If you’ve been following me or know me personally you know I LOVE flowers and that I’m a firm believer that floral designs add visual beauty and a hint of romance to a wedding. A gorgeous wedding bouquet completes the bride’s outfit, may it be in a lavish way or subtle but timeless way, expressing her style and personality. I’ve had the privilege to work with many amazing floral designers over the last few years that I’ve wanted to share a blog post with the best bridal bouquets and the inspiration behind each design written personally to you from each of the designers.
Floral Designer Kyla Ferguson: This bouquet was designed with love and some of the prettiest flower varieties. It is a classic white bouquet, with a hint of blue which keeps things a bit more interesting and modern. The shape was an organic “garden”-style bridal bouquet, and it was designed to age well, no regretting this guy in 20 years! The spring flowers in this bouquet, hyacinth, muscari, and sweet pea, all smelled amazing and complimented the ranunculus and peonies so beautifully. If you can get them, the white anemones with the black centre are always a favourite among brides as well. I also liked the size, as it wasn’t massive and was a breeze to carry. I love a big bouquet, but sometimes you want to see the bride too!
Floral Designer Emily from Academy Florist: Thu’s bouquet was all about welcoming the early signs of summer. While it was a classic colour palette that we saw a lot of last year, that touch of blue delphinium and the fluffy spirea really made it a joy to design (we can’t always get spirea in early June, so that was a real treat!). When designing, we sometimes try to manipulate or control exactly where the flowers sit and how they fall in the bouquet. With this one, I had to just let the spirea do what it wanted to do and this ended up shaping how the whole bouquet came together – and I loved that! This mindset can be just as valuable when brides are working with a florist to select flower varieties for their bouquet. Being open to the varieties that are available during the season and trusting your florist to choose the best flower types for your day can result in some true flower magic! See more of this beautiful Spring Glendale Golf & Country Club wedding here.
Floral Designer Heather Page from Academy Florist: This bouquet will always have a special place in my heart and it reminds me that less really can be more. The ‘Claire de Lune’ peonies are one of my favourite varieties and always a treat to work with. My advice when choosing your wedding flowers would be ‘to thine own self be true’. Choose flowers that you love and not what happens to be trending. And don’t stress! Flowers should make you happy on your wedding day and always! See more of this Italian inspired backyard wedding here.
Floral Designer Kyla Ferguson: This bouquet was full of so many of my favourite flower varieties for weddings, in a soft, yet bright, colour palette. Cheerful ranunculus in a few different shades of yellow and coral mixed with the light blue delphinium, plus some peonies and roses thrown in for good measure, how could you go wrong? The shape was kind of a throw back to more upright bouquets, I wanted it to be different than the wider, ‘heart’-shaped bouquets we were seeing a lot of in 2017/18. This bouquet would work well for brides who are a little hesitant about adding colour into their weddings, as the colour is subtle and the addition of white and pastel blooms soften the brighter flowers.
Floral Designer Brandy from Brandy Maddison Events: When designing this bouquet I wanted to create a feeling of warmth with textures, and a softness of muted tones. I love the way I used different types of greens all in a variety of colour tones from a soft sage, a richer green and also moving into the burgundy tone as well. Variety is my signature, I always try to use as many different types, and colours as I can when creating something like this it allows more depth and movement in the arrangement. When picking your flowers for your wedding day be open to shades and tones that are in your colour palette try sticking with a softer palette with a few hints of an accent colour this allows all your colours to blend nicely.
Floral Designer Melinda Murovec from a new leaf floral design: Looking out onto their apple orchard where the bride grew up was the inspiration for this bouquet. With apple blossoms being white her bouquet flowers had to be white. Soft fluffy blooms of garden roses and ranunculus designed in a loose garden style wrapped with blush silk ribbon.
Floral Designer Deanna from Deer Dutch: I wanted to play with a light palette and for it to feel airy and natural, I love how it feels like the layers of ranunculus are floating among the other textural elements like the Queen Anne’s lace and flowering branches. Minimal greenery helped to keep it less dense feeling and seasonal spring florals like the Iris and the natural variances in their colour really brighten with that touch of yellow. Flowers effect the overall feeling you want create with your wedding and we’re able to pick up on those subtle nuances in the colour palette and other decor accents to bring everything together. For brides my best suggestion is to be open with their florals, find a florist whose style you like and trust they’ll create something custom for you. When you meet with your florist talk about shape and colour palette and the overall feel you want when you hold your bouquet – do you want it to be light and delicate, a dramatic statement piece, lush and gardeny, or unique and architectural. Is the palette the most important aspect or are certain flowers the main focus, are seasonal varieties and sourcing locally important to you. All of these play in to how your bouquet will come together.
