” 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.
photo by brushfire photography