Micro weddings are an incredible and intimate wedding option when you want to elope or share your wedding with a very select few. We had the pleasure of working with the talented Nina Lily Photography at Promise Ridge Living Wall in Stroudsburg, PA, to create a styled shoot using greenery as our main source of inspiration. Promise Ridge is the beloved ceremony space created by acclaimed celebrant Alisa Tongg. The breathtaking views and lush living wall make this space feel both private and sacred. We loved watching the real life couple exchange vows again, and remember their own wedding day. Forget-me-not rentals provided charming furniture pieces to create a cozy setting for our couple to dine. The very best part of this shoot, was that the minimal florals and greenery were truly local. Everything we used was harvested from my own backyard. When I first started out designing, I had big dreams to grow our own flowers. As the design side of Allium grew, I quickly realized that it would be impossible to be both a farmer and a designer. I do still grow a few special blooms and plants, that I will occasionally tuck into our designs. However, I have also found that partnering with local growers who have farms chock full of florals, has worked beautifully to satisfy my need for blooms that are more unusual, and whose more delicate nature mean they can only be found growing here. As a florist, I often struggle with the carbon footprint of my chosen profession. Most of the florals that our couples see on pinterest, or send us from instagram come from all over the world, especially South America and California. Even when we get to work with local florals, our time with them is so fleeting, and we often need to mix them in with more traditional shipped blooms, to help offset the cost and create the looks our clients ask of us. Local is not a “cheap” solution, but it is a stunning one, and I felt so grateful on this shoot to be reminded of what we can produce locally.