Happy Wednesday everyone!
I wanted to talk to you all about one of my favorite parts of the planing process, the flowers! I always get really excited for design meetings; there’s just something about pretty flowers that puts me in a good mood. The flowers play a huge part in the overall aesthetic of your wedding. I know some of you are thinking “overall aesthetic? I wouldn’t know where to begin figuring out the overall aesthetic for my wedding.” I get that. Some brides walk through our office door with no real idea or concern about the look and feel of their wedding. That’s awesome! I love getting to know a bride, understand her personality, her likes, her dislikes, and then help her portray those aspects in her wedding decor. However, I’m not very good with the reality of flowers. I don’t always remember their proper names, I don’t know when certain flowers are in season, I can’t tell which flowers will last in the heat and which will hold out in the cold. So I sat down with (the fantastic) floral designer, Jennifer Brannon of Green Bee Floral Designs, to get a professional eye on some beautiful flowers you should definitely be asking your local floral designer about!
I’m going to start with all of you natural brides. If you like clean lines, natural greenery, and stark whites then these floral ideas are perfect for you!
A really popular flower showing up in many weddings right now is the panda anemone. The panda anemone is the white flower with a large black center pointed out above. Jennifer suggests a silk version in place of the real flower as she often receives orders of panda anemones that are not the beautiful stark white her brides requested. Sometimes they come in a more blush color or have bruised petals. Due to the high demand of these flowers and the effect it can have on their quality, a high end silk flower could be a better option. Hire yourself a great designer like Jennifer and you can trust that that silk flower will look like the real thing after she’s done her magic! I’m also in love with the little silver berries called brunia that can be seen in the middle of the bouquet. They give the bouquet some diversity among the leafy greens and soft petals. Lastly, if you’re interested in the gray greens in this bouquet ask for eucalyptus!
Another hot option in greenery right now is dusty miller. Dusty miller can be seen above as the soft pale greenery collaring the bouquet. I’m seeing a lot of dusty miller in our weddings, so I asked Jennifer all about it. She uses a lot of dusty miller, especially in bridal bouquets. She did mention that she would not use dusty miller around the edge of a bouquet (like the photo above) as it tends to wilt. It is perfect, however, used throughout the bouquet with sturdier flowers to hold it up. If you like the soft, romantic flowers in the bouquet above, what you’re seeing is a mixture of white majolica spray roses, lysianthus, and ranunculus.
Now, for you ladies who don’t do bright colors or clean lines I have some moodier options. I’m talking rich purples, deep blues, and bright, lush golds that will give your wedding a serious vibe reminiscent of your serious love for each other.
How dreamy is this centerpiece? Those rich hues are right up my alley! What I’m really obsessing over is the blue privet berries throughout this arrangement; they add such a unique texture. You can see fluffy white petals similar to the natural bouquet options in this arrangement. Everyone loves a good garden rose or ranunculus. And finally, the blue thistle. Blue thistle has recently become one of my favorite design options. These spiky blue plants are sure to provide some stunning contrast against the soft flowers.
If I were having a moody wedding, there’s no way I would do it without this hanging amaranthus. Hanging amarathus is the deep brownish – wine colored plant hanging down the front of the bouquet. It’s absolutely beautiful! If you look closely in the bouquet above you’ll also see more brunia and also some blushing bride (the pale pink flowers with pointed tips). If you haven’t noticed, blush is a really popular color, and blushing bride is a really unique flower that stays on trend.
Okay, on to my absolute favorite style in this post. Whimsical weddings! I’ve told you all before how I’m a huge lover of whimsy. Pulling together some floral options for a whimsy-themed wedding was such a fun task for me!
I actually have dreams about bouquets like this one. Nothing says happy and carefree like bright colored ribbons and fuzzy pom poms mixed in a bouquet of bright flowers. I am head over heels in love with the pom pom idea for this bouquet. I was sold on this one before I even looked at the flowers in it. But since flowers are the main topic here, I asked Jennifer to identify some for me, starting with the cute purple flower with a yellow center pointed out above. That is an aster and is a great option for a bouquet. Asters typically hold up well throughout the heat of the day and are easily acquired by your floral designer year round. That pink fluffy flower that’s taking center stage up there is actually pretty common and easily identifiable. Just to be sure, I did double check with Jennifer. I was right (point one for the event planning team), and it’s a dahlia. Some of the other flowers you see above are tulips, peonies, and of course I pointed out those poms!
For someone who isn’t incredibly attracted to bright colors and yet loves whimsical things above all else (me basically), the bouquet above is perfect! When I first started to ask about this bouquet I didn’t even know if the deep burgundy curls were actually flowers. It turns out they are fern curls. They were really popular a few years ago when people were doing wedding flowers with a unique and modern feel. They aren’t as popular in wedding florals now, but I think the are perfect for a wedding with a whimsical theme. Again we see the blue thistle. I’m also over the moon about the small yellow balls throughout the bouquet known as billy balls (I’m not over the moon about the name). Finally, the large spindly red flower in the center is a pincushion protea. As you look throughout the bouquet you’ll see succulents of many colors making this bouquet perfect for a whimsical bride.
I hope this gives you a little insight into what to ask for when you visit your floral designer to plan out your bouquets and centerpieces! And I do want to leave you with a little advice. If you’ve hired a professional floral designer, communicate your vision to them and trust them with it! They handle these beautiful flowers everyday and know what they’re talking about. Let me tell you, if I was hiring Jennifer I would trust her completely! So hire a professional you trust and listen to their advice!
A huge thanks to Jennifer Brannon and Green Bee! If you are local, check out some of Green Bee’s work below (and hire them – trust me)!