Haley and Fabi is probably my most favourite wedding that I’ve ever had the opportunity of doing to date. My heart gets so happy simply thinking about it! What made their day so incredibly unique and special is that Fabi’s mom grew most of the flowers for me to design with for their big day! Haley and Fabi live out on the east coast, so early on Gisela, Fabi’s Mother, and I talked about flowers and the vision the families all had for the wedding – It would be out on the farm the first week of August, and Haley wanted the day to be elegant & fun. We discussed colours, dresses, decor, etc. via email – Haley was incredibly organized; she fired off a couple photos of what she was planning on her end and then told Gisela and I to run with the ideas + inspirations. The bridesmaids would wear long, black and sophisticated dresses and Haley wanted the flowers to be bold and full of texture. Gisela ordered rare sunflower seeds from a custom grower. When the special seeds arrived in the mail, she got two large community garden lots and went to work. All Spring and summer she cared for these flowers so that they would be healthy and flawless for the wedding. Friday morning, the day before the wedding, Gisela and I harvested the sunflowers – There were hundreds!! We didn’t have enough space in our Volkswagen’s to get them all home. It was so special and fun to design with flowers that were hand grown by the Mother of the Groom!

We were concerned that if the weather was not good right before the wedding, there might be a chance of the sunflowers not being great quality or lasting through out the day for photos, the ceremony or reception. So I had ordered enough flowers that should the sunflowers fail, Haley and her ladies would still have beautiful bouquets for the day. Soft lavender roses, navy blue thistles, silver brunia balls, burgundy dahlias, and several mixed greens to add fullness.

But the sunflowers were perfect and absolutely breathtaking! It allowed for stunning bouquets for all of the bridesmaids and bride!

Groom’s Boutonnière made with a sunflowers bud + mini white rose

Haley and Fabi – Thank you for letting me be a part of your phenomenal day – It was a complete honour! Thank you for your kind words and sharing your wedding photos! Your photographer: Heidi Atter Photography did an absolutely beautiful job capturing your day ♥ Thank you for sharing your photos!

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