Peach, Orange and Blue

29 Apr

Every wedding I have the pleasure of working on challenges me in many ways.  For this particular wedding, my challenge was that I hadn’t actually met the bride until two days before the wedding.  Usually I spend several hours meeting and discussing a brides floral needs with them to really get a clear understanding of what they want.  When working with Nicole, our communication was all done via e-mail since she was located  on the east coast.    Although she sent me several pictures  of what she liked,  each had a slightly different look, colors, and feel to them so I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to create.  The few guidelines she had were the touches of peach, orange and blue and  she wanted a “picked fresh from the garden” feel to her bouquet.

Given what information I had, I ordered the flowers and trusted my instincts.  Luckily the day I finally did meet her, I had just arrived back from the wholesale market and had all the flowers in my car.  I was able to do a quick mock-up of everything and she loved it all!   The brides bouquet was made using pale blue delphiniums, a “topsy turvy” succulent, grape hyacinth (Muscari), white hellebores, peach Juliette garden roses, white anenome, white peonies, orange parrot tulips, maidenhair fern, and eucalyptus.




Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets created using grape hyacinth, orange parrot tulips, blue delphinium, white rannuculus, orange rannuculus,  white hellebores, maidenhair fern and eucalyptus all tied with a royal blue ribbon.




The reception was held at the LeMay car museum in Spanaway, Washington.  Shiny vintage cars of all makes and models surrounded the ceremony area.  Since the bride was working with the theme of travel, she used vintage maps as well as suitcases to carry out the theme.  The alter area was created using stacks of suitcases with large floral arrangements made in hat boxes and a small suitcase.  Delphinium, lilies, hydrangeas, Juliette garden roses, peonies, hanging amaranthus, and curly willow carried out the peach and blue color scheme.




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The delphiniums were one of those shades of blue that you rarely find in flowers and  it was a nice compliment to the softer blues.  I loved being able to create something in a suitcase,  it is something I have wanted to do for some time.   It really is fun to think outside of the box – or in the box – or using a box – whichever you prefer!

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