When choosing flowers for your wedding, it all begins with the bridal bouquet. Once you narrow down to the style of bouquet you want to carry down the aisle, the rest will flow from there: the bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, altar arrangements, pew decorations and reception flowers.
In our first post on flowers, we’ll look at the exploding trend in garden-style flower arrangements–and in future posts we’ll get into traditional, modern and tropical styles.
Garden-style bouquets take the variety and naturalism of a cottage garden and translate it to a design you can hold in your hands. Were you to walk through a lush and abundant garden and pick one of these, a few of those and a couple of the funny little things over here, and then organize them into a clutter of flowers–with stems showing–you would capture the essence of this genre.
Popularized by Ariella Chezar–a Sonoma, California, floral designer who came into her own in the early 2000’s and since then has gained a strong following–garden-style flower arrangements, whether they are for weddings or any other occasion, are as thoughtful and technique-driven as they are loose and free. These bouquets appear to be gatherings of wildflowers, and yet they are composed carefully, so that color and texture are distributed throughout the arrangement.
If you settle on garden-style flowers for your wedding, the next layer of decision-making is flower selection. David Austin roses, hydrangeas and peonies are some of the best-loved focal flowers, but ask your florist to innovate based on what’s seasonally available. If you are too specific on what flowers can be included, you’ll miss out on the surprise finds the florist discovers at the wholesaler’s the week of your wedding. The key is to find a florist whose design approach you trust. once you have that figured out, micromanagement should be out the door. Flexibility based on available flowers will lead to the most appealing designs.
If garden-style flowers aren’t for you, or if you want to explore other options before you decide, read our tropical wedding flower post here.