I love it when a bride chooses to incorporate her own unique style into her wedding day. As I’m sure you’ve heard me say before, I stress often to my couples how important it is to lay aside the trends of what’s happening and start searching for the trends of who they are as a couple. I feel like one of the primary things a wedding day is about is highlighting who you are and illustrating that by the choices you make and the traditions you celebrate. Being a wedding photographer, one of my greatest joys is getting to witness and participate in these traditions and watch my beautiful brides enjoying the things that they worked so hard to create.
You may recall that last week I blogged about a beautiful Hutchinson Island wedding and mentioned that the bride chose to do something a little bit unique with her flowers for her wedding day. I felt like that deserved another look because I just loved her idea so much and I wanted to show you a snapshot of what she did.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of ridiculously well crafted floral design. To pull this off, I strongly suggest hiring a vendor who is spectacular at their trade. I will happily share that opinion with you when you ask me for wedding advice, as well as names and phone numbers of people I think are pretty nifty to work with. However, my bride Susan was not planning on hiring a traditional floral designer and wanted to do something a little bit off the beaten path for her flowers and I mean, if we’re going to leave the path, I was pretty thrilled to go for this hike… see what I did there?? 😉
Susan had asked me if I knew a floral designer who might be able to help bring her vision to life. She said that she wanted to have a floral design workshop for her large wedding party, where they would actually be taught how to design their bridal bouquets together as a group instead of just ordering them. She thought this would be a great activity for her ladies and herself to enjoy a bit more time together, laugh a lot, and a really fun way to put another personal touch and unique touch on her wedding day.
One of the great things about being a part of an awesome community of creative vendors is that I know a number of fantastic and out-of-the-box thinkers in all sorts of genres. I immediately thought of Jenny with Port and Palm Co figuring that she would probably be really down with this idea and be able to help bring Susan’s unique wedding vision to life.
There are a couple of things I learned during this process:
Number 1. Watching people’s reactions to Jenny teaching them how to work with flowers was way too much fun. She had somehow gotten everybody in the room to refer to each flower as “this little guy” or “that little guy” without anyone realizing they were doing it. She had this magical touch to help everyone see how beautiful each individual flower was, what it speaks to in an arrangement and how to let “the little guy’s” personality shine out. I kept hearing people in the room whisper to each other “Jenny is amazing, where did she come from?”
The simple answer is West Palm Beach, where all the magical vendors live. Back to my list…
Number 2. After I watched Jenny explain to everyone how “easy” it was to create a beautiful bouquet, I immediately went home feeling completely and fully skilled in the art of floral design. I (being a creative myself ) did not need the years of training that these talented, nay, magical floral design people did. I (obviously) will be able to figure it out from the hour-and-a-half workshop that she produced that I happened to be eavesdropping on while I was photographing said event…
To prove out my newfound talents, I decided to go to Trader Joe’s, grab my fresh flowers and tell my “little guys” that they were in good hands and what I was going to do to show them off. It took me a really long time. I worked really hard trying to remember all the things she said and as I put them all in the vase, I had the shocking realization that it looked like I just grabbed a bunch of flowers and shoved it in a vase. Absolutely no difference at all. I have no magical powers apparently.
You can see my attempt here, all Jenny’s hard work obviously lost on me.
I’m not really sure what the moral of the story is? Other than I think I may need to stick to wedding photography and I’ll let my magical vendor friends do their thing….
Whatever the moral may be, the good news is that Susan’s flowers turned out as beautifully as her wedding day. Thanks to Jenny. (Not me.) 😉