My love of tea and love of flower arranging grew apace. But it was the year that I worked as a florists’ assistant that I learned to make flowers sing along with the kettle.
I love making simple arrangements for our table and prayer corner, of course, but my favorites are wedding bouquets. Above you see my daughter with her flower girl bouquet from last summer. Though my husband and I had been married for 15 years, we wanted to experience the blessing of the Orthodox Crowning ceremony. I’m so glad we did! We had a big tea party for our friends afterward, and the lovely bouquets added to the festivities.
I added herbs from our garden to my bouquet: rosemary, mint, and thyme.
This was a hair check selfie. When you’re crowned, you need a flexible hairdo.
We loved the teacups we rented from Southern Vintage Table.
Every time I make a bouquet I remember the others I’ve been privileged to make. I made bouquets for my mother’s Christmas wedding to my stepdad years ago (pre-digital photos) of red roses and winter berry and fluffy greenery. Above you see some of my sister’s bouquet from 2011.
I love tea for the continuity it provides through all circumstances, for the way we get to use teapots for generations, and for its capacity to add warmth and ritual to gatherings. I think flowers play a great supporting role.
What about you? What’s your favorite extra at tea?