When my girlfriend Angie told me she and her longtime boyfriend Kevin were tying the knot, I was so thrilled for them! Angie and I met years ago when we were both studying for the Professional Geology exam. That’s right! My other career is hydrogeology which I still do on a contract basis.
After Angie and I conquered the PG exam, we worked together at an environmental consulting firm in Austin for a couple of years. Angie made that job fun and we’ve been friends ever since, following each other through boyfriend changes, marriages, career changes, new homes, everything. I’m lucky to have such a good friend that even though we don’t see each other as often as we would both would like, every time we do get together we pick right back up where we left off.
Angie and Kevin had a small ceremony on March 1 at Chapel Dulcinea. Chapel Dulcinea is gorgeous and the only free wedding venue in the Austin area that I know about. So needless to say, the chapel didn’t need any dressing up so I just created a bouquet and boutonniere for the bride and groom.
Angie loves white flowers with hints of green which is perfect for spring. We settled on a bouquet of white peonies and green leaves. March 1 is on the very beginning edge of peony season. I had already used some lovely pink peonies in a wedding just days earlier but when the white peonies for Angie’s bouquet came in, I was unimpressed. They were small, tight, had super thin stems which would require wiring and taping each one which I would have gladly done for my friend Angie EXCEPT they didn’t open. I got them on a Tuesday morning and by Thursday early afternoon I knew the peonies were not going to work. Cue large panic by this floral professional. I called my favorite local wholesalers to see if they happened to have any white garden roses in stock. They didn’t. In a complete panic by now, I called up an LA based wholesaler we have worked with to ship me some of my favorite white roses that are standard roses, but they open up just like a garden rose and are a fraction of the price. Sigh of relief until on Friday afternoon I realized I hadn’t gotten a FedEx tracking number from the LA wholesaler. I check in with the wholesaler and somehow, something (super important) had gotten lost over email and those awesome roses were not on their way to Austin, Texas. It’s now Friday at 4pm. My husband came home from work early to stay with our daughters and I immediately raced (or in Friday afternoon Austin traffic, crawled) up the highway to my wholesaler who keeps a good variety of flowers in their cooler for purchase. Friday afternoon is a horrible time to be looking for fresh flowers. They’ve come in Wednesday and have been totally picked over. Somehow, the flower gods smiled down on me in those minutes in the freezing cooler at Austin Flower Company. I gathered up an armful of astilbe, roses, tulips, lisianthis, sweet pea, euphorbia, Queen Anne’s lace, and some other really cool green, white and black flower that I’ve forgotten the name of. I am SO thankful that my friend Angie was so flexible on her wedding bouquet flowers because it was a comedy of errors from the beginning of picking up the white peonies.
After their ceremony, Angie and Kevin hosted a fun party at Malverde in downtown Austin for all their friends and family. I got to see one of my favorite photographers, Dave McLaughlin of DCM Photography and the party was a huge hit!