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Flower Guide: Easy Bridal Shower

Flower Guide, Wedding Design

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It’s about time we share another Flower Guide installment with you all! Starting with a zinnia design on the invitations by Paper Boat Studios, this shoot is filled with bridal shower ideas and beautiful florals by Flowers to the People. The blooms starring today are easy to find at the flower market and can be easily made for a shower. Thank you to Hawes Photography for these gorgeous images!

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Flower Guide:
Bridal Bouquet: Beauty Asters, Tuberoses, Lotus & Bridal Bower
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: Carnations, Zinnia, Roses (cinnamon/safari), Feverfew, Stock, Bridal Bower
Centerpieces: Same as bridesmaids plus Celosia and Sedum. Yellow teapot has a double bloom Kalanchoe

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bridesmaids in vintage dresses

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bridesmaids setting table

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bridesmaids holding stationery

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Wedding Photographer: Hawes Photography / Wedding Flowers: Flowers to the People / Letterpress: Paper Boat Studios / Hair and Makeup: Drew Henry Salon

Mexican Inspired Florals

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Don’t these colors give you a jolt of happiness? These fiesta inspired floral arrangements from Bows and Arrows are absolutely divine, from the bouquet with its loose ribbons to the incredibly unique boutonnieres for the gents! Natalie of nbarrett photography captured this shoot that is simply a goldmine of gorgeous inspiration on any budget. We just can’t help ourselves but obsess over those mini terra cotta pots with bold blooms, paired with confetti and die cut place cards, all designed to perfection.


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mexican inspired wedding bouquet
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mexican inspired wedding bouquet
graphic pink wedding stationery

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Centerpiece Flowers: Coral Charm Peony / Garden Roses / Ranunculus / Fritillary / Scabiosa / Millet / Poppy / Lavender / Tulips / Jasmine / Poppy Pods / Sweet Pea / Astrantia / Sarah Bernhard Peony

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mexican inspired wedding bouquet
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Boutonniere Flowers: Ranunculus / Clover / Kangaroo Paw / Poppy Pods / Millet

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graphic pink wedding stationery

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mexican inspired wedding centerpieces

Bouquet Flowers: Poppy / Ranunculus / Bronze Fennel / Coral Charm Peony / Scabiosa / Garden Roses / Fritillaria / Tulips


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Wedding Vendors (Dallas, TX):

Wedding Photographer: nbarrett photography / Wedding Flowers and Styling: Bows and Arrows / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper

Strawberries and Gingham Bouquet Inspiration

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Spring is a season that just begs to see bright and fun fabrics, so we were understandably excited to see this cheery gingham bouquet inspiration created by Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture and shot by Annabella Charles Photography. We’re particularly fond of the hodgepodge of different flowers in varying shades of pink, and not to mention that scrumptious-looking strawberry and whipped cream cake!


ginghram wedding bouquet ribbon

Bride’s Bouquet:
All of the above flowers:
Pink: Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Waxflower, Hyacinth, and includes extra Green Hellebore, Pink Jasmine Vine, Double Knock Out Roses (from my garden) in hot pink, and Honeysuckle vine.

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From the event stylist, Karin of Haute Horticulture: We took 5 “bridesmaid’s” bouquets different flowers… same colors. We then recycled them and made the “bridal” bouquet. We took Pink Gingham fabric from the local fabric store and tied a giant bow around the bouquet instead of ribbon. The fabric actually holds a big bow much better than ribbon and is super cute. We then made a cute summertime cake with whipped cream and strawberries instead of icing.

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquetsStrawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets

Strawberries and Gingham wedding bouquets


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The Button Hole (Boutonniere) was made from Green Hellebore and Waxflower.

Wedding Vendors (Memphis, TN):

Venue: Private residence / Wedding Photographer: Annabella Charles Photography / Wedding Flowers and Event Designer: Haute Horticulture

Purple Wedding Bouquet

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These images that Matt Haines Photography shot and sent over our way, featuring gorgeous floral design by Michelle Hirrel of Shell’s Petals makes us ooh and aah in unison. The tropical little peek of orchids and the variety in blooms is just so timely for a spring garden wedding.

purple orchid wedding bouquets
Flower Guide:

Purple Phalaenopsis orchids
Tuberose
Green mist
Lavender and fuchsia stock
Green hydrangea
Pink ranunculus
Lemon leaf

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Contributing resources:

Venue: Orcutt Ranch (Los Angeles, CA) / Photographer: Matt Haines / Hair and Makeup: JaNice Estrada / Florist: Michelle Hirrel of Shell’s Petals / Dress: Pepsi Herrera / Shoes: Steve Madden/ Model: Tammy Cheng

Tulip and Ranunculus Wedding Bouquets

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Our friend and floral design Janie Medley – who you may also know her for her blog, The Bride’s Cafe, is back with us today to share another stunning floral bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about the flowers and greenery used in arranging this gorgeous, fluffy flower arrangement. Photos by the amazing Amelia Johnson.

