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Sweet summer pastels at Valley View Farm in Haydenville

A beautiful day, beautiful location, and a beautiful couple!

Christina and Cameron were married at the peak of summer at Valley View Farm, in Haydenville, one of my favorite locations to flower! They wanted lots of colors – which I love – and lots of variety – which I also love – and as many locally grown blooms as possible – LOVE!

All photos of this wedding were captured by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

bridal bouquet
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

Christina’s bouquet featured the very first of my dahlias, plus lisianthus, snapdragons, delphinium, celosia, and a few roses and eucalyptus thrown in for good measure.

wedding
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

We built this custom hexagonal arch for the two of them – I love how this looks!

bride and bridesmaids
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

Bridesmaid bouquets were similar to Christina’s, but smaller and a touch more simple. I feel like these dresses were made for the touch of light blue delphinium we added to the bouquets! Maybe bridesmaid dress designers should start calling the colors flower names? Just a thought…

wedding table centerpieces
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

The tables at Valley View are so amazing! They really look good no matter what you put on them. This centerpiece design is one I do often at that venue. I call it an “eclectic vase” design. Maybe it has another name? Anyway, as long as the food is plated (not passed, family-style) it’s really perfect for this set-up since it’s light, airy, casual, but really pretty. As a grower it also lets me use funky little flowers that I might not have a million of but which look great in these fun little containers. If you look at the vases on the far right and far left of this picture you’ll see I used anise hyssop – the little purple flower with the pretty green leaves. It smells like licorice.

flowers on a table
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

Christina and Cameron also worked with The Borrowed Teacup for their dishware. See that cute little bread plate? Vintage! Love it! The whole look was very much “old fashioned garden party.” So sweet.

bride and groom
Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh Photography.

Congratulations to the happy couple! The wedding was gorgeous, but now for the best part: your marriage!

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Hot pink for a warm night in the Berkshires

Jane and Matt were married early June, but it was a hot day in Stockbridge and the peonies were blown wide open and gorgeous by the time I had everything set up. I loved that Jane and Matt picked all the pinks for their wedding flowers – this timed perfectly with peony season.

(You’ll see in this entry that some of the pictures are by me, taken mid-day with full natural sunlight, and some by Rachel Leiner, photographer extraordinaire, taken towards the end of the day and obviously edited with her full expertise. I’ll make it obvious who took what but wanted to point that out since the colors are fairly different in the various photos.)

Special thanks to Samantha of Kaleidescope Events, the planner! She and her team kept everything smooth! I also really enjoyed talking to the grounds set-up crew at Chesterwood Art Museum, Stockbridge. They gave me the low-down on the gorgeous, (and really big!) arch in the garden.

bride and groom at ceremony
Photo by Rachel Leiner

See what I mean about the peonies? If you get married in June at Chesterwood not only can you carry peonies in your bouquet and have them in your centerpieces, but peonies line the walkway. So gorgeous.

arch with flowers
Photo by Adrienne Bashista, Passalongs

A side note for the gardening nerds out there: the groundsmen told me that the arch used to be covered in beautiful white clematis vines. So I guess in years past there wasn’t that much for florists do to it as the clematis formed a beautiful backdrop. But then the clematis started looking rough and so they consulted clematis experts from England to give them advice about planting a new variety – and they learned that it wasn’t the variety, but that the vine was in full sun that mattered. If you know anything about clematis you’d know that they like shady feet, and the base of this vine was exposed. So they decided to replant the clematis, but plant it on the back of the arch, which is less full-sun and also plant some big hosta near it to provide shade. Clematis geek-out over!

bride and groom
Photo by Rachel Leiner

These two are pretty gorgeous, don’t you think?

pink centerpiece
Photo by Adrienne Bashista, Passalongs Farm

The peonies in the centerpieces smelled pretty amazing. I mixed in a few roses, some stock, purple Siberian Iris, some foliage – and it was très élégant!

pink flower centerpiece
Photo by Adrienne Bashista, Passalongs Farm

I have about 50 mature peony plants right now and have about 30 more that I should be able to harvest from this year as they are 3 years old…and planted 95 more this last fall so yes – it’s safe to say that peonies are THE flower of early June for me. I spy a couple different varieties here: Shirley Temple, Bowl of Beauty, and an unnamed white variety that I brought with me when I moved from North Carolina – those peonies had been at our previous house for at least 25 years, but more likely 50! So I don’t know their name but they are big, white, and bodacious.

table with flowers and candles
Photo by Adrienne Bashista, Passalongs Farm

I really loved the simple, neutral color scheme that Jane and Matt chose. The grey and white linens complemented the deep pinks and greens of the flowers so nicely.

