I will never forget chatting with my dad a few months before I married Jeff. I could talk to my dad about anything. We talked about choosing my maid of honor and bridesmaids. So many things my dad said to me during my growing years were full of wisdom. He said, "Marie, family will be your family for all of your life."
"Family will be your family for all of your life." -Richard J. Coda Jr., 1981
With Brielle's beautiful bridesmaids in mind, I kept an eye out for what was ahead in bridesmaid fashion when I attended the bridal market in New York City. Softly swept, muted hues were the incoming theme. Brielle couldn't go wrong with the simplistic romance of the 2017 bridesmaid style.
Brielle asked me to come along to see the bridesmaid gown selection at a beautiful boutique in Saratoga Springs, NY. The collections at Lily Saratoga were right in line with what Brielle was looking for. The boutique was quaint and decorated to make you feel as though you were in someone's home. The staff was sweet and welcoming while recognizing our predicament of choosing bridesmaid gowns with a bridal party of eight girls living in five different states. They were very accommodating and happy to show Brielle their designer bridesmaid silhouettes. The only problem was there were no bridesmaids in attendance on our mother/daughter weekend in Saratoga Springs. We needed to improvise if she wanted to get a real feel for how they would look on her girls.
A mother always does what a mother has to do! Brielle asked me to try them on.
A baby makes your heart flutter. Their scent, their beauty, their presence is like that of a beautiful flower that has bloomed in an open field and opened your eyes to love.
After carefully considering her duties... and requesting a special piece of wedding cake, this little doll accepted Brielle's request to be her flowergirl.
When we shopped for Brielle's wedding gown, "quality in design" was our number one priority. One designer came to mind when thinking of quality design for children. That designer is Isabel Garreton. I met Isabel and her daughter, Veronica, at the Children's Club Show in March.
Flower girl photos by Isabel Garreton Inc.
"Mom...why don't we make the bridesmaid bouquets?" asked Brielle. "Uggh!", replied Mom.
I always say I can design anything. I designed my bridal bouquet and bridesmaid bouquets in 1982, but the flowers were silk and couldn't die. I felt designing fresh flower bouquets was one thing I couldn't do...until I tried.
My first attempt at a fresh flower bouquet was for a styled photo shoot at Skyland's Manor in Ringwood, NJ. I assembled it in fifteen minutes just hours before the shoot. It survived the shoot and even more! It lasted in a vase for almost two weeks after the shoot. Maybe we could design the bouquets after all!
Worried my first bouquet was just luck, I tried it again with different flowers for a fall photo shoot. This bouquet was perfect for the time of year and also lasted for weeks after the photo shoot. I texted Brielle some pictures and said to her, "I think we can do it!" So we have decided to make the bridesmaid bouquets together when we all gather in Richmond for the wedding. Champagne will be flowing as we enjoy each other's company and the bridal party creates their own one-of-a-kind bouquet to carry down the aisle.
Six months to go. So many design concepts and ideas have been decided upon. Now it is time for production. It will take a careful balance to accomplish all with our growing client demands at headpiece.com. If only there were more hours in a day. I never run out of energy for design. I hope to find those few extra hours so I can begin design on my dress. Thank you for following our wedding journey.
Next month on the Fourteenth:
Wedding Day Decor and Props