My obsession has only mounted since I learned to make one! ; )
For years and years, the tight, round hand tied bouquet dominated American weddings (designers, was anyone ever asking for anything else? To look at wedding mags and blogs from the past couple of decades you wouldn’t think so!)
But true cascade bouquets (or their close but more restrained cousins teardrop shaped bouquets, or round hand tieds with trailing elements) are making a real come back – I see them everywhere now and yes I sort of want to renew my vows on our 1 year anniversary just so I can have one! ; )
Today, let’s take a look at some of my favorite true cascades (I have many more pics of hand tied bouquets with dramatic trailing elements like maidenhair fern and amaranthus that I’ll post soon!)
First up is a richly colored and textured fall bouquet that is so incredibly balanced, but somehow not too perfect and still organic feeling. Sadly, I don’t know who to credit for this stunner, and as always I would more than welcome input from anyone who knows who is behind this beautiful bouquet!
I can’t really imagine the mechanics of this one – I suppose it’s all wired, but the orchids are set out far enough that the “stems” they’re on must show, and I’m curious what it looked like from behind / the side?! It’s really exuberant and just lovely! Flowers by Flower Farm Hawaii:
From my stalking of her blog, I believe that this was the first cascade bouquet ever made by April of April Flowers in San Louis Obispo – I think she did *ok*, right?! (kidding, I think this bouquet is AMAZING!)
I like this monobotanical rose bouquet. Without the teardrop shape, it would be pretty run of the mill. In the teardrop shape, it’s instant drama and intrigue! Floral design by the Ritz Carlton Naples studio (from Style Me Pretty):
I just have no words for this! I can’t tell whether it’s hand tied with some serious trailing elements, or whether it’s done in foam, but it’s just dreamy (as is the photo). I am 99% sure that this bouquet is by Flower Wild, from an inspiration shoot that ran on Ruffled, though I now can not find the link!
This more compact beauty is by Krista Jon. Very classic in all white!
This bouquet by The Flower Magician. I really love their stuff – they’re one of the florists that I can usually identify from their work (and not because the photos are watermarked in a distinctive way, because the flowers have such a specific and personal style- always really busy but in a way that somehow works and is bursting with variety and energy):
The first of two stunning cascade bouquets created by Steven Bruce Design in this post. I love that this one has sort of a dual cascade, on the top and on the bottom. The one on the top is like a little cowlick!
This must be SO heavy! It was created by Garden On The Square. That little strand of pearls is a pretty cool addition. This looks kind of tropical (with the gloriosa, orchids and ferns), rustic (with all that texture and looseness) and glamorous (with the massive size and those pearls) all at the same time…but yet, it works. Just goes to show you that there are no rules for floral design.
This is a promotional photo for David Austin Garden Roses (and a very effective one at that!)
Another more compact, teardrop shaped cascade. This is from Bella Floral. I love those little pops of waxflower!
Another heartstopping design by Steven Bruce Design- this was created for Bride’s Magazine. This one also has a really unique apostrophe like shape. The “cascade” part of the cascade doesn’t need to point straight down – there is so much movement in this!
Such a darling bouquet – it’s so sweet it almost seems more appropriate for a flower girl than a grownup bride, but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers! ; ) From the Spring 2008 issue of In Style Weddings:
This last one is from Martha Stewart Weddings – with those Chinese Lanterns, it’s one of the most dramatic and unique bouquets I’ve ever seen – just perfect with that dress too!