Romantic. Bohemian. Trendy. Tricky to hit the mark on all of these aesthetic points….but check out Kelsey’s wedding. She had a unique vision and she pulled it off perfectly. Of course (all modesty aside) the flowers were paramount in creating this visually stunning wedding.
Let’s talk about all of the trendy trends that Kelsey included and somehow nothing about this wedding felt “trendy.”
Different bouquets and dresses for different bridesmaids. Kelsey chose a simple hand-tied bouquet of one different flower type for each of her girls. We chose peonies, roses, stock, lisianthus, tulips, and ranunculus.
Ombre. Need I say more? This word is everywhere. The concept is often misinterpreted and overdone. This, right here, dear readers, is how to do ombre. Subtle variant shades in a soft color palette. So very pleasing.
Hand-held corsages for the moms is a great choice for a number of reasons: I think it feels a little younger and more progressive for the not-matronly mom types. Also, many fabrics don’t accommodate a pin-on corsage well or the moms simply want their dresses to stand alone. Wrist corsages make some people flashback to their high school proms and other women are more concerned about featuring special jewelry on their wrists. The hand-held corsage looks great in photos and can easily be set aide when the moms want to hold a drink or hit the dance floor.
Bouquet embellishment is another trend that allows a bride to personalize her bouquets. Brides often give me a piece of their mother’s wedding dress, a special piece of jewelry, a locket with a photo of a loved one, etc. Kelsey bought these horseshoe charms to adorn her bouquet, all six bridesmaids, and the mothers’ corsages. They looked great on the bouquets and were a nice keepsake for the wedding party.
Chevron has gone from obscure to ubiquitous. Usually seen in a bright yellow or aqua and presented with a preppy aesthetic. Kelsey has her own spin on this trend with the bronze chevron table runners. One more carefully selected element in this eclectic feast for the eyes.
Submerged branches. We submerged flowering cherry branches with just the hint of their pink blooms emerging. A perfectly romantic accent for this perfectly romantic evening wedding. It is surprising how many flowers and branches can be submerged and their dramatic effects – some of my favorites: dendrobium orchids, tulips, calla lilies, curly willow, berries.
Wooden centerpiece boxes handmade by the groom. I have had several couples make their own wooden centerpiece boxes and I have been impressed with them all. Sure, you can buy these type containers on etsy.com but isn’t it nicer to DIY and select the perfect stain and dimensions.
Homemade and DIY elements went far beyond the centerpiece boxes. Kelsey created this amazing sculptural heart that floated on her crepe paper curtain. She also created chalkboard seating charts, a gilded mailbox for well-wishers, hanging paper flowers, pennant bunting, and only about a hundred other spectacularly personal details.
Etsy and Pinterest and wedding magazines have an overwhelming amount of ideas to offer. The key is in using these trends with your own original spin. Copying trends from a wedding website probably won’t reflect all that is unique and wonderful about you and your partner and your wedding. But using some of these trends as a springboard to personalize elements in your own thoughtfully created wedding is how to turn trends into trends with benefits
So be inspired here, there, and everywhere. But be YOU.
Wedding photos courtesy of the lovely and talented Sarah Culver Photography (http://sarahculver.com)