So here we come at last to the wedding!
(Finally, most of you say!)
I was very fortunate to be able to go to Orange County the last weekend in July to attend the wedding of a friend I've known since the fourth grade when we started Girl Scouts together.
Growing up, Heatherly was usually one step ahead of us. When my dad led a Girl Scout camp out in our backyard and convinced everyone we were hunting for Naugas (three-legged creatures you were supposed to trip with a stick and put in your pillowcase), Heatherly was the only one to get the joke and throw stones into the bushes along with my dad to make the rest of us scurry into the darkness wielding our sticks.
Here's a typical gathering in our elementary school years...
In case you can't read my awful photo shop scribble...the H is Heatherly, the C is Chelsea and the J is my bro...
When Junior High and High School rolled around we developed our own code names so we could write notes to each other during class. I was Madame Butterfly (not sure of the reasoning there other than I liked butterflies), and she was Lord Vader. Notes often included stick figure cartoon strips involving Lord of the Rings.
I found this picture looking through some old photos and couldn't resist putting it in...Heatherly had a birthday party a that was a life size Clue game. Each invitation included the character you were supposed to come as (I was Cleopatra), and throughout the course of the night we played the game and took Polaroids along the way...still one of the best birthday parties ever!
So when she finally decided to say yes to Chaz, you can imagine how much I wanted to be there! With air fares the way they were it was looking doubtful I would get to go, but last minute everything managed to work out.
After my parents picked me up at the airport, my mom filled me in on the flower situation. Yvonne had not felt comfortable making the bridal bouquet, so my mom volunteered me.
Uhhh...ok...but I've never made a bouquet....I guess its like an arrangement but smaller...hmmm...I agreed and shrugged it off.
Saturday morning we arrived at Mayesh to pick up the flowers. I love seeing the evolution from these tight rosebuds all encased in cardboard into arrangements.
We took everything to Yvonne's and set up the stations. There were four different types of centerpieces, each with its own name, and we sorted the flowers accordingly. I was completely selfish and took all the prettiest flowers for the bride's bouquet.
I had learned Heatherly wanted her flowers in a nosegay - a really awful name for a pretty thing that holds a wet oasis that you can stick flowers into. I'm not a huge fan of the wrapped stem look anyways, and I knew how to work with an oasis.
Only problem was...no one could find the nosegay! We finally sent the bride's mother off to get one, and three hours later she returned triumphant. It was only after she left and I tried to soak it in water that I realized it was a nosegay for dried flowers...it wouldn't hold any water. Which meant on a hot day in Yorba Linda, the bouquet would look like a wilted mess.
What to do?
We worked on the centerpieces all day, and slowly things began to take shape.
when we ran out of greens we improvised and used some bougainvillea from Yvonne's backyard.
Then we spied a tree in the neighbors yard with gorgeous foliage! Hmmm...Bridget, being nimble, shimmied her way over and got us some more greenery!
We made quite a mess of things...too...
All day long it was in the back of my head: how am I gonna make this thing? Its kinda important!
Then I would shrug it off and say to myself, "You'll manage!"
But then people kept dropping hints about what a big deal it was...how it needed to photograph well...not fall apart...how this will be what she sees in pictures for the next 50 years! YIKES!
We were running out of time, so we loaded up all the bridal bouquet flowers into the car and headed back to the Spangruds. I'd figure it out there.
By the time I had stuffed my face with Karli's amazing spaghetti and meatballs and we got home from seeing Inception, it was late and the creative juices were just not there.
Not to mention by this point I was getting nervous. I knew I could work with an oasis, but making one of those stick-thing bouquets look good is harder than you think!
Around midnight that night I pulled out the nosegay and tried to pry off the top of the cage. Darn thing.
Then Mark the Magic Man asked to take a crack at it. I sleepily climbed the stairs and left him hacking away at it with a knife.
The next morning I was woken up with the news that there was coffee and a bouquet waiting to be made downstairs.
Whaddya know? Mark had pried off the top of the cage, carved a wet oasis in a shape to fit into it and popped the cage back on--I could use the nosegay! HALLELUJAH!
And you know...by the grace of God I think it turned out pretty decent!
I have to say I LOVED her wedding colors! So vibrant and summery!
We headed off to Yvonne's to pack up the flowers for the trip to the wedding site...and walking into Yvonne's house was like walking into a florist's shop!
Over 20 centerpieces of all types filled her downstairs! Leave it to Mark and my Super Dad to pack them all safely and snugly in the truck! The ladies made the rounds doing touch ups and spraying everything with finishing spray.
Julie's best friend, Bea, was a powerhouse!
SuperDads #1 and #2
They wedged those puppies in there so good we could have gone through a tornado and those things would have stayed put!
Once at the wedding site we found there was another wedding going on in the ballroom...yikes! We were about to freak out on them because our flowes (well-wedged as they may have been) were sitting in the HEAT and all our hard work would have gone to waste!
Luckily they let us inload into a back room with air conditioning and we didn't have to go all crazy on them!
That's it for Part 1...Part 2 you'll get to see the finished result! But before I go let me leave you with my favorite moment from the day.
The best part of the wedding for me was right before the ceremony began.
The entrance to the ceremony area was a long winding staircase which made for a grand entrance for the bridal party, but in order to enter at the right time my mom and I coordinated with the on-site coordinator for the entrance timing. This had me at the base of the stairs with the bridal party, and as they were beginning to file out Heatherly came around the corner...and took my breath away!
She was stunning! More stunning than any makeup/hair/jewelry or dress could make her but absolutely brilliant with light from the inside out. And I started crying.
Then she pointed to her bouquet and put a hand over her heart and mouthed "thank you" and I was totally gone.
Bye Bye Kaitlynn's eye makeup gone.