2023 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine

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wreathes and chandeliers made up of blooms. A look cropping up everywhere is the mix of modern and feminine. Some examples are rustic wooden beams wrapped in vines or steel structures strung with florals. Moving beyond the altar, large installations are being further utilized on the dance floor, at the cake table, over the sweetheart table and as reception photo backdrops. In choosing flowers, color, depth and texture are all considerations. Soft pinks, muted blues and light greens provide stunning contrasts to magenta, cobalt and sunflower yellow. A few years back, all white was all the rage, but today’s couples want bigger and bolder — and also brighter. Create depth by putting smaller flowers and greenery behind the stars of floral arrangements. Texture is supplied by the ruffled edges of peonies or the fluff of pampas grass. Ellie Gunnels, florist with Missy Gunnels Florals, suggests using longstem flowers such as snapdragons and delphinium as the base of large arrangements. Then layer in large flowers that act as statement pieces, she suggests. “Peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, David Austin roses, anemones and some hydrangeas are at the top of the price list for their wow-factor,” Gunnels said. “Hydrangeas, mums, roses and daisies are beautiful and provide the most bang for the buck.” Florals elevate weddings of all sizes. As Gunnels notes, statement florals are no longer reserved solely for large wedding celebrations. Flowers symbolize romance and tender moments. Showcase your day — in full bloom. ▪ NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2023