All About the Bouquet (Part II)

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

Last week we explored some of the words we designers use to describe a wedding bouquet’s style: rounded, free-form, airy, trailing, and so on.  This week we’re going to take a look at one of the other factors that go into making your perfect bouquet: the flowers themselves!Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

Bridal bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are composed of many types of flowers mixed together; others are made up of a grouping of only one type of flowers.  Some bouquets showcase flowers grown in a hothouse or halfway around the world; others are a vibrant display of seasonal flowers locally sourced.  In this romantic bridal bouquet, roses are the main attraction; sweet-smelling garden roses, fluffy spray roses, and creamy hybrid tea roses rub elbows with blush ranunculus and black and white anemones to create a classic rounded bouquet.

 

When it comes to choosing your flowers, roses are a classic choice and available year-round, as are mini calla lilies, and hydrangea. In these rounded bouquets below, you can see that roses and hydrangea are often used in bridal bouquets designed here at Flora Nova, and then partnered with seasonal touches to reflect the individual style and personality of each bride.

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

 

We designers have a lot of fun playing around with our flowers — mixing seasons and textures and colors together to come up with a bouquet that is unique and eye-catching. For those brides not into the classic rounded bouquet of hydrangea and roses, greenery is often used to create a more free-form organic bouquet. In this bouquet, it is the maidenhair fern that captures the spotlight, and roses only play a supporting role.

 

 

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Bridal Bouquet

 

As you can see, much like in our last post about style, these bouquets started simple but can get much more complex. Seasonal flowers like sweet peas, clematis vine, viburnum, dahlias, and peonies can pack a big visual punch. Phaleanopsis orchids can add a touch of glamour both when mixed into a bouquet or allowed to cascade freely down the front. In the center bouquet above, quince branches are even incorporated to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind bouquet.

 

Well, so far in this series we’ve explored different ways you might express yourself in the overall style and shape of your bridal bouquet, and, this week, in the individual floral and textural elements that go into creating your perfect bouquet.  Next time we’ll take a look at bouquet pricing.  You’ve fallen in love with your perfect bouquet, now how will it fit into your wedding budget?

All About the Bouquet (Part I)

Classic. Rounded. Lush. Airy. Trailing. Tear-drop. Free-form.  So many different ways to describe your wedding bouquet!  The trouble is, each of these descriptors mean something different to each of us!  What might be “airy” to one designer might be “rounded” to another.  So, today we are taking a look at some of our favorite bouquets from past weddings and talking a little about what goes into describing your perfect bouquet.

Let’s start with the classic: romantic garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, gardenias–sigh, these are the grande dames of the flower world! Put them all together you have a gorgeous rounded bouquet that conveys romance, elegance, and tradition.

Too simple for you? How about adding a bit of texture?  Perhaps a little greenery or small seasonal flowers…

Still too structured?  Oh, we can get wilder, yes we can. Now we’re getting closer to what we might call “airy,” “tear-drop,” or “trailing.” Lots of textural elements (as you can see, those range from ferns to feathers), something interesting or unexpected (fern curls, amaranthus, succulents, air plants), and definitely some “movement” to the bouquet.  While the more classic, rounded bouquets are designed tightly and precisely, the flowers in these bouquets are allowed a little wiggle room to bounce, flounce, and float down the aisle.

Still too tame for you?  You must be a more “free-form” kind of bride.  Not afraid to break a few floral design rules.  Well, we have bouquets for you, too! *Swoon!* All that texture! All that green!  All that movement! These bouquets have the feel of a freshly picked bunch of wild flowers – yet they are also carefully, passionately crafted works of art.  Showstoppers.

Which one of these bouquets is speaking your language?  Are you classic and traditional? Free-spirited and ready to dance your way down the aisle?  Or are you a showstopper ready to bring in a little drama? We’re ready to help you express yourself on the big day!

Jenny and Paul – Classic Blush Arctic Club Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Blush bridal Bouquet with blushing bride, garden roses, and scabiosa

The very handsome couple Jenny and Paul held their classic blush wedding at the beautiful Arctic Club, it’s always the dream to have your aesthetic and decor match with your venue and this was the perfect pairing! This late spring wedding was filled with one of our favorite flowers that we wait all year for; peonies! Jenny’s classic rounded bouquet was filled with those beauties, as well as scabiosa flowers, and the aptly named and always sweet blushing bride! Beautiful and romantic.