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Flower Guide:

Peach Tulips / White Ranunculus / Yellow Ranunculus / Light Pink Ranunculus / White Scabiosa / Pink Sweet Pea / Maidenhair Fern / Queen Anne’s Lace / Jasmine Vine / Seeded Eucalyptus

ranunculus maidenhair fern seeded eucalyptus bouquet

From Janie Medley: The best time to purchase ranunculus is now… January through May. This time of the year is when they are in abundance and you can find them in so many yummy and vibrant colors. You will not be able to get them during the hottest months of the summer and you will see certain colors slowly start coming to the market in the fall.

Tulips can be purchased year round, however, you can’t get all varieties during the year. As with
ranunculus, the best time to purchase them are now. There is an abundance of colors and varieties at the market.

Sweet peas are available from December through May. White Scabiosa – you can find this flower year round but all colors may not be available.

Maidenhair fern, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace are in season year round.

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Photographer: Amelia Johnson / Flower Arrangement: Janie Medley

Spring Sherbet Flower Guide

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These sherbet flowers are just what the doctored ordered this morning. Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers dreamed up of a spring flower guide, and these arrangements are it. Quintessentially dreamy. From Sarah: It happens every year during the middle-end of winter… everyone gets anxious for spring. Here is a bit of indulgence for you who may be getting antsy extra early. Spring is the perfect time for a wildly colorful wedding of peach and tangerine tones.

This color palette is fun and feminine, and can also easily be elegant if you pair these flowers with floor length dresses, some strappy heels and a dramatic venue. If the colors alone don’t make you drool, how about serving some sherbet for your desert?

tangerine tango wedding ideas
Inspiration board credits: doughnuts, lipstick makeup (found on Pinterest, anyone knows the source?), tangerine dress, tangerine wedding decor from this feature shot by Alice Hu
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward

Flowers used here were: roses, ranunculus, kumquat, poppy, peony and tulips.
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward

Snowberries Floral Arrangements

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Today Honey of a Thousand Flowers is introducing us the cutest little addition to our library of Bridal Blooms: snowberries! They look as whimsical as their name, and versatile like a LBD of florals. We’d love to see them starring in a gorgeous bouquet of muted hues, or in a colorful cheery arrangement! I’ll leave you with the expert, Sarah Winward:


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winter floral arrangements snowberries from honey of a thousand flowers

From Sarah Winward: Contradictory to their name, snowberries are not usually available in the winter. Snowberries are available August-November, and are occasionally found in the spring too. They have clusters of berries spaced all along their thin woody stems. The berries are fairly soft and can be crushed if they fall off of the stem. When they do they pop the sound is somewhat like a cranberry. Fortunately the flesh of the berries is white so you don’t have to worry as much about them staining dresses or tablecloths as you do with dark colored berries.


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I think snowberries can very easily be mixed into any style flowers. I love their foggy white color with greens alone. They are a fun textural element to add to bigger, focal flowers as accents. They can be rustic, modern, or simple sweet depending on the colors and flowers you mix them with.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

Red Charm Peony Arrangements

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Peonies are truly a perennial wedding favorite. They’re fluffy, colorful, and can be utilized in so many different ways to liven up a bouquet. The always-incredible Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers has more than a few ideas of how to work the Red Charm variety into your floral arrangements that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Without further ado, here’s Sarah:

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From Sarah: Everyone loves peonies. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love them, and I dread the day I may meet such a person. Peonies are lush and charming, seeing or smelling one seems to evoke images of country cottages with pathways lined with them.

