To Have & To Hold on St. Valentine’s Day

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I asked my sister if she wouldn’t mind me blogging about her wedding and her response was, “Yes you can. As long as it’s good stuff and not downing anything.”

* WARNING: This blog post includes nothing but positive words and praises about Ashley Gough’s Wedding. *

After all, it truly was a gorgeous wedding and the reception was fabulous. I hope it was all that she dreamed of and so much more. 

 

St. Valentine’s Day is observed on February.14 and is quite a popular day to wed for many couples.

Geoffrey Chaucer wrote, For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”

[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]

My triplet sister tied the knot to her love on February.14,2015 after a 2 year engagement. The ceremony was held at St. Anthony of Pauda Church in Baltimore, MD and the reception at Columbus Gardens. On our way to the church it snowed very lightly.

Since our father passed away, my mother walked Ashley down the aisle, kissing her off to Brent, Ashley’s fiancé’. Ashley carried a Red Rose with an old photo attached of her and our father when Ashley was a baby.

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Ashley had 2 Bridesmaids and 2 Maids of Honor which were, me & Katie. The girls in the bridal party carried a bouquet in an Oasis Holder with White Roses and Hydrangea that were tied off nicely with Sheer White Ribbon and Galax Leaves to cover mechanics.

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The soon to be bride chose to have two flower girls, one being Brent’s Niece, Kyla and the other her God-child, Alayna. Just look, if she isn’t the most precious flower girl you’ve ever seen I don’t know who is.

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The Ring bearer was our sister, Katie’s baby, Dominic Curtis. Thank goodness Daddy was there to help him down the aisle along side greeter, Alexander, our cousin who is 11.

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The beautiful ceremony was given by Fr. Jason Worley which provoked lots of smiles and tears of happiness.

After the happy couple recited their vows and placed their wedding rings on one another, they kissed and became one. My sister, now a Mrs. Jacobs.

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The reception was awesome. Family and friends continued to gather round for an afternoon of dancing, drinking, laughing and I think a couple tears were shed until the early evening hour. The bride and grooms first dance was sweet with Brent and Ashley singing to each other followed by the Best Man and Maid of Honor Speeches. After came the dedication dances where Brent danced with his mom and Ashley with our mom.

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Since our father passed away, Ashley chose to dance to one song with her God-father, two Uncles and dear neighbor who has been a very important part of Ashley’s life. Afterward, she danced a song with our mother which soon turned into my sister Katie and I joining them on the dance floor. It was so sweet and sentimental and quite the surprise to all of us.

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Then came the cake cutting and the big question… “will they be naughty or nice? ”

CAAAAKKKEEE SMAAASSH !

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The evening was topped off with more laughs, dancing and drinking. After the reception it snowed for a good couple hours and I hope Ashley got the wedding she dreamed of. For more photos please check out the main photographer Mr. Keith Wright of Kaptured Wright Photography who did an outstanding job with his team. Keith flew up from SC just for Ashley and Brent’s special day, how sweet.

long time family friend
long time family friend

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 Flowers: Floral Expressions by Jennifer

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Jacobs! I hope they are enjoying their Honeymoon in Punta Cana !

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Top 3 Floral Professionals to Learn From

December 2014 I posted my Top 5 Floral Educators and why I feel education is important in the floral industry. Now, February 2015, I’m coming to you with my Top 3 Floral Professionals to Learn From.

Note: I am not telling you that you need to learn from these professionals so much as I’m telling myself to. Bucket list 2015. 

There are SO many talented, gifted, accredited designers out there who I would love to attend a workshop with, help out at their shop or set up a wedding. But, there are only 3 that stand out among the rest and they are, Holly Heider Chapple , Bill Schaffer  and Francoise Weeks

Holly Heider Chapple

After I graduated college with a Certificate in Floral Design from Dundalk Community College in Baltimore, MD my teacher, Adrienne Shaffer Summers told me if I really wanted to learn from someone it was Holly. She lives in VA and has her own floral company, Holly Heider Chappel Flowers. Holly teaches many workshops in different states and is known for her Chapel Designer Conferences and encourages those who are business owners, freelancers or have a web presence to become part of her group, a Chapel Designer. You can find more about her mission with The Chapel Designers here.

The next conference will be held in March 2015 and more information can be found by clicking this link.

Bill Schaffer

In February 2011 I made a commitment to attend The Philadelphia Flower Show after hearing much about it and wanting to see all the beautiful flowers and arrangements. My mom did not want me driving to Philly by myself and recommended I take my boyfriend who I had only been dating for not even 2 weeks. Taking a guy to a flower show … think about that one. Hand in hand we walked together and I remember seeing this installation (pictured below). I thought “omg that movement, the colors, the detail, wow” It only got better as we walked through and my boyfriend pointed out the pink lamp shades. (pictured below) NEEDLESS TO SAY …  I was floored.

If it’s one person I learn from, it’s Bill. I had the pleasure of meeting him 2 years ago at The International Floral Expo and as nervous as I was, he is a really nice guy who told me to never be afraid to reach out for help.

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Francoise Weeks

Woodland, Natural, Textural, Natural Headdresses, Botanical … Francoise Weeks.

At some point this year I hope to take a workshop with Francoise to learn the mechanics behind her gorgeous designs that tell a story. Unfortunately, I do not have a whole lot of blabbing to do about Francoise, except to say this is a MUST for 2015. Learn from Ms. Weeks.

Pssstttt … I almost forgot my dream will come true in June.2015 at the Florida State Florist Convention There will be a hands on workshop with Francoise at the end of the convention so go to the link above for more information.