It’s no secret that we love flowers around here! (We’re so thrilled the cherry blossoms are finally in full bloom!)
When it comes to wedding flowers, we’ve long been admirers of lush, garden-inspired bouquets and arrangements that look like they belong in the natural setting – as though they’ve been freshly picked from the surroundings just for your wedding!
It’s definitely not the way wedding flowers have always been – you might remember not too many years ago finding blogs and magazines filled with images of bouquets and centerpieces made of all the one type of flowers, like clusters of roses, calla lilies or orchids. There’s been a definite shift in wedding floral style over the past few years and one we’ve been very willing to embrace!
Designed by Sarah Winward
There was a great article in the New York Times recently titled What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets? If you have the time, enjoy the read! But if not, here’s a few highlights for you.
“In the current floral industrial complex, everything we admire about a fresh flower — the fragrance, the delicate structure, the fleeting beauty and connection to season and place — is bred out so that the flower can be inexpensive, long lasting and easily shippable. Most of our cut flowers are imported from Latin America, where labor is cheap, working conditions harsh, regulations lax and chemicals prevalent — and that’s just the growing part. Then, after being jacked up on fungicide, dunked in vats of preservatives and jostled and manhandled for about a week, these odorless, uniform, sturdy flowers with their enormous carbon footprint come to rest in our florist’s hands or in our homes.”
“Not so for the ground soldiers of today’s movement, who have quietly just said no to such bland offerings. These revolutionaries are florists and flower farmers, mostly women, mostly in their 30s, at the vanguard of a sensibility that has developed into a cultish lifestyle movement with the power to affect this system. In simply being drawn to working with the rich diversity found in nature — ferns still unfurling, wildflowers, old roses (all hard to find, especially from the wholesale market) — they began talking to each other, finding sources, farmers, foragers, pressuring the wholesalers to supply better things, who in turn pressure their growers to grow better things.”
We are very fortunate in Vancouver to have many florists committed to sourcing more sustainable, quality floral product from local growers. The beauty in this is not only the benefit for the environment and the businesses you’re supporting, but also the more unique varieties of blooms and foliage florists gain access to as a result. It certainly takes a lot more time, effort and money on the part of the florist to do so (and it might cost us slightly more to buy arrangements with these flowers) but the rewards are more than worth it!
Plus, as much as we love peonies and sometimes wish they were available year round (they’re actually only in season for a few short weeks each year!), we think there’s something really special about your flowers acting as a timestamp of the season in which you got married. We’re imagining blossoms, peonies and tulips in the Spring time, dahlia, astilbe, and berries on the vine in the Summer, the rusty hued ranunculus, turning leaves and fruits of the Fall, and crisp whites of blooms like hellebore, anemone and amaryllis in the Winter.
Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorite seasonal wedding flowers and designers.