BRIDAL BLOOMS

Choos­ing ex­quis­ite flow­ers for your wed­ding

RSWLiving - - Weddings - BY KLAU­DIA BALOGH Klau­dia Balogh is an editorial as­sis­tant for TOTI Me­dia.

When you close your eyes and smell a flower, where does it take you? To an ex­otic des­ti­na­tion? Or to a child­hood place you re­ally loved? Flow­ers have that mag­i­cal power of cre­at­ing a com­fort­ing and idyl­lic en­vi­ron­ment. No mat­ter where you are, if there are blos­soms sur­round­ing you, their beauty and scents prom­ise a pleas­ant jour­ney even if just for a mo­ment.

Flow­ers have be­come part of the most im­por­tant oc­ca­sions of our lives. That’s why wed­dings without flow­ers would be like the bride without the groom; the two be­long to­gether.

With end­less op­tions avail­able, you can get as cre­ative as you wish. Whether you are hav­ing an af­ter­noon beach wed­ding or a church cer­e­mony fol­lowed by an el­e­gant din­ner, bloom­ing bou­quets and ar­range­ments can set the mood and com­ple­ment the at­mos­phere.

Dalia Gird­vainiene, owner of Libby’s Flower Shop in Fort My­ers, sees two trends that are pop­u­lar with cou­ples. “One of them is the ro­man­tic, el­e­gant [look], while the other is the com­plete op­po­site, gar­den vin­tage,” she says. “The best way I can de­scribe the se­cond one is a rather wild gar­den.”

Those who go with the ro­man­tic style pre­fer a more com­pact look with lots of flow­ers and very lit­tle green­ery in­cor­po­rated in their cen­ter­pieces and bou­quets. Ro­mance is a huge trend right now and its No. 1 flower is the pe­ony. And along with that, dahlias, hy­drangeas, gar­den roses, reg­u­lar roses, lisianthus and astilbe are among the fa­vorite choices.

“Colors that have been trend­ing since last year and are still very pop­u­lar are peachy ivory and blush. And I also see a lot of white com­ing back in the spot­light,” Gird­vainiene says.

As for the gar­den vin­tage theme, cou­ples tend to go with wild-look­ing flow­ers and more green in the ar­range­ments. The color ivory is present here as well, al­though it’s mostly paired with laven­der and pur­ple.

“What’s true for both trends is the asym­met­ric style that’s be­com­ing more pop­u­lar. This means that cen­ter­pieces and other dec­o­ra­tions are heav­ier on one side with flow­ers, while lighter on the other,” Gird­vainiene adds.

There are no rules and guide­lines as to how your flo­ral ar­range­ments should look. It’s com­pletely up to you and your style. But as the trend to­ward more in­ti­mate and per­sonal wed­dings con­tin­ues, florists in South­west Florida are ea­ger to ac­com­mo­date a bride’s spe­cial re­quests.

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