Thoughts From Jessica Switala of Fleurs de France
I met Vickie & Chris on one of their early visits here to the Napa Valley. Over coffee one morning we discussed their wedding vision, the overall feeling & color palette. They are a warm, kind, and relaxed couple, I knew it would be a pleasure working with them right from the start. The Brides’ vision for the wedding was romantic, warm, vintage elegance. She loved garden-inspired arrangements, not wanting anything structured or tight to the floral designs. The palette of pale blush, whites, creams & ivory lends itself easily to this vision and was complimented by silver mercury glass vessels in the reception arrangements.
The attention to detail, color palette & style was carried through the entire wedding from Vickie’s exquisite dress and vintage accessories, to the gorgeous invitations, stationery, and menus created by Ceci New York, to the pink vintage glass goblets for the dining tables. All of these details — shared by the bride ahead of time — inspired me so that I could create bouquets and florals to compliment them, choose the right vessels to place them in and carry the style throughout the event.
February can sometimes be a challenging month for flowers, but here in Northern California, I am fortunate to have access to the best & widest possible selections & a dedicated team of wholesalers with whom I have worked for many many years. My clients trust me implicitly, handing over their vision, and style, along with some inspiration images, dress swatches & any other details to be considered. They then let me create for them. I always explain to my clients how nothing is ever 100% certain in a floral designers world until one has arrived at the market at 4 am to see what has arrived of the items one has ordered, and what condition the flowers are in, and then the real fun begins!
I equate flower shopping for each event with being a chef: looking at what is freshest and best at the market, seeking out those special ingredients, and checking the overall aesthetic and design as you go, similar to tasting one’s food creations as you cook. There are always lovely surprises, blooms, and products that were not there the week before, including items set aside for me by my vendors as they know what I like and am looking for. You have or will choose your wedding floral designer for a reason: you love their work! You trust and have a connection with them, and they “ get your vision!” Inspire your floral designer and then let them work their magic. Breathe, let go, and be giddy with anticipation! You will have wonderful, beautiful flowers!