Flowers: Lush Life
Floral-accented dresses & the nearly hidden grounds at Dunn Gardens inspire opulent bouquets | Photographs by Elizabeth Rudge
Into the Wild For this gorgeously Northwest bouquet, Erin Benzakein plucked sweet-smelling Skagit Valley blackberries and tucked them in among Caramel Antique garden roses and blush café au lait dahlias. The very hands-on Floret (floretflowers.com) gardener and designer says many of the dahlia varieties she grows are abundant until the first October frost, “and even then the colors are striking.” The medley of peach, pink, and coral hues gives the arrangement a chic, tone-on-tone energy.
Wtoo by Watters beaded gown with Swarovski crystal-embellished flowers ($1,350), La Belle Rêve. Rachel Zoe earrings ($195), Neiman Marcus. Vintage necklace ($44), Pretty Parlor. Platinum engagement ring with 1.37-carat diamond solitaire, ($31,600), Tiffany and Co
True Blue Inky indigo tones and opulent purples like those in this petite bouquet by Bruce Chester of Martha E. Harris Flowers and Gifts (206-568-0347, marthaeharris.com) ought to be big this spring when the Pantone shade of the season, Dazzling Blue, starts popping up all over the place. And speaking of the season, Chester always asks couples to be flexible with their floral choices so that “we can listen to what Mother Nature is telling us”—or at least work with what’s blooming the week of the big event. In the case of this posy it was spray roses, hydrangea, tiny baby-blue Tweedia, star-shaped purple clematis vines, purple sage leaves, black elderberries, and more.
Luly Yang’s A-line tulle and lace gown ($3,900), Luly Yang Couture. Oscar de la Renta earrings ($395), Neiman Marcus. Platinum engagement ring with 1.37-carat diamond solitaire ($31,600), Tiffany & Co
Home Grown Combining sought-after peach Juliet roses from California with chokecherry and deep, dark weigela foliage and fern-like snakeroot leaves from her garden, Melanie Benson of Melanie Benson Floral (206-947-7187, melaniebensonfloral.com) crafted a teardrop-shaped arrangement that feels at once expressive and familiar. “When couples are getting married on their family property I try to incorporate a single bloom or little shrub clipping. I’m kind of sentimental,” says the designer.
Justin Alexander’s two-tone tulle gown with beaded details and Venice lace appliqués and a dupioni silk sash ($1,174), I Do Bridal. Vintage pearl bauble earrings ($22), Pretty Parlor. Platinum engagement ring with 1.74-carat yellow diamond and 29 white diamonds ($40,300), Tiffany and Co
New Romantic “I’m obsessed with lesser-known hydrangea types,” says designer Kelly Sullivan of Botanique (206-406-7876, botaniqueflowers.com). “I used a variety called Tardiva; the shape and creamy-mint color are so sophisticated.” Gathering it together with garden roses, nearly black lisianthus, and dark, whispery grasses, Sullivan says the look is “natural, elegant, wild, and sexy.” The color palette is right in line with fashion’s fever for bold, graphic pairings, while the deep foliage and oversize, unkempt shape give it a rustic appeal.
Lela Rose silk and polyester gown with rosette-textured skirt ($4,995), Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite. Vintage earrings ($26), Pretty Parlor. Tiffany multistrand freshwater pearl bracelet ($750) and platinum engagement ring with 1.74-carat yellow diamond and 29 white diamonds ($40,300), Tiffany and Co
Model Kate Sykes / Heffner Management Hair and makeup Kaija Mistral Towner