I wanted to do something simple, in red roses, because those are the ones that call to me. Something like this:
But..... When I had my photo session yesterday, Judy surprised me with a bouquet made by a florist friend of hers. It was fabulous! Red roses with green and white orchids, pink-ish tiny flowers, golden gerbers, this deep red fuzzy flower, lots of green leaves, ivy, and little apples for pete's sake!! Oh, and there was a calla lilly in the centre that was orange tinged with red. Perfect colour for the bouquet. Altogether it had a very fall feeling, and totally complimented my red dress! In fact, the red roses were the colour of my dress!
It was heavy though. OMG. I really don't want my wedding day one to be that heavy! It was straining my arms! lol. Clearly I need to go to the gym, but I kid you not it weighed more than my macbook(which is 7 pounds)!!
So after seeing the teaser photo Judy posted on facebook yesterday of my dress with the bouquet, I'm re-thinking my plan. Judy also told me that her florist friend recommended against the red red roses I love because they are the colour of my dress, and this will just blend into my dress in photos. *sigh*
Seeing the roses yesterday, in person and in the photo with my dress I know she's right. I hate it though. I was hoping the crystals would be enough to bring out the bouquet and make it a separate thing, but I think instead the crystals will just swim in a sea of red. NOT what I want.
I've looked at black magic roses, which are darker, on the recommendation of said florist, but they are too dark for my liking. This is a bouquet that uses them, and black-red calla lillies. I like it on it's own. I like it for a bride in white, but with me in red, and my now dark red hair, I worry it's just too much dark. Especially with me being so damn pale!
We aren't decorating the banquet hall we are having the wedding at - it looks great as is frankly. It has dark wooden walls, modern photos hanging, awesome modern chandeliers - it has a very European/urban/modern feel to it. It's very us. Like a ritzier version of us. The tables will be set with white table cloths, with black ones over top diagonally. Very modern. Very simple. Very timeless. And that's me.... I always dress in a "classic style", as in, I don't go in for trendy stuff often, and I can't be bothered with fashion, and just want to look nice. I want that feel for the wedding. Honestly, I originally wanted a fall theme, but that's just way more work than I'm willing to put in or ask my guests to help me put in.
So, I want my flowers to fit into this modern, simple, timeless theme. I want to be able to use the crystals I bought damnit! I spent like $20 on them! Shhh.. Chris will have a fit I'm sure. But I love them, and I think they could totally work in another bouquet... I just don't know what exactly to do.
I've been looking at white bouquets, and all the ones I love have fiddlehead ferns in them, but can I find fiddlehead ferns in the wholesale flower shops I was hoping to get my flowers from? Noooooo! I can't even seem to find any mention of them on the websites of local florists. WTH Toronto!!
I love this:
Honestly, I love the first one the best, it's so eclectic! And bright and dark and fresh! I honestly would not be able to do that myself though, and I really really want to do my own flowers damnit.
The third one I could totally do, if I could find some damn fiddle heads. I would use more white and cream roses. I could add my crystals to them and it would look very nice I think. There's hydrangea in there, I could do that, I think I would also like to add some mums maybe, and a few dahlias. If I couldn't find fiddle heads, and it wasn't a deal breaker for me - right now I'm not sure if it is or not - I could add some dark wheat stalks as a contrast piece, I saw them at the local florists. I could even add some dark branch limbs, maybe...
I do love fall bouquets though. *sigh* The bright sunflowers, the dahlias, the mums, the fuzzy flowers (whose name I don't know) that comes in such deep colours, the ornamental cabbages!! Oh I love those! But they open a can of worms, so to speak, that I'm not really sure I want to open. I love fall colours, I love fall leaves, I love mini gourds and little pumpkins! Omg, so cute! So if I had a fall bouquet I'd want to incorporate fall colours even more. I'd want fake (or real) leaves for the tables. I'd want mini gourds, and tiny pumpkins, possibly in vases, possibly just strewn about the tables. I'd want orange, red and yellow everything! I know me.
It would make me happy, but it would cost. It would also ruin the modern/timeless theme we have going on that we didn't have to even work for! I like that. I have fibro. I have very limited energy. I'm likley going to spend the next week struggling to get my cakes baked(a task that even I could do in a day normally) because I over-extended myself this week. *sigh* I really don't need to add more to my plate.
Judy gave me her florist friends email. Judy said I should contact her and tell her what my budget is and see what she can do for me. She even offered to pick up my bouquet on her way to the wedding! How nice is that?! Judy is awesome, seriously.
Part of me wonders if she just doesn't think I can do it. She said it was one less thing to stress about. But you know, I haven't really stressed about the flowers, until now. I new what I wanted, and that was that. Now I'm re-thinking. I'm not stressed, I don't think. I have a few weeks, I'm just undecided. I love flowers though. I'd really like to try my hand at a bouquet. I don't have anything else planned for the 9th. I don't think it will tax me too much...
Since I don't actually remember sharing, I thought this would be the perfect place to show off the bouquet I did end up making. I think my fall themed flowers went great with my red dress. I cannot express how much I loved my bouquet.
Judy keeps telling me I should get a pro to do my make-up. I'm not sure if it's because she's such a traditionalist, or if she thinks I do my own badly -- that's my biggest worry. I don't have much experience doing make up, it's entirely possible I don't do a very good job. But when I see what I've done, I like how it looks, mostly. I wish I could manage the foundation lighter, but otherwise I think I look good. The foundation isn't caked on, it's just... it feels like my skin is hiding, and I like my skin, other than the damn spider veins I'm getting, and I don't like hiding it, flaws and all.
Maybe I'm just more of a hippie than I ever dreamed I could be??
I seem to look okay in the pictures from our photo sessions though. I don't know if Judy had to really photoshop me or what, but I seem to look fine... Here is an example I found quickly (one of my favourite from the session):
I look fine right??
*Sigh* I hate being so damn undecided! Bah! BAH I say!