This past weekend, Rudy Grant and David Siders (along with a few other staff members from Experience and Creative Design) drove down to Mystic, Connecticut for the North East Floral Expo! This year’s theme was called “Flora Couture” – Where Floral and Fashion Collide!
Rudy and David presented a demonstration on Sunday called “Mazel Tov!” It followed the life of Sarah, a young Jewish girl, through her monumental chapters in her life, such as her Bat Mitzvah and wedding. Grant and Siders created floral arrangements for each event starting with her birth.
The Jewish tradition of planting a tree at birth started in ancient Israel. A cedar was planted for a boy and a cypress for a girl. As the children grew, they cared for their trees and when married, the Chuppa, or canopy, was made of the branches from their tree. They believed in a strong bond between birth and marriage.
Bat Mitzvahs, for girls and Bar Mitzvahs, for boys, are also a traditional ceremony marking adulthood. Once a girl turns 12, she is recognized by Jewish Tradition to have the same rights as an adult. Following the ceremonial Bat Mitzvah, a tradition of a ceremony or party to celebrate occurs. Rudy and David created an arrangement for a Bat Mitzvah from a tennis racket. How creative!
At the end of the demonstration, Rudy and David revealed a life size Chuppa they had designed along with an aisle runner and petals. The idea was to show a modern day Chuppa, instead of a more traditional one, so brides can see what options they have. What a way to end the show!
The proceeds from tickets purchased to this years NEFE 2013, went to the Pediatric Oncology Program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. The turn out was great this year and the responses were amazing! Many people were saying our own Rudy Grant and David Siders’ demonstration was second to the main Flora Couture. What an honor to have so many people appreciate all of the hard work and time put into this demonstration! Everyone’s hard work paid off!