16. Katy reply

    WOW!! So beautiful!

  17. Sydni jackson reply

    if you ever have to leave the photography business for some sad reason, you should be a florist! those arrangements are gorgeous!

  18. Belkis Hull reply

    I just love the colors, absolutely gorgeous and inspirational!

  19. Britne reply

    So great! …gosh I love Wedding Wednesday because they help me think of what I would like my wedding to look like. Gosh, I need to guard my heart looking at your pictures!

  20. Annetta reply

    Lovely photos. I like the combinations you’ve made. I’ll have to try to do this once my flowers start to bloom.

  21. Sarah Danaher reply

    LOVE these, K!

  22. Ashley reply

    Ummm…can you please plan my children’s birthdays this year?!? lol!!

  23. Lydia reply

    Adorb! Love your bouquet and clusters! You have awesome style sense!

  24. Faith Bowyer reply

    Your bouquet and clusters are gorgeous! Great work Katelyn. I love these : )

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