Thai Tulip Wedding

_DSC0691 Jenny initially booked her wedding with us for June but had to reschedule. When she called back and asked if we could provide flowers the first weekend in August, I explained to her that all of our fields are still in cover crop and we wouldn't have any of our own flowers to work with. She insisted she really wanted local flowers and asked if there was anything I could think of. I gave my friend Joe at Possum Hollow Farm a call, and he let me know he would have an abundance of Cucurmas, also called Thai Tulips, available during that time. Jenny was totally into it. Looking back, I'm so glad she was so open, flexible, and excited to have locally grown flowers in her wedding. We've never done an August wedding before and it was a real treat.

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Over the past few years, Possum Hollow has been growing these beauties and trailing lots of different varieties. They're in the same family as Tumeric, and native to Southeast Asian and Southern China. They're super hardy, have a long vase life, and are really different from anything we grow on our farm right now.

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It took us a whole day to complete the ceremony and reception centerpieces. We designed the centerpieces in my favorite compote vessels by B Practical Pottery. Our newest farm apprentice, Amber, and Lillian from Hallwood Floral helped to create some real beauties! We mixed the Cucurmas with some foraged greenery including flowering Loquat branches, scented geranium, crepe myrtle foliage and seed pods, privet, golden dew drop, river oats, asparagus fern, and spirea.

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For the aisle, we created larger arrangements in french style buckets. In these we also incorporated some fun Globba Obscura, or Dancing Lady gingers. These come in white, and pink have an awesome cascading shape that add so much movement to the design.  These beauties looked gorgeous adoring the aisle under the shade of large oak trees at the venue, Clark Plantation.

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On the second day of prep we worked on the personal flowers including boutonnieres, corsages, and the bridal bouquet.

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We make most of our corsages with a technique I learned from Passionflower Sue at the Floret workshop in which we attach flowers to brass cuff bracelets. We used Strawflowers I dried from our spring planting along with foraged greenery and crepe myrtle berries.

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The bridal bouquet is typically one of the last elements I design. As soon as a bride books with us, I begin to develop an image of what their bouquet may look like and carry it in my mind until the design is finished. I consider it an honor to be able to contribute locally grown beauty to someones wedding day.

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