The garden visit and mock up session
The garden visit and mock up session is a unique, special experience we offer our wedding clients. You visit our gardens with friends or family a week or so before the wedding and intimately participate in the final design of all the flowers for your wedding.
Before you arrive, I prepare snacks and beverages, often picking fruit from our own gardens. I cut and prepare flowers for display that I think will be likely candidates for your floral designs based on our consultation.
Upon arriving, you are invited into my home and will look upon the flowers I have already prepared. I will quietly observe the flowers that attract your attention, your touch. I listen to you, to the exchange between friends and family. This first step of the garden visit and mock up session is key to the creation of your flowers, personalizing the designs to reflect the whispers and quiet reflections. I hear families reminisce about flowers in grandparents’ gardens, of the flowers in mothers’ wedding bouquets, of memories of flowers from other life experiences.
Then the fun really begins when we leave these presented flowers to walk through all our gardens, where other flowers and greenery are discovered. Do we deviate from the original designs ideas? Sometimes. But that’s okay because all the flowers are right here for your choosing. For every client, flowers are revealed that go beyond their imagination! All these new garden findings are snipped and added to the table of flowers awaiting our return.
Next, we design. Together.
You will be asked to re-arrange the flowers on the table. No worries, I will give you criteria. Once the flowers are placed, we enter the final stage of designing your flowers! How my fingers twist into knots! I subtly allow my clients to lead this process, I simply create shape around ideas, offering design ideas when appropriate. With countless varieties of flowers filling the room, your bouquet and other arrangements unfold before our eyes. We do this for each and every piece. Everyone present is involved with this process. If the groom is present, then he offers his eye for shape and colour and texture, and helps to design his own boutonniere. Bridesmaids participate in the final design of their bouquets. Mothers, too, can touch and smell and select the flowers for their corsages. How could we ever design two bouquets the same when so many hands and hearts go into shaping each and every floral arrangement?
The rainbow of colour, the intoxicating scent of flowers, the quiet stroll through the gardens where you experience the rich life that abounds in the gardens is only made more special through sharing this experience with people you love.
With our flowers, beautiful memories are made.