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The Beauty of Color: Wedding Flowers with Vividly Brilliant Hues

On June 15th, I had the privilege of creating flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for our dear friends Sarah and Jordan’s wedding day!  Below are a sample of the flowers (pictures courtesy of Cariad Photography, David Siglin, and Melissa McKinnon).

Bridal Bouquet: pink peonies, orange ranunculus, white and yellow mini-roses, Bells of Ireland, green mini-hydrangeas, seeded eucalyptus, peach and pink snapdragons, peach hypericum berries, green lisianthus, and dried lotus pods. Wrapped in burlap and lace ribbon with pearl pins and a lock.

Another angle of the bridal bouquet…

Each of the bridesmaids’ bouquets had white hydrangeas and one or two elements from the bridal bouquet. The groom’s boutonniere had a key to match the bride’s lock on her bouquet.

Up close of the groom’s bout with yellow mini-rose, green lisianthus, and key to match the lock on the bride’s bouquet (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Here’s the bride’s lock attached with peach pearl pins on the burlap and lace ribbon (taken on my iPhone).

Corsages with mini green hydrangeas, mini white roses, peach and green hypericum berries, and some fresh lavender from my flowerbed (picture taken on my iPhone).

Altar arrangement in honor of grandparents who could not be at the wedding–irises for one grandmother, spring flowers for another, and fresh fruit (blueberry branches, lemons, and limes) for a grandfather. Used extra burlap to tie in to the rest of the wedding theme. Same flowers as the bouquets, with purple delphiniums and orange calla lilies as well (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bouts with green pom-pom mums, green hypericum berries, and thin white ribbon (picture taken on my iPhone).

Bout up close (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

Instead of corsages, the mothers carried nosegays. The mother of the bride’s is on the left and matches the bride’s bouquet; the mother of the groom’s is on the right and matches the groom’s boutonniere (picture taken on my iPhone).

Last but not least…the tossing bouquet… (picture courtesy of David Siglin).

This wedding was so much fun–maybe my most fun wedding yet–because of ALL of the brilliant, vivid colors! The bright pinks and corals were so pretty! And even though the pink peonies are expensive, they were worth every penny! And I had fun having my sister help me with the bouquets the night before the wedding.

Journey Journal: Day 24

Day 24: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday was an interesting day, to say the least. I had a good day of work, followed by a first: an iridology appointment with a nutritionist. Before you think I’ve jumped off an all-natural cliff into the looney bin, I received a gift certificate from a friend for a free consult, and thought it would be worth it to see if there was any  relevancy to the science. I filled out some basic information, then had a large magnifying lens held up to my eyes, as the nutritionist studied the blood vessels and patterns of my irises with some light, looking for inflammation and other marks. Below is a typical chart that iridologists and nutritionists use:

iris chartThe nutritionist that looked at my irises told me that I had a strong constitution, but that I had a severe intolerance, if not an allergy, to dairy products. I knew I was somewhat sensitive to dairy, but she told me that if the lymphatic system was overly taxed by fighting the dairy, it could adversely affect my thyroid and/or heart. (I will have to do some research on this, of course. So far, I do not have any problems with either, but it did make me want to get off the dairy, at least for a trial period.) So, I am cutting out dairy from my diet for at least a month, maybe two, to see if I can see any change. She also said (because of my blood type and eye color) that “Cardio exercise is like eating for you–don’t go a day without it.” So, meanwhile, I’ll be increasing my workouts and water intake and replacing the cream in my coffee with almond milk and coconut milk.

After the nutritionist appointment, I had coffee with a new friend downtown. We had a good time laughing and sharing what God had been doing in our lives. It was a good night.