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Monday, April 7, 2008

The Subject was Flowers...

It’s spring, I’ve seen crocuses blooming, we’ve been talking about weddings, so flowers have been on my mind a lot lately. In particular, I’ve been thinking about wedding bouquets, remembering some of my favorites.

The one I loved best as a bridesmaid (pictured here with the green floral dress) was a simple bouquet of yellow roses and baby’s breath. Gorgeous. I wish I could have kept it forever. Yellow roses are a favorite of mine.


And here are the bouquets from my wedding (the one with daisies was my bridal bouquet—I’m not sure why I was carrying daisies) and the lavender ones were the ones my bridesmaids carried. I think they consisted of amaryllis, purple freesia and baby’s breath, but I’m not much of an expert on flower names, so I could be wrong about that. Regardless, these bouquets were very special to me, not only because they were from my wedding, but because they were made by a florist I had frequented all the years I was growing up. When I was in high school, the girls used to give each other birthday posters and corsages when they turned 16, and even though we only had enough money to buy carnations, this florist, knowing we were broke would add something special (an unusual ribbon, a figurine, some sparkles). Having this caring man make the bouquets for my wedding meant a great deal to me.




So, what types of flowers have figured large in your life? What are your favorites? If you had to put together a bridal bouquet what flowers would you include? Tulips? Roses? Orchids? What colors?

Have you ever caught a bridal bouquet? Or avoided catching one? Had a floral disaster (like the wedding I attended where the arrangements at the church caught fire from the candles embedded in them)? Share your stories. And if you have no stories to share, keep watching the ground. The flowers are going to be blooming very soon.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Dru said...

I'm not a flower person but I do enjoy looking at pretty arrangements. When I'm at a wedding, I avoid catching the bouquet.

April 7, 2008 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger theysaywordscanbleed said...

The purple arrangement looks so elegant.

Arlene,
Silverdale florist

April 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger Dena said...

I love almost all flowers, a few of my favorites are tulips and roses because they come in such a wide variety of colors.(yellow roses are at the top)
I grew up in single-parent family and we didn't have much. Whenever I saved a dollar I would buy my Mom a carnation. Once I saved enough for a African Violet plant. It was so pretty. My Mom's favorite flower was the lilac so whenever I smell it I think of her.
I caught my cousins bouguet when I was 15, all her friends were so mad,lol. It was so beautiful with orchids in it.

April 8, 2008 at 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay Longford said...

Oh, Ms. MacKenzie, I LOVED the flowers discussion. And the pix are wonderful. The green floral dress is quite adorable, BTW!

Our wedding flowers were put together by my friend's mother, who was one of those incredible southern women gardeners. On flat shepherdess baskets, they were filled with her roses, daisies and what all.

Well, again, it was an act of kindness because she knew we were doing our wedding on the really, really, um, cheap.

So they were beautiful, and I treasure the pix of them.

April 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I caught the bouquet at a wedding and I was the next one to wed! That was kinda cool.

My matron of honor carried long stemmed pink roses. I carried an all white bouquet with three white roses surrounded by stephanotis. I just love stephanotis. I saw a picture in a bride magazine or maybe Martha Stewart and knew that's what I had to have when I got married!

April 8, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Shirley Jump said...

I have never caught a bouquet, but my flowers were all white. Roses and calla lilies and freesia. They were gorgeous. My colors of my wedding were white and emerald green, so we kept my bridesmaids flowers simple--just a small hand-tied bunch of flowers.

I love flowers--but so does my cat, so I rarely have fresh flowers inside the house. I get my fix by planting them all outside instead (she's an indoor kitty).

Shirley

April 9, 2008 at 6:00 AM  

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