Charlotte and Thane

Over Labor Day weekend I designed for a wedding that was my favorite this season. This was partly because of the gorgeous mix of colors and flowers but mostly because Charlotte, the bride, was such a doll. I enjoyed working with her and her family on her bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding flowers. Charlotte gave me free range when it came to flower varieties- she just wanted the overall look to be colorful…but muted. I spent many nights lying in bed contemplating the perfect combination to create the color palette. Trying to achieve a feeling that colors had been left out in the sun and faded took some thought. Many flower varieties (especially dahlias and garden roses) vary in color intensity throughout the growing season so I constantly had my eye on what the growers were bringing each week to make sure my selection was correct.

Since the wedding was at Deep Woods, which is a rustic venue, I wanted the flowers to feel at home in that atmosphere. Maidenhair fern, rosemary and sage as greenery brought in the woodsy feel and aspidistra leaves added a more upscale feel to the centerpieces. Charlotte’s bouquet included: “Juliet” David Austen roses, “Flame” mini calla lilies, magenta freesia, purple veronica, magenta carnations, green cymbidium orchids, “Jitterbug” dahlias, “Pooh” dahlias, zinnias, cockscomb and more.

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The reception centerpieces were each slightly different but a fantastic mix of colors and seasonal flower varieties. Charlotte also had bathroom flowers, bar flowers and buffet table flowers. Down the aisle I placed single blossoms of dahlias with colored burlap ribbon twirled inside the hanging vases. Instead of a traditional flower arch that is usually seen on wedding arches or pergolas blossoms of cymbidium orchids, roses and carnations were strung to create flower garlands. This looked great and added to the modern but rustic feel.

A huge THANK YOU to Charlotte for letting me be a part of your big day and Congratulations!

Wedding Flower Trends 2011 A-Z

A is for Anemones

These blooms come in lots of jewel tones, but it’s the white ones with black centers that are becoming a top bouquet choice. With vintage being such a major trend, these blossoms evoke old-Hollywood glamour like no other.

B is for Branches

Whether you want a rustic vibe or just an earthy feel, branches are the answer. Curly willow can be manipulated into a collar for or bridal bouquet or sturdy manzanita branches used (as shown here) as centerpieces.

C is for Craspedia

Craspedia is amazing because it’s just as beautiful dried as it is fresh. You don’t have to worry about them wilting or the petals getting damaged (because they don’t have any, of course), and they don’t need water. These mod members of the daisy family are also called billy balls or billy buttons. Thanks to their round shape and the fact that even guys don’t feel too girlie wearing them, craspedia make great boutonniere blooms. They also look rad packed tightly in a bouquet or a pomander.

D is for Dianthus

This is NOT your grandma’s carnation. The “IT” flower this year is the “Green Trick” Dianthus. All your guests will be gabbing over this unique green sphere that is sturdy enough to last through the heat. Use them in bouquets or centerpieces or take a sprig of the blossom for use in corsages & boutonnieres.

 E is for Effortless

Pull off the just-picked look with carefully chosen flowers that lend themselves to a loose feel. Although you want this look to appear like you just scooped up the flowers, you may still want to rely on a professional to help create it. (It can be harder than it looks)

F is for Feathers

To get glamour without going bling crazy, just add feathers. Blend white and gold ones into a romantic bouquet, or add black ones for a bigger statement. For something exotic, go with peacock feathers. We love a mix of textures.

G is for Grounded

Blooms on the floor attract as much attention as ones on the tables. For a lawn ceremony, instead of hanging flowers from the chairs, create interest down the aisle with patterned petals. This is both cost-effective and something for your guests to talk about before you make your big entrance.

H is for Hands-free

A bouquet is still the most popular bridesmaid accessory. But brides are opening up to new ways of distinguishing their girls from the other guests, such as  a single bloom, a dolled-up corsage or a trendy floral ring.

 I is for Indigo

Bring something blue into the bouquet, be it a bold bunch of blue delphinium or just a few hypericum berries painted turquoise.

J is for Jars

Mason jars dominate the vintage, homespun-style wedding scene (hey, they’re easy to find and collect). But jars of various shapes and sizes are showing up everywhere.

 K is for Kale

We’re all about foliage in bouquets right now, and the cool thing about kale is that it looks like a regular flower. Pair it with blooms for a fun, organic look. The leaves are a great addition to any arrangement. Keep them au naturel or ask your florist to paint them a metallic color.


L is for Limes

Limes work well as an overall wedding motif or a nice floral accent. Drop them into a vase to make a base for an arrangement; slice them in half to stack them up. Or line your aisle with them.

M is for Mosses

Using moss in your decor is a great way to keep costs down, add interest and create atmosphere. One of our brides this summer is placing moss orbs atop clear cylinder vases for her centerpieces.

N is for Nonfloral

As much as we love flowers, we can’t help but admire bouquets of paper blossoms or even buttons or vintage brooches. They’re so cool! This fun pinwheel boutonniere can be found here.

O is for Overhead

Drape flowers from the ceiling for a surprise wh en guests look up. Paper lanterns, step aside. We love seeing balls of moss and other floral arrangements suspended from a tent ceiling. You can also decorate your venue’s chandeliers with flowers for a different look.

P is for Pave

Carnations artfully arranged in a graphic pattern inside a square box would make a mod, minimalist centerpiece at a loft wedding.

Q is for Quaint

Throw a wildflower or two in the mix and your bouquets go from stuffy to relaxed, country. Incorporate family heirloom pieces for a nostalgic feel.

R is for Rocks

Create cairns or structures with river rocks for either an indoor or outdoor wedding.  If less structure is more you, a blanket of pebbles running down the center is also lovely (see next picture…)

S is for Succulents

Modern and fun yet ultra-natural, succulents make a statement. Plop a few mini ones in your bouquet, and go all out with full-size ones in your centerpieces. Or give them out as favors. These succulents were placed atop pepples as table runners for a wedding last summer.

T is for Tropical

Since bold, bright colors are still very hot this year, why not choose flowers that match in intensity? Birds of paradise, orchids, & protea are fun and tropical foliage makes everything look opulent.

 U is for Uhule

These purplish-brownish fern cools add drama to wherever they are placed. They give bouquets dimension and add a modern twist to boutonnieres. They aren’t typical in weddings so give your day something to set it apart.

V is for Vegetables

Artichokes are an easy choice, but radishes and squashes are also gaining in popularity. Whether you have a garden wedding or a tented affair in a field, veggies add an organic feel to the tables.

Mixing and matching led the way to wildflower acceptance. Varied colors and textures with a natural, just-picked look; it’s all en vogue.

 X is for XL flowers

Dinner-plate dahlias are seriously some of the prettiest things ever. They’re as big as a plate (or the size of your face). The best part? You really only need one or two per arrangement.

Y is for Yellow

This punchy color rocks it. Our favorite flowers in yellow: chrysanthemums, spider mums (can you tell we like mums?) and calla lilies. Mix them with chocolate cosmos for a modern black and yellow combination.

Z is for Zinnias

These summer flowers pack in lots of texture for little expense. Not only are we seeing them in floral arrangements, but they’re also popping up in fabric patterns and invitation designs.