Farm & Studio Journal

Creative Collaboration with Passiflora

by Susan

A peek at all the flower bounty after unpacking all the flowers---including 300 'Coral Charm' Peonies that Caroline ordered in for the wedding

A peek at all the flower bounty after unpacking all the flowers---including 300 'Coral Charm' Peonies that Caroline ordered in for the wedding

Back in February, my mom and I helped to organize the Ohio Flower Farmer Meet-Up.  It brought together flower farmers from--literally--all over the state.  Proudly representing Southeast Ohio was Caroline Waller of Passiflora.  I'd first  connected with Caroline via Instagram (we are both part of the farmer-florist community from across the globe that is connected via Instagrams)  and about a year ago we discovered that we had a mutual "real life" friend:  one of my college buddies happened to be one of her pals from high school.  It was a funny, small-world coincidence and connection that made me like her even more, even though we had never met.  We'd corresponded periodically--primarily through commenting on each others flower photos-- until we finally had the opportunity to meet in person in February and we hugged each other like we were long lost friends.   

Fast forward to this weekend and we hugged again after spending two full days working on wedding flowers and decided we were, indeed, BFF's:  best flower friends.   

Our little creative collaboration was part of a labor trade agreement that we had dreamed up  on that cold day in February.  The idea was simple:  I'd help her with a wedding, learn her techniques and how her floral design operation works, then later in the season she would come up to help mom and me with our huge September wedding.  Neither of us would then have to fork out cash to hire assistants to help--it is a win-win for both of us.  While completing my part of the bargain we quickly realized that we worked extremely well together and we ended up having a ton of fun in the process.  We're now BFF's:  best flower friends! 

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Overhead shot of the beautiful bridal and bridesmaid bouquets that Caroline created 

Overhead shot of the beautiful bridal and bridesmaid bouquets that Caroline created 

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After wrapping up most of the design work, we took a hike around her property looking for flowers and foliage to forage in order to create a  seasonal bouquet for the Seasonal Flower Alliance project. We clipped duetsia, hellebores, willow, irises and lots of copper beach, then t was a race against time in order to create something in order to be able to photograph it before the sun went down.   We decided our little adventure would make for a fun reality tv show...or so it would seem to our flower-focused brains.  We threw our bouquets together and then ran out to the field that was likely teeming with ticks in order to capture the pretty light at sundown.  

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The finished product designs at the reception site.  Aren't they beautiful?! 

Caroline and I are already dreaming up our next flowering adventure together!