I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful brides and beautiful weddings this past summer. It was a great wedding season all around, but there were five bouquets that really stood out to me as favorites.
I loved this bouquet because the color scheme was unique. I haven't had a bride come to me with a red, white and blue as her colors and I was so excited when Dana did. I'll be honest with you, blush is a beautiful color for a wedding, in fact I had it in my own wedding, but a change in the norm is so much fun and it rejuvenates my creative juices. This bouquet for sure rejuvenated me!
It was a bit of a test to put it together; the red is so bold and I wanted to be sure I had it balanced just right. Also, did you know that there are very, very few true blue flowers? I used blue Hydrangea as the base, but it wasn't enough blue, so I added Delphinium. I love Delphinium, the hues of blue range from light baby blue to a deep bold blue depending on the time of year. The challenging thing about Delphinium is that it goes straight up and down with several blooms on a long stem - this can prove challenging when trying to add it to a tight, round bouquet.
I love how the Seeded Eucalyptus and Baby's Breath soften it up a bit and give it a bit of a rustic feel, which was perfect because this wedding was outside with a big, bold, beautiful red barn as the backdrop.
This bouquet is near and dear to my heart. The bride is the daughter of my wedding flower mentor, Angela Austin. I worked with Angela for several wedding filled summers before I bought her inventory and started this business. I was so incredibly honored and humbled to be asked to be a part of Kaitlyn's wedding.
Kaitlyn wanted an elegant and romantic feel for her bridal bouquet. She showed me a few pictures of the look she wanted and essentially said, "I trust you, do what you do; I know it will be beautiful". It is so much fun for me when brides give me that much creative freedom.
This was one of my later weddings this past season, so I looked forward all summer long to using the textures of the hanging and upright Amaranthus, Hypericum Berries and the super dramatic Black Baccara Roses. To add the contrast of the deep burgundy, I chose Eucalyptus, Dahlias and light colored Spray Roses. The cascade made the look of the bouquet very romantic and elegant. This was such a special bouquet for a very special bride and it will always be one of my favorites!
Sydney came to me two years before her wedding day with a very clear picture of what she wanted for her bridal bouquet. She loves Sunflowers and she brought this beautiful image of a bouquet with sunflowers and burgundy flowers, plenty of texture and movement in the greens, but the thing I loved the most about the image she showed me was the cascade was offset to the side. It was a simple modern update to classy tradition, but it had such a wonderful impact and I couldn't wait to create my own interpretation of her vision!
I really love texture and movement in my bouquets and this bouquet is full of both. From the Huck to the Seeded Eucalyptus, to the Agonis, but my favorite is the Hanging Amaranths. It has an awesome texture, but the way it hangs creates So. Much. Drama. It is so warm and it draws your eye in and I love it!
I also love the contrast of the deep burgundy Dahlia and Black Baccara Roses against the Sunflowers, white Spray Rose and Button Fever Few. The burgundy of the Agonis against the deep green of the Huck is a lovely contrast as well that just keeps your eye looking for more and giving it places to land.
This Posh Peony Bouquet was so much fun to create. I was so excited to have have bride who loved Peonies and was getting married when Peonies were available for a reasonable price! Peonies are so popular, but it is rare for me to be able to use them because their season is so short. The soft, fluffy texture is so feminine and elegant and they smell DIVINE!
Usually, I am a lover of greens in bouquets. I love the texture and the movement greens bring with them, but in this bouquet I am so glad we didn't use them. The tight round design really showcases the Peonies and makes the design sophisticated and stylish.
One of my favorite elements of this bouquet was the finish. The bouquet was wrapped in beautiful gold ribbon. It added just the perfect amount of glam to this lovely and graceful bouquet. I hope more Peonies come my way this wedding season!
I am an outdoor, rustic, woodsy girl. I was so delighted when Carrie came to me with her design ideas. She was getting married on the top of a mountain and wanted all things rustic, but a classy rustic.
She wanted her bouquet to be filled with Succulents (que the happy dance) and elements that might be seen in the natural setting of her mountain wedding. I immediately thought Cedar because it gives the evergreen, foresty feeling without the Christmasy look of pine. I also thought of pine cones as a possible addition, but decided to go with Scabiosa Pods to give the bouquet a bit more of an elegant, rustic look. I also used some Snow on the Mountain as it was the perfect mix of green and white to tie greens and flowers together...and because it was called Snow on then Mountains.
This was for sure my favorite bouquet this season and really far up on my list of favorites bouquets of all time.
This past season was such a blast and was full of beautiful flowers, beautiful brides and beautiful venues. I really love doing what I do and all the opportunities it presents to me as a business owner, designer and person. I am a very blessed woman and florist. 2018 was an amazing year and I think that 2019 is shaping up to be just as amazing!