Here Comes The Bride – Are Her Eyes Red?
Bec Koop wanted to bring the cannabis out of the shadows and make it a part of the celebration. 2014 turned out to be the year she did it. “I sometimes joke: With every single wedding that we’ve been to, there’s probably been at least one person out in the car in the parking lot getting high,” Koop said in a recent interview with The Cannabist.
And she’s right, isn’t she? Some alcohol lovers will carry a flask on their person – how is bringing a joint in your purse any different? Marijuana’s reputation with nay-sayers is constantly improving and I’m sure many of the folks in the cannabis community expect that pot will be legal, nationwide, before it is all said and done.
And they are probably right too, aren’t they?
So why shouldn’t Koop pair two things she loves – floral arrangements and cannabis. It takes a lot of guts to start your own business, even more guts to start a business that essentially chucks federal law out of the window. But that is just what Koop did in 2014 and has been making an impact since.
Even so, there was still a void in the wedding market. I remember hearing a friend say Bec was going to be doing her wedding – but how would OTHER people hear? How would enough people to support a growing business hear about Bec’s company, Buds and Blossoms?
We were pleased to find out that with co-founders Philip Wolf (Founder of Cultivating Spirits) and Nicki Usbay (Founder of LoveAndMarij.com) Koop found just the partners she needed to make a cannabis wedding expo daydream into a reality.
Yes, a cannabis wedding expo – the first in fact. It would be like every other wedding expo with vendors to help plan, feed, entertain and indulge yourselves and your guests on your special day. It would also have a place for on-site cannabis consumption.
There would also be cannabis bouquet/boutonniere displays. And don’t forget cannabis budtenders available for hire, to help make strain selection less strenuous for your future wedding guests. Speakers would round out the expo events with advice from cannabis wedding brides-to-be and an educational chat about the effects of using marijuana and alcohol simultaneously.
It sounds like something a cannabis loving bride and groom only day-dream about – sharing a joint instead of raising a glass at their reception. But with the effort from these three – Koop, Wolf and Usbay – marijuana infused weddings did get their day in the sun.
January 17, 2016 marked the day of the inaugural Cannabis Wedding Expo!
One can only hope it won’t be the last.