Spring is such a lovely time of year for weddings in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. The mild temperatures and the fresh greens of spring create the perfect environ for celebrating new beginnings for wedding couples. My team and I (Myriam Wong and Katie Black) have made some absolutely stunning bridal bouquets this Spring filled with Peonies, Lisianthus, Garden Roses, Tulips, lush greeneriers and so much more. The trends in bouquets continue to evolve with even more color and texture than what brides were looking for in recent years.
A. and M. were both married in May of 2018, just a few weeks ago. As with all of our brides, each woman was looked for a very specific style for her bouquet. A. wanted a horizontal bouquet that cascaded to one side in an asymmetrical design. M. was looking for a rounded design with a little more structure but plenty of texture. They had one specific design choice in common; both women wanted their bridesmaids to carry bouquets that were designed in a different shape than their own. This is becoming a bit of a trend in wedding floral design and one of the choices that brides can make to create that one-of-a-kind look for their wedding.
The Bouquet Designs and Flowers
The cascading bouquet shown here has a combination of pink, mauve, lavender and white flowers with hints of blue and lots of greenery. Anenome, Thistle and Silver Dollar Eucalytpus provide the blue tones. Two shades of Ranunculus (white and pale pink) and Scabiosa (lavender and dusty pink) add both color and texture, as does Queen Anne’s Lace and Rice Flower in a subtle pink. There were no Roses in this bouquet, so the Peonies (Sarah Bernhardt) are important focal flowers. We used lavender Lisianthus in the perfect shade of purple for this palette. Lisianthus has a lovely softness, and yet, is quite durable. It often comes with two to three blooms per stem that open in different stages. The closed blooms add even more interest to an unstructured design.
We were careful to design the asymmetrical cascade to the bride’s right as we wanted nothing to come between she and her groom who would stand traditionally to her left. The greenery was an important part of the cascade.
M.'s bouquet consisted of Gardenia Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Dusty Miller, Ranunculus, Ivory Majollica Spray Roses, White Stock, Eucalyptus and Plumosa. Greenery pokes through the space between the flowers “breaking through” the shape of the design. Stock is a flower with lots of little blooms that is great for blurring the line of a design. M. wanted just a little bit of loose greenery trailing from the bouquet and a few elements that added a bit of whimsy.
Her attendant's bouquets were designed to be a little more free-form, so, rather than a rounded shape, the bouquets were looser and a little more gathered looking. All of the important focal flowers were included to maintain the soft color palette for the wedding. We used Peony and Juliet Garden Rose in their bouquets, as well as Dusty Miller, Lisianthus, Stock and Spray Rose.
Our bride carrying the cascading bouquet wanted her bridesmaids to hold bouquets that were more upright with lots of greens surrounding the important blooms. The combination of rounded blooms and flowers with smaller petals added lots of texture. The leggier stems gave the designs a "gathered" look. Hints of blue were only included in the bride's bouquet.
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