This post may be one of the more sentimental explanations I have given about a wedding I have worked on. My bride from today contacted me only 2 weeks ago for her wedding in Battery Gardens. She was so sweet an soft spoken and truly excited about flowers. We met in person and she told me that she really wanted Ikaebana design. Although I have seen this before, I wasn't exactly sure until I did a little homework. Turns out that this practice tends to be a natural tendency, but, taken to the next level. Japanese Ikebana is a disciplined art from in which nature and humanity are brought together. It emphasizes other parts of the plant, such as the stems, leaves, petals, branches, and focuses on shape, line, and from. The artist's intention behind each arrangement is shown through a piece's color combinations, natural shapes, and graceful lines. In other words.... you mean to put each and every piece in it's "meant to be" spot (: I really enjoyed this process.
This wedding stirred up a lot of emotions about... well. life! This sweet woman is from Japan, and was in the middle of planning her big day when the tragic tsunami hit home. I could only think about what I felt like when 9/11 happened (on a smaller scale). It's just devastating and knocks the wind out of your soul. She had been on my mind, but, I wasn't sure how to or if I should bring it up. Yesterday afternoon she called me asking about some last minute hair flowers and when I asked her how everything was coming along; she was nothing short of positively ELATED about her family meeting his for the first time. She had everyone by her side, all together and starting her life with her man. I swear I could feel her huge smile and pure happiness through the phone!
Switching back a bit, I remember how I felt about life and what I thought was meaningful and what was not when 9/11 happened. I was a full time jeweler and part time massage therapist. I couldn't shake the doubts I had about if I was doing something meaningful or not. At that time, jewelry seemed utterly unimportant.... but... I carried on. Now.... being a florist... I can honestly say that being a part of (one of)the most important day's in someone's life and making them feel pretty, or special, truly means the world to me. These day's are few and far between and I get to see the happiest day's on a regular basis..... (: