Floral design is my favorite part of the entire design process. The colors, textures and scent of flowers are unlike anything else. From a stunning vase of tulips, to the exotic look of orchids, designing both personal flowers & reception flowers can be fun, but also overwhelming.
I'm not a florist, so thankfully there are some amazing wedding florists in Grand Rapids. We had Natalie from Stems Events Design on board for this photo shoot and used shades of purple and green flowers, and a big array of blooms. I absolutely LOVED the Vanda orchid Natalie used in the centerpieces. Another fun detail were the various boutonnieres with three different flowers. I love the idea of each groomsmen having a different bout, instead of being matchy-matchy.
My biggest piece of advice while designing your wedding flowers? Share your floral budget. Being realistic with what you want to spend on fresh flowers from the get-go will make the planning process go smoothly. You don't want to fall in love with something you can't have because it's out of season, too expensive, or doesn't come in the right color.
Have you fallen in love with pink peonies, but getting married in November? My advice? Splurge on the peonies for your bridal bouquet, and come up with a great alternative (read: cheaper) option for the centerpieces. Having photos of floral designs that have caught your eye with be helpful as will having your color palette and linen choices.
Looking for floral inspiration? Check out Bride and Bloom's website for tons of great eye candy.
[floral design by Stems Event Design, photography copyright Telltale Photography]