We love weddings. We love everything about them: the tradition, the way the air sparkles and fizzes like champagne with excitement, the blush of a bride on her father’s arm. We love being a part of the most special day of someone’s life, using our art to make their day sing.
That’s why we were so happy to welcome Chantel to the team as our first full-time bridal consultant, and she recently knocked it out of the park with a request we’d never heard before: a wedding without flowers.
That’s right. Our bride wanted to use vegetables and herbs in place of a traditional bouquet. Her fiance (now husband! Congratulations!) is a pragmatic guy, and, to him, spending beaucoup bucks on a bouquet seemed extreme. (We disagree but to each their own!)
In fact, on the night he asked for her hand, he had a bouquet sent to their table with fruits and vegetables, something they could both use and enjoy even after the magical moment. To honor him, the bride wanted to feature chili peppers in our arrangements.
So Chantel the expert got to work, traveling across Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, sourcing artichokes, raspberries from the flower district, cabbage flower, and most importantly, chilis! (We hunted them down at a tiny vegetable wholesaler in Queens called LaLa Produce, given to us by Lala himself!)
We even included broccoli, kale greens, and mini pineapples found by the bride and shipped directly to the studio. We didn’t eat any of them, as delicious as these arrangements look!
Unsurprisingly, our bride had a hard time finding a florist who could bring her ideas to fruition (no pun intended) because it was so unusual, but the Julia Testa team, as always, welcomes a challenge. We loved being a part of her special day and we loved that she came to us with her admittedly unusual request. Her idea had been rejected by other florists, but here at Julia Testa, we never turn down a client.
It was Chantel’s first wedding without Julia’s guidance. It took place at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (one of New York’s most idyllic settings) and it went off without a hitch. We are so grateful to our edible bouquet couple for coming to us and letting us have a bite at the apple (this time, pun intended.) Congratulations and thank you!
Prospective brides, come Chantel’s way! Get in touch and we’ll help you put together your dream day.
Photos courtesy of Cynthia Chung.