The day began calm here in little Lyons, Colorado. Everything was drizzly and in our minds we were thinking this is the kind of weather to start a fire, crawl up on the couch, and read books to. We had no idea what was coming-how it would effect our homes, families, those around us in our little community, and the town (and surrounding counties) altogether.
But as days continued to pass the rain didn’t stop and everyone was impacted with the reality of the natural disaster that was before us, threatening us. Many lost much; their homes, valuables, a few even lost their lives. We had to say goodbye to a great deal about the little community of Lyons Colorado. But through the ashes rises the Phoenix. And as the community continues on its journey to rebuild, those patiently awaiting to return home are doing their best to bring normalcy into their lives and day-to-day routines. Both residential and businesses face this challenge. It’s sink or swim, and the question is, which one are we?
Living Arts Floral Designs was absolutely blessed with our location in this traumatic event. Our hearts go out to all of those effected by the flood and send our biggest wishes to those whose homes and businesses were damaged or ruined by the rushing waters. And we feel for each one of you, because though our location received only minimal water seepage damage, our business, once our booked weddings finished, came to a halt, a stand still. Our home town where we serve 90% of our business has been completely evacuated, less the few who chose to rough it out and stay. We would love to move back, with power restored to Main Street, but without water, flowers cannot survive! We miss our lovely community and serving all of those who we have had (and will soon have again) the wonderful opportunity of working with and delivering our colorful flowers to! But we continue to reach forward in preparation for the moment we can come home, building new plans and ideas for the return of our flowers into our amazing community.
Not even the 500+ Year Colorado Flood of 2013 can drown out these flowers! We might not be able to reside currently at home in our studio, but we’re not going to let that stop us! We have made do and found a way to go mobile, and so far, it’s going great.
With our last 3 weddings out of a family member’s garage and one heck of a bang going out of our busy wedding season we’re just now starting to catch our breath.
One absolutely breathtakingly beautiful Lyons Colorado native bride, Gretchen Engelhorn (Now Gretchen Garner) was lucky enough to have planned her day-of at the Tapestry House in Fort Collins, Colorado. But this did not change the devastation they were faced with and forced to get past, her father being one of four owners of Spirit Hound Distillers. They all did a wonderful job at putting it temporarily behind them to focus on this long-time-coming celebration, and her flowers turned out absolutely gorgeous, a perfect fit to the bride, herself!
Two of these three amazing brides were faced, just as we were, with relocating the day of their event! Switching from two Lyons locations, The Lyons Farmette, and Planet Bluegrass, to two boulder locations, The Hotel Boulderado, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the week leading up to was a stressful push for all of those involved. The transformations had to be quick and we all had to keep going, but we chose to turn our boats down stream, and float our way to success.
Working out of a family members garage, and with cooperative help from many family members of the two bridal parties who stepped forward, we were all able to shift and make both these beautiful days a roaring success! And even with the challenge of the Boulder Farmers Market on the street to the entrance of the Boulder Museum just finishing only hours before the start of the ceremony, we were able to get in, unloaded, set up, and out of there just in time for the beautiful bride to pull up in her Limo, ready to walk down the delicately decorated Isle, stand beneath this beautiful Birch Arch, and say “I do.” And she did. 🙂 The rest of the reception located inside of the museum was tastefully catered by Dawn from A Spice of Life Catering, and decorated by yours truly, Living Arts Floral Designs and Pink Monkey Solutions, and it was a hit!
We have relocated our Lyons Colorado Floral Design Business to Longmont temporarily and are for now, primarily serving the Longmont Colorado area. Look out, Longmont, there’s a new florist in town! As the Town of Lyons continues to repair and rebuild our community we continue to ready ourselves. But until then we are still booming and ready to take on your orders.
Excited to reconnect with those in our own home community we are offering a 15% off deal to any of those ordering flowers who were directly effected by the flood. Just mention this blog at the time of your purchase and we can share stories and encouragement, as well as the discount!
We look forward to continuing to connect with and serve our community, as well as the warm new community of Longmont, who has so graciously and comfortingly welcomed us in. Due to circumstances we are only available for custom phone orders. So give us a call today to place your order, and we will continue to offer the Living Arts Floral Designs Quality Guarantee, and take amazing care of your flowers!
We are a full-service florist who specializes in
custom design and detailed customer care.
We would love to have a chance to meet with you and discuss any of your Wedding or Special Occasion Floral needs.
Our physical address is 324 Main Street, Lyons Colorado, 80540.