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Sunshine-y fall flowers at a light-filled Valley View Wedding

I am not exaggerating when I say that 99% of the pictures of Colleen and Matt at their lovely fall wedding are of her laughing or smiling, and him looking at her like he’s just won the lottery. Look – I appreciate all the images that I’m sent of the weddings I flower. I think: “how sweet,” “how adorable,” “how beautiful.” But for this one I honestly teared up. I mean – to be as happy as Colleen looks and to be as adoring as Matt – this is the dream, right?

All photos of this gorgeous wedding are by Kelly F. Peterson Photography.

The location, of course, is Valley View Farm in Haydenville, MA.

Flowers are by me, and feature a color scheme I sometimes call fall pastels, or sunny fall neutrals. Or just, fall but not orange-orange.

bride holding flowers
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

Here’s one of the only pictures where Colleen isn’t laughing! Probably because Matt’s not in it! Here’s what was requested for the wedding flowers, starting with her bouquet:  rustic, simple, and neutral, seasonal colors, including dried flowers, but not too bright. Nailed it! Colleen’s bouquet included dahlias, sunflowers, roses, goldenrod, eucalyptus, eryngium, and dried thlaspi, or pennycress.

wedding flowers
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

Prospective couples often ask me the difference between the bride’s bouquet and the bridesmaids’ or groomsmaids’ bouquets and I think this picture shows the contrast well. First – know that you can do whatever you want for your attendants. Same colors, different colors, no colors – whatever. I always defer to your vision. That said, this is what MOST of my clients decide: attendant bouquets that are similar to the bride’s, but smaller and simpler. So while the bridal bouquet may have 20-25 main flowers, attendant bouquets may have half that. I also try to make the attendant bouquets somewhat similar, but I happen to think a benefit of working with a grower is that I can work with lots of variety, so no two are ever really the same.

wedding ceremony
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

See what I mean? More laughing, more adoring looks!

wedding flowers
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

The arch installation was fun to make because it was a whole lot of texture, including dried thlaspi (pennycress), a fantastic early foliage that I grow here at Passalongs. It actually grows itself – seldom coming up where I put it and pretty much coming up anywhere I haven’t. I’ve learned to go with it.

barn table centerpieces
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

This is a great view of the beautiful barn tables at Valley View, decorated with a centerpiece I call, for lack of a better description: the “eclectic vase” centerpiece. It’s a really pretty, effective, somewhat casual but easily dressed up and afforable centerpiece option for the amazing wooden barn tables at Valley View Farm. I’ve mentioned this in previous blog posts, but as a grower I especially like this centerpiece because I can use all the funky bits and bobs I have growing, no matter stem length or size of bloom. Each one is different, but the whole is very harmonious.

flowers in vases
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

I spy a Breakout dahlia, orange spray heirloom chrysanthemums, goldenrod, dried millet, fern, an Apple Blossom dahlia, and the list goes on.

table with flowers
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

After the ceremony, the staff at Valley View took down the arch installation and put it at the foot of the sweetheart table. I think it looks amazing! I create arch installations on site and I don’t make them so they’ll look any special way if moved, but I find that event folks are experts at doing this sort of thing.

bride and groom
Photo by Kelly F. Peterson Photography

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

Orchard themed wedding at the historic Fruitlands Museum

Fruitlands is a gorgeous historical orchard in Harvard, MA, and was the site of an intentional community created by Louisa May Alcott’s father and their friends in the mid 19th century. It has walking trails, gardens, lots of information and artifacts about Transcendentalism, and it’s also the site of many a wedding, including Elizabeth and Herbert’s very colorful affair this past August!

Photo by Lena Mirisola

I LOVE the photos from this wedding. One reason is because Elizabeth and Herbert wanted COLOR for their flowers, and I love color. When we first talked they didn’t give me a color scheme, exactly, but a list of colors they liked, which I loosely translated into “the colors of apples.” They liked the idea of food – harvest – apples – and I did too! The other reason, of course, is because their wedding photographer, Lena Mirisola, is amazing. I doubt she needs my plug because I’m betting she has more business than she needs, but the images speak for themselves!  I love to meet young women who are amazing at and passionate about what they do!

bouquet
Photo by Lena Mirisola

Elizabeth’s bouquet featured all my farm has to offer in August. Nice fat zinnias, early dahlias, “hot biscuits” amaranth, eryngium, celosia, mixed with some eucalyptus and a couple hot pink roses – mwah. Oh – and blackberries! This picture doesn’t show the blackberries that I used for texture and foliage but the first one does.

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boutonniere on groom
Photo by Lena Mirisola

You all should know by now how much I love a cute boutonniere! Herbert wore this one well! I spy Raz-ma-taz dahlias (the cutest hot pink with pops of yellow mini dahlia ever!), celosia, tansy, and the center of an echinacea flower for color and texture. And the blackberries!

boutonnieres
Photo by Lena Mirisola

More bouts! Love them! In case you’re wondering, the teal ribbon was a special request – you can see it in Elizabeth’s bouquet as well. I typically either use a mossy green (to match stems) or white ribbons, but this looked really cool, don’t you think! So contrasty.

Photo by Lena Mirisola

The field that Fruitlands uses for outdoor weddings has a gorgeous scenic backdrop. I love the layers on the horizon – the rock wall, the treeline, and then the rolling hills.

centerpiece
Photo by Lena Mirisola

The centerpieces I made at Elizabeth and Herbert’s wedding were fun! They chose birch-wrapped vases to highlight the New England vibe, and in addition to the seasonal flowers and foliage I included fruit! Local apples (from a farmstand up the road,) unripe peaches from one of my peach trees, and blackberry and raspberry foliage.

centerpiece
Photo by Lena Mirisola

The table markers were fun – instead of numbers they used names of herbs. Love it!

bride and groom kissing
Photo by Lena Mirisola

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