Saturday, December 31, 2022

That's a wrap for 2022!~ Looking forward to many Forrester Farm floral filled events in 2023!~

2022 held so many changes for our family. We sold our home of 23.5 years and on Saint Patrick's Day we officially moved to a farmhouse that was built by Irish immigrants in 1860. Though we immensely miss our neighbors, property, creek and our sweet little mini horses & chickens from our former home, we now enjoy beautiful lake frontage, a full time flowing creek and even a pond at the far end of our property all on more acreage. A huge blessing in so many ways!~

As we have been working hard to make our new to us home and property feel more like "home", Forrester Farm continued with business as usual, and the year was filled with so many wonderful clients, weddings and events. Though our garden area at the new house is currently smaller than what we had, for the first year in we still had beautiful blooms that brightened the yard and graced a few tables. 

We love featuring professionally taken photos following our weddings and events, but as Forrester Farm (established in 2000) begins a fresh new year in 2023, I decided to feature 23 behind the scenes Forrester Farm snapshots from this past year. 

My camera is filled with family, floral, lake and home remodeling photos, so picking just a few floral photos to share was no small task. It is always interesting to see what takes up your time and attention as you scroll through the photos of the past year!~ 

A huge thank you so all of our clients who have continued to trust us with their special events and floral needs!~ Cheers to year 23 of Forrester Farm!~

  Cheers and Blessings to you as you begin 2023!~

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Bridal Brunch - Celebrating your Special Day with Friends

Wedding Days are so very special, and spending time with your close friends leading up to the wedding makes for wonderful memories that can last a lifetime. 

When Sheila from Copper & Lace contacted me about being a part of this fun Bridal Brunch shoot, I said yes without hesitation. All the fun moments leading up to a wedding day should be cherished and documented. I loved this theme and was excited to work with all of the vendors involved. 

Frugthaven Farm was the perfect setting for a fun bridal brunch with all of the special touches that were added in with the Copper & Lace rentals and Forrester Farm flowers.

Having Happy Bar Services bring their Tickled Tin vintage camper bar on site was such a treat - and the mimosa that was poured and enjoyed was simply delicious!

  Whether you are planning for your wedding day or for the many fun celebrations with friends and family leading up to your special day, adding in the special touches with ambiance, food and drink will just add to the amazing memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

A huge shout out to all of the vendors to participated to make this possible:

Venue: Frugthaven Farm  

Photographer: Haley Chicoine Photography

Design/Rentals: Copper & Lace Rental 

Florist: Forrester Farm

Food: Frugthaven Farm

Drinks: Happy Bar Services

Signage: Mulder Design + Co

Dresses: Hey Girlfriend LLC

Veil: Timeless Bridal Boutique

Hair: Erin Danielski  

Makeup: Veil of Grace Co

Models: Regan L., Kendal H., Emily C, Nicole V. & Ashlee T. 

It was an absolute pleasure working with all of you!~

Monday, April 19, 2021

Traditional with a Twist (of fun and whimsy)

When Jennifer from March81 Photography first contacted me regarding collaboration on a photo shoot at The Harris Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she mentioned wanting to feature two different styles, modern and traditional. Those two words were the only criteria given. There was complete free reign to go from there and design anything that fit the style. I featured some of our modern shoot in the previous post which can be seen here: 

Team Work Makes the Dream Work when it comes to Weddings and Events!~

This post is all about our traditional shoot. Tanya of Tanya Lynette Events and I had so much fun coming up with a plan. We went together to play with linens and table settings at Fringe Events.

 The rest of the theme came into place thru many phone calls and photo exchanges. The table, settee and the trio of rose gold/copper vases rented from Events by I Candy were the perfect pieces to add to this traditional with a twist shoot. 

