Flora & Drama: 8 Creative Flower Ideas

Local florists (and one crafty bride) go beyond the basic bouquet with the freshest unique designs that will have you seeing flowers in a whole new way.
From: Spring/Summer 2016 edition
Hair and Makeup: Austie Eckley

ETHEREAL ELEMENTS (above)

“Unlike traditional flower crowns, I wanted this one to look as if the bride might have gathered the materials herself from the beach. I used a creamy peony mixed with spent dogwood and scotch broom branches that reminded me of dried seaweed, and air plants that made me think of sea urchins.”—Susanna Luck, Pistils and Stamen

hair and makeup: Austie Eckley

BLOOMING BACKDROP

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“The inspiration behind the wreath backdrop was simple, earthy elegance. We wanted to do something beautiful without being over-the-top. The wreaths made of various greens and herbs are simple alone, but when grouped together, they make a big impact.” —Kim Dodrill, Swoon Floral Design

photographed by Jamie Rae Photo

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

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“I went to the venue with the bride and groom and they explained that they didn’t like the look of the permanent tent on site. That became the challenge: to transform this tent into something beautiful. We draped fabric panels across the ceiling and completely covered the chandelier in flowers.” —Kris Bennett, Krisanthemums

photographed by Yasmin Khajavi Photography

UNLIKELY PAIRING

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“The bride brought me these cool metal letters and wanted them filled with flowers. By using a mixture of fresh and dried flowers, I was able to get a great rustic and vintage look that worked well with the style of the wedding.”—Rachel Galloway, By the Bunch

photographed by Kim Smith-Miller

GRACIOUS GREENERY

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“I love unique hanging ceremony pieces because they can be reused as a photo booth backdrop later in the night. Guests love having their photos taken among the greens.”—Sarah Blasi, Selva Floral Design

 photographed by Phil Chester Photography

BRIDE’S BEST FRIEND

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“When making this dog corsage, I knew I wanted to use flowers that were seasonal, local and sturdy. Dahlias were a great choice and lasted the whole day on this big guy’s collar.”—Madison Hartley, A Native Bloom

photographed by Stevi Sayler Photography

TWO FOR ONE

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“The bride found darling place cards on Etsy and the succulents at Solabee Flowers and Botanicals, but wasn’t sure how she wanted them to look. I thought placing the cards in the succulents gave the guests’ gift a really clean and finished look.”—Ashley Spence, J29 Events

photographed by Ashley Spence; florist: Solabee Flowers & Botanicals; wedding planner: Ashley Spence at J29 Events; place cards: NKDNAprints

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

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“The feathers in my bouquet symbolize my late father, who always said, ‘When you find a feather, it’s a sign from the universe that you’re on the right path.’ When I first started dating my husband, he gave me a feather as a gift without knowing this story.”—Dierdre Garton, Bride, describing her DIY bouquet

photographed by Alycia Whitney-Plaut, Hazel Eye Photography