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Peonies begin blooming in the late spring and continue into early summer. They are available again as cut flowers beginning in late fall and into winter. This variety is called Red Charm. Red Charm peonies are the most gorgeous velvety rich shade of red. I love them used with darker colors when they are available in the fall, and used as deeper accent to colorful palette in the spring. Most peonies are very delicate and are fairly fickle as cut flowers if they are out of water in bouquets, but the red charm is another story. It has a strong stem, and the blooms are hearty. Their large blooms are surprisingly heavy, too. They can last a couple of days out of water if the weather isn’t too hot.

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This arrangement shows the richness that the peony can bring to a dark color palette, perfect for a fall or winter wedding. Other flowers used in this bouquet were dahlia, ornamental peppers, smoke bush, rosemary, and fall leaves berries.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

Budget Friendly Branch Arrangements

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Being a wedding blogger, I can’t help but mentally collect oodles of dream wedding scenarios. In these picture perfect settings, florals of all shapes and sizes are present in every.single.one of them. Large floral arrangements are infamous for blowing budgets, but our floral expert Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is here to show you an utterly gorgeous floral arrangement that is as pretty as it is wallet-friendly. Thank you Jessica Peterson for the images.

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From Sarah: it seems that we are putting flowers in just about anything that will hold them these days. I have flowers at my house in everything from clay pots to coffee dispensers to doll heads at my house. In this movement of being inventive with our containers, it seems that we are using a lot of smaller containers for arrangements. I love small arrangements, they are delicate, and they look great in clusters. But! I am a sucker for big arrangements too. Big statements pieces are important to wedding décor. Even if all of your other arrangements are small, it is important to have at least one large scale arrangement on display to set the mood. Once you have created an environment for your wedding with the big pieces, any small pieces on tables will be icing on the cake. The problem for most brides is that these big arrangements are budget drains. But they don’t have to be!

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Branches or woody greens of some sort are usually used as the base for larger arrangements to begin with. But aren’t they pretty by themselves? Just about any branch will make a gorgeous large scale arrangement. Here I have used crab apples and cherries in one, and wild grass plumes in another. I think any arrangement looks best on a pedestal. Throw these pieces on a wooden pedestal and stick them on either side of you for your ceremony, or at the entrance to your venue and you are good to go!

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

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In these arrangements: Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

Clematis – Spring Wedding Flowers

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Calling all spring and summer brides! This post is for you. Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with a bloom that evokes the airy mood that sunny days are made of. This white on white floral arrangement is particularly gorgeous for a chic, vintage-inspired day. I will let Sarah take it from here:

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From Sarah: Clematis is a charming spring and early summer flowering vine. There are many different varieties; some look innocent and sweet, and others look like they might contain venom. This four-petal variety is called Montana. Clematis come in white, shades of pink, lavender, and deep purple and burgundies.

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These arrangements consist of mostly clematis, but also have eucalyptus, viburnum, and wild sweet pea in them. These all white arrangements could translate in several different environments, a backyard wedding, a beach wedding, or maybe an upscale affair in an art gallery.

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woodsy bohemian wedding bouquet


More spring wedding flowers to pour over in the gallery!

Both the vines and the blooms are delicate, and are probably best used in arrangements where they are in water. Their vines are perfect to wrap around containers and other flowers or leave trailing out of centerpieces. May-July is their peak season, and occasionally they are available for fall brides too.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is based out of Utah, but loves to travel!

Branching Out

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Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.

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From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!

large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage


foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here. If you’re a vendor and would like to apply, please click here.

Viburnum Berries + Nordic Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s featured flower contrasts with the dreamy Art Nouveau inspiration that we shared last week. We will let Honey of a Thousand Flowers introduce you to Viburnum Berries. From its navy blue tones, we were inspired by tartan and Nordic landscapes…Thank you Leo Patrone for the beautiful images!

Nordic tartan wedding ideas

From Sarah: Navy blue is a popular wedding color … unfortunately, navy blue flowers aren’t popular in nature. Early spring and fall are both seasons where the few blue flowers that we do have come around to play. I have found that I really like it when the dark colors like eggplant purple and navy are just accents in floral arrangements, so perhaps its not so bad that there are only a few of them. Many variations of purple and lavender flowers are available that can be used to allude to the feeling of blue in an arrangement if blue is not available for your wedding. Viburnum berry is small, but its mesmerizing color speaks loudly. Small doses of eggplant purple and dark chocolate brown can also be used to hint at navy blue as an accent color.

