We wrapped up our 2017 wedding season this past weekend, and my heart is full as I reflect upon the many couples that invited me into their lives for this amazing milestone. From the small and intimate woodsy ceremonies, to the larger events bustling with family and friends, our flowers graced the hands and tables of 20 weddings this season.
Designing with the flowers that I select, seed, tend to, and harvest, my heart and hands are so entwined in the process from the tiny seedling all the way to handing over the final product to the bride and groom. Sometimes it is hard to let go of the pieces that I spend so much time on, so much mental energy trying to get everything to look just right, and so much thought on selecting the tones and combinations to match what my client is looking for.
I recently listened to a very accomplished floral designer, who said something like this: "We spend so much time in the process of creating, and very little time with the result, so we have to enjoy our work." This is so true - the process itself of growing and creating is my passion. I take a lot of pictures, linger in the cooler taking a few extra glances at the bouquet I had to do three times to get just right, and do my best to savor the creative process itself.
It is a bittersweet time of year as we wrap up the growing season, yet look ahead with hope to next year. Seeds have been ordered, bulbs are being planted, and many weddings have already been booked for 2018. With a full heart indeed, we continue to finish up 2017 and look ahead to all the beauty, creations, opportunities for learning, and challenges that 2018 will bring!