Flowers: Saving Grace
Four local florists prove that affordable blooms can still look fabulously luxe
Photographs by Boone Rodriguez | Styled by Eden Dawn | Shot on Location at The Hotel deLuxe
While showstopper air plants don’t come cheap, their expansive nature and unique architectural structure have a big payoff: a few go a long way, and no other costly scene-stealers are needed. “As an added bonus, afterward the bride can simply take them out of the bouquet for use as home décor,” says Jordan Gladow of Blüm: Design in Flowers. For this dreamy creation (which rings in at a budget-friendly $150) she paired the plants with poppy pods, roses, ranunculus, forget-me-nots, sage, and eucalyptus. The muted hues of blue, gray-green, white, and yellow are very popular right now, adds Gladow, producing a palette that suits stylish farm fêtes and polished urban parties alike.
Vintage silk jacquard shift dress and cape ($548) and enamel flower earrings and brooch worn as hair accessory ($68 for set), Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon. Mandrel Studio 18K yellow gold and rose-cut diamond halo solitaire worn throughout ($3,140), Twist
Have it Here
Stage your intimate celebration amid the art deco–inspired glamour of the Hotel deLuxe. Play favorite cinematic love stories in the Screening Room, dance past floor-to-ceiling windows in Gracie’s Restaurant, or set up a Gatsby-worthy gala on the Rooftop Terrace.
While ample cascade bouquets truly make a romantic statement, all those blooms can carry a hefty price tag: $275 and up. A similarly bountiful proxy is the sleek, modern presentation bouquet, like this elegant armful ($175) in always-classy white and green by Allison Schreck of Bramble Floral Design. “It’s the long, layered shape that gives the design big impact, requiring less stems overall and making it easier to hold,” says Schreck, who used a leather wrap to gather economical fare like tulips, veronica, and Eriostemon. Placed at the front, only a few sprays of premium dendrobium orchids are needed to stand out.
Reem Acra cap-sleeve beaded mesh and silk gown ($5,995), Divine Designs Bridal Boutique. Jane Diaz gold-plated earrings ($75) and Kendall Conrad brass bangle ($210), Twist. Vintage rhinestone bracelet worn as headband ($68), Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon
Taken By Surprise
Of course, terms like “beauty” and “affordability” are in the eye of the bouquet holder, notes Lisa Martin of Bloomsberry Floral. Here she makes a full, formal round design more approachable by using a base of inexpensive blooms “often thought of as ‘grocery store,’ such as textural China mums and carnations.” Combined with a few medium-cost stems like spray roses, ranunculus, and freesia, and one star player (sculptural Schwarzwalder calla lilies), the look is lavishly black-tie for less—approximately $220 versus $300-plus if purple hydrangea and cattleya orchids were in the mix.
The rich purple tones pop against an ivory gown, like this Liancarlo crystal and illusion tulle stunner ($5,929 at Divine Designs Bridal Boutique), a less expensive alternative to Monique Lhuillier. Vintage rhinestone earrings ($48) and necklace ($48), Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon
Coveted for their lush, cupped rosette form, pale peach David Austin Juliet garden roses are just plain pricey. But use them in an on-trend trim bouquet as Kim Foren of Geranium Lake Flowers did here, and you’ve got high-end design in reach—around $100 if Foren’s shop makes it or $65 to $70 with their DIY floral services. “Gown silhouettes are shifting away from fuller skirts in favor of modern sheaths or sexy fit-and-flares that lend themselves to more petite bouquets,” Foren says. “Or if the dress is bursting with details, a gorgeous all-garden-rose or peony bouquet will balance rather than distract from the main event.”
Nicole Miller beaded silk-satin V-neck sheath ($998, which, like all Xtabay’s new/discontinued gowns, is nearly half off the original price), Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon. Aesa pearl earrings ($235), Twist
Natty & Nice
Edited and refined, these groom boutonnieres range from $10 to $20 each. Save cash without sacrificing style by opting for an even more minimalist groomsmen version and giving bridesmaids chic wrist corsages in place of bouquets.
Clockwise from top: 1) Dendrobium orchid, heather, green Berzelia, silver Brunia, plumosa, silver dollar eucalyptus, and Muehlenbeckia by Bramble Floral Design 2) Carnation, ranunculus, spray rose, and grevillea by Bloomsberry Floral 3) Poppy pods, forget-me-nots, and eucalyptus by Blüm: Design in Flowers 4) David Austin Juliet garden rose and dusty miller by Geranium Lake Flowers
Prices listed may vary according to bloom, season, and vendor.
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