Two of my favorite flowers together at last, succulents and hanging amaranthus – ok, maybe they aren’t technically flowers but they sure are gorgeous. This months unique Bouquet Blueprint is the ultimate fit for the non-traditional, boho-chic bride getting married in the spring or summer. The stunning focal point of this design is created by two stems of large succulents. Typically when you purchase succulents they either come on a plant or with a very short stem. These succulents were cut from a plant to retain the longer stems and I love that you can see them. Another unique element to this design is the fresh cut wheat. Wheat is typically purchased dried or preserved however in this bouquet, Jacki from Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne used fresh wheat to create movement and soften the look. From the bright citrus shades of the ranunculus to the light blue hints of the hydrangea, wow – there is just so much pretty going on here!
This bouquet has a mix of flowers that are available year round with the exception of the ranunculus and hyacinth. Hyacinth is available in the winter and the spring while ranunculus is available in limited amounts throughout the year with the peak season being spring and summer. When purchasing flowers that are out of the peak season, it can be difficult to get large quantities, specific colors and the quality can be questionable. If your succulents don’t have long stems, you can wire and tape the succulent blooms to extend the stem and make it easier to design with.
As with most flowers, it’s best to keep these blooms in water until you are ready for pictures. The light blue hydrangea that is used as a base of the bouquet can wilt if out of water for an extended period of time. This can happen quicker in warm weather. Decorative glass vases can be purchased and placed at the head table for both the bride and her bridesmaids bouquets to stay hydrated through the reception.
After your wedding you can plant the succulents! That’s right, all they need is a little dirt and they’ll be good to go. Such an awesome memento from your wedding day!
- 10 stems ranunculus
- 3 stems light blue hydrangea
- 2 stems succulents
- 15 stems fresh cut wheat
- 4 stems white hyacinth
- 2 stems green hanging amaranthus
- 15-20 – 6″ feathers
The four boutonnieres that are shown are a great mix of traditional and modern. For the more modern boutonnieres, a bout-magnet is used to place the boutonniere on the recipient. The rest of the boutonnieres can be pinned on the traditional way. When selecting flowers to use for boutonnieres it’s important to choose blooms that are lightweight to prevent the boutonniere from leaning/falling to one side while it’s being worn.