Today's wedding was a wedding I tried not to do.
Initially I said no because I had a wedding last weekend and we go on holiday tomorrow. I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to weddings - they take up so much head space. It is so easy to get tired and I don't ever want to do them on auto-pilot.
Then, when the list of flowers came in, I said no again and suggested another florist as it was all roses and peonies (see post below).
Then I got an e-mail from the bride.
Anne is an American Professor - She wrote "I am an environmental health scientist who researches pesticide exposures among pregnant women and young children in the United States, Thailand and elsewhere. One of the populations we study are floriculture workers in Thailand and Colombia, so we are not eager to buy a bunch of those kinds of flowers for our wedding, at least until the occupational health and safety regulations are beefed up in those places."
Well after that, I couldn't not do the flowers. Really.
So we did a deal where the flowers were collected from here and I spent yesterday and this morning making up vases and bouquets of garden flowers, untouched by pesticides. The table centres are a mix of wild looking flowers - every colour - crammed together into glass cubes.
There is a large arrangement of delphiniums and peonies and corsages with all sorts of tiny blooms.
This was the garden table when I finished making the buttonholes.
And best wishes to Anne and Tom and baby Jasmine.
Thank you to everyone who has voted for me in the Dorset Cereals Little Blog competition - I'm now in the lead, though not by much, so if anyone has still to vote - and would like to vote for me -, please could you?