I like big bouquets and I cannot lie :)
Hold on a sec’…Excuse me while I go ugly cry that summer is over, school is starting, and I’m no longer going to be woken up by fresh morning sunlight, but rather by the heinous noise that is the alarm on my husband’s phone that I hate more than anything else in the world…
Photography Credit for all Images: Sarah Dixon Photography
Ok I’m back and now that I’ve got that out of my system (for the moment) I’m sharing this beautiful formal session with Ben and Keely! I love it when work and family collide and I get to be such a big part of a family member’s amazing day and doing the flowers for my youngest brother was so so special! We were all a little skeptical when he told us he had picked up a girl working at Sodalicious (where he was a regular) but Keely is beautiful, funny as all get out, loves Ben, and is –probably most importantly - a fabulous chef! All the heart eyes that my brother snagged a culinary school graduate!
Their first look is so romantic and adorable…that look of surprise and joy on Ben’s face when he sees Keely in her wedding dress for the first time is so fantastic. I love seeing people in love :)
They’re going with this classy color palette of navy, cream, peach, and orange with just a subtle hint of neutral gray as an accent color.
You’ll see this color palette in a very debonair suit and tie for our handsome groom and then again in Keely’s perfectly sweet little posy. We’ve got navy blue thistle, peach stock, peach peonies, orange roses, and gray hypericum berries. All of this was rounded out with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus and made a darling little nosegay.
Now I know monster-sized bouquets are all the rage, but this hand-tied posy was just so sweet and unobtrusive. It’s perfect for the bride that loves fresh flowers, but doesn’t want her bouquet to be THE statement piece in every photo.
There’s a reason the flowers are all you notice in an image when brides have huge bouquets – it’s a dramatic piece that draws the eye and visually speaking, they're often the "heaviest" object in the photo so they're going to pull a lot of attention. And for a flower fanatic like myself, that’s perfect. But, there are some cons. While huge bouquets look amazing in photos, they are super-d-duper heavy which makes carrying them around a pain, they cover your entire dress, and they tend to take the focus off of the couple in the picture and pull it onto themselves. But a small posy or sweet little nosegay like the one I designed for Keely is going to be just the perfect pop of texture and color. It's the nod to a beautiful tradition of a groom giving his new bride flowers without stealing the spotlight.
So, if you have amazing detailing on your dress that you don’t want covered, or if your upper-body strength is low, you may want to consider a small-medium hand tied bouquet or even a smaller posy. Those who watched Pippa Middleton’s wedding this year may have noticed that her bouquet was teensy-tiny (and a little under-whelming for one of society’s biggest weddings this year IMHO) but it did really allow her stunning lace dress and veil to shine in all of the photos!
Keely’s dress from Gateway Bridal and Prom had incredible detailing, especially in the neckline and through the bodice and waist, so we didn’t want to cover that up with a wildly large and cumbersome bouquet.
Also, you’ll see that the silhouette on her dress is a much dressier, classic style that wouldn’t pair well with the overly-large, earthy, organic, bohemian look that is so the rage right now. I’m forever trying to help brides keep dress style and bouquet style pairings in mind when we design their weddings, but sometimes they just want what they want regardless of how well things do or don’t go together. Maybe that needs to be a post for another day. For today, we’ll just focus on size.
And as you can see from Keely’s navy, peach, and orange bridal bouquet, you can have just as much detail, movement, and texture in a sweet posy as you can in a loose, more organic bouquet. This smaller navy, peach, and orange bridal bouquet just allows you to focus on other elements of the shot instead of just the wedding bouqet.
So congrats to my baby brother and his beautiful bride. You guys are such an amazing couple! And thank you to Sarah Dixon Photography for capturing their formal session so beautifully!
Sarah Dixon Photography
The Pear Blossom
Gateway Bridal and Prom/Latter-day Bride