For every bride that wants red roses and white Easter Lilies there is another bride who longs for potted succulents and ornamental cabbages. And for each of them, there is another bride who wants nothing more than the flowers from her backyard.
While wildflowers are less formal and expensive than long-stemmed roses and orchids, they can be just as colorful, graceful and dramatic. Wildflowers can be used in all of your bouquets, and sprinkled on the tables, or tied in satchels or pots to chairs.
There is something magical about flowers. The way they dance in the breeze and catch the light, the way even a simple buttercup plucked from the side of the road delights us in a way that few other things can.
From our earliest days, we roamed the fields and the urban alleys collecting California Poppies and Black Eyed Susan’s. We created garlands for our hair and clutched crumpled bouquets tight to our chest as we walked down the aisle toward our “betrothed” practicing until the day when “the one” will be standing at the end of the aisle.
And while we have grown and our ideas and tastes may have changed, many of us still remember fondly our first wildflowers of love.
Sarah Jo Willey owner of Creative Muse Floral in Vermont makes beautiful bouquets of wildflowers. We found each other while working on a photo shoot at the Raven Ridge Farm in Enosburgh, Vermont. All of the flowers at Raven Ridge are organically grown, fertilized with their very own on location cow farm.