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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.

group of people at a wedding
Photo by Rachel Leiner

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


bride holding wedding flowers

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!

Spring Blooms in the Berkshires: a glorious wedding at Race Brook Lodge

Apparently the only way to get from where I live, Northampton, to Sheffield, is “the back way.” The roads were curvy, bendy, and forked, but the day was gorgeous! New England spring was on full display: the perfect backdrop for Jessica and Chris’s family and friend-filled wedding on the grounds of Race Brook Lodge.

A side note for all of the couples reading my blog posts and considering me for flowering your wedding: every single event I’ve done this year that’s been outside has had PERFECT weather. Including one where there was a hail warning – the hail skipped right over us. I’m good luck, obviously.

Anyway, back to Jessica and Chris! The couple wanted seasonal blooms in pinks and purples, so that’s what I did! Mid June this year was at the tail end of my peony season, which was good news for them because not only was I able to use my peonies, I basically used up ALL the peonies that were in bloom right then because I knew they wouldn’t last much longer.

Location: Race Brook Lodge, Sheffield, MA (The Berkshires), late spring.
All photos by Eric Limon Photography.

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Classy, fun wedding at the Boylston Rooms!

The Boylston Rooms in Easthampton is the epitome of industrial chic, and Erin and Donny’s wedding reception’s classy, classic but fun vibe fit perfectly in the space. Erin’s colors were white, gold, and pink, and her instructions to me in regards to the florals were to make them lush and a little bit messy. I was very happy to oblige! I can try for controlled, but messy is really my thing!

Location: The Boylston Rooms, Easthampton, Massachusetts. Late May.
Photography: Lauren Dobish Photography.

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