Back to Erin and Blake. Something special that Erin and Blake told me when we had our consultation was that when Blake proposed he had some magnolia flowers and had "written" words into the petals by using his fingernail. He is obviously a romantic guy. So, I suggested that we include "words" in Erin's bridal bouquet.
Well, Blake took it a step farther and composed a poem for Erin. Each gardenia leaf contained a line of the poem. He composed it in such a way that you could begin at any leaf and the poem would make sense. I don't want to share with everyone what he wrote entirely, but here's two lines:
Here's one of the leaves actually in the bouquet...there are no words to express how sweet this is!
They are the absolute sweetest couple in the world! I received a phone call from both of them individually on Monday a.m. thanking me for making their wedding so beautiful. And remember, they were married Sunday night. How unbelievably sweet is that? They both have hearts of pure gold.They will have a wonderful life together!
Using their wedding to illustrate, I want to give a sort of "play by play" of how it all comes together here at bloom, so here goes:
Flowers are delivered in cardboard boxes that need to be unpacked. Flowers are sold in bunches of either 5 or 10 stems. Each bunch is generally wrapped in cello to protect the petals. So, it's a lot of unwrapping and cutting of rubberbands. Then each individual stem needs to be recut so they will drink water properly.
Before recutting the stems, any extra uneeded foliage is removed.
The flowers need to be placed in the appropriate size buckets so the flower heads do not become damaged.
Erin and Blake's wedding had over 800 stems! That's a lot of work just to get the flowers ready to use.
Here is my assistant, Stormy, making sure I am doing things correctly.
Erin wanted a little extra "detail" for her centerpieces, so I wrapped ti leaves around the cylinder vase and added a gardenia leaf for pizzaz. This design element was utilized throughout her entire event.
That's it for today...more to come later! I've got 3 weddings this weekend, so I've got to get to work.
Holiday greens and berries are very versatile and I love to spray them with sparkle. Just a touch to make it look wintery.
Christmas ornaments are a traditional and economical idea for favors. Here the guests signed the ivory satin ornaments with wishes for the bride and groom. It's a clever way to begin your ornament collection and a wonderful keepsake from your wedding day. Another idea is to have a decorated tree at your reception and guests can take a keepsake ornament as they depart.
The soft pink hydrangea waits patiently.
And a rehearsal dinner at Wahoo - (a Decatur favorite)
Pincushion protea, sea thistle, euforia roses, white boronia (a type of heather), celosia, myrtle and bear grass.