Apryl and I just completed designs for a fabulous bride for her late November wedding. She has a unique sense of style and really got us started on our previous post about vintage wedding bouquets!

For this post, we thought it would be fun to show the mood board and the resulting designs.

Art Nouveau November Wedding

Mood Board for the Art Nouveau November Wedding. Upper Right Bouquet by Monique Wilber http://www.aspecialdaydesigns.com

 

About the Color Palette & Style:
The main colors are a bronze-y gold, deep greens, ivories, and burgundy. Our design approach, inspired by Art Nouveau, is elegant and stylized, but grounded in patterns found in the natural world.*

Bride’s Bouquet:
Our bride asked for a more unique, slightly cascade/vintage style bouquet. We used antique wedding photos for inspiration:

Vintage Wedding Photograph c.1930s

And here is Petalena’s “Vintage Modern” creation:

Vintage Modern Style Bouquet by Petalena

Vintage Modern Style Bouquet by Petalena

Some of the flowers we used are classic, lovely wedding flowers like gardenias and calla lilies. Just timeless. To layer in touches of bronze in the bride’s bouquet we also added gorgeous hand-wired cymbidium orchids and brown amaranthus.

Detail of Gardenias and Orchids

Detail of Gardenias and Orchids

We love using gardenias – they are a bit sensitive but their beauty and scent make it worth it. Usually they will last only a few hours outside of a lovely cooler before beginning to wilt and brown slightly.  Still, if it is a favorite flower of a bride, I just think they are totally worth doing.

The bridesmaids’ bouquets (seven in total!) incorporated burgundy along with golds and ivories. We did each one differently but within the same palette range. It was a lot of fun to work this way, more free-form, less formal and each bouquet turned out beautifully individual.

Amaryllis and Fiddleheads

Amaryllis Bouquet with Fiddleheads

Amaryllis Bouquet with Fiddleheads

Here we used fully opened, lush burgundy Amaryllis with a few of the bronze cymbidiums, and dark brown fiddleheads. Fiddleheads are quite popular right now, they add such a sculptural touch to designs. Also note the trailing ribbons with the bridesmaid’s name embroidered on one of the ribbons. A great personal touch.

Bouquet Detail (because I love details)

Bouquet Detail (because I LOVE details)

Hydrangea and Callas:

Bouquet with hydrangeas and calla lilies

Bouquet with hydrangeas and calla lilies

This bouquet featured one huge ruffle-y burgundy-meets-green hydrangea, complemented by calla lilies, ferns, and interesting textural foliage. It’s fun and dramatic.

Another variation with some of these same flowers is below in the Maid-of-Honor’s bouquet:

Maid-of-Honor's Bouquet

Maid-of-Honor's Bouquet

Cymbidium Orchids with Astilbe:
I am a little obsessed these days with the combination of cymbidium orchids with astilbe. Probably because both flowers come in several colors, the possibilities for color combinations seems so varied. The delicate feathery nature of the astilble contrasts in a lovely way with the unique structure of the cymbidium orchid.

Cymbidium and Astilble Bouquet

Cymbidium and Astilble Bouquet

You can see our other post “Pretty in Pink” for another example of this flower combination with a very different, more delicate color palette.

Reception Arrangements:
The wedding reception was close to 200 people so our bride wanted to try and keep the design more minimal for the reception arrangements so the ceremony flowers could be extra luxurious. She had a vision of lots of glowing hurricane lanterns with tall candles on each table. To complete the look we created hand-wired magnolia leaf wreaths for each table:

Centerpieces with Magnolia Wreaths

Centerpieces with Magnolia Wreaths

Magnolia leaves are simply beautiful – waxy dark green on one side and velvety brown on the other. It’s great to alternate them, side up, side down since they have such a natural contrast.

Another view of table arrangements

Another view of table arrangements

I think this turned out beautifully. It really shows that you don’t always have to do something elaborate or complicated for it to be elegant. Sometimes simple says more.

Photos and Design by Petalena

**For more about Art Nouveau see the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.’s website and an exhibition they created a few years ago here. Or the ever present Wikipedia too has some interesting information too.

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