Long ago and far away, I worked as a freelance wedding planner. My specialty was economical weddings in dramatic settings, such as beach weddings, foreign destination weddings and weddings in authentic Texas locations. I once planned an elegant wedding in an old Austin Texas barn, attended by some famous C&W musicians. As they invited me to participate in the wedding celebration, we all had the times of our lives. The juxtaposition of elegant finery contrasted with the rustic elements provided by the barn was just perfect, and I was rewarded handsomely for my efforts.
As part of my promo literature at the time, I gave tips about wedding attire, honeymoon accommodations and other useful things. What follows is some advice I had for boutonniere inspirations.:
Nothing can quite add the panache to a groom’s wedding attire like the classic style embodied his boutonniere. This traditional symbol worn on the lapel of the groom’s jacket is a gesture brimming with meaning that reaches far beyond the flower itself. Boutonnieres symbolize beauty. They symbolize the fragility of life, and love undefined all captured in a single blossom.
A classic wedding calls for a classic symbol. A single red rose boutonniere with, perhaps, a tiny spray of baby’s breath embodies all of the characteristics any bride could wish for in a groom. The red rose symbolizes courage, sincere love, respect and a hearty congratulations to the happy couple. The baby’s breath symbolizes everlasting and undying love.
Keeping things natural at a beach wedding is the way to go. Tiny white lily boutonnieres trimmed with raffia and miniature seashells can add a nice touch, or for something more ornate, earthy boutonnieres with lavender, green blueberries, wax flowers and rosemary can add a subtle, yet beautiful touch the blends right in with a stunning ocean environment.
Western Style Wedding
A sunset wedding on the ranch, or at the beach, calls for shades of yellow with a boutonniere made from dusty miller, billy balls and handmade wooden button flowers tied with twine. This is a winning combination that can dress up any groom’s lapel without going over the top.
Castle or Mansion Wedding
Any groom can look like a prince in a beautiful purple boutonniere made of royal ranunculus buds and rose hips that are wrapped with white or purple velvet ribbon.
High Desert Wedding
Ranunculus and rice flowers in soft desert pinks, corals and yellows are a perfect combination for a high desert wedding boutonniere. An alternative choice is silvery brunia and tiny, mint green succulents wrapped in a pale pastel ribbon.
Elegant Cocktail Lounge Wedding
Imagine the beauty of an elegant cocktail lounge wedding atop a skyscraper overlooking the glittering lights of the city. What better boutonniere could adorn the groom’s lapel than one inspired by the fresh ingredients and herbs found in the fine spirits that are served there. An aromatic boutonniere made from cinnamon sticks, Douglas fir, hops, bay laurel, grains, juniper and rosemary will be the highlight of the groom’s suit.
Hawaii is one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world. The groom will fit right in with a simple orchid boutonniere, or, for a little more flare, a boutonniere made of astrantias and jasmine blooms against a background of local foliage.
Remember, a successful wedding celebration is all about the details. The marriage? That’s all about the couple.
I’m sitting here listening to Mozart, looking at the wonderful pictures of my neighborhood that I took this morning, and feeling like a million bucks. I have a joyful heart and a peaceful spirit.
I went for a walk this and snapped this shot to share here. This is pretty much what my entire neighborhood looks like right now, and it is the perfect reflection of how I feel in my happy heart and mind. I am infinitely grateful at this moment…for my life, for the beauty that surrounds me, for the love that I receive from those that love me and for the insight that I receive from those that don’t. It seems everything is another lesson if I view it the right way.
I am working on a very difficult assignment this week, one that I I’ve mentioned previously, about a competency evaluation for a death penalty case. This is an assignment that has kept me awake at night, worried about the poor defendant who is, without a doubt, guilty, but who does not at all deserve the death penalty, because he did not know what he was doing when he committed the crime. I don’t believe in the death penalty at all. Therefore, I have to write my own bias statement into my evaluation.
I told someone what I was working on yesterday and he laughed and called me a “Pluto Scorpio,” claiming that I was into the dark side of life. I laughed in return. Nothing could be further from the truth, and he knows it. This is just an assignment. I never plan to work in this area of psychology. It’s just all a part of the program. The picture at the top of this entry much better represents what I am “into” right now….and how I feel. Happy. Through and through.
Spring is so beautiful in Portland…even when it comes in March. It is made even more beautiful by how fortunate I am, and by the gratitude that I feel for what I have.
Big, busy day ahead of me today. I hope all of you have a good one. Oh…and thank you to all my new subscribers and welcome. There are now 705 of you + 3500 followers. I hope I don’t let you down.
The temperature hovered around 77 degrees f all day today. The sun was out, a soft breeze was blowing. Couldn’t have been more perfect except for the fact that I spent most of the day working. When I finished, however, John and I decided to walk to the local organic market for some veggies, and I grabbed my camera. What follows are the pictures that I snapped today. The battery on my camera was low, so some of them didn’t turn out as sharp as they could have.
This is the time of year when the roses and some of the other flowers are at the end of their lives. Days like today seem to perk them up and they look beautiful even in their withering state. The plant life in Portland is so vibrant and alive! These are happy plants. This is a city that is pretty happy overall. I just love it here!
I was talking on the phone this evening, with a friend who lives in a harsh climate, and I was trying to tell him what it is like here in Portland during the springtime. I used the words “soft” and “gentle” and “loving” a “wonderland”…yet I still did not convey in words the wonders that I beheld on my walk today. This is what happens when I attempt to tell people how beautiful it is here. No one quite “gets it” because it is indescribably beautiful. Portland DAZZLES!
Maybe these photos will give you some idea. This is my neighborhood.
The first photo shows how it looks down the sidewalk in front of our house:
This is the time of year in Portland, Oregon when all of the English garden style flowers come spilling over onto the sidewalks.
It is a time when the air is crisp and cool in the mornings, even though the sun is out, and when morning walks are their most glorious.
The darkness and rain have given way to the new season, one that is easy to embrace and feel joyful about. I love Portland. I love the people who live here, the attitudes of those people, the outward and inward beauty of the spirit of this gentle city. It is a great place to live.
This is the time of year when the cherry blossoms have fallen and the fresh, new fruits have begun to appear everywhere….cherries…peaches…apples….
It is a time for pie baking and jam making….but there are still flowers everywhere! The whole city smells of flowers.
It is a time for open windows and playing dress up and for making art…
This is the time of year in Portland, Oregon simply to feel happy and to enjoy life. I adore this city.