I recently had the pleasure of working with Alina Thomas on a branding shoot for my business. Alina is a wonderful photographer in Leesburg, VA. You can check out more of her work on her website, www.alinathomas.com. We had a fun afternoon together in June, right before I had two weddings. Both brides chose blush and white wedding flowers and I showcased some of the blooms in our shoot.Read More
Spring wedding season is over and we have a few weeks to breathe before summer weddings begin. There are a few recurring questions that we get from brides about wedding flowers. I thought it might be helpful if I provided a few answers to these common questions.Read More
Engaged couples everywhere are so excited about their 2019 weddings. One of the biggest challenges can be deciding on which flowers go best with your wedding vision. Flowers can be a big expense in the overall wedding budget. Sometimes if they are sourced in season the cost can be slightly less, but quality flowers are still more costly than couples realize. Let’s look at popular seasonal flowers for weddings starting with springtime. This blog post was originally written by us for the new wedding blog Amor Latino Unveiled.
The queen of spring is the peony! It is a big, sweet smelling beauty that brings delight to flower lovers everywhere. Peonies signal the start of the wedding season. These gorgeous flowers come in many colors ranging from white, pink and deep red. While they are considered premium flowers, their cost is definitely less during the local blooming season. On the east coast we can usually source peonies from April to early July. Other popular spring wedding flowers include ranunculus, roses (year round), tulips, lisianthus, sweet peas and hydrangea.
Bridal bouquet with pink peonies, white ranunculus and several types of roses
- Heather Adams Photography
Spring bouquet with white garden roses, blue tweedia and other assorted blooms
- Pamela Lepold Photography
Summertime brings many more blooms to the table. Zinnias, Queen Anne’s lace, delphinium and roses are popular. The undisputed star of summer flowers is the dahlia. Dahlias are wondrous flowers with many intricate petals. The café au lait dahlia is a large showstopper that many brides covet. It can range in color from delicate pink to a sandy cream. The beauty of this flower is unmatched. It takes a front row seat in any bouquet or centerpiece, but it does work well with many other types of flowers. Asters, snapdragons and stock are complementary when paired with dahlias. Summer brides have a bit of overlap with spring flowers and fall. They possibly have the greatest variety of blooms at their disposal. Roses remain readily available as well and come in a great variety of colors. Below is a centerpiece design with large blush & cream café au lait dahlias, and white lisianthus. Silver dollar eucalyptus and Italian ruscus greenery round out the arrangement and add extra fullness.
Fall brings cooler temperatures and a “second spring” for flowers. Many of the beauties from May and June are growing again on flower farms for a short period. Fall weddings often bring deeper colors such as orange, burgundy. Dahlias remain quite popular in fall, up until the first frost. They are one of the few true burgundy flowers available. Mums, calla lilies, celosia and sunflowers are also popular at this time of year. Berries start to appear and are available in many rich colors such as dark blue, red and warm pink. Many “filler” flowers, which are flowers that add fullness to bouquets, bring texture to the design. Thistle and scabiosa pods are popular textural flowers. Fall foliage from local trees add color and another element of texture. Fall bouquets can be abundant in size and extra colorful, but blush and burgundy is probably the most requested color combination currently.
Burgundy dahlias, roses and greenery - Kelly Walsh Loss Photography
Winter couples often bring in an element of the holiday season for their weddings. Roses, which are available year round, are often used in bouquets, especially red premium or garden roses. Many types of greenery such as eucalyptus, evergreens and pepperberry are very popular. Even mini pine cones can be seen in centerpieces and sometimes boutonnieres. Other couples opt for the classic white and green palate for their winter wedding, accented with silver or gold elements. This is especially elegant in colder climates. Imagine this look with an evening snowfall! Flower variety may be more limited in winter but beautiful bouquets and centerpieces are still achieved using available products.
Winter bouquet with red and peach roses, pepperberry and eucalyptus
- Stephanie Leigh Photography & Design
Regardless of the season you choose to get married, you will have a beautiful wedding. Take some time to think about flowers you like, along with your favorite colors. If you covet an out of season flower, it may be possible to obtain it for your wedding, but be prepared for higher costs. A professional florist will help you select a color palate that complements every aspect of your wedding design. They will often suggest using flowers you may have never heard of. Trust us to come up with a cohesive design that adds an extra special touch to your amazing day!
Shirley Goodwin is the owner and lead designer of JR Flowers. The studio located in Leesburg VA, and services weddings and events in Northern VA, Washington DC, and suburban Maryland. Adding a pop of color to wedding and event design is their trademark style. Find them on the web, www.JRFlowers.net or Instagram www.instagram.com/JRFlowersweddings/
I can’t believe it is already August! Floral friends, time just won’t stand still. I had a busy spring with events and floral design classes (hence, no blog posts). July and August can be quiet for floral designers since many couples prefer not to get married outside in the summer heat. For those couples that do decide to wed in summer, when choosing flowers they often pick the “queen” flower, or the beautiful dahlia.Read More
It's good to talk with you again! By now the world is swimming in red roses. I love all shades of red (it is my favorite color family) but I actually like something different on Valentine's Day. I recently held my first floral design class at Zazu boutique in Ashburn, VA.Read More
It has been too long since my last blog post! I promise to do a better job of blogging in 2018. The cold weather we have been having can be really difficult to deal with. We still have events in the winter that need beautiful flowers though.Read More
Hello again flower friends,
There is nothing quite like the anticipation of the fall season. The crisp air, fall scents and changing leaves generate a bit of excitement for all of us. The fall wedding season is definitely upon us. As a wedding and event florist, my heart skips a beat in anticipation of the delivery of flowers for my fall weddings. Fall wedding season is nearly as popular as May and June weddings. I had the pleasure of attending a wedding a few days ago at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. The burgundy and navy tones were so elegant and remain very popular. I also designed flowers for a wedding reception in Herndon, VA last week. The bride wanted beautiful fuschias, pinks and purples and that is what I delivered. The jewel tones we see in fall are a bit more formal than the carefree bouquets of summer but they are certainly equally gorgeous. I have several more upcoming fall events and I do my best to include the gorgeous colors that we see so much of at this time of the year. Here's to a busy fall wedding and event season. We wish happiness and a lifetime of love to all engaged and newly married couples in Northern VA!
Hi there! I'm Shirley Goodwin, owner of JR Flowers in Leesburg, VA. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog. I'm new at blogging so bear with me! Hopefully you have a love for flowers like I do.Read More