We love everything about weddings: the tradition, the way the air sparkles and fizzes like champagne with excitement, the blush of a bride on her father’s arm, the gathering of friends and family from near and far, literally everything. We love being a part of the most special day of someone’s life, and using our art to capture a couple's personality and make their day that much more memorable.
One of our most memorable designs to date was a wedding without flowers. You heard that right. A wedding without flowers.
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 we 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, welcomed the challenge. We loved being a part of her special day and we loved that she came to us with her completely original request.
This wedding 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!
Are you a prospective bride with a unique idea? Then we're the team for you. Contact us today!
Photos courtesy of Cynthia Chung.