Wedding Wednesday :: Purple, Plum & Lavender Bouquets

Dark plum hellebore bouquet

Designer Unknown

Bridal Bouquets of Floral Designers

Last week I sent out a request via Instagram and Facebook asking for floral designers to send in photos of the bouquets they carried for their own weddings. So fun to see what everyone carried!!

Flora Organica Designs - JJT Photo - Peach and White Bridal Bouquet

Faye of Flora Organica Designs
JJT Photo

Fleurie Flowers of Reedley, California - cascading bouquet of white flowers

Laurie of Fleurie Flowers

Fleurie Flowers of Reedley, California - cascading bouquet of white flowers

Laurie of Fleurie Flowers

Mandy of MJM Designs - Bridal bouquet

Mandy of MJM Designs

Stacey of Roots Flowers and Events - Bridal bouquet of purple and green flowers

Stacey of Roots Flowers and Events

Stacey of Roots Flowers and Events - Bridal bouquet of purple and green flowers

Stacey of Roots Flowers and Events

Bella Fiori Bridal Bouquet - lilacs, roses, clematis, and dahlias.

Last, but not least. The bouquet I carried! Lilacs, purple roses, dahlias and clematis. I combined my favorite flowers with my grandma’s favorite flowers. She loved roses, but growing the purple roses always proved difficult – small little plants back in the day. She had gorgeous lilac bushes. If I could have fit a pansy in here, I would have! Burgundy dahlias have been one of my favorites for years. Then there is clematis, if you know me you know I adore clematis!!

Wedding Wednesday :: Burgundy Bouquets

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Wedding Wednesday :: Red Bouquets

Burgundy bridal bouquet with calla lilies, roses, chocolate cosmos and berries.

Designer Unknown

Wedding Wednesday :: Red Floral Inspiration

Wedding Wednesday :: Coral Floral Inspiration

I’m having a lot of fun with the new series – Wedding Wednesday! Such a fun way to get to showcase a lot of floral designers and lots of pretty flowers!!
Today it’s all about Coral Florals, enjoy!

Botanic Art - Hochzeitsfloristik, Eventfloristik Coral Bridal Bouquet of peonies and graden roses

Botanic Art – Hochzeitsfloristik, Eventfloristik

Wedding Wednesday :: Plum & Burgundy Flower Inspiration

Plum calla lilies, burgundy dahlias, dark purple hellebores, fern fronds and dancing clematis .. oh so dramatic!

Max Gill, plum and burgundy flower arrangement

Designed by Max Gill

A Garden Party, dark purple calla lilies and lisianthus

Designed by A Garden Party

Blush Designs, succulent and purple calla bouquet

Designed by Blush Designs

Coco Rosie, centerpiece of plum and burgundy flowers

Designed by Coco Rosie

Blossom and Bloom, dark purple calla lilies, clematis, hyacinth

Designed by Blossom and Branch

Martha Stewart, dark plum leaves and chocolate cosmos

Designed by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart, Burgundy with white tip dahlias

Designed by Martha Stewart

Mimosa Floral, bouquet of plum and burgundy flowers

Designed by Mimosa Floral

Sullivan Owen, lavender and plum bridal bouquet of hellebores and frittaliaria

Designed by Sullivan Owen

Tic Tock Flowers, hand tied bouquet of burgundy and plum callas and roses

Designed by Tic Tock Flowers

Flora Nova, Bridal bouquet of lady slipper orchids fern fronds calla lilies and roses

Designed by Flora Nova

Florali bouquet of orchids and ranunculus

Designed by Florali

Floret Flowers centerpiece of dark plum flowers

Designed by Floret

Black bridal bouquet of succulents, calla lilies and artichokes

Photographed by Sutherland Kovach

The Price of Beauty by Alexandra Jusino

Wondering what a bridal bouquet goes for these days? I asked a few of my floral designers around the country and the answers were different and, of course, so were the designs.

