This beautiful video comes to us from the amazing team at Novae Film and Photo. This pre-wedding wedding shoot was such a pleasure to design and work on and Erik and Brant were fabulous fun!
Maine flower farmer
Someone recently asked me, why I grow flowers when at this point in my business I could easily get by with incoming wholesale product and blooms from many nearby farms. After all, farming is a LOT of work, on top of organizing, planning, meeting with clients and designing weddings.
There are the obvious reasons, local, organically grown, sustainable flowers are, of course, preferable to shipments from South America, Europe or California. And I do try to grow what I cannot find from suppliers; flowers that don’t transport well, things that are not in high enough demand or are not easy to grow on a commercial scale. These varieties allow me to add textures, colors, and shapes that I would not otherwise necessarily have access to, so that is a major win in the home-grown category.
But in all honestly I continue to grow for a much more visceral reason. Basically I just love the smell of that potting mix in spring, while snow is still falling outdoors. I am fascinated by tiny green leaves emerging from tiny dried seeds and then one day turning into 12ft amaranths dripping with color and goodness in the garden. And I love that it all takes time!
We live in a very fast-passed world. Instant gratification is our new reality.
When I was growing up there was no Amazon, no text messaging or email, no internet or social media (and I’m not even old!). You had to wait for replies, and things to arrive, and phone calls from overseas. You had to have a conversation to get to know someone. And that made those things more exciting! I remember how fun it was to get a package in the mail, now I can track what I order by the hour and I get restless if it’s a day late. We have become largely desensitized to our surroundings and the way things work.
On some level, this is why I love the garden. Its grounding. Flowers don’t happen over night, they are pampered from March until September; watered, fertilized, pinched and planted. I have to watch them for disease, protect them from the wild critters in the woods, feed them, weed them, and all of this takes time, effort and awareness. I love that I cannot turn the garden off, ignore it, or use an app to grow it!
As an extremely restless and impatient person, the garden gives me purpose and slows me down. It is beautiful, alive and operates completely on its own time!
Its almost March on a Maine micro flower farm. Seed starting begins soon, the sun is staying out a little later, and spring is finally starting to feel tangible again. For now, though, I am still stuck inside most days, watching my duck flock out the window, having questionably in-depth conversations with my cat, experimenting with sourdough recipes and basically just drumming my fingers until this snow melts away. As cabin fever starts to really get the best of me, I am reminded of how everyone keeps telling me to blog, so I guess now is as good a time to start as any!
Let’s begin with, How I Became a Farmer Florist, or more aptly, That Time I Bought a House and Never Wanted to Leave:
Several years ago my husband and I moved to Maine from Thailand because we were looking to establish a more permanent home-base for our nomadic, SCUBA-bum lifestyle (more on that later). Our intention was to buy a small house, get “nesting” out of the way, and then resume our life of weird experiences, delicious street food and diving with manta rays.
Only a few weeks into our property search, on a whim, I convinced our real estate agent to let me check out a house that was not at all in our budget and the complete opposite of what we were looking for; namely a nice, small, maintenance free, low mortgage payment! But one of my favorite things has always been snooping through new spaces, so we looked, just for fun!
Long story short, we now call that house, which was not in our budget and the complete opposite of what we were looking for, home!
Due to some unforeseen factors, it turned out to be not as out-of-our-budget as we initially thought. As fate would have it, we suddenly found ourselves the proud, slightly bewildered (and mildly terrified) owners of an adorable 1816 farmhouse, 30 acres of woodland and a lawn that is unimaginably expensive to mow.
This was all a bit overwhelming and definitely a change of pace from what we were used to. My husband, who is British, hadn’t lived in the “first world” for any significant length of time in almost two decades and I had only fleetingly tried my hand at “real life” some years earlier in Seattle. Our comfort zone tends to be any environment in which we are totally unfamiliar, so I guess in that respect, homeownership actually kind of fit the bill!
But what happens when you are in search of a starter home and instead end up with something kind of akin to your dream? You never want to leave, that’s what! Also, side note, the vision you once had of your “dream home” suddenly changes drastically and you begin to have delusions of Martha Stewart level grandeur, conversely, home repairs are no joke… but those are stories for another time!
And so, in a quest to never leave the property, but also not end up delinquent on a mortgage payment, I dug up the back yard and a flower “farm” was born!
And that’s pretty much how it happened…
Today Green Wedding Shoes featured this beautiful Maine wedding inspiration shot by Katelyn Mallett Photography at Granite State Alpaca Farm in New Hampshire!
Rachel and Joe got married on the most beautifully foggy day at Gray Haven’s Inn in Georgetown, Maine and here are the photos from Jill Hoyle Photography to prove it!
Check out Maureen and Anthony’s beautiful seaside wedding shot by Time Correira Photography!
We are so excited to have been a part of this special day! Valerie put a lot of thought and effort into executing the perfect wedding look and we were honored that she chose us to take care of her flowers! We were especially excited about how much she loved her wild and wonderful artichoke bouquet! And we couldn’t be more happy to receive such beautiful photos form the talented Jess Woodhouse! Check out a little sneak peek below!
How absolutely adorable are these two?
photos by Emily MacCabe Photography!
Check out these beautiful photographs by Katelyn Mallett Photography of Hope and Christopher’s gorgeous Grey Haven’s Inn wedding. It was a beautiful sunny day full of smiles and laughter!
Check out this Dark Alice shoot we did with a bunch or awesome Maine wedding vendors!
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