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COVID-19's lasting effect infiltrated supply-chains and the labor industry, causing shortages on a variety of products---including flowers. 

Like most brides, Haley Herry envisioned walking down the isle with her dream bridal bouquet months advance.

“Flowers that I wanted which were blue, blush and white,“ Herry said.   

The nationwide flower shortage uprooted her plan just one week before her wedding day.  

“Well, the white flower, or the main staple I guess, was nowhere,” Herry said.  

 Two months after Herry walked down the isle, the flower shortage is still affecting weddings, parties and events. 

But there's one kind of flower that all brides want, but florists are struggling to find.  

“White roses are very hard to find," said Louisiana Wholesale Florists Manager, Rick Hill. "It’s across the board but, roses are the hardest”  

As postponed weddings and events are now booking venues every weekend, this increased demand for flowers is not the only cause of the shortage.  

Vendors from California have moved on to a new cash crop. 

“A lot of the flower growers in California have converted to growing marijuana,” Hill said.

Louisiana Wholesale Florists typically receive a multitude of flowers from South America, but flowers from South America shipped by airlines are now replaced by more profitable cargo.   

“It’s a snowball effect," Hill said. "It’s just been one thing after the other”  

The shortage initially began Mother's Day 2020 and is not wilting any time soon.   

“All of the holidays one after the other, most of the growers are probably saying June or July of next year before we will see an increased supply,”  Hill said.

 In the meantime, many florists are being extra creative to give their customers want they want. Florists are turning to "real-touch," silk flowers as well as dry flowers to expand the variety. 

“She made sure we had a good backup of what we wanted which still gave the image of what I wanted, so it ended up being perfect," Hill said. "It was just definitely a plan B that was unexpected."

Future brides may have to continue to be flexible with their desired flowers for a few more months.