i carry your heart Part I

Welcome to my first foray into blogging. Well…the first time for a very, very long time anyway.

Ostensibly, this blog will be about flowers and weddings and all the intimate details associated with planning them. However, in actuality, this blog will be about people. It will be the stories of the couples and people I meet: their love, their beginnings, their hopes, their celebrations and the ones who love them. I feel privileged to have known these wonderful people and cherish their trust in me to make their wedding a day that celebrates them and their unique tale.

It is cold and dreary in the Northeast US, so I decided to begin with a warm, summer wedding. Today's story begins with the love of a young man and woman, a bride's love for her home, and a family's love for beauty and people. I have been the recipient of this love many times over the years and thought it only fitting I begin here. With them.

So. Rachel and Jared ~

Rachel wanted her wedding to be at her parent's home. She also wanted it to be natural, whimsical and a bit untamed. Right up my alley. So we borrowed a bit of space in the middle of a hay/soybean field on a hillside behind the house and turned it into a wildflower strewn chapel.

This aerial view from www.capturefilmco.com is just stunning!

As you can see in the picture, there is an entrance arch and a larger arbor at the front of the space. I knew we had to do something unexpected and in keeping with the theme of natural, whimsical and untamed: so we planted trees and wove them together to create the arches we needed.

I wrapped the front arbor with giant grapevine and dotted flowers here and there. As you can see, we also lined the aisle with wildflowers, grasses and herbs.

This is one of the most beautiful pictures I have seen. It was taken by the brilliant Matt Blum. www.mattblumphotography.com

I love the imagery of Rachel's father, Olav, escorting her into hew horizons.

As a special surprise, I made cones printed with Rachel and Jared's favorite poem, i carry your heart by  ee cummings and filled them with lavender for the toss.

Unless otherwise noted, all the photographs are the work of the amazing www.mattblumphotography.com

Love these people.

There were 22 attendants at the wedding. That is a lot of bouquets and boutineers! The pallet was whites, yellow and peaches for the bridesmaids and a more colorful, wildflower bouquet for Rachel. We grew many of the flowers right on the bride's property. The groom and his groomsmen wore simple rosemary and lavender boutineers.

It was a glorious wedding and a beautiful day. I don't think I have ever seen a more excited bride in my life. Both Rachel and Jared were glowing. It was a bit of a dream.

My next blog installment will be about all the post ceremony happenings; because the celebration was just as special as the ceremony. Stay tuned!

i carry your heart with me (I carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
— e.e. cummings