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By Jessica Bowne | March 30, 2017 | Lifestyle
It might seem like the venue, wedding dress, food, and the music come before the flowers you use on your wedding day, but the bouquet is one of the first glimpses that guests have of the bride. We spoke with local wedding experts about their favorite spring bridal bouquet trends and how to make them your own.
The Expert: Benjamin Newbold, Creative Director of Events and Floral Design at Winston Flowers
The Advice: “Classic green and whites are making a comeback this spring. Traditionally, many brides want their wedding to be focused on white—a white dress with a bouquet of white flowers. However, instead of the traditional white mass of flowers, we’re now seeing a greater appreciation for greenery. Adding greenery to a bridal bouquet sets off beautiful specimen blooms and allows you to appreciate the white blossom even more. The shape of the greenery or foliage can add beautiful movement, especially when designed in the popular cascading style. Variegated ivy and jasmine vine are really pretty and whimsical, ferns add delicate texture, and camellia and gardenia foliage have glossy leaves that really dress up a bouquet. Any of these greens look lovely with classic white wedding flowers like orchids, garden roses, gardenia, and our favorite of the late spring flowers, peonies."
The Expert: Ariella Chezar, Floral Designer who will lead two Master Classes during MFA's Art in Bloom
The Advice: "Two words: seasonal and local. Select floral material that will be in season at the time of year of the wedding and is available locally where the wedding will take place. If you focus on seasonal and local, you won't get attached to something that's not available."
The Experts: Natalie Pinney and Moira Thompson of Whim Events
The Advice: "Taking inspiration from nature's diverse bounty of florals and textural greens, many of our couples are looking to achieve that 'gathered-from-the-garden' aesthetic, with overflowing blooms that highlight greenery (which also happens to be the Pantone Color of the Year.) While many New England brides still opt for the classic, tight-knit arrangements with traditional roses and hydrangeas and very little greenery, we are excited to create more using soft, supple ferns, Verdant grape ivy vines and fan palms, accentuated by some unexpected florals like Proteas and fuzzy clusters of mimosa! With a shift towards locally-sources florals, seasonality can dictate what blooms are best to use and often introduce a couple to new flowers they had never considered but end up loving."
The Expert: Ted Daniels, Catering Sales Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel
The Advice: “It’s all about the dress. If the dress is fitted, then the bouquet is tight, if the dress is flowy then the flowers are loose and airy. In both cases the bouquets are a garden mix of flowers and color. Most are tied with ribbon and decorated with a piece of grandma’s jewelry.”
Reprinted with permission from The Flower Workshop, by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2016 by Erin Kunkel (Chezar)