Are Cascade Bouquets Making a Comeback?

Heck yes, cascade bouquets are making a comeback! And I love it! Melissa's bridal bouquet below was one of the very few cascades I made for the 2016 wedding season, but I already have several booked for 2017. Some just made of greenery! Hello #pantonecoloroftheyear. I love that brides are asking for something that makes a bigger statement than the usual rounded bouquet. 

You know what else is great about a cascade bouquet? It's more flattering for your figure! Think about it. An elongated bouquet helps draw the eye up and down,  creating that long and lean illusion. And who doesn't want that on their wedding day! 

Melissa's cascade bouquet, shot by Melissa Mata Photography, was a stunner. She stuck with the marsala color scheme that was so popular in 2016 and continues to be for 2017. 

To bring in those Marsala/Burgundy colors, we chose garden roses, astible, cymbidium orchids, dahlias, hanging amaranthus, chocolate cosmos, and scabiosa all in those gorgeous shades. Then we added in ivory spray roses to accent her dress and plenty of eucalyptus foliage to add to the cascade effect. 

For Melissa's bridesmaids, we chose a more neutral bouquet with pops of marsala to accent the deep colored dresses.

So brides, don't be afraid to go with a different shape for your bridal bouquet! As a designer, I love the challenge! 

All photo by Melissa Mata Photography!

Bridal Bouquet Breakdown

This Friday's Bridal Bouquet Breakdown is an easy one because the bouquet is all roses! 'Freedom' roses to be exact! My all time favorite red rose variety. All paired with some bling and a bit of Pittosporum foliage to finish it off.

Many of the brides I meet with think that standard roses will be too expensive for their bouquets, but in fact, roses are actually one of the more economical choices for your flowers. And so gorgeous! Garden roses, which are all the rage right now,  are equally as gorgeous, but cost about 3 times as much as a standard roses. That's where the cost can add up!

This stunning bouquet was created for a Beauty and the Beast themed shoot, so obviously red roses were the perfect choice! Check out the rest of the shoot featured here and here. Thanks to By Mari Photography for the amazing pics!

By Mari Photography

By Mari Photography

Bridal Bouquet Breakdown

This week's bouquet breakdown has lots of texture which I love! If there was one word to describe my floral style, it would definitely be texture!

The look for the shoot, featured recently on Wedding Chicks, was inspired by the venue, an industrial warehouse. Complete with motorcycles and a slug bug! 

The foliage in this bouquet consists of silvery dusty miller foliage tucked in the middle, dark green grevillia which adds some tropical feel to the bouquet, seeded eucalyptus which adds even more silvery texture, and a few japanese pieris stems with unopened buds. 

The florals were mostly neutrals with white lisianthus, hydrangea, spray roses, and stock which adds a sweet fragrance. A bit of color was added with the peach 'Juliet' garden roses which also add an incredible fragrance. Finish is off with a few white anemones with black centers and you've got a great bouquet!

Vendors featured in this shoot:

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FLOWERS AND CAKES : POLLEN & PASTRY

COORDINATORS & STYLISTS: EVER AFTER PLANNING

PHOTOGRAPHERS: RACHAEL OSBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

FASHION: JUSTIN ALEXANDER

HEALTH & BEAUTY: CARLY PRIBICH, MAKEUP ARTIST

HEALTH & BEAUTY: HAIR BY SPAIR

FASHION: SAVY'S CHIC

FASHION: KATE SPADE

RING BOX: THE MRS. BOX

PAPER GOODS & CALLIGRAPHY: EMILY ROSE INK

VENUES & OFFICIANTS: WAREHOUSE 109

Bridal Bouquet Breakdown

On Fridays I'll feature some of our favorite bouquets! I find so frequently when I meet with a bride that they are frustrated because they don't know what the flowers are called and when they're available. And that's totally understandable! Most of the Pinterest photos that brides pin contain nothing about what the actual flowers are in the description! I want to help that!

This week's bouquet is one of my favorites. It has a ton of texture and unique materials which is what I love! This bouquet was shot in Phoenix during my own engagement shoot in the fall, so it has a bit of that desert feel, but all of these materials can be easily sourced in Illinois most of the year!

Bouquet Contents: Red Peonies (limited by season), Pink Protea, Variegated Leucadendron, Red Hanging Amaranthus, Green Antique Hydrangea, Burgundy Spray Roses, Burgundy Scabiosa, Queen Annes Lace, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Acacia Foliage. 

Photo by StepOnMe Photography