Beautiful Blooms: Twists on the Traditional Bouquet
You’ll definitely want the story behind these stunning wedding flowers.
Floral arrangements and bridal bouquets are a wedding-day staple, and a breathtaking bouquet can make the day that much more special. Whether the bouquet incorporates seasonal greenery or forgoes flowers altogether, it’s a great addition to the wedding day ensemble — and sometimes an opportunity to incorporate a tradition or lost loved one. We asked two brides to share what inspired their wedding-day blooms.
Photos by Elizabeth Parrett
When Alexandra Brunory was planning her wedding for May 7, 2016 to Nicholas Kozak, she knew she wouldn’t be incorporating a lot of flowers into her wedding because of her extreme allergies. However, this bride had no trouble coming up with a simple and allergy-proof bouquet of her own (thanks to plenty of ideas from Pinterest) by keeping it simple — and letting her space provide a lot of the atmosphere. “Our venue [Armstrong Farms] was gorgeous on its own without the need for a ton of decorations,” she says.
When shopping for bouquet materials, the bride’s future sister-in-law went to an unlikely place — Sam’s Club — where she found an array of options. “The bridesmaids' bouquets were Baby's Breath tied with a cream-colored satin ribbon,” says Alexandra. “My bouquet consisted of a ton of greenery including Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Lemon Leaf, Feather Eucalyptus and Fern with a single white peony.”
By incorporating a bit of greenery into her wedding, Alexandra was able to have the dazzling (and hypoallergenic) bouquet she had hoped for. “Everyone loved the bouquets and couldn't believe we didn't have a florist,” she says. “Several other folks have reached out after seeing the pictures inquiring about the florals as well.”
The bride’s bouquet also commemorated her grandparents and aunt, who passed away several years ago. To honor their memory, Alexandra attached small photos of the family members to the string that tied together her bouquet. “…It was a small token to them and a way to share the day with their memory,” she says.
photos Christopher Duggan Photography
When planning her wedding to Christopher Radke, Emily Urda also took to Pinterest, which gave her lots of ideas to present to her florist, to design a one-of-a-kind bouquet. “At the beginning of planning the wedding, people always asked what the theme was, etc., and one thing I could always say to people was I wanted the flowers to make a statement,” says Emily.
With a wedding date set for mid-September, the bride decided to work with a combination of summer and fall colors to create a soft, yet beautifully rich, bouquet. Emily’s florist, Hens and Chicks in the Strip District, worked with the color scheme to create a bouquet inspired by the bride’s Pinterest finds, including Juliet and Caramel Antique Garden Roses, Green and White Parrot Tulips, Navy Blue Privett Berry, Hosta Leaves and Plum Cotinus Foliage. The bridesmaid bouquets were similarly arranged with Caramel Antique Garden Roses, Khaki “Quicksand Roses,” White Lisianthus, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and a sprinkling of Silver/Grey Brunia Berry.
The combination of blossoms, greenery and berries in the floral arrangement were such a huge hit with the guests that the couple invited people over the day after the wedding to mix and match their own arrangements with the leftover flowers. “I have had a few friends who have gotten engaged since we have been married who live around the country and have asked [me] to send pictures of my bouquet — and all of our flowers — to their florists to try and replicate, which is really the best reaction/compliment we could have asked for,” says Emily.
Emily’s bouquet was more than just a beautiful wedding accessory, it was also a reminder of her maternal grandmother. At the time of the wedding, Emily’s grandmother was suffering from the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to attend the ceremony. A few months before the wedding, Emily and her mom found her grandmother’s wedding dress and decided to incorporate it into the day.
“It was then we decided, as the dress would not be worn again, that we could cut off a piece of it and wrap it on the stems of the flowers so she could in a sense ‘walk down the aisle’ with me,” says Emily. “Her absolute favorite thing to do was garden … so it was very meaningful to have the piece on my flowers.”
Emily’s grandmother passed away in March, so the bride is even more grateful that she was able to honor her on her wedding day.