September Flowers in Full Bloom
Last fall I had the pleasure of creating the wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and the like for good friends, Mario and Angel. The result was incredible and the road to get there was truly fun and exciting. Last July I made a trip out to Pumpkin Ridge Gardens in North Plains, Oregon to scope out the colors and types of flowers they were growing. Pumpkin Ridge is a wonderful organic farm that I was currently getting my CSA through, so it only made perfect sense! Polly and James had (and continue to have) a beautiful organic flower garden that we sourced the majority of the flowers from. I can’t tell you how fun it was to see the flowers in July and then hand cut them 2 months later for the wedding! I spent the the Wednesday before the wedding trimming with Polly (one of Pumpkin Ridge’s owners) who was a great resource for all things flowers. Without Polly, things could have easily gone south! Thanks Polly! I learned how to properly trim the flowers, store them and keep them looking beautiful for the big day. With the help of the dutiful groom we even rigged our own “flower cooler” using an AC unit, a garage, duct tape and some blankets. How is that for utilitarian?!
Not only did Pumpkin Ridge supply lovely flowers – but hops, blackberry vines, lavender and a few other unique items for the bouquets and arrangements. My favorite was the hops mostly used in the groom and groomsmen’s boutonnieres. Oregon is beer country after all – and I think those hops were pretty darn appropriate for the groom and his men!
The lovely bride, Angel, had a vintage look in mind for the big day right from the start. She found all the teacups for the centerpieces at a vintage shop in Portland, amongst other vintage items at the wedding. She had even picked out a feather that I tied into her bouquet to accentuate the vintage flair. It was such a beautiful day – a beautiful wedding and to celebrate two beautiful friends!