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Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Whether you’re saying “I do” in spring, summer or fall, there are a bounty of blooms that are easy to grow for use in arrangements and bouquets. Here are a few of my favorite, garden stems for these three seasons.
Daffodils – If you’ve been to my farm, you know daffodils are one of my favorites. Plant the bulbs in the late fall and you’ll enjoy vases full of the yellow charmers as soon as the temperatures begin to warm.

Peonies – Peonies are one of the hardiest and most resilient plants in the garden. What’s more their prime time for blooming starts in mid-May and runs through June – perfect for the wedding season. If you plan to cut peonies from the garden, I suggest selecting half-opened blooms, simply because they will last longer.

Tulips – You can find a tulip in just about any shade and there are a variety of bloom shapes too. Plant bulbs in fall. Check the bloom time for the variety to make sure it will be in flower at the time of your ceremony.

Bouquet Idea
Contrast the cup shape of tulips with the soft curves of calla lilies. I think yellow calla lilies paired with pale yellow to cream tulips would be lovely.

Hydrangeas – Because hydrangeas are so full you only need a few stems to create a lush bouquet. It’s important to know Hydrangeas do have a tendency to lose their vitality, so you’ll want to keep them in a cool place and give them plenty of water after they are cut. If possible, cut them the morning of the wedding to ensure the freshest bouquet.

Lilies – Lilies will come back year after year and be prolific producers of open full blooms. White Oriental lilies make for an elegant and fragrant bouquet. For the best color selection choose an Asiatic variety. Be sure to remove lily stamens to keep the pollen from getting on clothes.

Zinnias – Plant zinnias and you’ll enjoy a bounty of wildflower-like beauty from early summer until the first frost. I like cutting these and loosely arranging a mason jar for an effortless look. For a bouquet, I suggest tying with natural raffia.

Bouquet Idea
For casual, but colorful flowers mix red, yellow and orange with pink and green zinnias.

Sunflowers – An iconic symbol of the close of summer and start of fall, cut a few sunflower stalks and loosely assemble with ribbon for a tied bouquet or simply enjoy their beauty in tall metal or glass vase.

Cockscomb – With a vase life of 5-10 days, cockscomb’s modern look makes for a hardy bouquet. Mix with other seasonal selections from your florist or market, such as button mums, for a fall display.

Dahlias – One of the most cheerful blooms in the garden, you’ll want to plant your dahlias around the same time you put tomatoes in the ground. You can expect to have cut flowers from late summer until the first frost.

Bouquet Idea
Any of these blooms would be lovely for a monochromatic arrangement or bouquet. All three offer varieties that produce different bloom forms so you can pick flowers in the same color family, but with different shapes.

If you are interested in any of these varieties to grow yourself, you can find several here!

Gold and White Table

High Low Golden Rule

Gold and White Table
An elegant tablescape at Moss Mountain Farm.

The golden rule right now in weddings is to give your neutrals a makeover with pops of metallic and our Moss Mountain brides and planners have mastered this rustic but elegance look.

Here’s an example: This all white tablescape used varieties of flowers such as hydrangeas, roses, stock, and lilies in faux-mercury glass bowls along the long rustic farm tables.

Gold Pumpkins
In the fall, you can add metallics into your decor by painting pumpkins and mixing them with grass plumes.

High-low is something the Moss Mountain Farm event team does expertly. It’s bringing something elegant to something rustic like adding silver candelabras to a farm table or using tablecloths on rounds under our Big Sister Oak. If the high-low style appeals to you then you’re going to want to check out our Pinterest Board for more looks from the farm sure to inspire.

Bourbon Bottle

Burying the Bourbon at Moss Mountain Farm

Here comes the bride… and the bourbon. Some say it’s an old Southern tradition, and many of us have never heard of it. However, we love the sound of it because it involves bourbon and getting your hands in the soil — two quintessential things we Southerners enjoy.


When a Moss Mountain groom living out of state approached us about Burying the Bourbon on his behalf before his wedding day, we said we’d gladly do the honors. So, James Sumpter, Director of Weddings and Events at Moss Mountain, got to work.

According to our friends over at Southern Living, “Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won’t rain on their wedding day.” Furthermore, the tradition says the wedding party digs up the bottle and drinks the bourbon after the ceremony.

Rain or shine, everyone at the reception will be a winner when this bottle is retrieved from the orchard along our stacked stone wall. And what a fantastic photo op for our beautiful couple!


If you’re interested in weddings or special events at Moss Mountain you can be sure our staff will honor your special requests. Contact us at events@pallensmith.com to plan your big day.



Cake and I Do Birds by Kari Nichols of Cottonwood Studios

“Will You Marry Me,” She Said

Marriage Proposals By Women

Cake and I Do Birds by Kari Nichols of Cottonwood Studios
Photo by: Cottonwood Studios

In the Runaway Bride (1999), Julia Roberts’ character Maggie finally finds out who she is and even which type of eggs she likes after numerous failed attempts to walk down the aisle. Then SHE proposes to the man she truly loves. You might remember the scene. Maggie hands Ike, played by Richard Gere, her running shoes as a token of her affection and then gets down on one knee for a proposal full of the wit and wisdom Ike had dispensed previously in the movie.

Maggie Carpenter: I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is going to want get out. But I also guarantee… [starts to cry] …that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart… you’re the only one for me.

Guess what, ladies, proposing to your man isn’t just a movie plot device. In fact, Leap Day (February 29th) has a strong tie to marriage proposals from women to men so ladies if “Happily Ever After” has been on your mind, today might really be the time to broach the subject with the one you love.

