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Just part of the bounty donated so generously by our wonderful friends

There is a saying, usually ascribed as an African proverb which says “It takes a village to raise a child”. Well I’d like to take some poetic license with that and say “It takes a village to prepare for your child’s wedding”.

Anyone who has ever been involved in planning for a wedding knows there are lots of details to attend to. When you are the ‘Mother of the Bride’, providing your garden as the venue AND doing the flowers you may appreciate that the stress levels are perhaps a little higher than usual. After all we want everything to be perfect don’t we? Thank heavens for my ‘village’.

A veritable army of friends surrounded us with love and lots of flowers as we prepared for my daughters wedding on August 3rd!

Friday August 2nd was our day to gather and arrange flowers. Friday August 2nd was also the first time it had rained in over 30 days – and rain it did!

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I mean really all you can do is laugh isn’t it?

Still gardeners refuse to be daunted by rain. As my daughter Katie said, it stopped the flowers from wilting.

While most of the flowers were either grown in our garden, gathered from our woods or generously donated by friends we visited a local flower farm to pick a few special stems. My wonderful friend Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers had awakened me to the concept of buying local and these fields are just minutes from our home.

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Katie and I scan the beautiful dahlias to select just the right colors

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Poppy seed heads were a perfect addition to the bouquets

Having gathered everything together we now had bouquets to assemble. I can design containers easily but bouquets are something else entirely. We were thrilled that our friend and neighbor Marcia offered her expertise.

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Our talented neighbor worked with Katie to create stunning bouquets

Katie’s maid of honor, Amy Denton was also a floral superstar when it came to the back breaking work of wiring foliage and flowers onto the arbor swag.

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Head down – Amy at work!

Then there were jars of flowers to fill for the tables, aisle and archway. That took a rather less artistry so was more within my comfort zone but it took quite a few people to help get them to our barn for safe keeping overnight, then setting them out on the day of the wedding.

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Thankfully the wedding day was mild and sunny after just a few hesitant sprinkles. Flowers were set in place by willing helpers and the swag was hung with the help of two ladders, four people, lots of zip ties and a collective held breath!

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As we all changed into our wedding finery I couldn’t help but reflect upon how thankful I am for friends and family. They are such a blessing to us and we  appreciate every one. This special day will be all the more memorable for the love they shared with us.

(And yes, I will post a few photos of the actual wedding, the garden bouquets and more special moments in the near future!)

My thanks to our special friend Gethyn Clothier who after travelling from Hong Kong took all these photographs, played the keyboard, washed dishes, helped with decorations and did a million other things – you are family to us.

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