AMANDA'S DRIED BRIDAL BOUQUET

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Today is the 2-year wedding anniversary of my good friends, Amanda and Steve, and also the anniversary of my company’s first wedding flower design. Amanda asked me to be her floral designer and also to be her maid of honor. Not realizing at the time how crazy it would be – to be in two places at once and on a wedding day no less, I happily accepted! How often do you get to arrange a bouquet and the next day hold it standing proudly behind your best friend while she says her vows? So happy I took on the crazy challenge. Amanda was the most calm and gracious bride I’ve ever had the honor to stand next to and design for. I still compliment her to this day.

 

I’ll never forget transporting all their flowers into Alex’s car and hauling them in the 8 hour drive to her hometown in Ohio where we met her welcoming and supportive family that graciously helped to unload the tightly packed car into our hotel room, which I quickly transformed into a temporary flower design studio. I worked all week to prep, condition, and design and had the best time. By the time it came to do the delicate work of tying ribbon onto the boutonnières the morning of the wedding, my hands were so raw and sore from all the handling that I had to call in my friend Doreen to help. Lifesaver. That’s one wedding I unfortunately did not have time for a manicure when I most needed one. My skin and nails were cut up and stained various shades of light green. Luckily, the role of maid of honor comes with a prop and my bouquet covered my hands.

 

About a year after their wedding, I was visiting them when she presented her dried bridal bouquet. I didn’t know that she had planned to dry the flowers but all her mom did was hang them upside down at the house and forget about them. It was a treat to see how beautiful the flowers dried. I love the natural contrast of colors the blossoms faded into so much that I asked Alex to snap some photos.