Dreamy wedding at Heavenly Lodge

I as main florist and owner of Katrione's Blooms and Crafts, had the opportunity and privilege to be invited to create floral art at Krista and Rakesh's wedding in Heavenly Mountain Ski Lodge, overlooking the sparkling azure South Lake Tahoe, California. I collaborated closely with the bride's mom, Phoebe, to adorn the ceremonial arch and the dining hall, plus fashion the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, the groom's and groomsmens' boutonnieres, corsage wristlets for the ladies and still more boutonnieres for the other gentlemen in the party. The clear blue sky over the calm lake was the perfect inspiration for choosing and blending the florals. My goal was to symbolize that dreamy wedding through intuitive flower choices, and I knew the lavender blue hydrangeas and purple-to-white monochromatic pack from Fifty Flowers would best achieve that goal. Phoebe was a wonderfully trusting client and left the floral art to my best judgement, as I kept communicating with her through the planning stage. When wedding day came, my team headed out to the venue (2-hour drive), took a tram up the lodge, built out the arch, set the centerpieces and gladly handed the flower designs for the entourage to Phoebe and Krista, who were both beaming with happiness. As we had just finished the centerpieces, guests began alighting from the tram and coming in to the venue. The first comments they made included how "beautiful the reception tables looked...how vivid were the flowers...the place looked lovely" and they profusely praised the host. Part of the secret was the Fifty Flowers-supplied lavender blue hydrangeas and monochromatic flower fillers on the centerpieces, and the white flowing spray dressing up the sweetheart table made partially from flowers in the combo pack. Some guest watched as we wrapped the ceremonial arch that had been constructed on top of the hill, in more flowers, flowing with the colors of purple, lavender, lilac, white and blush. I took a deep breath as my team and I made a final sweep of all we had done, at a place fittingly called Heavenly in South Lake Tahoe, on the hill amidst the blue sky, a place where wedding dreams are lived and loved forever.

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