Ok, March is winding down and with that we hear from one more talented florist about how to choose your perfect farm wedding flowers, this time from Oregon. Punch is the Portland based floral design studio of Bonnie & Rachel. An experienced artistic design team, drawing our inspiration from flowers, texture, vintage objects, beautiful spaces, the changing seasons, simplicity, and the unexpected.
three images above via ashley forrette
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ILFW: How to pick your wedding flowers. Where to start?
Punch: When we sit down with our clients, we try to get a really good idea of the “look” or “feel” they are trying to convey through their florals – do they like lush, full-petaled flowers, interesting textures, a natural look or something more polished and tidy, and of course the color palette. We ask for images that have inspired them in one way or another to get an idea of their aesthetic or pour through our portfolio of work to see what things peek their interests. We also encourage our clients to continue a running dialogue with us and if they come across any further inspiration to send it our way… there are so many beautiful flowers one shouldn’t limit oneself!
Most of our brides have favorites & absolute no-no’s. It’s always helpful when the bride has familiarized herself with some of the flowers that are in season at the time of the event so there are no unrealistic expectations on what’s available. Depending on the season of the wedding, we make sure we include some of her favorites and give close alternatives if her favorites aren’t in season. We learned long ago not to make promises we may not be able to keep for special flowers that are not in season (peonies, dahlias, lilac, lily-of-the-valley, etc). So much of what we work with depends on the weather conditions of where the flowers are grown. I’ve seen images of whole fields – acres and acres – of flowers reduced to mud because of heavy rains. Late winters and early freezes can also affect when growing seasons start and end. So, usually its best to trust your designer to have listened to your vision and make something beautiful that you will love, but not have your heart set on anything very specific. Then, if it just so happens we find peonies in your color in August it is a lovely surprise!
By the week of the event, we have ordered our focal flowers and have a pretty good idea of what we’re looking for to add a touch of whimsy & delight for our clients. We work within the couple’s color story and there are, no doubt, plenty of pretty blooms that will be the perfect finishing touch to our design. My advice is to select a designer whose work you admire, relinquish some of the creative control to them & trust that it will be INCREDIBLE… you’ll have a lot more fun if you do!
above images by the gemmers
ILFW: What kind of bouquets speak to you as a farm wedding style bouquet/boutonnieres for the men?
There are so many amazing ways to design bouquets that capture the farm wedding style! Choosing blooms in strong playful color palettes such as sunny yellow, bright barn red, fresh white & green, or a summery wildflower mix of yellows, orange, green & touches of purple immediately spring to mind. Some of our brides most loved farm blooms include garden favorites such as colorful dahlias, fragrant antique roses, cheery sunflowers, sweet little daisies, and anything local & seasonal. In addition to using seasonal blooms, we love to include fragrant herbs and foliage picked fresh from our studio garden. For some unexpected farm style whimsy we love to include beautiful edible elements such as berries, crab apples, kale, artichoke, and radishes. We even surprised one bride with tomatillos in her bouquet- the result was gorgeous! Classic red striped ribbon, gingham, vintage handkerchiefs, burlap or twine are some of the ways we like to finish the stems on our farm style bouquets.
To complement the farm style bridal bouquet we have a lot of fun designing whimsical boutonnieres for our grooms. We enjoy using unique touches such as cute little mushrooms, tiny bird nests, pods, berries, hops, wheat, and more. One of my favorites is an adorable radish boutonniere we created for an all red farm wedding.
above three images by bethany f
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Thank you ladies! So much great advice and of course, beautiful images to inspire us all!