Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking Back...with The Hendersons

This year I'm looking back over ten years as The Bridal Garden and re-visiting some of my favorite couples to see where they are now. Of course, one of my favorite brides, and first weddings to do, was for

my twin sister, Jeni!

Jeni (Young) and Dennis Henderson met through a mutual friend and went on a blind date...a scary thought! Frightening as a blind date might be, they were lucky - after only a few dates, they knew they were meant for each other. Jeni was attending USAO in Chickasaw at the time and it was a long commute each weekend to Tulsa, where Dennis lived and still works for the Salvation Army. But the trip was worth it!
After a few years of dating, Jeni and Dennis were married on June 6, 2002 at Tarp Chapel in Broken Arrow. Jeni's colors were shades of purples and her florals included purple roses, hydrangea, asparagus fern and had a garden feel. Purple linens with sheer florals topped the tables. After the wedding, they honeymooned in sunny Barbados.
After getting married they adopted their first "child" - a golden retriever named Brinkley. Three years later, in 2003, Bryce was born (Jeni went into labor just as her baby shower was about to begin!). Three years later, in 2006, Ben followed his big brother into the world. Keeping with the pattern of 3's and B's, three more years passed and sweet baby Baylea joined the Henderson family. Jeni was thrilled to have a girl and decided they were through having babies!

Ten years later the Hendersons are still going strong. Jeni is an award-winning National Board certified art teacher. Dennis continues his good works helping others at the Salvation Army. The boys are active in football, t-ball, and basketball and Jeni can't wait until Baylea is old enough to participate in dance and cheerleading. Now, they are all living...
happily ever after!

Monday, March 5, 2012

10 Years of Wedded Bliss

I can hardly believe it's true, but this year I'm proud to celebrate my 10th year as The Bridal Garden! Wow - looking back over the past ten years I remember so many life changes. While in college pursing a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, I started doing weddings for family members - including my brother, Mike, a U.S. Marine, and my twin sister, Jeni. Later, I started working as a graphic design artist in Tulsa. I began creating wedding florals part-time for friends. It was during this time that I met my wonderful husband, Donovan, through a friend at work. My friends and family started telling their friends and family about my blossoming flower business, and a seed was planted. In 2002, I officially formed The Bridal Garden. Ironically, 2002 was also the year that Donovan and I married! It was a year of life-long changes for me. The seed that was planted has now grown into a flourishing business that I love. Every day I get to be a part of helping create memories. I meet amazing people and witness their love for each other. Ten years has brought much joy, love, and laughter - including my beautiful daughters, Rachel and Marin. This year I'll be looking back at some of my favorite brides and grooms to see where they are now. To all my past clients, I'd love to hear where you are now! Go to my Facebook page and tell me your story. I love to hear from you! I hope you'll join me as I take a walk down memory lane.


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