I had so much fun designing this wedding for Ashlee and Chris!
Ashlee was a very cool, somewhat non-traditional bride (her wedding website made me laugh out loud several times, it’s not often you can say that about a wedding website, huh?) who wanted a funky, bright, bohemian theme for her wedding flowers. Her 3 bridesmaids chose these lovely, simple, absolutely re-wearable dresses from the Gap:
Ashlee didn’t want to have “wedding colors” per se, but had a vibe and a look in mind – lots of color and texture, and a fun, relaxed feel. So the lovely color of these dresses was the closest to an official “color” there was, but was a great starting point.
I found these fab peacock feathers on Etsy that looked lovely with it, and Ashlee was excited to have them incorporated into her bouquet, so that was another early building block.
I asked for her feedback on inspiration photos I’d posted on Pinterest midway through the planning process, and Ashlee zeroed in on her three favorite inspiration bouquets. They were:
This lovely, by Datura, A Modern Garden:
with this one (image by Watson Studios)
And this one, from Wedding Channel:
I knew from this point that I definitely wanted to incorporate kale, red amaranthus, coxcomb, celosia, and dahlias into all of the florals. And that her bouquet would be incredibly “mixed up” – with no more than one or two stems of each flower type it incorporated. This type of design is always an adventure – there’s not really a way to envision it before it it’s assembled, because the combinations and possibilities are endless.
It was so fun to see a house full of bright, funky flowers and start to imagine all of the ways that they might come together!
I can’t *WAIT* for the pro photos from Amanda Doublin, but here are the pics I snapped of the finished florals on either side of the delivery!
Here is the very beginning of Ashlee’s bridal bouquet. I don’t know if I can even list everything that went into it, but in this starter for the design, we have dahlias, ranunculus, geranium leaves, monkshood, explosion grass, kale, zinnias, roses, crocosmia pods, and a carnation hiding back there:
It gets more built out, including some coxcomb and celosia being added on:
And here is the first bridesmaid bouquet, starting to take shape. They were all made with kale, amaranthus, Judy roses, alstromeria, waxflower, stock, bronze spider mums, carnations, stock, and celosia (not added yet here).
The finished bridesmaid bouquets were tied with nude satin ribbon, to coordinate with the bridesmaid’s shoes. Here they are:
Finished! Little soldiers all lined up…the wrap on the handle of Ashlee’s bouquet was a bohemian macrame style:
I learned and grew so much through designing this wedding. Two things particularly stand out-
I found two new varieties that I’m absolutely in love with, and that help up beautifully in this wedding: Monkshood, and Explosion Grass. I’ll be using both of these in coming designs, for sure! I always have a little bit of trepidation my first time around with a flower- sometimes when you get the bunch unwrapped you realize that the stems are a completely different animal than you thought they were, and that they’re too delicate / bulky / whatever to do what you wanted them to in the designs. But both of these worked beautifully and made such nice accents in the bride’s bouquet and the centerpieces. (Monkshood, I love you for having strong, thin stems!)
I also had some adventures in budgeting time on the wedding day. This was the first time I’ve done a solo delivery / set up of a full order of wedding flowers, and with all of the centerpieces and ceremony florals done the night prior, and the bouquet flowers all chosen and set aside (just not tied and finished), I carefully laid out my day of timeline to include a break for breakfast, another for lunch, and an hour to photograph the designs before loading up the car. After and as I made the corsages, boutonnieres, tied the bouquets, and packed it all up, I ended up scarfing only a pop tart, and taking just a couple of quick photos on the curb as I loaded up the car!
Everything….just….takes….so….much….longer…than….you….think…it….will! Thankfully, I knew this enough to build in lots of buffer time and I was still early to the wedding, but the morning of wasn’t the luxurious experience that it looked like it would be on paper (it never is!)
And now, back to the flowers…
They’re ready to be loaded into the car!
In addition to the above mentioned flowers, there were also anemones in Ashlee’s bouquet (and in this shot you can see the feathers, and upright and hanging amaranthus, curly willow tips, and probably several other things have been added!)
The bridesmaid bouquets ready to travel!
Here are some shots of the flowers after they arrived at the hotel (the backdrop is slightly nicer than the sidewalk outside my house ; )
And just like that, this post has gotten too long! I will share the bouts quickly since they’re also personal flowers- ceremony flowers and centerpieces to follow in a separate post!
Ashlee, you were a dream to work with and it was my honor to be a part of your wedding day!