Colourful, textured bouquets full of drama are what 2014 flowers are all about. These beauties can be unique to every bride, using whatever flower takes her fancy and mixing and matching blooms of all shades and sizes to create something a little more avant-garde than we’re accustomed to! Symmetry and proportions are out the door with these bouquets, but there is still something quite harmonious about the overall look.
Credits: Branco Prata, Branco Prata Photography | Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio, Photo by Paige Jones
So when you hear ‘cascading’ or ‘waterfall’ bouquet you immediately think OTT 80s bride, puffy sleeves and even puffier hair, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that the cascading bouquet is back in a big way for 2014 weddings. Before you recoil, check out these crazy romantic bouquets above, which may make you rethink the idea. Foliage is key here with these particular looks. Blooms are soft and simple (think pastel peonies and white hydrangeas) while some leafy greens do all the work. These bouquets go particularly well with a sheath dress and have a real Claire Pettibone feel to them – don’t you think?
Credits: Bash, Please, Photo by Erin Hearts Court | Simply Bouquets, Brandi Smyth Photography
Don’t be scared, when we say gothic we’re not talking black roses accented with sparkly skulls and crossbones (though of course if that’s what you’re into, we love that too!). These bold bouquets are actually quite universal and are perfect for a bride looking for a rich autumnal feel for her overall look. Deep berry shades are mixed with forest greens and lighter pinks and purples to create a strong, rustic look for a boho bride. If you want to stick to one flower to create this look, we’ve always been big fans of the simple dark purple Calla Lily or Protea.
Credits: April’s’ Garden, photo by Brumley & Wells | The Informal Florist, photo by Brumley and Wells
Here’s to the fun florals! Get all playful with your wedding bouquet with pretty Peonies, romantic Ranculus, sparkly vintage brooches, berries, Billy Buttons and whatever else sparks your imagination. These super lush mash-ups are full of variety and can be unique to every bride. Check out sites like Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing and don’t be afraid to try something different!
Credits: Dillon Douglas Designs, photo by Our Labor of Love | Prunella, photo by Erin + Tara
First off we must say outright that the oversized bouquet is by no means for every bride (or budget!) but these big bold blooms are huge, in every way, for 2014 weddings. Wild, rustic, romantic… they’re everything we love about wedding flowers. Add volume with lush greens and succulent plants and start doing some push ups now – these monsters are going to require some extra muscle on the big day!
Credits: Kelly Oshiro Design, photo by Jose Villa | Full Bloom Floral Design, AMBphoto
6. Icy Blue
A most fabulous option for a winter wonderland wedding, these cool icy blue bouquets are uber classic and romantic and will complement almost any bride and bridal gown. Keep it simple and chic with pretty petite florals and add some blueberries and magical Dusty Miller foliage for depth and texture. If you’ve a favourite silver brooch it will work perfectly with this style either in amongst the flowers or on the ribbon-tied stems.
Credits: Tracy Enoch Photography | Valley Flora, photo by Sylvie Gil
As we’re sure you’re already well aware, pastels are big for spring/summer weddings this year, and where better for them to shine than in a pretty pastel bouquet. The above bunches of blooms are perfect examples of how to do it right – understated, romantic and timeless… you can’t go wrong.
Credits: The French Touch, Michelle Prunty Photography | Fantasy Floral Design, Table4 Weddings – table4weddings.com
Purple has long been a favourite for Irish brides, and with Pantone’s official colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, purple is right back in the spotlight for 2014 weddings. There is something so elegant and regal about a mixture of purple shades, and it works so well with some wild foliage for a rustic look.
Credits: Brenda McGuire Photography | Becca Silvestros, Nicole Hanson Photography
9. Billy Buttons
Oh Billy Buttons, how you make us smile. Whether you opt for a little bunch of these by themselves or scattered in amongst a host of bold blooms – it doesn’t matter how you showcase these little bursts of bright balls, it’s always going to look special. We especially love the bouquet on the above right, which uses succulent plants (also a big trend in bouquets this year) to add some beautiful texture to the overall look.
Credits: Natural Flair, Orange Turtle Photography |La Partie Event, photo by Erin Hearts Court
As we mentioned, greens are great for adding volume and texture to wedding bouquets and are being used to their full potential this year, especially trailing from cascading and waterfall bouquets. They give the illusion of a full bouquet without adding too much weight, resulting in a romantic, rustic and elegant bunch of blooms.
Credits: photo by Jose Villa | Pedro Navarro, photo by Jose Basandoval
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