I would like to tell a tale. A tale about a girl who wasn’t really a “florist” kind of person, but then suddenly realized her vision actually did need flowers after all. And looked and looked and looked, but couldn’t find anything quite right anywhere in her area. Who…decided to talk in first person now.
I casually browsed for florists in Vermont since Burlington, VT is the closest real city to our site in the Adirondacks of upstate NY. Mainly, however, I was just looking for inspiration and thinking we’d order flowers wholesale from a site like one of these:
(See? I’d already been doing research!)
But after looking at various inspiration pictures (my favorite being Blomma Flicka in Greensboro, VT – which was 2.5 hours from our house, so not really feasible), I started seeing lots of different types of flowers that didn’t appear available from the wholesale places. Plus I was concerned about making my own bouquet, and especially about getting enough blue flowers, since I want a lot of blue but I don’t like hydrangeas (an inconvenient type of flower not to love if you want lots of blue!!)
An example from Blomma Flicka’s site:
So, I turned back to Gigi* who was originally given to me as a reference from a caterer that we didn’t use. Yes, that sounds weird, but Gigi wrote in her email about the caterer that she had THE most AMAZING photographer who is also the most AMAZING person EVER. So of course I had to write back and ask about her photographer – who we met a few weeks later and booked on the spot, because, seriously, she is my favorite person on earth. Ask Miss Kiwi. It’s really creepy how much I love my photographer.
But I digress. The point is that I trusted Gigi’s recommendations. And did she disappoint? Oh no, not at all! She told me about her absolutely incredible (& cheap!) florist, who runs a really small business all by herself, with most of her flowers coming from her own wildflower farm. I said it sounded great and asked for her contact info. Gigi wrote back telling me her name was Danika, and giving me her phone number.
Excitedly, I decided to call Danika the next day. But then I thought, wait, I should probably have a better idea of what I want before I call her! So I went back to Blomma Flicka‘s site to check out pictures. They were all so so lovely, and I was suddenly torn. Maybe I should at least contact them first? Gigi said that Danika was cheap, but I didn’t have any idea how much a place like Blomma Flicka might cost, and figured it was at least worth a shot to contact them, right?
So over to the About Us page I went, where, to my surprise, I saw the owner’s name was Danika. Danika’s not an uncommon name, but it’s not that common either…and then when I skimmed the paragraph and saw the phrase “wildflower farm.” I just had to check the phone number against the one Gigi gave me, and they were indeed the same!!
I wrote Danika an email explaining how she was both my first AND second choice, and asking if she was available for my weekend. And, well, she wasn’t. :'( But she said the other event she has that weekend is fairly small, so if we could drive over there (2.5 hours each way) the day before the wedding to pick up the flowers, she could do that. We weren’t crazy about the idea and finally decided it was too much added stress.
BUT! Why would I tell you this whole long story if we didn’t end up hiring her? That would be a wee bit random, no? We finally worked out that Danika will be able to drive all the flowers to us TWO days before the wedding, and the majority of them will be fine in our dark cold basement (& we’ll have time to arrange them ourselves), and the bouquets & bouts can go in the fridge! WOOHOOOO!!!
So with less than a hundred days to go we FINALLY have our last big important vendor booked!!! 😀
And since everyone loves pictures, here are a few more!
*fake name since I’m not sure if she’d want to be mentioned.