This month has been incredible. A wedding every weekend and special events during the week. As far as our business is being defined, good things are happening and it is progressing. But in this industry, I sit back after each piece is put away and really think of what it all means. Is this feeding my need to help others or is there something else that drapes over the service industry that has nothing to do with service. I have the BEST business partner ever, so his support and care is helping to guide me through the questions that are arising.
We were fortunate to have just finished a wedding at Trump National Golf Club, but more fortunate that tons of white Hydrangeas and White Roses were left to be disposed. Through the clean up all I could think about was the Board and Care just up the street where my Mom had passed. I couldn’t wait to gather all of the flowers that had not yet wilted to bring them to the individuals now living there. What we didn’t think of was the power of this visit. We walked up the ramp and the instant memory of my Mom in the ambulance hit me like a fever. I rang the familiar door bell and when the nurse answered and she saw bouquets of flowers in our arms and she didn’t hesitate to let us in. What happened next needed to be on a video, but we were so involved in the joy of these ladies that were getting ready for lunch, that a video seemed pointless. We walked to each of them and gave them a very large bouquet of flowers. The joy that lit up on their face at how beautiful the flowers were was enough to fill my soul, but it was there next reaction when we told them they were for them that made me fight off tears. These people, these Moms, Grandmothers and Aunts, very special ladies have forgotten so much of their life, but they haven’t forgotten the human touch and what it feels to be cared for. They trembled as they reached out in disbelief that we, strangers, yet someone who was showing them love and care. They cried as they cradled their flowers. We were asked to join them for lunch and come back to play bingo. It was worth every single tear and there were many from both of us.
People do not believe us when we say that we will take flowers and donate them to local hospitals, senior homes or board and care facilities. Please believe that our intention is to take life, to life. We are now joining forces with places like Brookdale in Torrance to donate any left over flowers from special events to brighten the day of some wonderful people. If you have a wedding or special event that you do not want to see your flowers go to waste, please contact us and we would love to donate them in honor of you. Flowers are a beautiful gift to us, please do not waste them by just throwing them away. Some of these sweet souls know exactly how these flowers feel. We are here to turn that around any chance we can and are also trying to eliminate the amount of waste at weddings.
“Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest.”
– Cardinal Roger Mahony, In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life
“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
(These Quotes) They are all speaking of how we actually treat each other. Period. A simple concept that we should strive for and that requires teaching and learning by each of us to be better humans and to see to each other’s needs.
We are aiming to more than just be there to coordinate, plan or design a wedding. We want to be the change that the industry so desperately needs. A wedding is a celebration of love, connection of the soul, and a way of bringing joy to two families. A wedding is the day that begins a marriage and both should be beautiful, not just aesthetically, but honestly and within every gesture.