2020 brides (and beyond!), if you haven’t yet chosen a date or time of year for your wedding, allow me to give you the hard sell on a spring wedding - because spring weddings have the best flowers!
Black and white anemones are so classic in color, but unexpected and fun in style. I love working with anemones any time of year when I can get my hands on them, but the locally grown bunches always look incredible. Anemones also come in a lot of fun colors- blushes, red, purples and blue. These delicate flowers are interesting because they’ll curl up when they’re away from sun and open back up in the sunny warmth.
Lilac is a flower that’s full of nostalgia for me. The scent brings me right back to my childhood. Lilac stems are hearty and woody, but they’re blooms are delicate. They work great as a filler or standing alone on their own.
Pieris is an interesting stems full of millions of little buds. A type of lily of the valley-shrub, pieris japonica is a great textural filler flower.
It’s hard not to love a sweet, frilly flower. And butterfly ranunculus is just that. These whimsical blooms are great as a soft touch to any bouquet or centerpiece. Blush and whites are so versatile, but they also come in great yellows, oranges and reds.
You can’t talk about spring flowers, without mentioning the king - the peony. Ruffly and fluffy, peonies are a dream to use in wedding florals for both designers and brides alike. Peonies come in so many romantic pinks and whites and can look completely different depending on what stage of bloom they’re at. If you’re getting married in the late spring, expect me to recommend peonies in your floral design
I love designing with ranunculus year round (they’re my boutonniere flower of choice), but like most flowers, they are especially wonderful when they’re growing locally. These dainty flowers with a million petals look delicate, but they actually hold up really well in cold and in heat. They’re much tougher than they look! Ranunculus come in so many great colors and varieties, I love asking my local farmers and my wholesale rep what’s growing and what’s new.
We can’t forget the greens! Blooming branch season is the best! I love designing with blossoms and I really just love when the dead of winter starts to clear and I can see colors on the trees in Cincinnati again. Spirea is one of my favorite spring foliages. It can come in a few stages (just branches and blossoms or greens and blossoms) but it always looks great and it always reminds me of the first few warm days of the year.
Jasmine is a great vine-y green that can give a lot of line movement to a centerpiece or bouquet, but I especially love it in the spring when their are flower buds just starting to bloom. They smell delicious and they add a great unexpected touch to a piece.
Honestly, there are so many amazing spring flowers. From tulips, to poppies, to foxglove and daffodils. To freesia and stock. The list can just keep growing. So trust me when I say, if flowers are important for your wedding day, the spring is a fantastic time of year to get married.
Photos by Amanda Donaho