I’ve been seeing Andromeda creep into bouquets and centerpieces on wedding blogs for a little while now, and noticing and loving it more and more each day.
The botanical name for this ornamental shrub is Pieris Japonica, and it comes in various shades of white, pale and darker pink, with pretty dark green leaves.
It’s sometimes used with its florets fully opened (they look almost like lily of the valley), and sometimes used in bud form just for texture.
For the next few days, I’ll be bringing you some of my favorite arrangements containing Andromeda!
First up is a mono-botanical bouquet – all Andromeda, all the time! This image is from Ginger & Lily, and I really like the look! It’s followed by some close ups of the florets:
Andromeda looks SO pretty in uber-feminine designs, accompanied by frilly round flowers like roses, garden roses, ranunculus and peonies. It adds just the right amount of variation and texture to these bouquets. The top and left designs are by Connecticut’s Blush Floral Design, and the bottom right is from Australia’s Lily & Rose:
It looks great with shads of mauve and lavender! The fabulous bouquet on the top is by Elizabeth Anne Designs (and also features riceflower, another of my current favorites that will itself be the subject of an upcoming post!), as is the bottom right image. On the bottom left we have a bouquet photographed by Karen Wise, that I found on the outstanding floral inspiration blog Botanical Brouhaha:
Here’s a great example of the shrub used in its bud form for texture. The arcs of the branches are so graceful (and I think that’s more riceflower I see there in the back!) This is from House Martin, the blog of Portland based floral geniuses Ink & Peat. Below that is a pretty bouquet from Kate Holt of Santa Barbara’s Flower Wild:
Two more lovely, delicate pastel bouquets, both that use Andromeda and its leaves as a collar. On the left, from Blush Floral Design again, and on the right, from Eden’s Echo in San Antonio (those scabiosa are so yummy!):
And last for today but certainly not least (I think these were the photos that really started me on my Andromeda watch ; ) – the most joyful bouquet I’ve seen in some time. This is from Los Angeles’ La Partie Events. Here’s andromeda with dahlias, amaryllis, ranunculus, veronica and what looks to me like white spray roses. I LOVE this color and texture combo! This one was also featured on Style Me Pretty:
To be continued…