Bouquets of Sunshine

Bright, beautiful flowers for a cold, grey wedding day


         This darling bride was a delight to work with because she has an amazing sense of style and an intuitive vision that created a remarkably unique and beautiful setting for her country wedding. The happy celebration took place in rural California on a very grey and foggy wedding day a few days after New Year’s.

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The bride couldn’t have predicted how cold and dreary her special day would be, but Mother Nature cooperated perfectly by providing a dark grey backdrop of sky, hills and bare-branched trees that enveloped the surroundings and made the sunshine colors in the flowers appear even more vibrant.

Cheerful shades of yellows and golds were mixed with white, and set off by accents of grey (in bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, men’s suits and touches of grey polka-dot ribbons wrapping the bouquets), and I loved choosing the flowers that would be perfect for the scheme.

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        As I said, it was a gloomy day right after the holidays, and the only rays of sunlight were captured in the radiant faces of the bride and groom and all their guests ~ and of course, in the vibrant floral bouquets and the table settings, which were covered with imported French linen fabrics in polka-dot and stripes – so perfect to add to the sweet, happy mood of the day!

Photos of the bridal party bouquets: First, the tossing bouquet; next the bride and a bridesmaid with their bouquets. Next photo: a boutonniere of freesia, crespidia balls and silver dusty miller tied together with grey and white polka-dot ribbon and a bright yellow button! Photo #4: closeup of one of several attendant bouquets ~ a vibrant cluster of yellow ranunculus, tulips, daffodils and roses, surrounded by a collar of dusty miller.

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The centerpieces: On all the tables, old-fashioned metal pitchers overflowed with big mounds of beautiful white hydrangeas (always a delightful surprise to find in the dead of winter), punctuated with clusters of yellow button mums that I added because they reminded me of the polka-dots in the fabric. Each pitcher was tied with a grey silk ribbon embossed with more polka-dots and the whole effect was whimsical and yet very stylish ~ just like everything else about this wedding!


Bridal bouquet photos:

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        Of all the hundreds of bridal bouquets I’ve created through the years, I can truly say that this gorgeous creation is one of my favorites.  I love the lush boldness of it, the gorgeous colors, and the mix of so many different flower types ~ especially the ones that we florists rarely get to use other than in early spring.

        The focal point of the bouquet is big bursts of white peonies that always say: “Look at me!” Surrounding them are at least six different kinds of spring flowers, including ranunculus, parrot tulip, crespidia, roses, daffodils, paperwhite narcissus and freesia, surrounded by a collar of soft grey lamb’s ear.

Just a little glimpse of Heaven, if you ask me!


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