Aspen and Jack’s DIY Wedding Flowers

We love seeing what brides, grooms, and their friends and family create with our DIY flowers and foliage. We pick beautiful bunches of fresh, seasonal flowers and foliage imagining what unique creation the wedding party will make with our flowers.

Aspen and Jack’s late fall wedding featured the beautiful reds and purples of fall. Congratulations Aspen and Jack!

Aspen's DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen’s DIY bridal bouquet. Photo courtesy of Martin Photography and Video (http://www.martinphotographyandvideo.com/).
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack's DIY flower arrangements.
Aspen and Jack’s DIY flower arrangements.

Thank you to Aspen and Jack and Martin Photography and Video for sharing these pictures.

If you are interested in DIY flowers, please check out our DIY FAQs and look at more photos of beautiful DIY creations.

What the heck have they been doing on the farm?

Although you wouldn’t know it from our blog, it has been a very busy summer on the farm. We’ve grown more flowers than ever before and we have been planning and preparing for an even bigger season next year. Our heads are dancing with visions of sugar plums and deep loamy soil. Of course here in Hurdle Mills we only have red cement that passes for clay. But we’ve already started taking the steps that will transform our clay soil into sugar plums — or at least friable loamy clay — with time and love. The farm is still too wet to work in, but the sun is shining at last. While the soil dries out, here are some pictures of what we’ve been working on:

The farm and house.
The farm and house. This summer’s flowers are in the front with new fields for next year in the back.
Some of next spring's flowers growing in landscape fabric for weed control.
Some of next spring’s flowers growing in landscape fabric for weed control.

The most exciting projects we’ve been working on this year have been investments in soil health. We have started a heavy rotation of cover crops that will add organic matter to the soil and help break up the clay, making it more friable. We have also experimenting with no-till agricultural practices. Tilling “burns up” organic matter in the soil and destroys the soil organisms which build healthy soils and grow healthy plants. In order to make our no-till work, we are using “occultation,” a process of using tarps to create an environment that encourages decomposition. We learned about this method from Bare Mtn Farm in Oregon and from Jean-Martin Fortier in Quebec.

We have been using cover crops to build our soil.
We have been using cover crops to build our soil.
Occultation is a techniques that uses tarps to speed decomposition and build soil.
Occultation is a techniques that uses tarps to speed decomposition and build soil.

While we have been planning for next year, our flower business has been growing by leaves and blooms. Our DIY Buckets have been very popular this year. We have started offering buckets of foliage as well, which really makes the flowers stand out and is an economical way to make the flowers go further.

DIY foliage bucket.
DIY foliage bucket.
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Fall DIY bucket
Four-bucket fall DIY wedding
Four-bucket fall DIY wedding

In addition to doing weddings and events, we do weekly arrangements for businesses. Here are a couple examples of our business arrangements. In addition, we are considering starting a flower CSA subscription program next year with pick up near downtown Hillsborough. Are you interested in getting weekly flowers for your business? Would you like to join the flower CSA? If so, please contact us.

Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.
Fall arrangement.

Now you are up to date on the farm. While the soil dries out, we are trying to get as much done on the house as we can. Our goal is to get our rough-in inspection by the end of the month. What does that mean? Stay tuned for our next post, “What the heck have they been doing on the house?

Website Updates

Fall Bridal Bouquet
Fall Bridal Bouquet

Have you been wondering what it is like to work with Spring Forth Farm for your wedding? Wonder no more! Check out the comments and reviews from our past wedding clients.

We are already booked for several weekends this summer. If you would like our fresh flowers for your wedding or event, please contact us to reserve your date.

We’ve also added galleries of bouquets, DIY weddings, and boutonnieres & corsages so you can have see what our flowers and designs look like.

At the Iron Horse

A new wedding venue is opening up in Cedar Grove, not far from Spring Forth Farm. Iron Horse Events is a beautiful site for a farm wedding, with barns, a pond, and a lovely old farm house. Iron Horse Events had an opening Open House this week, and we were delighted to do the flowers.

We started by making examples of bridal bouquets.

Our seasonal flowers included a variety of table arrangements in mason jars and several bud vases for small tables.

And of course, the farmers had a good time. (We made the corsage and boutonniere, one of our favorite things to do when we go out on a date as well as for brides and grooms.)

