Roses might be red and violets are certainly blue, but the modern bride doesn’t seem to notice. Ditching traditional approaches in favor of ideas that are whimsical and surprising, she’s inspired by the stunning pictures of brides who have gone before her. Darin Jones, owner of Tallahassee-based Designs by Darin, has seen the Internet-inspiration trend catch on. “Most brides already have a look in mind and will bring photos or Pinterest-inspiration boards to our consultation,” says Jones. “It’s my job to find the flowers that fit their budget while also achieving the look the bride wants to create.”
WHITE ANEMONE The white anemone is likely the mysterious white flower with midnight blue center that you have pinned relentlessly on your wedding board. “These are seasonal flowers generally available from late December to June,” Jones explains.
SUCCULENTS Succulents add a modern and eclectic touch next to timeless flowers. Plus, they make for an excellent keepsake as they can be planted after the wedding.
PHOTO BY ALENA BAKUTIS PHOTOGRAPHY (LAVENDER) AND MI AMORE FOTO (SUCCULENTS)
HYDRANGEA Hydrangeas are small flowers that make a large impact. “The blue and white hydrangeas are budget friendly and go a long way in an arrangement,” Jones advises.
EUCALYPTUS Colorful bulbs and blooms need a bit of greenery interspersed. “Seeded eucalyptus is very popular for its gray appearance and aromatic smell,” says Jones.
BERRIES AND FRUITS Blackberries, figs, small citrus, plums, hypercium berries, privet berries and holly berries are just some examples of fruits that can be used for adornment. We won’t tell if you decide to nibble on your bouquet. Edible arrangements, indeed.
RANUNCULUS With the appearance of spiraled crepe paper, ranunculus are dainty and delicate. “My personal favorite are the Japanese variety as they have enormous blooms,” offers Jones.
PEONIES Peonies are the new roses. They are large in size and add elegance to bouquets and centerpieces. Beware though, they can definitely be a budget-buster.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS 2016