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Flowers: Great Beyond

Four local florists give blooms the backseat—the results are naturally dramatic

-Photographs by Margaret Jacobsen | Styled by Eden Dawn

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Puff & Stuff

“There’s just something so luxurious about cotton,” says Amanda Karam of Amanda Karam Floral Co. “I love that it can look elegant but also achieve a rustic vibe.” Here she merges both styles to striking effect by gathering graceful branches of down with pops of pink lisianthus, evergreen magnolia’s big-impact leaves and seedpods, curly fiddlehead fern, and gilt-licked pinecones, nandina foliage, and seeded eucalyptus, and Craspedia. Pretty perk: cotton stalks are a mantel-worthy wedding memento.

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Salem-based Twigs & Honey designer Myra Callan’s jersey knit and stretch lace column ($1,650) and tulle and Swarovski crystal headscarf ($290), Twigs & Honey. Portland-based Grayling’s crystal and antique chain bracelet ($115), Grayling. Tacori cushion-cut diamond ring ($5,370, center stone not included), Kassab Jewelers


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 Fruitful Union

Sharing the spotlight with a few voluptuous garden roses, unexpected edibles (pomegranates, grapes, figs, blackberries) give a bountiful feel to this carefully composed posy by Botanica Floral Design‘s Josef Reiter. “I’m always looking for something different,” he says. “I love how the grapes just drip from the bouquet.” Pineapple lily, pepper berry, pampas grass, amaranth, dusty miller, Brunia, eucalyptus, and jasmine vine play the supporting stems. A corresponding garland sets the stage for artful I do’s.

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Former Portlander and Project Runway Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall’s lace and silk chiffon dress ($1,550), the English Dept. Twigs & Honey tulle and Swarovski crystal bandeau veil ($165), Twigs & Honey.


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Into the Woods

Seven years ago Francoise Weeks of Francoise Weeks Florist began creating all-green, woodland-inspired wedding arrangements, and her passion for the intricately detailed look has only grown. This stunner starts with a unique European bouquet holder, covered with club moss, succulents, Heuchera, and zebra-striped bromeliad leaves. From there it’s a verdant who’s who of forest and garden finds: sculptural tillandsia, feathery ferns, fragrant mint, bark, hops, tomatillos, and much more. A matching hair clip takes green to glam. Weeks can also turn logs or driftwood into “fairy-garden” decor.

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Portland designer Elizabeth Dye’s silk satin cowl-neck gown ($1,830),  the English Dept. Tacori amethyst, diamond, and silver earrings ($450), Kassab Jewelers


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Wild at Heart

“I’m super inspired when I walk outside and see the beauty blooming here in Portland,” says Starflower‘s Jill Mason. “Nontraditional greenery from our native environment gives bridal bouquets an effortless, flowing feel.” To build this painterly profusion, she paired variegated alder leaves, quaking grass, rain tree, Heuchera, and sedum with soft pink blushing bride protea, blue elderberries, burgundy Himalayan honeysuckle, and plum-colored trailing clematis. Although seemingly delicate, every element is event-hardy, says Mason, making them a great fit for your starlit summer soiree.

Elizabeth Dye’s sleeveless lace gown ($2,230), the English Dept. Grayling’s turquoise drop earrings ($68) and layered chain necklace with turquoise teardrop ($198), Grayling.


Shot on location at Blue Heron Herbary
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Peach
Assistant Hair & Makeup: Kara Ensley
Assistant Stylist: Avery Brown
Model: Kara Jean Caldwell / Option Model & Media

 

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