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Photo by Rachel Leiner

Congratulations to the happy couple! The wedding was gorgeous, but now for the best part: your marriage!

 

Black and white and classic all over: a spring wedding at Springfield Country Club

Amanda and Matt’s wedding was pushed from 2020 to 2021, as so many of the pandemic weddings were, and actually moved locations as well! So many changes and adaptations and they pulled it off – a gorgeous ceremony and reception at the perfect time of year at Springfield Country Club.

All photos by Monika Norman Photography.

Location: Springfield Country Club, West Springfield, Massachusetts.

bride in front of ceremony arch
photo by Monika Normand Photography

The outdoor ceremony space at Springfield Country Club is really beautiful – tucked in a treelined nook up against a pretty pond – but it was also a couple holes away from the reception area and parking lot! Luckily the nice event folks at the Club loaned us a golf cart so we could get the flowers out to the arch to create this installation.

bride with bouquet
photo by Monika Normand Photography

I love how the pink rhododendrons are framing Amanda in this picture! Her bouquet was a mix of me-grown June blooms (spirea, foliages, ranunculus, and some wild honeysuckle) and white roses. The bridal veil spirea – which is good as a cut flower for about 1 week a year – was perfectly timed for this wedding!

 

 

 

wedding reception tables
photo by Monika Normand Photography

The reception space at Springfield Country Club is really light and airy and the black lanterns and foliage wreaths looked fantastic. We made these lantern surrounds like we would make holiday wreaths – by creating bundles of foliage and flowers and wiring them on round frames. This wedding was 100% foam free.

bride and bridesmaids
photo by Monika Normand Photography

Amanda’s bridesmaid bouquets were similar to hers, but a little simpler and a little smaller, and the spirea showed up in their bouquets as well.

groom
photo by Monika Normand Photography

Matt and his groomsmen’s boutonnieres complemented Amanda’s bouquet.

bride and groom
photo by Monika Normand Photography

Congratulations to the happy couple! The wedding was gorgeous, but now for the best part: your marriage!

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An elegant affair at Easthampton’s The Boylston Rooms

bridal bouquet
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

Brittany and Patrick’s wedding was so personal and unique! They chose a turn-of-the-century (before last!) theme, and everything – from Brittany’s gorgeous beaded gown to their flowers to their table decorations served up interesting details that went perfectly with the industrial chic of The Boylston Rooms.

All photos by Brooke Ellen Photography.

Brittany’s make-up by Crystal Vazquez and Co.

Location: The Boylston Rooms, Easthampton, Massachusetts.

And flowers by me! Passalongs Farm and Florist.

wedding bouquet
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

The couple were married the end of May and wanted primarily dark colors, so I used what I had growing here at Passalongs Farm – dark purple anemones, iris, hot pink peonies, burgandy ranunculus – with roses and calla lilies and dark eucalyptus and agonis as well as pheasant feathers, which added a unique and funky touch.

man with boutonniere
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

Patrick’s boutonniere featured scabiosa buds and ranunculus, as well as agonis and and italian ruscus.

wedding ceremony
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

The arch was double sided and assymetrical. The windows at the Boylston Rooms always make my ceremony pieces look amazing!

wedding centerpieces
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

Centerpieces were what I call an “eclectic vase assortment.” These look great on round tables and long rectangular tables, including barn tables, and we can always add personal touches, like the amber vases or the mirror glass candles Brittany and Patrick chose, or fabric treatments like gauze or runners. As a grower sometimes I have only a few of certain flowers (like the funky Sicilian honey garlic in the taller container) or maybe short stems (like many of the anemones I grew spring of 2021) and this kind of centerpiece lends itself really well to these kind of bits and bobs. Each table ends up with a really unique focal point.

bride and groom
Photo by Brooke Ellen Photography.

Congratulations to the happy couple! The wedding was gorgeous, but now for the best part: your marriage!

Pink is a fall color! Bright and seasonal flowers for a coastal Maine wedding!

Yanet and Jon’s wedding had to move from my neck of the woods (western Massachusetts) to Maine because of the pandemic, so last fall I loaded up the old minivan with my husband, loads of hot pink dahlias, a couple of flowers crowns – and off we went to the coast!

