Lows and Highs!

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So Last week I did wedding flowers in west Cork for two weddings, one on Thursday, a lovely humanist ceremony in the Dunmore House hotel, and one on Friday a wild colourful affair in Ardfield Church, with the reception also in the Dunmore. Now I pride myself on attention to detail, but last Thursday I learnt a valuable lesson! The bride to be, Ruth, an absolute pet of a woman, relaxed and charming, is an Australian emigrant, so our communications had being through emails up until the previous Sunday when she came to meet me and have a look around the gardens with a view as to her flowers for the day. As always I take notes, and compile a list of what I’m doing. So I did what I do for any wedding, I picked Ruths flowers on the Wednesday and got up bright and breezy on Thursday morning and started arranging, what I had to do was simple enough, we had vases of flowers on each dining table, plus a few scattered around the hotel. I also had bouquets for the girls and buttonholes for the boys, all in a colourful array. I had on my list ‘3 b/m-b’ To me this is 3 Bridesmaids bouquets, so I arrange my bouquets, wrap them up, load up and head off. The Ceremony was at 3pm (love late weddings!), so I got to the Hotel at 1.15pm, as I am parking, I noticed on my notes in a different note book, the 3 b/m-b…. as per yours…… I had forgotten the brides bouquet!!!!!!!! All at once I wanted to vomit/cry/scream, my heart stopped. Luckily I had time to rectify my total c**k-up. I had plenty of flowers to play with as I had over 25 bouquets for the tables. My mind was going so fast, I think I stopped breathing. My issue then became, well how will I tie the bouquet? I didn’t have enough time to go home to get ribbon and other accessories. Eeek! I frequently get told (mostly by my teenage son) that my van needs cleaning out, but I tell you, never to be cleaned out again. In my blind panic, I thought I might have something in the van….I found…stem wrap, navy ribbon(bridesmaids were wearing navy) and pins! Thank you little van for being my savior! Luckily I was able to put together a perfect Bridal bouquet, though I have to say the experience aged me. The lessons learnt, always read your notes 50 times….and never tidy your van. It has never happened to me before that I have forgotten an arrangement, least of all the brides. It is no excuse, but I think the distance of communication and the last minute meeting meant I didn’t have time to put together a final brief for the bride to approve, which is what I always do. Still, lesson learnt, mistake never to be repeated. The ceremony looked fabulous, and Ruth was delighted with her flowers, commenting, they were better than she could have ever imagined. Phew!

So from that confidence knocking low point, I went home and had to get straight on picking flowers for Fridays wedding…this time with a concise brief pre approved by Kate the bride, I read and re read and read some more the notes. The brief was ‘ country, relaxed, just picked, colourful,nothing matching.’ Ardfield Church is a sweet church, I am quite familiar with it as I have had a couple weddings there. Kate really had put so much effort into the decoration of the church, it really looked like a pin from Pintrest. Enamel jugs, jars with flowers for pews. No alter arrangement just vases of flowers, lots of colour.

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Even a black board and over 50meters of bunting! (I believe her mum tirelessly made the bunting). It really did look fabulous. I was proud of my part in Kate and Brian’s wedding, the flowers really did steal the show.

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The bouquets…of which I had all of them, were along the same lines, wild and a colour explosion, along with the buttonholes, all to be different. It really did look fab!

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So once I had set up the church which was no mean feat, a quick dash down to Dunmore again, (which is where I caught up with Ruth from the previous day, to find her delighted with her wedding.) to add a splash of colour to Kate’s cake.

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I was fit to drop……home for a nap then….I ended on a high, though even as I write this I can feel that pang of O.M.G!!!!

 

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So Last week I did wedding flowers in west Cork for two weddings, one on Thursday, a lovely humanist ceremony in the Dunmore House hotel, and one on Friday a wild colourful affair in Ardfield Church, with the reception also in the Dunmore. Now I pride myself on attention to detail, but last Thursday I learnt a valuable lesson! The bride to be, Ruth, an absolute pet of a woman, relaxed and charming, is an Australian emigrant, so our communications had being through emails up until the previous Sunday when she came to meet me and have a look around the gardens with a view as to her flowers for the day. As always I take notes, and compile a list of what I’m doing. So I did what I do for any wedding, I picked Ruths flowers on the Wednesday and got up bright and breezy on Thursday morning and started arranging, what I had to do was simple enough, we had vases of flowers on each dining table, plus a few scattered around the hotel. I also had bouquets for the girls and buttonholes for the boys, all in a colourful array. I had on my list ‘3 b/m-b’ To me this is 3 Bridesmaids bouquets, so I arrange my bouquets, wrap them up, load up and head off. The Ceremony was at 3pm (love late weddings!), so I got to the Hotel at 1.15pm, as I am parking, I noticed on my notes in a different note book, the 3 b/m-b…. as per yours…… I had forgotten the brides bouquet!!!!!!!! All at once I wanted to vomit/cry/scream, my heart stopped. Luckily I had time to rectify my total c**k-up. I had plenty of flowers to play with as I had over 25 bouquets for the tables. My mind was going so fast, I think I stopped breathing. My issue then became, well how will I tie the bouquet? I didn’t have enough time to go home to get ribbon and other accessories. Eeek! I frequently get told (mostly by my teenage son) that my van needs cleaning out, but I tell you, never to be cleaned out again. In my blind panic, I thought I might have something in the van….I found…stem wrap, navy ribbon(bridesmaids were wearing navy) and pins! Thank you little van for being my savior! Luckily I was able to put together a perfect Bridal bouquet, though I have to say the experience aged me. The lessons learnt, always read your notes 50 times….and never tidy your van. It has never happened to me before that I have forgotten an arrangement, least of all the brides. It is no excuse, but I think the distance of communication and the last minute meeting meant I didn’t have time to put together a final brief for the bride to approve, which is what I always do. Still, lesson learnt, mistake never to be repeated. The ceremony looked fabulous, and Ruth was delighted with her flowers, commenting, they were better than she could have ever imagined. Phew!

So from that confidence knocking low point, I went home and had to get straight on picking flowers for Fridays wedding…this time with a concise brief pre approved by Kate the bride, I read and re read and read some more the notes. The brief was ‘ country, relaxed, just picked, colourful,nothing matching.’ Ardfield Church is a sweet church, I am quite familiar with it as I have had a couple weddings there. Kate really had put so much effort into the decoration of the church, it really looked like a pin from Pintrest. Enamel jugs, jars with flowers for pews. No alter arrangement just vases of flowers, lots of colour.

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Even a black board and over 50meters of bunting! (I believe her mum tirelessly made the bunting). It really did look fabulous. I was proud of my part in Kate and Brian’s wedding, the flowers really did steal the show.

autumn-20140905_105417(sm)     autumn-20140905_105037---Copy(sm)

The bouquets…of which I had all of them, were along the same lines, wild and a colour explosion, along with the buttonholes, all to be different. It really did look fab!

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So once I had set up the church which was no mean feat, a quick dash down to Dunmore again, (which is where I caught up with Ruth from the previous day, to find her delighted with her wedding.) to add a splash of colour to Kate’s cake.

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I was fit to drop……home for a nap then….I ended on a high, though even as I write this I can feel that pang of O.M.G!!!!