Joanna + Tyler
When I first got Joanna’s email, I was taken back by her name, it’s rare that I come across a Joanna, which is my twin sister’s name. Then I read the groom’s name, Tyler–my best friend’s son’s name. Not exceptionally coincidental except for the fact my sister and best friend’s son, who were incredible people full of life and love, both passed away too young. My sister was actually the original florist of the two of us, and working with flowers is a constant reminder of her spirit. When I saw this lovely couple was getting married on the weekend Tyler passed away, I knew this wedding would evoke a lot of emotion for me, but Joanna struck me as an especially warm person and I was intrigued. Sure enough I got to know Joanna and her mother quite well, Tyler was lovely, and the wedding was a nice way for me to remember and reflect while at the same time celebrating family and this young couple (and their precious daughter).
Joanna and Tyler were married at Oak Bay Beach Hotel and I feel you don’t need to do any floral design for a ceremony with a backdrop like that. The only florals we created for the ceremony, other than the bouquets, were to make little posies of blue delphiniums to hang on the pew markers.
I feel Joanna’s bouquet was one of the prettiest I made all summer, and I think it’s because I made it organically while thinking of my sister. Those are the most stunning arrangements because they have a whimsical, natural, unique look that can’t be replicated.
XOX, Joanna and Tyler, and your family. Thank you for asking me to be a part of your special day. It is one I will always remember.