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Thank you to Heba Salama Photography for the photo. (Heba and her husband also own Fig & Honey and they did an amazing job with the food. We can’t wait to go to their new restaurant.)

We are really looking forward to future opportunities to provide flowers for this amazing venue. If you are interested in Spring Forth Farm flowers for your wedding or other event, please contact us to reserve your date.

Wildflower Wedding, May 31, 2014

May was a busy wedding month at Spring Forth Farm.  Clients are taking advantage of our DIY bucket of flowers we offer as well as the “a la carte” option for a mixture of DIY buckets with Spring Forth Farm making the bouquets and boutonnieres.  Jonathan and I put together a wedding with a “wildflower theme” for Saturday May 31, 2014.  Here are some photos of that process.  Enjoy the beauty of the flowers.

Wildflower Bridal Bouquet
Bridal Bouquet. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Bridesmaids Bouquet
Bridesmaid’s Bouquet.
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Boutonnieres.
Boutonnieres.
Boutonnieres.

The handiwork for making boutonnieres and bouquets takes a lot of focus and organization.  We like to lay out the flowers as we work so that we aren’t scrambling to find what we need and to strip leaves off of the stems.  A year ago I spent a month at Harvest Moon Flower Farm where I first learned to build bouquets from experienced flower farmer, Linda Chapman.  We also used Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers by Erin Benzakein and Lynn Byczynski, a wonderful book to help us continue to learn how to build bouquets and wire flowers for boutonnieres.  Spring Forth Farm wouldn’t be where we are now without these resources.

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Building a bridesmaid bouquet. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Making boutonnieres.

We cut the final few bunches of flowers for the DIY section of the order Saturday morning of the wedding before the flowers were picked up.  We love providing the freshest possible flowers to our customers.

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Cutting matricaria. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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The wedding florals ready for pick up! Photo by Thomas Fisher.

The wedding flower pickup by the groom’s step-father on the morning of May 31, 2014.

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Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Photo by Thomas Fisher.

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We loved doing this wedding and love the opportunity to continue to improve our arranging skills.  We look forward to our next couple of weddings in June 2014.

 

Updated Website and a New Collaboration

One of the projects we’ve been working on this winter is updating our website with information about our wedding flower services and incorporating our logo into the website. We love how the logo looks juxtaposed with the colorful flower images.

Please take a look at the wedding services Spring Forth Farm offers and look at the General and DIY wedding FAQ pages to answer any questions you have. We really appreciate your sharing our farm website with any friends or family planning a wedding or event in this area.

Spring Forth Farmers. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Spring Forth Farmers. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)

Our friend Thomas Fisher approached us a couple weeks ago about taking pictures of us starting Spring Forth Farm for a portfolio project he’s working on. Tom is a talented photographer and we are honored that he asked us and excited to see the moments he captures. A couple days ago, we had to take care of some things on the new land, so we invited him out to see the property. Here are a few photos from his first visit.

We had a very helpful meeting with our USDA agent. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
We had a very helpful meeting with our USDA agent. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Right now, the land is like a blank canvas. The views are all earth and possibility. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Right now, the land is like a blank canvas. The views are all earth and possibility. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Still cleaning out hay from the barn. It is a great resource, but harvesting it is a lot of work. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)
Still cleaning out hay from the barn. It is a great resource, but harvesting it is a lot of work. (Photo by Thomas Fisher.)

An October Wedding Success

To be quite frank, it’s been a hard autumn season.  We are having a wake-up call to the menagerie of critters eating our vegetable garden including, but not limited to: 8 different species of caterpillars, a colony of rabbits, deer, and cutworms to name some.  Needless to say, after losing half of the vegetables we planted, we felt discouraged and inadequate.  Luckily, our flowers are growing elsewhere right now, and they have been growing beautifully.

HOWEVER, in spite of all that, Spring Forth Farm is celebrating a big accomplishment. We provided flowers for our first wedding. We worked hard planning, cutting, and arranging. It was a joy to deliver such beauty to our friends, the bride and groom, on their big weekend. We are thankful that they gave us this opportunity and took a risk with us as we stepped forward into the world of wedding flowers!

This is a good reminder for us that when we are struggling in one part of the farm, we can have a success in another.

Below are pictures of our work including Jonathan’s boutonnieres, Megan’s first bridal bouquet and table arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.  Enjoy!