Wedding floral trends

I don’t think being “trendy” is what most brides are looking for when they set out to carve their personal style into their big day.  Instead I think we each want something that looks fresh, unique and reflective of us.  Having said that it is the rare bride who hasn’t spent at least a wee bit of time browsing bridal magazines and websites, observing the trends and getting a sense of what you aspire to (or really dislike).  Here are some of the wedding floral designs that are catching my eye.

Bigger is better – a recent cover of one of the big bridal magazines (you know her name) pictured the bride with a giant size wild bouquet probably close to 3 feet at it tallest.  Though it made for a striking photo, the practicality of a bouquet this large would be questionable – carrying this beyond the ceremony would be impossible and for those of us shorter in stature, I don’t think you would see much of us or the dress hidden behind it.  I do the like the concept of full and more loosely structured bouquets with well placed branches adding to height, while flowing greenery such as birch or willow cascading from the lower fringe.

Asymmetry with balance – this is one style we can’t get enough of at Blooming Meadows. Perfectly round ball like bouquets can feel a bit too traditional.  Asymmetry adds a fresh modern look though requires an artistic understanding to create a balance sense to the design.

Bright and bold –  we’ll always swoon for sophisticated palettes of pastels, creams and whites which is why we can’t get enough of our “diva” dahlia Cafe au lait.  We are also super excited to see bold jewel tone palettes which exude cheer and celebration gracing the pages of many magazines.  Our rows of sunflowers  really do bring “sunshine” to every bouquet and combine so well with blue bachelor buttons, merlot coloured amaranth and orange pom pom dahlias.

Wild and foraged – though this may currently be in vogue, it is more than just fashion but a necessity for us to complete our arrangements as we are committed to using that which is grown or found on our land.   Using branches, wild greenery,  grasses and even  feathers create a natural and authentic romance to the overall floral design.  Look closely at our designs and you may see blackberry (thornless!), immature quince or apple in bud form and seed heads of flowers.

Local and sustainably grown – the movement for supporting local farmers continues to grow (yeah!) as people recognize the need to keep agricultural land for agriculture and understand that it is not necessary to put resources and petroleum into shipping product vast distances when it can be  provided within kilometers of home. We at Blooming Meadows are committed to growing without herbicides or pesticides and love that we support biodiversity in our fields. Honey bees and lady bugs are friends on our farm.  With this desire for local and sustainably grown comes an understanding that using the best of season is a requirement, in other words – we won’t be able to provide a tropical flower for you in June but will have abundance of other amazing flowers ready for your date.

Is there a wedding floral design image you just can’t get out of your head? We’d love to have a look and discuss your ideas.  Please contact us:

lauren@bloomingmeadows.ca

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Vibrant Sunflower Wedding

Carley & Clay, bride and groom, are both world travelers, wilderness adventures and educators.  Not only was Carley looking for vibrant and bold colours for her bridal flowers and reception floral design, – she needed a bridal bouquet that could with stand a helicopter ride and mountain hike for her wedding vows atop Flatiron Mountain near Hope BC.

mountain top photos courtesy Crooked Creek Photography

Sunflowers were the perfect fit as they were reaching their peak in our fields at the time of the mountain top ceremony and wedding reception in early August.  The bridal bouquets consisted of blue bachelor buttons, small yellow sunflowers, orange dahlias, echinacia and sedum. The groomsmen wore a simple boutonniere of hemlock twig and budding pinecones and special feathers.  The day after the intimate mountain top ceremony friends and family gathered to celebrate at the bride’s parents home in Webster’s Corners, Maple Ridge.  Large sunflowers and burgundy amaranth adorned the outdoor celebration on the small farm.  Edible snapdragon and borage petals garnished the lovely white buttercream cake.

We feel very privileged to be able to provide our  local, organically grown flowers for this happy couples special day.

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