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I imagine this centerpiece and color palette being used in a late summer wedding somewhere in the wine country. It would look particularly good with long rustic wood tables and elegant table settings. The other flowers used in this arrangement are: dinner plate dahlias, scabiosa, and green grapes. Other blue flowers that are available in various seasons: Thistle, Nigella, Agapanthus, Cornflower, Delphinium, Forget me knot, Tweedia, baby blue Eucalyptus, Privet berry, and Muscari. Anemones have a dark poppy seed colored center that works nicely as an accent too.

Inspiration board credits, clockwise: Kent Barn Wedding by Sarah Gawler , Nordic Landscape, Intimate Iceland Wedding by Bragi Þór Jósefsson, Blue Shells

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Coxcomb Flowers – Bouquets for Fall

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Today Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers‘s wedding flower segment is showing us fresh Fall hues and blooms that are available during this season. She designed a gorgeous bouquet using today’s flower feature, coxcomb. Needless to say, its texture makes the bouquet look so rich. Thank you Heather Nan for the beautiful images!

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Coxcomb are a love ‘em or hate ‘em flower. To some they look like velvet and sea coral. They have thick stems, and sort of a v-shaped base, but the top of the flowers is the most interesting.

Coxcomb are available summer to fall. They come in a range of colors, from a light green to a honey-yellow, orange to rust, red, burgundy, and a deep fuchsia. I have seen a dark purple from time to time too.

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Here they are used in bud vases, and a bouquet. While they are tricky to use in single vases because they have such thick stems, it’s a good look if your vases have a wide enough opening. They are such an interesting shape that I think they are often at their best when they are isolated. Coxcomb are great in bouquets because you can showcase the tops of them.

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Other flowers used in this bouquet are: Hydrangea, Echinops thistle, Amaranthus, Gomphrena, garden rose and maple leaves.

Do you love them or do you think they are best used for Halloween?

All photos by Heather Nan.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label. To find more vendors in your area, click here. If you’re a vendor and would like to apply, please click here.

Late Summer Blooms: Scabiosa Pod

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We’re not quite ready to say goodbye summer just yet! Today Sarah Winward Honey of a Thousand Flowers is talking about late summer wedding flowers. Isn’t the bouquet below a stunner? Thank you Heather Nan for the gorgeous images!

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From Sarah: It is against code of conduct to ask a florist her favorite flower, none of us can commit to one. But scabiosa resides somewhere in my top five, and that has never changed. I think they look like they were plucked straight from a watercolor painting, especially the lavender color. Scabiosa come in four different colors, all available at slightly staggered times and all are as gorgeous as the last. They are delicate and feminine. Scabiosa make wispy accents that give arrangements character, a perfect finishing touch. They are wonderful in little vases by themselves, in large arrangements, and bouquets. I like using them in all stages of their bloom, when they are just green buds all the way through as a mature flowers. You may have also seen the scabiosa pod. They are those little brown rustic balls that have been increasingly popular lately. The light purple and the white are similar in shape, both with large centers and broad petals. The dark purple and raspberry look like they have pincushion tops and they have smaller, fluted petals.

late summer wedding flowers bouquet
late summer wedding flowers bouquet

As a general rule, all of the colors are available in the summer to early fall. The white and is usually available first (June), Then the lavender and purple come, the raspberry is available for a short month or so, usually in August.

late summer early fall wedding flowers

All photos by Heather Nan

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Sixties Modern Wedding Flowers

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Continuing with our sixties, bohemiam flower child inspiration, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with yet another utterly gorgeous flower arrangement. She blended a sixties bohemian feel with a modern and fresh aesthetic combining Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox. Thank you Yan Photography for the amazing bouquet photos!

1960s retro chic wedding ideas

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

From Sarah: One of my favorite late summer flowers is coneflower, you might know it as Echinacea. It comes in a few different varieties. In this particular shape we get a cream, orange, and a really pretty nutty pink; the pink is my favorite. The center of the flowers stick above the petals making it a bit more interesting than a regular daisy shape, and the natural color combinations are gorgeous. The rust colored centers in the pink variety are sometimes used on their own too, after the petals have fallen.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Coneflower look great in garden type arrangements, they have a nice shape to contrast with other softer looking flowers. I think they have sort of a 60’s flower power vibe to them, and that is where my inspiration for these arrangements came from. I tried to keep the 60’s inspiration subtle so that this design and color palette can be used in a lot of different settings. The hot pink and lime green with hints of orange and purple speaks loudly enough for itself, but I think pairing it with bits of floral patterns would be fun. I see bouquets like this paired with some solid color long maxi skirts or pretty party dress silhouettes for the bridesmaids, and some floral bow ties for the men.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

Neutral containers and for the dinner table with these bright colors would give you some room for fun with your napkins, I see a vintage ditsy floral print napkin being pretty with these.

