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Bishop's Children Dahlias

Bishop's Children Dahlias

Fall is officially here, with threats of frost.  After I put Charlie on the bus this morning, I played this game (which I have played in many seasons past), where I walk around the gardens and complain that there are no flowers left to cut.  "I can't possibly pull any cohesive arrangement together with what's left in the garden," I mutter to myself.  And then I spot a few prime dahlias, run inside to grab my clippers, and begin the process of convincing myself otherwise.

After gathering a few red, single petaled "Bishop's Children" dahlias, I decide to base the bouquet around this bright and cheery color, unlike most ivory and blush bridal bouquets I often make.  Then I head over to the "veggie" garden (which I should admit has more flowers than veggies planted in it these days) where I spot some lovely, tall Red Gem marigolds that I grew from seed sent to me by my mom this Spring.  The orange and red variegation compliment the red dahlias perfectly.  Their delicate, tiny flower heads are starting to give the bouquet and airy feel already.

Red Gem marigolds

Red Gem marigolds

I raided the zinnia patch looking for any and all primary colored ones available that haven't been completely absorbed by the downy mildew they are usually covered with, this late in the season, along with a few interesting Jazzy Mix zinnias, which come in yummy warm tones and unusual stripe combinations.  

Jazzy Mix Zinnias courtesy of Johnny's Seeds   

Jazzy Mix Zinnias courtesy of Johnny's Seeds

 

For a touch of whimsy, I added a few euonymous vines stripped off the side of the barn, with their fall pods starting to show, along with a few rose hips gathered from the scruff of our property.  I may have also added the last cosmo available for a pop of white brightness in this otherwise color saturated bouquet.  I even raided my container gardens for some purple sweet potato vine as well as some ivy that I cut from a topiary that should have been trimmed long ago.  See, I knew there was a reason I let it go. ;-)

 

Added a bold ribbon and voila!

Added a bold ribbon and voila!

Bridal Bouquet Trends 2017

Having been a wedding day florist for quite some time, I can say with a deep-level of certainty that classically structured bridal bouquets aren't leaving us, or the wedding aisle, any time soon. However, I am loving this year’s dreamy interpretation on bridal florals which errs on the side of non-traditional yet still feels luxe and wedding day appropriate.

Below are the top 5 bridal bouquet trends you can expect to see in summer 2017:

Tropical-Ethereal

Photography: Channing Sees

Photography: Channing Sees

Think traditional wedding bouquet meets Havana-inspired florals. This year’s bride is ditching structured wedding flowers for a loose assortment of proteas, asparagus ferns and monstera leaves. This look, when paired with wedding day white, can add visual interest and just the right amount of whimsy.

Pocketful of Posies 

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie

While wrist or pinned corsages are classic and beautiful, this year’s honorary guest may be seen carrying, instead of wearing, a simple bouquet. The use of three blossoming peonies or cabbage roses are lightweight enough to hold with one hand and are an elegant take on an otherwise traditional wedding day staple.

Flower Jewelry and Crowns

Photography: Abby Lorenz

Photography: Abby Lorenz

This year’s bride and her maids are all about flowers as jewelry. Simple hair combs or half halos, comprised of delicate florals, can perfectly accent romantic bouquets. While, oversized floral crowns, fixed with sprigs, berries and greenery, may be used in lieu of or in addition to coordinating wedding day florals.

Green with Envy

Photography: Katie Noble Photo

Photography: Katie Noble Photo

After Pantone announced "Greenery” as its “color of the year,” it’s no surprise that we’re seeing foliage and shrubbery really inspire this year’s bridal flowers. The use of layered, leafy greenery as a romantic statement piece adds dimension and volume to a bridal bouquet and allows for the flowers to really stand out in such an elegant way. When tied together with wedding day ribbon, you have such a fresh, ethereal look.

Harvested By Hand

Photography: Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio

Photography: Li Ward of Fat Orange Cat Studio

The “just picked from the garden” bouquet is something that many brides are looking for these days. Long gone are the days of just selecting "matching" flowers that may be in season. This year’s trend is all about working with flowers from a nearby garden or farm to be used in a bouquet to give that fresh from the farm feel. As a farmer-florist, I grow and source the fresh, organic flowers so that the bridal bouquets I design are harvested by hand, often, the morning of the wedding!

For information on any of these trends and to explore harvesting your wedding day flowers together, please contact Bittersweet Gardens here.