By Essi Auguste Virtanen
Many girls dream about the moment when they will walk down the aisle, and Casey was one of them. However, when she broke her ankle a month before her wedding and knew walking would not be possible, she had to find another way.
“I wanted it to be beautiful and sort of elegant thing,” Casey said. “I didn’t want to be limping, crutching my way down the aisle. I wanted it to be about us and our love and not about me and my broken ankle. So, I was pretty devastated, then just started thinking how can I turn lemons into lemonade and came up with an idea for the float.”
Kreative Hands team stepped in to help them with the engineering details of the float as well as decoration to match Casey’s romantic and elegant floral vision for the wedding.
“They were just super helpful through the whole process and then also helping us trying to figure out how to make it feel lush but also not spend a ton of money on it,” Casey said.
For any florist, adding such a big creation so close to the wedding definitely put on pressure, but Srini and her team conquered the challenge.
“I had very little time to design it and order the appropriate flowers and other mechanics,” Srini said. “Our Kreative Hands family worked till the wee hours of the morning of the wedding to make her dream come true with the float. It turned out to be what her heart desired!”
Casey said she was “overjoyed” when she saw the finished float, which she hoped would have an enchanted secret garden feel to it.
“I was just so happy that I was going to get to enter on something that looked so gorgeous,” she said.
After Casey floated elegantly down the aisle to marry her fiancé John, the float was used to display the wedding cake, which Casey said was a another nice way to utilize it.
Additionally, for Casey to be able to move around her wedding party, her bridesmaids helped her to decorate her scooter with lace and stream lights to match her bridal look.
Even though Casey would have hoped to be able to walk during her big day, she said Kreative Hands did everything they could do make the day special.
“We had such a great experience working with them,” Casey said. “We love them as people, not just as our florists. They were just so lovely, and I needed a lot of love and support from anywhere I could get it. So it was great to have Srini there. It was a really hard time for me, obviously, so it was just nice to be able to work with such nice people.”
By Essi Auguste Virtanen
When it comes to one’s big day, nobody wants anything to cloud it.
However, for Laurissa, her wedding day, June 11, 2016, was clouded by the absence of her big sister Nina, who passed away in a car accident in late 2014.
“I was the maid of honor in her wedding and she was supposed to be mine,” Laurissa said.
When planning the wedding in 2015, Nina’s passing was still fresh. Therefore, Laurissa wanted to have a memorial table for Nina at her wedding so she could have her there in spirit.
“I wanted her table to be like one of the first things that I saw, right before I walked down the aisle,” she said.
Srini Perera from Kreative Hands was hired as the florist for the wedding after she insisted to meet them in person to hear their story. When they met at the venue in Westlake Village, Laurissa’s mother Elissa opened up to Srini about Nina, and the connection was instant.
“They were very warm and caring and I felt we bonded right away,” Srini said. “I felt they really felt comfortable talking to me and our daughter Jeneeka and felt that they needed to share their pain to bring that comfort.”
Srini said she really wanted to make something special for Nina. She created two light-pink-and-white rose bouquets for the memorial table, which also had Nina’s wedding photo and a burning candle displayed.
Both Laurissa and Elissa said they could feel Nina’s presence when they saw the table.
Elissa said: “This sudden rush of emotion came upon me. I composed myself because the day was about my other daughter, but for that brief moment as I passed her table, I was with Nina. It felt as if she was standing there for her sister’s wedding.”
Even though the sudden loss of Nina weighs heavy in Laurissa and her family’s hearts, Laurissa said losing Nina brought her back home from Maryland to California, which changed her life. Because only a month within she had come back, she met her now-husband, Mike.
Mike said “Nina’s hand was on the entire meeting” and Laurissa agreed.
“I feel like I gained a new life from the ashes of Nina’s life, and I really have”, she said. “My life is so rich and fully blessed now.”