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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

southern love: julianne + rex

Fall has been busy at the Blossom Sweet shop!  We are excited to get all the photos from our fall 2013 events so that we can share them with our loyal Blossom Sweet following.  But for now, let's talk about our next wedding which is coming up quickly!  Today we are excited to share a spotlight of sorts featuring the couple of said upcoming wedding.

I first met Julianne a little over five years ago when we were paired as roommates (wow, that was a long time ago!).  After a year or so she graduated and moved on to bigger and better things in her career and took the show on the road, moving to "The South".  I didn't see her again until last winter when she came back to Utah for the holidays and we met for a floral consultation...for her wedding!  And now, almost a year later, here we are finally fast approaching the wedding date.  So exciting.

I am honored to have been asked to create the florals for this event.  I'm so happy for her and the designs will be so pretty.  Enjoy this cute couple's story of love!

photos courtesy of ravenberg photography

How did you meet?
We met on Match.com!  It works!  And no one is more surprised than us.  We were both really tired of the "scene" and were each just looking to go on some dates to pass the time. I don't think either one of us expected to find "the one" but somehow we found each other and struck up a conversation about a mutual appreciation of Stephen King books and reading.  That's where is all began.

What did you do for your first date?
We met for "coffee" at a local coffee shop but neither one of us even ordered anything.  We just talked for a couple of hours and found out that we actually had a lot in common (even though on the surface it seemed like we are nothing alike). And it just progressed from there.

Who said,"I love you" first?
Rex did (of course!). He is such a romantic...

What is the most unique thing about your relationship?
We don't get tired of each other!  We just have so much fun together whether it is out to dinner at a brand new restaurant or just hanging out at home. We are always laughing not matter the situation.

What are your favorite qualities about each other?
(I swear we didn't coordinate this in advance)

She says: He is the most caring person I've ever met. He is always the first person to jump up and help if someone needs it and I love that about him. And he makes me laugh.

He says: How caring and giving she is to everyone around her.

How did he propose?
Rex and Julianne picked out the ring together during a routine trip to the mall. We purchased the ring and then sent it off to be resized.  It was supposed to be back to the store on Saturday December 1st.  Rex led Julianne to believe he was planning to do something big on Saturday night.

In the meantime, Rex asked Julianne if she wanted to join him for dinner on Friday night at a cool new restaurant his friend had worked on.  She accepted.  He had one ask of her, however.  The view was apparently amazing so she had to agree to be blindfolded for part of the journey to the restaurant so she could experience the full effect of the view all at once.

Rex picked Julianne up to drive her to the restaurant and she indeed put on her blindfold at the appropriate time.  When they arrived at the restaurant, Rex helped out of the car (since she had a blindfold on) and then told her to take the blindfold off.  She looked up and Rex was down on one knee with the ring in his hand! He then asked her to marry him!

Julianne was super confused because she knew the ring wasn't supposed to be back yet from the store!  But it had arrived a day early and Rex had managed to completely surprise her.  Also there actually was no new restaurant.. Rex had actually taken Julianne to the local park, the location of their third date and first kiss.  So romantic!

Julianne and Rex later revealed that he had spent a lot of time preparing his proposal speech which he promptly forgot when the actual moment arrived.

Where will you go on your honeymoon?
We are taking a Disney cruise to the Bahamas!

Tell us a bit about your event concept. 
Rex's last name is Gray so our colors are Cranberry and Gray. We decided we wanted an elegant, classy event but also comfortable and fun.  We are having our reception at the Joseph Smith Building in the Empire Room which is a room that needs little additional decoration.  However, we wanted anything we added to make a statement and to reflect us.  This is one reason we selected Blossom Sweet, because we knew the flowers would be unique, one-of-a-kind creations made with us in mind.  We wanted the flowers to be the part that made the venue connect our guests with us.  Rex has worked as a welder for many years and Melissa had some fantastic ideas to incorporate the metals he has worked with for so long into our wedding.  We are so excited!

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Phyllis Hall said...

The flowers for the Julianne and Rex's wedding were absolutely fabulous. We have been sharing the centerpieces that we brought home after the reception with friends and neighbors this morning. Everyone loves the unique arrangements and variety of colors and flowers!