Flowers: White Hot
No old-fashioned fuss here! These modern bouquets of all ivory blooms are out of this world.
Photographs by Nicole Clemetson | Styled by Eden Dawn | Edited by Anna Sachse
We love that this lush, loose handful by Page Winograd of Vibrant Flowers would fit right in at any type of wedding, from a stylishly casual celebration to a dramatic black-tie bash. “Varying the texture and formality of monochromatic blooms achieves a classic look with a contemporary twist,” Winograd says. Here she combined structural mini calla lilies with soft, ruffled double ranunculus—velvety gray dusty miller provides cosmopolitan contrast while a few vintage glass grapes tucked within proffer a pop of surprise. It will look great in your pictures, but you’ll want to carry it all night long.
Local designer Sunjin Lee’s hand-jeweled crop top ($550) and silk crepe de chine column skirt with a train ($550), sunjinlee.com. Local designer Grayling’s Swarovski crystal studs ($48) and crystal and jumbo rolo chain Lyra bracelet ($118), graylingjewelry.com. Ben Bridge natural diamond engagement ring ($7,900), worn throughout, Ben Bridge Jeweler
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Situated near the east end of Burnside Bridge, the urban-luxe Exchange Ballroom offers unique character on its own and looks great gussied up. The main entrance boasts a showstopper blown-glass sculpture by Andy Paiko (see p. 102), opening up into a large, airy, columnless foyer with high windows, exposed timber beams, and three dimmable lighting systems. Seat up to 300 guests for an artisanal feast, exclusively catered by Vibrant Table or Food in Bloom. Book the Cascade Rooftop, too, and you’ll have both Mount Hood and downtown in your sights.
Statement-maker brides, look no further! For this modern, architectural stunner, Kim Dodrill of Swoon Floral Design surrounded a regal king protea with a sculpted cascade of exotics like blushing bride protea, anthurium, mini calla lilies, and phalaenopsis and cymbidium orchids. “The all-white palette allows for many shapes and textures without it feeling overwhelming,” Dodrill says. And summer brides, take note: none of the blooms included have delicate petals, which means your bouquet will hold up in hot weather. Pair this big-impact posy with a chic leather ensemble and art deco–meets–industrial accessories, and there’s no question that you’ll own the aisle.
Sunjin Lee leather crop top and high-waist midi skirt ($1,650 for ensemble), sunjinlee.com. Grayling disco-crystal and gold chain Nouveau bib necklace ($198) and Swarovski pearl and rolo chain Etta bracelet ($168), graylingjewelry.com
BEAUTY TIP: “The perfect berry lip color for dark to deep-dark skin typically has a blue undertone, like MAC Cosmetics bright-red Ruby Woo or Revlon’s deep-wine Black Cherry.” —Abibat Durosimi, hair and makeup artist
Finding inspiration in the überpopular color-blocking trend, Hailey Bernstein and Caitlin McCann of Zest Floral & Event Design blocked specific blooms instead: clusters of elegant anemones, ranunculus, roses, garden roses, and dahlias are gathered in this clean, round design. “For us, all-white florals are the epitome of timeless sophistication,” Bernstein says. “Bloom-blocking offers an edgy, fashion-forward spin on that traditional palette.” It can also prevent limitations on your wedding date, McCann adds. “We picked fairly common flowers that are almost all available year-round, and yet the finished product feels bold and luxurious.” We’ll second that—and add that it’s the perfect finish for bridal finery that’s both glamorous and sexy-sleek.
Sunjin Lee strapless column dress with lace bodice and feather peplum ($2,100), and satin and feather cape ($800), sunjinlee.com. Ben Bridge triple-row diamond tennis bracelet ($11,999) and amethyst and diamond earrings ($599), pendant ($999), and ring ($2,999), all Ben Bridge Jeweler
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Make an unforgettable entrance with this gorgeous composite bouquet by Jeri Barr of Bella Bloom Florals. A trend from the ’40s and ’50s that has recently resurfaced, composite bouquets (also called a glamelia or duchess rose) are made by taking the petals of multiple flowers and combining them to make a single, large bloom. Gladiola, lily, or cymbidium orchid petals also work well, but Barr used Eskimo roses to construct her piece—the romantic result really stands out against the sparkle and strong lines on Truvelle’s rose gold gown. “This oversize rose would be amazing for a cutting-edge city affair, but just as lovely at a whimsical garden wedding,” Barr adds. “White really is the most versatile of wedding colors.”
Truvelle rose gold sequined plunge-neck and backless gown with chiffon skirt (price upon request), Ania Collection. Grayling crystal and gold chain Pinnacle chandelier earrings ($128), graylingjewelry.com
Hair & Makeup: Abibat Durosimi
Model: Clarke Flowers / Option Model & Media
Shot on location at Exchange Ballroom