In our opinion, flowers are the most important accessory of any wedding (besides wardrobe, of course!). They bring extra color, whimsy, and the most intoxicating scent to your big day. Luckily, a former BHLDN employee now runs a cut flower farm, Laughing Lady Flower Farm, near our headquarters in Philadelphia, and she provided us with seasonal blooms for this photoshoot. Kat Claar of Terrain and From Blossoms helped bring our vision to life at the Awbury Arboretum, a public park and wedding venue in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. To complete the affair, we asked our UX Researcher Amy to model the Colbie Gown alongside her fiancé. Read more for tips on incorporating floral arrangements into your wedding day.
Bouquet: We love the look of a perfectly imperfect bouquet of seasonal flowers. Icelandic Poppies, foxglove, Persian lily, and tulips are a few of our favorites for a June wedding. Kat’s advice? “Don’t be afraid to take risks. I’ve been given the same inspiration photos by so many brides and end up making the same wedding flowers over and over again. Embrace your specific wedding season and month by using the unique ingredients that can be sourced locally at that time of year.”
Boutonniere: Boutonnieres for the groom and his groomsmen are another classic way to use flowers during your ceremony. Think beyond a single rose and ask your florist to create a tiny spray with the same flowers as your bouquet. Using the same flowers throughout your arrangements gives your décor a sense of cohesion.
Tables: Think tablescape, not centerpiece. Our favorite way to achieve the look is by picking vases in various sizes and shapes for your florist to fill with overflowing arrangements. “I recommend gathering inspiration photos that are more than just photos of wedding flowers,” says Kat. “Why not share photos of your favorite earrings or a favorite area in your home? These details communicate your unique style and make it more fun for the designer to come up with arrangements that reflect you!”
Cake: Flowers > frosting. Ranunculus, tulips, and nigella are just a few of our favorite flowers that add whimsy and color to your cake. The cake is an especially good place to incorporate flowers that have a special meaning. For example, tulips mean “perfect love.” Have your florist work with your caterer to artfully place flowers around your cake!