July 4th, 2015
There I was driving two hours away with a packed car, to work from a rented design space in Bozeman, MT. I was excited to receive a call from my dear friend Julio – fellow floral designer and amazing supporter – who would be helping me with the design and delivery of two large weddings. We had planned for months, worked out logistics, ordered the perfect flowers and even scheduled some dinner for his July 1st birthday! But his call was to warn me that flowers were not going to arrive that day due to delays in Memphis.
I knew this would put us behind schedule but not to the degree that it would cause alarm…until about 7pm when I called FedEx to confirm our packages would arrive the following day….and they were not hopeful. 2 days behind they said. At that moment I went into full on survival mode. Who can we source from locally? What floral shops would work with us? He was a champ, calling all his local sources, farmers and other floral businesses to find who could source our orders. Yes OUR orders. Julio not only had a birthday to celebrate, but two weddings with myself and 1 of his own to complete. It was madness.
We spent hours running all over town to find the perfect blooms to replace what would not arrive in good condition. It was 10pm on the night of his 30th birthday and we were finally eating dinner. Thursday came and went and still our packages were not going to arrive. It was hard not to lose my mind. Massive orders for two weddings with specialty flowers that we just couldn’t’ replace. -insert ugly cry face- But somehow we rallied, we couldn’t wait any longer so we started assembling centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres with the supplies we did have.
And then the very tired and clearly frustrated FedEx delivery driver arrived with two large boxes of flowers. We picked through a steaming box of molding flowers to pick out what we could salvage. A few blooms but just enough to make the order complete and we were off. We worked until 1am the Friday before the weddings and up again at 7am to pack and load vehicles for onsite installations and delivery. It was blistering hot – a balmy 93 degree day in the mountains with relentless horse flies, but again we rallied and made it happen. And at the end of this epic weekend we returned to the design space, cleaned buckets, mopped the floor and cleaned out the cooler….AND then worked on Julio’s wedding together.
As the insanely beautiful sun set over the mountains the most beautiful colors bounced off the surrounding homes and landscape, the fireworks started. Boom Boom. We couldn’t help but take a minute to watch them in all their glory. 10:15pm on Saturday evening and I was finally done! My feet felt like they weren’t my own. So sore I could barely move and then the biggest sense of accomplishment that we had survived! We had made it past this incredibly stressful weekend without a single client knowing what had happened. Each one of them incredibly complimentary of our hard work and designs.
It’s these moments that make it all worth the effort and remind me there is a higher power at work. A beyond huge thank you to Julio & Shane at Kirkham & Co for their amazing support over the weekend and to the one and only Katalin at Katalin Green Flowers for allowing us to rent her beautiful space and help us problem solve. To her amazing assistant Mindy for coming to our rescue. I can’t thank you all enough for your incredible support and the friendships I treasure with each of you.
Julio put it best when he said ” It has been an excruciatingly stressful week-weekend. I’m happy that in the end, there’s always a solution!”