The storied luxury hotel Sentinel sets the stage for dreamy florals worthy of your happily-ever-after.
IN THE MOOD
“It was fun to create a more modern, stylized version of a cascade bouquet,” says Heather Hollern of Quince Flowers + Events. “The result is romantic and whimsical but also very elegant.” To craft this handsome handful, she combined ranunculus, spray roses, hellebore, clematis, Iceland poppies, sweet peas, anemone, narcissus, winter currant, kumquat, and hypericum, adding a touch of dusty plum tones to a mostly ivory and coral palette for a bit of drama. Complementary pieces for the rest of your crew? Think coral ranunculus for the groom’s bout, ivory ranunculus for his pals, and, for the ’maids, coral-and-ivory posies, plus necklaces of spray roses with silk ribbon ties.
Liancarlo’s Italian embroidery and tulle gown with illusion neckline and custom trumpet skirt ($6,150), Divine Designs Bridal Boutique. 1960s costume crystal earrings ($58), circa 1920–1950 costume crystal bracelets ($68–$295), and 1940s 14K yellow gold and triple diamond signed Jabel ring ($1,995), all Gem Set Love
“I absolutely love this purple, lavender, and peach color combination!” says Josef Reiter of Botanica Floral Design. “It’s rich and sumptuous, yet it has a softness about it … it’s almost sunset-like.” Reiter built his bouquet with a vast array of gorgeous, textural blooms like lilac, David Austin garden roses, ranunculus, tulips, parrot tulips, anemone, sweet peas, freesia, jasmine vine, and more. The feel is lush and full but also contained, making it a fitting accent for grand hotel galas and fanciful garden parties alike. Similarly, wired garden roses and freesia tucked into a loose braid offer a refined take on the flower crown trend—just try to stop yourself from waltzing down the aisle when pairing these fresh hair adornments with an ethereal ball gown featuring floral lace appliqués tumbling down the skirt.
Monique Lhuillier silk tulle dress ($4,990), Divine Designs Bridal Boutique. Brunet 14K recycled rose gold and faceted moonstone earrings ($695), Brunet rutilated quartz necklace ($295), and 1960s costume crystal bracelet ($68), all Gem Set Love
“For romantic big-day beauty that feels natural but elevated enough for evening, pair a soft, loose updo with subtly blended rosy hues on the eyes and face and a just-bitten stained lip.” —Amy Gillespie
Local designer Claire La Faye’s two-piece corset and high-low skirt with pockets ($4,250), clairelafaye.com. Brunet 14K rose gold and faceted green onyx earrings ($395), circa 1950 aurora borealis costume rhinestone bracelet ($68), and Edwardian Era platinum and diamond ring ($2,495), all Gem Set Love
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
When Amanda Karam of Amanda Karam Floral Co got married herself this past March (at the Sentinel, just four days after our shoot!), she opted for florals with these same Valentine’s Day–inspired tones of crimson, pink, and ivory to create a vibe that was romantic and a little bit bold. “I always love when couples are focused on an overall feeling for their wedding rather than a strict palette,” she says. For the striking beauty pictured above, she stacked ruffled Hearts roses, David Austin garden roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, ranunculus, and jasmine; the petals pictured below are a coordinating mix of Sexy Red standard and Hearts roses for maximum fluff and flutter. Your flower gals will jump for joy in Lille Couture’s adorable-chic dresses, customizable with tutus in a range of styles, materials, and colors.
Lille Couture taffeta Hayden dress and 12-layer tulle Brinley tutu (both price upon request), Charlotte’s Weddings & More.
Classic sweetness meets glamorous sophistication in this luscious arrangement by Anna Mara of Anna Mara Flowers. To achieve that balance, Mara employed a base palette of whites and creams and then punched it up with pops of gold, yellow, and apricot. Peonies, orchids, protea, poppies, narcissus, hydrangea, and more are arranged to feel sculptural but organic. “Peonies have limited availability, typically May and June,” Mara says. “For summer, local dahlias could provide a similar round, lush feel.” A coordinating flower crown is just the right fit for your wedding party’s littlest member. You can both be visions in blue—with a silver Chantilly lace overlay, local designer Claire La Faye’s illusion tulle and organza ball gown feels Northwest royal.
Claire La Faye dress ($4,475), clairelafaye.com. 1960s diamond and pearl earrings ($1,895), 1940s 14-inch double-strand pearl necklace ($495), and 1950s 30-inch pearl necklace ($525), all Gem Set Love. Lille Couture taffeta Farren dress and tulle Everly Tuu tutu (both price upon request), Charlotte’s Weddings & More
HAVE IT HERE
Holding court over downtown Portland since 1909, the newly renovated luxury hotel Sentinel houses an impressive eight event spaces, from intimate fireside nooks to the majestic Governor Ballroom that comfortably seats 400-plus. It’s five-star fancy that’s still Portland to the core: walls burst with meaningful art, and Bee Local hives perch on the roof. Jake’s at Sentinel caters upscale classic cuisine, while hip lobby lounge Jackknife peddles craft cocktails and late-night snacks. Booking a room block? Nab a bed for yourself, too—the top floor boasts Boys Fort–designed Bridgetown Parlor Suites and City Terrace Studio Suites with outdoor fire pits and cosmopolitan views.
Wardrobe Styling: Anna Sachse
Hair & Makeup: Amy Gillespie
Models: Madeline Powell (Option Model & Media) and Lillian Sachse