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!

Farm, flowers, and work work work work work work…2019 in review

2019, for me, was a year of work! Which is not a bad thing! If you’re doing work you love, you’re hardly working, am I right?

Maybe.

We built a studio! It has been so lovely to have heat in the winter and a/c in the summer. After living in this for 9 months it sure doesn’t look like this any more! I’ve managed to fill it up and already wish I had double the space. It’s a huge improvement over my shed!

This was a year of exponential growth here at Passalongs Farm. I almost tripled my wedding work. I more than tripled my growing area. I built a studio that had electricity, air conditioning and heat!!  I stopped doing farmers’ markets (mostly) but doubled the flowers I sold by the road. I hired people to help me! (That was a big step.) I put more money into my farm, but bought more product elsewhere. I started a reflowering project, where I re-made flowers from weddings into small bouquets for folks in local nursing homes. I went to two growers’ conferences. I worked. I worked a lot. I learned as much as I worked.

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