Lights, camera, flowers! Bold blooms in bright color pairings are ready for their close-up | Photographs by David Newkirk
Three varieties of peonies—coral charm, red charm, and tree peonies—are the stars of this rich pink and red bouquet by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral (801-809-8690, tingefloral.com). Red piano roses and clematis play supporting roles and add texture, while mint and oregano lend verdant color and a fresh, from-the-garden scent. Variety is the spice of Beyer’s florals, but it’s especially important to her when she’s working with bold blooms. “Bright colors can be tricky,” she warns, especially in combos like pink and red. She recommends using multiple tones of the same hue. She says fluffy peonies are abundant in May and available through July; some varieties come back in season during the fall. Eden Bridals chiffon gown ($695 at Gateway Bridal). Hematite crystal and gold leaf earrings ($62 at Katie Waltman Jewelry).
With free spirits and nouveau romantics in mind, Erin Keller of Urban Chateau Floral (801-227-4979, urbanchateaufloral.com) dreamed up this abundant bouquet of freshly scented blooms. Using shades of fuchsia and lilac, she gathered lavender, roses, Maria Theresia garden roses, hyacinth, and clematis. Keller says sweet-smelling lilac is a favorite flower among local brides, but notes it has a short growing season (mid-April through May) so it’s ideal for late spring weddings. Not getting hitched in spring? The other blossoms in her arrangement are available all year. 18K rose gold earrings with diamonds, pink tourmaline, and sapphire, and 18K yellow gold diamond flower ring ($5,900 and $4,300 at Roberto Coin Montage Deer Valley)
As a florist for brides in Salt Lake, Park City, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sarajane Johnson of Lily & Co. (307-413-1499, lilyandcompany.wordpress.com) knows a thing or two about rustic-chic celebrations. Her festive bouquet of red charm peonies, Juliet garden roses, dusty miller, and coral poppies and tulips works just as well for mountain weddings on a ranch as at a five-star resort. Keeping things regional, Johnson sourced the poppies and tulips from one of her favorite growers in Idaho. The perky stems are available from spring to early summer. 18K rose gold ring with diamonds, pink tourmaline, and sapphire, and 18K rose gold and diamond bangle bracelet ($6,100 and $15,880 at Roberto Coin Montage Deer Valley)
A striking king protea takes center stage in this unique, texture-rich bouquet of mokara orchids, ranunculus, snap dragons, blue thistle, billy balls, and fragrant eucalyptus by Kim Watt of Petal Pixie (801-891-8478, petalpixie.com). “I love king protea—they have such a great look and are totally unexpected,” she says. Watt designed the hot pink, yellow, and orange arrangement—with hints of “something blue”—for the wild at heart. Her bold blooms come from near and far: She sources king protea from California in spring and summer, and from Australia and South Africa in the fall; mokara orchids travel from Thailand in May through September. Allure Couture embroidered lace gown ($2,020 at Gateway Bridal). 18K yellow gold and brown diamond ring ($13,000 at Roberto Coin Montage Deer Valley)
Hair and makeup: Janelle Ingram of Versa Artistry
Model: Marissa Powell / McCarty Talent