So you’re planning a sustainable wedding in Monterey–you’re in the right place! Do you love the idea of using all locally-grown, in-season flowers, but worry that you’d have to settle in the looks department? Maybe you’re nervous that you won’t have as many options, or you’re unsure whether you can create the event you’re imagining when certain flowers are out of season.

Kirbi’s bouquet for an elopement in Pacific Grove

Let’s lay those worries to rest! The truth is that opting for local, seasonal flowers opens the door to serendipity.

When you choose to use only what’s in bloom right where you’re getting married, your flowers will be a snapshot of that exact moment and place.

Opting for local flowers means that no one else’s wedding will look exactly like yours, ever.

That natural harmony will shine through during the event—and in your photos forever. Your flowers will be fresh, vibrant, and fragrant, since (unlike many of the guests!) they won’t have had to take a plane to get to the wedding.

As an added bonus, you also get access to unique, delicate blooms that don’t ship well or aren’t commercially available (like matilija poppies). No cookie cutter designs here!

Arrangement for a wildflower wedding featuring native lupine, helenium, California buckeye, blue gilia, and matilija poppies

But how does the process work when you can’t choose all the specific flowers months in advance? Let me walk you through my approach.

When I agree to work with a couple, the first thing we do is bounce ideas and inspiration back and forth to nail down not so much a color palette as an overall vibe and aesthetic.

We unravel how you want to feel when you step into your venue on the day of the wedding, and the experience you want to create for your guests: Lush, wild, and overgrown. Romantic and dreamy. Rich, autumnal, and opulent. Quirky and whimsical. Classic vintage.

What story do you want to tell with your wedding celebration?
A sweet flower girl crown with huckleberry foliage and yarrow

We discuss what flowers will be in season (jump to the end of this post for a few of my favorites in the Monterey area!), and I always ask if there’s anything you’re allergic to, either literally or metaphorically. After all, this is your day— you certainly don’t have to have roses if you don’t like them! And by the same token, if your friends would never describe you as a pink person but you’re in love with an ombré bouquet in shades of bright fuchsia, I’ve got your back.

Of course, just as you would with any florist, we discuss where and how you’d like to weave flowers into your celebration. Do you want bouquets, boutonnieres, flower crowns, or other wearables? A floral arch? Aisle chair décor? Maybe a wildflower meadow! What will go on your tables? And so on.

At this point, I go to work behind the scenes to bring your vision to life. In the months leading up to your wedding, if you have a new idea or come across a flower you love, I’ll happily incorporate it into the evolving plan.

But the real fun begins a few weeks before the wedding.

Three color palette options for Amy: Ice Cream (left), Summer Picnic (center), and Tropics (right). Which is your favorite? (Amy’s comment: “So hard to choose!!! But that means I can’t go wrong.”)

By then, I have a good sense of what flowers will be blooming for the event, so I fine-tune the flower list and color scheme and determine where I might need some help from other small local farms. For example, for Evelyn and Greg’s wildflower wedding at Mission Ranch, I walked the fields with Bethany at Prickly Poppy Farm to harvest some special California natives.

Sometimes, after we’ve shared ideas and details for months, a couple just wants to be surprised by their wedding flowers. I love having carte blanche to create the day of your dreams! One of my favorite comments to hear is when a couple says they weren’t even sure how to describe what they wanted, but I nailed it anyway. (Or as Cait put it when she saw the arch décor at her wedding: “That’s rad. I wish I could wear it.”)

Local flowers give you space to fall in love with the unexpected

At the opposite extreme, for smaller events and elopements, I love to send photos of the actual flowers I’ve harvested for the occasion and offer a choice of potential palettes that fit with the overall aesthetic we’ve been discussing.

I created this bouquet for Michelle and Andrew

This is where serendipity comes in! For example, Michelle and Erick were thinking of mostly whites with a few touches of blue, but the rudbeckia that had just come into bloom were so gorgeous that they ended up opting for a summery palette of whites, off-whites, and yellows instead. (And then Michelle arrived to pick up the flowers wearing a sundress that matched perfectly! Kismet.)

…after they unexpectedly fell for this sunny color palette.

As you can see, you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it too when it comes to florals. Locally-grown flowers can set the stage for a beautiful, utterly memorable event that uniquely reflects the season and setting of your celebration—and your style and personality!—while protecting the stunning yet fragile landscapes of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, and the Big Sur coastline.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, drop me a line! I’d be happy to chat about your ideas and how we can bring them to life with local, seasonal flowers.

What flowers are in season on California’s central coast? (a few favorites)

Early spring: daffodils, tulips, anemones, stock
Spring: anemones, sweet peas, stock, ranunculus
Late spring: ranunculus, larkspur, poppies, snapdragons
Early summer: roses, scabiosa, sunflowers, yarrow
Late summer: rudbeckia, cosmos, dahlias, zinnias
Fall: dahlias, chrysanthemums, celosia, marigolds
Winter: fresh foliage, seed pods, dried (everlasting) flowers

What other couples say about working with me:

Hi Lisa! So nice to hear from you! We took our couples portraits at Garrapata State Park, the bouquet was an absolute trooper in the high winds haha. And your vision to include yellow in the bouquet worked out beautifully with the scenery. Overall, our flowers behaved so well, looked stunning in photos, and truly brought my bridal look to life! So thank you, your beautiful work will always be cherished by us!
– Michelle & Andrew

Stunning flowers. Original design. Nothing generic. Excellent personalized service. This small flower farm is outstanding!
– Maria

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<3 <3 <3 <3 The flowers were so perfect!!!
– Jo & Jon

Working with Lisa on the blooms and design for our wedding was a sincere delight… Her arrangements bring to life the most essential elements of the local area – rich color, vibrant life, wild form and delicate beauty.
We truly found her to be the most fabulous partner in design and one of the most valuable contributors to our wedding planning and the beauty of the day.
– Caitlin & Kevin

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