Monday, November 16, 2009

Vibrant Dahlias!

I had to post this photo of the most beautiful burgundy red dahlias that we used this past weekend in two of our weddings. We used them for one bride's bouquet, along with pink mini succulents, Milva and Hot Princess roses, brunia, terra cotta cymbidiums and orange Mocara orchids.

Freshly cut in good ol' San Diego (who says everything gorgeous has to be imported!) they arrived looking radiant, almost glowing - just had to take a photo and share!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Classic White Bridal Bouquets

I have been noticing a recent trend in most of my wedding consultations lately....the classic white bridal bouquet is now the most requested! For awhile, we were doing lots of vibrant and intense bouquets in shades of burgundy and deep red or plum and chartreuse green...but white/ivory and cream is back!
It seems as though that although the bridal gowns may have more simple silhouettes, there is more detail in today's dresses- either from lace, fabric pleating/details or bodice beading. I often recommend that if your dress has an intricate or beautiful detail in the torso area (from chest to waist) then there are two good options for bouquets. One, if you want color, simplify the floral combination to 2-3 beautiful varieties of flowers that can add interest and texture but not overwhelm the dress. As well, keep the shape more simple, like a nosegay style The other, more popular option, is a more neutral, possibly with a slight color variation, bouquet. Going with a cream, ivory, champagne and even pale blush combination allows you to have more variety and types of flowers in your bouquet without taking away from the dress. This bouquet can be designed in a variety of shapes from the classic nosegay to the teardrop or semi-cascade style. I thought I would post some of my favorites that we have recently done.