There are so many options out there for your wedding flowers! Katy Ripp operates her dream farm, Mad Lizzie’s Flower Farm, in Cross Plains Wisconsin and back in the fall I ran over to Katy’s farm in the wee hours to photograph her last wedding bouquet and buckets of the season for this blog post. She was also sweet enough to answer some questions about what she does for brides and I’m SO excited to finally share it with you!
Tell me about yourself and your flower farm!
Our little family of four specializes in growing and arranging unique, uncommon and heirloom flowers and succulents for special occasions and everyday use.
What inspired you to start your flower farm?
I am passionate out so many things…it sort of gets me in trouble. But, my husband, Dale, and I can agree on one thing at least…we LOVE flowers. The memories they invoke through their fragrance, the stories they can tell through folklore and myths but mostly the feelings of love, kindness and hope they can provide to any occasion.
What makes a farmer florist different from a traditional florist?
I think only that some of us grow our own flowers and then use them in arrangements, but not much else makes us different. Many of the “traditional” florists I have met in my short time, use local flowers as much as they possibly can. A win-win for all!
What products and services do you offer to brides?
We can provide local and seasonal flowers for a wedding, elopement or other special event. We look for brides and grooms that may be working on a tighter budget, want more of an intimate experience or want to try their hands at DIY. We provide an a la carte experience of personal flowers, bouquets and buckets of blooms. We don’t deliver or provide set-up or take-down, which allows us to help more than one couple per weekend. That cuts down on cost significantly. Think: “We decided to get married next month! I am going to send my aunt and best friend to the farmer’s market for flowers on the morning of my ceremony.” Yes, that’s an option! And, I totally support it…we are just another “pre-planned” option. The majority of our brides find us through their friends and family. Unlike other “traditional” florists, weddings are not our “bread & butter”. We take on couples that like a casual approach to their day with the intention of making it important, styled and classy.
What months of the year could brides book you for wedding/shower/reception flowers?
We typically operate in the growing season of southern Wisconsin; May/June – late September/early October.
Can brides choose the species of flowers delivered?
Our flower options are limited to what is in-season for a wedding date. A tulip or peony in September is not possible, but the dahlias during that time are amazing!
Do you only sell what you grow or do you order in flowers to supplement your farm?
As much as we would love to grow every single stem for weddings on our farm, we do “order in” greens and fillers often. As much as we can, we provide locally and regionally, but always American-grown.
What style of bouquet do your flowers best lend themselves to?
My style tends to be a little whimsical. I love some crazy vines, asymmetrical lines and big, fluffy blooms. I love, love a barn wedding…think galvanized buckets, mason jars and burlap with style. If you search “garden centerpiece” on pinterest, that’s my jam.
How far ahead should brides book you for weddings/showers/receptions?
The best thing about growing your own flowers is the availability! Unlike other wedding vendors that desire more than a one year commitment, I love much, much less than that. The closer we are to the season your wedding date is in, the easier it is to provide.
Katy and Dale are some of the sweetest, most hardworking people I know and I’m so excited to finally be able to introduce them to you guys. <3 Thanks for sharing your flower wisdom Katy! You can follow their journey on Instagram @madlizziesflowerfarm or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/madlizzies. More info at madlizzies.com.