The Big Blue Wedding

1,200+ stems of delphinium.

100 hydrangea.

200 roses.

Thistle, salvia, scabiosa, and two buckets full of tweedia.

An admirable chunk of Peicha’s witch hazel.

One roll of chicken wire.

And as many beige café au lait dahlias as our farmers could provide.

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 We turned an existing pergola at the venue into a chuppah for the traditional Jewish ceremony.

We turned an existing pergola at the venue into a chuppah for the traditional Jewish ceremony.

After I met Jill and her matron of honor, Emma, back in January, I was a bit overwhelmed.  At the time, I had only begun to take consultations at the shop for a few months on my own, and Jill’s wedding was the most involved that I’d encountered.  Looking back, I never was worried that I wouldn’t be able to manage and design her wedding.  My concern was more that she and her fiancé Zach, and her family would be pleased with the quality of the work we would end up delivering. 

And luckily, I did not need to worry about that.  Jill and Zach were also the first client that I had ever done a mock-up for, at the meeting where we also selected their linens for the reception tables.  At this meeting, I was also able to meet Jill’s mother.  Although I was intimidated at first, it became clear very quickly that I had already proven everything that needed to be shown, and that I didn’t need to do much talking.  The flowers were already doing the talking for me.

I haven’t blogged many weddings that I do at work here on my personal blog.  I hope that it’s evident that I work at Falls Flowers through my social media presence, and that my place of employment and the venue through which I book clients is evident.  

But I need to talk about Jill and Zach, and how grateful I am for the experience of making the flowers for their wedding.  And it’s funny – I thought, after producing a wedding of this magnitude, of this budget, of this anticipation, that I would feel a much larger load of personal satisfaction.  It’s not that I’m unsatisfied.  But I think what mattered to me more in the end is that they are happy and that they know we created the beauty just for them, and that personally, a new bar has been set.

I can do things that seem difficult at first.  These things become less difficult because of how I approach the challenge.

At the onset of our initial consultation, Jill mentioned that she and Zach wanted to have the “most elegant hippie wedding” possible.  I did not write this on their proposal, because I wasn’t sure if her parents would appreciate that wording.  It can be hard to gauge what people you’ve never met might find appropriate for a high-caliber and high budget affair.  She also mentioned that her favorite flower of all time is delphinium.  She wanted delphinium everywhere and anywhere it could be placed, so I ordered three different varieties of delphinium, and it went into everything.  Her bouquet, which I do not have a photo of, was made of café au lait dahlias, delphinium, tweedia, and scabiosa blossoms.  As a person who shares the affinity for blue flowers (and who doesn’t love café au lait), this wedding was a perfect fit between client and professional, vision and flower availability.

One year ago over Labor Day weekend, I made my first bridal bouquet ever, under the steady direction of Peicha.  And this year, I booked, designed, and produced one of the largest weddings the shop has ever had.  And it’s important to recognize that this could not have been done alone.  This wedding couldn’t even have been possible within the bubble of our flower shop. 

Because of the trust of Jill and Zach, I was able to manage their vision without question.  Every single recommended change to their proposal, on item and budget, was accepted.  This was an enormous privilege, and I understand that this is not the norm.  They truly made me feel like an expert, even if I didn’t feel that confidence at the time.  I’ve gained some of that confidence now for the future.

I contacted all of our dahlia-growing flower farmers, and they provided more than enough of the specific tone of dahlia that Jill desired.  The importance of this relationship with our famers cannot be overstated.  These are the people that come through in the clutch, and tend to the precious plants that give our weddings the most life and magic.  This is also an enormous privilege – made very clear when you can reserve all of the soft blue tweedia from one of your farmers.  Two buckets worth was luxurious and special, and the remnants are in front of me as I type this, still looking just as fresh as the day they were delivered to the shop.

The cheering squad.  All of those sweet friends out there who like your photos of the in-production work, who tell you that you’ll do great, who mention they’re excited to see pictures.  The flower friends and colleagues who let you borrow tons of their rental items.  The freelancers who help set up on the big day.  The friends who got excited with you back in January, after talking about possibly booking this client.  Knowing that you’ll be getting hugs and high-fives from these friends after talking about how you nailed the wedding.  This matters so much.

The husband.  Chris’ willingness to listen to me about this wedding for months, and his support of my late night client meetings (there were only two) and the 17-hour day that it took to make this wedding happen, from taking the hair flowers to the salon in the morning, to composting the flowers immediately following breakdown.  I have few adequate words for how thankful I am for this man, on any day.

The Falls Flowers team.  This team is everything.  Words fail me here as well.