Taos Blooms

A few months ago, our son was married just outside of  Taos.  I mentioned in a previous post, our task – to bring blooms to a field in El Prado for the celebration.  El Prado is a beautiful spot, high in the mountains, IMG_4995

thousands and thousands of feet about sea level.  (I live barely above sea level, thousands of miles away. Was it the altitude that made me dizzy or the prospect of arranging all these flowers?)  The beautiful bride chose the colors and types of flowers , and Trader Joe’s in Santa Fe produced the order,  4 shopping carts of blooms for us!

After the long, anxious drive back,

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the flowers were unloaded and the fragrance and charm of the flowers cast their magic.

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We spent the morning and better part of the day surrounded by the love our family had for the groom, the bride and each other.  My Mother, sister and daughter all joined in for the task at hand.

El Prado NM

El Prado NM

 

Starting with simple Mason jars that I had encircled with burlap and lace,

we began arranging each of the centerpieces.

We also made smaller arrangements to hang from each of the aisle chairs for the outdoor ceremony.

We were asked to make the bride’s bouquet which my sister lovingly produced.  The groom and the fathers were not forgotten; my sister made magic for them as well.   This photo was taken the day after, only slightly wilted.

I now know why all of the books and articles you will read, tell you not to take on the task of producing the wedding flowers yourself – it is super time consuming.

But we were strangers in a strange land, and this day of making flowers sing for the wedding  will be a memory to last forever.  Maybe we ordered too many flowers.

We had many extras that we placed in French market containers

and they adorned the front porch of their new home and the wedding tent.  The bride and her friend used blue tinted Mason jars filled with sand and lights and hung them from the apple tree and other low limbs near the wedding tent.   White lights twinkled on a bike which was propped against the fence which separates them from the fields where cattle and horses graze and run, stretching  to the sky.  The simplicity and honesty of the surroundings

and the event made it a day in our lives to treasure.  While some wedding parties are treated to a breakfast  the day after the wedding, this was a very active group, so they headed for the Rio Grande River

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where the groom guided them on a rafting trip.  So much fun!

I hope that the joy of that week-end will follow them through their lives.  The waters can be rough or still, exciting or calm.  Whatever they encounter, I wish them a love that grows as high as those mountains and as wide as that river.

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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10 Responses to Taos Blooms

  1. Dawn says:

    Oh, Jayne! What sweet memories! I just love your story about arranging all of the wedding flowers. What a huge undertaking! Your flower arrangements were gorgeous. Love certainly ‘bloomed’ on that day! Although we had most of our wedding flowers done by a lovely garden shop, I grew the flowers for the backs of the chairs. I have such sweet memories of my mom and I tying up the flowers with beautiful satin bows in anticipation of my wedding day! So happy that you shared your memories with us, Jayne. Wishing you happy October days! ♡

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  2. thelivesofk says:

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment of your family’s life.

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  3. Linda Mutch says:

    Dear Jayne,
    What a blessing to have all your family participate! Your Trader Joe’s arrangements in Mason Jars are spectacular ! I hope you have a Trader Joes in Savannah! I Love Ours and they have helped me do flower arrangements for Ronald McDonald House here in Philadelphia.
    I am so grateful to read your blog and of course, it reminds me of our dear one….whom we all miss!
    Oxox
    L

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    • We don’t have a have Trader Joe in Savannah! Horrors! We have to go 2 hours to Charleston or 2 hrs. the other direction to Jacksonville. What is wrong with their upper management! We need one! We have Fresh Market and Whole Foods but NEED a TJ! I’d love to see your arrangements. Start a blog!
      We may never stop missing her! In 2 weeks, it will be 2 years ago that she told me to sit down, and so the awful saga began.

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  4. bittster says:

    Beautiful. I’m glad you shared more photos on the wedding, you really did a great job and I’m glad it worked out so well… and the memories are even more special for having taken such an active part in it all!

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  5. You are right about the memories B.!

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  6. Karen B. says:

    Dawn,
    What a beautiful setting for a wedding. The flowers are beautiful. I love the idea of rafting the day following a wedding.
    xo,
    Karen

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  7. Glad you came to “visit!”

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  8. Oh I just loved this post! 🙂 The beautiful scenery and then all of those flowers! I’d have been nervous but in a bit of flower heaven at the same time. What lovely arrangements ! It brought back memories….my son and DIL had a DIY wedding….friends and family helping…I did the photography…but that early morning I was on a country road, soaked to the knees from the dew, picking wild phlox to fill vases with for the tables and such, and I’d created her bouguet myself from flowers at the local grocery store floral shop. DIY with love brings back more special memories down the line, I imagine, than if you were a millionaire and created it all with a touch of a wand and your checkbook!
    Then again that would have been easier and I am sure you can agree! 🙂

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