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Ric Testani’s Beautiful Wedding Fruit Carving Arrangements

Ric-watermeloncarving6In August, a reader who stumbled across my website contacted me about creating wedding fruit carving arrangements for her daughter’s upcoming wedding. Her daughter was getting married in September and she wanted some fruit carving arrangements for the occasion, a large elegant event with about 350 guests.

She wrote, “I regret not to hear about you few months ago and if I did I might have been able to do my own. But I am really busy with my daughter’s wedding, I don’t have much time of my own.”

And she asked if I knew anyone in her area who could provide wedding fruit carving arrangements similar to the ones that she saw on my website. This mother of the bride wanted something colorful that would work well with the wedding colors of fuchsia and purple.

I referred her to Ric Testani, who has learned from many of my lessons, because his work is lovely and he is in her area. The two of them met and agreed to work together on the wedding fruit carving arrangements.

Later in August, Ric purchased a bunch of stuff from my online shop.

He told me, “I was having fun in your online store. I am going to have surgery in my leg and need to keep busy and off my feet so I bought a bunch of fun things. My surgery is on the 6th of September and I plan to play all the following week”.

I didn’t remember the wedding date and didn’t know how close the surgery was to the wedding date. I was also distracted because I was in the midst of creating new video lessons and so did not give it much thought.

On September 16, I learned from a Facebook post that Ric was in a lot of pain.

He had written, 

“I made it until 2:00pm without a pain pill! Now I’m ready to kill the first thing I see. Guess I need a pill now before I pass out from the pain. Trying to get ready for the doctor to release me to go back to work… I want to go back to work so bad….. I am BORED”!!!

One week later, Ric sent me photos of the carvings that he did for the wedding. At first, I responded that he did a beautiful job and that the wedding fruit carving arrangements were gorgeous. Then I remembered and wrote, “Wait a minute, aren’t you lying in a bed in pain recovering from leg surgery?”

The wedding was only three or four days after I saw the Facebook post about being in pain!

Ric responded with,

LOL. My friend drove me and I managed to get the work done.”

I was stunned that he was able to do this carving so soon after surgery and said so. Rick responded with,

 “I would never let a client down. No matter what I had to do to do the work and assemble it. So friends got everything there and me and propped me up and I went to work, LOL. Everyone is always fascinated on the assembly.”

Photos of Ric’s Wedding Fruit Carving Arrangements

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Ric’s spectacular wedding fruit carving arrangements includes watermelon radishes and golden beets. Most of  the fruit and vegetable flowers in this display are taught in my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for beginners.

 

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Such great attention to detail! Want to learn to make a face carving? Learn how in my pumpkin and watermelon Portrait Carving course.

 

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Purple onions and red and yellow bell and chili pepper flowers add a nice pop of color to the arrangement.

 

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Another view of one of Ric’s beautiful wedding fruit carving arrangements.

I think Ric is truly amazing for putting together such beautiful wedding fruit carving arrangements in spite of his recent surgery and pain. Remarkable! And, of course, I am happy that he did such a good job for my reader.

Another Photo of Ric’s Wedding Fruit Carving Arrangements

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The purple flowers on the far left are purple onions and the purple roses are carved from purple potatoes. Together with the ordinary radishes and watermelon radishes, Ric did a great job of keeping with the fuchsia and purple color scheme.

For those of you who are wondering, the purple roses were carved from purple potatoes. Yes, there really are potatoes that grow with the purple color, no dye needed. 

The wedding fruit carving arrangements were all assembled onsite. Ric grows almost all the greens he uses in his own yard. Here is a photo of one of the forms that he used as a base for his arrangement. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas for making your own arrangements.

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Ric’s base for his fruit carving arrangement

In case you are wondering about Ric, he works for a caterer and creates displays a day on a regular basis.

For those of you who like seeing wedding set ups (as I do), here are a few photos of the wedding flowers and tables.

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Beautiful table display.

 

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The lovely formal dining “room” in a white outdoor tent.

 

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Gorgeous floral display.

Here is a man who loves his work and does it well in spite of challenging circumstances. That is something to be admired. Great job, Ric!

A big thank you goes out to Ric for doing a great job of providing lovely wedding fruit carving arrangements for my reader and for sharing his photos with us.

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15 Responses to Ric Testani’s Beautiful Wedding Fruit Carving Arrangements

  1. somayieh October 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    They are so beautiful , I like them. Thank you very much.

  2. Maria October 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    AWESOME! The arrangements are jaw-dropping beauties!!! My niece is getting married next year – I hope there is a “Ric” nearby.

  3. Jay October 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    GREAT job Rick! If you can do this after surgery, I want to see what you do when you’re rocking!

  4. Michelle Malcolm October 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

    Beautiful I love them.

  5. Sue October 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    “Stunning” “Beautiful” work Ric…Thanks for sharing Nita.

  6. Pauline Montano October 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Beautiful! I love to see all the creativity. Amazing what you can do with fruit and vegetables.

  7. Richard Testani October 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Thank you Nita and all the readers for your kind words. I love my job and find it so relaxing. All of the things I have made for this display, I have learned from Nita’s collection of educational videos. The best relaxation for me is one of Nita’s DVD’s, my knives and a pot of espresso. I have bought so many DVD’s from so many people, But I will say Nita has the best techniques and the best way of expressing what and how to do it. Her online store ships instantly and arrives in a day or so. Don’t be afraid to have fun, if all else fails you can just eat it.

    Respectfully,

    Ric Testani

    • Nita October 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you for the wonderful endorsement Ric. I do try my best to give good value with my instructions.

      And Ric, I totally agree with what you say about carving being relaxing. I love to sit outside and carve. with or without music. Relaxation and carving have become so intertwined in my being that just the hearing the sound of the ping of my Thai knife makes me feel relaxed and happy. It may sound weird but it’s true. It’s almost like meditation- just focusing on carving.

  8. MARY JOSEPH October 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    its so beautifull

  9. Aneta Lekas October 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Amazing job Rick,
    It is not easy when you face challenges but you still don’t want your client to be disappointed. That is an artist’s spirit! Nothing will stop us from making others feel happy by carving masterpieces for them.
    Great job Rick

  10. Dee Bri June 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Great Talent Rick, I am anxious to order my tools and DVD’s and get started. It looks like a great relaxation. I got to get started. So beautiful full of oohs so wondèful.

    • Nita Gill June 18, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      Some onions are stronger smelling that others. I usually don’t have an issue with purple onions cut like these.

  11. Bernard Choquette June 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    HI NITA

    When i see all your very nice photos, i ask me a question about your flowers whit all your ognons, when you expose this kind of flowers, are not smelling
    because me when i touch an ognon, i need to have a box ef KLEENEX for my eyes

    a poor student
    Bernard Choquette

  12. Cedric June 18, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    Do you teach ice scripture classes

    • Nita Gill June 18, 2016 at 9:57 am #

      No, I’m sorry but I don’t teach ice carving classes.

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