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One of Kat's inspirations for wedding flowers. Submitted photo
I fear that I don't know certain things that other women know. It's like I missed a crucial day in grade school where girls were taught all things I have no knowledge of — cooking for one — but also how to blow dry my hair with a round brush and eat like a proper lady. I always marvel how my friends with babies know how to wrap them up like a burrito. When did they learn this?! Another subject I have no education on is flowers, but now that I'm getting married I'm getting a crash course. First off, they're INSANELY EXPENSIVE. I expected they wouldn't be cheap, given what a bouquet costs at the grocery store, but I was still shocked by the cost. Aren't these naturally occurring plants that grow in the dirt? I'm only having my bouquet, my groom's boutonniere and flower arrangements for the reception tables, which is a good thing because otherwise I'd be choosing between flowers and a Honeymoon! There was also the question of what flowers to choose. I know that I like the big fluffy ones, and I'm not crazy about roses, but beyond that I had no clue. After some web based research I learned that the fluffy ones are peonies, and I found a beautiful hot pink color on Pinterest (pink is my signature color). For the centerpieces, which will also be used to decorate during the ceremony, Akeshi Akinseye of Kesh Events in Chicago suggested tall floral arrangements of hydrangeas, fuchsia roses and other floral accents. I remember as a child walking around with my Noni (grandma, to the non-Italians) she could identify every flower we passed. Impatiens, hyacinths, geraniums, lilies, violets. I hope that someday when my own grandchild asks me what the flowers are, I'll be able to identify a few that were at my wedding.