Forget a demure handful of blooms. Today’s wedding bouquets are going big in size and increasingly free-form in shape, and they’re almost as much about the greenery as they are about the flowers. We visited with some local florists — and one bride — to find out more about these supersized designs. THE BIG BOUQUET Be bold Floralee owner and designer Katy Lee loves a wedding bouquet that’s big, fun and seasonal. “The bride’s bouquet is the most important thing; don’t take away from the bouquet if you’re trimming the budget,” she says. “Do peonies in yours even if you can’t do it in all of them.” In this richly hued fall bouquet, Lee featured dark red Black Pearl roses, sunsetcolored Coffee Break roses, hot pink spray roses and burgundy peonies. Spiky hot pink gloriosas, fluffy white astilbe and calcyna add texture and interest. For greenery, Lee chose bay leaves for the scent, seeded eucalyptus for its bright green pods and a variety of wheat for its autumnal edge. Visitors to the Omni Residences have seen her weekly flower arrangements at the front desk. The new Floralee storefront, a full-service flower shop with arrangements and potted plants, is scheduled to open soon at 1702 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, 817-564-2322, katyfloralee.com. Photo by Aaron Dougherty, aarondoughertyphoto.com Let it flow Katy Walker Rush knew exactly what she wanted when it came to her wedding flowers: nothing ordinary. “The perfectly round, small bouquet is not me,” says Katy, who married Matt Rush last October. “I wanted a loose, cascading bouquet with big blooms and lots of greenery. And it needed to be both romantic and colorful.” Working with Tami Abernathy of The Blooming Bride, Katy got her wish for a design that fit her “Southwestern refined cowgirl” wedding at Fort Worth’s Brik venue. Dahlias intertwine with tea roses — two of Katy’s favorite flowers — in a palette of lavender, pale pink and fuchsia with pops of yellow. Ranunculus were used to honor a childhood friend who passed away several years ago. The look is effortless yet composed and perfectly complements Katy’s lace gown. The Blooming Bride, 817-501-9648, thebloomingbride.com. Photo by Brandie Blodgett Mustian, bbmcreative.com Wild at heart Monochromatic, loose and organic — those are the national trends Adri Smith of Moss Floral Design loves. Her favorite designs for big bouquets include seasonal flowers and cascading elements. “We want it to have movement, depth and, of course, trailing ribbon,” she says. “We really try to incorporate unique textures and blooms that aren’t in your everyday arrangement.” For this fall bouquet, Smith drew inspiration from smoke bush, with its feathery flower stalks. From there she added garden roses with brown centers and pink edges, White Majolica spray roses with the center petals removed, coleus, taupe carnations and white foxgloves, a personal favorite that she grows at home. The look was completed with rare mauve roses and tied up with a hand-dyed raw silk ribbon. Moss Floral Design works out of Brik venue by appointment only, 817-501-8039, mossfloralfw.com. Photo by Aaron Dougherty, aarondoughertyphoto.com
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