Sep 11, 2014: What florists really do…

Before I began working with Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor I lived in the state of mind that all of the gorgeous things at weddings just magically appeared there, as if the couple’s love was producing fairy dust at such a rapid rate and voila! Hello centerpieces, photo backdrops, floral garlands, place settings… Oh how wrong I was!

I got schooled on my very first Saturday.  A day I thought would be perfectly acceptable to wear a dress and a day that I assumed couldn’t possibly last longer than 3 or 4 hours. A day that turned into a 12 hour day that left me drenched in sweat and a day that half of Barton Creek Resort most definitely caught a sad glimpse of my granny panties.

Someone is climbing that 40 foot ladder, not to mention dragging it around the venue. Someone’s back is aching from lifting 20 50-pound boxes of hydrangea, or buckets filled with water and garden roses, or a 100 pound box of stone urn centerpieces. A florists hands, hair, and clothes may be stained gold or white or glow-in-the-dark from spray paint, not to mention they may be just a tiny bit high from the fumes. A florists fingers are bleeding from tying 2000 ribbon cuttings to a rope to create a photo backdrop, or from a 20-man bridal party’s boutonnieres. There’s a florist somewhere setting his or her alarm for 1am to tear down the wedding they were already on their feet for 10+ hours setting up. Rain or shine or an outdoor Texas wedding in August, we are doing it all and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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