Bridal bouquet

There's a certain terror that comes with handing over a bouquet to a bride. You want it to be perfect and her to love it etc... but she normally just looks a little shell shocked. She's thinking, Oh shit. This is really happening. In like 20 minutes. You're thinking, Oh god. Please say you love the flowers.

It's funny. I've only done it twice now, but it's pretty amazing to witness that moment in a stranger's life.


This week I made my first ever bridal bouquet and I was internally hyperventilating the whole time. But Sarah is an amazing teacher. Seriously, she could teach a rock to arrange flowers beautifully.



Did you know she and Nicolette teach flower arranging classes at the shop? During the class, I man the front while cadres of cool girls line up and drink bubbly and play with flowers in the studio. Then I take photos of their arrangements and secretly develop a complex because they're total novices but their arrangements look better than mine would.

The next open class is about combining flowers and herbs in arrangements. Plus you get to plant a window box of herbs for your kitchen. Guaranteed, the best way you'll ever spend a sunday afternoon. I'm sorry, but did I mention champagne? Right. Champagne.

47 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, Amy!! You are so talented. I used to freak out when a bride wouldn't gush over a bouquet then I learned it's just different personalities and, like you say, they are a bit scared about getting married. Some of them do gush though right then or afterwards.. and that makes it so rewarding.

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  2. That bouquet is beautiful! That is talent right there. I'm sure that each bride has her own reactions to her bouquet; it is going to be quite a day for her, after all!

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  3. the bouquet i JUST got for my bday was beyond stunning. i wonder whose crafty hands made it. :) Best. Bday. Evaaaaaaah.

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  4. Absolutely lovely! If only I lived close to you I'd be taking some of those classes.

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  5. Beautiful bouquet and such pretty combination of flowers- quite a talent!

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  6. An absolutely beautiful bouquet.

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  7. well, shit, i'd say that they were perfect. it looks sort of thrown together in the most perfect way. another string to your bow my dear!

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  8. This is lovely. I really like the ballance of color and texture.

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  9. Oooh...I don't think I can justify flying across the US to take a flower-arranging course. Bummer.

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  10. Preciosos colores, preciosa convinacion.

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  11. Beautiful. The bride must have been soo happy. I know I would be.

    I should come down and take a class now that I have a little freelance $$.

    Nicolette is the sweetest and I missing popping into her office back in our domino days.

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  12. man, i would be so happy with that bouquet! but getting married kind of makes your brain go dead. :)
    i really want to take a flower school class. cool girls, haha. you're funny.

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  13. Holy crap, that is one beautiful bouquet. Forget tossing it to the next bride-to-be--nuh uh; I'd keep my grubby little nuptial hands on it.

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  14. What a beautiful arrangement. I so wish I that there were fantastic flower shops near here offering such fun classes.

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  15. Stunning palette!
    I wish I lived on the East Coast, so that I could come and play!

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  16. Beautiful colors and arrangement!!!

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  17. I don't know what you're talking about. Your bouquet looks brilliant! I doubt any of those girls could have put those flowers together as beautifully.

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  18. Gorgeous!!!! What a fun class!

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  19. Jealous! I want to take a class like that.

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  20. Lovely!! Just a perfectly delicate and beautiful bouquet. What a lucky bride. Those classes sound amazing!!

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  21. I've been a florist for 5 years now and this never really changes. you spend days, weeks, months!?! trying to make it perfect for the bride and then you deliver it bursting with anticipantion and all you get is a "thanks just put it over there". a bit of let down. but the thanks always comes a few days later, usually with photos, lots of gushing and reliving the day and if your lucky a wee treat or two. your work looks lovely! would have never guessed it was your second time!

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  22. I want to eat that bouquet and wash it down with Shiraz.

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  23. I could empathize with your nervousness! i had to make my sister's wedding bouquets and it was hard! she was very picky about the flowers and the look that she wanted. she kind of ignored it, and much much later said thanks, but i know because she was thinking of a 1001 things. but everyone gushed about them.

    but after doing it, with my other sister's help, i actually entertained the thought of doing a floristry course. being surrounded by flowers makes me happy!

    http://nestfly.blogspot.com/2009/10/craft-wedding-bouquets.html

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  24. It's completely beautiful ! well done you !

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  25. I really like the bouquet. The arrangement looks effortlessly put together. =)

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  26. Ooh, I remember my bridal florist... I was quite specific on what I wanted (which was a mix of herbs and flowers, actually) and my mother joked, "Are they all like this?". "No" came the deadly serious reply. I'm a control freak, so what?!

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  27. Your bouquet is pretty,and I love that it's not to big.It looks like something that was pulled together while walking through a garden - very romantic and pretty.

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  28. You did such a wonderful job - the bouquet is so sweet and unpretentious...

    Ah, to live in NYC... I'd sign up for a class like that in a heartbeat. Sigh.

    -maria

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  29. Such a beautiful bouquet! Well done.

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  30. Wow. Tender sweet peas, ranunculas, an uncalibrated rose... I hope she deserved so much fragile beauty! It's a heart-melter, that one...

    judith b

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  31. I love the idea that time seems to slow down as the bride sees her bouquet. As I am getting married in two ceremonies in May, I'll be sure to remember this post! So glad I found your blog! Come stop by for a slice of San Francisco and compare bucket lists :)

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  32. sooo beautiful!! you are a natural! i actually used to work with nicolette at domino, isn't she so lovely?! i'm hoping to take a class soon myself.
    best, macon

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  33. Did you make that bouquet Amy? It's so pretty. I love imagining you in that little flower shop. I'm sure it's hard work, messy, heavy objects, etc., as you've described. But I like to pretend it is in actuality, a dreamy, romantic endeavor. You inside, thoughtfully regarding each bloom or piece of greenery before placing it into the bundle, one by one. Then tying it up with a bow. It's really like that, right? Right??

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  34. Amanda, it's just like that. But you forgot, i am always wearing a beautiful vintage dress and humming quietly to myself. I have a big flower pinned up in my hair. Then my handsome suitor(s) come by and bring me cupcakes and cookies and handmade love letters. I lead a charmed life.

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  35. That's so gorgeous! Sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend!

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  36. Just gorgeous, and oh how I wish I was in New York so I too could spend and afternoon in her class.
    Enjoying getting to know your blog;)

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  37. I would like to say that you really made my day, it's wonderful when you just look around the web
    and find something like this, reminds me of that ''How to make a dinner for a romantic...'' by Elsa Thomas,
    you're a wonderful writer let me tell you!!! ñ_ñ

    James Maverick (maverickhunterjames@gmail.com)
    3453 Rardin Drive
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Project Manager
    650-627-8033

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