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It's for the Day but also for the Memories


Anyone that has read my blogs knows that I'm pretty passionate about flowers, not just because it's my business but because they hold so many sentimental attachments for me. It's as much about the fragrance and the feelings they evoke as it is the actual flower and form they take.

As a child I received flowers, a tiny nosegay held together with ribbons and bows, fresh from the florist on my birthday each year. To this day, when I smell carnations, I get a warm feeling inside because it reminds me of my childhood. My own bridal bouquet was created with lots and lots of mini white stephanotis flowers. For those of you without "smellavision" they smell like sweet minty jasmine and even now when we use them, they remind me of my wedding day 25 years ago. The bouquet pictured here was created for our bride Shannon. Garden roses, peony and ranuculus in shades of creams, pinks and reds - so pretty. As you can see from this photo, Shannon loved her bridal flowers enough to grace me with this and many other photos from the day.

I just finished a bridal consultation with a bride who asked me about silk flowers. Part of my brain wanted to scream "don't do it" but then the logical part kicked in. It's not my wedding and not everyone loves flowers as much as I do. We spent some time talking about pros and cons, mostly because she thought they'd be less expensive - which they are not always if you want good quality ones. It's up to her to decide what direction she might want to go with her flowers and decor but I have to admit that a part of me would like to remind her that everything for the wedding is just for the day.

Yes, the flowers won't live forever but aren't they worth the beauty? Isn't the experience worth the expense? How often do you get to walk down the aisle carrying a fresh bouquet of all your favorite flowers? One of the most romantic things I've seen men do for their wives is give them flowers that were used in their wedding bouquets. Oh come on, doesn't that make every girl reading this say "Awwww..." and rightly so. What a thoughtful gesture to say "Happy Anniversary" and to show you remember what flowers she carried as she came to be your wife.

Wow, powerful stuff (I hope the boys are taking notes). Silk or fresh? For me it's fresh and not just because I'm a florist, mostly because I'm a sentimental girl!
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