Thursday, 4 August 2011

So much

for keeping this more up to date. The shop has been totally manic in the past week, so as usual I'm running round trying to catch my tail and getting nowhere fast.
So what have we been doing since I last carressed my fingers across the keyboard? Weddings.. and lots of them as well as hundreds of every day bouquets for birthdays, anniversaries and the like. There have also been (sadly) some large funerals this week as well. Never a nice occasion for us (or anyone) but at the same time we are always deeply honoured when someone chooses us to be the shop that makes the tributes for a families/friends loved ones. Yesterday we sent out an XBox controller, a bichon frise dog and a Chelsea Football Crest. Always a challenge but one that we rise to and the results were pretty good (even if I do say so myself).
The weddings last weekend were also beautiful. Especially Fridays. The bride had wanted peonies but they finished their season 10 days before her wedding, and so I had to source something else that looked similar, and thats when I happened across David Austin roses. I have to say I was very disappointed when they arrived as the outer leaves were damp (it had been very hot and humid) but I pulled them off and wrapped the heads back in paper (hoping to dry them out). I didn't have time to order more or put in a complaint (at £4 per flower if there had been time I would have) however.. When they opened they were absolutely stunning and I can't fault them in the slightest. I actually took one out of water on Thursday morning at 8am as I wanted to see how they would hold up not being in water because I had to lay some loose ones on the cake. At 6pm on Friday (that's 34 hours after I took it out of water) it still looked as fresh and perfect as it had the day before. To say I was impressed is an understatement. The smell from them was glorious and I was very pleased with the finished bridal bouquet and reception bits and pieces. Thankfully the bride was too.
Saturdays and Sundays weddings were equally as lovely. Saturday we used all White Calla Lilies with diamontes and turquoise beads threaded on to grass. Sunday we had dark red and ivory roses. Both very beautiful and elegant.
This Saturday I am really looking forward to as the whole theme is Orange and White. In 25 years I've never done an orange wedding, so it's going to be a real pleasure. We are using Calla Lilies and mini gerberas for it. The church we are decorating will suit the colours perfectly as will the golf club they are having the reception at. I may have to post a photo of 2 of that one.

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