Flowers: Bright Ideas
Photographs by Rachel Olsson
Made in the Shade
Designer Christopher Smith of Christopher Flowers (206-619-5337, christopherflowers.biz) borrowed a page from fashion magazines when he color-blocked this bouquet of hydrangea, bachelor buttons, delphinium, Bupleurum, dianthus, and fuchsia. The solid sections of indigo, raspberry, and lime yield a bouquet that’s cheerful and modern—the perfect complement to a minimal sheath dress and chunky, jewel-toned accessories. Banded silk satin Amy Kuschel dress ($2,850 at Belltown Bride). Glass bead necklace ($65 at Nordstrom Rack). Gemstone bracelets by Seattle-based Mandy Moon ($45 each at the Finerie) See Resource Guide for vendor information
Model: Jane Hannon for Heffner Management.
Hair and makeup: Tiffany Colors
1) Consider inexpensive flowers in less-than-usual shades like this bubblegum-pink hydrangea.
2) The fuzzy green dianthus is impossible to resist.
3) The red garden rose Piano is a gorgeous choice when peonies or ranunculus are not available.
4) Tansy pops up everywhere in mid-to-late summer.
5) Kevin Bradford notes that despite their fragile appearance, these cymbidium orchids can hold up for days without water.
6) Craspedia is part of the daisy family.
7) Perhaps because they’re readily available in so many colors, begonias are becoming a favored accent flower.
8) Willow and Bloom owner Miya Ferguson surprised us with lime-green snapdragons. She says the unique bend in their stem makes them fun to work with.
9) You don’t usually see these flowers in bouquets, but Christopher Smith carefully deconstructed a fuchsia plant branch by branch to work its blooms into his arrangement.
10) Because they reveal only a bit of their coral pop, the not-yet-unfurled godetia that Cashmere’s Teressa Johnson used are especially charming.
11) Florists can get delphinium whenever you desire a length of inky purple.
12) Mother Nature doesn’t offer a lot of options in blue, which makes these bachelor buttons all the more adorable.
13) Dahlias, like this fabulous Redd Devil specimen, are a Northwest specialty.
14) Looking for something a little different? Exotic, captivating protea certainly fits the bill.
Teressa Johnson of Cashmere Floral Design (253-709-9509, cashmeredesigns.com) says this blend of native foliage and tropical plants in watermelon red, coral, sunny yellow, and deep, black-like purple expresses what she loves about the beauty and bounty of the Northwest. Gorgeous dahlias and celosia might already be in your backyard (or your florist’s); delicate, spiky pincushion protea and otherwordly anthurium are easily imported thanks to our place on the Pacific Rim. Viscose Kate Spade dress ($425 at Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite). Ralph Lauren gold bead necklaces ($40 each) and bracelet ($30), Macy’s. Sonia Rykiel resin cuff ($298 at the Finerie). Straw hat ($32 at Sandy Lew). Tights and shoes: stylist’s own
On the Bright Side
Grooms get in on color theory with dashing boutonnieres from Kevin Bradford Design (top two), Cashmere Floral (bottom), and Willow and Bloom (left).
With Flying Colors
Orchids, spray roses, begonias, petite hydrangea, and snapdragons in shades of orange, purple, and green by Willow and Bloom (206-799-9775, willowandbloom.com) provide stunning accompaniment to dramatic silhouettes; the ruffled-edge blossoms echo the gown’s asymmetrical flourish. Polyester Tadashi dress ($288 at Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite). Kate Spade enamel bangles ($32–58 at Kate Spade). 18K white gold engagement ring by Simon G. Jewelry ($1,695, center stone sold separately, at E. E. Robbins)
The rich, ample shape, striking trio of colors, and fresh, surprising mix of garden roses, hydrangea, and exotic orchids in this bouquet by Kevin Bradford Design (206-650-5208, kevinbradford.com) make it appropriate for imaginative black-tie affairs as well as spirited low-key celebrations. Cotton and silk blend dress by Milly ($385 at Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite). Frank Gehry 18K gold torque necklace ($9,750 at Tiffany & Co). Ralph Lauren gold bead bracelet ($30 at Macy’s). 18K white gold engagement ring by Simon G. Jewelry ($1,695, center stone sold separately, at E. E. Robbins)