In Season Now: Fresh (and Subtle) Ways to Use Blackberries


If you're looking to add a bit of whimsy to your wedding flowers, consider fresh blackberries. The unripe (and inedible) berries are cut while they're still on the vine, so they will have long stems that your florist will be able to easily work with. Blackberries on the vine are in season and plentiful right now, so they're perfect for summertime celebrations. Colors-wise, they come in shades of green and red (the red ones actually resemble raspberries), as well as deep purple and almost black. They're a great way to add a rustic, summery touch to your bouquets and centerpieces, as well as a nice punch of color and texture. And, they also make the cutest boutonnieres! To get you inspired, we've rounded up of our favorite ways to feature them in your wedding day.

Cream-and-Purple Bouquet with Blackberries (above): Purple-tinged blackberries add a pop of color to this pretty bouquet of standard roses and garden roses.

Bouquet with Dusty Miller and Blackberries: This romantic, textural arrangement combines grey dusty miller leaves, bright-pink garden roses, and various flowers in shades of lavender.

modern blackberry boutonniere with striped ribbon

Photo: Ali Harper

Non-Floral Boutonniere: If your groom isn't a fan of roses or other frilly blooms, then ask your florist to create a unique non-floral boutonniere for him to wear on his lapel. This boutonniere features a cool leaf called huechera that's combined with blackberries and butterfly bush and finished with a striped ribbon.

Blackberry Boutonniere with Craspedia: For a bright and more mod look, combine a few blackberries on the vine with bright-yellow craspedia.

Boutonnieres of Roses and Blackberries: Deep-red roses are utterly elegant when paired with rosy-hued blackberries and textural elements like fresh hops.

bridesmaid bouquet with blackberries

Photo: Lili Durkin

Bridesmaid Bouquet with Blackberries: Bright burgundy berries really pop against neutral-colored bridesmaid dresses and soft, cream-colored flowers like stock and ranunculuses.

Flower Crown of Blackberries: If you've decided to wear your hair down in loose curls, wear a flower crown of fresh flowers and blackberries on the vine for a romantic boho-chic vibe.

peonies and blackberries reception centerpiece

Photo: Lauren Ross

Peonies-and-Blackberries Centerpiece: Fill a rustic, weathered terra cotta planter with deep red and burgundy peonies, roses, and red blackberries.

air plant place card and wedding favor

Photo: Jose Villa

Centerpiece of Blackberries and Garden Roses Smaller mercury glass vessels can be filled with garden roses, blackberries, and fuzzy amaranthus for a simple-yet-full-of-texture look.

Special thanks to Sean Nestlerode at Torchio Nursery in San Francisco for his help with our "In Season Now" flower series!

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