Have you ever experienced an event so special that you wanted to re-create it just so that you could savor the memory a little while longer?...For me that *moment* was our intimate wedding ceremony. Within a matter of 5 months, we created the ceremony from scratch and held it in a suspended gazebo. Think tree-house in the sky. We wanted to create purpose out of every portion of the ceremony. That meant I needed a reason to carry a bouquet. Other than being a pretty accessory, how could I weave it meaningfully into our little ceremony?
Enter question #2... how to incorporate the 30 friends and family who were attending? Eric and I were not really down with the idea of having an audience and wanted more participation with the attendees. Our answer came in combining these two together.
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How we weaved the two together...
Friends and family were greeted with a personal note attached to one Astilbe stem. This allowed us to welcome them and tell them just how important they were to us. (Also see first photo above)
"Each of your flowers, like yourselves, are beautiful and unique. But together, they create something stronger. So is the same for our love and support for Mu-Hsien & Eric." – One by one each individual on both sides of the family added their stem as an offering of support...ultimately becoming my bouquet.
"Will the mother of the bride and groom please bind these flowers into a newly formed bouquet?"
What do you think of our *made-on-the-spot* bouquet concept?
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Four years later, in my garden in the making...I planted an arrangment of white, light pink and magenta astilbe. Although I don't see friends and family as often as I would like, seeing the blooms every summer takes me back to those moments and reminds me of what's really important.
Stems and bottles arrangement
• Flowers arranged by the talented Lisa Atterberry, co-owner of Cattails Home. My florist had these and our french bucket hanging flower arrangements flown in from the Netherlands.
• Vintage bottles were found searching through many thrift stores. It was a cost efficient way to get 30 glass bottles. Most cost around $1.
• Astilbe can be purchased at most local garden/nurseries. I found mine at Christy Webber Landscapes (total of 8 were planted).
• Astilbe is a perrenial that likes shade to part-sun. A covering of cedar mulch will help to retain moisture and keep them happy. I prefer cedar because of it's deep brownish red color and the fresh scent!
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If everyone offers a stem,
the end result is a beautiful bouquet.
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