Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Fruits of My Labor.....


this weekend.The wedding was at a local Unitarian Universalist Church, which has a spiffy new sanctuary and reception hall.

The bride requested mostly white with pink accents, and she wanted tulips in her bouquet. This is the end of the season for tulips, so they are not easy to get in mid-June. One of her bridesmaids told me that when the bride saw the tulips in her bouquet, she got tears in her eyes. That's the kind of reaction I love to see! The last photo shows the bouquets lined up. I deliver them in old V-8 juice cans, since they are unbreakable and free. Now that V-8 is not putting juice in cans, I have to rely on baked beans. I know the cans are not as pretty as vases, but not adding to the bottom line keeps the costs down for me and for the brides.

The second photo is an arrangement that was used at their rehearsal dinner on Friday night, and then brought to the reception. That is another way to keep the costs down; reusing as much as possible. Their altar arrangement (the one atop the large glass hurricane) was also going to be used on the buffet table after the ceremony.

I did a wedding for this girl's sister some time back. Mr. kenju asked me how long ago that was, and I replied I thought it was 3-4 years ago. While I was delivering, the sister's husband spoke to me and said their wedding was nine years ago. Shows what kind of memory I have lately! That sister now has a gorgeous little 2 year-old girl, who was the flower girl. I took a photo of her holding her basket of flowers, but somehow the camera lost it between the church and home. I sure wish I knew how that happened. I know the card wasn't full. Wish me better luck next time?


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23 comments:

Weary Hag said...

Gorgeous! I have MISSED seeing your lovely pictures and reading your interesting and well composed posts.

(thank you tons for the well wishes and good vibes sent my way during my trying times - GREATLY appreciated!)

Star said...

Beautiful! I love how into the brides' reaction you are. You would think that after so many weddings it might be just business. I think the cans are kind of kitschy. And I applaud any recycling effort!

Romani Heart said...

You do such beautiful work :) You can come do my wedding someday, just as soon as I find some fool to marry me lol.

rashbre said...

Great arrangements! So clever to get the flower colour schemes to match the bride's ideas.

Here today via Michele's!

rashbre

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OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

BEAUTIFUL Judy! I love those bougets in the cans. I WANT ONE! (lol) Truly...gorgeous, my dear...
I can surely understand the pleasure you get from doing these special arrangements for the Most Special of days in a person's life. That's how I use to feel when I was Officiating at Wedding Ceremony's...it is quite an honor to be a part of THE Wedding Day....
Seriously Judy, I want one of those Bouquets for my Big Birthday...!

Here from Michele today, but I am always here anyway! Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

ribbiticus said...

oh wow! those were gorgeous! you are very talented! hope you do send naomi one of those on her birthday! lol! ;)

poopie said...

Beautiful stuff! Makes me want to get married ;)

YellowRose said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! The arrangement is beautiful, and I love the colors...so soft. I miss doing weddings....sort of, if you now what I mean! lol I'll just live through you virtually! hee hee

Sonia said...

Very beautiful arrangement!

Maggie said...

Gorgeous! are those regular tin cans with the rose arrangement? if yes that is so clever.
Maggie
Via Michele

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous! But it DOESN'T make me want to get married. ;-)

Jennifer said...

You are so very talented, kenju. These brides are lucky to have you!

Merle said...

Hi Judy ~~ Beautiful flowers as usual
and I am sure they made the wedding day
more memorable for them. You certainly
go to a lot of trouble to please, and
deserve the praise. Thanks also for your comments. I was not happy with Blogger as he would not publish my post how I wanted it. I edited at least 4 times and almost deleted the lot.The reason I use <><><> s is to try to get a space between verses and items. Thanks for reading the mess that gets shaown. Take care, Merle.

Karen said...

Judy, how fun that you get to share in so many happy days like this! Your arrangements are simply gorgeous! If I were getting married and needed a florist, I'd hire you immediately! What an artist!

Michele sent me and it's been way too long!

shpprgrl said...

You do such nice work. The bouquets and the arrangement are gorgeous! The can idea is a great one. It's a sign of experience. You keep the costs down rather than passing the cost down to the client. Smart! Here from Michele's!

jac said...

BEAUTIMOUS!

Jamie Dawn said...

Very beautiful!!

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Those ponderisms gave me a headache.

Raggedy said...

Beautiful! Wow! I am sorry you lost the picture of the flower girl. The cake and flowers are magnificant.

If ponderisms is not a word it should be. Some of them were very funny!

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Beverly said...

Thanks for the photos of your arrangements. They are lovely. It's great that you help the bride and groom save money by reusing arrangements

Angie said...

Gorgeous as always!

That cake stand is incredible. I have never seen one like that before. The more I look at it I think how my wedding cake would have looked presented like that.

Rose said...

My oh my. This is beautiful!

edina monsoon said...

the flowers are lovely. I think its a gift to arrange flowers nicely. Did a spot of flower-arranging in domestic science class, didn't turn out to well. So this makes me appreciate good flower artwork.