Monday, January 11, 2010

Wedding Celebrations

There are special occasions when people want to share the joy - holidays like Christmas, personal achievement celebration such as quinceneara or Bar mitzvah, or a grand occasion such as a wedding. In these occasions, we love to entertain family and friends and a floral centerpiece on the table provides a touch of elegance, color and sophistication.

The centerpiece could be simple but stunning.

This centerpiece relies on the magical combination of the soft light in the tall vase. This centerpiece is of white lilies, roses, delphinium, lisianthus, curly willow on a tall cylinder vase with submerged light that adds magic to a very wonderful evening of a joyful celebration of a new beginning.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wedding in Sacramento California January 9, 2010

Winter weddings warm our hearts during these cold, cloudy, dark and dreary days. We haven't noticed the cloudy days the last few days because we were busy preparing for the wedding and the Martin Luther King celebration at the Convention Center. The wedding was about the same time as the MLK event but the flowers for the wedding party were needed in the morning for picture taking, and the flowers for the reception were delivered at the Commons Clubhouse on our way to St. Mark's Methodist Church to deliver the church decorations, pew bows, and unity candles. The flowers and decorations for MLK were needed at 2 p.m. for the 5:30 event. We helped set up the garlands, the centerpieces and the green plants and finally left after an hour and a half. It was an exhausting but a very fulfilled day.

Congratulations to Ruthie and Mark, our best wishes to you both. I am personally amazed at Becky for her work on the bouquets and was very glad to have her work with me. Becky came all the way from Atlantic City, New Jersey to help with her niece's wedding flowers. I met Becky on a forum for florists, and I feel blessed to have met her in person and help her out on this very special occasion, one which I am sure will be remembered by her family here in Sacramento.

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year, New Decade, New beginnings, a New Way of Life

Happy New Year to everyone! As we look forward to a new year and a new decade, most of us resolve to improve our lives by making new year's resolutions either to quit bad habits or addictions, or a change of lifestyle for the better.

The year that's behind us seem to have gone so fast and the economy gone downhill and the only item going up was unemployment. And with that, we've had to adjust to a new way of life.

The author, H. Jackson Brown Jr. compiled and created over 500 axioms of counsel and personal observation that he hoped would provide a road map for his college bound son. Here are a few that seem particularly appropriate for us all to add to our new year's resolutions:

1. Complement 3 people every day.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Say "thank you" a lot.
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Never refuse homemade brownies.
6. Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts.
7. Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.
8. Admit your mistakes.
9. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
10 Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it's just a daisy in a jelly glass!
11. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
12. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
13. Never eat the last cookie.
14. Call your mother.

Added to my own list: Be more informed about your government to make sure that democracy prevails and our freedoms preserved not taken away by the government.

Here's to a joyful, peaceful, and hopeful new decade.
Happy New Year!