At least some'one' was there to greet us. Upon calling and finding our church contact was at a BBQ, we waited for the grower to come in from the fields to meet us. For our 10am appointment. * SIGH * Our flower idea was quickly costing me more in time and sanity that I cared to invest to get blooms done well at minimum cost.
AHA! I recalled a customer service lesson learned as an intelligence officer at the Pentagon:
The philosophy succinctly captures the interaction of cost, quality, and speed. And the challenge is that you can only have 2 aspects, not all 3. By applying this "Rule of 2" to wedding planning, I can decide what a task or project is worth. Here's how it works:
If it's GOOD and FAST, it can't be CHEAP.
If it's CHEAP and GOOD, you won't get it FAST.
If it's FAST and CHEAP, it won't be GOOD.
I wasn't getting anywhere close to 2 of these elements with the current approach to sourcing our ceremony flowers. What a headache! So I did what any naturally introverted analytical would -- spend two hours scouring google images for floral inspiration.
Here's some of the loveliness I found:
Pretty, but not perfect. My tragic flaw is that my mind's eye has blurry vision. I have a fuzzy idea in my head like a Magic Eye 3-D picture. Remember those? You simultaneously squint and de-focus while holding it close to your face to make the image pop like a turkey thermometer. In my world, I am unable to articulate what I want and can't figure it out without a lot of stress and strain. Sounds fun, huh? Unfortunately for those who love me, this trait is maddening to experience until I finally 'get' it. Like this:
Do you see what I see? Welcome to my world!
Can you relate to my struggle or are you able to easily translate your ideas into reality?! Add a comment and show me some love! Bonus points if you can tell me what 'pops' out of the 3-D image...