How do you sum up in words one of the biggest milestones in your daughter's life? I regret it is not truly possible. My heart is bursting for the happiness my daughter has found together with her best friend by her side. They are starting off on life's new adventures, hand in hand, for whatever lies on the journey ahead.
Regarding our flower adventure; well, it was exciting, and nerve wracking, and stressful, and amazing, and in the end I am so happy we did it this way to maximize our limited budget. My daughter and now son-in-law picked a wedding date following a holiday that fell on a Wednesday. Did I mention that the holiday fell on a Wednesday?!?! That meant extreme shipping measures were needed as nether UPS nor FedEx was delivering on Wednesday or Thursday that week. Some flowers made it in on Tuesday (phew!) and some on Friday (yikes!). We had a busy busy busy day before and day of the wedding to be sure! Fortunately, it was colder weather so we turned our garage into flower central (since the kitchen was cake central upstairs). The fragrance that filled the air was amazing (um, yes cake was baking everyday UPSTAIRS, and flowers were intoxicating the garage level DOWNSTAIRS). We snipped, wrapped, cut, taped, etc until, voila! At last the hour had arrived, and everything flower related was BETTER than my daughter had pictured it, despite shipping complications and flower substitutions. One of the last minute changes we made was to order 25 golden roses from the weekly FlowerFix the week of the wedding. They added just the right touch so I am so glad we did! The mother of the groom made faux floral arrangements for the ceremony arch and guest tables. Fresh floral arrangements graced the bridal party, and donned the guest book/favor table and banquet table. We used second hand (but lovely) vases for the bridal table where the ladies set their bouquets in for the reception. The ceremony was full of extended family so we also used the fresh flowers to make 10 boutonnieres and 8 corsages, each a little unique from the other yet still cohesive.
Overall, a happy ending to our flower story, and a happy beginning for the next chapter in my daughters life.