Another weekend come and gone with new memories to fill my heart. I had the incredible honor of doing the wedding for Chris and Emily, the owners of The Modern Man.
When we began the consulting process, I met with Emily and her best friend Alicia (who I must thank for referring Emily to me). The theme of the wedding was to be: The Great Gatsby. Being obsessed with clothing and cars and architecture of that period, I was ecstatic. So much so, that a couple days before the wedding I watched the movie again, just to get into the spirit of her wedding.
I had the amazing opportunity to break out of current floral trends and design with orchids and tulips in a luxurious design that Emily picked out. Putting the bridal bouquet together is always special becasue I feel very trusted to create the accessory that just makes a bride a bride. Emily wanted a feather of her Grandmother’s and a locket with a photo of her Dad incorporated into the design. Having lost the father figure in my life at a young age, my heart knew how meaningful those two items would be. After thinking long and hard, I decided not to make them subtle elements, but bold decor becasue I wanted her to feel like her father was on her arm, walking her down the isle. I carefully sewed the pieces on and was hopeful she would like the placement.
Set up of the wedding was a remarkable experience becasue it was the first wedding I have been to in a decade in which every single guest came dressed to the nines! Everyone wore period pieces that were not costumes in any way. From the jewelry, to spatz, to jackets - it was like walking onto the set of a movie. Perfectly beautiful.
As a florist, I often just get a glimpse of the day as once the setup is complete and my bride is confident that everything is in place, it is time to wish her a magical day and leave. I drove away smiling and hopeful it was everything she dreamed of.
On Monday, I was waiting for a consultation with a potential bride at St. Honore’ on Division, where I do the weekly flowers and hold my consultations. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Emily’s Mom and Step Dad walking up to me! She gave me the biggest hug and I could see in her eyes that I did my job well. She proceeded to tell me all about the wedding, showed me fantastic pictures, and honored me by telling me what my work meant to her, her family, and Emily. I probably cried 15 times in that 15 minutes becasue the love and warmth and happiness. She even had her picture taken with me. She gave me some words that were a gift to my heart, that I am sure I will never forget. I went home absolutely proud.
Upon sitting down to my computer, I found a letter from Emily with photos of her day.
Thank u from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful joy your arrangements brought to my special day! What a blessing you were. Your magic touch was all I needed as the icing on the cake. Thank u so much! I will be sure to pass the word around about your business. U got a good thing going.
Here are a fun unprofessional photos from the big day!
My brother cried when he saw my bouquet. The touch with the daddy locket was so sentimental to us kids. Executed perfectly.
Once again thank you!! It couldn’t have turned out better.
I feel my reply to her didn’t scratch the surface at what I wanted to say to her because words just feel feeble when you are bursting with emotion.
Emily - if you are reading this - you and your family are forever in my heart. It was an honor to work with you. I say that with the most gravity. You looked right out of a perfect photograph - so beautiful. Every detail perfect. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX. Now…. Will your family adopt me? Seriously. :)
I can’t wait to see the photos that your photographer took!