It’s the middle of March and Spring wants to peak it’s beautiful head but we are still experiencing crisp cold mornings with lots of snow on the ground here in the Northeast.  I think I speak for most when I say it’s time for some  true Spring weather!  Spring means flowers and what better way to wash away the winter blues then to dive right into some beautiful Bridal Bouquets.  There are a few trends when it comes to the Bridal Bouquet and we thought we’d share the combinations we’ve been seeing recently.

Bold and Colorful Bridal Bouquets

White tends to be the traditional color of a Bride and Bridal Bouquet, however, we are seeing more and more brides opting for floral full of bright colors!  Check out these amazing displays we’ve seen in just the last year or so.  From bright orange, peach and fusia Peonies to Orchids, and Dalias – you can truly let your personality shine through your floral choices on the day of your wedding!  We are just absolutely in love with the bridal bouquets below!

 bold and colorful bridal bouquets
Top left:  Bloomers Designs (Chatham, NJ) | Top right: Flowerful Events
Bottom left:  Jerry Rose Floral + Event Design  | Bottom right: Whim Events (Boston)

Soft & Romantic bridal bouquets

Brides whose bridesmaids are in muted colors such as lavender, light blue or peach are choosing bouquets with a more romantic feel incorporating whites, greens and very pale pinks.

I recently caught up with Mike Pelligrino, owner of Jardiniere Fine Florals in Far Hills, New Jersey.  I asked him, “What is your creative process when taking a bride’s vision for her bridal bouquet from concept to reality?”.  Mike shared, “When I meet with a bride… I first ask for a color palette, then I ask what type of style she is looking for. Based on those answers I can build a bouquet to fit the color and style of any bride.  If a bride’s wedding is set for the spring and her color scheme is blush and likes a rustic look. I would suggest a bouquet to consist of white peonies, blush roses, pale pink lisianthus and white freesia accented with trailing clematis vines, like I did for Kate’s wedding at Ninety Acres. I would also suggest that we tie the bouquet with a natural twine.”
Blush soft bridal bouquet | jardiniere fine florals
 Jardiniere Fine Florals (Fall Hills, NJ)
 soft and romantic bridal bouquet | Photography by Berit Bizjak of Images by BeritLeft:  Crest Florist |Top Right:  Fluers NYC

Organic & Rustic bridal bouquets

A number of our Brides are selecting florals that have more of an organic and rustic feel denoted by a variety of texture and color with a “just picked from the garden” look.  This is becoming a trend specifically with brides hosting tented wedding receptions.

fresh picked organic & rustic bridal bouquet | photography by berit bizjak of images by berit

Flowers By the River (Califon, NJ)

organic & rustic bridal bouquets | photography by berit bizjak of Images by Berit

Left and lower right corner:  Laura Clare | Upper Right:  Bloomers Designs (Chatham, NJ)

Vintage bridal bouquet

We absolutely loved this vintage bridal bouquet from Bella Meyer of FleursBELLA in NYC for our lovely Melissa’s intimate NYC wedding.  We needed to know how Bella created this gorgeous and unique bouquet, so we gave her a ring!  We asked Bella what her recipe for a bridal bouquet is and this was her response, “As for the process of the bouquet – I asked the bride what she loves, what this means to her.  Does she have favorite flowers, colors, fragrance? Are there flowers she doesn’t like?  Does she want a soft, loose garden feel/organic, or a very tight, modern floral design – all one bloom, monochromatic? What is her her “vision”?  From when she was a little girl, how did she envision her wedding day? Then we generally look a samples of other bouquets and flowers to get an idea of her taste/style.  We always invite the bride to bring many different examples pulled from magazines, blogs, etc.  Even the type of ribbons, or finish on the ends — all go into fulfilling the bride’s dream bouquet.”
Vintagebridal bouquet | photography by berit bizjak of images by berit
Vintage floral bridal bouquet | photography by berit bizjak of images by beritTop:  MDS Floral Designs | Bottom:  Zak Events 

 Classic White bridal bouquet

And through all of the wedding flower trends we still have Brides every season opting for the classic white bridal bouquet.  Simply stunning!

classic white #bridal bouquetTop left:  Bloomers Designs (Chatham, NJ) | Top right:  Lawrence Beach Club (Long Island)
Bottom left:  Gilded Ivy (Chester, NJ)  | Bottom right:  Crest Florist (E. Hanover, NJ)

Lilly’s gorgeous architectural white Mini Calla Lily bouquet comes with a story.

All brides have a vision for their wedding day, and Lilly was no different.  In her mind her bridal bouquet was to be a pure white bouquet of Peonies.  When she expressed her desires to Hampton’s floral designer, Kim Solomito of Kim Jon Designs, Kim gracefully shared that her vision may not be a reality.  Given the fragile nature of Peonies and their short production cycle, guaranteeing a purely Peony bridal bouquet  towards the end of June was a risk so Kim respectfully shared, “you need to be prepared that Peonies will not work but trust that I understand your vision and will make that a reality.”

As Kim had anticipated, it had been a very warm winter with degrees in March already in the 60s.  Though Peonies traditionally bloom in June, Kim knew because of the warm winter they were likely to produce far earlier than normal.  As the Peonies began to bloom prematurely in May Kim called Lilly and said, “As expected we are going to have a problem with the Peonies.  But I understand what you want and here is my suggestion.  You chose an all white monochromatic bridal bouquet with architectural elements for it’s clean simplicity.  Based on the rest of the florals you chose and knowing we are looking at a very warm June, I would suggest an all white Mini Calla Lily bouquet.  It will meet your vision and it will hold up to the heat.”  In the end Lilly was thrilled and the result was stunning.

classic white #bridal bouquet

 Florals by Kim Jon Designs

Things to think about when hiring a Floral Designer

A professional floral designer will not only listen to the bride’s vision but realize it outside of the florals the bride suggests or think they want.  Taking into consideration climate, time of year, location, color scheme and environment the best floral designers will know how to take a bride’s wedding day vision and make it into a reality far better than they could have anticipated based on trust, knowledge and experience.