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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

lucky: a special photo of the month tribute

As March is generally considered the month of luck, I have chosen to spotlight the following photo for the "photo of the month" segment of the b-log. Why does this photo represent "luck?" Keep reading to find out the specifics.

I often get asked the question, "How did you get started with your business?" Well, I'm about to tell you. Listen to my "lucky" story.

I worked in a flower shop for two years prior to serving a mission for my church in Southern Georgia, USA. While working there, I always had roommates and friends ask me to personally design for their weddings. Believe it or not, I always replied with a resounding "NO!" However, one special, sweetest of all faces finally got me to say YES, and I discovered that I loved wedding floral design. And once I got my first "yes" out of the way, there was no slowing down! Word spread quickly and I designed for several weddings in the six months before I left on my mission.

About a year and a half later when my return home was fast approaching, I thought a lot about what I wanted to do when I got back to "real life." A wedding floral business was on my list of ideas, but not exactly at the top. Although I loved it, I knew how much work it took, and how stressful it could sometimes be. So after a good amount of thought, I decided against pursuing a career in the wedding industry.

Fast-forward to when I returned home. I remember this day vividly. It was a Saturday, and I had literally been home less than a few weeks. I was watching Saturday morning TV with my youngest brother when the phone rang. I answered it and heard, "Hi Melissa. I heard you do wedding flowers and my daughter is getting married. She goes to Utah State and is only in town during the weekends, and her wedding is in three weeks. Can we please come meet with you today?" I don't know what made me say it, but I heard myself saying, "YES," once again. So we set up a time for a couple hours later. And so it began...

The appointment rolled around, and in walked a mother and soon-to-be bride whom I had never before met. They came in and set down and I asked the mom, "So how did you find out about me exactly?" She proceeded to tell me that she had been in line at an elementary school that week to vote in a local election, and happened to be standing right behind a certain mother of the bride for whose wedding I had long ago designed. Apparently they got to talking and as she put it, "I just randomly asked her if she knew anyone who did beautiful wedding flowers - wait - that's not right. I was prompted to ask her if she knew anyone who did beautiful wedding flowers. And she just raved about you!"

The consultation went well. The wedding went well. I felt so happy with what I was doing. I realized that no matter how much work it took, I wanted to do what I loved so much. So without looking back even for a second, I officially founded Blossom Sweet less than two months after returning home, and it has been a fast-track to success from then and there. Do you see why I am so LUCKY!

I don't know what you believe, and if we don't believe exactly the same things, that's okay. But I hope you can appreciate the fact that I believe in a very real sense that I was pointed towards taking this direction for my life - I feel that I am supposed to be doing exactly what I am doing. I feel that the phone call I received that random Saturday morning was one of those meant-to-be type of occurrences we occasionally experience in our lives. I have been blessed with success and opportunities more rapid and wonderful than I could have ever hoped for. I have worked so hard for what I have achieved, but at the same time, I feel like success was handed to me. And I am so grateful!

So that's my story; that's how Blossom Sweet came to be. And that's how I came to pick the feature photo for March's photo of the month. It's one of my favorite photos from the very March wedding of which I have written about today. Isn't she such a cute little flower girl? I'm glad she somehow got ahold of the bride's bouquet because I love this picture. :)

It is a photo that to me represents luck, represents success, creativity, a love of beautiful things, and most of all, it represents blessing.

elements used in the bouquet:

  • standard callas
  • asiatic lilies
  • stephanotis
  • roses
  • israeli ruscus
  • peacock feathers
  • pearls
  • chocolate-brown satin ribbon
Finally, this is a cute little button I designed that is always displayed the sidebar of my personal blog {author of quote unknown}. I think it fits this post rather nicely. Feel free to snag it if you want, I won't mind. :)

Happy March!

1 sweet thought{s}:

Decker Family said...

ADORABLE photo. Thanks for sharing the amazing story behind it. Makes it even more beautiful. And as always I am glad I visited your blog today- Karen