Tropical Flower Power

One would think that finding the perfect floral designs on an island as plentiful as Jamaica would be easy as piece of cake… wrong! There are simply too many choices of flowers and too few creative florists. Meaning, everything I have looked at was comprised of amazing flowers but they were arranged in such a manor that they resembled the decor of an all-inclusive resort buffet line and that is definitely not what I am going for. So, I resorted to browsing the pages of Modern Bride and Martha Stewart Weddings Magazines and I found exactly what I wanted. Since we were planning the reception in a location that could be rather breezy, I thought shorter arrangements would be more appropriate and loved the idea of cream colored hydrangea arranged in silver mint julep cups. I know I have seen these flowers on my trips to Jamaica, so it should only take a few phone calls to complete my flower order.

It only took one phone call to Kingston’s lead florist to learn that one must hydrangea must be imported because they only grow up in the misty mountains of Jamaica and are not currently cultivated for floral arrangements. In the meantime, I had also fallen in love with the idea of having a Calla Lily bouquet (see picture #2), but they must be imported too. Hmmmm. It just doesn’t make sense to import flowers to a tropical island. So, I made a few more phone calls and found Rosemarie Williams with Floral Fantasy right in Negril. (Unknowingly, I had worked with her before for a client with much success. Oh the details that slip your mind when you are planning your own wedding.) Anyway, her website is very helpful as she has pictures of the different types of arrangements she can do for you. And the best part is everything can be tailored to fit your vision, if you don’t see something that is “ceremony ready”. We decided on an arch of small, white, Dendrobium Orchids (see picture #1) and for my bouquet, simple, long-stemmed cream roses. Done!

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