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