2011 Wedding Trends

I can’t believe it is already May and in my world, that means the busy wedding season is right around the corner.  And this year, I am very excited about the flower trends for the 2011 wedding season. Among the exciting styles this year are vintage charms and soft, romantic blooms.

Vintage Charm
The classic vintage look has arrived this season in full force. The vintage style can range from whimsical arrangements created in old watering cans to a more elegant look showed off in a mercury apothecary jar. Whatever the container, this nostalgic look can be achieved by incorporating romantic blooms such as, hydrangea, peonies, roses, lisianthus, or ranunculus. Adding a touch of dusty miller or seeded eucalyptus will add the finishing vintage touch to any bouquet. When choosing your vintage color palate remember it is all about washed out colors that look aged. While there are many options to achieve this stylish nostalgic look the use of soft pastels with undertones of gray are perfect for this design.

Picture from: http://www.lifetimemoms.com

Soft, Romantic Blooms
Nothing could accompany the vintage look better then the use of soft, romantic blooms such as peonies or hydrangeas. Along with these trend setting stems lisianthus, ranunculus, and roses will also be among the list of popular flowers used this wedding season. These gentle blooms are timeless and classic, which will give your event a romantic and opulent look.

Make sure to check back next week when I talk about more 2011 wedding trends for flowers including the use of unique textures, muted color palettes, and creative embellishments.

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.

Baby’s Breath is Back

I’ve just finished up a busy time with Valentine’s Day, and at some point during all of the craziness, especially after seeing all of the cards, candy and balloons this year, it made me think of the cliche bouquet: red roses with LOTS of baby’s breath.

For years, baby’s breath, also known as gypsophila or “gyp”,  has taken a back seat (and even I can admit I have tried to stay away from it.) However, in it’s defense, baby’s breath is coming back and is now being used in modern arrangements. Even brides who are looking for a vintage, country or boho feel (without a lot of expense) are incorporating baby’s breath into everything from ceremony decorations and centerpieces to solely baby’s breath for their wedding bouquets.

Find more inspiration on baby’s breath done right here.

Below picture from Primodonna Bride.

Black Tie Bridal Show Sunday

To all of those eager brides out there, the Winter Black Tie Bridal Showcase is going to be held this Sunday, January 23rd at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. I will be providing some over-the-top flower arrangements for Envision Wedding Studio. And since I can’t tell you this year’s theme for the table, you will just have to make sure to stop by and see it for yourself. Can’t wait to see you there!

Wedding Wire

If you have not done so already, make sure to take a peek at the Bella Rosa Floral wedding wire page to see additional pictures of flower arrangements, bridal bouquets, wedding centerpieces, plus previous client reviews and so much more!

Natural Wedding Inspiration

I love it when arrangements incorporate unexpected elements.  These pictures from Style Me Pretty are the prefect example of a great combination of colors and textures. Don’t think vegetables are only for consumption.  The natural elements of the cabbage along with the leaves, bark and pods add just enough character without being overdone. The orange orchids in the bridal bouquet also help to add interest and vibrant color.

Simple & Slightly Rustic Bridal Shoot

Recently I had the pleasure of working with Kelli Hunt Photography and Envision Wedding Studio in putting together elements for a simple winter bridal photo-shoot.

For the bouquet, I chose to use a variety of flowers including ivory hypericum berry, cream colored hydrangeas, brown pods and soft pink spray roses to create a mixture of textures and an organic feel without being too rustic backwoods. The soft creams combined with the browns and soft pinks are both subtle and feminine, not to mention the big colors of the season. This combination of flowers and colors is also perfect for anytime of year whether it be for a spring fling or a soft and airy summer affair.

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

New Year’s Inspired Palette

Nothing says a celebration like the metallic tones of silver and gold. And with New Year’s here this weekend, I’m passing on a little color inspiration to help spark your inner creativity thanks to the Perfect Palette. Keep in mind, when choosing flowers to go with this style of event, think soft and light such as white or ivory hydrangeas, ranunculus or even carnations.  Incorporate additional elements such as feathers to add a subtle, unexpected texture to the mix.

And to all of the brides and their families celebrating this weekend, congratulations!