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!
Quonquont Farm, Whately MA.
All photos by Emily Vista Photography unless noted.
Flowers: Me! Passalongs Farm and Florist
Michele’s all-white bouquet featured dahlias, scabiosa, eryngium, white gomphrena, feverfew, a few white roses, poppy pods, and nigella pods, with some eucalyptus and dusty miller to compliment various shades of white. Almost all the elements of this bouquet (with the exception of the roses and eucalyptus) were grown either on my farm or on other farms in the Pioneer Valley. Photo by Passalongs Farm.
Graham’s request for the boutonnieres: no big floofy flowers, but lots of dried and funky stuff! Nailed it! These feature poppy pods, nigella pods, grasses, gomphrena, limonium, and a little bit of eucalyptus for color.
This picture is the best, so I had to include it. Michele told me it’s a picture of when she saw their decorated wedding arch for the first time!
Michele and Graham built this birch arch with the help of their friends, and they all carved their initials on the poles! So cute. I decorated the top with lots of eucalyptus and all the white flowers I could find. Later, the staff at Quonquont used this installation as decoration for the couple’s sweetheart table.
Michele’s bridesmaids’ bouquets were similar to hers, but somewhat smaller. These women look so pretty!
Michele and Graham diy’ed these centerpieces in my shed, and watching them do it inspired the personals I created! I noticed that they love foliage, weren’t afraid of using dried and funky elements, and enjoyed the variety that September provided. I see heirloom chrysanthemums, white aster, gomphrena, poppy pods, grasses, limonium, sage, and plecanthrus silver shield. I guarantee that no two of the centerpieces they created are the same!
In most of the photos the couple sent me Michele is laughing! This looks like it was a really fun wedding.
Congratulations to the happy couple! The wedding was gorgeous, but now for the best part: your marriage!