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.
This is for you and your beautiful smile.
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!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
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.
If a man knows how to model and govern his own thoughts and feelings, he becomes capable of purifying his psyche to such an extent that his imagination becomes transparent and crystal clear, and begins to ‘see’ the things of the subtle worlds. At this level, imagination and vision are one.
(Original photography by Stacy Alexander © 2013)
Scene from The Godfather that was filmed at Pittock Mansion. <–click there! Go on! Click it!
We had originally planned to visit a winery today, but instead spent the afternoon strolling around the grounds of Portland’s Pittock Mansion. You may recognize it from the wedding scene in, “The Godfather.” The grand home sits high on a West Portland hill overlooking the city from 1000 ft. The mansion was built between 1909 and 1914, by Henry and Georgiana Pittock who did a lot to help turn Portland from a tiny logging camp into the booming city it is today.
The grounds and surrounding area provide a peaceful place to hike and/or relax. The mansion is literally surrounded by forests and walkable trails beyond the perimeter of the lawn.
The late Ms. Pittock loved flowers. In her honor, her flower gardens are still kept up around the mansion’s yard and in various flower boxes. The following shot was taken inside the carport beside the mansion.
Although they are pretty much at the end of their blooming season, there are roses all around the grounds.
The following is a shot of the view to the north, toward Seattle. I was standing on the edge of the lawn when I snapped it. You can see the industrial shipyards about midrange.
I really loved this moss that grew on the side of the mansion. l
I thought this couple fit right in with the whole scenario very well….except for the guy’s Docksiders, of course. 😉
Here is the view from the lawn when I was facing East:
The roses that remained blooming this week were very beautiful….many different varieties and colors.
It was a beautiful and peaceful day. Tomorrow….the winery and more photos.
Oh….and on our way out, we ran into Mr. Rocky here who says, “Hello from Portland!”
Stacy’s Incredible Hood <—–Click this link to experience my neighborhood in Portland.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I live in a BEAUTIFUL city and, in fact, in a beautiful neighborhood. I had a very rough night last night and ended up staying up until almost 5:00 this morning. I’ve dragged my butt around this place all day today….not quite awake….not quite asleep….and feeling emotionally drained, but hopeful. There is an inner core of happiness that is easily evoked, even during the darkest times. I remembered that this afternoon as I was wallowing in the events of the last 24 hours. I grabbed my camera and walked around my neighborhood and this is what I saw. Now, I have a smile on my face.
Bring on the darkness. I will put on my day-glo paint and dance like Mick Jagger.