The August weddings kicked off with a great start from my personal perspective: our very first bride happened to be my best friend from grade school. Although we’ve been out of touch, she was nice enough to reach out directly and give us her business (and of course we were happy to throw a friends&family discount her way).
Incidentally, it was just awesome to see her again! She’s still exactly like I remember her, just successfully upgraded to adulthood.
It was funny how she chose her colors, because she and her husband are Flyers and Jets fans, respectively, and she didn’t want people at the wedding to think that their colors were based on that. I can see how they would think that because a) she wanted greens and whites and golds, and b) she was a superfan when I knew her, and we were just in grade school. She had a gigantic crush on Simon Gagne. Sorry to call you out, buddy!
Quick note about hydrangea: it is a more complicated flower than people think. Specifically the cut kind. If it’s on a bush, it’s beautiful and comes in lovely colors like blue and pink and purple. In cut form, it’s usually white, and they require constant supervision to keep alive. They’re big, so large amounts are tucked into big square buckets instead of the regular buckets or vases, and they’re top-heavy, so they’re constantly trying to fall headfirst out of the bucket unless you braid them against each other really well. And, y’know, most flowers need to be in water to do things like not die. Hydrangea dies so fast you’d think it was personal. They constantly need to be recut and resituated to make sure they’re not sliding slowly out of the water, dragged down by their giant heads. When there’s 300 of them, this becomes a chore to say the least! And if they’re part of a wedding, several hundred is pretty typical. Most flowers need to be prepped and left alone to drink and relax. Hydrangea needs to actively be kept alive. And they usually have to come in a week in advance to give them time to open up. So there’s that, too.
Maybe you think I’m being too harsh on a popular flower, but I’m just being open and honest with you! If you’re ordering hydrangea that you intend to keep around for more than just a special occasion, you’ve got to pay attention to it.
That being said, hydrangea are a good way for brides to get more bang for their buck, so to speak (being so big and not incredibly expensive) so they’ve been very popular among our weddings so far. And of course my friend had them. However, we were only doing the flowers for her wedding party, so that meant just a few hydrangea to order. Much simpler than the usual truckload that takes up our entire floor!
She definitely made a good choice for herself; the whole combination when it was finished was very cute, and her bridal bouquet was gorgeous, especially for her (being an Irish strawberry blonde/redhead). Amsterdam (coral) roses and Vendela (white) roses rounded out the white hydrangea, filled in with peach Majolica spray rose and Ilse (light pink) spray rose. You can see some peach Mellow hypericum berries peeking out of there, too, with some variegated pittosporum greenery and ruscus tips with gold accent.
Her bridesmaids’ bouquets included Eskimo roses (also white), and the groom had a classic rose boutonniere with an Amsterdam rose tucked in with some of the hypericum and ruscus. His best man and groomsmen had a Vendela rose and some ruscus each. Great colors all around. Personally, I believe it is always a good choice to have the groom wearing a different color or something a little extra, compared to the groomsmen.
The beautiful pictures from her wedding (and on this post) were taken by Limelight Entertainment Photography, who were also responsible for a photo booth and their DJ. Nice! Her venue was the Crystal Ballroom in Freehold, NJ. I’m really going to try to throw in a plug for the photographer and the venue wherever I can (sometimes we don’t know who the brides have chosen). Professional photos obviously make a better impression and I’d like you to see what each flower looks like all wrapped together with the others. And credit should be given where it’s due!
August and into September, there are still a lot of weddings to go. Are you ready for more roses and hydrangea?