Are you getting hitched this spring? Remember, your flowers can (and should) be as fierce as we know your wedding gown will be. With an eye for styles, you can make it happen on any wedding budget. Janie Medley, of Janie Medley Flora Design, in Richmond, Virginia, is one of the top Black florists in the business and the creator of the popular wedding eye-candy blog The Bride’s Cafe. We asked her to share some seasonal inspiration that’s sure to wow wedding guests. Here are five ways to work magic on your wedding flowers this Spring.
Let your bouquet make a statement of its own by carrying pretty, pretty peonies down the aisle. “I could not resist designing an all fuchsia peony bouquet for the bride,” says Medley. “The handle is wrapped with streams of pink, yellow, grey, and blue ribbon.” Added bonus: Peonies are in season during the late spring months, which means you can get this look for less at your local florist.
Would you like to save on your wedding flower budget and make a style statement to be remembered? Have your bridesmaids skip bouquets altogether in favor or carrying single blooms down the aisle or something non-floral, but fun, like: paper pinwheels or a single balloon in your signature wedding color.
“I love to see bridesmaids reflect their style with their dress choices — especially when each of the ladies has a different body type,” says Medley. “When the bridesmaid dresses have flower details, a small bouquet of ranunculus is a perfect idea for their bouquets. This bouquet is made with peach ranunculus and lamb’s ear.”
We adore this lovely bridal bouquet made with apricot and coral peonies, peach ranunculus, pink ranunculus, orange ranunculus, coral tulips, peach garden roses, dusty miller and maiden hair fern. It’s tied with ribbon from Midori Ribbon. “The yummy color palettes of this bouquet bring in all the vibrant colors of the Spring,” says Medley.
Grey is becoming an increasingly more popular color for bridesmaids, because brides know it looks great on every shade and is the perfect background for pretty colors. "This bridesmaid is carrying a bouquet of yellow ranunculus with lamb’s ear,” says Medley. “Both the peach and yellow tones will complement a grey dress perfectly.”
Feeling bold and beautiful? Add a little tangerine into your wedding color palette. Tangerine Tango is the official Pantone Wedding Color of 2012, and the perfect way to brighten things up on the big day. “How perfect is this Tangerine bouquet for the bridesmaid?” says Medley. “Little did I know when I designed this orange loveliness back in the fall, that the color would be such a hit this year. I used orange parrot tulips, orange ranunculus, dusty miller and maiden hair fern.”