Approximately two weeks ago, I was privileged to provide the flowers for a beautiful friend’s June wedding. I was doubly privileged to have another beautiful friend, Diana Deaver – an amazing photographer, videographer, and emotional health coach – capture the wonderful moments of the evening.
The concept behind the floral design for the wedding was “an elegant garden party.” Warmer colors of peach and pink were ideal for the location, the Mills House Hotel in downtown Charleston.
The colors of the flowers provided a beautiful mixture of warm but lively tones that captured the essence of a summer wedding. Some of the roses used were Versilia, Osiana, Marlyse, Sweet Akito, Crème de la crème, and Ilse.
Early on, I knew that I wanted roses to be the predominant flower in the arrangements. I was even more inspired by the classic beauty of the rose when I read the “Promises of Rose Gardens” article in the May-June edition of Flower Magazine. I hoped some of the arrangements would mimic the natural “wild” growth of rose bushes.
In an attempt to mirror the lush greenery of summer, I used bright green foliage in most of the arrangements. The bright green color of the springeri “asparagus” fern, bupleurum, and nandina added an element of excitement to the arrangements and helped to make the pastel colors appear more vibrant.
Apricots were placed in and around some of the designs to provide an additional shade of peach and to feature one of summer’s greatest hallmarks – fresh fruit.
I had so much fun thinking about the flowers for this wedding, just tweaking the concepts, varieties of roses, and shades of colors over a period of several months. I also had fun making the arrangements and seeing everything come together at the reception and ceremony site. It was a magical experience!