More 2011 Wedding Trends

As promised, I just had to share more of the fun new trends in wedding flowers in 2011 including unique textures, muted color palettes and creative embellishment.

Unique Textures
Pairing soft, romantic blooms with textural elements will give any bouquet an unexpected twist. In 2011, natural stems such as pods, succulents, and herbs are emerging as a fast growing trend. These organic stems bring dimension and interest to any bouquet. Pairing these elements with grasses, birch bark, and moss can also create a soft, ethereal vibe for your decor.

Below is a perfect example which I found at signatureweddings.asia which was photographed by Meg Baisden.

Muted Color Palettes
Another emerging trend for 2011 is tones that are more neutral. Brides are opting for earthy shades and blush hues for their color schemes. Pairing taupes or grays with contrasting soft pinks and mauves will reflect this year’s style. Another concept is using a single color in multiple shades to create a truly unique look. Whatever your color palette, remember this year it is about keeping it simple.

Here is a sneak peek of a perfect example of a simple, yet elegant muted color palette from The Sweetest Occasion, which you have take a look at their whole Pretty + Understated Wedding Luxury post.

Creative Embellishments
To complete the 2011 wedding trends it is important to remember it is all about the details. This year, brides are opting to add embellishments such as buttons and vintage broaches to their bouquets to give it an extra creative element. Wrapping the floral stems in satin is always a timeless choice, but, using a piece from your mother’s wedding gown can add a personal touch. The use of embellishments will give your bouquet an extra finishing touch, creating a lasting memory for your big day.  Below is a perfect example of this when a recent bride of mine chose to incorporate feathers, crystals and pearls into her bridal bouquet.  How fun is that!

Succulents

A new trend in wedding floral design is the use of hearty succulents. These unique plants are low-maintenance to care for because of their ability to store water in its leaves for a prolonged period of time. As a result, a succulent floral arrangement will outlast any bouquet.  This means they are a great option for brides, especially those hosting an outdoor wedding in South Dakota (because we all know how hot it can get.)

There are an endless number of varieties of succulents, but some of the most common ones include aloe, bear paw, black rose, hen and chickens, and many kinds of sedum.

Your wedding décor can also incorporate the use of succulents in a number of ways. From modern bouquets to unique boutonnieres, these unexpected stems will add a twist to any floral design. Pairing succulents with other blooms such as, billy balls, parrot tulips, or orchids will create an arrangement that will for undoubtedly surprise and impress your guests. Give your centerpieces a distinctive flair by pairing succulents with manzanita branches, pods, and protea. Whatever the combination, using succulents will add a unique, memorable element to any wedding or event.

I had to share these amazining photos that I found at the Stephanie Williams Blog.

Have you seen?

The latest photo shoot by Kelli Hunt Photography featuring Oh My Cupcakes! and flowers by yours truly (Bella Rosa of course) is a must see!

There’s nothing like a bright, spring inspired photo shoot to make a dreary South Dakota day feel sunny and warm.  When picking out the flowers for this shoot, I chose to use hydrangea, dahlias, and tulips in white and stout pink to create a clean and fresh contrast.  Keep in mind, when picking flowers for arrangements, you want to have variety, with not only color, but also with the style of flower used.  Hydrangeas are great for helping to fill out an arrangement without a ton of cost.  Dahlias are a nice, hearty flower with tons or great details with all of the petals, making it a great pair to the tall and sleek tulip.  And don’t be afraid to mix up your container; by placing fresh stems in a blue mason jar, rather than a standard vase, you are able to add color and character without breaking the bank.  This style is great not only for weddings, but also baby showers, bridal showers or fun spring decor to brighten up your home.

For more pictures from this shoot make sure to head over the KHP Blog.

Flower Portfolio

I am constantly working with new clients and designs so if you haven’t done so already (or if you haven’t looked at it recently) make sure to take a peek at my portfolio page.

Spring Tulips

Nothing says spring better then a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut tulips. After cold winter months these cheerful blooms often signify that warm weather is around the corner. As the world’s third most popular flower, tulips are in great demand all over the world. Every year billions of tulips are cultivated with the majority being exported from Holland. Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink, and bi-colors. Whatever the color, tulips can be utilized in a multitude of ways including, home decoration, special occasion bouquets, or wedding centerpieces. These elegant flowers are said to signify a token of a perfect lover, passion, love, declaration of love, romance, fame, charity, and dreaminess.

Often tulips can be thought as a mischievous bloom that has a life of their own. The reason tulips never seem to stay in the spot where they were arranged is because unlike other flowers, tulips keep growing after being cut. To insure the longest vase life, buy tulips that are just starting to open. Before arranging, it is important to re-cut the base of the stem at an angle. Tulips are a thirsty flower and cutting the stem at an angle will help open up the flower’s water uptake channels. As with any flower arrangement check water levels daily and change when necessary for the longest vase life. You can expect to enjoy these charming stems for three to seven days.

I had to include this great tulip picture that I found at marthastewart.com

Creative Inspiration

I love color and design and it seems like I can never find enough sources for inspiration. And since I am such a visual person, blogs featuring great pictures really help spark my interest.

One of my favorite blogs lately that I just had to share is a creative mint.  The variety of color palettes, textures and specialty papers paired with flowers make it a must see for the creative artist or the crafty do-it-yourselfer.  Here are a few pictures as a sneak peek.  Hope you enjoy!

Christmas Time

It’s hard to believe that it is already here, but Christmas will soon be upon us! Between the weddings, trade shows and silk orders for the holidays, the time just seems to fly by.

And as a sure sign that the holidays are in full swing, wreathes can be found all around town. Unfortunately, wreathes usually do not receive the recognition they deserve. They can be more than just evergreen and ribbon; a good holiday wreath can include anything from the traditional berries and pine cones to just carnations or bells. And whether you decide to go with fresh or silk, round or oblong, it is sure to help add warmth and character to any room. And since I always love pictures for inspiration, I had to pass along a fun post that I found on Christmas wreathes via marthastewart.com.

Here’s to a Merry Christmas filled with lots of friends, family and joy!

Silk Show Friday & Saturday!

Make sure to come by and check out my silk arrangements on display today, December 3rd and tomorrow, December 4th at the Western Mall in Sioux Falls.  I will have a variety of seasonal and year-round arrangements available.  Plus they make great Christmas gifts, so buy one for you, your mom, grandmother, boss or another special person in your life.  See you there!