Sixties hippie chic wedding flowers

The flowers used in these arrangements are: Coneflower, garden roses, sweet potato vine, zinnia, petunia, geranium, and phlox.

Credits: Forage Bow Ties; Yan Photography; Amy Butler; Elizabeth Messina

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Flowers for Your Hair

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Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back with another installment of wedding flowers, and today we are all about using them as hair accessories! Thanks Diana Palmer of Yan Photography for the lovely images.

Wearing flowers in your hair for your wedding day is definitely a growing trend. It is feminine, delicate, and a pretty finishing touch for your hair. I love all of the fun headbands and pieces around that are of fabric flowers, but there is something so elegant about fresh flowers in a woman’s hair on her wedding day. Perhaps it is sort of the fleeting beauty of flowers that make us so drawn to them….the flowers in your hair will only last for the day of your wedding, and that is why they are so special.

One way of wearing flowers in your hair is with a flower crown. This one is very simple and is made of jasmine vine. I think this is perfect for a free spirited outdoor wedding. Halos are relatively fuss-free because they don’t weight a lot and the weight that they do have is distributed evenly around your head. Lavender, Rosemary, and really any other green are great for simple halos like this. Or you can use small buds from any other flower to make a fuller crown.

You can also have your florist make your hairpiece on a comb. The combinations and possibilities are endless! Talk with your florist about flowers that will last well out of water, because it is likely that the blooms on a flower comb will be bigger than those you would use on a halo. I like flowers placed around messy buns or an updo. This will also give you something structural to put the comb into. This one is made of zinnia, jasmine vine greens, and ranunculus buds. It is relatively small but when you wire flowers to combs you can use big blooms too for a more dramatic looking statement piece if you’d like. You can have flowers put on headbands so that they are along the front or side of your face, or have them put on ribbon that will be like a tied headband. Just remember that flowers are heavy, so the bigger the flowers are, the more stability they will need. With bigger pieces you may need a hair stylist and their bag of tricks to make sure it is placed securely! No one wants to lose their hair piece on the dance floor :)

Image credit: Diana Palmer of Yan Photography

Fall Floral Color Palette

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We’re back with another wedding floral installment by Sarah Winward, the talent behind Honey of a Thousand Flowers. Today she is back to talk about choosing a color palette for your wedding flowers, shining the light on a gorgeous late Summer-Fall color palette. Lucky you if you live in Utah, where she is based but she loves to travel too :) Thank you Sarah!

fall wedding bouquet color board

From Sarah: Late Summer creeping into the beginning of fall is a fantastic time for flowers. Many of our favorite Summer flowers are still available, and all of the interesting fall foliages start to come around. The color palettes that come with this transformation in nature are incredible, and there so many ways to make weddings this time of year feel appropriate for the season. With a bouquet that incorporates both warm and cool tones you can make your color palette feel season appropriate without having to commit to being either summer or fall. It can be summery, but still nod at the season that is just around the corner.

The color palette here includes many colors, but all of them sort of meld from one to the next so it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly bright. The most prominent palette here is a soft peach that fades into a salmon, then the salmon finds its way to that pretty magenta color. The magenta is mirrored a little bit in the dark eggplant colored foliage too. The chartreuse coleus leaves in the bouquet have salmon colored spots on them as well, reincorporating the other colors again. The fluffy grass at the top of the bouquet and the dusty gray blue in the ribbon are subtle touches, but their cool color is what really makes this bouquet perfect for this in-between season.

The shapes and textures in Fall foliage are just about as good as the colors. Flowers with both angular and soft shapes were used here, and the patterned ribbon adds another dimension that is subtle but textural. The dahlias here are the sought after café au lait dinner plate dahlia, the sister of the white dinner plate dahlia from the last post. Also used were ranunculus, double bi-color tulips, and coleus leaves, and grasses.

Here are some previous weddings you may have seen here that use a similar color palette. One of them in the Summer, and one of them in the Fall.

What is your floral color palette? Team tone-on-tone or mixed-all-the-way?

