A Bridal Bouquet and a Very Special Request
I will always remember this story of two people in love and the uncommon gesture made by the groom for their 1st wedding anniversary. Here is the bouquet I created for their snowy winter wedding. It was filled with beautiful purple roses, accents of white dendrobium orchids and touches of needlepoint ivy. Framed by a collar of white tulle, French silk ribbons and pearls, it was the perfect old-fashioned bouquet for this sweet young bride.
As their 1st wedding anniversary approached, the tender-hearted groom was a soldier deployed in the Middle East. He contacted me to ask if I could possibly do something to remind his wife of how much he loved her, even though he could not be with her to celebrate.
This was his request: he asked me to create an exact duplicate of the bridal bouquet and have it shipped to her at her parents’ home almost 2,000 miles away from where I lived.
As always, when I’m given a unique and inspiring challenge, my first thought is: “There is no way I can possibly make that happen!” Then I tend to calm down and start to figure out “how,” because there was no way I was going to miss out on that experience!
I was so excited to do something like this that I told everyone I saw. And everyone I told about this special request was touched by the story. When I told my long-time rose vendor at the San Francisco Flower Market, not only did he give me an unexpected discount on the roses, but he offered to let me ship the bouquet through his FedEx account, at no charge to the groom.
The people at the packaging store gave me a discount on the packing materials, as well as great instructions on how to pack the beautiful bridal bouquet so it would have the best chance of staying fresh on its travels. (Something I was extremely concerned about.) They said I would need dry ice in the box, so off I went in search of a grocery store that might carry it.
I couldn’t help telling the man behind the meat counter about my mission, and he just handed me a big bundle of dry ice and refused payment. As I said, everyone who heard this story was touched by it.
After creating the delicate bouquet and collaborating with the FedEx experts to be sure it was packed as carefully as possible for its trip across the USA, the big box was securely sealed, and it was time for me to let it go. Filled with its very special cargo and stamped with all kinds of “FRAGILE” ~ “KEEP COLD” and “PERISHABLE” signs all over it, I watched it leave my hands, and all I could do was say a prayer that it would arrive at its destination on time and (preferably) intact.
Here is the photo the bride sent me when the package arrived. Of course, she was completely astonished and delighted when she opened the box and saw that beautiful bouquet! I only wish I’d thought to ask someone to photograph the reveal, but I can imagine the look on her face and the scent of those luscious-smelling purple roses as they made their appearance.
As I examined the picture, I was immensely relieved to see that the bridal bouquet only looked a little out of sorts from its long travels, but the bride wouldn’t even have noticed! She was so thrilled by this grand romantic gesture made by the man she loved ~ and I was just as thrilled to have been a part of something so magical.
I hope the bride remembers to tell her boys this sweet story over and over again, so it can be a part of their family’s history for many years to come. It tells so much about their father and is another illustration of the fact that flowers have the magical power to convey love and to make us very, very happy.
Love to you both, Kathleen and Sam!