The month of September has been a wedding extravaganza.
Our first wedding of the month was Steve’s sister’s wedding, and I loved that my duties for this wedding included flower arranging and making boutonnieres! Such a fun responsibility to be given. The bride’s mother and multiple friends of hers planned ahead and grew an assortment of flowers, greenery, and wild grasses that would still be in bloom for early fall.
Making boutonnieres wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. It requires the following materials: flowers, greenery, scissors, floral tape, ribbon, pins, a glue gun, a water spritzer and some ziplock plastic bags. First pick a small grouping of flowers for your boutonniere. Wrap the stems with the floral tape (you can wrap all the way down the stems or leave some stems with a straight cut hanging out to be seen), then wrap ribbon, and add a dab of hot glue to make the ribbon stay, secure it with a pin, spritz the flowers with water, place it in the ziplock bag, blow in some air, seal the bag, and keep in a cooler or fridge until ready to use. Voila!
The second wedding was in upstate New York in the Catskill mountains. The trip started off wonderfully with a scenic drive through the most dairy farms I’ve ever seen on one winding stretch of road, gorgeous old manner homes with wrap-around verandas, antiques galore, and delicious stops for ice-cream. We were so stoked for the rest of the drive, until we hit the end of a stretch of highway, that was closed due to extreme flooding. We ended up having to reroute nearly 3/4′s of the rest of the way to avoid washed out bridges and overflowing rivers. Three days of torrential downpour had devastated many of the small towns in the area. Luckily we made it to the wedding ceremony (just barely on time) unscathed, dry and ready to soak in the beautiful Catskill mountain views.
I really want to head back to this area to enjoy more small town road stops, antiquing and local food sampling. If I have the time one fall, I may just make another trip down when the dangers of flooding will not be an issue.
We’ve still got 1 more wedding to go before the end of September!