Photos: Edyta Szyszlo Photography
Windy City brides love a classic bouquet with a modern touch (see above!), says Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling. Lily of the valley—a traditional bridal bloom—is often used solo, but here the delicate flowers are wrapped around a nosegay of sweet peas for a fresh, modern combination.
Sweet peas and lily of the valley; Hello Darling
"One of the most frequent requests is 'I want my bouquet to look as if I picked the flowers from my mother's garden," says Amy Osaba, founder of the eponymous event and floral-design company. "This lush, organic look is both timeless and of-the-moment."
Blackberries, ranunculus, dahlias, sea oats, porcelain berries, heuchera, sedum, lavender, and strawberry bush; Amy Osaba
A full, textured bouquet has warmth and is less fussy than a traditional round shape," says florist Sidra Forman. "And I love the juxtaposition of a sleek, white gown against a textural arrangement."
Dahlias, craspedia, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus, dusty millers, brunia, Pacifica chrysanthemum foliage, helenium, rose hips, cyrtanthus, and grasses; Sidra Forman
Everything really is bigger in Texas: According to Elizabeth Lewis of The Nouveau Romantics, her brides are loving loose, extra-large bouquets with a touch of unruliness.
Hydrangeas, scented geraniums, coxcomb, astilbes, dahlias, garden roses, thistles, umbrella fern, and grasses; The Nouveau Romantics
"Many of our brides incorporate organic elements in addition to fresh flowers," says Kathryn Parrish of Parrish Designs, who cites succulents, air plants, fresh herbs, and feathers as popular requests. "It's a great way to personalize your look."
Ranunculus, hydrangeas, and feathers; Parrish Designs
Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo say Bay Area brides are gravitating toward this color combo. "It's dramatic but still very romantic," Rizzo says.
Clematises, garden roses, amaranthus, scabiosa, dahlias, astilbes, acacia, and chocolate cosmos; Studio Choo