NICE STEMS!

SPRING BOU­QUETS GET A ’90S RE­BOOT THANKS TO FREEFLOWING FLO­RALS.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

Spring bou­quets get a ‘90s re­boot thanks to free-flow­ing flo­rals.

Brian Kap­pra of Evan­tine De­sign is rarely sur­prised by what’s trend­ing in the white-hot world of wed­dings. More than 20 years of plan­ning Philly’s chicest nup­tials and buzzi­est so­ci­ety events—in­clud­ing over­see­ing his luxe Wash West life­style bou­tique of the same name—can do that to a per­son. But even he was struck by an uptick in re­quests for a cer­tain bou­quet style.

“The foam bou­quet holder from the ’90s is back,” says Kap­pra. “Brides want a cas­cade of flow­ers and more move­ment in­stead of the bowl­ing-ball bou­quets that we’ve seen over the last few years.” For spring, those looser ar­range­ments will be punc­tu­ated by pe­onies, hy­drangeas, and other “less ar­chi­tec­tural flow­ers” in dif­fer­ent shades of white and sur­rounded by greens. The sub­dued color pal­ette plays well against other of-the-mo­ment touches like mir­rored ta­bles, lay­ered linens, mixed ta­ble set­tings, and a fo­cus on fur­nish­ings like Lucite chairs, says Kap­pra. He adds that light­ing— in­clud­ing nat­u­ral light at out­door affairs—should al­ways be a fac­tor when mak­ing de­sign de­ci­sions. “It shouldn’t be a mat­ter of choos­ing one flower over an­other,” says Kap­pra, about con­struct­ing bou­quets and ta­ble ar­range­ments. “The over­all feel of the wed­ding is what’s most im­por­tant.” 7500 Wheeler St., 215492-8545; evan­tinedesign.com

Wild child: Brides are tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their high- school prom pic­tures for eye- catch­ing bou­quets.

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