Here we are in December, another wedding and growing season complete. The last two months have been run in a marathon style and I say marathon and not sprint. It was a lot and it was steady and it was great. Certainly, there were some not so great moments- when my supplier lost my entire order of wedding flowers not for one, but two weddings. Both after frost so I had long lost all of my own flowers. While everything worked out fine in the end, I did spend 2, 24 hours in a mad scramble and one evening finished with me processing flowers until 3am. In the end both weddings were beautiful and turned out fine because there is no other option for them not to be. When you work in the wedding industry, you cannot just apologize and make up for it the next week. You have one chance and you do everything that can be done and then some to ensure that it is. The end.
There were a few other stress inducing moments as there always is but I don't focus on those. Life is too short for that.
This year had a lot of firsts and with that comes a lot of learning. Going into the 2019 season I was nearly booked up and continued to get inquiries and based on really liking the people, and loving their floral vision I said yes and broke my little rule of not taking on too many weddings. The weddings were all amazing (i'll be sharing some photos of them) but where it really made things difficult was at home. I started homeschooling Olive this past fall and trying to create an entire wedding solo while simultaneously teaching grade one was a challenge to say the least. Next year, I will be making better choices with my schedule based on this.
I learnt a lot about growing flowers. I made lots of notes and have just finished my order of plugs and seeds for the 2020 season. I'm making a very excited face about this. I have some really stunning colours and unique varieties of the classics coming.
My biggest growing accomplishment was with the dahlias. They were nothing short of magical. I had big plans of selling some tubers once I had spilt them but I didn't label any of them and after one hard frost they were all the same variety: soggy brown. Live and learn. Next year there will be plenty of labelling. For now, they are tucked away in my basement waiting for the spring.
My 2020 season is filling up quickly. Quicker than other years, already I am down to a handful of dates available. A lot of the palettes are more adventurous, lots of yellows, oranges, browns and reds. A step away from the traditional.
One of my favourite weddings of this season happened in October. To start, Hunter and Devin were very sweet. They were open to my suggestions and incredibly pleasant to work with. On the day of their wedding which took place at a family farm, I made my way down to their ceremony site and was completely blown away. It was so incredibly beautiful and intimate. Down a dirt path, past a couple of farm fields, tucked away behind a forest, they had cleared a section on the edge of marsh to have their ceremony. The sky was the most perfect shade of blue with not a cloud in the sky, the sun was shining and despite the cool weather, it felt quite warm. Hunter's palette of blush, cream and burgundy popped against the fading autumn backdrop. The contrast of the faded season and the saturation of the deep florals made this really unusual combination and I LOVED it. I already have winter plans to create a painting using this day as inspiration. After the wedding I received the kindest email from Hunter and Devin that only reiterated the good thoughts I had, had about them. Definitely a wedding for the books. Here are a few photos from the day taken by Rachel Hannigan and Hayli Loren.