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With the first hint of spring in the air and flowers blooming everywhere, my thoughts turn to snowflakes, the chill in the air on a January morning and wedding bells. What’s really hard is imaging what my wedding flowers are to going to be, especially considering I’m having a winter wedding. Many questions kept popping up in my mind such as: What kind am I going to have? What colors should I have? How many in my bouquet? How many should be in my bridesmaids’ bouquets? Should my Matron of Honor’s bouquet be bigger than the brides maids’?

The only question I didn’t need an answer for was where I should have them done. One of my co-workers here at the Daily Journal has a husband who, even after almost 30 years of marriage, still sends her flowers for every important occasion. Their anniversary, her birthday, Valentine’s Day, and I’m sure at least one bouquet was just because. Each bouquet is elegant and beautifully arranged but each one is also unique even though the husband always goes to the same florist, Expressions by Dennis in Bonne Terre. I knew that if Dennis could create such wonderful arrangements for everyday occasions he would be absolutely perfect for the tasks of giving me flowers in January for my wedding.

Maybe I am a little overeager to get all the details worked out, but I stopped in to arrange an appointment not even realizing what the date was. My first attempt to make arrangements was on February 12 and [slap in the forehead] Dennis was extremely busy with Valentine’s Day orders. Dennis took the time out to let me know that he would love to do the flowers for my wedding, but could I please come back after V-Day.

I eventually got my appointment made and was eager to get to work ironing out the particulars of what I wanted. My idea at this point was to walk in, sit down, and tell Dennis that my colors were Ivory and Dark Blue and could he please get me blue roses. But to my surprise there is no such thing as a blue rose. Boy did I feel kind of ignorant. Dennis explained that he could use floral paint to paint white roses to match my colors, but then I let him know when my wedding was taking place. Apparently the paint idea would have worked fine in warmer weather but not in January. Dennis explained that the paint on the roses would cause them to brown faster in cold weather. So it was back to the drawing board.

The next suggestion was to incorporate the blue by using Delphiniums, which come in all shades of blue from the lightest powder to the deepest royal. So the blue is covered, but now the question is what kind of roses. Well, Dennis had a suggestion for this as well. He gets Anastasia Roses from his supplier which come directly from Brazil and he just happened to have one that I could experience. I was amazed, these roses are the biggest I have ever seen and the color, a soft Ivory, matches the color of my dress perfectly. The added bonus, I won’t need perfume for the wedding day, carrying these roses will be perfume enough because the scent of one was amazing. I can’t wait to experience the 12-18 that would be in a bouquet. So of course I said, “I want that rose.” The rose he brought out was still closed, so I took it home, put it in a vase and after two days I got to experience the rose in full bloom, which was the size of my fiancé’s open hand. Amazing. It lasted for a week before wilting and needless to say I was loathe to throw it away.

Dennis and I set approximates for each bouquet, 12-18 roses only for mine with maybe a few crystal wires included to resemble ice; a slightly smaller version, maybe 6-8 roses, with a rim of the delphiniums for my Matron of Honor; and 5-6 roses with Delphiniums used as rims and spread throughout the bouquets for each of the bridesmaids. The boutonniere for the groom will be a single ivory rose, of a smaller variety than the Anastasia, the groomsmen will each have a single ivory rose with blue delphinium accents. The ring bearer’s and my father’s boutonniere will match the groom’s. These plus the toss bouquet and the reception center piece for the bridal party table, holders for each of the bouquets, all came in perfectly on budget and is one more thing checked off the list.

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Not only did I get the flowers taken care of, but I also acquired more reception decorations. One of my bridesmaids knows someone who had bare trees at her wedding so I now have 15 white trees to line the walls of the reception hall. The trees are attached to wooden stands and are already painted, needing only minor touchups, for only $50. The only thing I need to complete the look is white tulle or fake snow to create the perfect “Winter Wonderland” setting for my reception.

Next on the “Ever Shortening List of Things Lisa Must Do Before The Big Day,” is food and entertainment. Which shouldn’t be hard at all… Right? Hopefully not, but remember the wedding day is also a holiday, New Year’s Day, so I guess I’ll see what I can come up with.

Lisa Malone is a staff writer for the Daily Journal and can be reached by e-mail at lmalone@dailyjournalonline.com or by calling 573-431-2010 ext. 177. She is sharing her wedding plans with our readers.

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