I was so excited to bring all of the Forrester Farm floral elements into play and oh my goodness, if you haven't smelled ginestra before, it was the most amazingly fragrant filler flower to add into this fun floral display!~

We loved having Popping Bottles, LLC as part of the shoot. This fun champagne cart is a great addition to any fun event. Our sweet couple were having a blast together and hopefully they got all of their wedding day jitters out of the way as their real wedding day is quickly approaching. Cheers in advance to Mordecai and Amanda on your very special day!~ We wish you all the best!~

As with our modern shoot, this wouldn't have been possible without a great team that worked together seamlessly to make the day come together so beautifully!~  Huge shout outs go out to: 

Photographers: March81 Photography 

Michael & Jennifer Miller
Instagram @march81photo Facebook @march81photography

Venue: The Harris Building

Kelsi Gaunt - Director of Event Operations /
Instagram @theharrisbuildinggr Facebook @harrisbldggr

Videographer: Unnamed Films

Scott Hoek & David Garrett
Facebook @unnamedfilms Instagram @unnamedfilms

Wedding Dresses: Magnolia Mobile Bridal Boutique

Morgan McRay
Instagram @magnoliamobilebridalboutique
Facebook @magnoliamobilebridalboutique

Accessories: Diane Marie Bridal Design

Instagram @DianeMarieBridalDesigns Facebook @DianeMarieBridalDesigns

Tuxes: Bunny Tuxedo

Morgan McRay
Facebook @bunnytuxedos Instagram @bunnytuxedos

Hair & Make Up: Sarah Baughn

Sarah Baughn
Facebook @bluebeara Instagram @pinupandpole4life

Spray Tan: Sandbar Spray Mobile Airbrush Tanning

Hannah Campbell
Facebook @sandbarspraytanning Instagram @sandbarspraytanning

Florist: Forrester Farm

Ann Forrester
Instagram @forresterfarm Facebook @ForresterFarm

Stylist/Wedding Planner: Tanya Lynnette Events

Tanya Lawrence
Facebook @eventsbytanyalynnette Instagram @tanyalynnetteevents

Cake: Cakabakery

Jason Kakabaker
Facebook @THECAKABAKERY Instagram @thecakabakery

Rentals/Table Settings: Fringe Events
Facebook @fringeeventsgr Instagram

Rentals: Events by I Candy

Alicia Lutz
Facebook @eventsbyicandy Instagram @eventsicandy

Bar Cart: Popping Bottles

Facebook @poppingbottlesllc Instagram @poppingbottlesllc

Custom Hangers: Bride & Bow

Facebook @BrideandBowWeddings Instagram @bride.and.bow



Amanda Hudak & Mordecai Njoroge

Thank you so much for jumping in  on short notice and having so much fun doing it. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!~ We wish you all the best.  You two are awesome!~

Vendor Social Media Quick List


Photographers @march81photo
Venue @theharrisbuildinggr
Videographers @unnamedfilms
Wedding Dress @magnoliamobilebridalboutique
Bridal Accessories @DianeMarieBridalDesigns
Tux @bunnytuxedos
Hair & Makeup @pinupandpole4life
Spray Tan Artist @sandbarspraytanning
Florist @forresterfarm
Stylist & Wedding Planner @tanyalynnetteevents
Cake @thecakabakery
Rentals/Table Settings
Rentals @eventsicandy
Champagne/Bar Cart @poppingbottlesllc
Custom Dress Hanger @bride.and.bow


Photographers @march81photography
Venue @harrisbldggr
Videographers @unnamedfilms
Wedding Dress @magnoliamobilebridalboutique
Bridal Accessories @DianeMarieBridalDesigns
Tux @bunnytuxedos
Hair & Makeup @bluebeara
Spray Tan Artist @sandbarspraytanning
Florist @forresterfarm
Stylist & Wedding Planner @eventsbytanyalynnette
Rentals/Table Settings @fringeeventsgr
Rentals @eventsbyicandy
Champagne/Bar Cart @poppingbottlesllc
Custom Dress Hanger @BrideandBowWeddings