I just want to start by saying that I loved this Wedding. It was mid April and we were using most if not all of my favorite things which is everything in Spring. (Hi, I'm not special.) I think I bought 100 bunches of Spirea from Persaud. Mostly because I felt that I needed that much and partly because I didn't want anyone else to have it. It's a special type of hoarding and I learned it from Sarah Ryhanen. The couple was fun and easy going with clean and subtle taste. The Venue (Blue Hill) was well, Blue Hill, and we had a killer team. All in all it was super smooth, really beautiful in the way that I find these sorts of events to be the most beautiful (Effortlessly if you will) and really couldn't have been more perfect. But I digress, my point is that unrelated to what I found to be one our our most beautiful weddings to date, this is also the wedding I decided that we needed to draw the hard line on floral foam use. Not because we were using it all the time. In truth we barely ever used it. But because as we broke down the ceremony aisle decor ( foam filled trays shoved with blooms and branches to look like they were growing from the concrete - what is that anyways?) and dropped it into garbage bags and lugged the bags to the dump, avoiding the composting bins because you cant compost anything that is exposed to foam, I kept thinking to myself "this sucks."
And it does. Foam Sucks. I've since been pretty vocal on Instagram about not using it and getting myself informed on what is really in it. Basically, it's a compressed carcinogen ridden Microplastic that will never decompose. It's poisonous to the earth, to the water, and also to us.
While there haven't been many formal studies published on the affects of foam on the environment you can assume that it's not good.... and fortunately there's a special someone behind the Instagram, @nofloralfoam, who's been working pretty hard to expose the potential damages caused by this product. And there's a large handful of us who have committed to not using it anymore- the others out there are good about offering alternative ways of doing things.... but I've never been good at a demo.
I'm not going to get too preachy, no one wants that, but it's food for thought. And something that since you've taken the time to read this post, I encourage you to take the time to think about.
This is Tate. Tate is color coordinated in some way to nearly every event. 90% of the time he doesn't know the color palette ahead of time either. it's like he's Psychic. Or something.