This color palette of blush, dark greens, gold, black and white is crisp, fresh and looks just stunning in all the photos taken by the wonderful Melissa Kilner. Aren’t all the bridal photos perfect? Along with the planning of Megan from Clutch Events who makes every wedding she works on effortless and fun. We sure had a dream team with this one!

 

Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: The Arctic Club

Planner: Clutch Events

Photographer: Melissa Kilner

Rentals: Pedersen’s

Cake: The Sweetside

Makeup Artist: Offwhite Makeup

Jane and Kenny – Organic SoDo Park Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Organic SoDo Park Wedding

Jane and Kenny’s wedding last July at SoDo Park was a beautiful showcase of organic summer style.  Raspberry leaves, Meadowsweet Spirea, Ninebark, Kinnikinnick, Wisteria, Queen Anne’s Lace, and more: so many delicate summer greens to play with! Jane and Kenny chose to pair their delicious greenery with soft summer whites (think cosmos, nigella, scabiosa, garden roses, and clematis) and shimmering golds (candelabras, urns, and votives).

For their reception, Jane and Kenny chose to set three long dining tables down the length of the draped SoDo Park space for a clean, elegant look.  The live-edge wooden head table was graced with a greenery garland, tall gold candlesticks, and soft urn arrangements — a great place to party (see the happy party-goers in the bottom picture below!). A big thank you to David Cho Photography for capturing all of the gorgeous details.  Enjoy!

Vendors:

Venue: SoDo Park

Photographer: David Cho Photography

Flora Nova Loves Green

Instead of bringing you another wedding this week we wanted to talk a little about a subject close to our hearts: greenery! It is pantone’s color of the year and is in our opinion always in season and fashion!  We gathered together several pictures from different events to show you the versatility and beauty of greenery. From monochromatic arrangements of all greens, to being the most natural perfect accompaniment to flowers – let’s give greenery some love, flowers are always in the spotlight.

Aren’t these bouquets stunning? Quite the opposite of boring, the beauty and interesting textures you can find are so exciting and very romantic, we love using trailing greens like jasmine, clematis or maidenhair ferns. If your venue has a staircase why not cover the banister in vines like the one above?!

These are some ideas for your ceremony – from an arch covered in vines or corner arrangements on a lucite chuppa to greenery aisle runners or simple bunches tied with ribbon on the chairs – so many different looks and ways to incorporate beautiful green.

Creating a greenery garland directly on the table is always a beautiful accompaniment combined with tall arrangements or on its own. Hanging green chandeliers can help to fill the space with nature and bring even more interesting ways to incorporate it on more than just the table tops. Here are a few pictures of other reception arrangements we have made incorporating this theme.

Another lovely idea is garlands to line your pictures, signs, or even drapes! We love the special added detail of greeting your guests to the table with sprigs of fresh herbs on every napkin, simply perfect.

There are many ways to add the organic natural beauty of all to often overlooked greens to your events, we can’t wait to see what inspires you!

Amy & Egan – Black and White elegance at Seattle Art Museum

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Contemporary Black and White Seattle Art Museum Wedding. Black, White, and Green Bridal Bouquet

Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane back to the elegant 2015 wedding of Amy and Egan. This was such a fun one! Amy and Egan chose a classic black and white theme to compliment the dramatic backdrop of the Seattle Art Museum‘s Brotman Forum (check out the huge installation of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Inopportune: Stage One flying above the dinner tables!).  Jacky with Event Success coordinated the details of the day, with black and white striped bistro linens, lucite ghost chairs, and a macaron tower. And Shodalove captured it all in the lovely photographs below.  Enjoy!

Vendors:

Reception Venue: Seattle Art Museum

Ceremony Location: Christ Our Hope Catholic Church

Planner: Jacky with Event Success

Photographer: Shodalove

Hair and Makeup: Erin Skipley

Rentals: Pedersen’s Rentals

Lighting: Greenlight Events

Kalie and Larry – Luxe JM Cellars Wedding

Flora Nova Design Seattle Luxe JM Cellars Wedding. Reception Tables: Taper Candles, Romantic, Moody, Gothic, Houndstooth Linens, Leather Table Runners

Kalie and Larry had the most perfect small wedding at JM Cellars! I can’t stop looking at these beautiful moody images by photographer James Moes of this edgy and wonderful affair. But before I say anything more, can we just stop to admire that bouquet?! Amaryllis, orchids, calla lilies and the most enormous ranunculus in that stunning color palate! Goodness!!

