In 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
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
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.
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.
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.