Hello and Merry December! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with people you love. As you may have noticed, our blogging presence has been lackluster as of late. We wish today to explain our hiatus. First, this has been our busiest fall season to date. That is definitely a good thing, but man alive things sure have been busy around here. Most of our biggest weddings of this year have taken place over the past few months so we've been focusing on creating some serious beauty! We can't wait to begin sharing some of those events with you in the future.
Also, on a more personal note, I (Melissa, Owner) suffered a great personal loss at the end of October. My grandmother--whom I was extremely close to--passed away after a long fight with cancer. So in between events I've been taking some much needed time off to deal with that loss, including spending time with family and heading to California last week for the memorial service. All of this has put the blog on the back-burner. I am so grateful for the loyal Blossom Sweet Blog followers and felt that I wanted to share the reason behind the recent absence. Thank you for your patience and your continued support and love of Blossom Sweet's work. I love you!
Here is my grandmother's engagement photo and her wedding portrait. Was she not an incredibly beautiful and classy woman! And so fashionable, even by today's standards!
I was asked to create the floral pieces for my grandmother's memorial service, as well as create the display showcasing photos throughout her life. I thought today I'd share some of my (admittedly amateur) photos I snapped of the designs. It was such an honor to do this. It was a time-consuming project, but a healing one as well. I attribute much of my love of botanicals to my grandmother whose greatest love after retiring from a 30 year teaching career was to tend to her gardening. She had the most beautiful rose garden I've ever known, and a lavender garden--filled with all things purple--that was remarkably lovely. I wanted to create pieces that really respected her love of flowers, and I was very pleased with the results.
We'll start with what will be December's photo of the month:
This wreath was gorgeous. The entire display in the foyer at the service was created using just shades of lavender. In fact, some of the items in this wreath came as direct cuts from her lavender garden. It turned out so beautifully. I added a giant airplant to the design in honor of her adult life in the desert, and a piece of driftwood as she adored the ocean. We hung the wreath on a shutter door I temporarily took out of her personal library, which was her most beloved room. Her library was like the Beauty & the Beast library--I've never seen so many books in a house!
I printed loads of pictures throughout her lifetime. The portraits of her were in frames across several tables, elevated to different heights using tree trunk bases as well as books from her personal library. I accented the display with mercury glass votives containing various shades of roses as well as a few pieces of driftwood.
I also created a ribbon curtain using our custom birch archway as a base. I wanted to display lots snapshots of her with her friends and posterity, but I also wanted a pretty way to do it. I think it turned out beautifully. I like doing large-scale things, and this really was a beautiful backdrop and statement piece behind the entire display. I adored the ribbon colors--I bought 300 yards of ribbon to make this!
Finally, I created two huge pieces which were displayed at the front of the chapel at the service next to a large portrait of her. These pieces really were so beautiful, and yes they really were SO BIG! I loved them. They looked absolutely gorgeous and I felt like they were an appropriate offering to honor my grandma. Just FYI, the picture showing the tall arrangement in a black bucket was just before transport--in actuality it was in a gorgeous apothecary glass vase.
I'll end by sharing a photo I took of one of the hundreds of blooms from her rose garden. I will miss that, I will miss her. Thank you, Nannie, for instilling such a love of flowers in my heart. I love you, always.