When I was growing up, there were 3 crabapple trees that grew along our driveway. One of my absolute favorite times of the year was when all three of them were full of white and pink blooms, saturating the air with their sweet smell. It was a sad day when the last of the tiny blooms fell to the ground and I realized I’d have to wait another whole year before enjoying them again. Ever since then, I’ve never been able to get enough of flowering spring trees, whether crabapple, cherry, dogwood, or apple, and now I absolutely adore the idea of using these sweet blooms as florals for a wedding!
It’s peony season, so why not dedicate this week’s Friday Flowers to those gorgeous ruffled blooms? Little did I know that while writing this post I’d experience shortness of breath, random giggles, and rapid heart beat. There’s something about peonies that just makes me positively giddy. What is it about these blooms that make them so sought after for brides across the world? Whatever it is, perhaps you should have some sort of smelling salts handy to revive you after you get a glimpse of this collection of fabulous florals!
Anemones are pure elegance. Perfect for a black and white wedding with their delicate white petals and bold black centers, they also come in a variety of pinks, reds and purples. Anemones are just as classy whether by themselves or with a mixture of other beautiful blooms!
Queen Anne’s Lace is the ultimate romantic wildflower. It’s white, lacy, and incredibly dainty. It reminds me of taking long walks and picking wildflowers along the road during the summer and I love how it’s used in all these gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces! To me, Queen Anne’s Lace is the perfect flower for a rustic and romantic wedding.
Oh lilacs. So beautiful and so fragrant. I think that if everyone had a lilac bush in their yard that they could admire daily, the world would be a happier place. Truly a flower that I adore, lilacs come mostly in purples but also in white and even pink! With gorgeous texture and color, it makes for stunning florals!
There’s nothing that says spring to me more than when the sunny yellow daffodils start to bloom in my yard. From the standard bright yellow to more subtle white with peach, to the smaller or more ruffly versions, what I love the most about daffodils though is the variety that they come in. For a dose of sunshine or a touch of spring here are a variety of arrangements that include this cheery bloom!
If you haven’t had the same sunshine and warmth we’ve had here in Philly, today’s flowers will certainly brighten your day! Crinkly, tissue-thin poppies are unique and full of personality. Not to mention, have you seen the scene in The Wizard of Oz? Even the Wicked Witch says they’re “attractive to the eye and soothing to the smell”! Ms. Witch’s poppies are red, but they come in vibrant oranges, warm corals, soft yellows, and many other colors. Check out these gorgeous arrangements as well as two fabulous poppy DIY projects at the end as well!
Chicago had one of my favorite types of weekends—these cold, clear, sunny days are making me excited for the upcoming winter! In honor of these beautiful days, I was inspired to create a winter white board, accented by wisps of antique gold, a hint of blush, and crisp green. Winter weddings are some of my favorites, especially in shades of white!
Because we’re just ready for spring, we’re head-over-heels for this fresh palette that reminds us of everything sweet the season brings — succulent melons and strawberries, with a bit of citrus on the side! A color scheme of melon and amber is perfect for a spring fête—perhaps a morning wedding or afternoon dessert reception?—and we love the addition of a few watercolor elements (so on trend!) and just a bit of gold added in to the centerpieces for sparkle. Are you as ready for spring as we are? Wouldn’t you love a wedding in these colors?
There are several flowers and plants associated with the winter holidays (holly, mistletoe, paperwhites, and poinsettias…) but our favorite winter bud for weddings is the stunning amaryllis. You can plant the bulbs so that they bloom in the winter, making beautiful centerpieces for a holiday celebration. They are also perfect for a show-stopping bouquet!
Is there a more aptly-named wedding flower than “blushing bride?” The name aside, blushing bride protea looks gorgeous when used with a variety of flowers from roses to clematis to orchids. It has a blush center with pointed petals that range from white to ivory to pale pink. Can you spot the blushing bride protea in all of these bouquets?
Cooler weather gets us thinking of cooler color palettes. Today’s featured floral, the silver brunia, is as cool as it gets! But not only is it cool in color, it’s also modern, elegant, and has a fantastic small rounded shape. While it’s often used in pastel and white flora arrangements, it can look fantastic with more bold colors like red or yellow as well! Take a look at silver brunia used in some of our favorite bouquets!
Scabiosa pods are incredibly interesting. Sometimes referred to as the pincushion flower, its greenish-brown ball-shaped head is divided up into several smaller sections that almost resemble cupcake liners! They look gorgeous in bouquets and always add an organic feel to an arrangement. Take a look at some of our most favorite bouquets that use scabiosa pods!
Clematis is a flowering vine that you might see during the summer climbing the gate of your neighbor’s fence, someone’s light post, or even a mailbox or two! From it’s sweet white and pale pink shades which can give a soft garden feel to an arrangement, to the deep wine and burgundy shades that can be so dramatic that it looks like it could contain some deadly poison, there are many varieties. Even the vine itself is full of texture and looks great when used as greenery in arrangements! No matter which color or variety we see though, we’re absolutely in love with clematis today!
“Above anything else,” Christina said of her New Jersey wedding to Brian, “we wanted our wedding to be fun for everyone, including ourselves.” We’re willing to bet not a soul left without a smile from this Inn at Fernbrook Farms affair, which was filled with soft and rustic details. The amazing Jen Huang photographed the day, capturing everything from the couple’s escort cards—strung from ribbon between two ladders—to the wildflower arrangements created by Viburnum Designs. Burlap graced both the bridesmaids bouquets and table tops “for more of a natural feel,” the bride said. “Everything was absolutely stunning—exactly what I had hoped for—beautiful, elegant, and natural.”
If there was nobility in the flower world, the phalaenopsis orchid would without a doubt be a part of the royal family. Stately, elegant and a bit bold, it undoubtably makes a statement wherever it is used. Check out this gorgeous collection of bouquets that we absolutely adore!
Happy Friday everyone! Today we’ll be taking a look at another unique flower: scabiosa. It is commonly called “pincushion flower” because of its pincushion-like center. It comes in different shades like white, lavender, deep purple, red and pink. Both the petals and center of the flower are very unique and can add some fantastic texture into any arrangement!
While not necessarily a flower, there’s no denying how great moss can look in wedding decor, so we feel it’s completely worthy of its own Friday Flowers post! Moss brings a natural and organic feel to weddings regardless of the venue or style of the event. There are countless places to use it – here are some of our favorites!
It’s officially summertime and that means it’s vacation season! The Mr. and I have chosen to vacay away from most major cities and have instead retreated to the beach in Maine where we’re surrounded by lobster, blueberries, and tons of wildflowers. Among the wildflowers are tons and tons of happy daisies which are the inspiration for today’s Friday Flowers. Whether we’re talking about mums, sweet and petite chamomile, or the straight up ones on the side of the road, there’s no happier and more carefree flower than a daisy! Check out these beautiful bouquets that use today’s featured flower.
Another under-appreciated flower in weddings (you know I love an underdog!), this weeks Friday flower gives gorgeous texture, fragrance, and fullness to any arrangement it’s in. While stock doesn’t come in every color, there are some absolutely gorgeous shades out there like lavender, magenta, deep purple, white, and even peach. It’s a thick ruffled flower with not a lot of foliage and looks great as a complement to other flowers or even when bunched all together by itself!