Art of Amor: Nouveau-Chic Bouquets & Bridal Fashion

The Pearl District's Gallery 903 puts florals and fashion on dazzling display.

WILD AT HEART

A magnificent mod jumpsuit calls for fashion-forward wedding florals: this unconventional shoulder corsage and softly sculptural bouquet by Kaylee Young of Flourish are just the ticket. Inspired by the graceful lines, natural shapes, and thoughtful colors celebrated in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, she built the bouquet with wild garden roses, lisianthus, astilbe, scabiosa, snowberries, ninebark, and wild grass; the coordinating corsage echoes the bouquet’s gestural form and wild-romantic tone. “Interesting lines and neutral hues are really on-trend right now,” Young says. “These pieces would be perfect for a minimalist bride who loves modern styling.”

Local designer Elizabeth Dye’s silk knit jersey Juno jumpsuit with cape ($1,800), elizabethdye.com. Doris Panos diamond and 18K yellow gold earrings ($7,350), Todd Reed 18K yellow gold and raw diamond with brilliant diamond halo ring ($5,225), and Alberto Parada diamond and 18K rose gold cocktail ring ($3,250), all Alchemy Jeweler. For more information on the paintings in this feature, please visit gallery903.com.

BIG IDEAS

Rock a boho-in-the-city vibe by pairing a sweetly sexy dress with a sumptuous profusion of gorgeous blooms and greenery. For this bountiful bouquet, Lora Losinger of Sophisticated Floral combined big, blush-colored Oregon-grown Cafe au Lait dinnerplate dahlias with King protea, Piano and Bridal Piano garden roses, snapdragons, scabiosa, nigella pods, sedum, bay leaf, ruscus, fern, and bittersweet vine. “The feel is organic and unstructured,” Losinger says, “but the size says statement-maker.” Sport a spectacular headpiece for the first look or ceremony and then tuck a few blooms into your ’do for dancing.

Hayley Paige’s long sleeve lace Mona dress with illusion bateau neckline, sheer hip cutouts, and silk crepe skirt ($3,058), Anna’s Bridal Boutique. Ray Griffiths amethyst, diamond, and 18K gold earrings ($3,575) and Erika Winters 18K yellow gold and diamond halo Thea ring ($14,500) with 18K yellow gold and diamond Lily band ($2,860), all Alchemy Jeweler

BLACK MAGIC

Is daring your middle name? With a cropped taffeta bustier and voluminous asymmetrical tulle skirt, Elizabeth Dye’s Furiosa ensemble ($2,800 at elizabethdye.com) is a next-gen combination of elegant whimsy and red-carpet drama. We love the way these fresh florals by Laura Gifford Kerr of Gifford’s Flowers pop against the ebony hue and keep things feeling beautifully bridal. For the bouquet, Gifford gathered chocolate cosmos, ranunculus, Blushing Bride protea, freesia, astrantia, astilbe, berzelia, bupleurum, plumosa, jasmine vine, and smoke bush in a palette of cream, plum, and verdant green. “It reminds me of the new lushness that appears when winter has just turned to spring,” she says. The stylish mini-wreath-meets-necklace mirrors the bouquet’s delicate flow.

Anne Sportun smoky quartz and 18K yellow gold earrings ($670) and Todd Reed 18K yellow gold and raw diamond with brilliant diamond halo engagement ring ($5,225), both Alchemy Jeweler

ROSY OUTLOOK

Long considered a symbol of love and beauty, roses may be the most iconic wedding flower. Take them from sweet to showstopper with an oversized bouquet! Here, Lisa Martin of Bloomsberry Floral used gardenia foliage to frame a who’s who of ruffled lovelies: Baronesse and David Austin Darcey garden roses; Deep Purple, Novia, Polo, Hot Lady, and RoseBerry standard roses; and Star Blush and Special Sensation spray roses, as well as a smattering of feather-tip celosia. “I love how using a classic like roses in an unexpected way gives the bouquet bold, modern flair without it feeling over-the-top,” Martin says. Pair a charming floral-and-feather fascinator with a seriously sophisticated dress for more old-meets-new awesomeness.

Local designer Sunjin Lee’s crepe de chine Genesis sheath dress with beaded collar and cut-out back ($3,700), sunjinlee.com. Assael South Sea pearl, diamond, and 18K white gold earrings ($6,850) and K. Brunini Jewels South Sea pearl and sterling silver bracelet ($2,925), both Alchemy Jeweler 

HAVE IT HERE
When it comes to wedding venue perks, it’s hard to beat a backdrop of walls that are already decorated with fantastic contemporary art. Stage your nuptials at the Pearl District’s light, airy Gallery 903 and your guests will wine and dine amid lovely paintings, thought-provoking sculpture, and inspirational photographs. The chic-yet-welcoming space boasts high ceilings, movable walls, and a working fireplace, and comes equipped with a full sound system, adjustable lighting, and bar area. It can comfortably seat up to 100 for a dinner reception or host 150 for couture cocktails and canapés. When the night is over, the streetcar is mere steps away!

Hair & Makeup: Nancy Wright
Model: Janelle Franklin / Option Model & Media

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