There’s a flower shop at Fontarronco

 

First in The Wedding Of The Year series (TWOTY)

Our friends, John and Richard have known the parents of the bride for years.  Last year, plans were made for the wedding to be held here on the estate where we live.  The folks who own the estate also know the parents of the bride, so they allowed the actual villa to be used for the wedding.  For ‘normal’ weddings, the grounds, the large hall and the chapel can be rented but not the villa.   So I knew this was going to be a really big deal. 

Then the wedding planner was unable to continue.  Richard was asked to step in.  Sometimes, when Richard is involved in things, somehow I end up being involved too.  Fortunately, not always.  But since I was right here and he lives a good 30 minutes a way it just made sense for me to help out a bit. 

The wedding was set for Saturday, May 23.  Two weeks before, the Italian florist/nurseryman showed up, finally, and planted the outside planters with petunias.  Not really what was asked for, but that is what they got.  Richard and I tsk tsked around and figured that on the day of the ceremony we could dress the pots up with some ivy or something.  Meanwhile my job was watering and dead heading the 250 plants.  Lot of hauling water up steps but I did it. 

Then late on the 20th, the Dutch florist arrived.  (The family of the bride is Dutch but has lived in Canada and the US and maybe other places too)  This poor young woman (Bianca, the florist) had been driving her van from Munich (where she overnighted) through rain and SNOW.  Yes, SNOW!  She was pretty freaked!  Costantino and I helped her unload things from her van.  Richard showed up and whisked her off to dinner. 

The next morning, Bianca, was at my door at 9 AM.  Ohhhhh, pretty risky move showing up that early and expecting something from me.  But she had asked nicely the night before and I had assured her I would be up and ready to help.  The flowers were arriving!

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After a lot of phoning, Richard finally found the driver and lead him back.  Note the slogan ‘the best way to Italy by road’.

 

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Note the truck driver’s OSHA approved footwear.  Flip flops?  Really?

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It took, Serge (colleague of Bianca), the driver, Bianca, Richard and I about two hours to unload everything.

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She really did just move a whole flower shop in to the ground floor of the large hall. 

 

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By this time, as is normal in Italy, a crowd has gathered.  These are the painters, the electrician, Richard, Bianca and Serge. 

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Then after much shuffling of cars, the truck left and Bianca went to work. 

Okay, just a few flower close ups.

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Look for other posts of Bianca’s beautiful creations and more about the wedding.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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