Flowers: Naturally Romantic
Four florists think beyond the bloom to design textural, organic, and foliage-rich bouquets
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATE OSBORNE
Lush shapes and seasonal elements are hallmarks of Nicole Land’s free-spirited, feminine arrangements for Soil & Stem. She was drawn to the silvery, velvety texture of apple-tree leaves when designing this natural-looking bouquet. In the late summer and fall, when Utah apple trees are overflowing, she forages the branches and picks the fruit to use later for applesauce. She combined a bounty of locally sourced orchard greenery—plucked from the yard of a friendly neighbor—with olive branches; viburnum; garden-grown mint sprigs; and soft, pale spray roses, ranunculus, and scabiosa. Fluttering sand-hued gossamer silk ribbons add polished refinement.
Land says petite blooms like spray roses, also used for the fresh floral hairpiece, won’t overwhelm full, foliage-rich bouquets. But, she cautions, “if you use white or cream blooms, be wary of varieties that bruise easily,” such as tender David Austin Patience garden roses. On a bouquet, much as on a wedding dress, “white shows everything.”
Chantel Lauren Designs silk and chiffon sweetheart dress with raw-edge skirt, $2,386, Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. Framed rectangle quartz earrings, $54, and quartz teardrop wrap necklace with moonstone chain, $125, Katie Waltman
For brides who crave earthiness and elegance, this verdant bouquet and garland by Studio Stems are the perfect marriage of the two aesthetics. Owner and lead designer Audrey O’Brien describes the duo as “an organic collection of refined foliage,” including Italian ruscus, flat ferns, jasmine vines, and bay leaves; she says the combination is available year-round and produces a spellbinding scent. For a hint of something blue, O’Brien included a touch of refined yet fragile tweedia in the bouquet.
Minimal blooms tend to equal budget-friendly arrangements like this one, but O’Brien says that labor-intensive garlands can come with a cost. While she notes that greenery and floral garlands are extremely popular, she calls the style classic and timeless—not merely trendy. She envisions this lush swag hanging in a rustic-chic venue such as Sundance Resort.
Chantel Lauren Designs silk and eyelash-lace gown with flutter sleeves and scallop-edged skirt, $2,150, Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. Rahaminov for Forevermark 18K white gold engagement ring with center diamond and diamond halo, $8,300; Penny Preville 18K white gold diamond bangle, $4,600; Jade Trau 18K white gold diamond pave cuff bracelet, $3,200; and Jade Trau for Forevermark 18K white gold diamond halo earrings, $9,500, all O.C. Tanner Jewelers
From the Garden
Heber City florist Joshua Knight of Five Penny Floral doesn’t discriminate when it come’s to natures bounty: “I like to design with textural elements right next to formal, regal flowers,” he explains. Case in point: this whimsical, fragrant bouquet made from lush Juliet garden roses, green dianthus, Silver Dollar eucalyptus, succulents, and Blue Juniper plucked from nearby Red Cliff Ranch, a popular wedding venue. Knight also included dusty miller, English sage, and rosemary, all lovingly grown in his own garden.
He says the blooms and foliage in this playful arrangement are available year-round, and the design can be modified to accommodate budgets big and small. “Budget is never an issue for me—all things are possible with an open mind,” he says.
Inspired by the Wasatch Front’s autumn landscape, Kellie Jackstien of Artisan Bloom gathered wild euonymus, Utah maple, privet berries, persimmon, and Blushing Bride protea and cymbidum orchids sourced from local wholesale florist Esprit to construct this bohemian-chic bouquet. “Fruits and berries are just as beautiful as cut flowers,” she says of the nonfloral items in the asymmetrical arrangement.
Our fall months offer an array of stunning natural elements, but Jackstien notes that the peak time for seasonal foliage can be short and unpredictable, making it difficult to pinpoint an exact date when leaves will be at their prime vibrancy and color. “You might not get coral maple leaves on your wedding day, but the inky plum leaves from fruit trees could an unexpected and striking contrast.”