Sally Holmes Climbing Rose

I like flowers, like a lot, and it's ’s funny to think that I used to hate them! When I was sixteen, I went on one of my first dates and this “boy” brought me a dozen long stem red roses, and I just about vomited in my mouth. It felt cliche and unoriginal—and the idea of “romance” at the age of sixteen made me run for the hills. My very Martha Stewart-like (she's gonna hate me for saying that!) step mom was so kind to dry the flowers (that I had tossed!) and put them in a little potpourri bag along with that boys’ so called love letter. I kept it for a while for formalities because I thought her gesture was thoughtful, but let’s be honest here, it lived under the sink with all the cleaning supplies. Fast forward fourteen years and I still have this idea that the gesture of giving flowers on a first date, or “valentine’s day” is a bit unoriginal (my husband lucked out there!), but boy was I so wrong about the beauty of flowers. They all have their own little personalities and I’m so lucky that all my floral designer friends have taught me so much along the way. I truly was never a fan of roses until I met Sally Holmes and David Austin...

A couple years back I teamed up with Snippet & Ink, Loop Flowers and Adelphi Events to create a story around the beauty of using one flower. I think we nailed it. What do you think? Will you incorporate Sally Holmes in your wedding day? Thank you to La Tavola Linen, Gerhard Ceramics, Standard Party Rental, and Richard Photo Lab for sponsoring this post!