Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville Wedding Guide 2018

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108 THEASHEVILLEWEDDINGGUIDE.COM W ild or tailored, neutral-hued or colorific, likely you're leaning toward one of these when it comes to your wedding flowers. But have you pondered where those perfect petals will be grown? Lucky for Asheville brides, this corner of the world is rife with vibrant, prolific flower farms, which means you have easy (and likely less pricey) blooms at your fingertips. And these homegrown offerings not only tend to stay perky longer than those ordered from out-of-town (or even international) growers, but also they tend to be more fragrant. "About 85 percent of the flowers that florists buy come from outside of the U.S.," says Niki Irving of Flourish Flower Farm in Candler, North Carolina. "Often that means those flowers were harvested weeks before your wedding to travel thousands of miles." Past the practical bonuses, there's simply something special about dressing your Big Day in blooms snipped within miles of where you swap your vows. Read on for tips to work locally grown flora into your celebration. T e r i t y . Many flower farms offer full-service floral design for weddings and team up with outside florists and planners. If you've chosen a vendor unaffiliated with a farm, tell them you want to source flowers and greens locally. K e e p g r o w Do you dream of a bridal bouquet filled with peonies grown right down the road? You'll be looking at a springtime wedding then. "May is peak peony season here in Asheville and dahlias are the queen of fall flowers," says Niki. Ask local farmers for a list of blooms typically available in the month you plan to wed. U While buying local can save dollars ("A peony grown here in May will certainly cost less than a peony imported from across the globe in December," says Niki), don't overestimate the ( C O N T I N U E D F R O M P A G E 1 0 7 ) Farm Fresh Florals T i p Think outside of the bouquet. "One of my favorite trends right now is floral jewelry," says Niki. "Floral bracelets are very popular, especially with mothers and grandmothers, as they're more comfortable than corsages. And floral necklaces are becoming popular for bridesmaids or maids of honor." Venue, florals: Flourish Flower Farm Images: Taken by Sarah Photography Bride's attire: RCB Fashion (gown); Rachel Mae Designs (jewelry) Beauty: Hair by Natalie Webb Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co.

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