Now I know you offbeat ladies love your non-floral bouquets and, really, how could you not? There are so many awesome options from Princess Lasertron felt bouquets to feathers to fans to clutches to books to lanterns to … whatever else your heart desires.
BUT I know some of you out there love flowers. I also know that some of you out there are like me and really just don't give a crap either way about flowers. When my mom told me she really wanted flowers, I told her that I didn't care, it was stressing me out, and she should just do it. My only stipulations were that the flowers be red and that I was doing the centerpieces myself.
And my mom did a freakin' fantastic job. She communicated our offbeat, rock 'n' roll wedding perfectly to the florist, who told me he was stoked to have some creative freedom.
My bouquet turned out amazing. It had tulips, dahlias, ginger (!), gerber daisies, and berries in it. That's about all I can tell you, because I don't know anything about flowers … but aren't the green leaves cool?
I know I'm not alone in SQEEEing over how my flowers turned out and, now that we've gotten the "me me me" portion of the post out of the way, let's look at the rainbow of awesome bridal bouquets we've seen on the site or in the flickr group.
Joan's friend, Michelle, handmade her bouquet using red garden fresh roses and red chili peppers for Joan & Tom's upcycled, carnival wedding. It's HOT!
Lisa, from Not Just Flowers, made this bouquet for Lauren out of dahlias, calla lilies, coxcomb, fiddlehead-fern and cymbidium orchids. Lauren's bouquet had white garden roses and her bridesmaids had gerber daisies. I just love the various textures and shapes of this bouquet — they are so different yet they mesh so well.
Just as you can totally have your cake and eat it too, this just shows you can have a floral bouquet AND a non-floral bouquet! How fabulous are those oragami cranes mixed in with the flowers? Also, are you beginning to sense a fiddle fern theme?
The bride said that she told Shawna Futigaki, the owner of Flower Divas, the date, her budget, and her wedding colors and she did the rest. The origami cranes were made by the bride and put on wire for Shawna to incorporate into the bouquet.
It seems to me that finding flowers to match a green color scheme is hardest of all. When Michael Andrews Photography sent us this photo from the woman who brought us the freakin' sweet rock candy bouquet, I thought, "Hell yes! This bouquet would do any green-themed wedding proud!"
Marina went into Mountain Mist Florist a month before the wedding and told them that she wanted "black and white flowers, something with berries in it, something blue that matches the blue of my dress and something that is an Australian native." She also asked for gardenias, because her mom and nana both had gardenias in their bouquets, and she wanted a modern twist on their bouquets.
Robyn wrote down her requests and took a sample of her dress fabric to match the blue. She assured Marina she could provide her with a bouquet that had berries of some sort, a native flower or two, and definitely something that was as blue as her amazing dress!
She ended up with was a mixture of black-centered mini gerberas, the most fragrant gardenias you've ever smelled, berries from an Australian native bush-fig, australian native Wax flowers, white lisianthus, and blue delphinium belladonna. The bouquet was ribbon-wrapped with an edge of waxy gardenia leaves to frame the flowers.
Whitney of Whitney Lee Photography (and our new DIY editor!) said the bride did her own flowers. I love the wildness and spiky edges of the bouquet and how awesome it looks with her two(!) colored crinolines!
Holly knew she wanted to use her favorite summer flower: sweet peas. She grew them herself, but, unfortunately, the weather was poor and the first batch was a little skimpy. Holly added a few drumstick allium and some roses from Costco to fill out the bouquet. There was also a butterfly hairpin in there as butterflies were a theme for Holly's wedding.
Hannah was quite nervous about the whole thing (she is not very good with surprises) and kept asking her fiance if he had told the florist that she didn't want roses and that it shouldn't be too 'standard' or onbeat. When he spoke to the florist, she said: "Don't worry, I am making the bouquet, and I am not standard at all!" And she made a beautiful, spot-on bouquet.
Awww … I just love that story! (Also, check out the flowers on her dress and veil!)
Alissa was having a lot of trouble finding someone who would do something a bit more forward-thinking and out-there for her post-punk playground wedding until she found Lucky You Productions and Rachel McCalla, a full service event planning company that does really adorable and environmentally friendly work in St. Louis. As a bonus, Alissa says Rachel was a lot of fun to work with.
Alissa was really committed to having fiddle ferns (there are little curlicues on the STD and invitation and it was a nice little visual echo of that). Rachel brought Alissa down to Florists Row in St. Louis to look things over together. It was a ton of fun, and things wound up being pretty different from what she was originally thinking, especially the dusky purple roses.
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