This wedding was by far one of the most challenging but rewarding weddings of my career. As a florist we should know not to say "yes" to some things and using cut bougainvillea in one of the hottest locations, Paso Robles, CA, during August, should have been a clear "NO" but for some reason I did say yes, probably because I never like to say no, and in this case it paid off! I may have scooped out every bougainvillea bush growing in San Luis Obispo county, tested cut bougainvillea in fresh water, oasis and had sleepless nights over if it was going to wilt or not, but after this wedding was complete and I saw the images by the talented Jake and Necia Photography, it actually inspired me and reminded me why I love my job.
The inspiration of bougainvillea came from the brides hometown of San Diego, where it beautifully grows wild. I loved using the vibrant hues of this plant and loved bouncing the hints of purple and green off the fuchsia roses and anemones. And the mint foliage was the perfect accent and smelled great as well!