For me January is normally a real anti-climax after all the Christmas and New Year celebrations, with not a lot to look forward to except the dreaded birthday. But this year was different as I had a winter wedding to keep my creative juices flowing. Marcus and Frances were getting married in the beginning of January, and after a consultation way back in the Autumn they asked me to supply and arrange the flowers for the venue as well as the bridal party.
Normally for a spring and summer wedding I can be a bit more flexible about what flowers I could use, going with the season and what is in flower, but for a winter wedding I needed to order the flowers in, and take account of the dreaded Christmas rush and price hike so not as much flexibility on choice.
After initially having chosen a theme of red roses with winter berries and foliage, and a few white lysianthus as well, Frances became superstitious of having arrangements with predominantly white and red, ( a real no no in hospital flowers with the association of blood and bandages), so we opted for cream roses instead, which were beautiful.
The greenery was going to come from the garden, which when we first discussed ideas way back in the Autumn meant evergreen foliage, but as this has been such a mild winter I was pleasantly surprised by the selection I had on offer when going round the garden last week cutting. Not only could I select variegated pittosporium, eucalyptus and the most useful plant I would recommend to anyone to find space for nandina domestica, which had delicate red berries, white flowers and light open leaves. But there was also cerinthie, ok it was in my polytunnel but not scorched like some years from frost, cineraria, euphorbia and variegated vinca. What a great selection for January.
I needed to create 26 table arrangements on the Thursday, which normally I would have done at home and brought to the venue ready to place into the vases, but this time it was a real family affair with Frances’s mother helping as well as her aunts.
When I arrived it was just Frances and her mother at the venue which was great so we could establish what combination of greenery, berries and foliage looked best, and create a template for everyone to work to. As the morning went on various members of the family arrived to lend a hand and decorate the hall, and there was a great atmosphere of fun as everyone did their bit to help make this a beautiful space to get married in. What is so lovely when a family work together on a wedding is that when you look back you will have memories of the family members helping do their bit, especially when its your aunt who has gone off to “source” some berries she saw on the local supermarket roundabout.
The last items to make and deliver and hopefully put ” the icing on the cake” are the brides bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet and flower crown (a good idea for young bridesmaids so they can be included in the flower theme but not have the worry of flowers to hold and damage), and of course button holes. There is nothing more satisfying as a florist then delivering a bridal bouquet and being told that you have created exactly what they had hope for. This is why I love my job.