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First Blush is a floral design company in Guilford, Connecticut, that specializes in garden-style arrangements for weddings and social celebrations. Founder and lead designer Emma Kate MacHugh loves working with local and seasonal blossoms to bring a natural element to her designs. From bright, summer-inspired color schemes to romantic neutrals, she and her team will work to match your vision.

Services Offered

The team at First Blush is dedicated to working with couples and designing an event that incorporates meaningful, memorable details. They commit to eco-friendly practices, including locally sourced flowers, ordering directly from farms, and minimizing floral foam use. These florists will handle delivery, setup, and teardown of their arrangements while you spend time with your loved ones.

Other Services

First Blush also provides comprehensive and organized planning services that range from full and partial planning to custom design and month-of coordination. Emma and her team will work closely with you to translate your vision into a unique, breathtaking design. They will be present on your big day to ensure everything goes according to your plan. Some of their main event planning services include:

  • Color coordination
  • Custom flower arrangements
  • Traditional centerpieces
  • Unique non-floral arrangements
  • Traditional and non-traditional bouquets
  • Timelines
  • Choosing and booking venues and vendors
  • Budget analysis
  • Bespoke bouquet design
  • Bud vases

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the average price for a bridal bouquet?

$250

What is the average price for a bridesmaid bouquet?

$105

What is the average price for a boutonniere?

$18

What is the average price for a low table arrangement (per arrangement)?

$155

What is the average price for an elevated table arrangement (per arrangement)?

$300

Typically, what can a customer expect to pay for your wedding floral services?

$5,550

Which of the following are included in the cost of your floral services?

Clean Up
Consultations
Delivery
Event Design
Samples
Set Up
Venue Visit

How would you describe your floral designs?

Classic
Country
Eclectic
Glamorous
Modern
Nautical
Preppy
Romantic
Rustic
Tropical
Vintage

Which of the following services do you provide?

Clean Up
Consultations
Delivery
Event Design
Floral Preservation
Samples
Set Up
Venue Visit
Wholesale/Bulk

What types of arrangements do you provide?

Aisle Decor
Altar Decor
Bouquets
Boutonnieres
Centerpieces
Chuppah Decor
Corsages
Flower Baskets
Flower Crowns
Flower Petals
Non-Floral
Single Flowers
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Emma from First Blush Wedding & Event Design is highly praised as both a wedding planner and florist. She went above and beyond to help couples navigate challenging circumstances, such as rescheduling due to COVID and weather conditions. Emma's professionalism, creativity, and attention to detail were highly appreciated by reviewers. Her floral arrangements were described as breathtaking, and her communication and support throughout the planning process were commendable. Many reviewers expressed a desire to work with Emma again for future events.

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Emma from First Blush Wedding & Event Design is highly praised as both a wedding planner and florist. She went above and beyond to help couples navigate challenging circumstances, such as rescheduling due to COVID and weather conditions. Emma's professionalism, creativity, and attention to detail were highly appreciated by reviewers. Her floral arrangements were described as breathtaking, and her communication and support throughout the planning process were commendable. Many reviewers expressed a desire to work with Emma again for future events.

Kristene
Kristene S. Sent on 04/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

10000/10 Stars! BEST Wedding Florist!

The best wedding and event florist on the East Coast! Chic, sophisticated and elegant are the words I would use to describe Emma's aesthetic. I just had my wedding at Le Chateau in South Salem, NY and Emma at First Blush Wedding & Event Design is exceptional! From the moment we connected to discuss my vision to the day of my wedding, Emma's design expertise and communication was truly impressive. We worked together to create the most beautiful floral arrangements that brought so much joy and happiness to the day. Our wedding arch was breathtaking like something out of a magazine and my bouquet was the most striking arrangement I have ever seen! Not only is Emma super sweet, but she will transform your wedding venue into a space your guests will be swooning over. Look no further, book Emma for your wedding now!!
Catherine
Catherine Sent on 09/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Emma is the best

Emma was both my florist and wedding planner. She helped me navigate rescheduling due to covid then again because of a hurricane. She helped me when other vendors weren’t delivering what was promised. She also created wedding flowers for me for the 2021 wedding that was rescheduled due to Henri then again for 8/7/22 wedding. Both times the flowers were absolute perfection.

As a wedding planner, Emma is an absolute angel! Having rescheduled twice and having a myriad of other problems leading up to all three dates I was a wreck by 8/7/22. I reached a point where I was fluctuating between complete procrastination paralysis and extremely intense perfectionism. Emma rode the waves as though she had been my best friend since birth. She knew exactly when to push me along, when to let me vent, when I needed to be hit with the truth that I needed to calm the heck down. At the wedding I found myself wanting to hang out with her because she felt more like a super helpful bridesmaid than a vendor. When I came over to chat with her she immediately wanted to help with whatever my concern was then told me to go sit down and eat my dinner when she realized I was chatting. Haha. She was right too. I didn’t feel hungry, but once I started to eat I realized I needed to.

My daughters are currently 14 and 9. I hooe they want sweet 16s and big weddings because I want more excuses to hire First Blush. I could not recommend them more if I tried!

Her prices were also competitive. Because I essentially had two weddings worth of planning and flowers I’m not exactly sure what I paid. I want to say flowers plus planning was roughly $5000. That sounds like a lot, but don’t let that scare you away. She has different packages and is willing to work with you to find ways to make it as cost effective as it can be. I has A LOT of flowers. So so so many on the tables, 6 bouquets, fireplace mantle pieces, greenery in the tent, potted plants on cocktail tables that I got to take home…there were a lot. I could have have had less and I could have asked for less expensive types. She was willing to be flexible. She also did several tasks i could have theoretically done myself but just couldn’t. Best money I have ever spent!
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Brenda N. Sent on 05/02/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Talented Creative Professional

I worked with Emma on a romantic New England wedding. Emma is exceptionally talented. Her work speaks for itself. She is able to adapt to any circumstance. What's great, she is not just a florist, she is a true artist at heart. Her artistry comes alive through and through in the details. So whatever vision a couple has for their wedding, can only be enhanced by her touches.
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Emma MacHugh
Emma MacHugh
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When I’m not designing or planning you can find me following the patches of sunlight around my house with my book while my daughters play. My family and I love to ramble through the woods on weekends when we don’t have an event.

In addition to planning the traditional movements of your modern-day wedding, bridal shower, and baby shower, I have been involved in every aspect of designing and orchestrating an event. I believe guests should feel like they are moved from beautiful moment to beautiful moment without ever seeing the tremendous work that goes in behind the scenes.

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