You see, Irish legend says that Saint Brigid and Saint Patrick came to an agreement and that agreement was that every four years WOMEN were allowed to propose to men.

Photo by: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography
Photo by: Lyndsey Sullivan Photography

Today, in more liberated times, more and more women are popping the question to their mate. Sometimes the proposals are simply the result of marriage coming up in casual conversation and the couple pulling out their calendars and picking a date. Other times these proposals are elaborately planned weekends away with a ring or other gift.

You might expect a queen to extend an invitation of marriage and that’s just what Queen Victoria did when she proposed to Prince Albert. Several other famous women have taken it upon themselves to pop the question, including Elizabeth Taylor to her second husband Michael Wilding.   But if you’re interested in checking out real life proposals from women this fantastic article by Jolie Kerr at jezabel.com is a great read.

2016 Bride Guide
P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm’s 2016 Bride Guide

Now once you’ve set the date you’re going to start looking for the perfect wedding venue and if you’re reading this blog you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm (if you’re not then cruise around the site and you’ll fall in love, we’re pretty sure). Well this picturesque property is now available for weddings and event. You can download our 2016 bride guide here and then contact our wedding specialist to help you plan the day of your dreams.

How to Make a Succulent Wedding Bouquet

Succulents are more popular than ever in the gardening world and now they are bringing their bold shapes and forms to the floral shop too. They have become a popular addition to floral arrangements and even bridal bouquets.

Creating a bouquet with succulents is simple. All you need to do is add a stem so you can bundle the “blooms” together.

Materials for Making a Succulent Bouquet

  • Succulents
  • Cut flowers
  • Floral stem wire (available at craft stores)
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon

Materials for making a succulent wedding bouquet.

Directions for Making a Succulent Bouquet

Remove the succulent from its nursery pot and gently wash away the soil and cut back the roots.

Materials for making a succulent wedding bouquet.

To create a “stem” insert a piece of floral wire into the base of the succulent and bend to form a loop.

Materials for making a succulent wedding bouquet.

Wrap the base of the succulent and top of the floral wire with floral tape.

Materials for making a succulent wedding bouquet.

Assemble your succulent flowers and a few cut flowers from the garden into a bouquet.

Hold all the stems at the top as close to the base of the flowers as possible and secure with floral tape. This will cinch the blooms together into a tight bouquet.

As a final step wrap the stems with a pretty ribbon.

Materials for making a succulent wedding bouquet.

Grow Your Own Wedding Bouquet

Growing your own flowers is a charming way to personalize your wedding and it saves money, too. For a spring wedding it’s hard to beat tulips. The color choices are almost endless and they are very easy to grow.

Tulip bulbs are planted in the fall so you’ll need to plan in advance. You can grow them in the ground or in containers. Plant plenty for both a lush bouquet and to cover unexpected loss to weather or wildlife. Read more about growing tulips.

If you are growing flowers for your bouquet the most important thing to know is bloom time to ensure the tulips are at their peak on the right day. Depending on where you live and the type of tulip you select you can expect blooms from late March to early may.

DIY wedding bouquet Angelique tulips

Types of Tulips Good for Bouquets

  • Single Early – These tulips bloom just after the daffodils in mid-April. The stems are short. Two of my favorites are the orange ‘Princess Irene’ and violet purple ‘Purple Prince’. If you are a dare devil of a bride the two together in a bouquet would be a showstopper.
  • Double Early – Double Early tulips have peony-like flowers and short stems. Early blooming. ‘Montreux’ is a lovely creamy white with just a blush of pink.
  • Triumph – Triumph tulips produce a single petaled bloom available in a wide range of colors. Stem length varies by variety. The soft salmon color of ‘Apricot Beauty’ says wedding to me. Triumph tulips will bloom in the April to May time period.
  • Giant Darwin Hybrid – These tulips are probably the best choice for a bouquet. The stems are strong and flowers large. ‘Pink Impression’ would be gorgeous for a wedding. These bloom mid-April to early May.
  • Single Late – This type of tulip offers a broad range of colors and stem lengths – some as tall as 30 inches. Blooms peak in May. The dark purple ‘Queen of the Night’ would make for a dramatic bouquet.
  • Double Late (Peony Flowering) – Also referred to as Peony Flowering these tulips are lightly scented with fully double blooms. Look for them to flower in late April. Consider the light pink and rose colored ‘Angelique’.
  • Lily Flowering – Gracefully curved petals give Lily Flowering tulips a regale appearance perfect for a wedding. Blooms in May. ‘Elegant Lady’ produces bi-colored flowers. Pale yellow at the base fades into rose pink along the edges.

Homegrown coral wedding bouquet with tulips, rannuculous, and helicrysum

With Mother Nature as your florist it’s important to have a backup plan, which may include a run to the florist, the farmer’s market or to the grocery store for last minute flowers to either add to your homegrown blooms or act as a stand in.

So that you’re not too overwhelmed with last minute wedding activities, pick your flowers a day before the wedding. Flowers will hold up in vases or containers in fresh water for two or three days. Assemble the flowers cutting off the blooms at a uniform length of your choice then tie the bundle with a satin ribbon, make a pretty bow and refrigerate the bouquet until it’s time to take your march down the aisle!

Purple wedding bouquet with homegrown tulips.

See you at the wedding!

Good to Know:

Reluctant blooms can be coaxed open with warm water. Place the cut stems in warm water in a warm spot overnight and they should be open the next morning.