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Flower girl 411

 

Unlike many other roles and rituals which are still surrounded with debate, the roots of the role of the flower girl are made clear. In the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans flower girls were called upon in attendance during nuptials to symbolize the passage of the child into a blossoming and “blooming” woman, wife and mother.

Strewing petals on the altar pathways first began with scattering selected herbs and spices to signify fertility during the event. She is the classical symbol of innocence, which was carried on, even in the medieval age by offering of sheaths of wheat in the bridal procession.

Centuries rolled on and in the Elizabethan age, a number of flower girls were still involved in the bridal train and were followed by a troop of merry musicians. A special flower girl would also carry a silver cup meant for the bride and was decorated with bright ribbons alongside another carrying gold adorned rosemary branches. In addition to this, the entire path from the bride’s home all the way to the Church was always covered in rose petals and many small bouquets were brought into the event to be presented as take home gifts to the guests.

For many generations in this golden age only female attendants were allowed in the bridal chamber to prepare the bride for the wedding. It is a tedious process that until now would last for days. This in special practice by royalty and in some European countries it is still common to see more than one flower girl and some even only include children below a certain age to join the procession.

The floral hoop which is sometimes worn or the head as an adornment or is simply carried, is derived from the wedding ring which is the sign of eternal love. Daintily adorned baskets carried rose petals carried by these little girls in bright satin sashes also became the norm. A lot of modern wedding traditions were credited to the lavish royal wedding of Queen Victoria in 1840. Besides the miniature bridal gown for the flower girls, the use of white on the bridal gown and on the wedding cake as well became fashionable because of her. All of these played an impact upon the romantization of the wedding rites as we practice them to this day.

Looking back, historians noted that it an ancient practice for the groomsmen and bridesmaids to dress like the betrothed couples in order to confuse would be assassins or spell casters. But in these modern times we have kept this tradition for purely sentimental reasons. It is still quite acceptable and amusing to see the ring bearer and the flower girl to mimic the dress of the bride and groom.

The choice of flower girls in today’s society now comes with a lot of practicality. Ideally she should be between the ages of 4 and 8 which should be age wherein little girls can carry out the strewing of rose petals to lead the bridal procession. But there are no strict rules to this as even older girls, women and in some humorous cases even men are called upon for this role if they are held dear by the happy couple.

There is also no rule about having many flower girls, its just that selecting girls too young for the task might leave them running scared when the entrance hymn starts and might cause her to cry and dump her basket of petals – but is anyway taken as fresh delight to all who attend.

Until next time,

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Flower of the week – Allium

From the family of onions, the allium flower was incorrectly grouped with the lily family. This was a mistake, of botanical proportions! Botanists recently have transferred this beautiful plant to its rightful family and thus reunited the allium flower with its previously, estranged, family grouping.

Allium flowers are beautiful specimens and have been the favorite of many magnificent artists, such as Rembrandt and Baker, who immortalized alliums in spectacular works of art.

Many growers of alliums also cultivate this member of the onion-genus for its beautiful flower blossoms. The flowers form an unmistakable and unique round-area, at the very top of the bloom, in which is known as the umbel region, of the flower.

Prized for its beauty and non-onion aroma fragrance, the allium flower is used in many perfumes and cosmetics products throughout the world. The ancient native Indians of Peru use this flower for medicinal as well as religious purposes and it was seen as one of the most import plant species of the Mayan culture.

Allium comes in periwinkle blue (otherwise known as lavender) and white and can be used in numerous ways to create the look and feel you are looking for.

They can be used in so many ways to create a very classic look, or something very contemporary.

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Nicole’s Cute and Pink Wedding

We recently created one of my all time favorite Chuppah’s for Nicoles May 1st Nuptuals, at Star Hill Ranch. We started with a clean slate in the cute little Chapel!

After a trial run at the studio, it was time to create the basic structure on site.

We then started hanging hot pink stock, Dendrobium Orchids and crystals strands all over the Chuppah. Here is the finished product!  Photos courtesy of Studio 563.  Thank you Andy and Andi! You Rock!

So cute!  ❤

Until next time!

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The Threat of Rain

There is an old saying that rain on your wedidng day is a  lucky omen.  The Italians even have a saying for it, “Sposa bagnata, sposa fotunata”, which means that a wet bride is a lucky bride.  In the U.S., it is commonly repeated that rain is lucky, although most bries would prefer a dry day and a little less luck.

Rain is also considered to be a good wedding omen in Germany, Sweden, and France.  This is possible because rain is associated with a bountiful harvest, and thus, fertility.  Some believe that the rainier the wedding day, the more children the marriage will produce.