Photos by Novella Photography
Venue & catering: Hidden Pond Resort
Planner: Azalea Events
 DJ: Visual Sound Productions
Videographer: Eastty Weddings
Florist: (me!) Passalongs Farm 

arch for wedding
The couple wanted all the pink for their coastal fall wedding, and I was happy to oblige. This birch arch arch features eucalyptus galore, pink, red, and white roses, and pink and white dahlias.
little girl with flower crown
Yanet and her daughters each had flower crowns – so darling! I love making flower crowns – from little bitty ones like this one to Yanet and her oldest daughter’s “boho” crowns.
bride with parents
Yanet’s bouquet was made up of all the red and pink I could find – dahlias, roses, and lisianthus, to name a few, but also featured pops of blue, which had a special significance for her.
Yanet and her eldest daughter had matching boho crowns – dahlias and roses all the way!
banquet hall
Hidden Pond Resort’s banquet hall featured this amazing wire boat that I festooned with foliage. Table decor was groups of eclectic vases filled with more pink flowers.

 

"just married" on back of car
They rented a really cool antique car to tool around in after the ceremony. It was fun to decorate it with garland! Just married!

 

Fall Wedding Shoot at The White Room, Crompton Collective, Worcester

I was honored to be part of a wedding shoot this past fall – it pushed me out of my comfort zone (i.e. western Massachusetts – we were all the way in Worcester!) and connected me with a bunch of fantastic vendors! From cake to dresses to jewelry to place to photographer to tablescape, everything looked amazing. I thought that the coordinator, Kawinthi Fernando, of Events by Kawinthi, did a phenomenal job of matchmaking all the vendors to the setting, keeping us well informed and well organized, and corralling all of us the day of, which pretty much sums up the qualities of a good wedding coordinator.
Credits for the shoot:
Planning & Design: Events by Kawinthi; IG: @eventsbykawinthi
Photography (except as noted): Atlas and Stone; IG: @atlasandstone
Tableware & Linens: Peak Event Services; IG: @peakeventservices
Models: Aymbre @aymbs and Marisa @bettie.monroe

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Turn of the century-themed wedding at Wisteriahurst

Jessica and Mike wanted a turn of the century themed wedding, and what better location than Wisteriahurst, the historic mansion and cultural center in Holyoke. After the ceremony they and their guests traveled to the Roosevelt Room at Union Station in Northampton – more of the turn-of-the-century theme as it’s the great hall of the railway station in Northampton, built right before 1900.

wedding party
I love how dark and moody this picture of Jessica and Mike’s wedding party looks. The darker pictures that Brian Marsh Photography took of the couple and their guests remind me of a John Singer Sargeant painting. So gorgeous!

Locations:
Ceremony: Wisteriahurst, Holyoke;
Reception: Roosevelt Room, Union Station, Northampton
Photos by Brian Marsh Photography

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Wedding flowers for two “planty people” at Quonquont Farm

Michele and Graham are what I like to call “planty people.” Both work in horticulture. Both love plants. And so when they asked me to do their personal flowers for their September wedding at Quonquont Farm in Whateley, but said they planned on creating their centerpieces themselves using buckets of DIY flowers, I was happy to oblige. And when they asked if they could create these centerpieces themselves in my shed…well, I wouldn’t have let just anyone do it! But I was happy to let these two do it! (And actually, I might let more people do it in the future because we they had such a great time! Continue reading “Wedding flowers for two “planty people” at Quonquont Farm”

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A light, bright and (up in the) airy fall wedding at The Boylston Rooms

When I first met with Grace and Chris it was clear Grace had a vision for her wedding. She wanted her flowers to be unique – mainly orange, but not earthtones-of-fall-orange – orange and blue and white – with a very special element: balloons! Giant balloons! She showed me a picture of what she wanted and since I’m game for anything I said sure…but then was very relieved when she found a balloon specialist! All I needed to do was provide the flowers and foliage for the balloons, and voila – a super special tablescape was born.

Location: The Boylston Rooms, Easthampton MA
Photos by: Trish Kemp Photo
Balloons courtesy of Jexsy Balloons
Flowers by me! Passalongs Farm

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Sam and Joe’s intimate fall wedding at Valley View Farm

Sam and Joe were married the end of September at Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA. A perfect time of year in New England, a perfect time for flowers, and a perfect time for guests and family and loved ones to travel far and wide to our fair Pioneer Valley.

Unless it’s 2020. And we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

So plans had to change.

Some things stayed the same: September is still the perfect time of year to be married in western Massachusetts. Flowers are still at their peak. But hundreds of friends and family traveling from far and wide? Not so much.

Instead, a few friends and family. Instead, a more intimate – but still very special – celebration.

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