I’m all puzzled as to what day of the week it is – is it Friday? Saturday? Not really sure, but I do know it’s been a hectic old week.
It all started on Friday, getting up bright and early to collect the flowers for a wedding – oodles of white, fluffy gypsophilia, stacks of the softest pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses, and trays of gorgeous textured echeveria (also know as succulents to you and me). I removed all the foliage below water, cut the stems and stood the blooms in nice deep water. I then got busy planting up some of the succulent plants into simple white pots, ready for one of the table designs (that’s right, there was more than one table design… more on that later).
Sunday saw me making a start on the flowers. I began by removing all the soil and wiring the individual succulents, ready for the bride’s bouquet. They really are fab, echeveria – it’s no surprise to me they’re proving so popular in bouquets and buttonholes. Once wired, they survive up to 5 days, and will even continue growing if planted at that point. A lasting reminder of your special day. These little beauties were being paired with gorgeous white ‘Avalanche’ and pale pink ‘Sweet Avalanche’ roses, with just a hint of gypsophilia around the edge of the bouquet.
Next up, the 5 bridesmaid bouquets – a mass of fluffy gypsophilia with a few ‘Sweet Avalanche’ rose accents. Simple, but so effective.
Having put the flowers aside ready for the buttonholes to be made in the morning, I then moved on to the table decorations. As I’ve mentioned, there was more than one design – 3 in fact. With 18 guest table, it was important to have some variation to create interest in the large room, and continue with the light, relaxed feel of the decor.
To go with the succulents, was a bottle with a few simple rose stems.
Then we had large cream jugs filled with a cloud of gypsophilia.
And finally, the bride had collected a host of vintage bottles, which I filled with more gypsophilia. to be use in little collections of three.
My last task was the chair ties, again delicate bunches of gypsophila, with a soft organza bow, the perfect finishing touch to the walk down the aisle.
The wedding was for Abi and Dave – Abi’s sister is one of my dearest friends, and it was a joy to be asked to provide the florals for their nuptials. The wedding was in Leicester, and on Monday, which meant I had to get my logistics thinking hat on. My lovely sister Sophie, who lives in Rugby, came to the rescue, and I was able to stay with her (after fighting through ridiculous traffic and roadworks) on Sunday night.
Monday morning, I was up and making the buttonholes. You guessed it, roses with an accent of gypsophilia to fit in with the day’s theme. And after completing the bridal party bouquet handles with ribbon, it was time to load the car and be off on my way.
On arrival at the address where the bride and her maids were getting ready, it seemed to be a wonderful calm space – everyone was either having their hair done, or doing someone’s hair, and it was smiles all round. Abi, I’m please to say, was delighted with her bouquet! It’s always a little nerve-wrecking showing the bride her bouquet – is she going to love it? Is it going to be exactly what she hoped for and imagined? And what a joy it is to see smiling faces, with squeals of delight on seeing the bouquets for the first time!
I then went on to the venue, Halestead House Farm, a lovely rustic converted barn, to attach the chair ties, give the gents their buttonholes (and make sure they know what they’re doing with them), and set up the table flowers. And that was that. All set up and ready for action.
So I set off to return home, back through the traffic and roadworks, to clean up after the action, and eventually crawl into bed.
I love my job, but I love my sleep too!