Attendant DIY bouquet
 Courtney shares what it was like to be on the farm picking flowers with her friends from out of town. They created all the arrangements themselves. One thing to note about her experience is that Courtney is a ‘plant person’. She’s well versed in nursery management, farming and flowers and her best friend is a florist, so naturally, her wedding turned out  gorgeous.
What time did you get to the farm? 
We arrived at the farm around 8:30 in the morning with buckets in hand ready to harvest some treasures.  It is soooo beautiful at the farm, and I would have loved to arrive just a little earlier to catch the morning light and to avoid the heat.  I think 7:30 would be a perfect harvest time.
How many helpers did you have? 
There were 3 of us to do the harvesting, which seemed to be a perfect number.  I had my two closest girls come and it made for a really special bonding time for us.
How long did it take you to pick the buckets? 
It took us about 2 hours to harvest.  This included a quick harvesting tutorial, flower identification, and just a few moments of basking in the beauty…oh and deciding what the wedding palette would be.
How many buckets did you pick?
We picked 5 buckets of flowers.
What all were the flowers used for? 
The flowers became the bouquets for my bridesmaids and myself, boutonnieres for the groomsmen and groom, as well as all the table arrangements that were all over the wedding site.  We had so many flowers!  It was awesome!
What was the weather like? 
It was warm, even at 8:30, but it was sunny and beautiful.
How experienced were your helpers with flower arranging? 
My best friend from Connecticut was actually a florist for 6 years through college, but had never been to an actual flower farm!  It was a really awesome experience for her to see all the flowers she had known over the years growing in a field and not just packaged in a cooler.  My other bff from Washington is a native plant nerd, and was unfamiliar with cut flowers but knows her way around farms, pruners, and tall grass. I had to give them a quick run down on how long to cut the stems, but overall it was a smooth process.
How long did it take you to get everything done? 
It took about 2 hours of harvesting hang out time, and about 3 for all the wedding bouquets and table arrangements-so about 5 hours total.  It was well worth it for farm fresh flowers.
How was the experience in general- bonding, stressful, sweet, a hassle?
Harvesting the flowers was my moment of peace in an otherwise chaotic wedding weekend.  It allowed me to take a break, concentrate on a relaxing and centering task, and then take some time to be creative using awesome flowers!  The farm is a very special place for me, I helped plant the woody plants, shoveled a lot of horse poop, and have enjoyed many hours of hang out time with Katie and Mike.  It was really special for me to be able to share this experience with my best friends, and to be honest a big part of what kept me sane through the numerous wedding meltdowns, ha.  I am so thankful that this was such a big part of my wedding, and I highly recommend it to other brides.