I met Jessica the summer before her winter 2017 wedding to David to discuss the vision for their big day. What struck me was how sweet and laid back she was during the whole consultation. When I asked about her favourite flowers and dislikes, her response was simple: “All flowers are pretty and I’ve seen your work and I know it’ll be beautiful.”
It’s such a treat for the designer to have carte blanche and work freely to the best of my abilities!
We did, of course, narrow down the colour palette and theme, which included rich burgundies, soft greys and cozy touches like the groomsmen wearing grey cable knit sweaters. The feel was rustic and natural, but definitely elegant. (I coined it my “sumptuous-rustic” winter floral blend!)
The bride’s bouquet was created with a large tillandsia xerographica plant, providing a dramatic focal point and tied into the soft smoky grey foliages of dusty miller and silver dollar eucalyptus. Dark velvety burgundy roses and pomponi gerberas, paired with bright red garden roses, spray roses, calla lilies and ranunculus were accented with wispy ferns and draping foliages. It made for a soft but loosely-structured cascading silhouette.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets echoed the look and feel, but allowed Jessica’s to really shine.
When I delivered the bouquets to Jessica’s house where everyone was busily getting ready, I asked if she had a moment to see the bouquets. She was the coolest bride I have ever seen, saying she “totally trusted me and knew they were beautiful.”
As much as I was confident that I had delivered beautiful flowers, you really want to walk away sure that your clients are completely satisfied—especially with something as monumental as a wedding day.
A few days after the wedding, Jessica sent me the most lovely email expressing how every detail was perfect. I know many florists who will want to pluck a hair from this young woman’s head to clone her, as she really was a dream to work with.
After recently seeing photographs of the wedding, I was blown away by what a beautiful bride Jessica was. Her smile exudes that same warmth and joy that I connected to when we first talked about the flowers, in every frame.
I wish her and David every happiness in their marriage and thank them for allowing me the privilege of playing a small role in their very special day.