Although the weather is just starting to feel like fall here in Seattle, we’ve noticed many of you are searching for winter wedding ideas! With you in mind, we teamed up with Adrienne Moore of The Bloom Of Time to share a winter bouquet that’s romantic and lush yet still embraces the season. We absolutely love what she came up with, especially the pine cone “flowers” made by wiring the tips of pine cones. By the way, Adrienne is one of the vendors in our new vendor directory! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should definitely head over there right after you read this post. But first: an inside look at how a florist puts together a bouquet, and her advice for choosing flowers (which applies to any bride no matter what season you’re getting married in!)
From Adrienne: Each bloom selected plays a part in creating the overall wintery mood– feathery astilbe mimics the shape of a tree covered in snow; florets made from pine cones bring to mind a forest quieted by the cold. In the list of “ingredients”, you can see all of the separate elements that came together to form this romantic gathering of flowers. Avoiding the temptation of an all-white bouquet keeps things fresh– in fact, the subdued pinks and soft greens look just as wintery and add a lot of visual depth.
When choosing flowers for your wedding, it’s a good practice to make a list of a few flowers that are especially significant to you so your florist knows to feature them strongly. Beyond that, be specific about your color palette and the mood you want to create, but be flexible about flower choices– don’t try to nail down every single bloom that will be used. Your florist will know best what flowers are in season and which will give you the most impact for your budget.
Encourage your florist to really explore your color palette, rather than adhering to one uniform shade– the results are more multi-faceted and endlessly more interesting to behold. Besides color, another important aspect of your bouquet is its texture. Clean, smooth textures evoke a modern bouquet, while one with a lot of texture feels more bohemian– and there’s everything in between. It’s my philosophy that flowers are always at their most beautiful when they are allowed exhibit their own natural characteristics. In the bouquet featured, needlepoint ivy climbs freely away from the center of the bouquet, creating a looser, more organic shape, and attractive foliage left attached to some of the blooms adds unexpected texture.
For a winter celebration, it’s especially important to discuss the availability of any favorite flowers. Even if a certain flower is out of season, it’s usually possible to have it imported– though there is often a minimum purchase order, and the extra freight will be reflected in the price. Of course, the greenest option is to embrace your season and choose flowers that are available locally. Still, if your wedding is in January and you’ve always dreamed of a bouquet of summer dahlias, ordering imported flowers may be something in which you want to invest.
No matter the season, each wedding has available its own unique bounty of flowers. Combined with the creative vision you have for your big day, no wedding will be just like yours. As a progressive florist, I personally love the challenge of creating season-specific bouquets and arrangements. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below if you’d like me to answer any questions!