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Shopping at home for the big day

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 13th, 2012

Last month I witnessed the most beautiful wedding in the world. Of course, my opinion might be a little bit prejudiced because my daughter and her new husband happened to be front and center for this wedding.

One of the things I came to realize as we met deadline after deadline in the preparation process, is that Globe and Miami, Ariz. is a wonderful place for a wedding.

I tried to support local businesses as much as I could. By doing that, I not only got some beautiful things, but I met some wonderful people who will remain my friends forever.

Like most mothers of the bride, I spent a lot of my time telling other people, most of whom I didn’t even know, about my plans and ideas. I got some wonderful ideas from people who not only listened to me, but added their own imagination to the mix.

Being a little sensitive about my excess poundage and not having gone to the gym like I had promised myself, I dreaded going to choose my dress. Nadine and Kim made the whole process so much fun by hauling out dress after dress until we found one that made me look about 30 pounds lighter and 20 years younger. Don’t you just love magic?

Sara ordered champagne flutes for us and put up with my visiting her day after day to see if they had arrived yet.

All of the little antique stores in the towns kept their eyes open for the vintage vases I was collecting to make the center pieces.

Every store in town that sold silk flowers, found themselves running out. One store even ordered more wedding flowers just for me. They told me when the shipment would be coming in and when the flowers weren’t out early enough to satisfy me, they went to the back of their store room and dragged out a couple of crates full.

Cindy from Cindy’s Forever Flowers gave the most wonderful support in the world. On any given day, this woman can be found sitting in her shop putting beautiful bouquets together. I used to call her “Rapunzel” because it was like she was spinning gold out of straw all day long. She made my daughter a bouquet that was a work of art. She even warned me ahead of time that the calla lilies would be a bit pricey but they were absolutely elegant and well worth it.

Shirley’s Gifts had the perfect bride and groom for the cake topper — something glittery and beautiful just like my daughter and her husband.

The country club let us take over the hall a day early and string garlands and ribbons and table clothes and flowers from one end to the other. It was so much fun to listen to the members’ comments about how pretty everything looked as they made their way to their club rooms.

The Globe-Miami area itself was a beautiful backdrop for this wonderful day. I loved bringing the bridesmaids from the airport to our little part of the world. We stopped several times on the side of the road to marvel at the mountains and take about 100 photos.

On Sunday, after most of the dust had settled, we visited the Globe gardens and Besh Ba Gowah — such an amazing place to explore and tell stories about.

Then there were the Arizona stars. Being from New York where cloudy skies are the norm, I loved showing off our stars — so clear and beautiful it seems you can see into other worlds.

Thank you Globe-Miami for being here, for hosting my family and friends and making my daughter’s wedding so wonderful.

As we make our way to Christmas shopping, I hope everyone has the opportunity to wander our streets and find something to make our loved ones smile.

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