Chelsea Flower Market and Rehearsal

Chelsea Flower Market

Chelsea Flower Market

I thought it was such a great idea when Christina told me that she wanted to make the bouquets and boutonnières herself for the wedding. I’ve never thought about buying flowers to arrange myself, so I was interested in visiting the Chelsea Flower Market to see what a wholesale flower market has to offer. The Market opens very early – at 5AM which is usually when professionals such as retailers and event planners stop by and closes at 11AM. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. When I think of a market, I think of the ones that take place during the weekend in Antwerp. At the markets I’m used to, vendors set up tables and kiosks outside in an open area and  sell their product. But the Chelsea Flower Market is basically one street filled with flower shops that specialize in certain type of plants, aka roses, exotic, potted, orchids, etc. You can browse outside the shop or in their freezing interiors (if you visit be sure to bring a sweater!) in order to find the perfect pieces to make your arrangement. We spent over an hour visiting every shop to find Christina’s dream flowers 🙂

After the Chelsea Flower Market we headed over to Brooklyn to Prospect Park for the rehearsal. Christina and Rafael were married in the Japanese Garden of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Such a lovely spot! That evening we celebrated with a rehearsal dinner at Lil Frankie’s for a delicious Italian meal. I don’t have any photos from the rehearsal dinner but maybe I’ll find some later!

Exploring the Chelsea Flower Market

Exploring the Chelsea Flower Market

 

Christina and her mom

Christina and her mom

 

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

 

And more flowers!

And more flowers!

 

And even more flowers!

And even more flowers!

 

Bridesmaids, bride, and mother of the bride!

Bridesmaids, bride, and mother of the bride!

 

Walking through the Chelsea Flower Market

Walking through the Chelsea Flower Market

 

Annette and Ashley on the subway with the flowers

Annette and Ashley on the subway with the flowers

 

Koen, Meredith, Christina, and me on the subway

Koen, Meredith, Christina, and me on the subway

 

Figuring out where to stand

Figuring out where to stand

 

Here comes the bride!

Here comes the bride!

 

Trying to figure out where to stand

Rehearsing

 

Practicing the kiss!

Practicing the kiss!

 

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