Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Purple Dahlia and Pink Rose Wedding

It's been a few weeks since we did this wedding - I forgot how pretty it was!

The bride's bouquet featured purple and violet dahlias and roses of all types - standard, garden, and spray varieties.

There was also some gorgeous light pink bouvardia in the market that week, and a few hints of raspberry dianthus underneath it all.

In a mixed bouquet there are usually one or two stars and the rest are backup singers. But never underestimate the power of a great backup singer or secondary flower!

I know people are apt to refer to them as filler, but they are more than that. They are supporting players - sometimes structurally, quite literally supporting another beautiful but perhaps week stemmed bloom, but more often than not, they are there to support the diva blossom visually by providing a solid note of color or texture beneath it.

Can you see in this shot how the star in the maids' bouquets is the bright pink nerine? That's the more spikey flower. The rest of the flowers are very similar to the bride's but the nerine is the standout here, while the roses and dahlias play a supporting role.

Diva status in a bloom isn't limited to the uber fancy or the mega-expensive. Often the flower that commands the bouquet is defined by it's context within the bouquet.

Kind of fun thinking about flowers as divas and backup singers!

Last, but by no means least, we have a small clutch nosegay for one of the moms. A little more understated, after all, mom is in the supporting role on a bride's wedding day!


Janet said...

Yum! These bouquets remind me of raspberry sherbet! And the light pink bouvardia adds such fabulous texture!

Sprout said...

If it was good for SEO, I'd rename the post - raspberry sherbet! LOL!

I didn't go looking for bouvardia, but when I saw it in the market, I knew it was the right call.


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