Today, we will be doing another installment celebrating the amazing designs that come from our Floral Department at Chapel of the Flowers. I spent the majority of January through April working in the Flower Shop this year, and I have to say that we had some beautiful custom bouquets come through the shop. In this entry, I really want to showcase the extent of the custom design you can submit to our Floral Designers who will in turn, create the bouquet and floral additions of your dreams.
The first bouquet I’d like to showcase is actually more on the traditional side utilizing all carnations. The bride wanted a mix of red and white carnations and it turned out lovely.
Generally, we have brides that order what we call a Designer’s Choice bouquet. The bride will choose what flowers she wants and sometimes will send a photo giving an idea of the desired look, but most times, the design is up to our floral staff of what the finished look will be. As was the case with this bouquet; the bride wanted red roses, red and orange gerbera daisies and mango calla lilies. This has actually been one of my favorite bouquets to create as it reminded me of a deep, powerful sunset.
Combining roses and gerbera daises creates a beautiful look and gives a garden feel to the bouquet, such as this bride’s custom order. She wanted pink roses with pearl pins, light pink and dark pink gerbera daisies and green Hypericum berries. The bright, vibrant colors went so well together!
We also have pre-customized options that our brides can choose, such as this sunflower bouquet (which I am quite partial to as sunflowers are my favorite flowers).
We also have a sunrise bouquet. The photo we have displayed on our website utilizes yellow Asiatic lilies, blue delphinium, white tulips, pink roses and pink ranunculus. However, you can choose different colors for these flowers. I recently created one where the bride wanted everything pink. Since delphinium is known for its vibrant blue shades, the bride opted for Larkspur instead to have it come in pink. She also chose pink roses, pink ranunculas, white tulips and pink Asiatic lilies. It was a pink lover’s dream!
If you don’t want to choose an entirely new design and want to stay traditional with roses, but create something personal, you can always choose our specialty rose colors. At Chapel of the Flowers, our standard roses are pink, white and red, but you can request a special flower color change. A popular rose is the Hot Lady Roses, also knows as hot pink. They bring such vibrant color to the traditional rose bouquet and really stand out when the Floral Designer uses vibrant colored filler flowers in the bouquet as well, such as this one with lavender wax flower and yellow solidago filler.
You can also customize pew markers, altar sprays, a chuppah or a floral arch. We had one couple who wanted the floral arch to be made with all white flowers so we customized the arch with white alstroemeria, white mini callas, white button mums, white spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, smilax and Italian ruscus.
Some brides also like to bring brooches or charms for us to incorporate into their bouquets, which always create a beautiful glamorous look for the bouquet.
Really popular flowers for bridal bouquets at this time are black and white anemones. I created a bridal bouquet made completely out of black and white anemones along with matching bridesmaids bouquets that were mixed with white spray roses.
We also have brides who want very modern bouquets. I had a bride send in a photo of a calla lily cascade bouquet with lily grass looped around the bouquet and sticking out in various directions. This was probably one of my favorite bouquets I have made as it was so completely different from any design I had previously done and allowed me to challenge myself to create the bride’s dream bouquet.
The last bouquet I’d like to talk about was a really fun St. Patrick’s Day bouquet. The bride sent in a photo and wanted white mini Calla Lilies, Bells of Ireland, green roses (yes, these exist) and green mini Cymbidium Orchids. This was so much fun to make as it really captured the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day because it was so green.
I hope I have given all the future brides reading a lot of ideas for all the fun ways you can create the bouquet of your dreams. I would even challenge you to dream up something new and exciting we haven’t even designed before and maybe next time, you’ll see your bouquet posted on our blog!