How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Freshen Up Wedding Flowers and Décor

Flowers, Wedding Style & Decor
Fruits Vegetables Wedding Flower Arrangements and Bouquets

Photo: David Prince

On the hunt for wedding florals with a rich, just-picked aesthetic? Tantalize all the senses with texturized, tasteful floral arrangements gussied up with charming — and deliciously unexpected — produce accents. The stunning natural backdrop of these heirloom fruits and vegetables give these arrangements gorgeous texture and a lush, fresh-from-the-garden feel. Equal parts whimsical and unmistakably refined, this luxe mix of bountiful blooms and pretty produce result in a look as lovely as a still-life painting.

Need another reason to love your fruits and veggies? Adding produce takes a simple centerpiece to the next level but won't blow your flower budget. A large bunch of grapes, for example, costs about a dollar — around a quarter of the price of a peony. Pro florist Michael Putnam of Putnam & Putnam and cake designer Lauren Bohl White gave us a peek at some jewel-hued fruits and veggies and loose bundles of blossoms, plus tons of fruitful ideas on how to incorporate this original, organic, and opulent look into your wedding!

Kumquats and Pears (above): "We played off the blush and red in the pears and the bright orange of the kumquats," says Putnam, using ranunculus, spray roses, and peonies.

Figs, Kumquats, and Berries Cake: One way to dress a simple white buttercream-frosted cake? Cluster fruits in a variety of shapes and sizes together for an informal, natural look, suggests Lauren Bohl White. Bonus: It's cheaper than sugar flowers!

Fruit Vegetables Wedding Flower Arrangements and Bouquets with Grapes

Photo: David Prince

Muscat Grapes: Yellow and pink grape bunches fill out this blush and gold-toned bouquet's abundant layers of garden roses, ranunculus, and sweet peas.

Fruits Vegetables Wedding Flower Arrangements Bouquets with Black Grapes and Kale

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Kale and Black Grapes: "I love the rich contrast between the dark grapes and pale cream and mauve roses," says Putnam. Kale, figs, and variegated foliage add more unexpected dimension.

See More: 25 Organic Wedding Bouquets

Fruits Vegetables Wedding Flower Arrangements Bouquets with Eggplant and Artichokes

Photo: David Prince

Baby Eggplant and Artichokes: "I love a romantic palette of deep reds, burgundy, violet, and black," Putnam shares. Purple artichokes, baby eggplant, kale, and blackberries are peppered among the jewel-toned peonies, sweet peas, and ranunculus.

Fruits Vegetables Wedding Flower Arrangements Bouquets with Pomegranates and Branches

Photo: David Prince

Pomegranates and Almond Branches: "Don't be afraid to be loose with your arrangements," advises Putnam. Here, trailing amaranth, coral sweet peas, and
paper-thin peony blossoms hang with pomegranates, almond branches, and persimmons in an asymmetrical design.

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES October/November 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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