I wanted to post a few more documentation pictures from the ‘Aquarium’ wedding this past weekend – just a few quick photos Apryl and I took of the bouquets before we delivered to our bride.

Red and Gold – not just a fall color palette

Tropical Summer Bridal Bouquet

Tropical Summer Bridal Bouquet

These photographs show how a bride can use bright reds, oranges, and golds (colors that most of us associate with fall) in way that is still summery seasonal. Lots of brides gravitate to the deep pinks or blue/purple palettes for summer weddings for good reason, lots of incredible flowers are available in these hues during the summer months. But red can definitely work too!

The trick with this kind of palette is to go a little bit tropical. But what we mean by tropical is not cheesy plastic flower leis or Hawaiian shirts, really it’s just using more sculptural flowers that are traditionally grown in warm humid areas of the world!

Gloriosa Flower

For the bouquets in this wedding we used gloriosa (pictured at left), a very cool sculptural flower, and orchids to keep the design more towards summer and less towards thoughts of fall leaves and pumpkins. Gloriosa is one of those flowers that I could just stare at for hours, it is so intricate and bizarrely wonderful, what can I say? I’m in love with this flower. Note, this also makes a really cool and funky boutionnere.

The MOH bouquet is a scaled-back version of the brides with fewer flowers but in the same design and palette. I like how red silk shantung of the dress picks up the colors in the bouquet but without being ‘matchy-matchy’ (which in my opinion, is the worst design sin!).

Maid of Honor Bouquet

Maid of Honor Bouquet

Larger Photo of Bride's Bouquet

Larger Photo of Bride's Bouquet

More photos of design work by Petalena

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