Posted by Susan
I recently attended my college reunion, which marked a certain, ahem, important year milestone. I am not disclosing which one because I refuse to concede my age. In any case, I volunteered to serve on the host committee and successfully lured many of my bestest buds back for the festivities. Many of my closest college friends came in from the far corners of the country including New York, D.C., Albuquerque, Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Presque Isle, WI, and San Francisco. Many I'd seen fairly frequently, but there were a few folks I hadn't seen in the better part of a decade. But what was great was that it didn't matter. We had a glorious time catching up on each others lives, families and careers and telling tall tales and re-hashing some of our shenanigans from our college days. We were a misfit group of alterna-kids, who somehow all managed to "make it" in the world and go on to do some pretty impressive things. No slackers, this group has gone on to receive more than a handful of Ph.D.'s and have all made made their marks in their respective fields as biologists, attorneys and researchers. I loved how our conversations meandered between serious and intellectual to downright raunchy and "wrong and then back again. It was just like college...and it was wonderful.
Ok, enough about my friends. I mention all this because at this same great reunion I also ran into one of Buckeye Blooms' clients from last summer. Kate works in the sustainable agriculture field and also happens to be a Denison graduate; she found Buckeye Blooms in the Good Earth Guide and asked us to do her flowers for her big day. We totally hit it off and really connected with her and her sweet father who came to help load her vehicle with buckets of flowers. There were a number of other small-world connections we discovered, but I won't bore you with all of those details. Suffice it to say, the stars were aligned and we were meant to grow and design flowers for Kate's special day.
Seeing Kate at Denison reminded me that I wanted to get and share some of the photos from her wedding, which took place just across the Ohio border in Indiana. Mom and I designed all of Kate's personal flowers---her bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, etc. and then she bought buckets of bulk flowers to create her own floral centerpieces for the reception. This has become a fairly popular wedding flower package and works well for a lot of our brides who have a team of friends or family with the time and talent to make the centerpieces. Kate graciously shared photos of her beautiful wedding day, taken by Ashley LeTourneau.
Kate included so many special touches in the celebration--such as creating a unity bouquet (I did something similar at my wedding years ago---pre-Buckeye Blooms!) and wearing her grandmother's gown for this gorgeous shot inhaling the fragrance of her bridal bouquet.