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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

-Anais Nin

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I came across this quote today and it really resonated with me. There have been so many moments in my own life where I was projected into change, often  without a choice.  Although it was scary and filled with uncertainty, those moments were the ones that made me blossom and grow. I know many people that are deathly afraid of change and will do anything within their power to prevent it. They are too afraid of the risk of branching out and making lasting changes. That is not what is meant for us. We are meant to change, evolve, grow. Preventing it causes pain and fear. Most of the time that fear is very imaginary and if they took the leap of faith required to make the much needed improvement in their lives, they would be astounded at what can be.

That is one of the reasons that I am so passionate about weddings. It’s two souls taking a risk, not knowing what the future holds. My blessing to them is that they are unafraid to blossom together and experience all the wonders that God has planned for us as we are meant to, together.

A single gal until my mid-thirties, I was terrified of marriage. I convinced myself that my single life was fabulous and that sharing it with another person would never be as great as the freedom I had. I met the love of my life and and all of that changed. I can’t imagine life now without him, our boy, our dogs, our home. My life is way richer with them in it. Knowing that marriage and commitment is such an amazing blessing, I think that weddings are the bud set to blossom into something that’s very beautiful and often breathtaking, much like a flower or a giant tree.

When I made the decision to quit my job at which I remember clearly saying, ” I felt like I was dying inside”, I was so scared. Starting Sarah’s Garden meant many unknowns. Had it not been for my amazing, supportive husband cheering me on, I may have let that fear prevent me from the incredible growth and happiness that I have today. I mean, I woke up this morning, had the time to make a delicious and healthy breakfast, took these photos of florals that I have in my cooler ( sorry about my photography) to share with you lovely people. I feel lucky every day and I don’t take my blessings for granted. Many the gifts and treasures that are in my life are due to having faith and working very hard maintain what is important to me, even when I’m afraid of the unknown and the change. My hope is to inspire any of you that come across this to imagine what you could have if you stopped being afraid?Go ahead, blossom! Just think of what kind of flower will you become?

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florals: silver dollar eucalyptus, pink snowberry, pink ranunculus  ribbon: frou frou chic 

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“A desert is a place without expectation.”

-Nadine Gordimer

Some may say that the desert is a strange place to get married. I beg to differ. Like the quote above, a wedding and a marriage truly are at their best when they are void of expectation, but full of hope, love, unconditional giving and adaptability. I believe it to be a very beautiful and unique location to hold a wedding. Just the soft & dusty colors alone are very inspiring.  A desert wedding is warm and full of light, most of the year without the chance of rain. The tall and old Saguaro cacti and giant Agave are symbols of strength, survival and steadfastness in a harsh environment, which are amazing qualities in a marriage. For many people, the desert evokes images of the Old West: cowboys & tumbleweeds, etc.. As you can see on the inspiration board below, it really can be quite elegant. Clean and simple. 

Desert Inspiration

 from top left: gown by rue de seine, mint photo, josevilla , carolinetran, bottom center: kristinjoy

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“There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.”
Dave Grohl

Happiness washed over me when I received the email from Carrie and Josh Estes with a link of their wedding photos by Luke/Mallory Photography. I am always filled with gratitude and honor that I got to be a part of this special and joyous time in a couples’ life. These two sweethearts decided on a small and intimate wedding at the Windmill Winery Waterfront that was coordinated by the amazing Karen Podrasky of Kdp Events. I loved that Carrie chose an all white and cream bouquet full of Peonies, Patience Garden Roses, Stock, Ranunculus and Seeded Eucalyptus. It was so very bridal and classic, with a bit of rustic. Her bridesmaids clutched colorful Coral Charm Peonies, Dahlias, and Juliet Garden Roses that popped on their soft grey dresses.

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Carrie Pulis flowers

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” The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.”
-Barbara de Angelis

      A topic of conversation for the past few days has been “connections”. Weddings are all about connections. The two spirits in love making a lasting connection. Two families becoming connected by their union. All of the professionals they hire to help make the wedding special are intertwined by their work on the wedding. Some of my dearest friends are the ones that I’ve worked on weddings with.

I love creating beauty for a wedding, but what really lights my fire is that for a brief and important moment in the couples’ lives, I am connected to them. In a consultation I always make it a point to ask when they got engaged, how long they’ve been together, etc. I love hearing their stories and sometimes, I even get a bit misty. Hearing about their love, their connection, makes my heart swell. There is so much negativity in this world and their stories are testimony that there is still so much love and positivity.

The happiness I feel when I receive an email from my couples with photos from their wedding day is inexplicable. I’m way more moved that the couple felt that I should see how my work was connected to their experience, than actually seeing my creations professionally photographed. Often this is weeks, even months after the wedding. I am so grateful that they thought it was important to share with me. They felt the connection, too.

One of my photographer friends always says that she sees that my arrangements are made with love. It’s like food tasting better when you know it’s made with love. It really is true. I love what I do. I love it because I think about the people that will be holding, wearing, and enjoying the florals and design I’ve created from them and I know that the creations will bring them joy. It’s that connection that’s made between your heart and your hands and then into the design or art that the magic happens. It’s not only about the art or design, the “stuff” that makes a wedding pretty. It’s the reason I’m being hired to do it in the first place, the reality of the celebration of marriage, the connections.

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photo by brushfire photography

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“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. ”

-G.K. Chesterton

 

There is something so beautiful about a white wedding. It’s no accident that white weddings are still being designed and sought after to this day. They will always be desired. White is pure and innocent, clean and classic. It can be ethereal and vintage, even starched and modern. It is utterly versatile. I love designing with white tones only and then creating layers of texture within it. Any colors along side it should be very subdued and soft, so as to allow the white to be the primary focus.

Bridal gowns are normally designed in white or ivory, honoring tradition. Ivory is still a version of white, so designing the entire wedding in creamy, ivory tones will still convey the same timeless feeling. Many of today’s brides are opting for a more off-white toned gown as it’s just a bit softer with various skin tones. Lace is it’s prettiest in creamy whites, too.

So many amazing blooms are really the prettiest and most fragrant in their white hue. Nothing smells better to me than a creamy Patience Garden Rose. Along with soft greenery and white fillers, they look so fresh and full of life on a well dressed table. Also, food looks so appetizing on white dishes. The possibilities are endless.

White Inspiration

 

photo credit- top right Casa de Perrin, bottom left craigevasanders.co.uk, bottom center Flowerwild, bottom right cortana

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