We designed a huge floral wall that the sweet couple got married in front of, add to that our large black candelabras draped in greenery and you have a wildly dramatic backdrop!

Kalie had such exciting and unusual ideas for her wedding and we were thrilled to work with her to bring it all together. From the black leather(!!!) table runners, brass candle holders with burgundy taper candles(!!!), black and white houndstooth linens(!!!),  burgundy napkin flowers(!!) tied with black velvet ribbon, to the overflowing gold compotes filled with garden roses and and ranunculus, every detail was divine! And all this gorgeousness was planned and coordinated by the wonderful Tara Lee of Sugarcomb!

The fabulous vendor team:

Reception Venue: JM Cellars

Photography: James Moes

Planner: Tara Lee with Sugarcomb

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Linens: BBJ Linen

Reena and David – Colorful Indian Wedding at Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Colorful Indian Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel. Dahlia Bouquet with Ribbon Streamers

Reena and David’s September wedding at Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel was a fabulous mix of Indian tradition with Northwest style, coordinated and planned by Natasha Larsen of The Invisible Hostess.  Beautiful turquoise, burnt orange, burgundy, coral, and gold shone against the Elliot Bay backdrop of one of our favorite waterfront venues.  Reena and David chose to incorporate soft garden touches in the Texas smilax and birch wood in their ceremony arch, as well as in the lush green of the raspberry foliage and maidenhair fern in the centerpieces and bouquets.  And bright summer dahlias were perfect with Reena and David’s color scheme – just look at how charming they are as garlands gracing the ceremony arch.

For the reception, Reena and David chose to incorporate antique books into their composite centerpieces, a whimsical touch alongside the burnished gold of the charger plates, urns, and candle holders.  The ceremony arch became a romantic backdrop for the couple’s sweetheart table, sparkling with a gold sequined linen and draped with greenery, roses, and dahlias. As you’ll see in the photos below, Erik and Marissa of Ciccarelli Photography captured these details beautifully.  It certainly was a magical event!

The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: The Edgewater Hotel

 Planner: The Invisible Hostess

Photos: Ciccarelli Photography

Cake: The Sweet Side

Rentals: Pedersen’s Party Rentals

Yue & Wei – Romantic Garden Wedding at Delille Cellars

Flora Nova Design Seattle -Romantic DeLille Cellars Wedding. Winery Wedding with Burgundy and Cream Bridal Bouquet

We love outdoor weddings and the gardens at Delille Cellars are the most lovely place for one. Yue and Wei had such a romantic wedding and reception here! It was intimate and sweet and just perfect. The arch we created for them was covered in wild greens and roses and seemed to belong in the garden setting.

They chose to have one long table for all their guests to sit together at and join with the newly weds for a delicious meal. The dreamy table was lined with bird cages filled with flowers, as well as tall floral arrangements and loads of candlelight! What a truly wonderful, intimate wedding and perfectly captured by Adrian Wangz Photography!

The Fabulous Vendor Team:

Venue: DeLille Cellars 

Planner and Coordinator: Perfectly Posh Events

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Jenovie and Brian – Elegant Orchid Wedding at Seattle’s Rainier Club

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Orchid Wedding at the Rainier Club. Ceremony trees with hanging crystals

Seattle’s historic Rainier Club served as a classic backdrop for Jenovie and Brian’s sophisticated September wedding, planned and flawlessly coordinated by Simply by Tamara Nicole.  Hundreds of stems of white orchids, dangling crystal strands, crisp white linens, a mirrored head table, and one drop-dead gorgeous wedding dress all combined to create a truly unforgettable event.  Jenovie and Brian had exquisite taste:  the mix of classic, clean lines and the luxurious extravagance of the orchids was visually stunning.

Enjoy this feast for the eyes photographed by the amazing Vancouver, B.C.-based Matdivad Photography. Oh, and this luxe wedding was just featured in the latest issue of Seattle Bride Magazine too …

The fabulous vendor team:

Venue: The Rainier Club

 Planner: Simply by Tamara Nicole 

Photos: Matdivad Photography

Cake: Honeycrumb Cake Studio

Rentals: Cort Party Rentals and La Tavola Fine Linens

Mirrored Tables: Kevin Bradford