However, not everyone considers rain to be a lucky charm; consider the old adage, “Happy is the bride whom the suns shines on”.  There are several superstitions that are said the ward off rain on the wedding day.  One is to feed your cat on the morning of the wedding (this is a strange one – shouldn’t you feed your cat every morning?).  Catholics can hang a rosary outdoors on the date of their nuptuals to put a stop to rain in time for the cermeony.  In parts of Spain, to avoid rain the bride or her mother can delvier a dozen freshly laid eggs to the nuns of the convent of St. Clare.

Whether you consider rain to be a lucky sign or not there is always a chance that it will fall onyour wedding date.  To make wet weather less of an issue, plan in advace for inclement weather.  If you are planning an outdoor wedding, check the Farmer’s Almanac for the driest times of the year in your hometown.  Also be prepared with shelter for guests and the couple, or a backup location if the weather forces you to move the cermeony inside.  For weddings in tents, order a floor to avoid having your reception in a mud pit.

If it does end up raining on your wedding day, the best thing to do is grin and bear it.  I once attended a weddding cermeony held in a park on a very wet day.  It was treacherous going down a steep hill of wet grass in high heels, but the couple posted usehers with large umbrellas and rain boots to escort the ladies to the cermeony site which was tented.  Some of the male wedding guests also pitched in to help.  It rained and rained, to the point where you could barely hear the musicians playing while the guests were being seated (an we were all wonderin ghow we would hear the vows).  Then the most amazing thing happened: just as the cermeony began, the rain stopped and the sky cleared.  The bride and groom exhcnaged their vows unde a beautiful beam of sunshine, which seemed like a lucky omen, indeed.

So if the weatherman predicts inclement wethar for your weddin day, just remember the Italian saying “Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata” A wet bride is a lucky bride.  If you don’t buy into the idea that rain is lucky, there is always the old standby: Rain, rain, go away – come again another day!

Until next time,

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Have a little Faith

Faith’s wedding was very well planned by Keri Wotton of Leave the Details to Me Wedding and Event Consulting.  Her vision was clear and relaxed and made for some creative ingenuity when designing her florals.  We found out about Faith’s wedding about three weeks before the event.  Gathering our forces, and creative juices, was not tough at all.

Faith’s Bridal Bouquet was created using blush pink Peonies, white yellow and hot pink Tulips, antique green Hydragnea, mini calla lilies, Crespedia balls, and glorious hot pink Gerbera Daisies.  We finished it off with some soft variegted pittosporum and a satin ribbon wrapped handle.  Photo by A la Vie Photography’s Pam Holtz.

Calla lilies, Tulips and Gerbera Daisies

Tones of pink and yellow were Faith's Bridal colors

My team and I arrived at the Horseshoe Bay resort with all of the materials and structure to create a floral Chuppah for Faith’s wedding ceremony.  There just happened to be a wedding just before hers that we needed to steer clear of, so off to the right of the ceremony area, we set up to create the legs of the structure to be moved after the first wedding was over.  Here is a shot of one of the arrangements I created during that time.

Stargazer lilies on Chuppah

Stargazer lilies on Chuppah Leg

Here are a few shots of the Chuppah during construction.  We had 20 minutes to get the structure up, and complete the floral arrangements.  Phew!

Beginining of the Chuppah

Almost done!

Final Tweaks

Final tweaks

Finished Chuppah

Viola

And they are One

The Ceremony

Faith found large tomatoe cans that she wrapped with yellow and hot pink crepe paper to create a very “green” vibe to her reception. The centerpeices were designed in the fresh picked European design style.

Spring Centerpieces

Tomatoe Cans and Wine bottles

They were surrounded with wine bottles that we inserted single stems of coordinating flowers.  My staff really rocked this one!  I could not have done it without them!

Faith's Floral Team

Brittney, Blossom and Shealynn

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Flash Mob Wedding! Truely Moving!

I found this video on a colleagues site, and was so moved as I sat there watching I found myself mesmerised by the creativity, spontaneity and pureness of the love this couple must have for each other!  It is my hope that it causes something in you to stir as well.

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Mona and Joe

Mona and Joe were wed at Duchman Family Winery located in Driftwood Texas.  Mona fell in love with the “Picasso” Mini calla lilies and wanted nothing else.  The wedding was an intimate gathering of friends and family with floral accents to embellish the royal attire of her Bridal Party.  Here are a few images provided by our friends over at Rebel with a Camera!

Mona was so gorgeous on her wedding day

Mona and her gorgeous bouquet

Another angle

She must be looking at Joe!

Bridal Bouquet of picasso mini calla lilies

Mona's bouquet was cuffed with white ostritch feathers

Ceremony set up

View from the walkway entrance at the Winery

They Did it!!

They are a wonderful couple and I was honored to spend somet ime in their lives.  Be sure to check out our friends at Duchman Winery, and Rebel with a Camera Photographers.

Until Next time,

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