Monday, June 21, 2010

dream team

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I mean, oh snap! Look at this brilliant team of tough nutz! An intimidating marlon brando-esq maitre' d named "J-Z" took this photo of us after a 12 hour day installing a great big wedding at Cipriani 42nd Street we knicknamed "Dances with Branches."

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We've never attempted such a large, complicated job. I can't begin to describe the process. I can tell you that it included a color coded schedule broken down in 1/2 hour segments and that when I woke up this morning I couldn't feel my arms. Because they fell off in the night.

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I mean we had walkie-talkies, folks. Staging areas. Coffee and coconut water. (I've mastered the balance of simultaneously de-hydrating and hydrating.) At some point in the afternoon, overwhelmed with the transformation of the ballroom, I looked around and felt immense gratitude for the beautiful women working with me to make this happen. I CRIED.

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So somehow armlessly I'm typing here - to tell you how thankful I am to have the toughest, smartest crew a florist could ask for. I also want to tell you that when you ask you're friends to come assist at a wedding they may tell embarrassing stories about your college days to your employees.

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I'll post photos of the flowers later in the week, and ladies at our next dinner I promise to make sure all the wine is cold.


Postscript
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...As I type this up in our lofted office, a 100+ degrees up here, I am secretly eating italian cookies from a delivery to Union Street gone awry. In between attempts to deliver to a woman named Edwina (what a name!) I did a little toodle-ing at a fancy grocery on Court Street (Union Market for those of you familiar with overpriced brooklyn epicurian enterprises) and came across a pretty basket of radiccio and proceeded to handle each and every one until I found two that suited me for dinner. Glancing sideways at a woman glaring at me I was reminded of my father, who used to complain that I had to touch every piece of bread in the basket before making my selection. I'm fussy. And happy father's day, Dad.


And for the record, when I say toodle-ing what I meant was I walked directly to the meat counter, elbowed an indecisive man with a baby to order the biggest rib-eye in the case. Continuing the well-deserved tradition of steak eating after a big wedding. I need iron.


22 comments:

emmy-ray said...

Let me just say I'm totally inspired by you and your work. I'm just starting out, and I did a huge wedding this weekend, out of town, by myself. What was I thinking! Wish I had a dream team to help me out. Can't wait to see pics.

size too small said...

wow- the flowers for that job looked incredible. can't wait to see the other pictures.

count buckula said...

what-up eli!

Pam-housemartin said...

I can tell this is a doozie just by the number of glasses at each place setting! cant wait to see the pics.

JRenee said...

Incredible. You may be missing arms after that feat.. but I am sure you are feeling the hight of satisfaction as well. Congratulations on your grand success!

Deborah said...

Bravo to all of you! I am a west coast designer with loads of events behind me, and a memory for each one. You have many years of successful event ahead of you!! I too had rib-eye in celebration of my wonderful husband, and the terrific father he is.

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soulflower said...

everything looks great...how horribly exhausting and wonderful at the same time...i handle everything too...and have received the look as well.........

Kate said...

so fun to see your crew in action. that job looks totally, overwhelmingly huge and complex, but the guests will be talking about the flowers for months!
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Miz.November said...

It may just be the overload of hormones right now, but this post makes ME want to cry. What an incredible team you have. I'm sure you are beyond proud.

Becca said...

Oh Sarah! I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures! The eramurus is too too good! You should be so proud!

L A M A R T I N É said...

wow walkie talkies? dang that was big.....everything looked prefect + pretty

hope you had a bit of a break before the next wedding

take care sarah

xx
kld

Donna said...

LEGENDARY.

blue roses said...

what a beautiful team of women! lucky lady you are!

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Kelly Kaufman said...

What are those long green branches that you used along with the willow branches in the taller and larger arrangement called? They are sooo pretty!!!!

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