Floral Designer Lauren from Stone House Creative: This bouquet was designed for a photoshoot, so I wanted to try something new while also keeping it simple – maybe that’s a bit of an oxymoron! What was new to me was the method in which I designed the bouquet, and the simplicity came in the limited colour palette and floral selections. I focused on a feminine palette of light pinks and light purples with fresh greens – two varieties of roses, spray roses, Queen Anne’s Lace, and this incredibly long ivy.
Floral Designer Lindsey Kao from Fall for Florals: When we’re designing a bouquet we often think about the person who is holding it and where it will be photographed. For this bouquet in particular we wanted to create a bouquet that was lush to contrast the minimal design of the dress. We also stuck with a palette that was timeless and romantic for many reasons. For starters, we often hear from parents of the brides of how they wished they had chosen something more timeless for their florals rather than what was trending that year. Don’t get me wrong, there are trends that will never die for us, however in our designs we like to mix the suggested trend with a romantic and timeless flair. Secondly, this palette is available year round! Nine times out of ten a bride will show us a photo they found on Pinterest, and have to be told that 80% of those flowers are not in season and/or cannot be imported into Canada. The only flower in this photo that is not available year round are the peonies, but a garden rose would be a beautiful substitute! Your florist is the expert in this field so always ask them for substitute suggestions!
Floral Designer Heather Page from Academy Florist: For this bouquet I wanted to create something relatively neutral with a lot of texture. I don’t often get to use anthuriums so that was fun and a little challenging. I chose to pair them with more traditional flowers, like roses and carnations for a more unusual and unexpected combination.
Floral Designer Kyla Ferguson: I had so much fun making this one! Bright red is rarely in a bride’s wedding scheme, but I think we’ll start to see more of it in the coming seasons. Mixed with pinks and corals, red is modernized, especially when the flowers are something other than red roses (no hate on red roses from me though!) If you wanted a bit of red in your bouquet, but not have it be the focal, you could switch out the larger red amaryllis and add in more pink or coral and it would be just as lovely. The shape of this bouquet was also very organic, it shot well from a few different angles which is always something to consider as photos of your bouquet won’t always be straight on.
Floral Designer Brandi from The Floral Fixx: Lush greenery arrangements are an unexpected alternative to big blooms. Just like flowers, foliage has so many colors, textures and shapes so it can complement a variety of styles. Like the rest of your wedding, your flowers should be a reflection of who you are. It’s okay to be a trendsetter, traditionalist or somewhere in between. Just be you.
Floral Designer Melinda Murovec from a new leaf floral design: This bouquet was inspired by my garden. Specifically the fall garden when everything is at its peak. I loved how the sweet pea tips were dusted with soft pink and their stem length was so long it gave incredible movement to the bouquet. I would tell brides find a florist whose work you love and give them free range to create with your colour palette. You end up getting the best bouquet that way!
Floral Designer Lauren from Stonehouse Creative says: Originally, my intention was to make this a small bouquet ha! But you have to just follow the flowers and see where they take the design sometimes. I often start my designs with my focus on the colour palette, and that was the case in this bouquet, featuring an icy pastel palette for a winter wedding. I selected cool tones – lavenders, blues, whites, cool greens. I then thought about the shape I wanted to accomplish and knew that long, reaching stems would be perfect, so delphinium was the right choice (and the lavender toned delphinium was amazing!). Lastly, I thought about what textures would fit with the design and in my mind, white agapanthus always looks like little snow balls. Seeing as this was a winter bouquet, I was excited to include them!
The Best Bridal Bouquets by my favourite Canadian floral designers, who all strive to give you the best service and experience possible. Your wedding bouquet deserves to be spectacular and gorgeous in every way but remember to do you. Pick colours and flowers that best represent your style and personality, I promise it will be memorable and so special when you look back to your wedding day.