Sunday, April 15, 2012

Beyond flower prep 101 and an OOPS moment

In preparation of a 'no roses please' wedding, I decided against pre booking lisianthus to avoid higher prices and inferior product.  I took my chances early one morning last week and swept through the Market where  I found the best of the lot that were 75 percent greenery and buds. The open flowers were unbruised: there was hope.

While many in my profession love to use the little lisianthus buds for accent flowers, I find them annoying.  One or two here and there seems fine, but I've seen them dominate an arrangement and to me, it isn't pretty.

That said, it was an obvious choice to remove all of them: ALL OF THEM, even the swelled buds showing color, which I put in a separate container and left in the window where they would get some morning sun.

Even though it was early in the week, I wanted to avoid putting them in the cold chest where they seem to get a bit moist.  Risky, but I left them out.

They swelled and opened up.  So pretty: perfect petals.

Lots of other flowers played a supporting role to these beauties.

When we  arrived at the hotel with the flowers, a lovely young woman who I thought was the Maid of Honor opened the door to the room and invited us in.  We put the flowers on a couch and everyone came over excitedly to see the bouquets.  There was a hush, a pause and a soft voice said, " but they're not blue".  No they were not blue.  It wasn't the Maid of Honor.  It was the Bride.  The wrong Bride.

Right next door, Jen was waiting for her flowers.  The desk gave us the wrong room number.  The Bride
in room 321 deserves the Composure Award of the year. Hats off to her.


Terri said...

Oh, my! I'm so glad it was sorted out and all correct. I love the flowers and feel a little that way about roses, too. I love flowers that smell and so many roses don't.

webb said...

Sounds like you should have an award, too. What a scary moment! The first wedding I was in the bride threw an absolute fit when the flowers arrived because they were not the exact shade of orange that she had wanted - orange! Like how many shades did she think there were?

Love your final result.

flwrjane said...

OMG my face just broke out reading that.

Your bouquets were so beautiful I would think any bride, regardless of her original intent, would love them.

xo Jane

An Urban Cottage said...

SO much nicer than blue.

Lotte and Bloom said...

i got the sick feeling in my stomach just reading that - it's the stuff of nightmares...

those flowers are very lovely btw xx

Alicia said...

uff, what a thrilling post!
beautiful flowers!

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh those lovely flowers! Thanks for sharing these photos!
Your post reminded me of my wedding day...The orchids I had so carefully chosen for their colours came in looking like a funeral display (stake and all!).
One and half hour later, the florist produced the most amazing arrangement reflecting all the colours of the church's stained glass, this time in a simple gathered bouquet...I loved it and never forgot the efficiency of the shoppe!
Hugs to the bunnies,

rachel said...


But it worked out happily in the end..... Lovely bouquets.

Jen said...

Beautiful flowers. I enjoyed the behind the scenes look at them. That wrong bride story is a keeper!

flowers on my table said...

Ooh high stress and drama. The flowers are gorgeous, I am sure the right bride was delighted. Love Linda x