Floral design can be used to set the scene in unique ways. For an October wedding at Cherry Hills Country Club, David Squires of DesignWorks initiated the beginning of the wedding by hanging clusters of 12-foot ivory satin ribbon from the ancient, mood-lit elm trees along the entry drive. “The effect was beautiful and told guests the evening wasn’t going to be a traditional wedding,” explains Michael Roffino of DesignWorks.
Most clients want a traditional feel for weddings, but designers encourage clients to be comfortable expressing themselves. The best wedding floral designs “are a reflection of the couple’s style, personality and where the event is located,” Swank Stems owner Nicole Iverson says from her new location in downtown Littleton. Emily Tolve of Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist has enjoyed working with “clients who have bucked the current trends and went with things that truly reflected their dreams.” Of course, having the guidance of a creative team like Newberry Brothers ensures that one’s unique style is tastefully expressed. “Things can be mixed up in every way,” Tolve says. “Think mixing metallic like gold and silver vases with copper accents and formal, lush arrangements in more casual vessels like mason jars and mercury glass. Even bridal bouquets reflect a mix of styles. Loose and airy bouquets can be tied with a luxurious ribbon, lace or rhinestone band.”
While traditional roses and hydrangea are favorites for weddings, party givers are branching out into stylized and garden arrangements. “For corporate events, clients are choosing exotics such as Billy Balls, succulents, antlers, jackpot thistle, scabiosa and lotus pods,” reports Roffino. Ollig “loves cotton bolls on a stem in almost any arrangement, blushing bridal protea too.”
Beautiful blossoms can fit any budget. Roffino suggests creating a stylized arrangement with fewer insertions while Ollig likes orchids, which present significant drama because of the number of blooms on each stem. “Hydrangeas take up a lot of real estate in lush floral designs,” Tolve says. Conversely, “a single, submerged blossom can be a beautiful way to feature a single flower,” says Iverson.
Tolve reports that Newberry Brother’s clients are requesting deeper tones of peach, pink and orange and Ollig predicts that coral peonies will work in dynamic palettes featuring berry, plum and mustard for layered textures in arrangements. Roffino likes a monochromatic black and white in this year’s sea of color. Iverson adds that charcoal is a sophisticated neutral.
Our obsessions? Peonies! The show-stoppers evoke a feeling of exclusivity with a short season and carry a heavenly aroma. “Lately, I can’t get enough of gardenia and its glorious scent,” says Iverson. After all, fragrance, says Roffino, is what flowers are all about.
Kimberly Field is a frequent contributor to Colorado Expression, Confetti and Architecture & Design of the West.