photos by the talented Yasmin Khajavi
When you live in Portland, you come to know certain faces very well. They are often just people you meet and just greet in passing, but occasionally you meet someone that just strikes you as fantastic though there is no real reason for the feeling. Holly was one of those people from the first time I met her and over the years - each meeting has solidified that impulsive feeling.
This summer, I had the incredible honor of doing the flowers for her wedding. It was one of the most last minute weddings I have ever done. I believe it was at her rehearsal party that we talked about the final design.
The day before her wedding I walked into a very empty flower market. The season was late and for whatever reason, other florists had bought what felt like everything. Luck was clearly on Holly’s side that day and I was able to find the only remaining peonies tucked away and nearly forgotten becasue they were completely wrapped in newspaper. When I unwrapped them and discovered they were even in the color she wanted and the most fantastically fragrant flowers I have ever worked with - I could have fainted with joy.
Showing up at the wedding location, the Overlook House, was an experience in itself. Her friends went all out and transformed a casual backyard into a true event that oozed the feelings of joy, comfort and fun. Every detail was tied together, guests dressed the part, and the wedding party complimented and accentuated the beauty of the lovely Holly.
Today, her wedding was featured on WeddingChicks.com. Because it just feels good to be part of something you are proud of, I was thrilled to click on the link and see the write up. What I did not anticipate was reading words directly from Holly and feeling truly thanked for the small part that made her day all the more magical.
After the wedding, there were a number of vases of flowers left that had not found a home with guests. I asked if they could be donated to a nursing home I have a personal connection to. It is place that provides long term care for elderly and terminal people who are low income. (I hate to say it is one of the most heart breaking places on earth.) Holly was happy that her flowers could continue to brighten the day and gave her nod of approval. Three guests of her wedding volunteered to help and followed me to the home. Fate clearly was working with us becasue the number of vases was EXACTLY the number of people living on the floor of the home we delivered them to. It was a perfect end to a fantastic day.
It is the small things in life that make everything better. Having met a beautiful woman over 10 years ago was a small thing that has since grown into something large and beautiful. I am truly thankful for that moment.