(originally posted to Gracie Happens Blog)
Last weekend was Mother’s Day, Graduation and the start of the wedding season here in North Carolina. Restaurants, flower shops and caterers were abuzz all week. As was Mason Inc. while we planned a small gathering to congratulate the youngest of six siblings graduate from nursing school. The family requested bright colors for their fun and casual sister who, in their words, “deserved an elegant celebration.”
Knowing it was such a busy weekend in town, I arrived at the Whole Foods Flower Shop early and fought my way to these beautiful white roses and snap dragons. I originally planned on white tulips with the coral table linens. When I spotted the snap dragons, though, I knew they’d tie in all of the colors beautifully. The roses added a level of elegance to the casual feel of the party and I’m glad I changed my mind. While the family sat in the sun to watch the ceremony, I set up the tables, linens and flowers under a tent at their home. Later that afternoon, we celebrated with a festive party of fresh flowers, bright colors and a delicious spread from Donovan’s Dish. As is common in the south, the rain began in the afternoon just as guests were scheduled to arrive and ended just as they started to leave. The weather certainly didn’t get this family down, though. They were still celebrating when I left. Congratulations to all of the mothers, graduates and brides-to-be out there. Happy Planning!