Another January Wedding Day

Tiff and Tanner say “Yes!”

Today is the anniversary of another young couple I loved helping to create  bouquets for their winter wedding day. It’s a cold, rainy day in my neighborhood ~ exactly like the weather on that day a few years ago, so it has been the perfect time to look back at all my photos and reminisce. In the midst of a misty and very  chilly day (perfect weather for happy flowers, I must add), this lovely couple’s radiant joy and excitement, reflected in those beautiful fresh flowers, made the whole day warm and bright as Spring.

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     Their eagerly-anticipated celebration took place  at a grand old Victorian mansion in the Sierra Nevada foothill country, a place that had been happily reinvented as an event venue, and its

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     venerable character and charm provided the perfect stage for these memorable festivities, just as the bride had intended.

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     The colors Tiff selected for her January wedding were shades of purple, lavender and soft white. The bouquet of her dreams was a cluster of soft white calla lilies, accented with white freesia and tiny white hyacinth buds, offset with a few lavender roses. 

The attendants wore full-length aubergine gowns, and we wrapped the stems of their bouquets to match.Their flowers included a mix of white and purple roses, dark purple stock, and touches of even darker purple hyacinth blossoms. Since the ladies wore crystal jewelry, we added crystals to their bouquets, as well.

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My favorite arrangements were the huge floral sprays I designed to adorn the sides of the black wrought arch where the ceremony would take place. Filled with white hydrangeas, purple stock, alstroemeria and lots of roses, these breathtaking bouquets brought a feeling of hope, beauty and delight to the gray, cold day ~ as fresh flowers always do!

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     Coming across this last photo reminded me of a beautiful detail that I had completely forgotten. Although the weather was damp, very cold and threatening rain (which had a lot of people anxious over the plans to hold the ceremony outdoors)… this sweet bride is filled with faith, and that faith included a certainty that everything would work out as planned.

     And sure enough ~ just as the bride and groom took their places before their minister to begin their solemn vows, and to the astonishment of the guests, the heavy gray clouds parted just enough to allow a pool of warm sunlight to shine onto the very spot where they stood. After the ceremony was finished and all the guests were hurrying inside for the dinner-reception, the clouds closed in again and the rain came down. Think what you will, but this is one reason I believe in miracles.

 

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