Today’s Thursday’s tip is a guest blog from the super talented Katrina Russell who is part of Calyx Floral Design. As Calgary Wedding Photographers we have had the privilege working with as well as photographing many of Katrina’s fabulous designs! Today she is talking about upcoming floral trends for the 2014 season and to also give you brides (and grooms) some ideas when choosing your overall floral design for your big day!! Thanks so much Katrina for providing our brides with your insight! Enjoy!!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this year seems to be FLYING by. It is so hard to believe that we are already over half way through March, but that means the excitement of wedding season is about to begin! As a florist after spending the winter months busy scheduling, preparing quotes, emailing and ordering I love being able to jump right in and get my hands dirty! It also means getting to see tons of gorgeous pictures being shared from our talented photographer friends! Today I want to share with you some of the upcoming wedding flower trends that we can expect to see this wedding season.
- Radiant Orchid
As many of you are aware, Pantone selects a color for each year, which has a big impact on trends. This year the color is ‘radiant orchid’ and you can anticipate seeing it a lot this year with make up, fashion and of course wedding trends! It is a lovely combination of both warm and cool tones making it a flattering color to wear for all different skin, eye and hair tones! It also makes it a versatile color pairing beautifully with rich shades of red or in groupings of lavender, pinks and varying shades of purple. It is a vibrant tone adding energy to color palettes, it sparks the imagination and when worn it inspires confidence. It is such a great addition to so many color combinations. If you love it, but are unsure how you could include it in your palette be sure to talk to some of your wedding professionals and I am sure they will have many ideas to share with you!
Design by Katrina Russell. Photographed by us.
- Wearable Flowers
Over the last year or so one of my favourite floral trends has been the flower crown. It can be done in so many different ways from just a delicate crown of babies breath to a bold statement hair piece full of color and texture. Flower crowns are still very much in style, but along with them stunning options like floral necklaces, dramatic additions to backless dresses and some sexy alternatives to the traditional boutonniere. I love seeing flowers mixed in with fashion, adding a really fun element into the wedding.
Floral Crown design by Katrina Russell. Photographed by us.
Floral Design: Katrina Russell. Photographed by us.
Gone are the days of having things be perfectly uniform. Rather than have everything be the exact same shade of color and look really matchy matchy the style is to have things be a beautiful mixture of colors, textures, and of course flowers! This is evident in overall wedding styles, there are lots of mixtures of fabrics and patterns with the bridesmaids dresses, table décor or fun, backdrops! With flowers we are seeing less bouquets of all roses, or of all one shade and seeing more bouquets with striking combinations of colors to highlight the focal color and a big variety in texture. This can be something that would be challenging for a bride to plan without knowing all the different types of flowers available, what colors flowers are available and how to artfully combine the colors to create the overall look you want. It is important to have a florist who you can trust to take your color scheme and vision to create something wonderful for you.
Design: Bonny doon flowers ltd. Photographed by us.
Design: Sarah Mayerson Design Photographed by us.
Design by Jenni Derksen. Photographed by us.
Design by Katrina Russell. Photographed by us.
This has been a super fun wedding trend, having geometric elements – often in a combination of exciting, bold colors. There are so many different ways you can include geometric details in your wedding from funky backdrops to triangle banners. This style can work in a number of different ways from something almost tribal with Aztec patterns to being really clean and modern. You can do just about whatever you want with your flowers if you want to have the geometric theme, the most important thing is just to make sure you include a lot of color to tie in with the bold patterns. You can do some really cute looks with random vases and/or pots either dipped in colorful paint or dressed up with colorful patterns in little clusters of arrangements. It is very much a fun and playful look with lots of opportunity to tie in some cool details!
- Meadow Style
For a long time the fashion has been for hand tieds to look very clean and tailored, made of up almost all flowers with perhaps just a little greenery tucked underneath collaring the bouquet. Over time things have shifted to this new look I have seen called “meadow style”. The look is much more organic, meant to be very natural as though a person had just plucked a bunch of wild flowers. The bouquets are airy, soft and romantic in style with greenery and filler flower for a lot of texture. While it may look very natural and easy I personally think it is a challenge to achieve such an organic look while still having a bouquet that is keep a relatively good shape and staying in proportion. They can range from being a little bit neater with just a few strands of foliage cascading over the edges of the bouquet or they can be very wild and earthy in style depending on the look you want. They are such lovely bouquets, I really cannot wait to design a few myself!
There you all have it with what you can anticipate seeing over this wedding season with flowers. If you love any of these trends and want to incorporate them in your wedding please give us a shout at Calyx Floral Design and we would love to accommodate you!