Much to her horror (I'm assuming - and I'm also being silly here because she didn't in fact seem horrified), Dan and I decided that there would be no flowers at the wedding. Why? Well, that's hard to say. I always wanted to wear a red carnation as a boutonniere - I enjoy the simplicity of the gesture as well as the symbolism of it - but that's all I wanted at my wedding. Just as we made sure that the grooms' cake was "boxy" (my original suggestion, I think), we made sure that the flowers at the event were similarly restrained.
Now, you have to understand that Chris's floral designs are absolutely drop dead gorgeous. She did the flowers at the wedding of two friends a few weeks back, and they were stunning: the wedding cake itself was studded with flowers, and it all looked beautiful like you wouldn't believe. However, it was, well, very floral, and although it looked great in that context, I just wouldn't have wanted that at my own wedding.
So how awesome is Chris? She gamely bit her lip and acceded to our requests for two boutonnieres only... oh, and two corsages for our mothers... oh, and three simple glass vases filled with red and white gladioli to match the wedding invitations.
They were absolutely beautiful, and Fred enjoyed the gladioli the day after the event (which reminds me, I still need to vacuum up the pollen explosion in the dining room).
Oh, and my apologies to Y. and T. for totally ganking their floral ideas. It looked great at your wedding - sorry to have been so unoriginal, but great artists steal, as Steve Jobs once said. :)
Here's a picture of me and Chris:
More pictures are here.
Chris, you rock. Thank you so much!