Creating a Texas wedding – Michelle Style
On Memorial Day weekend family and friends gathered under a brilliant sky as blue as the state flower to help witness Michelle, my niece, and her beloved, Travis, exchange vows. Michelle didn’t have to read “It’s Your Wedding – Not Theirs,” (the book I’d edited with Fr. Miles O’Brien) to have the confidence to make her own distinctive choices about the wedding. Everything was al a carte Michelle-Style. She chose a beautiful location in the country where she wasn’t tied to a specific florist, caterer, DJ or printer. I was even included in the preparations when the mother of the bride, my baby sister, Joyce, called to ask me to come early from California to Texas so that I could help with the flowers. We were continuing a family tradition of sisters helping sisters prepare for their weddings. When Joyce got married, silk flowers were very popular and I made all the flowers for her wedding. Joyce has the bridal bouquet I made for her on display next to her wedding picture. I have the basket I carried as a bridesmaid in my home next to a shot on that day of all the sisters posed in the church where we all were baptized, made our first communion and confirmed.
It was quite a heady, not to mention fragrant, experience being able to choose among the varieties available for the bouquets and boutonnieres. Deciding what to buy didn’t seem to be a problem for Michelle. “I like anything that’s different and colorful,” she told us as we stood in the Flower Farm Barn. That’s how the guys ended up wearing a Texas Thistle instead of a rosebud. And that’s how we ended up with her bride’s bouquet consisting of: Hydrangeas with powder blue tips, white Iris, hot pink Gerbera Daisies, deep blue Orchids, burgundy Peonies, pale green Phlox, pink Tuberosa and Queen Anne’s Lace. All of the five bridesmaid’s bouquets were whimsical and colorful hand-tied works of art. A riot of wild flower color and greenery adorned the tables at the reception and surrounded the wedding party during the ceremony.
It was a beautiful day full of love and joy. I’m so glad I can say I had a very small part in helping create the finishing details. I’ll cherish the sweet memories and wish the young couple all the best as they start their married life together.