There are so many beautiful flowers that pop up over the summer and lots of wonderful choices to use for summer weddings, and one of our favorites is the zinnia! Zinnias are full of texture and come in lots of warm and fun colors like pink, orange, red, yellow, fuchsia, and even some ombre shades. Take a look at these fantastic arrangements featuring zinnias and prepare to fall in love!
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!
Hydrangeas are right up there with the most summery flowers, don’t you think? I love to walk around my neighborhood on a summer afternoon and check out the beautiful cloud-like hydrangea blooms in front of everyone’s houses. They come in a rainbow of colors: white, purple, pink, even green, but my all-time favorite are the blue! It’s no surprise that they are a popular choice for many brides. From bouquets of just a couple lone hydrangea blooms to larger arrangements where it’s just used as an accent, I love when blue hydrangea is used in weddings!
Orchids come in just about every size and every color imaginable. From bright greens to deep, rich purples, and from ruffled and frilled to sleek and modern, the variety of orchids spans just about as much as the variety of all flowers in general. Today I’d like to share one of my favorite types: Cattleya Orchids. Cattleyas themselves even come in a variety of colors, but we usually see them in a vivid white with a buttery or bright yellow center. Take a look at these gorgeous arrangements that feature Cattleyas:
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!
It’s Friday which means it’s flower day here at Elizabeth Anne Designs, but it’s also time to celebrate National Puppy Day! What’s a blogger to do? Feature puppies all dressed up in wedding flower collars to celebrate both, of course! These pups look picture perfect all dolled up.
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!
There are a few flowers that are the superstars in our wedding world—peonies, hydrangea, garden roses, orchids—but it’s often the lesser-known flowers accompanying them who truly sell the feel of the arrangement. In our Friday Flowers feature, I want to highlight not only the superstars, but the flowers in supporting roles as well in hopes of guiding you brides out there still trying to narrow down exactly what they want for their big day. Today we have a flower who usually is seen as a filler to other flowers but that can also have a huge impact when it’s the star of the show—Astilbe!
Today’s flowers are truly a TGIF treat! While rounding up one of my absolute favorite flowers, there was one thing about dahlias that stuck out the most — the enormous size of certain types! Dahlias come in so many sizes, textures, and a ton of colors from bronze to pink to purple to orange to deep red to yellow, they can be used in an enormous variety of arrangements. The types that we’re featuring here today all fit in the A or AA category of dahlias, meaning they can be up to 12″ in diameter — there’s even a kind called “dinnerplate”! Dramatic and show-stopping, all these bouquets feature some very large dahlias and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
While looking through bouquets of blushing bride protea for our Friday Flowers roundup, there were so many gorgeous bouquets with pincushion protea that it didn’t feel right to not share those as well! Pincushions look exactly like they sound: a little cushion stuck with a bunch of vibrantly colored pins. In yellow, orange or coral, they are all brightly colored and full of texture. It’s a flower with quite a personality!
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!
Jasmine: Not the princess from Aladdin, the beautiful flowering vine, of course! This sweet smelling flower is incredibly petite and romantic, and the wispy pink buds add a carefree garden-feel to any bouquet! While it may not be suitable for a bouquet all by itself, it adds such a special touch to roses, peonies or any other flowers you choose for your bouquet. We hope you love these bouquets as much as we do!
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!
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!
Succulents, step aside. There’s a new bud in town that is ready to take over the modern scene: protea! As different as they are fascinating, they’re one part botanical, one part tropical, and completely bold. They go with everything from peonies to thistle to orchids, and they are for sure a bold addition to any bouquet or centerpiece!
There’s nothing more show-stopping than bold and dramatic flowers, don’t you think? Amaranthus adds texture to an arrangement and when used in a bouquet, it’s hanging stems can give it a cascading feel. It comes in both a rich fuchsia and a bright green, and will make even the smallest boutonniere or the largest ceremony arch unique!
Who says it has to be flowers that steal the show on reception tables and in wedding bouquets? We’re just about one full week into fall, so today our Friday Flowers will prove that richly-hued leaves can be just as dramatic as any fluffy pink peony! From the vibrant red, gold and rust colored leaves that make this season so special to the moody merlot of Japanese Maple leaves, using leaves in your floral arrangements is sure to add a touch of fall to your wedding!
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!
This time of year is always bittersweet. Summer draws to a close, vacations end and school starts again. But at the same time, cozy sweaters, crisp nights and fabulous fall boots are just around the corner! Another one of the perks of this time of year? All the show-stopping sunflowers that fill farmers markets and roadside stands. So, if you’ve got the end-of-summer blues, these sunny blooms are sure to brighten your day!
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!