Rooted in Israel

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure and honor of being at one of my best friend's weddings in ISRAEL!!!! On a personal note, Israel is like a second home to me as I have so much family there and learned the ins and outs of floral and event design in that country. So when my best friend said "I'm getting married" I said without hesitation that I would be there, and make some of the personal flowers for a special touch. I've posted some pictures below to show you the fun things I got to make for her.

As a little background on the country's floral industry, it is one of the world's largest floral exporters--exporting flowers such as anemone, lisianthus, wax flower, ranunculus, ruscus, among many others around the world. When I worked there, we really only worked with flowers that were grown in the country...mostly because we knew those flowers could handle the heat. This gave me a fond love and knowledge of the country's flowers.

I knew, when I told my friend that I was doing her bouquet, hair piece and her finance's boutonniere, exactly where I'd go for flowers and exactly what I would use. I was excited to go foraging around the city of Tel Aviv for special greens (especially Olive branch). And I knew I would go to the huk ha-karmel (the carmel market) in Tel Aviv to get her flowers...it's where I used to go to get my flowers when I was taking lessons. 

There's something very special and nostalgic about making a bouquet for your best friend and having the best memories of working weddings in that country flow through your mind at the same time. I dare to say it was Zen (a word I don't usually say if you know me). It was such an honor to make these personals for Diane and Didi; and so fun reliving some special times in my life that brought me to where I am now. Diane was my first friend when I moved to Israel seven years ago and started my new career in floral design. Her support and excitement for me both as a new friend and for my new career was invaluable...so it is only fitting that when she gets married, I go back to where my floral career bloomed and make her special wedding accessories. So with that...Mazal too to Diane and Didi! Thank you for including me in your wedding! xoxo