Let’s start the bouquet round-up with Angie Strange from Posh Floral down in Dallas, Texas. She created this beautiful bouquet of hyacinths, coral roses, hypericum berries, dusty miller and mini peach carnations for $165.

Alicia Broehl from AJ Florals in Maryland designed this lovely bouquet of Caramel Antique roses, Ocean Song roses, fern curls, blue limonium, purple hydrangea, dried lots pods and balsa wood accents. This bouquet retails for $175.

From Exquisite Designs in Chicago I submitted this teardrop cascade bouquet of white Vendela roses, white dendrobium orchids, white agapanthus and white cymbidium orchids for a cost of $220.

Lesley Frascogna from Tulip in Jackson, Mississippi sent in this beauty made of Juliet garden roses, Polar Star roses, tuberose, white sweet peas and pieris japonica. Upping the ante, Lesley wrapped the bouquet with four different types of ribbon some of which were vintage finds from her trip to New York City last March. This lovely bouquet retails for $300.

From Bare Root Flora in Denver, Colorado, Robyn Rissman sent her bouquet of amaryllis, ranunculus, clematis, cheerfulness narcissus, Free Spirit roses, garden roses, hyacinth, pieris japonica, dahlia, carnations, viburnum berry and jasmine vine. This bouquet sells for $375.

Courtenay Lambert from Courtenay Lambert Florals out in Covington, Kentucky sent in this gorgeous bouquet of football mums, fringe tulips, hyacinths, lilacs, calla lilies, ranunculus, and berzelia berries. As an extra embellishment, she added a vintage brooch and upgraded the bouquet ribbon to a dupioni silk. It sells for $495.

Victoria Clausen of Romance of Flowers located in Reisterstown, Maryland sent in the next two bouquets.
This bouquet is designed with hydrangea, roses, spray roses, sweetpeas, poppies, tulips, gloriosa, ranunculus, amaranthus, astrantia and costs $250.00

This bouquet is designed with hydrangea, peonies, eucarius lily, sweet peas, ranunculus, gardenias, nigella, Artemisia and costs $320.00.

I also asked Janet from Floral Verde out in Arizona to send in her succulents cascade bouquet, which, like all these bouquets, is a work of art. It took Janet eight hours to complete this bouquet… and almost an hour alone to create the armature out of Manzanita branches. This bouquet is made of natural manzanita, uluhe fern curls, Oncidium Sharry Baby, white gloriosa lilies, Graptoveria ‘Bella’, Pachyveria glauca ‘Little Jewel’, Kalanchoe tomentosa, Echeveria’ Mazarine’, Echeveria ‘Violet Queen’, Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’, eucalyptus bells, seeded eucalyptus, wooley bush, and Haworthia fasciata…Does anyone care to put a price on it?

As a bride you might be asking yourself why does a bridal bouquet cost upwards of $150? A couple of things drive the cost of a bridal bouquet …. Labor is one and the amount of texture or different blooms within the bouquet itself is another one. For a cascading bouquet like the one pictured above each single cymbidium had to be wired and as the designer who wired that beauty it was time consuming, and it takes a lot more time to put together and cannot be done more than 24 hours prior to the wedding as the main flower in that bouquet had to be out of water.

Take a look at Bare Root Flora’s bouquet, Robyn has eleven different types of blooms that encompass that bouquet. Floral designers get most of their flowers in bunches. Garden roses come in bunches of 12, traditional roses come in bunches of 25, others like ranunculus in bunches of ten. You get my drift? For every single additional type of bloom included in a bouquet a floral designer has to purchase more and more bunches which drives the price. Even though they cannot use all of them in a single bouquet (because that would make it way too heavy) they still have to purchase it. Then they have to process the flowers which entails cleaning the stems of leaves, dethorn the roses, and hydrating them before a design can begin.
In addition, not all the flowers within the bunches are perfect therefore a designer has to identify the blooms that are worthy to be included in a bridal bouquet and then create the magic that is delivered to you on wedding day.