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.

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.

Holiday Weddings

Call me a romantic, but there is something downright charming about a beautiful Christmas wedding.  Between the twinkling lights and fresh white snow, which you are guaranteed to have in South Dakota, everything seems to glitter a little more this time of year.  The color options for holiday weddings are truly endless from silver, white and turquoise to black and golds, yet red still remains to be one of the most popular choices.

Another great thing about a Christmas affair, is you are able to incorporate unique elements special to this time of year.  Consider incorporating Christmas ornaments into your centerpieces or decorated trees at the ceremony and reception.  Ribbon is also a great element that seems to gain more of the recognition it deserves during the holidays.

I will be busy this weekend with a fabulous wedding and I hope to have some pictures of it up soon.  Have a great weekend all!