DIY Wedding…With a Little Help from Your Friends (and a caterer :)

Late last month our Great Barrington store manager, Saskia, was married at her home in New Marlborough MA. This was not a typical wedding with bridesmaids and groomsmen, but rather one in which family and friends worked together to prepare for the festivities.

For my part, I offered to help Saskia design the floral components of the wedding. The CSA where many Hammertown staffers get their vegetables each week (Rock Steady Farm in Millerton) also has flower shares and bulk flower options (  It was an easy choice to head their way and we felt lucky to have a great local source right around the corner.  The process of working together with my dear friend AND a local farm was wonderful from start to finish.

Fields of organic flowers await at Rock Steady Farm

The first step was meeting at the farm with their floral manager, Kat, and discussing the options. Saskia knew she wanted to steer clear of the classic pale wedding colors towards bright options with vibrant hues.

Saskia and Kat look at some choices


We wanted bright colors for this wedding!

Kat was able to show us some options and also tell us what would be coming available as the growing season developed. It was so much fun walking through the fields and seeing all the flowers. Saskia and I set a budget, picked our varieties and asked Kat to design a unique bridal bouquet around our colorful theme.

Loaded up the car!

Ready and waiting

The day of the wedding, I picked up the flowers bright and early and loaded them into my car. Kat had everything ready and waiting in buckets and the explosion of colors was amazing. Zinnias and snapdragons were our main contenders with some fun fillers to pull everything together.

When I arrived at Saskia and Patrick’s house at 8:30 am the communal feel of the celebration was in full swing! While a caterer, photographer and DJ were hired, the setting was entirely DIY and it took a host of family and friends to pull it together.

As soon as I arrived, we got to work designing the table-scapes. I had gathered dozens of vintage mason jars (thank you Black Squirrel Antiques in Lakeville, CT!!!) and harvested lots of green foliage from my own garden. With our cut flowers we were able to dress all the dining tables as well as the bar and food tables. Kat’s suggestions regarding the number of flowers to buy were spot on and the bridal bouquet was stunning as well.  (here are some images from the wedding photographer, Elaina Mortali.)

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The ceremony may have been in the late afternoon, but this was definitely an all-day affair. Prepping the site was a team event, bride and groom involved in every moment….and totally stress-free! The result was an incredibly beautiful and authentic celebration.

Congrats Saskia and Patrick (and kiddos)! Your Hammertown family sends you lots of love at this special time in your lives!!



Rock Steady Farm & Flowers
41 Kaye Road
Millerton, NY 12546

Black Squirrel Antiques
308 Main Street
Lakeville, CT 06039

Elaina Mortali Photography