Flowers in soft, dreamy shades are in full bloom | Photos by Britt Chudleigh
Rachael MacLaughlin of Roots (801-363-7668, rootsflowers.net) sourced her favorite flowers in soft hues to create a lush centerpiece and coordinating bridal bouquet of garden roses, roses, dinner plate dahlias, dahlia buds, dusty miller, ranunculus, and scabiosa pods. Green antique hydrangea and curly bittersweet vine add texture and playful irreverence to the full centerpiece housed in a large glass candy jar that doubles as a vase. MacLaughlin says summer is the best season for dahlias, while fall is prime time for bittersweet vines. She recommends clustering blooms for a hit of color—when stems are too spread apart, the color looks washed out—and encourages brides to embrace slightly imperfect, non-symmetrical shapes.
Modern Trousseau guipure lace gown, $3,612, Alta Moda Bridal. Kifani 18K rose gold dangle earrings with opaque polished rough diamonds with pavé diamond rim, $24,000. O.C. Tanner.
Envisioning a fashionable autumn bride, Amanda Schelin of Branches Event Floral (801-244-4227, branches
floraldesign.com) dreamed up this fanciful bouquet and romantic floral crown. She used fluffy blooms to bring the arrangements to life: gloriosa lilies, garden roses, ranunculus, cafe dahlias, spray roses, variegated pittosporum, dusty miller, astilbe, and maidenhair fern. Gloriosa lilies and garden roses can be pricey because they are specialty flowers, so Schelin recommends sourcing readily available, texture-rich stems like dusty miller and spray roses. She says her brides are loving muted hues, like this palette of ivory, peach, and buttercream yellow. For fall, she likes to pair pastels with metallics. Mikimoto 18K 12mm South Sea pearl earrings with diamonds, $12,720, O.C. Tanner.
Elegant garden roses set the tone for this sophisticated bouquet by Julie Prince Flowers (801-558-6579, julieprinceflowers.com). Prince says garden roses are available year-round, making them a great ruffled replacement for in-demand peonies, which have a short growing season. She added lightly hued ranunculus, poppies, anemones, snowberries, and astilbe, and finished the sculpted arrangement with broad, open-face anthurium, symbolic of hospitality, and radiant amaryllis. Prince says pastel color palettes are popular with brides seeking a romantic, vintage vibe. Her coordinating boutonnières feature ranunculus, small blunt-cut branches, anemones, and whimsical dotted feathers for a dose of soft texture.
You choose a wedding dress in a hue that complements your skin tone, so why not do the same with your bouquet? Brynn Larsen of Blooms and Co (801-355-0434, bloomsandco.com) advises brides to select stems that work well with their coloring. She says pastels are flattering against most skin tones, and, lucky for you, the palette is huge this year. Her interpretation of the trend: textural bridal and bridesmaid bouquets showcasing cafe au lait dahlias, roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, snowberries, astilbe, and lamb’s ear. Larsen favors unique, seasonal flowers, such as astilbe (available June-September, and December-February) and snowberries (available March, April, and August-November). She likes these bouquets for a winter wedding. If your event is taking place on a scorching hot day, or there is a big time gap between your ceremony and your reception, she recommends ordering two bridal bouquets to ensure your petals stay perky, and storing your bouquets in water when not in hand.
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