It has been an interesting time navigating all the changes that we have gone through as a society. Covid certainly has not been kind. Some might even say it was a dumpster fire. Sitting here, at my kitchen table, with the new normal, whatever that means, I can’t help but reflect on this past year and notice what hasn’t changed and why we should celebrate.
End of Year Recap
Weddings, for the most part, were on pause and people were frozen and afraid to plan. Then after a long break, suddenly, they were back on. Love, and marriage. The resilience that people have for life to continue, move on, and grow.
I will be honest, creating decor again was a shock to me and I was a little scared. Would I still be able to arrange flowers? What if I lost my touch. Would people still like my work? What if I couldn’t get flowers?
Not surprisingly, we faced odd shortages. Candles were hard to find as well as glue, corsage boxes and paint and of course, certain types of blooms. My support team, the army of freelancers that I rely on, was scattered far and wide. Some moved away, others got jobs. It was a weird and janky start up of a big machine that had been turned off for awhile.
Being in an industry where you have one chance, ONE CHANCE, to get things right and make your client’s day special teaches you how to get sh*t done. So that’s what I did and it all looked magical. I was especially happy that my daughter wanted to be involved and offered great moral, and physical support.
During the long pause, we all took time to reconnect. I took long walks, spent more time in my garden, and cooked up a storm. I tried very hard to be present for my children and husband and appreciate little things. It felt good not to be in a rush all of the time. It really showed me what I valued most. Friends, family, and calmness.
I forgot how pretty flowers are, and reconnected with my personal reason why I do what I do. Weddings feel more special than ever before, a CELEBRATION of life, a chance to be a part of a very special day and make people smile.
So sitting here, after vaccine #3, I am thinking about the year (or so) passed and what the future will bring. Thinking about this dumpster fire of a year and how fortunate that it allowed me to let go of things that no longer serve me and appreciate what is important. I am excited about gardening and landscape designs. Planting seeds and planning spaces and future celebrations knowing now, more than ever before that life, and love will continue.
Photography: Karen Wise
Venue: Gather Green