Your wedding flowers say so much about you. Captured in photographs, they define a moment in time that endures for the ages. Choosing flowers that speak your heart is very personal. With hundreds of choices available it can feel overwhelming! So where do you begin?
Start with colors- Before you do anything else, decide which colors will be part of your wedding design. Consider pairing flowers with same colors to create an elegant tone on tone effect or make a statement with a vibrant mix of opposite colors. With your color palette now in hand, the flower adventure begins.
Select your focus flower- This often will be a flower that is a personal favorite or nostalgic. The choices are many but a few standouts include peonies, garden roses, dahlias, tulips, anemones, ranunculus, sweetpeas, sunflowers and hydrangeas. This starting point will help guide future decisions. Remain flexible at this point. Some flowers may not be available at certain times of the year. Your florist will be your best resource for alternative ideas.
Embrace Seasonal and Local- For the most variety and freshest blooms, choosing seasonal flowers is a great way to go. Taking this idea one step further and embracing flowers grown locally offers unparalleled fragrance, texture and possibilities. When you travel to a destination such as Maine for it's natural beauty, the flowers growing in that region offer the ideal compliment. The slow flower movement has nurtured flower farms across the country making it possible to find gorgeous domestic blooms most of the year.
Define your style- Elegant, Romantic, Classic, Boho, Woodsy, Eclectic, Vintage, Modern, Country, Fine Art, Whimsical and many more. Gather photos that capture this feeling. Start putting together your own personal mood board. Pinterest is amazing for capturing images and putting them together to share. Please note that sometimes inspiration photos are altered with filters for artistic expression. The flower colors in some photos are not really in nature but they look incredible! Just keep this in mind when you begin talking with your floral designer.
Find your floral designer/florist- Begin your search to find a flower soul mate with a person that resonates with you and understands your vision. There are many options. Be sure to explore the many floral designers now creating from home studios rather than traditional brick and mortar shops. This new breed of floral designers often specialize in wedding and event floral design and can provide a custom approach.
Relax and enjoy the process- Flowers are unpredictable by nature. Sometimes there is a crop failure or a late bloom. Adapting a relaxed approach that embraces the unexpected will allow your floral designer to gather the most incredible blooms for you. This flexibility is essential and will reward you with less stress and more time to enjoy the process of planning your wedding. Enjoy!
We are so delighted to begin a little flower pop-up at Hatch on Maine in Brunswick. It's an opportunity for locals to pick-up cottage garden style bouquets while enjoying shopping in the store. There's even vintage vases for a special treat.
If you are missing the farmer's market flowers or running out to your garden to gather some fresh blooms, these bouquets are designed with you in mind. Treat yourself to fresh flower this winter. You never know when a pop-up flower moment might happen. Follow us on instagram #ionefloraldesign to see the next times flowers will appear!
I Love Flowers in every color, shape and size. When I'm asked to declare my favorite, I'm unable to say just one. It's the same with colors. Why would I ever want to limit my choices! To arrive at the place where color, flower and mood meet and throw a party, I usually start with a simple question. What is the feeling that we are expressing. From there, the flower choices and colors become clear.
This week I was asked to create a special bouquet for a client wishing to congratulate her friends on becoming Innkeepers, a long time dream. As she described her friend's passion for cooking, the color orange came to mind. It's the color that makes me feel warm and hungry. And it always feels like a celebration when orange is around.
Gathering seasonal blooms from the potted fuchsia and begonia still blooming here on Ione's doorstep. Adding local tiny green cabbage, seeded eucalyptus, twigs of bittersweet, sea holly and delphinium along with orange roses and parrot tulips from a slightly warmer clime, the bouquet came together.
As I waited for the door to open, I could not resist snapping a photo of the bouquet outside the door of the 1774 Inn, located in Phippsburg, The leaves felt like party confetti. Cheery pumpkin greeting guests. Now a bouquet to say congratulations to a very happy couple!
When in Rome...enjoy all the local offerings, including local flowers pictured here at Campo de' Fiori during our recent trip to Italy. Interesting to discover Maine and Italy both have dahlias and hydrangeas in season right now.
Wherever we find ourselves, on the coast of Maine or the coast of Italy, we seek out the local treasures. On this particular day, we visited the festive farmer's market, Campo de' Fiori in Rome, Italy. This is where all the locals and travelers alike meet up in the mornings and gather fresh produce, cheese, pasta, kitchen goods and lovely flowers.
It's a lively place with vendors quickly selling the best offerings early in the morning. Sleep in too late after a night of prosecco and limoncello and you'll find only the remains of the day, discarded bits of cabbage leaves and bruised tomatoes being swept away. On my first trip to Rome, I missed out on all this fun so made sure to set the alarm!
My traveling companion, Izzi came to the market with a mission and she quickly amassed armloads of pasta and clever gifts to bring back home. The flowers were spectacular and surprised us by mirroring our current blooms back home. The Dahlias and hydrangeas were stealing the show, as they were in Maine this time of year.
Flower vendors were skillfully fashioning tiny bouquets for taking home. They were also filling little gourds and pumpkins with blooms for seasonal decorations. We learned that the slow flower movement was just getting started in Italy. The lush garden style that we enjoy so much here in America, was not really in evidence. Floral Design in Italy is currently very traditional or very modern.