Photo by Leo Patrone

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Bridal Blooms: Dinner Plate Dahlias

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We’re excited to bring the talented Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers on board as part of our new segment on wedding flowers. This week, it’s all about our beloved dahlias so I will let Sarah take the stage…The dinner plate dahlia deserves a round of applause for coming into season as soon as the beloved peony leaves us. These giants are a perfect large focal flower for summer weddings, coming into season in June and sticking around until October. They have blooms that are about 8” across on average. It is likely that if you have seen them, you have been tempted to hold them next to your head and compare the size. They are usually just as big or bigger. Thank you Kate Osborne Photography for the images!

dinnerplate dahlias wedding flower bouquets

Dinner plate dahlias come in various colors; the most readily available being white, a soft pink/peach, and a color ranging from sherbet-coppery orange. Dinner plate dahlias have a symmetrical radial design that looks striking with graphic or modern weddings, but the curvy movement of the petals also looks soft and natural with more rustic weddings. Their giant blooms are fantastic for use in centerpieces, because you don’t need too make of them to fill a container. Dinner plate dahlias are even more budget friendly because they look great when they stand alone. This would look gorgeous as a collection on a round table, or in a row down the center of a long table at your wedding. Single blooms could be great strung on the backs of chairs, on top of cakes. One large dahlia in a bouquet facing forward makes a big statement, and the incredible layering of their petals can be seen well from the side too.

dahlia wedding flowers

Here the dahlias are pictured in all white arrangements that would look great mixed in with just about any wedding’s décor. They can be sweet or stunning depending on which direction you want your wedding to go. Here they are in organic shaped glass bud vases, and a bouquet of all white. They look great mixed with other large blooms, or as shown here with smaller whispy, accents of scabiosa and mock orange for a lighter feeling arrangement.

dahlia wedding flowers

You can view examples of dinner plate dahlias from real weddings we featured in the past here and here.

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Bridal Blooms: Spring Garden Flowers

Wedding Design

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We’re kicking off the week with a new column! Ever wondered what are the names of the flowers in the photos you’ve been pinning and collecting as inspiration for your wedding? With the help of talented Floral Designers, we’re going to learn to put a name to the face flower, so we can start recognizing them in the oodles of images of bouquets we love to drool over. Today Kristen of Kio Kreations will show us a few late-spring blooms captured by Kara Schultz. Spring brides, take note!

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

From Kristen of Kio Kreations: we did the fresh floral designs including all of the centerpieces, bouquet and boutonniere. The flowers used in the bouquet and centerpieces included garden roses (also known as “cabbage roses”), peonies, parrot tulips, geranium leaf, sweet pea, spray roses, and French tulips. Fen Li of BeadFloraJewels made the French-beaded flowers by hand that we featured in the bouquet, and we also used black French beaded leaves to accent some of the centerpieces and featured a set of French beaded napkin ring holders as well in our display.

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

We did this shoot in April, when all of these items were available, as some of them have a small window of availability. Peonies are typically in season from late December through end of June. French and Parrot Tulips are typically in season from December through mid/late May. Sweet pea is available late winter-June. Geranium foliage is typically available all year and has is very aromatic. Spray roses to me are the best little additive for filling out an arrangement with lushness! They are always available, come in a variety of colors and when “blown open” have a ruffly look that reminds people of a mini garden rose or peony. The beautiful garden roses we used are also available year-round and are a great compromise for brides who love the look of peonies but are getting married when they are not in season. Of course, we had the opportunity to use both in April, so we did. Love the mix of textures together!

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

European-style arrangements usually have a free-flowing, layered, somewhat garden look to them and that is what I was trying to achieve with these designs. The French beaded flowers were my inspiration for emulating European/French floral design. Mixing heights and having some cascading elements with the tulips and foliage was integral in making these pieces flow together. The bouquet for us, was the icing on the cake, and combined my fresh floral artistry with Fen’s beautiful hand-beaded flowers–making for a bouquet that was just stunning. It smelled fantastic, it looked lush and luxurious and it left the bride with some beautiful beaded flowers she could keep long after her wedding day. I love the idea of mixing materials in with my fresh flowers — and that is why Fen and I collaborated on this project.

late spring garden wedding flowers peony cabbage roses sweet pea parrot tulips

cabbage roses parrot tulips sweet peas peonies
Flower Alphabet image credits clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

View all detail images for these wedding flowers in the gallery!