Saturday, September 8, 2012

A second Vermont wedding - and calling all Virginians...

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We've been traveling a lot for weddings this year.

Sometimes when I sit writing these posts I become aware of how neat and glamorous our jobs might seem -- and they are neat -- and sometimes glamorous (human broom, anyone?) but traveling weddings are also really tough. You can imagine, so I won't elaborate too much. We see the beautiful sights of Vermont quickly out the speeding window of a clunker truck full of jangling vases and precariously packed buckets of flowers -- SLOW DOWN ON TURNS DAMN IT! I wistfully watch the mountains go by wishing we could stop at that barn sale, or take a break for a romantic something or other. But ultimately we're there to work; to do what we do best; hustle. Unload that van. Prep that box of fedexed flowers. Eat that cold pizza. Make that shit beautiful. I NEED IT DONE IN TEN MINUTES!

Last Saturday at The Round Barn in Warren, Vermont we had everything photo-finish right on time, as always. I watched the bride - one of my favorites this year - walk down to the ceremony. I teared up. Then we got in the truck with a few hours to kill before our staff meal. Eric wanted to drive through the mountains and look at the landscape. Wouldn't you know it; finally with the time to watch the scenery go by a bit slower, I fell asleep.

We'll be in Charlottesville, Virginia on the weekend of 10/6 and I was hoping you or someone you might know might want to be hired onto our crew for a day or two....email me if you are interested.

Tonight I'm typing from back in the city. The cold front, what with it's tornados and wind funnels has moved through and now it's drizzling, the cool air coming in the window next to me. I found my favorite Peter Gabriel record.

28 comments:

Barbara said...

Your posts are not only visually beautiful, but always so very well and cleverly written. Love your writing style.....seems to come easily to you.

byrdandspry said...

I agree, Barbara... I re-read some of them, just to carry on enjoying the writing! Such an inspiration x

Sophie @ I Heart Flowers said...

So nice to read about your travelling adventures! I hope you took it a little easy after your gorgeous Vermont weddings. I wish I had a team to travel with for far away weddings, usually its just me and the cold pizza to keep me company :-)

Keep up the amazing work Xx

New Centerpiece Ideas said...

Amazing!

The Oak Leaves said...

What sort of hired help are you looking for? Im no florist, but live near Charlottesville...

Miz.November said...

I envy your talent, but I don't envy your job. My mom and I have considered starting a catering business many times, only to remember what hell it would be. So we don't. But if you ever do a wedding near Asheville, NC you can count me in as a helper.

beth said...

I love that ladder shot. super lovely all around.

bathtubgardens.com said...

I adore your writing, the flowers and images and I had the biggest crush on peter gabriel. This is the third time you triggered memories/emotions for me through music. Before it was from sarah mclaughlin and stevie nicks...
My favourite album from peter is SO ..
thanks for sharing xxxxxxxxx

janec said...

Yes what kind of help do you need in Charlottesville?

Heiress Emma said...

How I wish that I didn't live 1000s of miles from Charlottesville. Anytime you come to Sydney needing help, I will drop tools and run.

kari said...

I was excited to see "Virginians" but alas, I'm a few hours north, closer to DC. I'd love to be on your team for a day!

Gayle Evans said...

I'd adore to be a part of your team...once...just once that's all and I'd die a happy florist. I'm over the pond though in the Garden of England Kent...but...if you ever need a hand over here you know who to call.

D said...

I'm game. Fly. Drive. Whatever.

megan said...

Come to Vancouver, BC and i'll do whatever needs doing. Sites of scythes must balance the clanging of vases- i would imagine.

big fan.

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Corey Hendrickson said...

I have been really enjoying your blog... great photos and writing. It was a pleasure getting to photograph your work at the Round Barn. Hope our paths cross again soon!

anne-claire said...

Anything that requires an "effortless" finished look isn't glamorous in the process. I can totally nod my head when reading you. I know the effort behind it and appreciate your designs all the more. Your aesthetic is breathtaking. I relate to it so much.
Have a great trip, wherever you are called! Love x

fleur_delicious said...

I love the blue accents in these arrangements and the bouquets! So fresh - and unexpected.

I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that someone hires you out here in Seattle while I'm still here. What I'd give to have the experience of joining your crew for a day. I've no training - but I'd work for free. Heck, I'd even bring the pizza!

Lisa Cook said...

I was at that wedding and took a lot of photos of the amazing floral bouquets! Now I wish I had gone up to see the ones for the ceremony - missed those beauties. Glad to find out who was responsible for the amazing flowers!!

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Sarah Durham said...

Sarah, Your arrangements can be both gut wrenching (in a good way) and soul soothing at the same time! Thank you for adding such beautiful art to the world.

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