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All About the Bouquet (Part II)

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!

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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

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

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

Amanda and Matthew – Luxurious Winter Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel

Flora Nova Design Seattle - Luxurious Winter Wedding at the Edgewater Hotel. White and Grey Bouquet

Amanda and Matthew had such a luxe winter wedding at the Edgewater Hotel last February. Amanda infused so much old school hollywood glamour to her beautiful wedding! The sophistication of every small detail leaves a lasting impression. The whole event had such a dreamy romantic winter feel to it!  Carina Skrobecki Photography really captured the mood perfectly; we couldn’t wait to show you these images.

Planning and designing Amanda and Matthew’s wedding was a true pleasure. The couple entrusted us to design their event from start to finish: from design concept, color palate, and the overall look and feel, to coordinating rentals such as chairs, linens, draping, lighting, and more. Truly a beautiful wedding!

We loved this wedding and Amanda & Matthew so much we hired Timekeeper Films to make a film about the design process, the setup, and the wedding day (with fun behind the scenes looks).  Watch it here:

The fabulous vendor team:

Event and Floral Design: Flora Nova Design

Photography: Carina Skrobecki Photography

Day-of Coordination: Perfectly Posh Events

Reception Venue: Edgewater Hotel Seattle

Rentals: Pedersens Rentals

Linens: BBJ Linen

Cake: Baked Custom Cakes

Camille and Sam – Elegant Wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel

Camille and Sam had such a soft romantic wedding at the Four Seasons Seattle last December! We love designing classic weddings like this in a palette of creams and blush, with ruffles, sparkle and tons of candlelight! It is truly a timeless look. And their wedding got even more magical with spirit of the season.

Camille and Sam married almost a year ago, during the holiday season: It is almost time for their first anniversary! Congratulations, you two!

To set the mood for this beautiful wedding we lined the staircase with candles to usher all the guests up to the ballroom. All the arrangements were kept simple and effortless in style but received a splash of drama from the gold and sparkly accents. Can we just talk about that MIRRORED HEAD TABLE?!! Super glamorous, especially paired with ghost chairs. A perfect place for Camille, Sam and their bridal party to sit and enjoy this lovely wedding. And what a great choice to fully drape the walls of the ballroom in delicate sheer fabric! In combination with the soft uplighting it created the perfect atmosphere for this beautiful winter wedding.

It was a pleasure to finally be working with Travis from True Colors Events again! And the photos by the ever so wonderful team of O’Malley Photographers are to die for. Rentals by Pedersen’s Event Rentals, linens by BBJ Linens, mirrored tables by Sal Floral, lighting by GreenLight Events.