Flowers: Wildest Dreams

Four local florists think beyond the bloom to design naturally dramatic, foliage-rich bouquets

-Photographs by Genevieve Pierson / Styled by Amanda Zurita with Emma Ranniger-


Enchanted Forest

Tess MacDonald of July Floral Design takes and of-the-moment approach to arrangements—by which we do not mean trendy, but rather that MacDonald whips up a bouquet by pulling together the lushest elements she can find at production time. “Colors take on new dimension when they’re placed next to each other,” she says. “I love how the bright green of the pussy willow brings out the rich red of the roses and hydrangea leaves. It wasn’t planned, it just happens when  I use botanicals that are fresh and on hand.” To complete the wild visage, she merged silvery elaegnus foliage—clipped from her mother’s garden—with Tess garden roses, cream-colored lisianthus, blush snowberry, and oak leaf hydrangea foliage. Fantail pussy willow snakes throughout, adding to the fairy-tale forest feel.


Rue de Seine cotton tiered drop-waist dress with detachable scalloped sleeves($2,950), The Dress Theory. Shadow House rhinestone earrings ($18), Moorea Seal


Fresh Greens

“I imagined crafting a textural, last-minute bouquet for a bride on the way to her seaside elopement,” says Botany 101 designer Erica Knowles of the inspiration behind this oversized, verdant spray. Wispy pampas grass takes center stage, accenting locally sourced maidenhair fern, greenish hellebore, clematis, lamb’s ear, twisted raspberry cane, and scented geranium. A cascading hand-dyed ribbon lengthens the angular structure, intensifying the volume of this statement piece.

Claire Pettibone silk-lined gown with plunging lace back ($4,875), The Dress Theory. Japanese baroque pearl earring with fine opal ($365) and Emily Amey 14K sterling silver labradorite ring ($340), River Song



Earthy Elegance

Capitalizing on the contrast of dusty smokebush and homegrown begonia leaves, against pale garden roses, porcelain berries, lisianthus, and clematis, Stacy Anderson of Stacy Anderson Floral and Event Design created this structural, romantic arrangement. “The deep purple hues offset by the soft blooms create depth and draws your eye in to study the different flowers and textures,” she explains. As for the sultry palette, “I love rich but muted tones. I tend to keep things earthy by suggesting bold color, but using more subdued, ‘dirty’ shades.”


Miosa Couture open-back gown with Chantilly lace overlay ($4,312), Cicada Bridal. Mineralogy Brazilian Kyanite and Peruvian pyrite earrings ($120), Moorea Seal. Morganite and 14K gold ring ($990), River Song



Herb Appeal

To balance the pungent perfumes of moonstruck spray roses and four varieties of garden roses, Sara Jane Camacho of Sara Jane Camacho Flowers and Styling interspersed warm pepperberry sprigs and spicy marjoram. “I always like to incorporate herbs as a way of carrying the bouquet over into married life,” says Camacho. “It’s my hope that whenever the couple encounters that herb while cooking, on a walk, or in the garden, they’ll be awakened into the place of love they created on their wedding day.” To complete this visual and aromatic harmony, she added empress tree pods and foliage, pincushion scabiosa, chocolate cosmo blooms, calycina, camellia leaves, and pampas grass.


Silk charmeuse and Chantilly lace gown with cap sleeves ($2,695) and lace sash ($150), Cicada Bridal. Sarah Seven gilded belt with rhinestones ($395, worn as headpiece), The Dress Theory

Shot on location at the Admiral’s House
Model: Kaitlyn Johnston / Heffner Management
Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Colors