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.

 

A Photo Essay

Time is getting away from me.  Here is a short photo essay of happenings on Spring Forth Farm over the past few weeks!  Stay tuned to find out where you can get your next Spring Forth Farm bouquet.

Frolic Life: living without electricity has proven to be easier than we thought and quite relaxing.

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Bath Time
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Night time reading and writing-Photo by Tom Fisher

Market Bouquets and Wholesale Accounts: as we continue to figure out how we will market this summer, we are blessed to be able to set up a small flower stand at the school I teach at, Orchard Hill Children’s School.

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Market Stand Bouquets
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Last Fridays in Hillsborough Stand

Maggie at Pine State Flowers in Durham, NC is buying our flowers for her new shop.

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Wholesale poppies and bachelors buttons-Photo by Tom Fisher
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Jonathan harvesting for wholesale-Photo by Tom Fisher
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View from the far side of the farm-Photo by Tom Fisher
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Megan seeding wildflower mixes and cover crops into our fields

1st Market: Success!

Here are some photos from our first market selling Spring Forth Farm flowers at a market on the UNC campus. The market was a huge success, and we sold every bouquet and every tulip we brought!

Next week, on April 25th, we will be setting up our flower stand from 6PM-9PM at the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Hillsborough.

Spring Forth Farm flower stand at FLO/CDS spring 2014 market at UNC.
Spring Forth Farm flower stand at FLO/CDS spring 2014 market at UNC. 

We started with a full stand.

Spring Forth Farm bouquets for sale at the 2014 FLO/CDS spring market at UNC.
Spring Forth Farm bouquets for sale.
Tulips.
Tulips.
Selling a bouquet at the 2014 FLO/CDS market at UNC. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Selling a bouquet at the 2014 FLO/CDS market at UNC. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Our bouquets and tulips were a big hit with students and faculty.
Jonathan talking to a customer. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Jonathan talking to a customer. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
A Spring Forth Farm bouquet.
A Spring Forth Farm bouquet.
Our poppies were a big hit. These are Icelandic poppies “Red Sails.”
Spring Forth Farm poppies.
Spring Forth Farm poppies.
We sold out! At the end, we had only three unopened tulips left, but they too were snapped up before the market ended, a perfect end-of-semester and Easter gift for mom.
Almost sold out: Only three tulip buds left in the bucket.
Almost sold out: Only three tulip buds left in the bucket.

Don’t miss the next chance to buy Spring Forth Farm’s seasonal flowers, April 25th at the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Hillsborough starting at 6PM.

Building Our 1st Home

Finally we’re ready to move onto our land! We spent the last three months completely renovating a 1969 Frolic pull-behind camper. It is just under 80 square feet of home, and we’ll be living in it for the next couple years while we build our house. We spent last weekend “camping out” on the land taking care of some prep work before we move out there forever next week. It was a wonderful and exciting experience to see the sun set, worry about the wind blowing too strongly, and laugh at Mr. Bingley lounging in the sun. The Frolic was our first building project together, and we transformed it completely. Here is a brief chronicle of what we did and of our new home. Enjoy the slideshow.

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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.)