Flowers: Sun-kissed

The warmth of spring, summer, and early autumn brings gorgeous Northwest colors to your wedding day

Photographs by Melissa O’Hearn

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warming trend
Backed by grand Aralia leaves, locally grown ruffled-edge celosia and delicate miniature calla lilies mingle with tropical orchids and unusual pincushion protea in this warm-weather design by Christopher Smith of Christopher Flowers. The deep, saturated shades of orange, red, and yellow suggest exotic locales and plenty of sunshine on the horizon. 206-619-5337; christopherflowers.biz


hot stuff
Summery boutonnieres play off the look and feel of their corresponding bouquets. 1 by Miki’s Flowers highlights Lisianthus buds and fuzzy lamb’s ears; 2 and 4 by Herban Floral combine chic succulents and just-picked garden herbs; 3 and 5 by Poppies Floral make good use of structural calla lilies and spiderlike Gloriosas6 by Christopher Flowers puts Mokara and Aranda orchids in the spotlight.


peachy keen
Jennifer Banks of Poppies Floral likes to mix together different shades of a single color together,  then pop in a contrasting hue for added interest. Here, late-summer Seattle-grown garden roses, ranunculus, Hypericum berries, and calla lilies in varying degrees of peach play off the hot-pink surprise of imported yellow-tipped Gloriosa lilies. 206-402-6153; poppiesfloral.com



true blues
Spring’s showers and sun open the lilacs, hellebores, and hyacinths in this backyard bouquet by Miki Maxey of Miki’s Flowers; summer’s heat coaxes hydrangeas, lamb’s ear, Lisianthus, and fragrant rosemary to bloom. Together, the soft, voluminous shapes and very en vogue pale mauves and lavenders evoke a stylish simplicity. 206-669-8820; mikisflowers.com


bloom county
The lush white peony blossoms of early summer play the lead role in this simple yet striking local and organic arrangement by Herban Floral’s Ellen Ohashi. Chocolate-brown succulents, eucalyptus, and poppy pods add structure, form, and charm to the rotund blooms, while mint and lamb’s ear lend fragrance and texture. 206-372-1244; herbanfloral.com