Couples preparing to tie the knot are often looking to make a statement with their wedding flowers, but not necessarily a huge environmental impact statement. Even the DIY bride abloom with ideas on how to create her own stunning arrangements will find that the flowers available from most florists have typically been shipped in from thousands of miles away and treated with toxic pesticides in order to grow and then preserve their blossoms — not exactly the makings of a romantic bouquet.
To the betrothed’s rescue are flower growers Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein, who teamed up to pen Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers, an illustrated guide to working with local flower growers and crafting sustainable bouquets, boutonnieres and larger arrangements. The book showers couples with advice on how to incorporate the growing “slow flower” movement into any couple’s wedding budget.
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Jennifer Kongs is the Managing Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s likely working in her garden, on the local running trails or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitter or Google+.